Belfast Newsletter - Tuesday, 27 December, 1842


On the 13th inst. at Rose Cottage, Ahoghill, the Lady of the Rev. F. Buick, of a son.


On the 26th inst, by the Rev. A. C. Macartney, James B. Owen, Belfast, to Ruth, youngest daughter of Mr James Woods, Upper Falls.

On the 7th inst. by the Rev. Joseph Jenkins, Richard Henry, Esq, Surgeon, Newbliss, county Monaghan, to Anne Jane, only daughter of the late Alexander Donaldson, Esq., Tullyvallen, county Armagh.

On the 15th inst. by the Rev. James Reid, Mr Andrew Reid, merchant, Ramelton, to Fanny, second daughter of Mr G. Bond, merchant, of same place.

On the 15th inst. in Monkstown Church, the Rev. B. Neville, of Killankere, county Cavan, to Anne Jane, daughter of the lute John Smyley, Q.C.

On the 16th inst. at St. Mare, Lower Canada, by the Rev. Mr Harkin, P.P., Sherbrooke, Lewis I. Drummond, Esq. Advocate, Montreal, and late or Coleraine, to Elmire, eldest daughter of the Hon. P, D. Debartzch.

On the 23d inst. at Lucan, in the county of Dublin, by the Rev. Hugh E. Prior, William Alexander Dougal, Esq. M.D. Commercial Road, London, to Elizabeth Jane, youngest daughter of the late Moutray Erskine, Esq. of Cavan, in the county of Cavan.


In the 81st year of his age, Francis M'Cracken, Esq. of this town.

At Ardmore Glebe, Lurgan, on the 22d inst. at an advanced age, the Rev. D. W. Macmullan, Rector and Vicar of Moyntaghs. The life of this estimable Clergyman exemplified that of the truly Christian Minister.

On the 18th inst. at Killygomane House, near Portadown, Charles Hamilton, Esq. late Surgeon 54th Regiment.

On the 21st inst. at Ballynabrinnan parish of Drumbo, in the 65th year of his age, Mr William Clotworthy. He was a man of amiable disposition, and of sterling principle, who enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

On the 30th ult. at Mottalee, near Magherafelt, Widow Hamilton, in her 104th year. Her understanding to the last was very little impaired; she never at any time found it necessary to wear glasses. She had been for several months unable, without assistance, to move from where she was placed, though free from pain and every disease, save the infirmity of years. She had no previous sickness, but was apparently in her usual state, when she departed life without a visible struggle.

On the 7th inst. in Armagh, in the 80th year of her age, Mary Anne, relict of the late Rev. Robert Tronson.

On the 13th inst. at Creagh, near Tempo, aged 40 years, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr George Anderson.

On the 20th inst. at Chanterhill, Enniskillen, W. C. Tryvillian, Esq. at an advanced age.

On the 8th inst. at Shrewsbury, the Rev. Thomas Atkinson, of Church Stretton, son of William Atkinson, Esq. of Forgney, House, county Longford, aged 36 years.

On the 20th inst. in Limerick, Mr James Jackson, for many years one or the most eminent victuallers and cattle-dealers in the South of Ireland.

We were obliged to omit the following in our Paper of Friday last. (on page 4)


On the 10th inst. at the Glebe, Newbliss, county of Monaghan, the Lady of the Rev. Thomas W. Deering, of a son, still-born.

On the 16th inst. at Lisbellaw, county Fermanagh, the Lady of the Rev. Walter Young, of a son.

October 11, at Toronto, the Lady of the Rev. Dr. M'Caul, Principal of Upper Canada College, of a son.

On the 11th inst. the wife of Mr James Pye, grocer, Skerton, near Lancaster, of a son, being her twentieth child. She is in her 51st year. Both mother and child are doing well.


On the 22d inst. in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, Mr John Russell, son of Mr William Russell, to Charlotte, daughter of Mr William Ardiss, both of Strangford.

On the 19th inst. by the Rev. Hugh M'Cay, Ballysillan, Mr Samuel Titley, Shrewsbury, England, to Sarah, youngest daughter of Mr Joseph Shanks, Ligoniel. Also, on 17th October last, by Rev. H. M'Cay, Mr John M'Lean, Belfast, to Agnes, second daughter of Mr Joseph Shanks, Ligoniel.

On the 19th inst. by the Rev. F. Blakely, Moneyrea, Mr Joseph Black to Miss Mary Brown, both of Clontonacally.

On the 20th inst. in Banbridge Church, by the Rev. Daniel Dickinson, Mr Robert Gracey, Princes-street, Belfast, to Leah, youngest daughter of the late Mr Thomas Martin, Millmount, near Banbridge.

On the 9th inst. by the Rev. William Crozier, of Kilmore, Mr John Martin, of Ballyclan, to Miss Eliza Maharry, of Leggygoen, near Saintfield.

On the 14th inst. by the Rev. William Crozier, Mr William Watterson, of Cluntinaglare, to Miss Mary Martin, of Redemon.

On the 15th inst. by the Rev. William Crozier, Mr Thomas Woods, of Leggygoen, to Miss Anne Orr Cleland, of Killinchy, in the Woods.


On the 10th inst. at his father's residence, Armagh, in the 26th year of his age, Lieutenant Flack, of of the 58th Regiment.

At Cookstown, of malignant fever, caught in the discharge of his professional duty, Richard Murdock, Esq. Surgeon, aged 55 years, much and deservedly regretted.

On the 5th inst. suddenly, at the Lodge, Bundoran, county Donegal, Lieutenant-Colonel Johnston, late of the 8th Light Dragoons.

On the 15th inst. suddenly, Mr John Kerr, of Bishopmill, near Portaferry, aged 9 years; and on the 16th inst. his brother, Mr William Kerr, of Ballyfineragh, aged 53 years, after a long and painful illness. The former who, several years since, was master of the Lagan and other vessels belonging to Belfast, was returning to his own residence from attendance on his brother. He left his father's house after breakfast in his usual health, was observed walking along the road, suddenly stopping, leaning against a ditch; and in a few minutes life was extinct.

On the 11th inst. at Ballyhenry, near Comber, of fever, Hugh, second son of Mr Hugh M'Millan, sen. aged 7 years. He was a young man much esteemed for his urbanity of manners and kind disposition, and is greatly regretted by his friends and acquaintances.

On the 17th inst. at her residence, Great James's-street, Derry, Margaret Dunsheath, at the advanced age of 90 years.

On the 14th inst. rather suddenly, Mrs James Arthur, King's Arms Hotel, Dundalk.

On the 15th inst. at South-quay, Drogheda, Anna, third daughter of the late Thomas Boylan, Esq. merchant.

On the 10th inst. at Long Stone, Lisburn, at the advanced age of 102 (?) James Ferguson, once rather an affluent and always a very respectable inhabitant of that town. He perfectly recollected the circumstance of the French landing at Carrickfergus, having at that period volunteered his services in defence of his country.

On the 14th inst. suddenly, at the hotel, Magherafelt, where deceased and his lady had been stopping for the last week, the Rev. Thomas Nevin Burgoyne, in the 39th year of his age.

On the 15th inst. at her residence, 5, Fitzgibbon-street, Dublin, in the 52d year of her age, Mrs Leech, relict of the late William Leech, Esq. formerly Collector of Customs at Newry.

On the 13th inst. at his residence, Oldtown, county Cork, Henry Evans, Esq. Vice-Admiral of the Red.

On the 10th August, at Singapore, on his way to China, whither he was removing for the benefit of his health, Mr Thomas M'Gowan, in the 34th year of his age. The deceased was son of Mr John M'Gowan, of Mountnorris, and, when a boy, went out to India, where he became a partner in a highly respectable mercantile establishment, a situation he was well qualified to occupy.

On the 8th September last, of fever, at his Plantation, Bacon's Castle, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, U.S. Samuel D. Lanktree. Esq. fifth son of the Rev. Matthew Lanktree, Newtownards, aged 31 years. He was for many years Editor and Proprietor of the Democratic Review and United States Magazine, and raised himself to a distinguished situation in public life by his talents and virtues.


MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. -- On the 12th inst. as a millwright employed by Mr. Samuel Conolly, of Ballybunden, near Killinchy, was in the act of removing some particle of gravel which obstructed the free revolution of the rollers or beetling engines, and having succeeded in its removal, he applied the usual strap by which the engine is revolved. An unfortunate man, named M'Veage, one of the scutchers, incautiously reached forth his right arm, to remove portions of detached flax which might have been the obstacle in the way. His arm became entangled in the machinery, and by the different revolutions of the engine, was most fearfully lacerated, grinding to atoms the bones of hand, arm, and shoulder, besides dragging with it the scapula and clavicle, presenting a most frightful spectacle, mangling the face in an appalling manner, completely denuding the teeth of their covering. Medical aid was promptly procured, and all the lacerated portions of fleshy substance were excised. The poor fellow was removed to the Infirmary here, and is going on favorably under the medical treatment of Mr. Brabazon, the humane and talented Surgeon of that excellent Institution. -- Recorder.


MARK OF RESPECT. -- On Tuesday last, a number of the parishioners of the Rev. Mr. Mant, the newly appointed Rector of Inch, assembled on the few acres of land attached to the parsonage, and with twenty-two ploughs prepared the soil of their worthy and respected Minister for the reception of the seed. A similar act of good feeling was also manifested about a month ago, ten ploughs were sent on that occasion to prepare the ground for wheat. Downpatrick Recorder.


On Friday last, eight sheep and one hundred and thirty sixpenny loaves, the produce of Mr. Brett's charity, were distributed amongst 122 of the poor of this town, under the direction of the Rev. James Ford, Curate of the parish. Ibid.


The 26th, 41st, and 49th Regiments have been placed under orders to return home. They are to leave India for this country about the beginning of February next. The 26th and 49th proceeded from China to Bengal on the ratification of the treaty of peace, and the payment by the Chinese of the first instalment of the war expenses. -- United Service Gazette.


ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT. -- Col. Lewis, of the Royal Engineers, has been appointed to succeed Col. Holloway in the command of the Engineer Department in Ireland. Lieut.-Colonel G. F. Thompson, of the Royal Engineers, has been appointed to succeed. Lieut.-Colonel Blanshard in the Belfast district -- the latter officer having been ordered on foreign service. Station, Belfast.


OULD NICK'S SECURITY FOR HIS RENT. -- "I'm afther thinking, yet honor, it's yersilf can be letting ould Nick O'Brien a bit of a cabin, to hould his wife and childer," said a wild-looking Irishman, from the mountains of Connaught, as he entered the office of one of our house-factors. "And who will be cautioning old Nick, for the payment of his rent?" asked the factor, eyeing him as no bad impersonation of the character whose name he had so cooly assumed. "Och! if it's the matther of caution you mane, nobody but his honour, the gintleman of the Savings' Bank, will do that for ould Nick," said the wild looking mountain man, as he threw down a well-fingered Savings' Bank pass-book. On examining this document, the house-factor found that Nicholas -- for such was his real name had been for a good while a regular depositor in the Savings' Bank, and had saved a number of pounds. On being asked how he managed to save so much money in these hard times, Nicholas replied, "I found my wife Judy beginning to strike hard to the tay, and the shugar, and the swate buther, and the potheen, like her Scotch neighbours, jist as if she'd been the wife of yer honor; so I said this is not honour to Ould Nick; and I tuk to spind the money mysilf, and to stick to the stir-about, and praties and bacon, and thin I could call and see his honour at the Bank now and again on a Saturday, and lave a crown." Judging Nicholas by his bank pass-book, and the description of his household economy, to be an honest and prudent man, though somewhat rough in appearance, the house-factor let him a house. But no sooner was Nick settled in his new home than one after another of the previous tenants called to ascertain what kind of man they had for a neighbour, Instead, however, of saying anything of him, the factor asked what they had to say of him. To this they could only reply -- "Oh, nothing; but he looks so queer, and they call him Nick; and he is always banning the tea, and the sugar, and the fresh butter, and the whisky, as things only for the gentry." Nicholas, however, had a heart to be kind as well as a mind to be industrious and saving, and by bestowing or lending a shilling to his less provident neighbours in their times of distress, he very soon convinced them that Ould Nick was but a misnomer for one that was honest, industrious economical, prudent, and generous -- one that was all this by means of the Savings' Bank. -- Glasgow Argus.


THE LATE FRANCIS M'CRACKEN, ESQ. -- In our obituary this day will be found a notice of the death of Francis M'Cracken, Esq.; but we feel that his memory is entitled to more than the formality usual on similar occasions, He was the last survivor of the first Belfast Volunteer Company, enrolled on the 26th of March, 1778, and, during a period of more than sixty years, he carried on business as a highly respectable merchant in this town, with the universal esteem of all classes of the community. His maternal grandfather was Francis Joy, who, in the year 1737, established the Belfast News-Letter, at that time the third, now the first newspaper in Ireland, and, consequently, the memory of Mr. M'Cracken is, at our hands, entitled to special consideration. We may add, that, at the period of his decease, this worthy old citizen was in the eighty-first year of his age.


PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE FROM DROWNING. On Sunday morning last, as a gentleman belonging to this town was passing along the paper-mill bridge, he observed the body of a woman floating in the water beneath; when, in the most intrepid manner, he leaped in, and, after much exertion, succeeded in dragging her out. After procuring some assistance, he had her conveyed to the Police-barrack, in Cromac-street, and medical assistance instantly sent for. In a few minutes Dr. Sloan was on the spot, and ordered that she might be wrapped in blankets and placed close to the fire. She was to all appearance quite dead; but we are glad to state, that, by the care and attention of Sergeant Campbell and the other policemen, who assisted in carrying' her to the barrack, together with the superior skill of the medical gentleman already mentioned, she, to the astonishment of all around her, revived.We regret that the gentleman who behaved in such a heroic manner, refuses to have his name published, as he certainly deserves much commendation for his praiseworthy conduct.


WOMAN DROWNED. -- On Sunday morning last, between three and four o'clock, an unfortunate woman, named Sarah M'Nally, fell into the water at Donegall-quay, and was drowned. She was first observed by a man who was in charge of a vessel lying alongside, and he having given the alarm, several of the watchmen of that district came to the spot, and after considerable difficulty succeeded in bringing her ashore. She was speedily conveyed to the Police-office, where every means was tried to recover her, which medical skill could devise. but all was of no avail -- life was extinct. It is supposed that the ill-fated woman was in a state of intoxication when the melancholy accident occurred. [In noticing such occurrences as the above from time to time in our paper, it is a matter of regret to us, for the sake of the public at large, that some measures have not been adopted ere this, by which catastrophes of this description may be prevented. The quays of our town are most shamefully neglected, as regards protection from accident, but especially the one at which this woman lost her life; and, when persons in their sober senses, and in day light, have unfortunately fallen into the water, as we have known them to do on several occasions, in consequence of their having approached too near the edge of the quay, what risk must attend the unfortunate individuals who, when under the influence of liquor, unwittingly approach the same dangerous and unguarded spot. It is almost astonishing that cases of drowning are not of more frequent occurrence when we consider the vast number of persons whose avocation leads them in that direction, and the fearful extent to which too many of them indulge in drunkeness. At very little expense the danger of which we complain might be remedied by the erection of proper and sufficient chains, if nothing better can be substituted, round the different quays and docks; and we trust that this mode of calling the attention of the proper authorities to the circumstance will have the desired effect.]




PURSUANT to the Order made in this Cause, bearing date the 28th day of November, 1842, I require all Creditors of the said Defendant; and also, all Persons having Debts, Charges, or Incumbrances affecting the LANDS of DUNLARGE and BALLYCRUMMY, in the County Armagh, in the Pleadings mentioned, the Estate of the said Defendant, to come in before me at my Chamber's, on the Inns'-Quay, in DUBLIN, on or before the 16th day of January next, and proceed to prove the same, otherwise they will be precluded the benefit of said Order.

Dated this 16th Day of December, 1842. WILLIAM HENN.

JACOB BARRETT, Solicitor, for the Plaintiff, 26, Queen-street, DUBLIN, and ARMAGH.



NEW MAGISTRATE. -- The Lord Chancellor has appointed John Legg, Esq. of Glynn Park, Carrickfergus, to the Commission of the Peace for the county of the town of Carrickfergus.

CAPTURE OF TWO TERRY-ALTS. -- On Friday evening, as a comfortable farmer named Mitchell, residing at Ballynahinch, county Limerick, was winnowing corn with a boy in his haggard, he was attacked by four villains armed with guns and pistols. The captain of the gang said, "come you rascal, give us your arms." Mitchell, with the greatest presence of mind, addressed them as if he mistook them for a party of constabulary, and said "gentlemen, go into the house, and you can search, and if you get any take them with you." The fellows then got an order from their chief, on which they proceeded to the dwelling. Shortly after Mitchell dispatched his boy for a labourer named Sullivan. he then went to the house, but no sooner entered than he was knocked down by one of the desperadoes. While he lay,senseless, Sullivan, came up to the door with a hay fork in his hand, and the ruffian-sentry presented a double barrelled gun at him, it fortunately missed fire, on which Sullivan rushed on him, and with a blow of the fork stretched him on the floor. Sullivan was then met by a second of the gang, who attempted to shoot him, but Sullivan knocked him down, during which time the other two escaped. Sullivan kept the two fellows prisoners, until the little boy brought a party of police.

SUICIDE. -- On Wednesday week, a man named White, residing at Macphin, near Coleraine, put an end to his existence. The death of his mother, combined with some matters arising out of the disposal of some of her effects, had strongly affected his feelings. He left the house on the day mentioned, and search was made for him without effect; but on the following morning his body was discovered in a well adjoining the house, quite dead.

WATCH STEALING. -- On Monday last, a man named Miller, living at Deepstown, near Coleraine, called at the shop of Mr. Keith, watchmaker, Coleraine, inquiring for a watch. One, value 5, being shown him, he stated that a brother of his had obtained one of the same kind and that he would bring it to him, and, if he approved of it, he would pay the price on the following Wednesday; if not, he would return it, and left the shop, The fellow then called at Mr. Gilmor's, watchmaker, and giving his name us M'Afee, obtained, on almost similar pretences, a still more valuable article, and then went home. Gilmor, having suspected something, inquired into the matter; and, accompanied by Head-Constable Jenkins and a sub-constable, in coloured clothes, proceeded early on Tuesday morning to Miller's residence; and found that he was not in bed (although the bed was empty it was yet warm, which heightened their suspicion.) On removing part of the boarding of the floor they found the thief secreted, in a place evidently planned for the purpose. They also were led to the place where the watches lay by the ticking, and, having obtained them, brought the thief and the goods to Coleraine, lodging the former in bride-well.

THE CONVICT JONES. -- A letter from Hobart Town, contains an account of a plan laid by the prisoners on board a convict ship, to seize upon the vessel, and murder the crew and passengers. It is stated, that Richard Jones, whose cause excited so much interest in this city, some time since, was at the heart of the conspiracy, for which, it is supposed, he will suffer death. The plot was disclosed by a man named Riley, to whom overtures were made to join in attempt. -- Dublin Morning Register.




Dec. 24 -- Shannon, (st) Kimpson, Dublin; Aurora, (st) Anderson, Glasgow; Caledonia, Green, Carlingford, grain; Falcon, (st) Gowan, Liverpool; Iris, Gibson, London; Helen, Mearns, Strangford, timber; Antelope, (st) M'Pherson, Carlisle; Sesostris, M'Kenzie, Miramichi, timber; Courier, Kerr, Liverpool, put back.

25 -- Emulous, Markey, put back in distress; Countess of Lonsdale, Lamb, Whitehaven; 4 colliers.


Dec. 22 -- Reindeer, (st) Head, Liverpool. 23 -- Ruby, Rogers, Larne, grain; Tartar, (st) Stewart, Glasgow. 24 -- Athlone, (st) Davies, Liverpool; Adelaide, Owens, Drogheda, yarn; Ardent, Markey, London; 4 colliers in ballast.

The steam ship Falcon, Gowan, for Liverpool, sails on Tuesday, at 5 o'clock evening.

The steam ship Reindeer, Head, for Liverpool, sails on Thursday, at 7 o'clock evening.

The Courier, Stewart, for London, clears on Saturday, first.

GARLIESTON, DEC. 19 -- The John Askew, of Liverpool, hence for Creetown, sprang a leak, while at anchor in Port Yarrock on Saturday, and sank -- crew saved.


We were obliged to omit the following in our Paper of Friday last. (page 4)



Dec. 20 -- Earl of Lonsdale, Thompson, Whitehaven; Aurora, (st.) Anderson, Glasgow; Cambrian, O'Neill, Wicklow sulphur; Birmingham, (st.) Church, Dublin. 21 -- Tartar, (st.) Stewart, Glasgow; Athlone, (st) Davies, Liverpool; 7 colliers.


Dec. 19 -- Tartar, (st) Stewart, Glasgow; Duke of Cambridge, (st) Mills, London. 21 -- Janet Clougher, Glasgow, oats; Birmingham, (st) Church, Dublin; Antelope, (st) M'Pherson, Carlisle; Aurora, (st) Anderson, Glasgow; 6 colliers and other vessels in ballast.

Arrived, on the 18th inst. the Royal Victoria, of this port, M'Ferran, from Dunkirk, with a cargo of flax, fruit, and wine. -- P. L. Munster, consignee. This vessel made the voyage out in six days, and home in five days.

Captain Rowe, of the Hope, of and from Glasgow for Liverpool, windbound in Belfast Lough, was drowned on Wednesday night sen. in Whitehouse roads, when going to the vessel, the boat having swamped.

The ship Thomas Gelston, of Belfast, Bulla, from Miramichi to this port, put into Bowmore, Islay, 15th instant, through stress of weather, with loss of sails, and other damage.

The ship Victoria, of Belfast, M'Mahon, hence to New Orleans, was spoken 11th ult. in lat. 21. 36. long. 6l. 5O. W. 23 days out -- all well.

The courier ship North Briton sailed from Kingstown on Tuesday for New South Wales, with 179 convicts, and one free settler on board.

MONTROSE, DEC. 16 --The Mary, Lawson, from Belfast which was ashore in the Bay 12th inst. has become a wreck -- cargo saved in a damaged state.

CUSHENDALL, DEC. 14 -- The Charlotte Newman, of Islandmagee, M'Ilwaine, a small sloop bound from Scotland to Larne, with coals, has been driven in on Cushendall strand, opposite Mr Blacks house. All hands are safe, and little damage has been done to the vessel. Lieutenant Moore, of the Coast Guard service, and a party of his men, were promptly on the spot, to render any assistance in their power.

SLIGO, DEC. 15 -- The Louisa Connolly, Kirkpatrick, is a shore on the bar of Ballyshannon, and expected to become a wreck -- crew saved.

WEXFORD, DEC. 15 -- The Vermont, from Savannah to Liverpool, went ashore in Ballyreague Bay this morning -- crew saved.

MILFORD, DEC. 14 -- The John and Marianne, Davies, from Bangor to Swansea, was wrecked at the entrance to Salvo Harbour 12th inst. -- crew and materials saved.

MARGATE, DEC. 14 -- The Trinidad, from Honduras, was fallen in with 1st inst. about 130 miles to the northward of St. Michael's, with decks swept, loss of sails, &c. six feet water in her hold, and the crew taken off.

CHRISTIANSLAND, DEC. 5 -- A great part of the wool from the Manchester has been saved and a small quantity of hemp The Lion, from Wyburgh to Hull, was stranded to the eastward of this port 2d inst. and has become a wreck -- crew saved. Part of the cargo has been washed out, but the greater portion of the remainder is expected to be saved.

ANOTHER STEAM-BOAT LOST. -- The Cincinnati Gazette, of the 24th inst. says:-- "By the [-- ? --] which arrived yesterday from St. Louis, we learn that the steam-boat Nonpareil has been snagged at the 'Grave Yard,' on the Mississippi, and will prove a total loss. She had on board one thousand pigs of lead for Pittsburgh, of which about seven hundred were saved.

NOTICE TO MARINERS. -- A dispatch has been received at Lloyd's (where it can be seen), from the Foreign-office, dated Dec. 14, containing a list of signals to be observed by merchant vessels entering the port of Riga.


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