These two clippings located on Genealogybank.com discuss a manslaughter case in which Rufus was involved. I'm trying to "fix" the date of the event and that's where I noticed a problem. Both papers were printed in February and one refers to the event as the "2d ult." and another refers to it as the "2d inst."
6 February 1805--refers to the date as "2d ult."
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 1805
Paper: Democrat (Boston, MA)
14 February 1805-refers to the date as "2d inst."
Date: Thursday, February 14, 1805
Paper: Northern Post (Salem, NY)-
ult. stands for the Latin "ultimo" meaning the preceding month.
inst. stands for "instant" meaning the current month.
We're working on a longer post explaining what I think happened.
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