The first flower show, July 1833

The Gardener's Magazine, Vol. 9, 1833, and other extracts from local newspapers.

Guernsey And Jersey.— Guernsey Horticultural Society. July 25.

This was the first public exhibition of a Society which has not been long formed, but which is rapidly attaining considerable importance. The carnations consisted principally of the kind called yellow picotees, with a few flakes and bizarres; and filled a stage of four shelves, each shelf being 42 ft. long. A large rose-leaved dark slate colour, attracted much attention; also two Guernsey seedlings, raised last year, in the Royal Sarnia, by Charles de Jersey, Esq.; and Dr. Brock's seedling. There were also three collections of cut flowers (yellow picotees), one containing eighty specimens of seedlings, from Dr. Brock, raised this year, comprising many of great beauty; and a specimen from Charles de Jersey, Esq., of seedlings raised this year, which attracted universal admiration; as did also that great favourite William the Fourth. The zeal and well-merited success of the two gentlemen above named are worthy of being imitated. It is impossible to particularise the merits of all the different flowers exhibited on the occasion; but among the most striking were those named the Duke of Norfolk and Lord De Saumarez. There was also a variety of rare and beautiful exotics, among which we particularly noticed Poivrea coccinea, Quisqualis indica, Crinum americanum, and Fuchsia globosa, all in full flower; Astrapaea wallichii, from the stove of Dr. Brock; a beautiful plant of Clethra arborea, in full flower; and a table of rare ericas from Mr. Collyer's (a public-spirited nurseryman), together with three or four superb specimens of Nerium splendens, excited universal admiration, both for their beauty and perfume. (Guernsey Comet, July 29.)

Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society.—This Society, being only just established, has not as yet had any public exhibition; but, from the rules agreed upon at a meeting of several of the influential persons in the island, it appears likely to be of essential benefit: and we need scarcely add, that we most earnestly wish it success. (Jersey Times, Aug. 27.)

The Star, Monday, July 22, 1833

Our readers will perceive, on referring to our advertisement columns, that there will be an Exhibition of Carnations at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday next. This exhibition has been got up under the auspices of the Guernsey Horticultural Society, an institution which, although in its infancy, promises to be of considerable advantage to the island, by introducing here new fruits and flowers, and by giving publicity to the most approved methods of culture which may be discovered from time to time. Besides the members of the Society, several amateurs have contributed new and beautiful seedlings for the exhibition, which no doubt will make a fine display, and afford much gratification to the lovers of Floriculture. Should the exhibition be encouraged, it is, we understand, the intention of the Society to extend considerably their exertions in this way; and from the many advantages which we possess for the naturalization of exotic plants and flowers, the institution will no doubt in the course of a few years, render this island additionally attractive to strangers during the summer season.

The Comet, July 1, 1833

We regret to state that on Tuesday last a boat manned by Daniel Gaudion and three other men belonging to St. Sampson's went out a fishing, and has not since been heard of. Some of the Mackerel boats, during the late stormy weather have lost their nets, and with much difficulty the fisherman saved their lives. We understand that one boat lost nets to the amount of £70. The Seaflower (a dandy-boat) left Alderney on Wednesday and was driven by stress of weather into Jersey, and did not arrive here till Friday morning. Owing to the stormy weather, those Ladies and Gentlemen who intended visiting Serk by the Beresford on Monday, and the Drake on Friday last, were deprived of their intended Trips, in consequence of the non-arrival of those vessels at the appropriate time. Since writing the above we learn that the names of the individuals in the fishing boat, are, Daniel Gaudion, master of the boat, Henry Pedvin, Thomas Le Texier, and Daniel Ferbrache.

ROYAL COURT—Saturday, June 29, 1833. Duplain versus Sebire. This was an action from Alderney brought forward at the instance of Thomas Duplain, against John Sebire, to obtain damages for having the defendant, cruelly and maliciously bit the little finger of Duplain's left hand, thereby preventing him from pursuing his usual labours for several months. The Court after having heard evidence and counsel on both sides, condemned the defendant, Sebire, to pay a fine of one hundred livres tournois, and costs.

Mansell and others versus Robin. A case of brandy smuggling on the Marie-Joseph.


The Chasse-Marée, Marie-Joseph, together with her sails, boat and appartenances, will be sold by Public Auction in St. Sampson's Harbour, on Tuesday, 9th July next, at noon, before the King's Sheriff or his Deputy, as per act of the Royal Court of 22nd June, 1833. The Comet, July 5th. SALE OF BRANDY. On Thursday, the 11th instant, at Eleven o'clock in the forenoon, will be exposed to Public Sale without reserve, a parcel of Cognac and Armagnac Brandy, condemned by act of the Royal Court, dated June 15, 1833, for having been illegally landed from the French Chasse-Marée, Marie-Joseph. The parcel consists of: 2 pipes; 7 Hogsheads; and 5 Quarter Casks. The Sale will take place at Dan. Knight's store at the Plaiderie.

Silk Manufactory. 27, Berthelot Street.

Mr & Mrs Porter beg to inform their friends and the public generally, that they have established a manufactory for the weaving of BROAD SILKS, at 27, Berthelot Street, where they have FIVE LOOMS at work. They will warrant every article manufactured by them to be of the very best description, and at prices lower than what is usually demanded for Goods of the same quality at any shop in the island. A variety of SILKS for Ladies' DRESSES and BONNETS, and Gentlemen's CRAVATS, and STOCKS constantly on sale, are made to order in any quantity or of any quality. This being the first attempt to establish a manufactory of the kind in the island, Mr. and Mrs. P. hope the ladies of Guernsey will not suffer it to fail for want of support. The following ladies and gentlemen have already honoured them with their commands, to whom they offer their acknowledgments.

His Excellency Major-General and Mrs. Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Champion, Dr. and Mrs. Carey (Rohais), Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Benwell, James MacCulloch, Esq., James Adkinson, Esq., Mrs. and the Miss Bienvenus, Mrs. C. Tupper, Mrs. (Captain) De Lancy, Mr. and the Miss Martins, Colonel Mann, Misses Maingy (Havelet), Capt. and Mrs. Dalgairns, &c, &c.

Any person may visit the manufactory at any time free of expense.


Under the immediate patronage of Her Majesty's Court of St James

Mrs Nicholas Geary

Removed from 43, New Bond-Street, to 61, St James'-Street, London.

BEGS most respectfully to inform the Nobility and Gentry of Guernsey and Jersey, that it is her intention to pay an early visit to the islands, (where she has been so extensively patronised for the last eleven years) to such Ladies with her universally celebrated NEWLY INVENTED STAY, pronounced by the most fastidious connoisseurs to be the very acmé of symmetrical perfection and the very luxury of ease. The high estimation in which these inimitable stays are held, have induced many persons to attempt to imitate them, but such is their peculiar construction that from a secret known only to the Inventor, there has never been a pair produced even from houses of eminence in Town that have not rendered the wearer completely awry. In conjunction with the patronage of the most exalted persons in the Realm, Mrs Geary has testimonials of the highest medical authority proving her stay to be the only one which can at the same time effect the two grand desiderato, viz: all the ease the most delicate invalid can require, with a symmetry of form fit to adorn the votaries of Almacks. Previously to Mrs Geary's arrival, Ladies can be suited by her Agent, Miss Chegwin, Silk Mercer and Dress-Maker, Smith-Street, Guernsey. [Jane Chegwin's keepsake album of 1836 can be viewed in the Library.]


May be had fresh, every day, from the pond, Wholesale and Retail, of H Cumber.

The Comet, July 5th, 1833

By the arrival of a Cutter from Brixham on Tuesday last, we learn, that Capt. Spriggs, and Capt. Potter, on their passage to Brixham, one day last week, fell in with a boat, keel upwards. The former, owing to the tempestuous state of the weather, could not succeed in saving her or any part of the materials, but Capt. Potter ventured to put his boat out and succeeded in saving the sails and masts. The bottom of the boat was painted green, and the upper part black. It is supposed that it was the same boat in which Daniel Gaudion and his companions sailed on Tuesday sennight from St Sampson's, of whom there has been no further tidings.