Newspaper Items 1812-1816

Note the use of the letter ‘f’ which was generally used as the second ‘s’
in words until the late 1700s. This ‘f’ is actually a ‘long s’ and
if written in long hand wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) have the crossbar. Examples
of the long s in a hand written document almost always show an s that is
stretched in length below the line of text and (depending on the speed
of the writer) can look more like an f than an s. And, since rules are made
to be broken – many of the documents I’ve seen do have a crossbar – those
s’s look like f’s.

Also, I’m assuming, that like myself, most people don’t suddenly stop using
a familiar writing or spelling style just because it falls out of fashion.
The long s didn’t die out overnight; in fact, it didn’t die out until all
the people who had been trained to that system died out.

Speaking of which, I am so tired of posting links to fascinating articles
that disappear because a web master suddenly redesigns an entire website
causing all the links to break. Or even worse in my opinion, the website
in question, which had been free at the time of my posting decides their
content is suddenly worth a subscription. This has happened too many times
for me to post links to sites that will tell you (and in some cases, more
than you would ever want to know) all about the history of the long s
in the development of our written history…

Paste the following phrase into a google search window,
   use of the long s in English writing
and you will be informed. Honeftly…

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser was published in St John’s.
Vol. 1 No. 1 was published on Aug 27 1807, and the last edition Vol. 117,
No. 40 on Sept 30 1924.

Google News has many editions available for viewing, including the years 1810-1816.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Jan 9 1812, Thursday

No. 229 — Vol. V.

All Perfons having juft demands againft the Eftate
of GARRET WALSH , of Carricktohil, Ireland, but
late of Carbonear, deceafted, are hereby requefted
to prefent them to the Subfcriber, duly attefted; and
all Perfons indebted to the faid Eftate, are defired to
make immediate payment to
. . . . . . . . . . HENRY CORBIN WATTS, Adm’r.
Carbonear, 19th Dec. 1811
[Note: spelling as shown.]

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Jan 20 1814

— item dated Dec 16th 1813.
FOR SALE, By Public Auction, At the Merchants’s-Hall,
On Thursday the 20th January next, At 12’oclock,
All that valuable and extensive Fishing-Room, situated at
the Southside of Cat’s Cove, in Conception-Bay, and lately
occupied by JOHN FLANNAGAN, senr. deceased.
AT the same time, Will be Sold, That valuable FARM, situated
near Friendly-Hall–known by the name of Whelan’s Farm ;
under a Government Rent of Ten Shillings per annum.
GEO. LILLY, Auctioneer.
St John’s, 16th Dec. 1813.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Jan 20 1814

TO LET
The Lease of those Tenements, commonly known by the name
of LANSWORTHY’S PLANTATION.–a new Lease to be granted,
and entered into possession 21st of Oct 1814 ; –now occupied
by PATK McGRATH, PATRICK WALSH, PHILIP DWYER, JAMES
CERCY, AND OTHERS.–Apply to Mrs ELIZABETH McLEAN, (or
her Husband), the proprictor, formerly Mrs ENGLISH, River-head.

~
DESERTED
From the service of PATRICK GLEESON, this morning,
JAMES MURPHY, by trade a Blacksmith, arrived from
Ross in the Sch’r Thomas, last spring. — He is of low
stature, and foxy coloured hair — a native of Ireland.
Whoever will apprehend the above named Deserter,
or give such information as will lead to his apprehension,
shall receive a Reward of Five Guineas.
Masters of Vessels and others are hereby cautioned not
to harbor, conceal, or carry off the said JAMES MURPHY,
as they will be prosecuted to the utmost rigour of the
law.
St John’s, 5th May, 1814.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Oct 13th 1814

NOTICE
All persons having claims on the Estate of JOHN FLANAGAN,
Sen., of Cat’s-cove, deceased, are desired to furnish them
attested at the Counting House of Messrs. Baine, Johnston
& Co. on or before the 25th proximo, as after that date no
claims will be attended to, that have not previously presented,
a final Dividend then intended to be made.
WM. JOHNSTON, Trustee.
St John’s, 22nd Sept. 1814.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Dec 1st 1814

DESERTED
From the service of the Subscriber, JOHN ADAMS, about 15 years of
age; 4 feet 10 inches high, brownish complexion; short brown hair;
walks somewhat with his knees tanned in — a Native of the neighbour-
hood of Shaftesbury, England– came out to this place from Poole,
attended with an expence (sic) worthy of Notice, in the Brig JOHN and
MARY, THOMAS COLLINS, Master, in the Month of June last, and left
this yesterday in the Schooner MARY, MICHAEL GREEN, Master, intended
for the Port of St John’s.
A Reward of Three Guineas is hereby offered to any person or persons
who will apprehend the above named Deserted, being an Apprentice,
and not improbable may name himself JOHN BAKER or TANSVILL.
Any person or persons harbouring or employing him after this Public
Notice, will be prosecuted as the Law directs.
But on his being delivered to Messrs. PARKER, BULLEY, JOB & Co. will
be entitled to the above Reward.
JOSEPH BESANT, Jun.
Little-Placentia, Nov. 6th, 1814.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Jan 12 1815

THOMAS CURREEN, of the County of Waterford, Ireland, but late of
Hollyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Planter, deceafed.
All Perfons, having just demands againft the Eftate of THOMAS
CURREEN, of the County of Waterford, Ireland, but late of
Hollyrood, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Planter, deceafed, are
hereby requefted to prefent them to the Subfcribers, duly attefted;
and all perfons indebted to the faid Eftate are defired to make
immediate payment to
THOMAS FENNEL,
JOHN RYAN, Adm’rs.
Hollyrood, 24th December, 1814.
[Curran – Fennel – Ryan – Holyrood]

[page preceeding Mar 16th 1815 issue but undated.]
The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser

FARDY and GRACE, of Holy-Rood, Conception-Bay, Planters.
Whereas the above Firm of FARDY and GRACE, of Holy-Rood,
were this day declared INSOLVENT, in the Surrogate Court of
Harbor-Grace, in pursuance of the Statute of 49, Geo 3rd, Cap.
27 ; and the Subscriber having been duly appointed to proceed
to discover, collect and sell the Effects of the said Fardy and
Grace, for the benefit of their Creditors. All Persons indebted to
the said Firm are desired to make immediate payment to the
Subscriber ; and all Persons to whom it may be indebted, are
desired to send in their Accounts without delay.
JOHN MAYNE, Trustee.
Harbor-Grace, 6th Feb 1815.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
May 4 1815

SHERIFF’S SALE.
TO BE SOLD, By Public Auction,
At the Court-House,
On Saturday next the 6th instant,
At 12 o’clock,
By Virtue of an Execution from the
Supreme Court,
A Fishing Room in HARBOUR-MAIN, Conception Bay,
— consisting of a Stage, Flake, Dwelling House, &c.
— property of PATRICK CORBAN and PHILIP WALSH
Planters. For particulars apply to the High Sheriff.
All Persons having Claims upon the said Room, are
desired to apply to the Sheriff, on or before the Day
of Sale.
St John’s, 4th May, 1815.
[Corban – Corbett – Walsh – Harbour Main]

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Sep 7 1815

All Perfons having any demands againft the Eftate of
WILLIAM DAWSON, of County Dorset, England, but
late of Cat’s-Cove, Newfoundland, Planter, deceafed,
are requefted to furnifth their Accounts to the Subfcriber,
duly attefted. and all perfons indebted to the faid Eftate,
are defired to make immediate payment to
ANDREW SIMPSON, Adm’r.
St John’s, 7th Sep, 1815.
[Dawson – Cats Cove]

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Jan 4 1816

THOMAS POWER, and MAURICE MURPHY, of Cat’s Cove,
Conception Bay, Planters, and Co-partners;
Whereas the said THOS. POWER and MAURICE MURPHY, were
on the 28th day of December, now last past, declared INSOLVENT,
by the Surrogate Court, in pursuance of the Statute of 49th Geo. III.
cap. 27th : And whereas the undersigned hath been duly appointed
Trustee, in orfer to discover, collect, and dispose of the Effects of the
said THOMAS POWER, and MAURICE MURPHY, for the general benefit
of their Creditors–ALL Persons who are indebted to the said T. Power,
and M. Murphy, or who have in his, her, or their possession, any Effects
belonging to them, are hereby required not to pay or deliver the same
to any person but the said Trustee, or to such person as may be appointed
his Agent, to receive the same; and to give notice thereof to him or
them without delay.
CHARLES his + mark GUSHUE
The Trustee gives notice that he has appointed Mr GEORGE LILLY,
Notary Public, to be his Agent to the above Estate.
4th Jan 1816.

The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
Thursday, Jan 11 1816.

COMMUNICATION
The under-mentioned Perfons have been duly declared Infolvent,
in the Surrogate Court, St John’s, Newfoundland on the following
dates:–
21 ft Aug. [1815] Peter McPHERFON & Co. of Port-de-Grave, Merchants.
2 d Nov. Thomas McGRATH, St John’s, Planter.
6 th Edmond KEARNEY, St John’s, Taylor.
” Jospeh BUTLER, St John’s, Dealer & Chapman.*
” Joseph & Edward BUTLER, ST JOHN’S & HARBOR MAINE, DO. DO.
” James WITHERS, St John’s, Baker.
9 th Michael O’DALY, St John’s. Dealer & Chapman.
13 th Lawrence BYRNE, St John’s, Boat-keeper.
16 th Martin FLING, KELLIGREWS, BOAT-KEEPER.
” James McDONALD, St John’s, Carpenter.
23 rd, John KENNY, St John’s, Dealer & Cooper.
” Peter & Thomas WALSH, CONCEPTION BAY, BOAT-KEEPERS.*
” John SKINNER, Petty Harbor, Planter.
” James CLIFT, St John’s, Merchant.*
27 th, William BRINE, Torbay, Planter.
” Philip DOYLE, St John’s, Sailmaker.
” John KICKHAM, St John’s, Boat-keeper.
30th, John FOOTE, jun., St John’s, Butcher.
1 ft Dec., John KENFELLA, Ferryland, Taylor.
4th, Philip BUTLER, HARBOR MAINE, PLANTER.
7 th, Vincent COFTIGAN, St John’s, Dealer & Chapman.
” Richard HARDING, St John’s, Taylor.*
27 th, Richard HEANY, St John’s, Publican.
” John HOULEHAN, Jun., Renews, Planter.
” Timothy MURPHY, St John’s, Shoemaker.
” DOOLING & KELLY, St John’s, Dealers & Chapmen.
28th Thomas PINE (sic) and Maurice MURPHY, CONCEPTION BAY, PLANTERS.
Jan 3d, 1816. BUTLER & TODRIDGE, Burin, Merchants.
” WALSH & BAKER, Petty Harbor, Planters.

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