irst winter and its mortality, the taking off of half their number.
This letter of the Vine's captain is the beginning of bad news from the African colony.
On June 9 the Watchman said:
We are sorry to state that Mr. Force, late of Boston, after publishing a few succeeding weeks of the [Liberia] Herald, has deceased.
Mr. Sessions is also dead.
Dr. Peaco is sick, but Mr. Ashmun and the colonists generally are in good health.
The issue of June 16 contains a half column letter of Rev. Lott Cary, telling that the expedition from Boston has suffered more loss than that from Norfolk, and expressed gratitude for the recovery of Rev. Mr. Holton, whose sickness had been alarming, but that he preached last Sunday and hoped to tomorrow, adding what gives a clue to his work: I trust we shall be able to get along well.
Bro. Holton will be in the public employ till his year is out in conducting the school in this place.
But in the issue of November 19 was a letter, dated