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THE PORTLAND ADVERTISER AND GAZETTE OF MAINE, January 17, 1837
In Boston, Major Davis Bradish of this city, to Miss Fanny Haynes of
In Brighton, Mass., Dr. Benjamin Johnson of Franklin to Miss Susan L.
In Belfast, Mr. Andrew Amour to Miss Eliza Parker.
In Islesboro, Mr. Albert Pendleton to Miss Mercy J. Farnsworth.
In Lincoln, Mr. Galon Gates to Miss Esther Chase.
In Lisbon, Me., Mr. Isreal G. Adams to Miss Hannah P. Wilson, both
In Bowdoin, Josiah Lane, M. D., of Lisbon, Me., to Miss Almira Getchell.
In Augusta, Colonel Alfred Redington to Miss Elizabeth Williams.
In Hallowell, Mr. Daniel Burns to Miss Deborah Titcomb.
In Kennebunk, Mr. Hiram Hoyt to Miss Catharine H. Perkins.
In Wilton, Mr. Andrew S. Butterfield to Miss Hannah Law. Mr. Thomas
Cook of Norridgewock, to Mrs. Abigail Butterfield.
In Bangor, Mr. Daniel McKenney to Miss Rebecca Young.
In Minot, Mr. Hezekiah Hayes of Poland, Me., to Miss Sarah Jane Foss.
In Clinton, Mr. Isaiah H. Walker to Miss Sarah Simpson.
In Montville, Mr. Nathan Brooks of Searsmont, to Miss Margaret Bryant.
In Wells, Mr. Ithamar Littlefield, of Kennebunk, to Miss Lucinda Getchell,
In Augusta, Captain Dickinson Lewis to Miss Julia Ann Cole. Mr. Benjamin
Emmons to Miss Caroline H. Hodges.
In Bristol, 5th inst., Honorable James Drummond, aged about 63.
In Bath, Mrs. Abigail, wife of Mr. James Innis, aged 57.
Drowned at sea, November 19, 1836, by the upsetting of brig Gambia, of which
he was owner, John Deane, son of John G. Deane of Portland, and formerly if this
town, aged 21. While the waves cover the mortal remains let a few words be given to
what he was-of high moral integrity, undeviating truth, obedient strictest in the sense
to his parents, kind and affectionate in disposition and modest in manners, few at his
age have bidden so fair to be a blessing to his friends, and an ornament to society.
We can only say on this occasion, the way of Heaven are dark and mysterious.
In Kennebunk, Susan W., daughter of Captain Ralph Curtis, aged 2 years
and 6 months.
In Eliot, Mr. Dennis Fernald, a soldier of the Revolution, aged 79.
In Monroe, Hoesa Emery, Esq., aged 60.
In Boston, Mr. Cyrus Savage, formerly of Maine, aged 22.
In Augusta, Mrs. Martha Robinson.
In Sydney, Mrs. Betsey, wife of Mr. Edward Mulliken, aged 67.
In Wiscasset, Mrs. Mary, wife of William M. Boyd, Esq., aged. 50.
In this city, Joseph, youngest son of Mr. William E. Edwards, aged 2 years
and 3 months.
"We mourn-but it is meet, O young departed!
That for thy early death, our tears should fall-
That hopeless grief should leave us broken-hearted?
Though thy dear form has faded from us all!
E'en as a flower, untimely frosts have blighted
Before its fairest leaves our sight had met.
Whose budding beauty fost'ring hearts delighted-
Sweet bud of promise! thus thy days have met.
But holy joys are thine; blest seraph! wending
Thy youthful footsteps midst that shining throng,
And glad the gush of melody, that's blending,
From thy sweet lips, with that angelic song.
Harmonious, through the glitt'ring courts of heaven
That music floats, and O, how softly mild
That notes of love that breath of sins forgiven!
Early thou'st learn'd the strain, blest heavenly child!
Then weep not, sorrowing mother! thou hast given
A precious off'ring to the sacred shrine;
It shineth softly in the crown of heaven,
A pearl of chasten'd lustre, all divine.
Farewell, dear child! to earth we'd not recall thee;
Repose, in peace, upon the Saviour's breast;
Nor care nor sorrow ever can befall thee-
Thine is a Sabbath of Eternal rest." [Extract]
In Lewiston, 2nd inst., Mrs. Olive Barrell, aged 54.
In Norridgewock, Mr. Ezekiel Gilman, a Revolutionary soldier, aged 90.
In this city, William Henry, son of Mr. Joseph Bryant, aged 3 months.
In Westbrook, 9th inst., Mrs. Lucy Broad.
In Belfast, Captain David Libby, aged 22. Mrs. Dolly, wife of Mr. Michael
Caten, aged 56.
In Biddeford, Mr. Peletiah Moore, aged 84, a soldier in the Revolution.
In Augusta, Mrs. Delia W., wife of John A. Chandler, Esq. Mrs. Lydia
Doven, aged 36.
In Palermo, Mr. Jacob Worthing, aged 71.
In Brunswick, Lydia, daughter of Mr. Ebenezer White, aged 4 years. Mrs.
Hodgkins, wife of Mr. William Hodgkins.
In Berwick, Miss Mary P. Shapleigh, aged 19.
In Kennebunk, Mr. Nahum Wentworth, aged 63. Mr. Joseph Mitchell, aged
25. Flavilla Ricker, aged 13. Mr. Spencer Littlefield, aged 36. Orrin, son of
Ebenezer Willard, 2 years. Hannah, daughter of Mr. Alexander McCullock, 5 years.
Captain Jeremiah G. Miller, husband of Mary, died December 12, 1836,
Northport, Me. Burial Kennebunkport, Maine.
Stubborn Facts for those who drink Rum, sell it, or buy it for others. A jury
was summoned last Friday, by Zenas Briggs, Coroner, to enquire into the cause of
the death of Mr. Amos Merrill, Jr., who was found dead in the road, about half a mile
from his house, in New Gloucester last Tuesday night or Wednesday. It seems
from the facts developed before the jury, that the deceased had been a day or two
from home engaged in breaking roads and drinking near Sabbath Day Pond, in New
Gloucester. Having been for some time quite intoxicated he was urged by some of
his neighbors to go home, but he declined unless he could get some more rum. The
storekeeper, Mr. Asa W. Gowen, much to his credit on this occasion, denied him,
although he had the miserable murderous stuff on tap. But, it seems the unfortunate
Merrill had a friend who was kindly disposed to furnish him with the deadly poison.
He did so. Being apparently in rather better standing than Merrill, the deceased, he
procured a jug and quart of rum, and after guzzling down a portion of it himself,
(pity he hadn't swallowed the whole of it.) he gave it to Merrill, who started for home.
The miserable man got part way, drank-sat down in the snow-drank again-and died!
The body, frozen and lifeless was found in a sitting position nearly buried in the snow,
one mitten off, probably the better to handle the jug, and the jug beside the body almost
drained of its contents, about half a pint of liquid poison remaining in it. How poignant
and cutting the reflection of this man must be who procured the rum, unless his to his
conscience is seared as hard as his throat must be! "Cursed is he who put the cup
neighbor's mouth." What better is the man than a murderer! with his eyes wide open
to the consequences, he purchased the killing drug-gave it to his already intoxicated
neighbor; his neighbor took it-drank it-sat down in the snow-drank again-and died
We hope this tragedy with its horrid catastrophe will teach all in the neighborhood
where it took place the wretched consequences of tasting, touching or handling the
cursed article. Especially do we hope that this man who bought the poison for his
neighbor will set about a work of reformation, and in full view of the part which he
performed in this tragedy, draw up a determination never again to put the cup to his
own lips or his neighbor's.
New Gloucester, January 13, 1837