Trying to ID the Marcou mentioned below. He appears to be a Markoe from St. Croix:
From Essequebo and Demerary Gazette
former Dutch colony of DEMARARY (together with BERBICE and
ESSEQUIBO a Dutch colony until 1814 in the present Guyana):
Between one and two o'clock on Tuesday last, a young man alighted from his horse at the Post Office, went in, and inquired if there were any letters for him. On being answered in the negative, he used much abusive language, which occasioned Mr. Williams (the Deputy Postmaster) to desire him to depart, and to enforce his desire by pushing him on the shoulder, when the young man drew a pistol from his pocket and shot Mr. Williams a little above the hip. He then deliberately mounted his horse and rode off. Mr. Williams did not fall immediately. He ordered his boy to endeavour to seize the assassin, which was attempted, but without effect. The best surgical assistance was immediately procured, doctors Lloyd, Duncan, and Waddle, attended; but all attempts to extract the ball proved fruitless. He bled profusely, did not appear to suffer much pain, was perfectly calm and collected, and made his will.
The person of the perpetrator of this dastardly act was well known from his former outrageous proceedings in this Colony. We believe his name is Marcou, a creole of Santa Cruz, and, we are sorry to say, that he has very respectable connections. The only motive assigned for the rash act is jealousy; but that jealousy, according to account, was for a most unworthy object - one that, if report speaks true, half the town has had occasion to be jealous of, and whom, while so many mad-brained young men remain here, perhaps it would be conducive to the public tranquillity [sic] to remove, or at any rate to keep within decent bound.
The ill fated youth, who has thus brought disgrace on himself and affliction to his family, had been heard to declare his intention some days previous, but as he had frequently threatened others before, and appeared to act more like a madman than a rational being, no attention was paid to him. His going in to ask for letters, was only an excuse. He had been past the Post-Office three times before that morning, each time calling on Mr. Williams to come out, and using the most opprobrious epithets. After the deed was done, it appears he rode to the house of Colin Macrae, Esq. with what intention is not precisely ascertained; but not finding that gentleman at home, he proceeded up the coast. He was, however, overtaken about Cuming's Lodge by the Officers of Justice, and, with the assistance of Doctor Robinson, secured. On their first coming up, he presented a pistol, threatening any one who should attempt to apprehend him. Doctor Robinson, however, advanced, and, levelling [sic] one at him, ordered him instantly to drop it. He then turned his pistol, presented the but end and said the Doctor might come and take it. Mr. Runnels now came up, and the former order being repeated, he dropped it accordingly, and suffered himself to be taken into custody. He was lodged in the barracks.
We are very happy to state, that contrary to expectation, the wound, it is now thought, will not prove mortal. Mr. Williams is in a progressive state of amendment; and, though the ball is not yet extracted, nor he cannot be said to be out of danger, great hopes are entertained that the united skill of the medical Gentlemen who attend him will eventually be attended with success.
The unfortunate young man [Marcou – a creole of Santa Cruz, referenced in 18061122EDG], whose unwarrantable conduct it was our painful duty to notice about three months ago, received sentence on Thursday last. The Court, after seriously admonishing him with respect to his future behaviour, ordered him to remain in prison till an opportunity should offer of sending him to his mother. The unhappy youth had been brought before the Court a fortnight ago, when the Hon. the Fiscal, as Public Accuser, demanded judgement against him. He then himself made a pathetic appeal to the Court in mitigation, attributing his fault to the distempered state of mind wounded to the quick by repeated disappointments, and the Hon. Court appointed Messrs. Duim and Hofstede to plead his cause, appointing Tuesday last for that purpose. Mr. Duim accordingly successfully exerted himself on that day; but Mr. Hofstede being unwell, his share of the business was undertaken, at a moment's notice, by the Hon. M. Lamaison, lately returned from Europe, and seldom, we believe, has so much ability been displayed on so sudden a call. Though it might have been supposed that the Hon. Gentleman had scarcely had time to look at the papers, he appeared to be perfectly master of the subject, and combated the arguments against him with so much ingenuity, appealing at the same time in such forcible terms to the humane feelings of his auditors, that conviction seemed to follow his reasonings, while pity usurped the place of stern and rigid justice. The extensive professional abilities of this learned Gentleman are, however, we believe, well known in this colony; we have only therefore to add our small tribute of admiration to the talents of a man who may with justice be styled the Erskine of Demerary.
To the honour of human nature let it be stated, that a petition in favour of the above young man was presented to the Court by the very person [Mr. Williams – see 18061122EDG] whom he had injured; a circumstance which reflects the highest credit on that Gentleman's feelings, and proves the native goodness of his heart to reign paramount over every other consideration.
The young man [Marcou - see 18061122EDG], concerning whom so much interest was last week excited, was put on board a vessel bound for St. Thomas's on Saturday.
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