May 19, 1840
Submitted by Pat Still
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, Tippah County, John H. Moss, adm'r of Aaron M'Laughlin dec. vs. Bernard M'Laughlin, dan, James M'Laughlin, Thos. and James B. Peters, announced as Garnishees, attachments for $530. The attachment having been returned into the office of the Circuit Court of said County. Notice is hereby given that unless the said defendant shall appear, give special bail, and plead on or before the next term of our Circuit Court of said County, to be held at the Court House in the town of Ripley, on the 5th Monday in April, 1840; otherwise judgment will be entered, and the attached estate will be sold. Witness Hardy W. Stricklin, Clerk of said Court, at office in Ripley, 30th day of March, 1840. HARDY W. STRICKLIN, Clerk.
Mr. Foster: Please announce my name in your paper as a candidate for the office of State Treasurer. If the intelligent people of Mississippi find me worthy of their confidence, I shall be proud to serve them. J.S. CURTIS. May 19, 1840.
MEDICAL NOTICE. Doct. Leroy K. Branch, Tenders his services to the citizens of Holly Springs, and vicinity. Office-- Above stairs in the brick house owned by Haden & Cummungs, northwest of the Square, where he may be found at all times, unless professionally engaged.
NOTICE. By virtue of three fi fa's on my hands I will sell for cash, at the Court House in Holly Springs, on the third Monday in June, next, all the rights, title, and claims that James McClung has to lots number 276 and 280, in the town of Holly Springs, at the instance of Wm. Pane and others. L. McCROSKY, Sh'ff.
TRUST SALE. By virtue of a deed of Trust executed by Dr. Thomas Hunt and Elizabeth R., his wife, for certain purposes therein expressed, dated the 30th August 1839, received and recorded the 31st of August, 1839, in page 146 of book H, in the office of the Clerk of Probate Court of Marshall County, Mississippi, I shall proceed to sell to the highest bidder for cash at the Court House door, in the town of Holly Springs in said County, on the 13th day of July, 1840, the property described in said deed to wit: The following parcels of land and negroes: Sections 6 and 7 in town 3, range 1, west; section 12, town 3, range 2 west; and the northwest quarter of section 18, town 3, range 1, west, and the Mills, together with the three quarter sections contiguous on section 18, town 5, range 1 west, on Tippah, all in Marshall County, Mississippi. Upon all the above three sections there exists a mortgage to Ed Orne, for the payment of six thousand dollars; also section 24 and 25 town 2, range 10 west, of which said Hunt is the one half owner; also section 34 and 35, town 12, range 2 west, and section 3, town 13, range 2 west, of which said Hunt is also the one half owner. The above is under trust to the McCorkle Bank, also one half a section in town 6, range 11 west; and the one half of section 16, town 5, range 1 west. also the said Hunt's one half interest in EIGHTY-EIGHT NEGROES, owned in connection with A.R. Govan, and his entire interest in the stock, & (?) the farm as purchased of W.H. Edwards, and also, said Hunt's one half of section 29, town 1, range 2, east, also negroes Perry and Milly. The above sale is authorized and required by the parties, and acting as Trustee, I shall convey such title only as may be vested in me by said deed of trust, and the authority and direction to sell. JOS. W. CHALMERS, Trustee.
NOTICE. By virtue of a deed of trust, executed to me by John Gordon, and which has been duly registered in the Registers office of Marshall County, Mississippi, I shall offer for sale to the highest bidder, for cash, on the second Monday in June next, at the Court House door, in the town of Holly Springs a section of land known as section 10 in township 5, of range 5, west of the base meridian, in the late Chickasaw Cession, containing 640 acres more or less--The sale will be made in conformity to the provisions of the deed to me, and as the title is believed to be good, I shall only convey such title as is vested in me by said deed. F. Hackney, Trustee.
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. I present myself as a candidate for State Treasurer, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Mr. Williams. It is common with candidates for public favor, to submit to the people an exposition of their political principles. The duties of State Treasurer are plainly prescribed by law, and a faithful compliance with the law is all that is required of him. I therefore cannot see the reason that his political principles should be the test of his qualifications for this office. It then only remains for me to pledge myself, if elected, to devote my energies and abilities to the accomplishment of the end contemplated by the Legislature--a faithful compliance with the law. JAMES M. DOWNS.
NORTHERN BANK OF MISS. Holly Springs, May 15, 1840. At a stated meeting of the Board of Directors, held on the 14th inst., it was. Resolved, that this Bank from this time do suspend specie payments upon all its notes above the denomination of five dollars until the first day of July next, and that it pay all its five dollar notes in specie when due at the time of presentation; and that from and after the first day of July it pay all its ten dollar notes as they fall due, when presented; and that, from and after the first day of October next it pay all its twenty dollar notes as they fall due, when presented; conforming in all respects to the 8th section of the law passed at the last Legislature of this State commonly called the Bank Law. Resolved. That this resolution be published in the Conservative, at this place, and in the Memphis Enquirer. A true copy of the minutes. W. GOODMAN, Cashier.
TRUST SALE, By virtue of a deed of Trust, executed by John R. McCarroll to the undersigned, as Trustee, dated the 20th day of August, 1839, to secure the payment of two Bills of Exchange, therein mentioned and the interest thereon, I will expose to public sale for cash at the Court House in Holly Springs, on Tuesday the 2nd day of June next, Two negroes, Slaves for life, as mentioned in said Trust deed, to wit, A negro man named Jesse, aged about twenty-two years, and one negro man named George, aged about twenty years. W. GOODMAN, Trustee.
SHERIFF'S SALE. On the first Monday of June next, I will sell at the Court House in Holly Springs, a negro girl named Julia, Also-- on the 3rd Monday of June, I will sell 1/2 interest in the north 1/2 of section 12, town 4, range 4 west, with the like interest in a mill on said 1/2 section, levied on as the property of Andrew Herron, to satisfy an exposition in favor of Joseph Jones. ALF SIMPSON, Dep. for L. McCROSKY, Sh'ff.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. MONROE COUNTY, CIRCUIT COURT Feb term 1840. Henry Anderson, George Wightman, & O.D. Herndon for Hen. Anderson vs. Jefferson W. Green. att for $357. Ordered by the Court that publication be made six successive weeks in the Holly Springs Banner a news paper printed at Holly Springs in said State, notifying the defendant of the pendency of this suit, and that unless he enters his appearance at the next term of this Court, and plead, answer or demur that judgment final will be had and the property so attached, will be sold to satisfy the plaintiff demand. Issued 11th March, 1840. S.H. BUCKINGHAM,Clk, March 31.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, MONROE COUNTY, CIRCUIT COURT Feb. term, 1840. G.W. Coopwood vs. att. John H. Lawson. Ordered by the Court that publication be made six successive weeks in the Holly Springs Banner, a news paper printed at Holly Springs, in said State, notifying the defendant of the pendency of this suit, and that unless he enters his appearance at the next term of this Court, and plead, answer or demur that judgment final will be had and the property so attached will be sold to satisfy the plaintiff demand. Issued 11th March,1840. S.H. BUCKINGHAM, Clk. March 31.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, MONROE COUNTY, CIRCUIT COURT Feb term, 1840. Benj. Coopwood vs. att. John H. Lawson. Ordered by the Court that publication be made six successive weeks in the Holly Springs Banner, a news paper printed at Holly Springs in said State, notifying the defendant of the pendency of this suit, and that unless he enters his appearance at the next term of this Court and plead, answer or demur that judgment, final will be had and the property so attached will be sold to satisfy the plaintiff demand. Issued 11th March, 1840. S.H. BUCKINGHAM, Clk. March 31.
We copy from the Natchez Free Trader, an account of the desolation of the once beautiful city of Natchez, by a tornado with which it was visited a few days since. We have further information from various sources, which induces us to believe that the statement here given, although truly appalling, falls far short in description of the extent of its ravages. It is said that 700 lives were lost; and that the injury to the property of the citizens and visitors, cannot be computed, but must be much greater than at first anticipated. Will not the generous people of Mississippi immediately manifest in an appropriate manner, their deep sense of regret for this awful visitation of Providence, by exertions to soothe the feelings and condition of the unfortunate sufferers of this ancient emporium of their State. The hardness of the times can furnish no excuse for a failure – we call them to the rescue.
From the Natchez Free Trader – Extra: Dreadful Visitation of Providence. Natchez, Mississippi, May 8, 1840 – About one o'clock on Thursday, the 7th instant the attention of the citizens of Natchez was attracted by an unusual and continuous roaring of thunder to the southward, at which point hung masses of black clouds, some of them stationary, and others whirling along with under currents, but all driving a little east of north. As there was evidently much lightning and the continual roar of growling thunder, although noticed and spoken of by many, created no particular alarm. The dinner bells in the large hotels had rung, a little before two o'clock, and most of our citizens were sitting at their tables, when suddenly, the atmosphere was darkened, so as to require the lighting of candles; and, in a few moments afterwards, the rain was precipitated in cataracts rather than in drops. In another moment the tornado, in all its wrath, was upon us. The strongest building shook as if tossed with an earthquake; the air was black with whirling eddies of house walls, roofs, chimnies, huge timbers torn from distant ruins, all short through the air as if thrown from a might catapult. – The atmosphere soon became lighter, and then such an awful scene of ruin as perhaps never before met the eye of man became manifest. The greater part of the ruin was effected in the short space of from three to five minutes, although the heavy sweeping tornado lasted nearly half an hour. For about five minutes it was more like the explosive force of gunpowder than anything else it could be likened to. Hundreds of rooms were burst open as sudden as if barrels of gunpowder had been ignited in each.
As far as glasses or the naked eye can reach, the first traces of the tornado are to be seen from the Natchez bluff down the river about ten miles, bearing considerable west of south. Sweeping across the Natchez island it crossed the point below the plantation of David Barland(?), Esq., opposite the plantations of P. M. Lapice, Esq., in the Parish of Concordia. It then struck the Natchez bluff about a mile and a half below the city, near the mansion called “Briers”, which it but slightly injured, but swept the mansion late of Charles B. Greene, Esq., called the “Bellevue”, and the ancient forest in which it was embosomed into a mass of ruins.
In the upper city, or Natchez on the hill, scarcely a house escaped damage or utter ruin. The Presbyterian and Methodist churches have their towers thrown down, their roofs broken and walls shattered. The Episcopal church is much injured in its roof. Parker's great Southern Exchange is level with the dust. Great damage has been done to the City Hotel and the Mansion House, both being unroofed and the upper stories broken in. The house of Sheriff Izod has not a timber standing, and hundreds of other dwellings are nearly in the same situation. The court house at Vidalia, parish of Concordia, is utterly torn down, also the dwelling of Dr. McWhorter, and of Messrs. Dunlap and Stacey, Esqs. The parish jail is partly torn down.
But now the worst remains to be told Parish Judge Keeton of Corcordia was instantly killed while at the house of Mr. Stacey. He was a noble and esteemed man. – No other person was killed in Vidalia, although some others were hurt. At the Natchez Landing out of fifty or sixty flat boats only six are afloat. Those best acquainted suppose as many as one hundred flat boat men were drowned in the river, which swelled instantly to the height of six or eight feet. The steamboats Hinds, Prairie and the St. Lawrence were destroyed at the landing and the Vidalia steamboat on the river – more or less persons being lost in the first named boats.
From the ruins of the Steam Boat Hotel, Mr. Alexander the landlord, his lady and bar keep, were dug out alive, as also Timothy Flint, the historian and geographer, and his son from Natchitoches, La., besides Dr. Talliafero and many others. Mrs. Alexander is considered dangerously injured. Two of her children were killed in her arms. As many as nine dead bodies have been dug from the Steam Boat Hotel.
The number of burials which have taken place today is about fifty, and many are still in a dangerous and dying condition.
As soon as possible we shall publish a list of the killed, wounded and those missing whose bodies have not been found.
Meanwhile we beg the indulgence of our kind patrons and friends for a few days, in which time we shall be able to get our office in some order. The Free Trader office building has been crushed in and much shattered. We are all in confusion, and surrounded by the destitute, the houseless, the wounded and dying. Our beautiful city is shattered as if it had been stormed by all of the cannon of Austerlitz. Our delightful China trees are all torn up. We are peeled and desolate.
A public meeting has been held by the citizens in the courthouse today, at which Col. James C. Wilkins presided, and F. L. Claiborne, Esq. was Secretary. Addresses were delivered by J. M. Hewitt and J. M. Duffield, Esqs., and resolutions offered by the latter gentleman and others appointing relief committees, &c. &c.
The City Hotel, through the kindness of the proprietor, Noah Barlow, Esq., has been thrown open to the wounded. Dr. Pollard, with his usual promptitude, has taken the Tremont House for an additional hospital, Stephen Duncan, Esq., having generously offered to be responsible for the rent.
The neighboring planters are generously sending in large gangs of slaves to assist in clearing the streets and digging the dead from the ruins.
M. Ruffner and S. J. Boyd, Esqrs., have been at the trouble to go over the whole extent of the city, and make a practical and careful estimate of the damages, which we endorse, as far as our observation extends, and present to our readers:
Four steam boats, 50,000; Fifty flat boats, 100,000; Houses and goods under the hill, 150,000; Buildings, &c. below Main and west Canal streets, 25,000; Below Main, west of Canal, south Franklin to Main, 35,000; Rail Road Depot, Buildings &c., 50,000; Lighthouse and adjoining building on the south, 8,000; Judge Covington's building and furniture, 10,000; Above railroad and west of Canal st, 68,000; North of High street and east of Canal st, 30,000; East of Rankin, south to Main, 15,000; Theatre Square, 35,000; East of Rankin to limits south, 22,000; South of Orleans and west of Rankin, 20,000; Knight's house, and square, 10,000; Parker's hotel and square, 70,000; City Hotel, Mansion House and sq., 50,000; Two squares north of Franklin, west of Pearl st, 10,000; South of Franklin, north of Orleans, west of Pearl, east of Wall st, 68,000; Two squares from High to Franklin between Pearl and Commerce sts, 5,000; Franklin to Orleans, between Pearl and Commerce sts., 60,000; Commerce to Union, south of High and north of Orleans sts., 224,000; Union to Rankin, south of High & north of Orleans sts., 155,000; total $1,260,000.
The Natchez Calamity – What we wrote on Friday, the day after the calamity, has since proved far too low a computation, and far too faint a sketch of the ruin which has befallen our noble spirited yet devoted city. The estimate of a little more than a million and a quarter of dollars for the damages done to the buildings merely, may be nearly correct for the compact part of the city, but to cover the loss of merchandise, provisions, goods of various kinds and furniture destroyed, there should, in the opinion of some of our practical and clear-headed men, be, at least four millions more added – making the entire loss of property in the City of Natchez more than Five Millions of Dollars. Of the number and names of the dead we cannot now speak with certainty. This subject is committed by a public meeting to a committee of three gentlemen, who will report as soon as any certainty can be arrived at. - Natchez Free Trader.
At a meeting of the Whigs of Marshall County, held on the 18th inst. at the Court House in Holly Springs, on motion, Col. H. H. Means was called to the Chair, who explained the object of the meeting requesting that the preamble and resolutions drafted by a committee at a previous meeting, be read, which was done by Dr. Pitman, as follows – and were unanimously adopted:
Whereas the Republican Whigs of Marshall are convinced of the necessity of an
entire change in the rulers of our country; many of whom have hitherto acted with the present rulers –
but finding by results that we have been mistaken and deceived by the leaders of the party, and
concurring, as we do, with the great Whig party, that the only way we have of ridding the country of
its present evils, is to change our rulers – whereas we have looked with alarm upon the encroachments
with the executive has made on the co-ordinate branches of the government, and his odious declaration,
that the executive is a part of the legislative department. Whereas we have witnessed a failure in all
measures of policy carried out by the administration, and instead of a happy and prosperous nation we
once were, distress and suffering pervades the vast extent of our land; let us turn our ears where we
may the same monotarious and doleful tale of ruin and distress, salute us – with a currency the best
in the world, and a commerce co extensive with the habitable globe; we are suddenly stripped of our
uniform and excellent currency, and its concomitant (national and individual credit) has gone with it;
and our commerce contracted and almost ruined. – We the South more especially have reason to deplore
the present state of things – for during the existence of a sound currency, our great staple commanded
a high price, and the best of money; whilst the present prices scarcely pay the expense of production,
and exportation to our domestic markets. And with the general reduction of prices, for produce and
labor, and almost utter stagnation in business of every kind, besides these results, growing out of
the present mal-administration of the country; which come home to every citizen in the community;
there are other evils so numerous, were we to name all in detail; time would fail us – let it suffice,
merely to hint at a few of the acts of this federal administration, which in our humble opinion are
too intolerable to be borne by a free people. We find that the Executive, still persisting in his
odious Sub-Treasury scheme, though rejected by the people's representatives, and as he has the Senate
at “his heels” and a subjugated House of Representatives, we awfully fear this Sub-Treasury will be
forced upon the people; the effect of which is to gain the office holders gold and silver, and the
people left with a depreciated paper currency – as the President tells us to take care of ourselves,
“as the people must not expect too much from Government” is his own expressed declaration – as if the
Government was not made for the people instead of the people for the Government. Whereas we have
witnessed a sovereign State by one blow of Executive power and influence (through party drill)
stripped of its legal representation in the councils of the nation, and thus giving the executive a
majority in that body. Whereas we have seen by the partial operation of the Sub-Treasury scheme the
most daring acts of corruption and peculation practiced by the agents of the Government on the money
of the people with impunity – we behold with horror and indignation, the odious principle “to the
victors belong the spoils” carried out in the open face of the American people; we see the party
practicing the horrible principle of the Albany regency of addressing themselves to the passions and
baser feeling of our nature, for support, the rewards of the office and emoluments are held out for
party services! A party which had its origin soon after our revolutionary struggle, its author was
Aaron Burr, and Van Buren is now its acknowledged head – we find with alarm the vices and corruptions
in high places, for like the effluvia emanating from the bows of the fabled upas, its contaminating
touch has withered everything that was beautiful and lovely within the sphere of its influence, the
standard of public morals is lowered; private and public opinion is almost universally suspected. A
disregard of laws is a daily occurrence, lawlessness and vice are so common as almost to be unnoticed
by the mass of the community, a want of that sacred attachment to our free institutions is more and
more common; and the odious monarchial doctrine that the people are incapable of self-government, is
daily growing more popular – these are some of the moral political, and social boils of Van Burenism.
We will mention but one more out of the long list of evils, and we shall have done; for we wish to be
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