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The "Little Belt" incident discussions... The finding of the Frigate Huzza...



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July 25, 1811

MIDDLESEX GAZETTE, Middletown, Connecticut, July 25, 1811  The front page of the issue begins a lengthy report from Thomas Pickering to the People of the United States "On the Projected War with England" which is over the "Little Belt" incident. There are numerous questions raised as to Commodore Roger's actions, or lack of actions. The article continues on page two and is nearly a full page in length.

Page three contains an article about the finding of the sunken British frigate Huzza by the use of the Diving Bell. "The Huzza was a frigate of 28 guns, was going to Boston, with money to pay the British troops then there, when she struck upon a rock, a short distance below the country seat of John Graham, Esq. and soon afterwards sunk... The aid and assistance which the government has afforded to the company who own the diving Bell, give us reason to hope that the industry and perseverance of this sub-marine exploring party will be well rewarded...".

There is a small report "Died - In Richmond (Eng.) on the 27th May, Richard Penn, Esq. formerly governor of Pennsylvania." He was the grandson of William Penn.

Other news and advertisements of the day are within.

This is complete in four pages, measuring approximately 18.5 x 11.5 inches, with scattered foxing and several small binding holes along the left spine, untrimmed, otherwise in very good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War