Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Whig (Hudson, NY), December 22, 1812
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The notice we took in our paper of the 8th inst. of the capture by the British at the mouth of Genesee river of a vessel belonging to Capt. Wm. McKinstry, when expressing our approbation of that officer's conduct at Queenston, has induced the conductors of the print which is weekly issued from the democratic wigwam in this city, to assail that gentleman by accusing him of having engaged in "smuggling" upon Lake Ontario; and to insinuate that the capture of his vessel was a thing well understood between him and the British. - The contemptible standing of that paper, may shield its conductors from exemplary justice, but it is more than probable, they may find it convenient to retract something on this subject - notwithstanding Capt. McKinstry is the son of what the tenants of the wigwam please to call a tory.

The facts relating to this business are as follow: Mr. McKinstry owned the schooner Lady Murray on Lake Ontario; which vessel, after the non-importation act went into operation, he chartered to a person for the purpose of coasting from one port of the U. States to another, upon the Lake; and in this situation she was seized by the custom-house officer, at a time when Mr. McKinstry had no control over his vessel, and when he was not within two hundred miles of her - being then at Albany; and without having, indeed, at any time, acted as master of the vessel. Besides, the conductors of the paper know full well, that such is the cupidity, such the insatiable itch, of many of their political friends, the custom-house officers, to get hold of the property of their fellow citizens, right or wrong, that the mere seizure of a vessel is no evidence whatever that the vessel has violated any law of the country...

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December 22, 1812
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Gary M. Gibson
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Northern Whig (Hudson, NY), December 22, 1812