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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oregon, (search)
esolutions pass the House of Representatives giving notice to Great Britain that the convention of 1818 and 1827 for joint occupation of Oregon should be terminated at the expiration of twelve months from the notice......Feb. 9, 1846 Articles of the Oregon convention between United States and Great Britain held June 15, 1846, are ratified in London, July 17, and proclaimed......Aug. 5, 1846 First sale of town lots for Salem......Sept. 10, 1846 First mail contract in Oregon let to Hugh Burns in the spring of 1846, and first regular mail service in the Territory is established by the United States government......1847 Congress enacts a territorial government for Oregon......Aug. 14, 1848 Gen. Joseph Lane, first territorial governor, arrives, and proclaims the territorial government......March 3, 1849 About $50,000, in five and ten dollar gold pieces, coined and put into circulation by the Oregon Exchange Company. This is known as beaver money ......1849 First terri
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wilson, Alexander 1766-1813 (search)
Wilson, Alexander 1766-1813 Ornithologist; born in Paisley, Scotland, July 6, 1766; became a weaver, and wrote verses for the newspapers, and in 1789 peddled two volumes of his poetry through the country. His Watty and Meg, published in 1792, and attributed to Burns, had a sale of 100,000 copies. Being prosecuted for a poetical lampoon, he came to America in 1794, landing at Newcastle, Del. By the advice of William Bartram (q. v.), the botanist, he turned his attention to ornithology. Late in 1804 he made a journey on foot to Niagara Falls, and wrote a poetic account of it. In 1805 he learned the art of etching. He persuaded Bradford, the Philadelphia publisher, to furnish funds for the publication of a work on American ornithology in a superb manner, but it was so expensive that it was not pecuniarily successful. His labors, day and night, upon this great work impaired his health and hastened his death. He had finished seven volumes when he laid aside his implements of la
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wise, Henry Alexander 1806-1876 (search)
ent, an habitual fervor of enthusiasm in their method of handling almost every subject. The debates of the schoolmen were sharp and subtle enough; but they wanted interest and grandeur, and were besides confined to a few. They did not affect the general mass of the community. But the Bible was thrown open to all ranks and conditions, to own and read. with its wonderful table of contents, from Genesis to the Revelation. Every village in England would present the scene so well described in Burns's Cotter's Saturday night. How unlike this agitation, this shock, this angry sea, this fermentation, this shout and its echoes, this impulse and activity, this concussion, this general effect, this blow, this earthquake, this roar and dashing, this longer and louder strain, this public opinion, this liberty to all to think and speak the truth, this stirring of spirits, this opening of eyes, this zeal to know—not nothing—but the truth, that the truth might make them free. How unlike to this
The Daily Dispatch: July 7, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Yankee movement around Richmond. (search)
Explosion of a locomotive--five persons killed and several wounded. --Yesterday afternoon, as the mail train on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad was coming to this city, having on board 800 soldiers and about 100 lady refugees from Norfolk, the boiler of the locomotive exploded with fatal effect. The engine was blown to pieces and turned completely over in the track. The engineer, Mr. Hugh Burns, was blown off the engine some distance and dreadfully scalded. His injuries are such that he cannot survive. A sailor in the car next to the engine was instantly killed by the car being smashed, and three soldiers in the car next to that were also killed. A colored fireman was killed on the spot. Eight soldiers were wounded, of whom three will die. There were 3 or 4 Federal surgeons aboard the train (a portion of a party of prisoners from near Vicksburg) who gave medical attention to the wounded. None of the ladies were hurt, though the bottom of one of the cars they were in w