The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 23, 1832

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A Relic of Olden Time. - For many years it has been a subject of tradition, that at the taking of the French fort Oswego by the English in 1767, (the remains of which are still to be distinguished in this village), a well, which was within the fort, was made the depository of specie to a large amount, and the well filled and carefully covered.

Many individuals have, from time, been employed in searching for this hidden treasure. Sorcerers and sorceresses, with their mysterious incantations and magic glasses, have been engaged to point our the spot where this wonderful well was situated; and the silence of midnight has often been disturbed by the labors of the money diggers.

But many a sorcerer has lost his reputation by failing to discover the long sought for spot, and the labors of many have proven in vain, and they have abandoned their labors in doubt as to the truth of the tradion. But new and more successful adventurers have come upon the stage, and the well has been discovered and its contents evacuated; but whether the treasure has been found, or whether it disappeared at the approach of the intruders, probably Scripture might inform us, but on that point we are not informed.

On Friday night last, a man of the name of Scripture, from Sandy Creek, in this county, discovered this long sought for well, and commenced removing the stone with which it was filled.

On Sunday night he reached the bottom, and if any thing valuable was found, it was abducted before Monday morning. On that morning were discovered scattered above the well the remains of cartridge boxes, staves, bullets, &c. Scripture had disappeared, either with riches or a load of disappointment.

The well is situated within the old embankment, near where the liberty-pole now stands. It is about 16 feet deep, 4 feet cross, and very handsomely and permanently walled.

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The well spoken of in this article is a very old story. The following appeared in the Oswego Palladium, Wed., May 23, 1832, and may be slightly more believable.
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Wed., May 23, 1832
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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Wed., May 23, 1832