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VT Watchman & State Gazette, 6/27/1826



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Vermont Watchman & State Gazette 6-27-1826

By the arrival of the Indian Chief at Norfolk, intelligence has been received from Monrovia, to the latter part of April, the Indian Chief went out from North Carolina, with 154 emigrants, and arrived March 22d. These persons had all suffered more or less from sickness after their arrival, though none had died. But of the colonists who sailed from this port in the brig Vine, the intelligence is of more affecting character. The usual sickness was in their care much more violent, and had terminated fatally in the cases of:

Deac. Nubia, Robert Wainwood, Mrs. Wainwood, Mrs. Clark (single), young Mr. Gardiner, a daughter of Mrs. Clark, aged 13 years, Mrs. Fitch, Mrs. Chavers, and a child of hers, aged three years. Mr. Charles L. Force, who went out to take charge of the printing press is also dead. Two deaths only had occurred in April, and all the survivors had already recovered. Every thing was furnished for the sick which could alleviate their disease, or comfort them in its sufferings. The violence of the disease upon the colonists from this port is attributed in part to the fact that their constitutions had been formed in New England. Their sailing from a Northern port in winter, added to the greatness in the change of climate. A strong confidence in opinions expressed in this country, as to the best treatment of the disease in some cases, may have prevented a ready compliance with the more suitable prescriptions made on the spot by those, who, from much experience were best qualified to judge of remedies.

Notwithstanding the affliction which the colony had suffered in the sickness of all, and the death of so many of the Northern colonists, it was evidently growing in strength and resources.

Vermont Watchman & State Gazette 6.27.1826


In Hardwick, by Rev. Mr. Brown, Mr. Simeon Goodrich, to Miss Abigail Sanborn.--Also, by Rev. Mr. Loomis, Mr. John Hutchins, of Woolcot, to Miss Mary W. Weeks.


On Berlin, on the 19th inst. Mr. Elijah Andrews, aged 88 years.

On Barre, on the 1st inst. after a distressing illness of about three months, Elias Wood, aged 17.--Also, on the 2d inst. Clark, son of Jeremiah Bullock, aged 18 months.--Also, on the 15th inst. an infant daughter of Asa Boutwell, aged 11 days.

In Burlington, N. J.; June 7, William Griffith, Esq., Counselor at Law, and Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, aged 61.

Drowned.--In the Genesee River, on the 9th inst. Mr. Jared Erwin. "We understand he has a family in Vermont."

Death by Lightning.--Mr. James M'Lane, of Addison, in this State, was instantly killed by lightning, on the 10th inst., while in the act of letting down a window. It is mentioned, as a singular circumstance, that this body was found, a few moments after, standing erect, with his arm raised above his head, and his clothes in flames.

In Braintree, on the 24th ult, a son of Mr. Henry Smith, aged about three years. His death was occasioned by falling backward into a pail of hot water.--Also, on the 17th ist. Mr. Phineas Flint, in the 44th years of his age, he departed this life, as appeared, in the triumphs of faith, leaving a wife and five children to mourn his loss.

In Moretown, on the 24th isnt. Mr. Simon Stevens, aged about 25.

In Hardwick, Mrs. Betsey Adams, wife of Mr. James Adams, aged 69. Mrs. Mary Davis, wife of Mr. Samuel Davis, aged 50. Mrs. Sally Cutler, wife of Mr. Moses Cutler.

Mrs. Catharine Flint, wife of Mr. Wm. S. Flint, 35.

Death of an Indian Chief.--Kishkauko, one of the most despotic and savage monarchs, of modern times, died lately in his cell in the prison at Detroit, where he was confined on a charge of being accessory to the murder of a Saganaw Indiana in Detroit. The eldest son of the above chief, who is charged as the murderer, is still in confinement. It is believed that Kishkauko took poison in his cell, which he procured from one of his wives the night previous to his death. He was a man of very large stature, muscular and athletic. He arose from the humblest origin to the head of the numerous and powerful Chippewa family, by the force of his own character. He had been guilty of many murders, but is said never to have let a man go from his door naked or hungry when he could supply him.--His tyranny rendered him unpopular among his own people, and he never appeared abroad with a considerable retinue. Whenever he visited Detroit, his was ax was always carried on his left arm, firmly grasped with his right hand.

A bold fellow in New York stopped at a window of a hat store on Saturday inst., and having leisurely fitted his head with a new hat, walked off, leaving his old one on the place. He was soon overtaken by the clerk of the store, who was standing at the door, and carried to the Police Office.

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