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Fly, captain Robinson. She was manned in part with British prisoners enlisted out of the jail in Philadelphia. While Maj. Fisher was on board the crow of the privateer behaved very well, but he was distrustful of their fidelity and kept a good watch upon their actions. The captain invited Mr. Fisher to take the command of the vessel, which he agreed to, and he never left the deck while acting in that capacity. After returning to Lewes from the other side of the bay, and landing the deputation, the privateer went out on her cruise; and the third day after leaving the cape, the crew rose upon the officers and took the vessel, which they carried into New York, then in possession of the enemy. When they told the British authorities there, who they had had on board, they were blamed for not bringing them in also; but they excused themselves by saying that Major Fisher never left the deck, but stood with his sword by his side, and was ever watchful of all their movements.
The French fleet finally arrived in the bay, and Count D'Estaing of the Languedoc, sent his first lieutenant on shore to invite major Fisher to come off and give him all the information he could respecting the British fleet; and it was from Mr. Fisher he first learned that they had but a few days before left the Delaware. Mr. Fisher remained all night on board the Count's ship, and the next morning according to his directions sent off to the fleet an experienced coasting pilot.
Thus we perceive that Mr. Fisher was constantly employed in important services about the affairs of the country during the whole war. He was never known to neglect his duty for a single hour, and all this was done at his own expense. He never called upon the board of war for any of his disbursements but once, and that was at the request of an officer of the Confederacy frigate, whom he had furnished with an anchor and cable. The board gave him for answer that they had no money, and this bill, among other just claims still remains unpaid.
Major Fisher's philanthropy far exceeded the common bounds of humanity. Every sick and wounded prisoner, and all the unfortunate among our own people who were landed at Lewes during the war, were welcomed to his house and partook of his bounty. For the sick he procured nurses, and the dead were decently buried at his expense. Those who were well, went on their way rejoicing with a supply of money sufficient to take them to their homes, from his own purse. After peace was concluded, but not ratified, a British armed vessel chased a fine ship on shore belonging to Philadelphia. Mr. Fisher collected his militia, went over to the beach and prevented them from robbing her of a large sum of money brought in her from Havanna.
Mr. Fisher raised and educated a family of seven daughters, four of whom are still living, the youngest being more than sixtyfour years of age.
Mr. Fisher lived on his paternal estate at Pilot town until the year 1792, when he died in the fifty seventh year of his age, leaving to mourn his loss a widow and a large family of daughters and grand children. He was held in the highest estimation by all who knew him. He had no son to bear his name, but so sacred is his memory with the people in and about Lewes, that perhaps a single year has not passed since his death without some mother's bearing her infant to the baptismal font, and causing him to be called by the name of Henry Fisher.
KENT COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.
No one now, thinks of asking the question whether agricultural societies are beneficial to the farming interest; for it is admitted by every one, that they exercise a great and apparent influence for good, by stimulating the tillers of the soil to aim at perfection in the productions of their fields, gardens, flocks and herds. There ought to be an agricultural society in each county of the State, and every farmer should be a member, as ought also every other person able to afford the trifling fee asked for admission. All are interested that the lands of the State should be rendered productive, and the forming and supporting these societies is one great step towards its general redemption from that state of poverty, in which a great portion of it has been suffered long to lie neglected.
The N. Castle county society has been many years in successful operation, and its benefits and advantages have been duly appreciated and acknowledged. That of Kent is still in its infancy, but has been well begun, and bids fair soon to become of importance. There are as yet but between seventy and eighty members—there should be at least five or six times that number. No society of the kind has been organized in Sussex county, but we hope some of their public spirited farmers will, without delay, take the matter into consideration, and form one which will be equally beneficial with that of either of their sister counties. That county contains a numerous population of well informed citizens, and they ought to take every advantage of the improvements of the age, for the bettering their condition. We therefore exhort them to set about this good work at once and in earnest. When these societies hold their meetings, every one may profit by the information to be derived from its different members, as to the best kind of seed to be used, and the best modes of culture to be pursued, so as to produce the largest crops from the land with the expenditure of the least amount of labor; as also the best means of improving the soil and their stocks of horses, cattle, sheep, &c. &c. On such occasions, every one cheerfully communicates ajl his knowledge on these subjects
for the general good; and if he has found out by experience, anynew method whereby labor may obtain the greatest reward, all may take advantage of it in their future operations. Besides, it makes the people generally acquainted with each other, under pleasing and favorable circumstances; where controversy is absent, and where satisfaction and good feeling prevails; and thus those feelings of friendship which are the charm of life, and solder of society, are fostered and created.
The Kent county society, at their meeting in July, fixed upon a list of premiums, as will be seen in the account of their proceedings appended to this article, for the best productions of the different kinds of grain, vegetables, fruits and flowers, raised among us, as well as for the best horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, &c., which may be exhibited at Dover, at their October meeting of the present year. The premiums, it is true, are not large, but the honor of gaining them will be the same as if they were of much greater magnitude. It is a just and true saying, that, "he who causes two blades of grass to grow where but one grew before, deserves more praise from his country, than the man who has conquered a kingdom." The husbandman's energies have been exerted in diffusing plenty, health and happiness among his fellow men, and he sees with pleasure, smiling faces on every hand, while the warrior's ears are ringing with the cries of those whom his boasted prowess has rendered destitute and, miserable. And he has at last only the melancholy reflection of knowing that he has impoverished his own country, only to add to the number of its miserable inhabitants, cursed by woes and want. He knows not, the souPs calm sunshine and the heart felt joy, which only attends good and virtuous actions.
From present prospects, we look forward to the meeting of the society in October with great pleasure, and have no doubt but that such an exhibition of the productions of Kent will then be made, as will render every man satisfied with his home and the capacity of the soil, and proud of being a citizen of the county. Kent county will, we believe, at no very distant day, become one of the best agricultural districts in the union.
The third quarterly meeting of the Agricultural Society of Kent county, was held at Dover, on Tuesday the third instant, at 10 o'clock, A. M.
The President took the chair; when, on motion of Martin W. Bates, Esq. the proceedings of the last meeting were read.
On motion of John M. Clayton, Esq., a committee of two members from each hundred in the county was appointed by the chair, to receive the names of those who are desirous of becoming members of the Society, together with the sum due from each, upon his name being enrolled as a member. That committee consists of the following persons:
From Duck Creek Hundred—Robert W. Reynolds, Robert Pal
matory. Little Creek Hundred—Elias Naudain, Charles HarperDover Hundred—John M. Clayton, William T. Milborne. Murderhill Hundred—Samuel Thawley, Joel Clement. Milford Hundred—Peter F. Causey, Justus Lowery. Mispillion Hundred— David Taylor, Robert Sorden.
On motion also of Mr. Clayton, a committee of five was appointed to arrange the premiums for the Fall exhibition, and report the same to the meeting.
Those who composed that committee were Messrs. M. W. Bates, G. W. Cummins, Jacob Raymond, Justus Lowery, and T. L. Temple.
On motion, the following committee was appointed to make arrangements for the exhibition, to provide accommodation for the stock intended to be shown, &c. to wit:—Messrs. S. M. Harrington, T. L. Temple, and H. Todd.
On motion, the meeting then adjourned till 3 o'clock P. M.
Three o'clock, P. M. The meeting convened pursuant to adjournment.
The President being absent, Peter F. Causey, Esq., one of the Vice-Presidents, took the chair.
Mr. Bates from the committee appointed to arrange the premiums for the Fall exhibition, made the following report, which was adopted.
"The committee recommend the following list of
For the best stallion over 3 years old, - - $5 00
"colt under 3 years old, - - - 2 50
"brood mare - - - 2 50
"pair of match horses - - - 5 00
For the best bull from 1 to 6 years old - - . - $5 00
"cow from 3 to 7 do - - 3 00
"heifer from 1 to 3 do - - - 2 00
"calf from 3 months to 1 year old - 2 00
For the best ram - - - - $2 00
"pen of ewes, not less than 5 - 2 00
For the best boar - - - - $1 50
"sow - - - - - l 50
For the best crop of wheat raised on not less than 15 acres $5 00 ""corn raised on not less than 15 do 5 00 For the best crop of oats raised on not less than 10 acres $3 00
"acre of wheat - - - - 1 00
""corn - . - - 1 00
"« oats ... i 00
"acre of hay, not less than 2 tons per acre 3 00 "Irish potatoes raised on not less than £ an acre 2 50
"half an acre of ruta baga turnip - 2 50 "mangel wurtzel not less than one eighth of an
acre .... l 50
"sugar beet do do 2 00
For the best reeled silk, not less than J lb. - - $2 00 "green cocoons, excluding double ones, not less
than 1 lb. - - 1 00
"second best sample do 50
Best cabbage not less than six heads - » $ 50
"kail not less than six bunches of 1 lb. each » 50
"eSS p'ants not 'ess tnan six - 50
"best sweet potatoes not les than one bushel 25
(Irish potatoes classed under the head of crops.)
"table turnips not less than one bushel, - 50
"pumpkin ..... 50
"squash ..-._,. 25
Best fresh butter not less than 10 lbs. - * 2 00
Best fall pears not less than 1 peck - » $ 25
"keeping apples not less than 2 bushels - 50
"native grapes not less than 5 bunches 25
"plums not less than 20 25
"quinces not less than 1 peck ... 25
"peaches do .... 25
Best large collection of flowers - - 1 00
"bouquet ...... 50
All articles exhibited for premiums must be of the product and growth of Kent county. No premiums will be awarded to any person not at the time a member of the society.
All premiums not demanded within sixty days after they are awarded, will be deemed as relinquished in aid of the funds of the society.
The committee as will be seen have made no effort to excite emulation by the offer of pecuniary reward; they appeal to better