burying ground. -- About a fortnight
since, whilst some workmen were engaged in digging sand from a pit
in the rear of Bedard's Hotel, at Hull, they accidentally came upon
bones. On investigation it was discovered, that a number of
had, at some very early period, been interred there, in a small barrow
of the rudest description. This was subsequently opened and
examined, without, however, leading to any important or satisfactory
It would seem that the persons whose bones were contained in it
in all to about twenty, of both Sexes, and some few Children, had
victims to some pestilence, not improbably small Pox, which we learn
the earliest Travellers, committed great havoc amongst them.
One skull alone bears any marks of apparent violence, having a distinct
fracture and depression on one side, and a fissure on the other. -- The
teeth in all of them are perfect and entire.
Together with a few dogs heads, there were found with them, a War Club, now perfectly petrified; a small stone instrument, resembling a gouge, and a stone chisel, all of which mementa mori, are now in the possession of Dr. V. Cortlandt, Bytown, and who will be thankful for any similar relics.
Dr. Edward Van Cortlandt |
A Comparison of Two Articles
The Burden of Proof | In Defence of Bédard's Landing | T.W. Edwin Sowter's Certainty
Final Considerations | 1843 Bytown Gazette Article | 1853 Van Cortlandt Article