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Royal Gazette

September 27, 1794

Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies


In his Majesty's Packet boat the Princess Royal, Capt Skinner, Lieut. Gath, of the Royals, Lieut. Mills, of the 49th regiment, and three French gentlemen.


Sep 22 Betty Gylliatt, a free brown woman, Portland

Sep 22 John Micklejohn, ditto


At Richmond, near London, on the 1st of August last, Duncan Fraser, Esq. to Mrs. Sleater, widow of the late Jn. Sleater, Esq.

In this town, the Rev. Edward Marshall to Miss Elizabeth Horn; and Mr. Charles Grey to Miss Ann Warner.


On the 7th of July, at Aberdeen, Jas. Jopp. Esq. of Cotton, in the 73rd year of his age, who for many years filled the office of Chief Magistrate of that city.

On the 12th of July, at this house in Salisbury Square, London, aged 66, Robert Wells, Esq. merchant, formerly of Charleston, South Carolina.

In the Grantham Packet, on his passage to Great Britain, Capt. Napier, of the 13th regt.

At Bumper Hall Pen, Miss Ann Blakeway Smith, daughter of William Smith, Esq.

Montego Bay, Sept 20 - At Belfield, near this town, yesterday se'nnight, Mr. Potts, overseer on that estate.

At Haddington, in this parish, Mrs. Linton.

At Orchard, in Hanover, Mr. Scarlett, Mason.

In Trelawny, Mr. Phillip Morris.


Extract of a letter from Cowes, Isle of Wight, July 23 - About two o'clock this morning came to anchor in this port, the Betsey, of London, Gibson late master, from Jamaica. She parted from her convoy in the Gulph of Florida, and was captured the 20th last, off the Lizard, by Unite, French frigate, in company with the Thaines, three other frigates, and a corvette. Captain Gibson, and his crew, (except the mate, carpenter, cook, a boy, and Mrs. Williams, a passenger,) were taken out of the Betsey by the Frenchmen, and a Lieutenant, and 13 men put on board to take charge of the prize.

On the 23rd in the evening, the ship being driven by heavy gales of wind in sight of Guernsey, a plot was laid for securing the Frenchmen, and to retake the ship. On the Mate's suggesting it to Mrs. Williams, she instantly fainted, sensible, it is to be presumed, but if the scheme failed, every soul would be put to death. Recovering in a short time her composure, she went to the Mate, and, with heroism unparalleled, actually engaged to assist in the execution of the project. At eleven o'clock at night, when the lieutenant was asleep in his birth, and others of the French were between decks, in the fore part of the ship, the signal was given, and Mrs. Williams kept her resolution by locking the lieutenant's door, and standing with her back against it to prevent its being forced: in the meanwhile the Frenchmen on deck were thrust down the fore hatch way by the three men, and threatened with death if they made any attempt to get up. Providence favouring their efforts with a fine breeze from the S.W. in twelve hours they cast anchor in this port, Mrs. Williams in the position, when relieved by a boat's crew, who went on board, of holding a pistol to the cabin door. Thus, by the exertions of a spirited woman, and three brave fellows, have the Proprietors and Underwriters miraculously recovered a ship and cargo worth 20,000L.

There was a dreadful hurricane at the Havanna, the latter end of last month. A frigate of 36 guns, and nearly fifty other vessels, were destroyed, and the loss of lives is supposed to have been very considerable, as more than one hundred dead bodies were picked up in the harbour the day after the storm.

A Negro Pilot coming up from Port Royal in a canoe, on Sunday evening, very unadvisedly threw his legs and feet over the side, and kept them suspended in the water for a considerable time; a shark at length seized them, and mangled the limbs in such a dreadful manner, that the unhappy fellow died a few hours after he was brought on shore.

Monday a duel was fought in Spanish Town by Lieut. B. of the light dragoons and Lieut. N. of the 62nd regiment. The latter was unfortunately shot dead on the spot.

The office of Mr. Dickson, attorney at law, in Harbour Street, near the corner of Church Street, was broke open on Saturday night, but the money, supposed by the intended thieves to be lodged there, having been previously removed, their design was completely defeated.

The store of Mr. Peter McGill, the corner of Port Royal and King Streets, was burglariously entered on Thursday evening before ten o'clock, and the iron chest, without any apparent violence having been used to effect the purpose, plundered of near 700L in cash.

CAVEATS entered in this Office

On whose Estate/By whom entered

Sep 20 Currie, C. Doug by Robert Sinclair & Thomas Kaylett

Sep 22 Kay, David by Adam Hobkirk

Sep 24 Beal, Edward by Joseph Benjamin

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