carrying ten, with a crew of officers, men, and boys of 120, under command of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, cruising along the coast of Africa, left Liberia on Nov. 11, 1842, for the United States, via St. Thomas.
On Nov. 25 Mackenzie received information through Lieutenant Gansevoort of a conspiracy on board to seize the brig and convert her into a pirate, etc. The leaders in this movement were reported to be Midshipman Philip Spencer, son of John C. Spencer, then Secretary of War, and Samuel Cromwell, the boatswain's mate, and a seaman, Elisha Small.
Spencer was arrested on Nov. 27, and the other two on the 28th, and put in irons.
These three were convicted by a court on board, and sentenced to be hanged at the yard-arm, the sentence being carried into effect on Dec. 1, 525 miles from St. Thomas.
the Somers arrived at New York, Dec. 14, with several of the boys in confinement.
A naval court of inquiry, convened on Dec. 28, consisting of Commodores Charles Stewart, Jacob Jones,
on adjourns......Aug. 31, 1842
[It passed ninety-five acts, thirteen joint resolutions, and 189 private bills, sitting 269 days—the longest session since the beginning of Congress.]
William Ellery Channing, Unitarian minister, dies at Bennington, Vt., aged sixty-two......Oct. 2, 1842
Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, commanding the United States brig Somers, while on a short cruise, hangs at the yard-arm Philip Spencer, a midshipman and son of John C. Spencer, then Secretary of War; Samuel Cromwell, a boatswain's mate; and Elijah H. Small, for an alleged conspiracy......Dec. 1, 1842
Third session assembles......Dec. 5, 1842
Samuel Woodworth (author of the Old oaken bucket) dies at New York City, aged fifty-seven......Dec. 9, 1842
Resolutions offered by John M. Botts of Virginia, for the impeachment of President Tyler for gross usurpation of power, wicked and corrupt abuse of the power of appointments, high crimes and misdemeanors, etc.......Jan. 10, 1843
[Rejected by a
visits Hartford to settle certain boundary questions with the New England United Colonies......Sept. 11, 1650
French agents from Quebec visit the Connecticut colonists, asking aid against the five nations of New York (the Iroquois)......1651
Alarm and distress of the colonists owing to trouble with the Dutch......1653
Commissioners are for war, but Massachusetts refuses assistance......1653
They address Parliament and Cromwell for aid......1653
Colony, ordered by Parliament to treat the Dutch as enemies, seize the Dutch house and lands at Hartford......1654
Death of Governor Haynes......1654
Law against Quakers: to be fined and sent out of jurisdiction......October, 1656
Gov. John Winthrop obtains for Connecticut a charter, with ample privileges, from Charles II......April 20, 1662
grants a patent to his brother, the Duke of York, of extensive tracts, including the west side of Connect