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The Steamer HENRIETTA

12 Oct
Steamboat Henrietta Notice FO11221820

Steamboat Henrietta Notice FO11221820

The Henrietta departed on the 23d, but we could not obtain the list of freight.

 [Carolina Observer – Thursday Morning, March 31, 1825]

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We participated, on Tuesday last, in one of the most agreeable parties of pleasure which it has ever been our good fortune to enjoy.  Capt. Rush, of the Steam boat Henrietta, had politely invited a number of ladies and gentlemen to take an excursion in the boat about 12 miles up the river.  The boat left the wharf a little after 10 o’clock, when about forty ladies and gentlemen had assembled.  There being fine music on board, the younger part of the company commenced dancing, in which delightful amusement they were engaged, with such intermissions as pleasure suggested, till the boat returned, at 7 o’clock in the evening.  Refreshments, of the best kind, were provided in the greatest profusion.  All was enjoyment, all was happiness, no single accident or circumstance occurring to cast a shade on the brow or leave an unpleasant emotion on the heart of any.

We take this brief notice of the excursion, for the purpose of returning the thanks of the company to Capt. Rush, for the very polite and gratifying attentions which they received at his hands.

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COMMERCIAL REPORTS.

     ARRIVED—On the 1st. inst. Steam Boat Henrietta, with 15 hhds. and 2 bbls. sugar; 27 bags coffee; 2 hdds. and 1 bbl. molasses; 25 bbls. whiskey; 40 bbls. rum; 547 bars Iron, and 3 bundles chains; 201 hides; 30 pieces bagging; 11 rolls leather; 4 crates and 1 cask crockery; 83 boxes, 15 casks, 5 bales, 12 barrels and 19 trunks sundries.

Tow Boat Commodore Perry, with 2409 bushels salt and 2 hhds. molasses.

DEPARTED—On the 1st. inst. Steam boat North Carolina, with 25 hhds. and 35 kegs tobacco; 247 bales cotton; 299 barrels flour; 14 boxes; 15 barrels; 3 hhds.

 [Carolina Observer – Thursday Morning, April 7, 1825]

The Board of Internal Improvements met in this town on Friday last, and the Cape Fear Navigation Company also held a meeting on the same day; and after finishing their business, the Members of the Board proceeded, on Saturday morning, in the steam Boat Henrietta, for Wilmington, for the purpose of viewing the river and the work carrying on below Wilmington, and, also, the operations of the dredging machine.  Measures were taken for resuming the exertions of the Navigation Company to remove any obstructions which may yet remain to a free navigation between this town and Wilmington.  We are informed by the Raleigh Register, that the Board intend visiting the Club Foot and Harlow Creek canal before they return, which they are required to inspect and report on, before the Public Treasurer is authorized to advance the $12,000, loaned to that corporation by the Legislature; and as this tour of examination will detain the Governor from the Seat of Government two or three weeks, persons having business with him can make application to him on his route, or, should the business be urgent, and it not convenient to meet him, they can make application to his Private Secretary at Raleigh, who will dispatch an express to him.

[North Carolina Journal –March 28, 1827]

The Weather.—A great deal of rain has fallen within the last ten days.  Serious apprehensions are entertained for the safety of the wheat crops.  Accounts from different parts of the country, represent the prospect as rather discouraging.

The Cape Fear is now in fine boatable order.  The Steam Boats Henrietta and Cotton Plant arrived here on Sunday night.

[North Carolina Journal – Fayetteville, N. C. – May 30, 1827]

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 JUST RECEIVED,

BY THE HENRIETTA,

6 BARRELS JAMISON’S FRESH CRACKERS

1barrel fresh Lime Juice

For sale by

DAVID SHAW.

May 27, 1827.—55-3t57

[North Carolina Journal – Fayetteville, N. C. – June 13, 1827]

Steam Boat HENRIETTA.

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THE Subscribers having been appointed Agents for the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, give notice to the Merchants of this place and in the Country, that the Steam Boat is in fine order; the Lighters are good and sufficient, and kept always ready in case of low water.  Warehouses at Campbellton are provided for the reception of goods and for the storage of cotton.  They assure the public, that every attention and facility will be afforded to render these Boats worthy their patronage.

The Subscribers will attend to the receiving and forwarding of Goods to the interior, and to the shipping of Cotton or other produce.

WILLKINGS & CO.

October 2, 1828.                                    91-2m.

[Carolina Observer - Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23, 1828]

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 COMMERCIAL.

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     Arrived, last evening, the Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, with the boat James in tow, to Wilkings & Co., Agents, with a full load of Salt, Sugar, Coffee, dry Goods, &c., to Whitehead & Fuller, C. T. Haigh, James Kyle, H. G. Nelson and others.

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     Departed, Feb 28, Tillinghast’s Boat Eliza, Capt. M’Laughlan with a full load of Wheat and Flour for R. F. Yarbrough, Saml. W. Tillinghast and owner.

March 4th, Tillinghast’s Boat Commerce, Capt. Tootle,, with a full load of Flour, Flax seed and Tobacco, for Saml. Tillinghast and owners.

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STEAM-BOAT

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HENRIETTA.

THE subscribers having been appointed

–Agents for the

Henrietta Steam Boat Company,

Give notice to the Merchants of this Place and in the country, that the Steam Boat is in fine order, the Lighters are good and sufficient, and kept always ready in case of low water;  Warehouses at Campbellton are provided for the reception of goods and for the storage of Cotton.  They assure the public that every attention and facility will be afforded to render these boats worthy of patronage.  The subscribers will attend to the receiving and forwarding of goods to the interior and to the shipping of Cotton and other Produce.

WILKINGS & CO.

Fayetteville. Sept. 29, 1828 – 25t52

 [North Carolina Journal – March 4, 1829]

COMMERCIAL.

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     Arrived on the 11th inst. Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, from Wilmington, to Wilkings & Co. (agents,) with Dry Goods, Groceries, Iron, &c. to Horton, Hutton & Co., Jas. Kyle, K. T. Morgan, H. G. Nelson, Wilkings & co. and others, of Fayetteville, Caldeleugh & Dusenbury, of Lexington, # Torrence & Co. of Salisbury, J. C. Hunt, of New Castle, Wm. Lindley, of Cane Creek, W. & T. Carter, of Chatham, and others.

Departed, on the 12th inst. Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, for Wilmington, with a load of Cotton, Flour, Tobacco, Bacon, &c.

ARRIVALS FROM HAYWOOD.

     Boat, Clara Fisher, owner Jno. Haralson, with thirty Bales of Cotton, consigned to Jos. Baker.

Boats, Polly Hopkins & Pocahontas, owner James Mebane Esq. with 90 Bbls. Flour and 9 Bales of Cotton.

[North Carolina Journal – May 13, 1829]

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 COMMERCIAL.

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     Arrived, on Friday, the 22d inst. Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, with the boats Jackson and Eliza Neal in tow, to Willkings & Co, agents, with Salt, Sugar, Coffee, Groceries, Dry Goods, &c. to C. T. Haigh, Jno. Huske, Horton, Hutton & Co, K. T. Morgan, Jno. M. Dobbin, Jas. Baker, G. W. McDonald, J. W. Baker, Wm. Nott, Jordan Howell, Henry McLean and F. Smith—also, Turner & Philips, Hillsborough, Johnson & Hargrave of Orange county, J. Small and G. Warmoch, of Pittsborough, and M. Buie.

Departed, on the 24th inst. Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, with the Eliza Neal in tow, with Cotton, &c.

ARRIVAL FROM HAYWOOD

     Arrived, on the 26th boat Clara Fisher, belonging to Jonathan Harralson Fl### with Cotton, consigned to Joseph Baker Esq.

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 NOTICE.

  ON Thursday the 28th inst. Will be sold at Public Auction at the Town House in Fayetteville, for Cash, Thirty Four Shares of Cape-Fear Navigation Stock.  For further particulars apply to

JOHN CRUSOE.

Fayetteville, May 16.—tds.

 [North Carolina Journal – May 27, 1829]

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 COMMERCIAL.

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     Arrived on Friday evening, May 29th, the Steam Boat Henrietta, Capt. Rush, with the Boat James in tow, to Willkings & Co. agents, with Salt, Molasses, Coffee, Crates, Nails, Rice, Sugar, Dry Goods to Tho. J. Curtis, W. Whitehead, Horton, Hutton & Co. L. J. Pardee, Hall & Johnson, R. F. Yarbrough, John M. Dobbin, Thos. Fuller, C. & P. Mallett, Jo. Baker and C. T. Haigh, of this place, Caldeleugh & Duzenbury of Lexington, Jno. Murphy of Salisbury, and Jo. Gales & Son, of Raleigh.

Departed, on the 27th ult. Tillinghast’s boat Commerce, with Cotton, Flour, Wheat and Tobacco.

Departed, on the 30th ult. J. Waddill, jr’s. boat Post Boy, with Cotton for O. P. Stark; Flour and Cotton for owner, and Cotton for C. T. Haigh.

Departed the Steam Boat Henrietta on Sunday morning, 31st ult.

[North Carolina Journal – June 3, 1829]

To Country Merchants and Planters.

[steamboat image]  THE Proprietors of the Henrietta Steamboat Company having large and commodious Wharfs and Ware Houses in Campbellton, their Agent in Fayetteville will receive and forward Produce to Wilmington, and Goods from Wilmington for Country Merchants and others free of Storage, Wharfage and Commissions, if shipped in the Company’s boats.

All Goods and Produce landed on the Company’s Wharf in Wilmington, and shipped on board the Company’s boats, will be free of wharfage and storage.  Produce stored in the Company’s Warehouses, and not shipped by their boats, will be charged two thirds rates.

JOHN CRUSOE, Fayetteville,

JEREMIAH LIPPITT, Wilmington,

Agents.

Fayetteville, 22 August, 1831.                             42-2m

[Carolina Observer – Fayetteville, NC – Wednesday Morning, August 24, 1831]

Notice.

     ALL Persons are hereby notified, that we the Subscribers, Proprietors of the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, have given a general Power of Attorney, to Mr. John Crusoe, to settle the affairs, and to act in future as our Agent to manage the concerns of said Company.

BENJAMIN RUSH,

SAMUEL F. NELSON.

Fayetteville, August 4th, 1831                              40-tf

[Carolina Observer – Fayetteville, NC  -- Wednesday Morning, December 14, 1831]

The Henrietta, Capt. Taws, which arrived Monday forenoon, brought goods which had been shipped from New York only five days before.  She unloaded nearly a full cargo, and ### again on her way to Wilmington the same ###ng {perhaps “morning”}, having been stopped here only about ###n hours.  We hope Judge Seawell will #### himself of these facts, when he makes his next speech on the subject.

[Carolina Observer – Fayetteville, NC – Wednesday Morning, December 21, 1831]

Notice is hereby given,

THAT the power of Attorney appointing John Crusoe Agent of the Henrietta Steam Boat Co., and signed by Benjamin Rush & S. F. Nelson, proprietors of said Company, is revoked as far as respects the Subscriber’s interest in said Company.

SAM’L F. NELSON,

Per JOHN LIPPITT, Attorney.

January 3, 1832.                                                61-tf.

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[pointing finger image]     NOTICE.—The public are hereby notified, that Mr. John Crusoe is the sole Agent of the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, and that he is alone authorized to make contracts, and receive payments for freights.  Persons having transactions with the Company, will please govern themselves accordingly, as no other agency, or authority will be recognized as valid.

BENJAMIN RUSH,

For the Henrietta Steam Boat Company.

Fayetteville, Jan. 4.                                           62-tf.

[Carolina Observer – Fayetteville, NC  -- Wednesday Morning, January 25, 1832]

STEAMBOAT STOCK for sale.

[steamboat image]     On Monday, the 2d day of April next, will be sold at Public Auction at the Town House in Fayetteville, on half of the HENRIETTA STEAM BOAT, her three Tow Boats, CLARENDON, ONLY SON, and MESSENGER, and the Flat SPIDER, being one-half of the Capital Stock of the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, incorporated in 1827 and 1828, for twenty-one years.  The above Stock will be sold in any number of Shares to suit purchasers.  The Henrietta has undergone a thorough repair last Fall, and the Tow Boats are all nearly new and in good repair.  Any information required can be obtained by application to the Subscriber.  Terms made known at sale.

JOHN CRUSOE, Attorney

of B. Rush, Proprietor.

Fayetteville, February 6, 1832.                           66ts.

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 [pointing finger image] NOTICE.—Persons having claims against the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, will please present them to the Subscriber on or before the 15th day of March next.

JOHN CRUSOE, Ag’t H. S. B. CO.

Fayetteville, February 6, 1832.                           66ts.

[Carolina Observer – Fayetteville, NC – Tuesday Evening, February 7, 1832]

Take Notice.

THE public are hereby notified, that we the Subscribers, Proprietors of the Capital Stock of the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, have nominated, constituted, and appointed James Hart and A. W. Horton, Esquires, our true and lawful Attorneys for us, and in our names, to receive all moneys due said Company, and grant #### for the same, and to pay all moneys due by said Company.  All persons having claims will please present them at as early an opportunity, as possible, to those gentlemen.

BENJ’N RUSH,

JOHN CRUSOE.

January 9, 1835                                                 19tf.

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Cape Fear Navigation Company.

A DIVIDEND of ONE DOLLAR per share on the capital stock, will be paid on the 1st September at the Office of

GEO. McNEILL, Treasurer.

July 7, 1835.                                                     44tf

[Fayetteville Observer – October 27, 1835]

COMMERCIAL RECORD.

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     ARRIVED, Jan. 31st. Steamer Wilmington, of the New York line, with lighter Peter Ross in tow, with Molasses and Salt, for Wilkings & Belden, and others.

Also, Jan. 28th, Steamer Henrietta with Messenger and Only Son, in tow, with Goods, for sundry persons of this place and the interior.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, February 2, 1837]

RAIN.

We see by our exchanges that many parts of the country which have suffered from the late severe drought have at length been visited by copious showers.

Here we have had abundance of rain for nearly a week.  The River rose about 10 feet on Thursday last, but afterwards fell.  It is now rising, with plenty of water for Steamboats.

The Steamer Henrietta arrived on the 5th, with Goods for numerous merchants of this place and the interior.  We have not room to publish the list of consignees.

A large number of Rafts have gone down.

[Fayetteville Observer – Wednesday Morning, August 6, 1845]

The new Steamer Evergreen arrived from Fayetteville on Sunday, and takes her station in the Henrietta Steam Boat Line, now consisting of three Steamers, the Henrietta, Fayetteville, and Evergreen, and six lighters. The Evergreen is built mainly of juniper, is 121 1-2 feet long, 22 feet wide, 6 ft. 5 in. deep, and draws with wood and water on board only 18 inches. She has a double engine of 60 or 70 horse power, and measures 160 78.95 tons. This light draft boat will add very materially to the facilities of transportation on the Cape Fear, and it is to be hoped that hereafter the merchants of the interior will not be subjected to the delays and expenses which have heretofore been necessarily incident to a low stage of the river.

The Steamers Cotton Plant and William B. Mears are likewise running regularly on the river, each having a supply of lighters, so that the means of transport for goods are ample.

Wilmington Chronicle.

[Fayetteville Observer - Tuesday Afternoon - March 17 1846]

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HENRIETTA                   EVERGREEN

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FAYETTEVILLE

THE attention of the public is called to the Great Reduction in the expenses of getting Goods by way of Wilmington and Fayetteville to the Interior of North Carolina.  And also the great facilities for the transportation of Goods and Produce on the Cape Fear River by the

HENRIETTA STEAM BOAT COMPANY.

     All Goods consigned to HALL & JOHNSON, Wilmington, N. C., (with funds in hand to pay Freight.) will be forwarded through that place Free of Charge for Wharfage, Storage, Drayage, and Commissions.  And if consigned to Hall & Johnson, Fayetteville, with funds in hand for expenses, will be forwarded free of charge for Storage and Commissions.

This Company are running on the Cape Fear River three Steamers and six Lighters.  One of the Steamers draws but 17 inches water, and will carry equal to 750 bales of Cotton.  With these facilities, and a full determination to spare no pains in the speedy Transportation of Goods on the River, they confidently ask the patronage of the public, and pledge themselves to use their best efforts to promote the interest of their patrons, and may add, that Goods by their Line will come as low as by any other.  Produce from the country will be shipped at Fayetteville and Wilmington free of Commission.

All letters addressed to HALL & JOHNSON, at Wilmington and Fayetteville, will have due attention.

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JOHN H. HALL Surviving Partner of Hall & Johnson, has been appointed Agent of the Henrietta Steam Boat Company, in the place of Hall & Johnson, as in their Circulars.

The Subscriber gives notice, that all business matters, as per annexed Circular, will have the strictest attention; and he pledges himself to use all possible exertion to promote the interest of all such as may entrust their business to his care.  All letters addressed to Hall & Johnson, or to myself will meet with proper attention.

JOHN H. HALL, Ag’t.

Henrietta Steam Boat Co.

Nov. 2, 1846                                                      35tf

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 1847]

FALL TRANSPORTATION

Via Cape Fear River.

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HENRIETTA

Steamboat Company’s Line.

THE Steamers Henrietta and Evergreen having been thoroughly repaired, are now ready to carry Freight up and down the River with dispatch.  Thankful for former, we solicit a continuance of patronage.  This Line will carry Freight and forward as low as any Line on the River.

DANIEL JOHNSON, Agent

Henrietta Steamboat Co.

Fayetteville, August 1, 1848                                26tf

NOTICE TO SHIPPERS

By Henrietta Steamboat Company.

JOHN H. HALL having sold his interest in this Company, has nothing to do with the Agency at Wilmington or Fayetteville, either individually or as surviving partner of Hall & Johnson.  Shippers designing their Goods to the care of our Company, will please fill up their Bills Lading and mark their Packages, Care “Agent Henrietta Steamboat Co., Wilmington and Fayetteville.”  All Letters addressed as above will have prompt attention.

DANIEL JOHNSON, Agent.

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday January 2, 1849]

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Spring Goods Expected.

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Henrietta Steamboat Company’s Line.

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AS the Spring Trade will soon commence, this Company take this method of informing Shippers via Cape Fear River to this place and the interior, that we have the Steamers Henrietta and Evergreen, Boats Ben Rush, Nelson, Diligence and Henry Clay.  All of said Boats are in good order and condition, having been recently examined and repaired.  The Steamer Fayetteville is used as a Receiving Boat at Wilmington.  We are thankful for former patronage, and solicit a continuance of our old customers and a large increase of new patrons, pledging ourselves to use our best endeavors to give satisfaction.  We have heretofore, in our “printed Circulars,” said that we would carry and forward Goods on as favorable terms as any Company on the River.—this offer is still in force, and will be complied with.

DANIEL JOHNSON,

Agent Henrietta Steamboat Co.

Fayetteville, Feb’y 20, 1849                                55tf

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday February 20, 1849]

In time—for the Convention to be held in

Wilmington 11th instant.

Steamer Henrietta

WILL leave this place on Saturday the 9th instant, at 9 o’clock A. M., stopping at Elizabeth to take Passengers on board.  Proceeding down, will expect to stop at White Hall to take in Passengers same day, and arrive at Wilmington next day.

DANIEL JOHNSON,

Agent Henrietta Steam Boat Co.

Fayetteville, March 4, 1850.                                1w

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 For Wilmington.

THE Merchant Co’s Steamer, ROWAN, Capt. Hurt, will be in readiness on Saturday next, 9th instant, to receive Passengers for the Wilmington Convention, and will stop at every point on the River where Signals are held out.

JOHN WADDILL, Jr., Agent.

Fayetteville, March 5, 1850.                                1w

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday, March 5, 1850]

A CARD.

MR. LORING; My attention was called by a friend, this morning, to a Card which appears in your paper, signed by Messrs. London, Reid, Baker, and other gentlemen of Wilmington, which , in effect, charges me with gross neglect of my duty to the traveling public, and all indifference to the property of freighters committed in my charge.  These are very gross offences in one of my calling, and if I am guilty of them, are calculated not only to destroy the public confidence in me, and thus take away my present means of obtaining an honest living but also to compromise the interest of my employers.  I am constrained therefore, however unwilling, to intrude myself upon the public, and to beg that they will not condemn me unheard.  These charges could not well be more loose and general.  They cover indeed almost every species of delinquency of which as an officer of a Steamboat line, I could be guilty, but I am persuaded that the only occasion which I have given these gentlemen for their wholesale denunciation of me, through the public prints, is the fact, that they happened to have been left at Elizabethtown last Saturday, after the Henrietta passed that place, on her way down to Wilmington under my command.  How far I am responsible for this accident, the public can better decide , when they learn, that notwithstanding the inference which may well be drawn from the suppositions of the “Card,” no one of these gentlemen did present themselves upon the landing, and desire transportation upon the boat, nor did I learn that they had any such intention, until my arrival in Wilmington.

As soon as the circumstance was brought to my notice by the Agents here, (Messrs. Carroll & Fennell) I expressed my regret, for I would not willingly disoblige them, or any one, and although it would have been lightly inconvenient in the swollen state of the river on Saturday morning, to have obtained a landing at Elizabeth, and I had not on board any freight, nor had I any other occasion for stopping there, the fact that Messrs. Reid, Baker, London and M. B. Smith, were in the town, and might desire transportation to Wilmington, would have been sufficient to have induced me to stop the boat for their accommodation, but so far from the truth being that they of either of them, or any other gentleman, were on the landing and hailed the boat and desired a passage, as might be inferred from the ambiguous language of their Card.  I did not even know they were in the town, or in the vicinity.

I cannot well understand, what these gentlemen mean, by there being “ a general and almost universal sentiment,” (of dissatisfaction, I presume against me; if an earnest desire to discharge my duty, so far as my poor ability goes, to my employers and the public, deserves condemnation and reproach, then indeed am I guilty, but I am indebted to them, and to the circumstance of their unfortunate detention, for this information.  I have been for two years and better, in the employment of the Henrietta Steamboat Company, and it is certain that neither my employers or my friends or myself, have known it before.  And I cannot but complain that without giving me an opportunity for explanation or apology these highly respectable gentlemen should have suffered their names to be used for the purpose of injuring an unfortunate young man, whose sole crime is, that he has unintentionally and innocently provoked their displeasure.   And being it is true but a poor and humble citizen, had they not deemed it necessary to have demanded from me an explanation, there are those here, who would I think have satisfied them, that I am not ordinarily so unmindful of my own interests or those of the Company as to have voluntarily given them or any others just cause of offence, and that on the contrary, they might have been reminded, that on quite a recent occasion, upon being notified by Mr. Reid, that two of their number, (Messrs. M. B. Smith and London.) were in town, and probably disposed to take passage on the boat, I waited some time, perhaps twenty minutes after discharging all my freight, for their appearance at the landing.

Respectfully,

WILLIAM T. EVANS,

Capt. Hen. S. B. Co.

April 11.                                                            1w

 [Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday, April 16, 1850]

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 For Wilmington

     Steamer “Henrietta,” Capt. W. T. Evans, will leave her wharf at Campbellton on Tuesday next, at 6 o’clock A. M.  For freight or passage, apply to

DANIEL JOHNSON, Agent

April 23, 1850.

[Fayetteville Observer – Tuesday, April 23, 1850]

STEAMER HENRIETTA,

THROUGH from A. Wessell’s wharf in Wilmington, to her old wharf in Fayetteville, with a sufficient number of Flats to accommodate those wishing to ship through or way freight.                   R. M. ORRELL,

Agent at Fayetteville.

Sept. 9, 1853.                                                    27tf

 [Fayetteville Observer – Thursday Evening – September 15, 1853]

Wrecked and Abandoned.

A recent issue of the Wilmington Review has the following paragraph:

The bones of the Henrietta, the first steamboat that ever plied on the Cape Fear river, lie rotting a few miles below the city.  They ought to be preserved, if possible, as a historical relic.

We are heartily in accord with our contemporary’s ideas.  They are rich in memories and associations of the past—every decaying spar and yawing rib—and, if no more, we can shelter them from the assaults of time and the rack of wind and wave, and with a white stone show posterity where they moulder.

The changes of fortune have scattered to the winds of heaven the rich argosies that her keel has carried, and the travelers that walked her boards have long since passed down the current of time; the iron tongue of the old cannon is voiceless that caught her distant call amid the plash of waves and the echoes of the winding stream, and the grim old warehouses  have crumbled into ruins, or shriveled into ashes under the fierce breath of conflagration, which took in keeping the freights of the staunch old steamer.  Yes, her and hers the earth hides beneath its shifting sands , and cherishes under its heaped-up, grass grown mounds; but the yellow waters from the eternal hills flow on in majesty forever, murmuring the stories of all these things into the boundless, secret bosom of the everlasting sea.

[Fayetteville Observer – Thursday, July 9, 1891]

“… Mr. Myrover overlooked in his sketch a very prominent Cape Fear mariner, who, during his long and useful career, commanded successively the well-known river steamers Henrietta, Brothers, Scottish Chief, James R. Grist, James T. Petteway, and John Dawson. A hearty, genial, bright-eyed Scotsman of superior attainments was Capt. John Banks, in some respects the most notable of all the river captains. He was a highly esteemed citizen of Wilmington and he owned a valuable residence on the corner of Market and Seventh Streets, where he reared an interesting family, several members still surviving.”

[Excerpt from Chronicles of the Cape Fear river, 1660-1916 by James Sprunt.]

 
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