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America protect thy lovely daughters!

This is an excerpt from an essay on the Means of promoting Federal Sentiments in the United States, by a Foreign Spectator that appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1871.

It must not be concealed, that many persons make religion too grave and austere: the unreasonable pernicious doctrine, that innocent amusements are inconsistent with Christianity, withdraws numbers of youths from the paths of virtue; creates surly and selfish dispositions; it favors avarice in a degree very amazing; because when life is engrossed by the pursuits of gain, and the gratifications permitted to center within ones self, the heart grows more narrow, and devoted to interest.

Levity and dissipation are out of question — But shall any man dare to represent God as a gloomy tyrant! Is not his kingdom peace and joy? Are not the ways of heavenly wisdom pleasant?

How can a Christian condemn music, when the felicity of heaven is in part represented by it? Does not the wise king say, that there is a time to laugh, and to dance — That inferior dancing, which only promotes exercise and gaiety, is yet preferable to vulgar amusements — but there is a kind of dancing, that requires dignity and delicacy; in which the brocade shoe and diamond buckle, the liveliest activity, and the most elegant form are not sufficient; when the soul is seen in the beaming eye, the animated feature and glowing tint; and the whole frame vibrates to all the varying movements of a fine sensibility, like a harpsichord under the hand of a master.

After such a dance a woman feels herself a more affectionate wife and daughter; and a young patriot is well disposed for a grand national debate, or to meet his country’s foe sword in hand. I know this will appear nonsense to some grave sensible people; but I appeal to competent judges. Without disputing about particulars, rational, innocent, ingenious, social amusements are of great consequence to manners and national felicity. 

The Pennsylvania Gazette was one of the United States’ most prominent newspapers from 1728—before the time period of the American Revolution—until 1800. Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century.
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Crime in Philadelphia in 1731

The Pennsylvania Gazette was one North America’s most prominent newspapers from 1728 until 1800. On October 2, 1729, Benjamin Franklin and Hugh Meredith bought the paper. Franklin not only printed the paper but also often contributed pieces under aliases.

These crime reports appeared in the January 12, 1731 issue.

Robberies

WHEREAS on Saturday Night last, being the 2d of this Instant January, the Shop of Christopher Tuthill, Goldsmith, next Door to the Star and Garter in Front street, was broke open and robbed of the following Pieces of Plate, viz. One Part of a Skellet of Silver, wt. ten Ounces; One Bar of Silver, wt. 12 Ounces, One Ebony Snuff box with Silver Hinge; One Silver Tooth pick Case, marked at the Bottom A. D. with a Crown over it; and ten Yards of silver Wire rolled up. If the said Plate should be offer’d to be pawn’d or sold, whoever will stop it, and secure the Person or Persons, so that he or they may be brought to Justice, shall have Three Pounds Reward, and all reasonable Charges paid, by me Christopher Tuthill.

ON the 30th of December last, was broken open the House of John Falconar, opposite to the Sign of the Scales, near Walnut street Wharff, Philadelphia, and the following Goods were taken out, viz. 12 Yards of light cinamon colour’d fine Drugget; 2 or 3 Yards of copper colour’d ditto; 1 dos of double worsted Caps, 1 doz of single, ditto; 6 single Caps flowered; several doz. of Handkerchiefs; several doz. of Buckles; two Pieces and an half of Seersucker; two Yards 3 qurs. of dark colour’d Broad cloth; 12 Yards of wide Scotch Linen; a nutmeg colour’d broadcloth Coat, strong Drab, plain Fashion with a wastecoat Sleeve; grey Broadcloth Coat, lined and trimmed with black; 1 black Calimanco Wastecoat somewhat worn: a black broadcloth pair of Breeches lined with Fustian, new; a bright cinamon colour’d Pea Jacket, double breasted; 5 or 6 blue serge Wastecoats unlined; 5 checked Shirts. Whoever can discover this Person or Persons, by their offering the Goods to Sale or otherwise, and secures them so as they may be brought to Justice, shall be sufficiently rewarded: Or if any Persons will restore all or most part of the said Goods, he shall have Five Pounds Reward, and no Questions asked. John Falconar.

Runaway

RUN away from Abraham Gudding, Coroner of this County, a Servant Man named John Fryer, formerly Servant to Col. French, deceas’d, a middle siz’d Man, well set, black complection, wears his own Hair which is strait and black, has a Scar under his Chin having once attempted to cut his Throat: His Cloaths are dark colour’d and made fashionable, with a great Coat of the same colour, and probably for want of Shoes wears his Boots. He was sold out of this Prison by the Sheriff on the 24th Instant, having been try’d for breaking open the Store of Mr. John Reed, out of which he stole sundry Goods. Whosoever secures him will do good Service to the Publick and shall have Forty Shillings Reward with reasonable Charges paid, by Abraham Gudding.

The Pennsylvania Gazette was one of the United States’ most prominent newspapers from 1728—before the time period of the American Revolution—until 1800. Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century.

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His Majesty’s Desertions from Autumn 1758

The Pennsylvania Gazette was one of the United States’ most prominent newspapers from 1728—before the time period of the American Revolution–until 1800. Published in Philadelphia from 1728 through 1800, The Pennsylvania Gazette is considered The New York Times of the 18th century.

Recent Desertions

Deserted from his Majesty’s 17th Regiment of Foot, commanded by Brigadier General John Forbes, now quartered at Philadelphia,

  • October 30, 1758. Thomas Shortale, private Soldier in Lieut. Col. Arthur Morris’ Company, aged about 20 Years, 5 Feet 8 Inches high, fair Complexion, round smooth Face, light brown Hair, has a stoop in his Shoulders, born in Kilkeany, in Ireland, by Trade a Barber, went off in his Regimentals.
  • November 4. 1758. George Edwards, private Soldier in Lieut. Col. Arthur Morris’ Company, aged about 35 Years, 5 Feet 7 Inches high, swarthy Complexion, round Face, black Hair, very round Shoulder, Short necked, born at the Town of Stafford, in England, a labouring Man, went off in a blue Jacket, Regimental Breeches, and the Brim of his Hat cut very narrow.
  • November 6. 1758. Uriah Brooks; private Soldier in Captain John Vaughan’s Company, aged about 26 Years, 5 Feet 8 Inches high, fair Complexion, pitted with the Smallpox, dark brown Hair, short necked, born at Reading, in England, a labouring Man, went off with his Firelock, Steel mounted, and his Regimental Coat cut short in the Skirts, and the Brim of his Hat cut very narrow.

Whoever secures, any of the said Deserters, and can confines them in any of his Majesty Jails, and gives Notice thereof to the Commanding Officer of the said Regiment, at Philadelphia shall receive Twenty Shillings Sterling reward for return of them; and whoever shall be detected in harbouring or concealing any of the said Deserters, will be prosecuted according to Law.

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Collection: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Publication: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Date: November 9, 1758
Title: Deserted from his Majesty’s 17th Regiment of Foot…


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Treaty of Paris signed September 3, 1783

By the Lord Hyde Packet, arrived at New York from Falmouth, we have the following Advices.

LONDON, September 30.

The DEFINITIVE TREATY between GREAT BRITAIN and the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, signed at Paris, the 3d day of September, 1783.

In the Name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity. IT having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the hearts of the Most serene and Most Potent Prince George the Third, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Duke of Brunswick and Lunenburg, Arch Treasurer and Prince Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, &c. and of the United States of America, to forget all past misunderstandings and differences that have unhappily interrupted the good correspondence and friendship which they mutually wish to restore, and to establish such a beneficial and satisfactory intercourse between the two countries, and upon the ground of reciprocal advantages and mutual convenience, as may promote and secure to both perpetual peace and harmony; and having for this desirable end already laid the foundation of peace and reconciliation, by the Provisional Articles signed at Paris, on the 30th of November, 1782, by the Commissioners empowered on each part, which Articles were agreed to be inserted in, and to constitute the Treaty of Peace proposed to be concluded between the Crown of Great Britain and the said United States, but which Treaty was not to be concluded until terms of peace should be agreed upon between Great Britain and France, and his Britannic Majesty should be ready to conclude such Treaty accordingly; and the Treaty between Great Britain and France having since been concluded, his Britannic Majesty and the United States of America, in order to carry into full effect the Provisional Articles above mentioned, according to the tenor thereof, have constituted and appointed, that is to say, his Britannic Majesty on his part, David Hartley, Esq; Member of the Parliament of Great Britain, and the said United States on their part, John Adams, Esq; late a Commissioner of the United States of America at the Court of Versailles, late Delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts, and Chief Justice of the said State, and Minister Plenipotentiary of the said United States to their High Mightiness the States General of the United Netherlands; Benjamin Franklin, Esq; late Delegate in Congress from the State of Pennsylvania, President of the Convention of the said State, and Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America at the Court of Versailles; and John Jay, Esq; late President of Congress, and Chief Justice of the State of New York, and Minister Plenipotentiary from the said United States at the Court of Madrid, to be Plenipotentiaries for the concluding and signing the present Definitive Treaty; who, after having reciprocally communicated their respective full powers, have agreed upon and confirmed the following Articles: (more…)


The Snow Niagara in 1913

The Wreck of the Snow Catherine

Searching for historical information in newspapers and magazines section of the database for the settlement of Nutfield, part of which is now Derry, New Hampshire, yielded some interesting results. One was a rather sad article about a shipwreck of the snow Catherine off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1737. Although the original settlement of Nutfield began about eighteen years prior, emigrants were still leaving Ireland to come to the New World for a chance at a better life.

The account from The Pennsylvania Gazette tells the tale of those Scotch-Irish emigrants who lost their lives on a snow from County Antrim, Ireland bound for Boston. Ninety-eight people died in the wreck and four more died of their injuries after they made land. Obviously, not everyone who left survived the trip. Unfortunately, the account tells of the dead being buried where the Catherine washed up just north of Canso, Nova Scotia. Since this land was largely uninhabited by European settlers, it is unlikely that a burial ground is extant. No further information about whether they were re-interred elsewhere or remained buried where they died was available in the article.

But, like any great mystery, the article brings up many questions and possibilities for further research. For example, what exactly is a snow?

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