Jersey Times 1849 - 3

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10 April - 4 May 1849
Temperance demonstration
Friday 13 April

The Temperance Society of this town held their annual meeting on Monday last, when about 200 of its members walked in a procession, preceded by a band, appropriate banners etc, through some of the principal streets to the English Congregational Chapel, Union Street, where a sermon was preached by Mr Dewhurst.

The members and friends afterwards had a tea provided in the hall. Tea being over, a public meeting was held, the president of the Society, Mr Collenette, in the chair.

An excellent report of proceedings was read by the secretary and several resolutions bearing on the interests of the society were moved by ministers and friends.

Haunts of vice and
depravity visited daily

From the report we find that the Society had made considerable progress during the year. They have employed a town missionary, who daily visits the haunts of vice and depravity, and since November has visited upwards of 12,000 individuals, distributing tracts and pleading the cause of temperance.

Several, who were notorious drunkards, debased and vile wretches are now useful members of society and members of the Christian churches in the town.

But the noblest nature of the society’s operations is the establishment of a ‘Samaritan Institution’, where those miserable creatures found in a state of intoxication on the public streets are taken to and treated with kindness.

Since February last 67 found in this state have been taken there; of these, 9 were Jerseyman, 4 Englishmen, 2 Irishmen, 2 Frenchmen; 2 were dependant gentlemen, 13 sailors, 9 labourers, 1 butcher, 3 farmers, 2 smiths, 1 sawyer, 1 shoemaker, a plasterer, 1 currier, 2 gardeners, 1 painter and 1 pensioner.

We are happy to learn that this institution is supported by subscriptions of the influential persons of our town, and we wish it every success.

Big catch at Gorey

A sturgeon, measuring about six feet long and one and a half round and weighing between 80 and 100 lbs, was caught on Wednesday evening last by some fishermen off Gorey in their trawls.

New Lodge for Freemasons

Freemasonry seems to be lifting its head mightily in Jersey since the creation of her Provincial Grand Master.

We hear today that a new Lodge, to be designated The Samares Lodge, will be dedicated, under the warrant of the Grand Master, the Earl of Zetland; and that in the evening it will be consecrated by the Provincial Grand Master, J J Hamond Esq, the latter Masonic ceremony being one entirely new to Jersey.

We further learn that a Masonic Hall is about to be built, and on a scale worthy of the Craft of the Island.

Successful annual ball

We understand that Mr Tuffney’s Annual Ball came off on Monday evening, in the capacious Rooms of Mr W Maryon, Perseverance Tavern, Charles Street, and was attended by upwards of 170 guests.

The noble room thus occupied presented a brilliant appearance, enhanced by the clever, artistic floor chalkings of Mr Quincoe.

The dancing was kept up gaily to the merry strains of the band of the Messrs Carter, so well-skilled by constant practice in the “light and sparkling” dance music of the present day.

Mr Hinchcliffe proved himself an admirable Master-of- the-Ceremonies.

All the arrangements of the Stewards were such as to give unqualified satisfaction.

The refreshments were excellently supplied by the worthy host, Mr Maryon, and the whole entertainment went off with great spirit.

Pastures new

An entire Jersey family with household goods, agricultural implements and some pigs embarked on Wednesday last on the cutter from St Helier on their emigrating way to – Alderney!

Tuesday 17 April
Before the Bailiff, Sir Thomas Le Breton, and eight Magistrates
Mother and daughter imprisoned for theft

Rachel Brehaut and Rachel Deveaux, her daughter, who had been found guilty of theft by the Petty Jury of St Saviour’s parish, appeared this day before the Grande Equete, to which they had appealed.

The Grande Equete was composed of 21 principeaux chosen from the parishes of St Saviour, St Martin and Grouville, and was presided by John Aubin Esq. (Belvidere).

The several depositions of witnesses having been read by the Solicitor-General, Mr Advocate Le Sueur addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoners.

The Attorney-General supported the accusation. The Bailiff entered into minute particulars of the whole case.

The Jury withdrew to deliberate, and after a short absence returned with a unanimous verdict of guilty, recommending the girl Deveaux to the mercy of the Court, as was done by the Petty Jury of St Saviour.

The Attorney-General represented to the Court the gravity of the crime with which Rachel Brehaut had rendered herself guilty. She was not satisfied with committing the robbery but she also induced her daughter to assist her.

He moved that Rachel Brehaut be condemned to six months imprisonment with hard labour, and Rachel Deveaux to a fortnight imprisonment without hard labour.

Mr Advocate Le Sueur pleaded in mitigation of the sentence against the mother, but the Court unanimously granted the conclusions of the Crown Officer.

The Bailiff, in announcing the sentence of the Court to the prisoners, severely reprimanded Rachel Brehaut; and he expressed a hope that during her imprisonment she would seriously reflect on her past conduct, and that at the expiry of her imprisonment she would leave the jail with the determination to behave honestly in future.

Parents of boy thieves
summoned to Court
Tuesday 10 April
Before the Bailiff, and Judges Bisson, P W Nicolle, Bertram, Le Couteur, Picot, Pelgue, Le Gallais and Arthur

Four young boys, named John Handright, Wm Thomas, Thomas Hines and William Handright, were placed at the Bar by the Constable of St Helier, for having stolen in the Market, on Wednesday 7 March last, a quantity of potatoes belonging to a woman who sells vegetables in the said Market; the information was given to the Constable by Mr James Tranchard.

Mr Advocate Godfray, for the prisoners, complained that they had been imprisoned for nearly five weeks without being presented; he asked their immediate discharge.

The Attorney-General said that one of these boys had been ill, and that was the reason they had not been brought up before.

The mother of John and William Handright, being present, promised that she would send the eldest of her two sons to sea and would prevent the other from committing any more robberies; upon this the court liberated them, and the other two boys were sent back to jail until Saturday, and in the meantime their parents will be summoned to appear before the Court.

Chicken thief banished
Tuesday 17 April

An Englishman, named Jas Godfray, was placed at the bar by the Constable of St Peter’s for having let loose some cows belonging to Mr Peter Mauger of the said parish by cutting the ropes with which they were tied, and also for having been found in an outhouse on Mr Mauger’s farm in the act of stealing fowls.

Mr Advocate le Sueur said that the prisoner was willing to quit the Island to avoid further prosecution.

The Attorney-General said he did not object, but he would move that the prisoner be condemned to be banished from the Island for five years.


Emigration to New South Wales - Will sail from Jersey on or about 10 May, and from Plymouth on 15 May, 1849, for Port Philip and Sydney, the fine first-class ship Willing, Richard Bertram, Master, 400 tons burthen, copper-fastened, lying in St Helier’s Harbour.

This ship has a spacious poop, and lofty tween decks, fitted for passengers, who will be provided with provisions of the best quality, and all mess utensils necessary for the voyage.

For further particulars, apply to: George Deslandes and Son, or to W P Blanchard, Sand Street, Jersey; to James Thoume, 23 Bordage Street, Guernsey. And to: Mr James B Willcocks, Emigration Agent, Plymouth.


Sociable phaeton - To the nobility and gentry of Jersey, W H Alexander, Coachmaker, Peter Street, respectfully intimates that he has just completed a new sociable phaeton for one or two horses, embracing lightness, elegance and cheapness of which he requests an inspection.

NB: A variety of carriages for sale including broughams, britzkas, cabriolet, Victoria and Albert phaetons.

Repairs in all branches of coachmaking promptly executed. Carriages let on job.


New stock of pianos - Mr Hagemann begs respectfully to announce to the Nobility and Gentry of the Island, that he has just returned from London and Germany with an entirely new stock of pianos, to which he respectfully invites attention.

The names of the English makers will ensure their excellence, viz, Messrs Collard and Collard, Tomkinson, Metzler and others.

One, in particular, of the newest fashion, by Collard, containing the latest improvements, has never hitherto been introduced in Jersey.

8 David Place, Bath Street.


Tooth decay - Stop decaying teeth for 2s 6d.

Mr Le Brun, surgeon-dentist, pupil of Cartwright and formerly student of King’s College, also continues to fix artificial teeth at the following low terms:

  • A single tooth – 5s
  • A mineral tooth – 10s

Extraction by means of chloroform, at a suitable charge. All other operations on the teeth, according to the modern and improved methods of the day, on equally moderate terms.

Sole discoverer of the method of arresting the decay of teeth. Toothache cured instantaneously.

1 Eagle Terrace, St Mark’s Road.

The slopes of Westmount were crowded later in the day for the launch of the Robert Bradford from the shipyard below, shown in an earlier illustration by our artist
10,000 watch launch of the Robert Bradford
Tuesday 24 April

This very fine vessel, which has been for a considerable time on the stocks and was some weeks since announced to be launched on the 24th inst, was on the morning of that day, Tuesday last, decorated with colours and bouquets, in earnest of the noble spectacle which was in preparation for the inhabitants of this highly-favoured isle.

Mr Clarke, the enterprising shipbuilder, expecting one of the owners of the vessel, Mr George Bradford, of London, after whom she is named, to arrive on that day from England, very judiciously postponed the committing of her to her future element until the flow of the evening tide.

Soon after 6 o’clock, crowds began to arrive on the scene from all parts of the Island, and took up their positions on the sloping ground, from the summit of Gallows Hill to the new road running from Cheapside to the First Tower on the St Aubin Road, immediately over the building yard. In the yard, Mr Clarke made every accommodation for his friends, and a band of music was placed in a vessel adjoining the one to be launched, and at intervals played appropriate tunes, which were most acceptable to the multitudes assembled.

By half-past 6 o’clock the whole of the slope was thickly and densely covered and little short of 10,000 must have been on it, having a very pleasing effect, the rough granite rock, at an elevation of 100 feet, just appearing at the summit and the rest of the mountain being a living mass of human beings.

Ship resting on cradle

At a quarter before 7 the shipwrights commenced knocking away the wedges from under the keel; the body of the vessel resting on the ways (down which she was intended to slide off) by a succession of blocks of timber, forming a cradle in which she securely rested without any fear of capsizing, although masted, rigged, and her sails bent, ready to proceed to sea.

This cradle had massive chains over it so that, when the vessel reached the deep water, the cradle would leave her, by the weight of the chains, and permit her proceeding without the incumbrance.

Soon after 7 o’clock, the yard was completely filled with visitors, and there were at least 1,500 persons in it.

A schooner, being built for Messrs Carrel and Le Touzel, gave great accommodation to a party of ladies, who remained on it for upwards of an hour and a half. At twenty-five minutes past 7, there were but a few wedges to remove, redoubled energy was used; and, as the last was struck away two slight creaks were heard.

‘Stand clear!’ was sung out; and off went the noble ship, increasing her velocity in her course down the inclined plane, until she touched the water, which flew and hissed asunder as she gallantly glided into her appropriate element, amid the enthusiastic cheering of the ten thousand people who witnessd her brave entrance upon her seafaring life.

This splendid launch took place a little after half-past 7 o’clock; and the Robert Bradford shortly afterwards unfurled her canvas and sailed majestically into the Old Harbour of St Helier; where she takes in more ballast, and then proceeds to Liverpool, whence she is destined for Bengal and China.

His Excellency, the Lieut-Governor, and the Bailiff of Jersey both honoured the launch with their presence.

Discovery of copper
Tuesday 10 April

We understand that some pieces of copper have been found on a portion of land purchased by the Government at St Catherine’s Bay – a fact which would give rise to the supposition that a considerable quantity of the metal may probably be found in the vicinity. Another search is to be made, and if anything further transpires with reference to so interesting and valuable a discovery to the people of Jersey, we shall not fail to inform our readers.

Serious accident
Tuesday 10 April

A serious accident, we regret to learn, occurred to Captain Meecham on his return from the ball at Fort Regent on Tuesday night. Owing to a sudden sway of the carriage on which he was riding, he was thrown to the ground and severely cut about the face. He was immediately conveyed to the residence of Dr Dickson, and received the instant professional attendance of that gentleman.

Doctor involved in carriage accident
Friday 13 April

On Wednesday evening, Edward Le Maistre and several sailors, having quarrelled at the place of Mr Philip Le Maistre, of St Lawrence Valley, went into the road and fought à outrance. The cabriolet of Dr Hooper, passing a short time afterwards, Edward Le Maistre clung to the back of the vehicle, and shouting so vociferously that the horse took fright, overturning the vehicle, and throwing the Doctor and his servant out. We are glad to add that Dr Hooper and his servant both escaped with no worse injury than a few slight contusions.

The cholera at Granville
Friday 13 April

The following is an extract from a private letter received in St Helier from Granville dated the 14th inst: ‘I am sorry to say that we have now much sickness at Granville; the cholera has been here for the last three weeks; we have had a good many fatal cases and not at all confined to any particular class of people. There were four coffins in the Church at once this morning, at which I understand the Mayor was much displeased, thinking it might tend to alarm the people, and has given orders accordingly.’


The Queen’s Hotel and Boarding House, St Aubin’s - This hotel, having undergone thorough repairs and improvements, the Proprietor begs to inform the Nobility, Gentry and Public generally, that it will be found replete with every comfort, and offers accommodation to families seeking a residence in the country which cannot be excelled.

The extensive pleasure grounds at the rear can only be appreciated by viewing the beautiful scenery of the surrounding country and bays.

The Coffee Room is sixty-eight feet long. Private rooms for large or small parties, and every article supplied of undoubted quality at the fairest rate of charges.

  • Terms: 21s, British, per week.

Omnibuses to and from St Aubin’s every half hour throughout the day.

A table d’hote on Sunday at 2 o’clock.


To be let - At Midsummer next, that commodious and first-rate family residence called Westhill.

Replete with every convenience and modern improvement, now occupied by E H Blyth, Esq, to which are attached out-houses, stabling, coach-house, barn, dairy, porter’s lodge and about 30 vergées of land.

The above property is situated at Mont a l’Abbe, on a healthy and elevated spot, commanding unrivalled land and sea views, and is distant from St Helier a mile and half.

For further particulars apply to Mr De St Croix or to Mr Le Ber, Auctioneers and House Agents.

Death of mariner
Friday 13 April

We regret to have to announce the loss of one of our Jersey mariners who served on board the English vessel Ellenborough, Mr Amice Le Couteur, son of Mr John Le Couteur.

We learn that he was lost early in February by falling from some part of the rigging into the sea.

The news of this deplorable event was brought by Saturday’s packet, and was the more deeply felt by his family inasmuch as only two days previously were interred the remains of Mrs Morris, sister of the lamented sailor who has thus unhappily perished.

Runaway horse
Friday 20 April

A runaway horse broke several panes of glass in the window of Mr Hamon in King Street on Monday last at about 1 o’clock by the abrupt intrusion of its feet, one of which was severely cut. The rider kept his seat and was uninjured.

Friday 20 April

Another monster explosion came off on Monday.

It took place in one of the La Moie quarries under the direction of Mr Philip Le Gros, son of the contractor of the Pier Works. The charge of gunpowder was between 700/800 lb and sprung 216,000 feet or about 20,000 tons of stone.

A considerable number of persons attended to witness the explosion.

Friday 4 May

Mr Philip Messervy, Ecrivain of the Royal Court, was, we regret to hear, thrown from his horse on Pontac Hill on Tuesday, and received such severe injuries that his life was yesterday altogether despaired of.

Friday 4 May

Typhus fever is said to be prevalent in several of the country parishes of the Island and especially in the neighbourhoods of the low grounds, and consequently stagnant waters. The States should enforce a drainage act for the Island, in accordance with that which has already so materially ameliorated the sanitary conditions of the town.

Friday 4 May

An inquest was held on Monday at the Hospital on the body of an Irishman, 50 years of age, named John Condon, who resided in Sand Street. He was a drunkard who died whilst he was being conveyed from his home to the hospital. The Jury returned a verdict of ‘died from the consequences of habitual intemperance’.

Friday 4 May

The prisoner Millard, in gaol upon the charge of having set fire to his house, contrived to hang himself on Wednesday morning to the grating of his cell by loosening the strings of a straight- waistcoat which had been put upon him, and twisting them around his neck.

He was found quite dead. An inquest upon the body was held in the gaol in the evening, when the Jury returned a verdict of 'temporary insanity’.

Methodist tea
Friday 13 April

The Wesleyan Methodists held a large tea on Easter Monday evening in the vast under-room of the Grove Place Chapel. It was attended by at least six hundred persons.

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