Royal Gazette, and Miscellany of the Island of Saint John
July 1791 - June 1794

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3 September 1792 - Vol. 2, No. 28

Charlotte Town, September 3

Since our last we have received from Malpeck the melancholy account of the loss of a Boat near that place on the 21st ult. during a very high wind. The circumstances that led to the discovery of this unfortunate event prove beyond contradiction that all on board (supposed 7 in number) must have perished - for, on the morning following the storm, several kegs, chests, and other articles, together with pieces of the boat, and a dead dog, were found, some floating, and others lying on shore, but no appearance of one of the crew to be seen. It is conjectured this boat was from Piercy - We wait anxiously for further accounts, which we shall probably obtain by a vessel which is every day expected from thence.

By a Gentleman who came through direct from Halifax to Fanningsborough, and from thence to this place in the government Cutter on Sunday morning last, we are informed, that the Packet with the July mail had not yet arrived, but was hourly expected at Halifax.

Letters have been received in town from Halifax, containing information of a dreadful fire which lately happened there. We have been favoured with the following paragraph thereof extracted from a letter written by a gentleman on the spot, to a friend in this town, dated August 22, 1792.

"Since my last we have had the most dreadful fire ever known in this place - which, had not the Lord interposed, must have destroyed a great part of the town. It broke out about 12 o'clock on Friday night, (and continued til three in the morning), from a small old house adjoining the building of Mr. Schwartz, then in the possession of Mrs. Robertson, who kept a store in it. In this house lived an old man and woman by the name of Welnor. I am told that the man was carried home that night very drunk - How the house was set on fire is not well known - It was first discovered by a party of gentlemen coming from Galligan's tavern, who immediately ran up to the house and endeavourded to force open a door or window, but at that time all the inside of the house was in one flame, and the two old people (as I supposed) suffocated, for they neither heard or saw them. The bones of these unhappy victims were found next day. The large building above mentioned belonging to Mrs. Robertson, was burnt to the ground, together with 4 or 5 other dwelling houses adjoining, and a blacksmith's shop belonging to the ordnance department. Several other houses near, tho' not burned, were pulled down in order to save buildings of more consequence. In short, imagination can scarcely paint the horrors of the night.