The Freeman's Journal, 4 September 1800
Extract of a letter from a young man in America, to his friend in this city, dated Charlestown, June 26, 1800
   “On the 31st ult. on our passage hither, our ship, the Minerva, was taken by a French privateer, of 12 guns, and 100 men, from Guadaloupe. At first they behaved with the greatest decency—assured us nothing but the merchandise would be forfeited—thus we would have come off, were it not for an infernal villain of the name of Monks, whom you may recollect acted a conspicuous part in Dublin as an informer. He informed the Captain of the privateer of a chest of trinkets worth 700l. that was buried in the ballast, which would otherwise have escaped—it belonged to a steerage passenger, a north country pedlar, who messed and slept with Monks the whole voyage, and this was all he possessed in the world! The villain did not stop here—he said there was 500l. in some of the passengers chests—on this information an universal rummage took place, during which every thing that was worth taking fell a sacrifice —our clothes, provisions, &c. amounting in the whole to near 1600l. worth. When the villain (Monks) found we would not be taken to Guadaloupe, he offered himself as a hand on board the privateer, but would not be taken.—We were determined to give him up to the law in Charlestown, but on the very night we arrived in the harbour he stole some of the sailor's clothes, and made his escape—we knew nothing of this 'till the City Marshall came on board the next day to seize him. We are peculiarly indebted to Captain Pinkham, for not putting us in irons, for the villain, it appears, fabricated a story, that he had discovered a plot amongst the passengers, which had for its object to seize the ship, and carry her into France. The Captain told us nothing of that until we arrived—if he did the universe would not have saved the miscreant.”

   Brigadier General Madden, commandant of this district, has given notice that the inhabitants may pass through the streets at night, without being obliged to shew passes to the centinels.

   Since Monday, four vessels from the Leeward Islands, laden with rum and sugar, arrived in our harbour.
   Two ships from Danzig, laden with 3000 barrels of wheat, also entered this port.
   In consequence of the timely and abundant fall of rain on Sunday, potatoes have fallen six pence per stone in our markets.
   George Hart, an honest Yorkshireman, has advertised a reward for the recovery of his wife, who has eloped from him, as he pathetically complains, the third time.
   Letters from Canada represent the wheat in those provinces to be, beyond all precedent, abundant.

CORK, AUG. 28.
   Yesterday, James Sullivan was tried in the county Court-house, for the murder of Mr. Timothy M'Carthy, near Cloghroe, and his servant Mich. M'Carthy, of which he was convicted, and is to be executed to-morrow, pursuant to sentence, at the place where the murder was committed.—Ten more were tried for the same offence and acquitted.

   Thomas and John Carson were tried for the wilful murder of Charles Cassidy, at Kilmainham-wood, in this county, (Meath) on the 11th of June last.
   It appeared in evidence, that the two prisoners (brothers) went after the parade of yeomanry, to which Thomas belonged, into a public-house at Kilmainham- wood ; that it being the fair day, the house was much frequented, and (as too commonly happens in such houses) several quarrels had taken place amongst the different guests, which the landlord swore, the Carsons, and particularly Thomas, had exerted themselves to make up ; that towards the close of the day, a number of persons named Cassidy, came into the room to drink, (though not in their company for some time). . . .
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