« PreviousContinue »
April 7th. During the last four months, At the early age of sixteen he received a commission twenty freshets have occurred in Schuylkill, all in the continental army, and faithfully served his counof which disturbed the water of the river. try during eight years of the contest for independence,
May 21. Slight shock of an earthquake on His superior education and attainments secured for him Sunday morning last, between eleyen and twelve the esteem and confidence of the officers of the southo'clock, at Lancaster.
ern army; and Major General Lincoln selected him as June 13 or 14. A severe frost in Wyoming his aid-de-camp. With that brave officer he shared the Valley. Killed fruit, and injured corn, and ten- toils and dangers of the sieges of Savannah and Charlesder vegetables, also wheat and rye.
ton, being frequently in fire; and became a prisoner of July 20. Violent storm of rain and hail at war on the surrender of Fort Moultrie, in 1780. Chester, 29. Unprecedented rain in Philadelphia, Major Jackson, as secretary of legation, accompanied did great damage to bridges, mills, &c. Flat the accomplished Col. Laurens to the court of France Rock bridge, Poole's bridge, part of Frankford in 1781, and was actively and usefully engaged in the bridge,-two cows lost. A stone bridge on Lan- arrangements which were the result of the demand of caster road. The water rose in Colocksink aid, made by that gentleman on the French king. It is creek four feet higher than is recollected by the known that antong the important consequences of that oldest inhabitants. (see U.S. Gazette Aug. 31.) mission, was the expedition under Count de Grasse and
December. Arrivals through the month. General Rochambeau, by whose combined operations 1825. February 14. A May day. The Delaware as with the American army, the capture of the British forfree from ice as in July.
ces under Cornwallis was effected. June 11. At two o'clock thermometer stood After the close of the war, Major Jackson visited Euat ninety-six in the shade. The horses in the rope upon private business; and on his return he was stage arrived within a mile of town, (at York) appointed the Secretary of the Convention which formand were so overcome by the heat that they ed the Constitution of the United States. To this highly could not proceed.
honourable post he was first named by General WashOctober 19. Mountains at Gettysburg covered ington; and at the termination of the labours of that with snow,
25. Tuesday morning last, the body of patriots and statesmen, he received a vote of mountains at Chambersburg covered with snow, thanks for his services. In addition to the official refirst time this season. Ten days before the ther- cord of the acts of the Convention, Major Jackson premometer ranged for several days at 80.
served full private notes of the proceedings and debates, December 28. Several vessels in the ice, below, and these are now in the possession of his family. It notwithstanding, arrivals and clearances.
was the request of General Washington that he would 1826. January. River free from ice-a dense fog. not publish them during his life. They will form a
27. Pittsburg rivers closed with ice. 30. The rich and authentic addition to the materials for American
jor Jackson became the private secretary of President February 3. Skaiting on the Delaware and Washington, of whose esteem and confidence he always Schuylkill. 8, Delaware opened.
enjoyed a large share. By him he was afterwards apMay. Destructive hail storm in Lancaster Co. pointed Surveyor of the port of Philadelphia, which 21. At Sunbury—a severe frost this morning station he held until the election of Mr. Jefferson. His Weather like December,
conduct in office was without reproach. December. Arrivals and clearances.
The talents of Major Jackson as a writer, were of a 1827. February. A panther measuring six feet in superior order, and few men possessed more extensive
length, was killed seventeen miles from Easton. classical knowledge. His style was fluent and vigorous,
March 17. Shad in Reading at 75 cents. and ornamented with the lore of antiquity and the rich
April 16. A stalk of rye, three feet six inches est gems of modern literature. By the appointment of in height, exbibited in Philadelphia.
his brethren of the Cincinnati, he pronounced an euloJuly 20. Peaches, pears, and plumbs in mar- gium upon Washington, which was admired by all for ket.
the beauty and eloquence of the composition, for its September 3. Peaches most abundant in the faithful expression of the feelings and sentiments of his market; selling for 12 1-2 cents a basket, say associates, and of the gratitude and veneration of the bushel.
whole American people to the father of his country. October. Unnusually high tides about full In the relations of private life, Major Jackson had
warm friends; as a husband and a father, he was kind, November 14. Lowest tide recollected for affectionate and exemplary. His mourning domestic many years. Rocks on Jersey channel exposed to circle will long cherish the recollection of their bereaveview which at low water are usually covered se- ment.-U. S. Gaz. veral feet. December. Navigation opened all the month.
TO SUBSCRIBERS, &C. 1828. During the winter the navigation has been un- The present number having brought us to the close
interrupted. The ice houses were unfilled, and of another volume, as well as of the year, we embrace several cargoes of ice arrived, and were sold here the occasion to tender to our subscribers our renewed from the Eastward during the spring:
acknowledgments, and to assure them of our determinaNovember 14. Slight snow—as also for a few tion to continue the “Register.” At the continencemoments a day or two preceding.
ment of the present volume we were hesitating as to the December 24. There has as yet been no ice in course we ought to pursue, from want of encouragethe canals to impede navigation, and boats are ment to proceed; but since that period this work has re. continually passing to and fro at Reading. 27. ceived so many testimonials of the approbation of men Thus far the navigation has remained open-no of respectability and intelligence, as well, expressed, as, ice either in Delaware or Schuylkill-Skaiting in to be inferred from the considerable addition to our list small ponds in the cool mornings.
of subscribers, that we feel warranted to prosecule our
labours, relying upon a continuance of the patronage Major WILLIAM JACKSON, who died on Wednes- which enabled us at first to commence its publication. We day the 17th inst. was distinguished for his revolutionary trust, that the longer the “Register" is continued, the and civil services, and was highly regarded as a scholar more will its usefulness be manifest and appreciated. and a gentleman.
at Index of this volume next week.