January 1828

From the Star newspaper.

Manufacturing; parochial taxation; shipwreck off Burhou; arrivals; René Olivier's school; John Short; P Sebire; Mr Corben; H Bolt, laundress; badly-behaved boys; very badly-behaved soldiers

Recent establishment of manufactures. [See Guernsey Enterprises 1830.]

Several manufactures have been established in this island within a short period, and others are at present in a state of forwardness. We notice the following:

1. Manufacture of the Sulphate of Quincina conducted at the Caches, St Martin's parish. This establishment belongs to Mr W Warren, who has obtained a patent for the manufacture of the salt in question, which is extracted from Peruvian Bark by a process of distillization. There is therefore no other establishment of the kind in Great Britain. In France there are many, and we believe the mode of distillization was communicated to Mr Warren by a Frenchman. The Sulphate of Quincina sells wholesale for about 30s an ounce.

2. A paper manufactory, at Petit Bo, in the Forest Parish. It belongs to Mr Pim, an English paper-manufacturer, who has recently rented one of the water-mills at Petit Bo for a term of years, and is now fitting it up with machinery.

3. A brandy distillery, near Ivy Castle, St Sampson's parish, conducted by a foreigner, whose name we have not been able to ascertain. This, according to all accounts, will be an extensive establishment. Masons, carpenters, and other mechanics have been for some time actively engaged in preparing it. Potatoes being the substance from which the proprietors intend to extract brandy, it is said that no less than 20,000 bushels will be required annually.

Among the establishments formed during the past year, is the GUERNSEY BANKING COMPANY. It commenced business in June, under the firm of Priaulx, Le Marchant, Rougier & Co. Its proprietors are thirteen gntlemen of unquestionable respectability and considerable wealth who, of couorse, are jointly and individually responsible for the transactions of the Company. The want of an establishement of this nature had long been felt in the island, particularly for those who had to make remittances to England or France, as it was impossible for them to obtain bills for a specific amount whenever they wanted them; this circumstance alone was a sore annoyance to persons in business, as in many cases it prevented them from closing their accounts with establishements out of the island. At present, bills to any amount, either on London or Paris, are drawn or cashed at the Bank, who regulate the amount of premium by the rate of the exchange between both countries.

The Banking Company advance money at the rate of 5% interest per annum, provided the drawer and acceptor of the bills on which such money is advanced, be persons possessing a good credit. A premium of one-half percent in addition to the interest, is charged when the money is paid down, and likewise when the bill is renewed, which must be done every three months; so that the rate of interest charged for money lent, amounts to 7% annually.

This Company also effects the purchase of Funds, both in London and Paris, and pay the dividends thereon, when received, without additional charge.

Parochial Taxes for 1827.

The following sums have been raised by taxes on the inhabitants of St Peter-Port during the year 1827:

Lighting of the Town; fire engines; passes for strangers; rents due by the parish; surgeon's salary, &c.: £1,600; Towards the support of the Town Hospital: £1,400; To the Overseers of the Poor: £700. Total: £3,700. [See also Trade 1827.]

About a week since, a boat manned by four men, left Alderney for Belhou, a small uninhabited island lying to the West of Alderney, distant about 1½ mile, whither the party were going in search of timber or other materials from wrecks, some being frequently found there at this boisterous season of the year. Not returning in the evening, a boat was sent out the next day to ascertain what was become of them; they were not to be seen, but the rudder of their boat and one or two oars being found floating abour near Belhou, no doubt is entertained that the unfortunate men met with a watery grave; one of them, it is said, was to be married in a few days. [Also described, the loss of Les Deux Frères of Perros on her way to Guernsey, capt. Le Métais.]

Shipwreck of the Fanny.


December 24: Minerva, Jones, Weymouth, ballast. Two Brothers, Salsbury, Brixham, ballast. Diana, Stone, Jersey, fruit, &c. 25: Mercury, Pearce, Bremen, timber. Aeolus, Prialx, Southampton, hops. &c. 26: Steam-packet Ivanhoe, White, Jersey, ballast. Frederick, Kellaway, Alderney, ballast. Peggy, Perchard, Jersey, bark, &c. 27: Steam-packet Watersprite, White, Weymouth, ballast. St Pierre, Cleret, Havre, vitriol. 28: Brilliant, Brouard, London, sundries. Mars, Fortin, Cherbourg, cattle. Actif, Darthenay, St Malo, cattle. Mary, Amlod, Poole, stones. Friendship, Shean, Lyme, sail-cloth. Beverley, Eiley, Newcastle, coals. Liberty, Watson, Newcastle, coals. Good Intent, Domaille, Newcastle, coals. General Doyle, Le Couvet, Jersey, wines. Julia, White, Portsmouth, ballast. 29: Steam-packet Watersprite, White, Jersey, ballast. Adventure, Luce, London, sundries. Diligent, Porter, Southampton, bale-goods. Experiment, Deslandes, Alderney, ballast. Samuel & Julia, Garland, Weymouth, sail-cloth. 30: Steam-packet Ivanhoe, Conner, Weymouth, ballast. Proteus, Nissen, Copenhagen, wheat and barley. Juliana, Richardson, Newcastle, coals. L'Hirondelle, Tirel, Cherbourg, ballast. Diligent, Pilant, Cherbourg, ballast.

Passengers' Names: Messrs. Reid, Touzel, Martin, Le Sueur, Wills, Lieut. Cregg, Morris, Lee, Robin, Robinson, Butler, Wilcock, Kent, Jackson, Williamson, Walton, Ching, Craven, Thorbon, Russell, Hayson, De Jersey, Fernagu, Latour, Jaury, Desperiers, Bacon, Capt. Baynes and family, Brawset, Hide, Mitchell, Tupper, Roberts, Cox. Mrs Gallichan, Doyle and family, Le Cocq, Gaudion, Le Roy, Coquin, Bacon, Sale, L'Aimée. Misses Lenfestey and Gosset.

FRENCH LANGUAGE. MR RENÉ OLIVIER, formerly professor at the College of St Servan, has the honour of informing the inhabitants of this island who are in the habit of sending their children to be educated in France, that he gives lessons at his lodgings, and also at the residences of those that may honor him with their confidence, on moderate terms, regulated by the proficiency which his pupils have made in the French language, previously to his taking them under his instruction. His method of teaching is such, that his pupils will acquire as much knowledge of orthography in three or four months, as those who have been one or two years at school in France; it is the method so successfully practised by Mr HOSSELIN, professor at St Servan. References from persons who have been instructed by him, may be seen at Mr W CAIRE's, near the Fish Market. Residence in New-Street, where he has FURNISHED and UNFURNISHED lodgings to let.

JOHN SHORT, PLAIN AND ORNAMENTAL BOOKBINDER, Respectfully informs the ladies and gentlemen of this island, and the public in general, that he has commenced business in the above line, at the house No 90, bottom of Smith-Street (up one pair of stairs), and hopes that superior workmanship, combined with moderate charges, will secure him that patronage which it shall be his unremitting study to merit. Account-books ruled and bound to any pattern; music-books carefully bound and repaired; portfolios made to order in the neatest manner.

P. SEBIRE informs his friends and the public, that he has lately received a quantity of GOODS, consisting in cloths, serges, flannels, corduroys, &c, of the finest qualities, which he sells at very low price for ready money. Clothing made up at the shortest notice. Funerals supplied at half the usual cost.He also sells all sorts of liqueurs, wines, cordials, and table salt, packing paper, by the ream, and Day & Martin's blacking. He has yet a small quantity of dry codfish, of a superior quality, by the cwt., which he is selling cheap. Several ROOMS to let at his house, No. 224, High-Street.

MR. CORBEN, intending to leave Guernsey early in the approaching Spring, is desirous of disposing of his HORSE, a PONY, PHAETON, and a CART, with SADDLES, BRIDLES, and HARNESS complete. As Mr Corben will probably remain two or three months longer in the island, he would have no objection to keep them while he stays, if that would better suit the convenience of the purchaser, in consideration of his having the occasional use of them in the meantime. The large Horse is one of the best Roadsters in the islands. The Pony is excellent, perfectly docile and young. Both draw well, and are in good condition. The Phaeton is neat, almost new, convenient and very easy, having been recently hung on new springs: adapted for one or two ponies. They may be seen at Le Gravée.

H. BOLT, from Weymouth, Laundress, &C., begs to inform the Ladies of Guernsey, that she carries on the above branch at the Long-store, next to Mr Thom's ship-building yard, where orders will be thankfully received and executed at the shortest notice. Ladies' dresses and fine linen got up in the neatest manner and on reasonable terms. Mangling, 4d. per score. Family washing, by the month or quarter, at reduced prices. Clothes fetched from any part of the town.

ST JAMES' CHURCH. To be sold, six Sittings, the property of the late CHARLES LE MARCHANT, ESQ., in a Pew containing twelve, in the lower part of St James' Church. Apply to John Arnold.

M. VAUDIN gives notice, that he has for sale two young COLTS, two years rising three, well broken in, got by Cottager and English mares; and an old Horse, good to draw. Also fifty tons of prime UPLAND HAY.

REMOVAL. L. CORBIN, Grocer, Tea-dealer, &C., begs to inform his friends and the public, that he has removed his establishment from Mr JAMES JEREMIE's house, bottom of High-street, to his house, formerly belonging to the heirs of the late JOHN COLLINGS, Esq., and situate at the Grand Carrefour, where he will continue to sell Groceries, Wines, and Cordials, of the first qualities, at moderate prices.He has had the whole of his house fitted up as a PRIVATE LODGING HOUSE, in a style inferior to none in the island.

To be let immediately, in the house belonging to Mr James Jeremie, High-street, several very large and elegant Rooms, and as a private door will be added to the premises, besides the advantage of every necessary convenience, the same are really worth the attention of any respectable family, or of gentlemen in want of club-rooms or offices. For further particulars apply to Mr Henry KAINES, grocer &c., 236 High-street.

FOUNTAIN-STREET. The Committee of the States for the Improvement of Fountain-street, give notice that on Thursday, 3rd January, they will sell by public auction, on the spot, between 11 and 12 in the morning, the MATERIALS of the five Market Houses, occupied by Messrs Frecker, Vincent, and others. The purchasers shall engage to take down the said houses and carry away the materials at their expense, according to the conditions which will be then produced. For further information apply to Mr J Du Port, assistant supervisor, or to Mr M Gallienne.

The public are respectfully informed that the Unitarian Congregation have taken the room lately used as the Girls' National School, near the Hospital, where public worship will be held on Sunday next, the 6th January, 1828, at half-past 10 in the morning, and at 6 in the evening.

A woman, of good character, wishes to find a situation as a COOK. Apply to Susan Tostevin, Berthelot-street.

The Star, January 8th, 1828.

ORIGINAL OYSTER SHOP. HILARY LE NOURY has the honor of offering his grateful thanks to the nobility, gentry, and public in general, for the decided preference shown him hitherto, and begs to announce, that he season having commenced, he has now a supply of OYSTERS, both raw and pickled, prepared after the London method. Accommodations at his dwelling-house, under the Arch-way, Grand Carrefour. Store in the passage leading from the Carrefour to the North Pier. A supply of excellent PORTER; Ginger, Spruce, and other BEER; BISCUIT, &c.

To be let immediately, the House lately occupied by Fitzherbert Macqueen, Esq., at the Fosse-André, near the New-Ground. The premises are in excellent repair, and the garden is well stocked with fruit-trees in full bearing. For particulars apply to Advocate MacCulloch, near the Court House.

To be let, for Easter next, VAUQIÉDOR VILLA, at present occupied by Major BAYNES. For further particulars apply to Mrs Le Mottée, Mont-Durant.

Passenger Arrivals. Messrs Seager, Westwood, Gall, Hine, Kershaw and family, Mangy, Goulding, Edwards, Colonel Napier(?) and son, Revd. H Durand, Randett, Phillips, Evans, Branton, Collings, Smith, Fuzzard, Spade, Morris, Toumges and servant, Cole, Berlace. Mrs Goulding, Bate and family, Lagethorn, Collings, Phillips, Cole. Misses Filleul, Davis, Nute, Haddy.

To the Editor of the STAR,

SIR: I have frequently been shocked by the depraved and impious language used by boys of the subordinate orders of society, residing in this island, especially during the evenings, when the conduct of these young profligates is most gross and daring. One day last week, in my way to the market, I was greatly astonished at the horrid imprecations which proceeded from a group of four boys of the above description, whose ages I judged to be from eleven to fourteen; and my surprise was increased by observing the apparent apathy of passers-by, these boys appeared to be only amusing themselves by making choice of the most horrid expressions they could think of; one, the eldest, mingled with the most horrid oaths, the sacred name of the Redeemer, when impelled by feeling of indignation, I caught hold of and shook the young blasphemer, who appeared much surprised, as if it was quite an unusual thing to be checked in his career of vice. 'These things ought not to be', and until more effectual measures can be adopted to do away with this shocking depravity, so disgraceful in a Christian country, I would recommend that, whenever these young sinners are met with, every Christian man should make it a point of conscience to check and admonish them. We feel offended when the names of our friends are lightly spoken of; how much higher then should our indignation rise when we hear the name of the Redeemer of mankind, made use of with so much irreverence!

Trusting that someone better qualified than myself will soon take the above into consideration. I am, with much esteem, Mr Editor, Your sincere well-wisher, OBSERVATUS.

The Star, 15th January 1828.

Navigation, Lunar Observations, and the method of finding the Longitude by Time Keepers, taught by Mr G Ramsden, Master, RN, at his house in Paris-street.

Captain De Meuron's house and garden, at the Cordiers, lately occupied by Major Leaviss, is for sale, or to be let for a short lease. Apply to John Arnold.

For sale, a green-house glass frame, 12 feet 6 inches long, and 11 feet wide. Apply to Mrs Carré, Valnord.

Census of the parish of St Peter Port. [This is also on microfilm at the Library. The newspaper print is occasionally difficult to read.]

Four individuals named John Mottershead, Richard Messenger, Thomas Harris, senr., and Thomas Harris, junr., were brought before the Royal Court on Friday, charged with having stolen a quantity of brass and lead belonging to Messrs D Mollet & Co. from a small building adjoining the mill at Country-Mansell.

It appears that Mottershead and Messenger were employed some time back by Messrs Mollet & Co., to take to pieces a steam-engine, purchased many years ago for the use of their mill, but which could never be rendered sevicable; they undertook the job, and whilst engaged about it, frequently kept the key of the building from one day to another, alleging various reasons for so doing. They both slept in a room occupied by the two other prisoners at Glatney, in which they from time to time deposited pieces of copper stolen from the building in question.A young man who also slept in the same or adjoining room, perceiving what was going on, gave information of it to the constables, which led to the immediate apprehension, not only of Mottershead and Messenger, but also of the two Harrisses. They were all fully committed for trial.

Six soldiers belonging to the detachment of the 81st regiment, quartered at Jerbourg, were brought to the bar of the Royal Court, on Saturday, charged with having, on a Friday evening, in a public house near St Martin's church, attacked, beaten, and cruelly ill-used, several of the inhabitants of St Martin's; insulted and beaten the constable; stolen a silver watch from a young man named Thoume; and also of having thrown several large stones into the windows of the public house occupied by Mr Brazier, in which the constables and several other individuals had been obliged to seek a refuge. They underwent an examination in private, after which they were fully committed for trial. Five of them only were ordered to be confined in the public jail; the sixth, having been slightly wounded in the arm by a gun, loaded with shot, fired by one of the individuals who had retreated to Mrs Brazier's house, was sent to the hospital.

The Star, January 29th, 1828

To be sold, a share of the Assembly-Rooms. Apply to Advocate Carré.

Furnished lodgings to let, at Alexander Stuart's house, Mount-Durant. Apply to the printer.