Ireland Old News
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 3, 1824
At his house at Spring-field, in the County of Galway, on the 26th ultimo, Owen M'Dermott, Esq, deservedly and universally regretted. The leading characters of this worthy man were strict honour, stern independence, and an enthusiastic love of Country which no consideration could overcome-at whose wrongs he so often raised his voice and dropt his patriot tear. He was on all occasions, the firm and uncompromising advocate of the oppressed, the able and eloquent supporter of the people's rights, and the undaunted enemy to the abuse of power. The death of such a man must be deeply deplored by every friend to constitutional liberty.
Begs leave to return his sincere thanks
to the Nobility and Gentry for the honor which they have hitherto conferred on
his late Father, in giving him a preference in the above Establishment, and he
hopes, from his unremitting attention, as his successor, to merit a continuance
of their patronage.
500 Two-year old Wethers
Very respectfully offer their sincere
thanks to the Nobility and Gentry who have hitherto so liberally patronized
them, by a preference in the Consignment of Wool; they beg leave to acquaint
them and the Public generally, that they continue the Sale of that Article on
the same terms as heretofore, making but a charge of 2 1/2 per Cent, for
Commission and Insurance of Debts--none for Storage; and are ready to advance on
receipt of Parcels, the probable value of any committed to their care, in the
disposal of which they shall be found to use all possible exertions for the
benefit of the Consigner.
Several communications have been made to Government of the scarcity of potatoes in a district in the Counties of Clare and Galway, the Lord Lieutenant has directed the Police Magistrate to ascertain the facts and report accordingly.
SCARCITY OF POTATOES
A great scarcity of this useful, and to the lower orders, indispensable vegetable, exists at present in several districts in this county. A failure in this crop last year has rendered it necessary for persons in various quarters of this county, who have before supplied our markets to purchase a quantity of potatoes in this town, and its immediate vicinity. Some of the labouring classes of this town having indicated a strong disposition, and having absolutely attempted to prevent any potatoes from being carried out of town by the country people, it became necessary for the Mayor and Sheriff to interpose their authority. As yet potatoes have not enhanced in price in this town, so as to excite alarm; on every market day the town is abundantly supplied with them, as well as every other description of provisions and under such circumstances we think it ungracious and ungenerous of the townspeople to refuse their neighbours in the country who have, on every occasion, supplied them, particularly as the market affords more potatoes than is sufficient for the consumption of the town. Today, whilst Mr. Sheriff Browne was escorting a car load of potatoes out of town, a large assemblage of persons collected for the purpose of preventing it; but the Sheriff having sent for a guard, they quietly dispersed; without giving any further resistance. We hope if a recurrence of this kind should take place, that our Local Authorities will discountenance such proceeding, and afford to the poor people in the country every protection, to whom we are indebted for the abundant supplies of provisions brought into this market.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, June 7, 1824
The 31st (Huntingdonshire)
Regiment of Foot has received orders to prepare to embark at Dublin, for
LIEUT-GENERAL- T. Marshall, East India
Company's Service, 20th May, 1824.
THE SEASON, FAIRS, &c.
The late rains in this County has given
it the appearance of a garden, every description of grain and vegetable appears
so luxuriant and blooming. The early potatoes have completely recovered the
effects of the late frosts.-- Carlow Paper.
Several ears of excellent looking new Barley, of full growth, and the produce of the present year, have been left at our Office, on Saturday, the 5th June instant. It is unprecedentedly early to hear of Barley so forward; and it is most gratifying to us to be able to afford this pleasing information to the public, as it will dissipate all fears respecting a scarcity of provisions and will induce those who are reserving corn and potatoes in the expectation of a rise in the price, to bring them into market for sale. The Barley has grown in a field of Mr. Richard Peare's, at Newpark, within three miles of this town. Mr. Peare will be able to send a quantity of new potatoes into the market on the 24th June instant.
PORT NEWS- The American ship, Governor Tomkins, of and for New York, Captain Maurin, sailed yesterday from this port, with salt and passengers.
County of Galway
Part of the Estate of Hugh O'Connor,
Esq, good Meadow, Fattening and Pasture Land, within 12 miles of Ballinasloe,
and four of Loughrea - the Grass preserved since May.
Edward Magennis, Merchant, } Pursuant to an
All obstacles to the erection of the Court-House being now surmounted, matters are in a forward state for its immediate commencement. The site directly opposite the County Court-House is agreed upon. The stones for the building are at present quarrying, and no delay can possibly occur now to retard its erection.
As two Ladies were passing by the Four
Courts on Friday evening last, they were accosted by a Cripple, apparently a
Mendicant, that stands at the waste ground on the quay, near Charles-street, who
snatched a Reticule from one of them and threw it over the adjoining wall, where
he probably had an accomplice to receive it. Females should, therefore, in
passing that way, be cautious, lest they should be saluted in a similar
In St. Andrew's Church, Dublin, by the
Rev. Geo. Blacker, Arthur P. Browne, Esq., Captain in the 50th Regiment, son of
the late Fielding Browne, Esq. of Shroul, County Mayo, and nephew to the late
Sir A. Piggot, M.P. to Maria, second daughter of J. Graham, Esq of Enniskillen,
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 10, 1824
| ENNIS, MAY 31 - On Tuesday
night last two farmhouses the property of Major M'Namara, in the neighbourhood
of Affog, about three miles from Tulla, were maliciously set fire to and totally
consumed; and on Thursday night last; a farmhouse the property of a man named
M'Lounan, residing near Broadford, was also consumed. No reason can be assigned
for those outrages, but that on the following morning they were to be taken
possession of by new tenants.
Thursday night, a barn, in the parish of Ogonelloe, in this county (Clare), in which it is stated £58, the property of Patrick Roughan, a tithe collector, were deposited, was maliciously consumed, a few nights previous, part of his dwelling-house was burned.- Captain Drought and his police are using every endeavour to discover the perpetrators.
A Roman Catholic Chapel is directed to be built at Kilkee, in the county of Clare, and the Protestant visitors at that most desirable sea-bathing coast, hope, that the Bishop of Killaloe will adopt means to have a Church erected there also, as the inconvenience to the visitors is much felt in resorting to Kilfeera, a distance of nearly two miles from the village.
KILKENNY SESSIONS, JUNE 2- John M'Kew who had the temerity to enter this County seventeen days ago, armed with his spade, in search of work, having received a good character from his native place (Mayo) was discharged.- John Ryan, fore being absent from home after sunset, had his trial postponed.
A duel was fought yesterday morning at the Cross Roads, beyond the Brewery Docks, close to Beggar's bush, between a Mr. Dawson and a Mr. Rynd. In the first round the shots missed; in the second, Mr. Rynd received his antagonist's shot in the right breast. The bullet was found in the grass. The wounding not mortal. The cause of the duel is not known.--Cork Paper.
On Saturday last two gentlemen, brothers, of the name of Pollock, and a Mr. Masterson, went out upon a fishing party, at Killishandra, county of Cavan; their cot upset, and one of the Pollocks and Masterson were drowned; the other providentially escaped.
At Greenwich, in Scotland, on the 27th
ult., Henry Martin Blake, of Windfield, in the County of Galway, Esq. to Nichola,
third daughter of Robert T. French, of Monivae castle, in said county, Esq.
The following Peers, connected with
Ireland, voted against placing the English Roman Catholics on par with the
Irish:- Wellington, Hertford, Dighty, Powis, Brownlow, Howe, Charleville,
Longford, Enniskillen, Aboyne, Mayo, Anlen, Donegal, Gort, O'Neill, Thomond,
Ferrers, Carrick, Blount, Edgecombe, Clancarty, Carleton, Oriel, Manners,
Middleton, and Harris; Archbishop of Tuam and Bishops of Dromore and Raphoe.
SCARCITY OF POTATOES
We have received several
communications, both written and verbal, describing the miseries of the poor
peasants in the extensive districts of Cunnemara. The lamentable state they are
reduced to is most alarming; and unless their necessities are quickly relieved,
starvation must be the inevitable consequence. It is very painful to us to be
obliged to represent their destitute situation. If any thing can be done to
ameliorate their state, we would suggest that useful labor should be preferred
to giving them gratuitous relief. A Committee has been formed in the barony of
Moycullen for the purpose of applying to the Lord Lieutenant for relief, and we
hope their application will be attended with success.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, June 14, 1824
DISTRESS IN CUNNEMARA
We have read a letter from a respectable
Clergyman in Cunnemara from which we subject and extract. Nothing can equal the
poverty and distress in that neighbourhood. The poor are in a more wretched
condition than can possibly be imagined; and if some means are not immediately
resorted to, we shall have them crowding into Town with all their infirmities.-
Our poor here are numerous, but adding to their numbers would be a ruinous
consequence. It is unnecessary for us to go into particulars of what might
follow. We have had so many proofs in 1822, that it must be fresh in the
recollection of every person.
| CARLOW, JUNE 10- The Fair of Orchard, in this
County, held on Tuesday last, presented but a poor show of Cattle, yet the
supply was fully equal to the demand. Pigs were a complete drag, owing to a
considerable number having died on the Fair-green from the scorching rays of the
On Monday last, apple potatoes to our market advanced to the enormous price of fifteen shillings per barrel.
CORK, JUNE 9- A report was in circulation yesterday evening, that a man, named Cotter, had been apprehended in the neighbourhood of Newmarket by the Police, charged with the murder of the unfortunate Brereton, who lost his life at Knockacoppel, near Mill-street, in attempting to convey the Mail from Killarney to this City, during the memorable days of the "Carriganimy affair."
KILKENNY SESSIONS, JUNE 8- John Ryan and Kyran Phelan, from Galmoy, were separately tried on the charge of being absent from their homes after sunset, and acquitted.
MAYO, CASTLEBAR, JUNE 7- Committed to our County
Gaol, by the Magistrates of Kilmain Barony, assembled at Petty Sessions at
Ballinrobe, on Monday, the 31st May, Jas. Rowland, charged upon oath of several
witnesses, with having set fire to Mr. Fair's haggard on the 7th May.
On Monday last, Mr. Livingston ascended in a balloon from the Barrack-square of Belfast.- About 16 minutes before eight o'clock PM the inflation having been completed, and signal guns again fired, it was removed to the centre of the barrack-yard, the band playing a lively air as it passed along. Mr. Livingston now boldly ascended the car, and the balloon, at nine minutes before eight o'clock, rose majestically over the assembled crowd, and slowly floated through the clear atmosphere, towards the Cave Hill. When it had attained a considerable height, probably a mile, the current of air into which it had ascended, forming and obtuse angle with the line of its former direction, towards the Cave Hill, changed its course and bore it to the sea shore. Mr. Livingston, therefore, not choosing to hazard a voyage across the water, at that late hour of the evening, descended with safety, in a field belonging to Mr. Boomer, at Sea View, a short distance from the strand, where with the assistance of a man, who witnessed the descent, he secured the balloon and car. The day was remarkably fine-the air clear and warm below- though Mr. Livingston, we have been told, found it very cold in his ascent. He was aloft about nine minutes when he began to descend. The field in which he alighted is distant, we believe, about a mile and three quarters from Belfast.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 17, 1824
On the 8th instant, at Aberdeen, the
Lady of Lieutenant-Colonel Lindsay, of the 78th Highlanders, of a daughter.
In St. Peter's Church, Dublin,
Christopher Tuthill, Esq. Lieutenant in the Royal Navy to Grace, second daughter
of Robert Reeves, Esq. of Dublin.
On the morning of Tuesday last, at his
lodgings, Rathmines, Dublin, in the 24th year of his age after an illness of
five weeks, Nicholas O'Flaherty, Esq., eldest son of Morgan O'Flaherty, Esq. of
Tralee. His disease was a rapid decline, consequent on a very severe fever, from
which a constitution uncommonly strong and unimpaired, aided by the vigilance of
his medical attendants, who were of the very first eminence in the metropolis,
was not sufficient to rescue him. This young gentleman had nearly completed his
surgical studies, under the able superintendence of Surgeon M'Namara, of
York-street, whose inmate he had been during the last four years and a half, and
whose parental care, and that of his entire family, he had experienced during
his illness. His course through the University had been likewise marked by
repeated honors. But however great his intellectual endowments, they were
evidently outstripped by some of the finest propensities of the heart. His
demeanour unassuming, gentle and amiable, his habits regulated, his morals pure,
his sympathies generous and expanded. In the freshness of his youth, in
the fullness of his fair prospects, in the unmixed future of his honourable
career, this best of sons and relatives has been suddenly snatched from his
broken-hearted Parents and inconsolable friends. His remains were removed to the
family vault at Ardfort.
The Lord Chancellor has been pleased to appoint the
following Gentlemen to be Justices of the Peace and Quorum for the Counties as
IRISH MINES- Notwithstanding the Standing Orders introduced by Lord Lauderdale, the Irish Mining Bill, thanks to Lord Harrowby-has been read a second time. The Standing Order was suspended at his Lordship's instance, and with scarcely any opposition the question passed. There is no doubt that the Bill will finally become a law-and a fair prospect will be opened to the industry and capital and what, we own gratifies much more, to a part at least of the Population of the Country. There will be some employment at any rate-and the very impetus given, will have the effect of producing more.
The Rev. Mr. Hughes, Parish Priest of Moycullen, acknowledges to have received, without any solicitation from Mr. Catherall, of Chester, the sum of 30s. on that humane Gentleman hearing that his parishioners were totally destitute of provisions.
LINE OF ROAD FROM CRAUGHWELL TO LOUGHREA.
A line of Road, considerably shortening the distance from Craughwell to Loughrea, and avoiding several hills, has been presented for, and granted by the Grand Jury at the last Assizes. The money is ready, and we are not aware of any obstacle existing to prevent it from being immediately commenced. We hope it is not necessary for us to urge the Gentlemen in that neighbourhood to exert themselves on the behalf of their poor and miserable tenantry, who, we are credibly informed, are little removed from starvation, owing to the present scarcity of provisions in that quarter.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Monday, June 21, 1824
Royal Regiment of Horse Guards-Hon.
George Weid Forester to be Cornet by purchase, vice Sir H. Hill, who retires.
| The following is the
official return of the killed and wounded, form the 1st to the 21st of January,
received at the Colonial Office on Thursday; the bearer was Captain Laing, of
the Royal African Corps:
His Excellency Brigadier-General Sir C. M'Carthy, killed.
Colonial Staff-Thomas S. Burkle, Esq. killed; John Task Williams, Esq. wounded, taken and ransomed.
2d West India Regiment-Captain Rickets, wounded and escaped; Enisign Wetherell, killed; Surgeon Teddie, killed.
Royal African Colonial Corps-Captain L'Estrange, died of exhaustion; Ensign Erskine, wounded and escaped; Ensign M'Leane, died of fever occasioned by fatigue.
Royal Cape Coast Militia-Captain Heddle, killed; Captain Jones, taken; Captain Raydon, missing, supposed killed.
Royal Volunteers-Captain Robertson, killed; Lieutenant D. Graft, wounded and escaped.
Artificers-Lieutenant Cleland died of a Coup de Soleil.
Ordnance Storekeeper- Mr. J. Brandon, missing, supposed killed.
STATE OF IRELAND
The following article is copied from a
London Paper, The Weekly Globe:
Master Burke sailed yesterday, Friday, in the Hibernia steam-packet, for England, a country where his extraordinary talents, unexampled in one so young, only five years old, are sure to receive that reward, which the liberality of Englishmen always render to extraordinary merits. His fame is gone before him. The applause he received from Dublin audiences was followed by a most polite invitation, which he and his father, Dr. Burke, received from the Lord Lieutenant, to spend last Thursday evening at the Park. His Excellency was delighted and astonished at Master Burke's acting, singing, and his performance on the most difficult instrument, the violin.--[ Freeman Journal of Saturday.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 24, 1824
Tuesday morning, a young man of the name of Bracken, aged about 21 years, was unfortunately drowned, whilst bathing in the river, at the rere of the County Gaol. The poor fellow, although and indifferent swimmer, incautiously ventured into deep water, where he in a few minutes sunk. He was accompanied by two others, who, however anxious about his perilous state, could render no possible assistance, from their inability to swim. His remains were taken out in a short time after, and though medical assistance was in attendance, all efforts to restore animation were ineffectual. A coroner's inquest returned a verdict of --"Drowning by accident."
On Friday, the 18th instant, a meeting was held at Tuam of the Trustees for the Encouragement of industry in the County of Galway, at which Mr. Hyett, Secretary to the London Directors, attended. Applications for the Loan of various sums, from £30 to £100, were made by the Committees of Kiltrasna, Abbert, Downpatrick, Tuam, Cregg, &c. We are happy to observe, that the public attention to this useful and benevolent system has been excited, and hope that the example will soon be followed by the remaining parts of the county.
ENNISKILLEN, JUNE 17- Our fair on Thursday last presented a frightful appearance of turbulence. An immense number of riotous ruffians assembled in the town for the base and brutal purpose, which we have heretofore unfortunately had occasion to notice as governing the rabble of this country; and had it not been for the activity and judicious measures adopted by Major Armstrong, and Hamilton Irvine, Esq. to whom the circumstance was made known, the consequences might have been deplorable. These Gentlemen procured a large party of military from the barrack, some of whom they stationed in different parts of the town, and some, accompanied either by one of themselves or by a constable, they caused to patrole the streets for the preservation of the peace, taking up several cudgels from suspicious persons. Notwithstanding all this precaution, several individuals were barbarously beaten, and groups of ruffians had the temerity to beard the authorities and almost set them at defiance.--Erne Packet.
CORK, JUNE 15- On Saturday night,
between nine and ten o'clock, as Mr. James Wallis, a young Gentleman of most
prepossessing manners, and excellent character, was returning home to the
residence of his grand-father, David Freeman, Esq., within a quarter of a mile
of Youghal, he was stopped by a ruffian, who presented a pistol, and demanded
his watch and money. Mr. Wallis considering resistance vain, delivered both. The
robber then retired a few steps, and firing his pistol with, we fear, fatal
effect, lodged its contents in the belly and stomach of his unfortunate victim.
The young Gentleman, however, got home, but he fell senseless at his
grand-father's door. The opinion of the professional gentleman is, that the case
is not utterly hopeless, though the patient is in extreme danger.
The Dublin Mail to Tuam, upset near Ballinasloe on Friday; Mr .Owen Kelly was slightly hurt.
In several parts of the county Clare the scarcity of potatoes has increased to such a degree, as actually to endanger the peace of the district. On Tuesday last, notwithstanding a very liberal bounty, there was not a single load of potatoes in the market of Ennistymon; and so great was the clamour of the people that a gentleman, whose presence alone restrained them from the commission of outrage, declared that if some means were not taken to alleviate the distress before Monday, he would not answer for the tranquility of the place.--Clare Journal.
Tuesday, two extensive distilleries, and a quantity of potale and malt, were destroyed near Crusheen, county Clare.
The Lord Bishop of Killaloe intends, during the course of the summer, making a tour through the united dioceses of Killaloe and Kilfenora, for the purpose of holding confirmations.
A man was fined 3l. in Waterford this day week for buying a trowsers from a soldier of the 15th regiment, it being part of his regimental necessaries.
DR. BRENNAN OF CASTLEBLANEY.- We sincerely regret being obliged to record the death of one of the most excellent Irishmen the North could boast of - cut of f in the prime of life - in the rapid career of high professional eminence; the loss sustained by the public is not less great than it is grievously afflicting to his friends and relatives. --[ Belfast Irishman.
LONGEVITY.- Died, last Saturday, at the Countess's Bush, county Kilkenny, Mary Costello, aged 102. Her mother, Matilda Pickman, died precisely at the same age. Her grandmother's age is not exactly known, but it exceeded 123 years, and long before her death she had to be rocked in a cradle like an infant. Mary Costello's brother lived beyond 100 years; at the age of ninety he worked regularly, and could cut down half an acre of heavy grass in one day.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
SIR- The statement which appeared in
your Paper of the 17th Instant, under the signature of "A Catholic
Freeholder," relative to my having canvassed the County without success, is
The Public are hereby Cautioned not to
take in in payment or otherwise, any Promissory Notes or Bills, purporting to be
signed by me, and passed to PATRIC DOUGHERTY, as same has never been executed by
me or any value or consideration what ever received, and am therefore,
determined to take such proceedings against him, for my own safety, as the law
may direct- Given under my hand at Galway, this 23d day of June, 1824.
TO BE LET
Containing 59 acres, and also, the Farm
of GORTLEMON, containing 63 acres.--Those Lands are part of the Estate of the
Rev. FREDERICK E. TRENCH, and are situate within 7 miles of Loughrea and 9 of
Those persons who wish to effect a Great Saving in the purchase of WOOLLEN DRAPERY, are respectfully requested to inspect the
STOCK OF WOOLLENS,
At James O'Doherty's, Main-Guard, Who
confidently pledges himself that the Public will be supplied at his House with
WOOLLEN DRAPERY of the very best description that can be procured, at prices
hitherto unknown in Galway.
TO BE LET
As the intended partition of Movilla
Estate cannot be completed for some time, the Lands of Movilla will be Let until
the 1st of May next, in such Divisions as may be agreed on. The Tenants will be
declared immediately on the value being offered. No preference will be given
except to the highest and best bidder.
This morning in High-street, in the
Town of Galway, by the Rev. Mr. Mooney, P.P. Robert Power, Esq. Attorney, to
Anne, third daughter of Anthony Lynch, Esq. Merchant, of this Town. Shortly
after the marriage ceremony, the happy couple set off for Mr. Power's residence
in the City of Dublin.
On Tuesday morning last, in
Abbeygate-street, in this Town, Mr. R.M'Dermott, Dancing Master, much regretted.
COUNTY GALWAY REPRESENTATIVES
GENTLEMEN-At the hazard of being
considered not only impertinent but importunate, I venture again to address you
on the subject of County politics, earnestly entreating your attention to what I
conceive to be your real interests and the interest of the County.
THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, June 28, 1824
CORK, JUNE 18- On the 8th instant,
between twelve and one o'clock in the morning, an outrage of a Whiteboy
character was committed within five miles of the town of Bantry. Two house, the
property of a man named Tyrell, were maliciously burned, in consequence of his
daring to become tenant to Mr. Murphy, for some lands from which the former
tenants had been evicted. All the furniture and provisions belonging to the
unfortunate man were consumed, and it was with much difficulty that he and his
family escaped being burned to death!--[Advertiser.
CORK, JUNE 23- The following Letter has
been addressed to the Editor of the Cork Advertiser:-
CLARE - ENNIS, JUNE 21. At the fair of
Ruan on Friday, a great number of buyers attended; and more business was
transacted, and higher prices obtained for cattle than for the last five or six
years. Three years old heifers rated from 5l. to 6 1/2 guineas a head.
KILKENNY, JUNE 19- After the confession
and execution of three notorious characters at Kilkenny, last Spring, the
opinion became pretty prevalent that the unfortunate Sheas fell the victim of
accidental fire. This was strengthened by several circumstances, to which it is
unnecessary now to allude. A correspondent; however, informs us, that the
indefatigable Magistrate, Francis Despard, Esq., has arrested six persons,
charged, as we are assured, "under positive information," with being
participants in the atrocious crime of burning that unfortunate family. Four of
these fellows passed though this city for Dublin, on last Wednesday morning,
well ironed and guarded, for the purpose, we understand, of being examined
before the Privy Council. The other two, we presume, have been lodged in Clonmel
gaol.- Leinster Journal.
LIMERICK, JUNE 19- Six men, charged
with the attack at Routa, in the Liberties, on Monday, were apprehended on
Wednesday night, but were discharged, after undergoing an examination before the
Mayor and Sir C. Mariett. The Police are on the alert for the villains who
committed this act of barbarity; the poor victims of their lawless ferocity is
not yet declared out of danger.
MULLINGAR, JUNE 17 - On the night of Friday last, an extensive range of offices, consisting of a dwelling-house, barn, stable, and car-house, at Ballagh, within half a mile of this town, the property of Mr. Henry Wilton, of Monte Video, were maliciously set on fire, and totally consumed, together with a quantity of corn, potatoes, farming implements, &c. The conflagration was so rapid, owing to the dry state of the thatch, &c., that the herd and his family had scarcely time to escape with their lives.
I shall now give you a short detail of
what has occurred since I took my departure form Quebec, in the Eliza, of
Dublin, bound for Liverpool, Boswell, master, which has been recently lost. We
sailed on the 17th of November, had fair winds until Saturday, the 23d, when at
7 P.M. the watch was called to reef topsails; at 11 hauled all sails and lay to
under bare polls. In the course of that night the fore and fore-topsails broke
adrift; Sunday very bad weather, with much snow; at two P.m. stowed the sails
for the third time, while drifting to leeward; at one o'clock in the morning of
the 25th, the ship struck on a reef; all her masts were cut away; at two, her
bottom separated from her upper works, when we expected every instant to be
dashed to pieces by the timber with which the ship was laden; at four a boy was
found dead, and about five the cook died also- at day light saw the land distant
about 400 yards, which proved to be one of the Magdalen Islands; at seven two
men jumped overboard, and with great difficulty reached the shore, and very soon
died; at eight A.M. we got into one of the boats, and were driven on shore by
the sea; at nine another seaman died. We reached a hay-stack that was discovered
at a little distance, when the survivors all lay down, with the exception of
Titus Lewis, a seaman, and myself. We proceeded about six miles in search of
houses, but unfortunately were obliged to return to our fellow sufferers without
the least hope of success. Three more men died during our absence; a dreadful
prospect for the survivors; no firing; nothing to eat; no place of refuge or
shelter, excepting the hay-stack; completely exhausted and in want of clothing;
with 12 or 18 inches of snow upon the ground. At five P.M. a man was frozen to
death, at nine another, and at one A.M. a third, and about five a fourth. We
were all in a most deplorable state; some were found to have their feet frozen
in a shocking manner; at six I proposed making an effort to go in search of
firing and provisions; two of us succeeded in gaining the beach, but to no
purpose; the only things we found were some onions and raw tripe, which was
equally divided between the remaining few. The night was spent in prayer, and on
the following morning it was again proposed to make another effort to get
fire and provisions, but it was soon discovered that none were equal to it,
excepting Mr. Browne, the mate, who, with considerable difficulty, reached
a small hill, and to the great joy of the unfortunate party, made a signal that
two men were coming towards us. No one can describe our feelings at that moment,
as we must evidently have perished in a very short time. We were taken by the
strangers to their homes, distant full nine miles, where we received every
kindness it was in their power to show us; it was humble indeed, as the poor
creatures live on the fish they procure during the summer months. On our arrival
we all lay down and remained in a torpid state for several hours. On recovering,
we drank great quantities of tea, made from herbs. Our sufferings for the two
succeeding nights exceeded any thing I had ever imagined, from different parts
of our bodies being very badly frozen, but more too from the pain of our feet,
both nights were passed without sleep.- We remained in this state for nearly two
months, when three of the men lost part of their feet, and another lost his
above the ancle joint, I was myself, from the time of our being cast away,
(about four months), until the first of last month, confined to a straw bed
alongside a fire, and afterwards about ten days on crutches. My general
appearance very much resembled that of a beggarman, as the only articles I saved
were a jacket, a pair of trowsers, one shirt and a night cap. We left the island
on the 9th instant, and after cutting our way through the ice, in a fishing
boat, we landed at Picton on the 13th, and arrived here on the 16th. I have been
very fortunate since my arrival here in finding an old friend &
school-fellow, who has been kind enough to give me clothes, and a bed in his
house. I am now, thank God, in tolerable health.
At Dunkirk, on the 17th inst., Francis
Arthur, Esq. of Limerick.
On Wednesday, in Broad-street,
Limerick, Mr. Edward Murphy, to Miss Ellen Meany, both of said town.
Edward Eyre Maunsell, Gen-} Pursuant to the
I HEREBY CAUTION THE PUBLIC not to give
Credit to any of my Ship's Company, as I will not be accountable for any Debts
they may contract.
TO BE LET
CONTAINING 59 acres and also the Farm
of GORTLEMON, containing 43 acres.- Those Lands are part of the Estate of Rev.
FREDERICK E. TRENCH and are situate within 7 miles of Loughrea and 9 of
6th Regiment of Dragoon Guards-
Lieutenant G. Hume, from he 15th Light Dragoons, to be Captain, by purchase,
vice Langley, who retires.
PURLOINING OF NEWSPAPERS - A fellow was
detected on Thursday evening in the act of stealing a newspaper at the General
Post-Office. He was immediately taken into custody, and will be prosecuted under
the act of the present Session. The practice of purloining papers has of late
become so serious a nuisance, and the cause of so many disappointments, that the
public are much indebted to the Secretary, Sir Edward Lees, for his zeal in
getting the bill passed, which makes it a penal offence.-- D.E. Post.
Friday the Judges met in the King's
Bench Chamber, when the following arrangements were made for the next Summer's
Assizes, which will commence about 25th July next: -
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