Belfast Commercial Chronicle - Monday, 18 February 1805


On the 6th ult. at Crawley, in Surrey, Elizabeth Eede, of a daughter, who was herself born on the 14th pf September 1792; by which it appears, that the juvenile mother is only 14 years, 3 months, and 24 days old!


Saturday, at the Earl of Warwick's, Hill-street, Berkeley-square, London, the Earl of Clonmel, to Lady Harriott Greviile, second daughter of die Earl of Warwick.

On Tuesday, at Tulford, Staffordshire, Mr. T. Juksip, aged 79, to Mrs. M. Hollinshead, aged 98 years, both of Meir-Heath, after a courtship af 25 years. The bride was attended to church by her great-great-grand-daughter.


On Wednesday evening last, of a tedious illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, Miss Francis Forcade, daughter to Mr. John Forcade of this Town.

On the 8th instant, at Glyn, in the 86th year of her age, Mrs. M'Cleverty, relict of the late Captain M'Cleverty, of the Royal Navy.

On the 30th ult. John Robison, Esq. Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh.



On Friday, Feb. 1, the Earl of Abergavenny, Captain Wordsworth, sailed from Portsmouth, with the other outward-bound East Indiamen, under convoy of the Weymouth frigate. The weather being unfavourable, and the wind strong against them, induced them to return into Portland Roads. The Weymouth frigate separated the very first night. The Wexford, Captain Clark, being the oldest Captain, and of course Commodore, made the signal for the ships that had pilots on board to run for port. At about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, having got a pilot on board, the Earl of Abergavenny bore up for Portland Roads; but the ebb-tide setting in fast, and slack wind, she drove on the Shambles off the Bill of Portland. In about an hour she cleared the rocks, and signal guns of distress were immediately fired. At 4 p.m. she made much water, and gained fast upon the pumps. The crew endeavoured to bail her at the fore hatchway; but all their endeavours to stop the leak, or keep the water under, were found to be vain. -- From that time to dark, and till eight o'clock, the situation of all on board was dreadful in the extreme; it was impossible to save the ship, which was eventually sinking fast, and settling in the water. At 8 p.m. the guns of distress were fired incessantly for boats to come off to save the crew, passengers, and King's and Company's troops on board. The Purser was dispatched at eight, in one of the ship's boats, with the Papers and Dispatches, in order to save them. One boat came off from the shore; which took on board two ladies and three gentlemen, passengers. About 10 p.m. the water had got a hove the orlop-deck, in spite of the most unremitting endeavours of the officers and crew, who behaved in die most cool exemplary manner. In the mean time, all on board were anxiously looking out for the boats from the shore. Unfortunately, in the general distress and agony of the moment, the ship's boats were not hoisted out. At 11 p.m. the ship gave a surge, and went down almost instantaneously, in twelve fathoms water, two miles from Weymouth Beach. As she was sinking, the crew and passengers ascended the tops of the masts, about 80 persons in the whole. There were on board altogether nearly 400; of the ship's crew were 160; between 50 and 6O passengers; and the rest King's and Company's troops, the latter of which amounted to 130. Some Chinese were also on board, to the number of 30. All but those who had got up the shrouds, and into the long boat, which floated, and who were at the top of the wreck, were lost, to the number of 300. About half-past 11 p.m. boats were seen coming off the shore, and approached near enough to be hailed; but they could not save those who were still clinging to the shrouds and wreck. About 12, a sloop came to an anchor, close to the ship, sent a boat, and took off most of the persons we have mentioned as being above water, and carried them to Weymouth. Not a single article of property, or cargo, which was to an astonishing amount, was saved. She had goods on board, on the Company's account, about 100,000/.; and 250,000 ounces of silver, on private account; besides goods to the value of half a million. She is supposed to be the richest ship that has sailed for India for some years past. As soon as the ship was going down, Mr. Baggot, the chief Officer, went to the quarter-deck, and told the Captain "all exertions were in vain -- the ship was rapidly sinking." Captain Wordsworth looked him in the face, and, with every appearance a heart-broken man, answered, "Let her go!" -- From that instant the Captain was motionless. As the ship sunk, however, many who had climbed the shrouds descended to save him; but to no effort.

The exertions of Cornet Burgoyne, and the Officers were most exemplarily gallant; they did all that human nature could do, at the hazard of their lives.

The ship was of the largest tonnage, above I,500 tons, and was destined to Bengal and China. She was laden to Bengal with the most valuable articles, and crowded with passengers; 40 sat down daily at the Captain's table, and above 14 at the third Mate's. The first and third Mates were on shore when she left Portsmouth, and paid 40 guineas for a boat, which enabled them to join this ill-fated ship after she lead weighed anchor. Captain Wordsworth was a man of remarkably mild manners; and so temperate was his disposition, that he was known among his shipmates by the title of "the Philosopher."

The state of those of the crew and passenger who were able to climb the tops, was frightful beyond all possible description. The swell of the sea was dreadful; and every moment they perceived some friend floating around them for a while, then sinking into the abyss, to rise no more. The sloop that came from the shore, after having taken most of the people from the tops, was scudding with all the sail she could carry for the shore, when Mr. Baggot, the chief officer of the Earl of Abergavenny was discovered close astern of the ship. The sloop immediately lay to for him; but this noble-spirited young man, although he had a rope in his hand, quitted his hold, and, disregarding his own safety, plunged after Mrs. Blair, an unfortunate fellow-passenger, whom he perceived floating at some distance. He succeeded in coming up with her, and sustained her above water while he swam towards the sloop; but just as he was on the point of reaching it, a terrible swell came on, and his strength being totally exhausted, he sunk and never rose. The unfortunate Mrs. Blair sunk after him; and this generous youth thus perished in vain. -- It is an extraordinary fact, that Captain Wordsworth felt such an unaccountable depression of spirits, that be could not be persuaded to go through the usual ceremony of taking leave of the Court of Directors on the day appointed; and it was not until the Wednesday following, which was specially fixed for that purpose, that he yielded to the wishes of his friends, and reluctantly attended the Court. He had been two voyages as Commander, and expected that this his third voyage would make his fortune. He has left a wife and large family. It was supposed that the ship's bottom had been beaten in exactly under the pumps, and that, therefore, they could not work with effect. During the two hours the passengers remained in the tops, the ship had gradually sunk seven feet, from whence it was supposed, that she had sunk upon a mud bank. The boats that saved the people in the tops carried them to Weymouth, where they received the most liberal and humane attention.

Total number on board 400. -- Saved about 90 or 100 persons.




EDWARD LINDSAY, Seedsman, respectfully acquaints his Friends and the Public, that the above Seeds are of the very best Quality; the Fruit-Trees consist of the best Kinds of Peaches, Nectarines, Cherries, Pears, and Plumbs, with a few of the most ornamental Shrubs and Plants.

Donegall-street, Belfast, Feb. 18.



TO be Sold, 100 Bolls of the very best Potatoe Oats; Also 150 Bolls best Poland -- Inquire at Mr. JAMRES RUSSELL'S, Derramore, near Belfast. Feb. 18.


Taylor, Ladies' Habit, and Pelice Maker,

BEGS Leave to inform his Friends and the Public, that he has commenced Business, at No.2, Wine-cellar Entry. He hopes, from his attention and manner of execution, to merit a share of public favour. Belfast, Feb. 15.



KAMES BRADFORD has just received, per the Sisters, from Stornaway, a large quantity of DRY LING and COD FISH; likewise wet Ditto, in Barrels; and 9- Barrels of Highland Herrings, all well saved, and of an excellent quality, and will be sold on board the Vessel, on moderate terms. Store-lane, Belfast, Feb. 14.



A LARGE Quantity of Spades; and English and Irish Shovels, of the best Quality; also every Article in the HARDWARE and IRONMONGERY Line; all of which he will dispose of on Moderate Terms, at his Warehouse and Stores, in Bridge-street. Belfast, Feb. 18.



FOUR HUNDRED Bundles of MULE TWIST, of the first quality, from No. 40 to No. 80; and 50 ditto Water ditto, from No. 24 to No. 32, which he can sell on moderate Terms for good Bills on Belfast or Dublin.

He has also on Sale, a large Quantity of NAVAN BAGGING, fit for covering Bacon, or Exportation. -- He will sell it by the Bale, on low Terms. No. 7 South-Parade, Feb. 16.


No. 1 High-street, adjoining the Old Market House, RETURNS sincere Thanks to his Friends and the Public in general, for the encouragement he had =s met with since his commencement in Business. -- Respectfully informs them, he has fro sale, of his own Manufacture, capt and jewelled, hunting and plain Watches; a variety of London made Gold Seals, Chains, and Keys, just imported, which, with a fashionable and general Assortment of Jewellery and Silver Work, will be sold on moderate Terms, wholesale and retail.



MARGARET KIRKPATRICK, grateful for the preference she has experienced since her commencement in Trade, begs leave to acquaint her Friends and the Public, that she intends to quit the MILLINERY & HABERDASHERY Business, and will dispose of her present stock of Goods at reduced Prices; consisting of a variety of neat and fashionable Articles in the above line, at her Shop, No. 26 Ann-street, Belfast.



HAS removed from Wilson-Court, to No. 7, HIGH-STREET, adjoining Mr. Quin's Boot and Shoe Manufacturery. He has lately purchased several new Founts of Types, and fitted up his Printing-Office in such a manner as to be enabled to execute all kinds of PRINTING WORK, so as to merit, a continuance of those favours hitherto so liberally conferred on him.


WHEREAS, on the Night of the 27th December last, the King's Store at Donaghadee was broken by some Persons or Persons unknown, and thereout feloniously taken a considerable quantity of Tobacco, then under seizure. -- The Commissioners of his Majesty's Revenue do hereby offer a Reward of FIFTY POUNDS to any Person or Persons who shall, within Six Calendar Months from the date hereof, give information, and prosecute to Conviction the Person or Persons who were guilty of said outrage.

JAMES ARBUCKLE, Collector. Custom-House, Donaghadee, Jan. 26, 1805.


At Glenarm, on Monday, the 25th inst.

ALL the Chattle Property of the late Mr. JOHN CLARK; consisting of a variety of Household Furniture, 44 Head Black Cattle, 7 Horses, a Parcel of well-saved Hay, a Variety of Farming Utensils, Quarrying Tools, and a Quantity of Ash Timber, fit for different uses:-- Also, the Sloop Diligence, with all her Appurtences. -- Terms, Ready Money. Glenarm, Feb. 11.



RESPECTFULLY informs his Friends and the Public, that he is supplied with Superfine, Refine, and Forest Cloths, Kerseymeres, Coatings, Patent and Constitution Cords, Thickets, Velveteens, Tolinets, &c.: All of which he is enabled to dispose of on the most reasonable Terms. Any Orders left at the Shop, or his House, No. 59, High-street, as usual, shall be punctually attended to.



TAKES the liberty of informing hhis Friends, and the Public in general, that he is about to commence Business in that shop lately occupied by W. and A. AUCHINLECK, opposite Donegall-palce, which will be opened on the 1st March, with an elegant and fashionable Assortment of Looking-Glasses, Convex Mirrors, Drawings and Prints, framed and glazed; Bronzed Figures, holding one, two, and three lights, &cc. &cc. upn a scale not hitherto known in this place...


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Belfast Commercial Chronicle - Wednesday, 20 February 1805


On Friday last, Mr. Thomas Rath of Yorker, County Louth, to Miss Isabella Shaw of Dundalk.


Lately, in Canada, Ytyenti Fohi, aged 102, a native of China, brought to America in early youth. He is said to have descended from the race of the Chinese Emperors; and being of strong powers of mind and body, instituted, in Canada, a Society by the name of "Rousticouche," in imitation of those of his own native country, and in Europe; several branches of which are now in existence in the United States. Some of the objects of these Societies are to obtain and preserve the curiosities of Nature, to forward the arts and sciences, and to practice olympic games, &c. It was in the act of attempting to throw an iron spear, weighing 600 pounds, at a mark 20 feet off, (and which he effected), that he came by his death, having produced a violent haemorrhage.

At Fangask, Perthshire, on the 2d inst. in the 89th year of his age, Sir Stuart Threipland, Bart. Senior Member of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.



SAMUEL & JAMES CAMPBELL have received, per the Lagan, from London, FINE and COMMON CONGOU and GREEN TEAS, NEW RED CLOVER-SEED.

100 Hogsheads FLAX-SEED.


Which they will dispose of on reasonable Terms.

193, North-street, Belfast, Feb. 18.



WILLIAM BERWICK & CO. are now landing, out of the Lagan, Alex. M'Connell MAster, from London,


which, with every orther Article in their line, they will sell on the lowest terms.

No. 1, North-street, Feb. 18.



JAMES BRADFORD has just received, per the Sisters, from Stornaway, a large quantity of DRY LING and COD FISH; likeswise wet Ditto, in Barrels; and 90 barrels of Highland Herrings, all well saved, and of an excellent quality, and will be sold on board the Vessel, on moderate terms.

Store-lane, Belfast, Feb. 14.



Just added to L. WARRIN & CO's. Belfast Circulating Library.

&c. &c.

Every New Publication added to the Belfast Circulating Library.

No. 19, High-street.



WHERAS, on the night of Thurday the 14th Inst. the Muslin Warehouse of JORDAN RUTHERFORD and CO. North-street, was broken into, and robbed of Cash to the amount of about 20/." Now we whose names are hereunto subscribed, do promise to pay, in proportion to the sums annexed to our names, to any person or persons who will discover on, and prosecute to conviction, the Perpetrator or Perpetrators of the above-mentioned Robbery. We also promise to pay the sum of of TWENTY GUINEAS to any Person who will give such Private Information as may lead to a Discovery and Conviction, in Six Months from the date hereof, and their Names kept secret if required.

. s. d.        . s. d.
J. Rutherford & Co. 34 2 6 Alex. Stewart 3 8 3
G. M'Ilveen & Co. 22 15 0 Robert Gordon 5 13 9
Geo. Langtry 11 7 6 John Smyth 3 8 3
Tennent, Knox & Co. 11 7 6 John Ferguson 3 8 3
Wm. Johnson & Co 11 7 6 Thomas Verner 5 13 9
Hill Hamilton 11 7 6 S. and A. M'Clean 5 13 9
Robert Gemmill 11 7 8 John Suffern 3 8 3
H. Crawford 5 13 9 John Graham & Co 11 7 6
J. M. William 11 7 5 G. and B. Bradford 5 13 9
James Gibson 5 13 9 Rob. Linn, & Co. 3 8 3
Seed and Bailie 11 7 6 Rob. Telfair, jun 3 8 3
John Kennedy, jun. 5 13 9 Johnson and Fisher 11 7 6
Douglas & Sweeny 5 13 9 James Bailie 5 13 9
James Kirker 3 8 3 J. T. Kennedy & Co. 11 7 9
R. Getty 5 13 9 N. R. Batt 5 13 6
Wm. and Jos. Stevenson 11 7 6 John and Tho. How 11 7 6
Turnly and Batt. 11 7 16 Thomas Whinnery 5 13 9
Tho. O'Neill & Co. 5 13 9 Wm. Byers & Co. 5 13 9
Geo. Martin 3 8 3 S. and J. Campbell 3 8 3
Boomer and Watt 11 7 6 Hu. Wilson & Son 3 8 3
Greg and Blacker 11 7 6 J. Alexander & Co. 5 13 9
John Bell & Co. 11 7 6 Thomas Heron 5 13 9
Rob. & Wm. Simms 11 7 6 Arthur Harper 5 13 9
Alexander Scott 5 13 9 Francis Lepper 3 8 3
A. and R. Gamble 5 13 9 Thomas Lyle, jun. 5 13 9
Sam. Brown & Co. 5 13 9 Henry Haslett 5 13 9
Blow, Ward & Co. 5 13 9 J. & R. Ashmore 5 13 9
Robert Trail 3 8 3
Wm. Davidson 5 13 9




NEW RED CLOVER-SEED, of the very best Quality, which, with FINE and COMMON CONGOU, SOU-CHONG, GREEN and HYSON TEAS; DANTZIG ASHES; BUTTON BLUE; AMERICAN ROSIN; COPPERAS, &c. &c. he has for sale, on reasonable Terms.

Rosemary-lane, Feb. 18



THOMAS O'NEILL & CO, have just received an extensive Assortment of PRINTED CALICOES, of the most Fashionable Patterns; also a variety of Shawls, Silk Handkerchiefs, Modes, Persians, Ribbons, &c. &c. which were carefully chosen, and will be disposed of on reasonable Terms.

No. 66, Donegall-street, Feb. 18.



WHEREAS, on the Night between Monday and Tuesday last, some Person or Persons unknown broke into the Shop of A. FITZSIMONS, Haberdasher, High-street, and thereout, together with a Variety of other Articles, stole the following Goods, viz.

One piece yellow and green plaid Cotton; one piece black and red ditto; one piece yellow and green Cheque; one piece pink Cheque; several Shawls and Cotton Handkerchiefs, spotted, yellow, black, and bordered; two pieces Dimity, one small hair-cord, the other broad-ribbed; one piece Cambrick; a piece of Flannel; three pieces of white Calico; a quantity of Stockings, Ribbons, and Straw Bonnets.

Now we, whose Names are hereunto subscribed, do promise to pay a Reward of FIFTY GUINEAS, in proportion to the Sums annexed to our Names, to any Person or Persons, who will discover on, and prosecute to Conviction, the Perpetrator or Perpetrators of the above robbery.

Belfast, Feb. 20.

For the names of the Subscribers, and the amount of thier Subscriptions already pledged, reference may be had to the Office belonging to the COMMERCIAL CHRONICLE, where the Particulars are enumerated.



JOHN KENNEDY is landing a small parcel of SWEET WRAPPERY TOBACCO. Samples to be seen at his Office, Waring-street.



IN the Townland of Moyarget, near Ballycastle, a METAL WATCH, Maker's name, John Priest, London, No. 132. -- Whoever returns the same to WILLIAM HILL, of Moyarget, will recieve One Guinea Reward. -- Any Watchmaker to whom the Watch may be offered for sale, is requested to stop it.


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