The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thursday, May 22, 1851

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The undersigned, Citizens of Oswego are happy upon this occasion in being able to give their cheerful testimony in favor of the good conduct of Capt. O'Connor, of the steamer Comet, at the time of the Melancholy disaster which cast a gloom over this city - that he was unceasing and unremitting in his attentions to the sufferers by the explosion, and that no expedient on his part was left untried, to alleviate their condition - that the best medical aid and attendance was procured, and the bodies of the deceased carefully disposed of for interment - that nothing which humanity and kindness could dictate was left undone by him - and that under the trying circumstances in which he was placed, he displayed the qualities of a careful officer and a kind hearted man - that he received the approbation of the community for his unceasing efforts to promote the comfort of the afflicted, and that he has in no respect forfeited their confidence or regard.

Our citizens generally, will, we are sure, concur with us in the expression of these opinions, and the owners, and others interested in the steamer Comet, as well as the relatives and friends of the deceased, may rest assured that here where the accident occurred -witnessed as it was by a number of spectators, and where all the testimony that could be procured was elicited before a coroner's jury, and the facts thus presented to the public - the feeling is universal that no blame is to be attached to Capt. O'Connor for the unfortunate occurrence, and that his conduct was deserving of commendation and sympathy, rather than condemnation or reproach. Thomas H. Bond, Alvin Bronson, D. C. Littlejohn, James Platt, O. C. Bloss, Clerk of Market, present at the examination, Alonzo Wiman, C. Wright, C. C. Cooper, R. H. Martin, L. Babcock, D. P. Brewster, Geo. Seeley, Wm. D. Stewart, Sam'l R. Beardsley, Mayor of Oswego, J. Richardson, Collector of Custom, Benj. Isaacs, Philo Stevens, H. C. Wright, R. Bunner, J. C. Wright, Luther Wright, J. H. Lyon, Gilbert Mollison, O. H. Hastings, Curtis Severance, One of the Coroner's Jury.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Thursday, May 22, 1851