The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
A British Deserter
Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), Wed., Dec. 4, 1816

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From the Kingston, U.C. Gazette.

Mr. Editor - On taking up the New York Spectator of the 10th inst. I observed a paragraph (avowedly copied into that paper from the Watertown, American Advocate) to the following effect: -

"A British Deserter - It is stated that about the 1st inst. a British deserter from Kingston passed through Sacket's Harbor, and was soon pursued by three armed English Officers, who overtook and secured him at Henderson. While the officers were conducting their prisoner back to Kingston, a number of Ship Carpenters and other citizens of Sacket's Harbor interfered, and effected his escape."

Now, Sir, the facts to which the above has allusion, are as follows: -

Two officers belonging to the 70th Regt. station at Kingston, were sent over, by me, to Sacket's Harbor, not armed, nor with the view of seizing a deserter; but as private gentlemen, in pursuit of a villain who had committed the most daring robbery on his master, and whose detection and punishment every upright citizen of every nation ought to have felt alike interested.

The said two gentlemen applied in a regular manner to the Civil Magistrate (paying the required fees) in order to the culprit's being committed to prison, in the full confidence that the American laws would deal justly by the offender; but with regret do I publish to the world, that the Civil magistrate of that section of the U.S. after receiving the prisoner into his custody, and being paid for his trouble, had the effrontery of winking at his escape, following up his duplicity by the degrading acknowledgement; that the prisoner's rescue was effected by the daring violence of a lawless Mob.

Thus it is, Mr. Editor, by similar misstatements as the one inserted in the American Advocate, are rancorous feelings excited, and jealous suspicions begat, in the minds of the subjects of two nations who have the strongest possible incentives to reciprocal good offices and durable friendship.

our obd't. serv't.
Commanding 70th Reg't.

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    Latitude: 43.94923 Longitude: -76.12076
Richard Palmer
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A British Deserter