At sea, on his passage to England, May
3d, the Rev. W. Johnson, Missionary at Sierra Leone. On the 6th, also at sea, Rev. S. Flood, first Colonial Chaplain at Sierra Leone. On the 24th of April at Sierra Leone, Mr. Bunner, Schoolmaster at Freetown. On the 24th W. H. Schemel,
Missionary, and on the 8th of May, Rev.
H. Palmer. The death of these individuals
is a severe loss to the colony, and to the flourishing churches which have arisen under their labors. [The Republican Compiler (Gettysburg,
PA), 29 Oct 1823 Page 3]
The Secretary of War has directed circulars
to be addressed to all the captains of steam boats which navigate the Ohio and Mississippi, requesting the aid
of their experience, as to the best mode of removing the sawyers, planters or snags, in those rivers. He has ordered
Major Long, of the Topographical Engineers, to proceed to the Ohio river, in order to make an experiment, in removing
a sandbar in that river, so as to ascertain the practicability and best mode of improving its navigation, obstructed
chiefly by sandbars.
A board of engineers, composed of General Bernard, Colonel Totten, John L. Sullivan, Dr. Howard of Baltimore, Mr.
Shriver of Pennsylvania, Captain Poussin of the topographical engineers, and Lieutenants Courtenay and Dutton of
the corps of engineers, set up on Saturday from Washington to examine the best route for a canal from the Potomac
to the Ohio, and from thence to Lake Erie. There will, says the latest Washington Republican, be placed under
the orders of the board, four topographical brigades, each consisting of six topographers or surveyors; to first
to be commanded by Major Albert, the second by Capt. M’Neal, and the third by Mr. Shriver, and the fourth not yet
designated, for the purpose of making a minutes and (?) survey of the route. These measures will effectively ascertain,
before the next meeting of congress, the practicability of a water communication between the Chesapeake and Lake
Erie, by the way of the Potomac. The board, we understand, after they have examined the route, are to meet the
commissioners of Pennsylvania at Pittsburg, to aid them in making a reconnaissance between that place and Philadelphia.
Thus it will appear, that the President and Mr. Calhoun have with the most patriotic promptitude adopted measures
to carry into effect the two acts of congress just passed, providing for surveys and plans of routes for canals
and roads, and for the improvement of the navigation of the Ohio and Mississippi.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania) June 16 1824; Submitted by Nancy Piper]
Ohio and Mississippi Rivers
The contract for clearing the Ohio and
Mississippi rivers of sawyers and snags, under the proposals of the Engineer Department, issued by order of the
Secretary of War, in conformity with the act of Congress of the 24th of May last, making an appropriation for the
improvement of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, has been decided in favor of the proposals of Mr. John Bruce, of
Lewis county, Kentucky, which were the lowest received. The contract includes the Mississippi from St. Louis to
its mouth, and the Ohio from Pittsburgh to its junction with the Mississippi. We congratulate the Western people
on the prospect of having these two noble rivers shortly freed from the obstructions which have hitherto been so
dangerous to their navigation, and the cause of so great a loss of property and of lives. – National Journal. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)September 29, 1824; Submitted by Nancy Piper]