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George Howe (1769–1821)

It hath at length fallen to the task of surviving friendship to announce, in a Column of the Sydney Gazette, the Death of its Printer, Mr. George Howe; which lamented event took place in the forenoon of Friday last, the 11th instant, at his house in George-street; and in the sorrowing testimony of affectionate relatives, and sympathizing acquaintances, we have traced the sincere regard and respect due to departed worth, and to the memory of an upright, liberal, and benevolent Member of Society. That such are the faithful attributes of the Character to which this humble tribute applies, will, we trust, be universally acknowledged; and particularly in those circles where his philanthropy and urbanity were displayed; and which, retiring from public notice, ministered, unwitnessed and in private, the consolatory balm to indigence and affliction.

Mr. Howe was a native of St. Kitt's, in the West Indies, where his Father and Brother conducted for many years the Government Press, which is still continued by his Family in that Island. As a Printer, Mr. Howe is said to have attained distinguished pre-eminence in England, and was for a long time employed on some of the most respectable Journals in London. As the original Printer of this Gazette, he had to struggle, in the outset, with many difficulties incidental to such an undertaking, in a remote Colony; but by perseverance, attention, and the liberal encouragement of the present Government, he at length surmounted them. Mr. Howe was in his 52d year.

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Federation of St Kitts and Nevis


11 May, 1821 (aged ~ 52)
New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: life