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March 9, 1793



March 9, 1793

Marine Intelligence

Ships Arrived at Port-Royal

[Date, Ship, Captain, from]

March 3 Brig Mentor, Deal from Charleston

March 3 Sloop, Phoenix, Burrows, Honduras

4 HMS Providence, Capt Bligh, Port Morant

4 Sloop, Milantho, Nels--, St. Eustatia

5 Brig Sally, Douglas, New York

5 Ship Levant, Boyd, London

6 Governor Wentworth, Kearney, St. Kitts and Port Morant

6 Clemison, Creaves, Anamaboe

6 Lady Penrhyn, Munt, Old Calabar

6 Mary Ann, Cobb, Hull

6 Venus, Krion ?, Anamaboe

7 Schooner Grace, Brynan, North Carolina

7 Ship Star, Smith, New Calabar

7 Bethia, Loren, Hull and Madera

8 Ship Little Jean, Morison, London

8 Edmund and George, Carr, ditto

8 Duke of Clareace [Clarence], Rawson ditto

Sailed from Port-Royal

March 2 Brig Good Intent, Negust, for Boston

4 Ship Union, Thomson, London

4 Schooner Sally, Ward, New Providence

6 Brig Young Hero, Archbold, Liverpool

6 Molly, Maxwell, Wilmington

His Majesty's ship Providence, Capt. Bligh, arrived on Monday from Port Morant.

His Majesty's ships at Port Royal are in such a state of preparation, that they could put to sea at an hour's notice. It is not however very probable they will sail till orders are received from home.

The brig Young Hero, Archbold, which sailed for Liverpool the first instant, returned into port on Sunday, from whence she has since sailed again.

The Schooner Betsey, Laughton, from Norfolk, ran on a reef on Saturday evening near the Pallisadoes, and it is feared she will not be got off.

The French armed brig La Gracieuse sailed from Port Royal on Sunday morning.

The Snows [?] Alathea, Herd, from Liverpool and Cork, arrived at Port Morant on Sunday last.

Capt. Herd sailed from Cork on the 26th of January, in company with the Green Castle, Broster, and Trelawny, Gillies; the former bound to Annotto Bay, the latter to Montego Bay.

A letter was received at Cork, from a respectable mercantile house in London, dated 17th January, which mentioned, that two 74 gun ships and two frigates were to sail in a few days for Cork, as a convoy to the vessels bound to Jamaica.

Provisions were at a very high price when Capt. Herd left Cork. It is not to be understood, that when the Alathea left Cork the embargo was taken off, on the contrary, the owners were obliged to petition the Lords of the Council for leave to depart, and it was some days before permission could be obtained. The demand for beef and pork for the Navy was so great, that the utmost exertions of the contractors at Cork could not keep pace with the orders continually received.

Letters, in town, from England mention that Commodore Murray having attacked the French frigates in Scheldt, the crews ran the vessels near the shore as possible, and then totally abandoned them.

In the National Convention, on the 11th January, the Minister of the Marine gave in his report on the state of the Navy. As a war, he said, was likely to take place with England, the executive Council had given orders for repairing all the ships, and for collecting every thing necessary for equipping them. He presented at the same time, a statement of the expenses of the Marine for 1793 and requested that the Convention would order the pay of the sailors to be augmented. Referred to the Committee of General Defense, with orders to report upon it in three days.

Notice from head quarters is received by his Majesty's regiments of foot in this island, that an augmentation of ten men to each company was to be considered as taking place on the 25th of December last.

We understand that orders have been issued from headquarters, to the respective regiments here, directing immediate returns to be made of the ball cartridges at present in their possession, serviceable and unserviceable, and also of flints.

There is a scarcity of horned cattle throughout the country. Steers fit for market, which lately brought no more than fourteen are now worth eighteen pounds, and in demand.

Twelve or fourteen respectable Gentlemen, suspected of entertaining Aristocratical principles, are imprisoned at Port-au-Prince, and from the virulent disposition of the ruling party there, it is feared their lives are in much danger.

Captain Carr, of the Edmund and George, which arrived yesterday in 42 days from the Downs, spoke the packet going into Dover, from whence he learnt that the King of France was beheaded on the 21st of January. It was added that, in attempting to address the spectators at the place of execution, the King was instantly interrupted by the noise of drums, with which his assassins had surrounded him, for the purpose of preventing the impression of any appeal to the people.

When all the concurrent circumstances are taken into the account, we see no reason to question the truth of the foregoing relation. It appears from the proceedings of the Convention, that the discussion on the King's defense was closed on the 7th of January, and the 14th appointed for the decision by vote, when it is probable that sentence was passed, as Capt. Boyd, of the Levant, who left London the 20th says, an express arrived on the 19th with an account of his condemnation.

The effigy of Thomas Paine, with a pair of Stays in one hand, and the Right of Man in the other, after hanging one day upon a gibbet was burnt at Grenada on the commult [?] amid the shouts of a great multitude of people.

The Legislature of St. Vincent's has voted Captain Bligh, of the Providence, a Cup of real [?] value.

The schooner Britannia, Sloop Hawk, and a Spanish vessel, which sailed on Thursday morning, returned into port yesterday.

Passengers arrived: --

In the Little Jean, Mr. Redford, Mr. Simpson, and Mr. March;

In the duke of Clarence, Mr. W---e?;

In the Edmund and George, twenty three passengers, twelve of whom are French.

In the schooner Grace, Wm. Hodge;

In the Beshia, Mr. Geo. Laton.

Those who have observed the expensive sugar works of the West India islands will be not a little astonished at the following information, extracted from a late publication on the West India trade in sugar etc; "The mill needed by the natives for grinding sugar canes is composed of two pieces of bamboos .....staked in the ground under the tree root contiguous to the spot whence the canes are cutting. This mill does not cost Two Pence altogether, for materials and workmanship."

"The rest of the proceeds is proportionally cheap - a few earthen pots for ? and refining, with coarse hempen bags to put it up for market."


In Vere, on Wednesday the 13th and greatly lamented, Mr. Alex. Stewart---

In St. Andrews, on the 23rd of February last, Mrs. Eliza G Bagwill, wife of Mr. Edward Bagwill.

—In this town, Miss Hannah Renwick, infant daughter of Mr. William Renwick.

Montego-Bay, March:

On Sunday the 20th Jan., arrived in this port the ship Wasp, of Bristol, Robert Jones, master, from New Calabar, with 200 negroes, consigned to John Perry, Esq. The sale was appointed for the 28th,and continued all that week; after which the ship was loaded with fustic , hides, rum, some but packs, a furnace, boiler, and other stores, belonging to a Guineaman condemned here; and being full, was cleared out for Bristol last Saturday, and sailed that afternoon. Two or three days after her departure, a report was spread, that the surgeon had been thrown overboard the day before the ship arrived here. Mr. Perry was first told of this report last Monday afternoon; and next morning, having found two of the crew who were paid off and left on shore, a solemn examination was taken before two magistrates, the collector and comptroller of this port, &c. which tended to raise violent suspicions against the Captain, the Steward (Joseph Nees), a cabin boy, named Tom Beddo, and a negroman called Jack, who shipped himself on the coast, and was to return thither. It being understood that Captain Jones proposed to make some little stay at the Caymanas, and his vessel being a very dull sailer, also a strong weather current having prevailed for some time, a fast sailing vessel was procured and proper persons dispatched, with a warrant to apprehend the above person, if found at the Caymanas; it happening very fortunate that the Chief Magistrate of the Caymanas was here, who backed the warrant. In this stage of the business, to detail the evidence would be improper, if not illegal; suffice it to say, that it appears strong enough to criminate all who are included in the warrant, and the most sanguine hopes are entertained here that the guilty will be brought to a due punishment. The particulars are shocking in the extreme. The post going out just as the first examination was finished, a copy of it was dispatched for the information of the Commodore, in case it should be convenient to dispatch a vessel of war after the delinquents.

It is wonderfully remarkable, that although the ship lay in this harbour thirty-four days, and above half the people were paid off at their own request (and it is now certain that every one of the foremast men knew of the manner of the doctor's death), yet no information transpired until the ship had sailed. Five or six examinations have since been taken, and all the examinants declare they were afraid to speak of it whilst Jones was here, he being a man of such desperate character and conduct though only a youth of about twenty years of age. Amongst other circumstances, it is now come out, and highly probable, that the ship is not intended even to reach Bristol again; it may therefore be proper to describe her, and the persons particularly pointed at in all the examinations.

The ship is 141 tons measurement, hull chiefly tarred, painted black, except blue quarter boards; figure head, and a round house; short top gallant-masts, and copper bottomed; had two or four cannonades mounted.

Robert Jones is a young man, about 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, wore his own hair short, ruddy complexion, coarse broad dialect, and had all the time he was here bloodshed eyes; fond of wearing a black coat, but had Sunday new ones, viz. green mixture, Emperor ? etc.

Joseph Nees, the steward, appeared to be a man of colour, light tawny complexion, curled black hair, a very stout man, about 5 feet 9 inches high, and commonly had one or two black eyes, being a great bruiser.

Thomas Beddo, the boy, is a thin lad. It is believed his hair was light, but he always wore a handkerchief tied over it; about 5 feet 3 inches high, pock-fretten, of a fair complexion.

Jack was a yellow negro, of a very stout make, and spoke a good deal of English. Captain Jones was frequently heard to declare, he would sell Jack at the Caymanas.

Jones carried with him two sets of bills, drawn in his own favour, by John Perry, on John Gordon, jun. Esq. of Bristol, at six months sight, one for 360 other for 292 3s 3d sterling. It will be unsafe for any person to negotiate them, as reasons have occurred since his sailing for ordering them to be noted. He also carried sundry sets to a large amount, in favour of Thomas Jones, Esq. These will not be accepted, unless presented by said Thomas Jones.


Yesterday arrived the ship Trelawny, Gillies, from Cork, in four weeks and six days.

Capt. Gillies sailed from the Spit the 26th of January. The day before, he received the following note from John Roche, jun. Esq. a respectable Merchant at Cove:

"The news of yesterday says, we shall have an immediate war with France, as the French have given a most haughty answer to the Note of Lord Grenville, and refuse giving up the Scheldt. The King of France is found guilty and sentence passed by the Convention. There is great reason to suppose that a general embargo may follow this news, therefore if you can lately get out this day, it would be well to do it."

The Beausoy, Norrie, for this port, and Milford, Shaw, for Lucea, were loading at Cork when the Trelawny sailed.

The Governor Par-, Wirling, arrived at Savanna la Mar, from Norfolk in Virginia, last Monday, in 20 days.



- In England, John Kenyon, Esq. of Chester, in Trelawny.

- At Glasgow, in this parish last Sunday night, Mr. Alexander Rankin: his death was occasioned by the oversetting of his chaise, when his arm was broke, which terminated in a mortification.

Falmouth, March 5.

Arrived since the 26th ult. the Golden Grove, Manlove, from Montego Bay; and Elizabeth, Farrie, from Green Island.

Sailed, the Good Intent, Patulloh, for New York.

Thursday arrived at Rio Bueno the Mars, Rose, from London and Cork.

Yesterday arrived at Rio Bueno the Grange, McDonald, from Savannah.

St. Jago de la Vega, March 7

During the present Court, Mesr. Charles James Sims, Joseph Pneu?, and George Graham Stone, were admitted to the practice of Attornies.

Tuesday Alexander Stewart, charged with the murder of a negro girl in Clarendon, the 27th of December last, took his trial for the offence, when it appearing to the Jury that the intention was not injurious, he was acquitted.

DIED - At Bath, on Thursday last, Miss Mary Bullock, an accomplished young Lady, whose death is much lamented.


Passengers leaving the Island.

March 1 Robert Gooding Hanover

George Williams, Trelawny

Thomas W. Hardin, Westmorland

Ann Hardin, ditto

Hugh Wilson, ditto

George Philips, Kingston

Mary Ramsay, ditto

Frederick Buthman, ditto

William Smellie, St. Mary

Thomas Rees, Kingston

Hannah Dalla, St. Thos. in the East

Henry Cohen, Kingston

Henry E---- ?, Westmoreland

Caveats entered in this Office

Probate estate/ By whom entered

March 1:

Palmer, J. P. / William Savage

Latt__, William/ Thomas Usherwood

McKenzie, Peter/ Alex McKenzie

March 7:

Smith, Francis/ Moses Adolphus Snr.

Same / Moses Adolphus Snr.

Same/ Moses Adolphus Jr.

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