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threaten thnt government or its people. Should
such danger be found to bo imminent, you will col
lect and inarch the forces above indicated to the
Sabine river, but not proceed beyond the frontier
without further instructions, keeping in readiness,
in case supposed, all necessary means of transpor
tation, as well as ample stoics of subsistence and
Commodore Conner is told,
"You will, in your discretion, employ the ves
sels composing your squadron in cruising in the
gulf of Mexico, so as to to communicate frequenly
with Galveston; and occasionally shov yourself at
or before Vera C ruz, with such deviations to oth
er parts ofyour cruizing grounds, as in your judg
ment may bo best calculated to effect the objects of
your general and special instructions."
The "special" instructions are not communicat
ed; but these a re sufficient, taken in connection
with the language of the President's message, and
the lax practice towards commanding officers who
. have taken the responsibility of acting according to
their belief of what would be the wishes of the ex
ecutive, to warrant the assurance, in the minds of
the people, that the President and his Cabinet in
tended these officers should wage war against Mex
ico, if the slightest opportunity should oiler, rely
ing on the influence of the slaveocracy to secure
their indemnity for the act.
And now, what is Congress doing? The Sen
ate, the energising element of the the treaty-making
power, instead ofinstantly rejecting n treaty
thus set forth, spent the day following the receipt
of this message, in ineffectual debates on the ques
tion whether the treaty should he discussed in pub
lic or private session. And the House of Repre
sentatives, the grand inquest of the nation, after a
lutile attempt to transact some Liusmess on private
claims, adjourns over from Friday to Monday, for
want of a quorum because many of the members
had gone to the races! Shame!! Shame!!!
We submit that Congress and both parties have
so deserted the constitution and the country in this
exigency, that they can no longer be trusted at all,
but that the Liberty party is imperatively called
upon to point out and demand those measures
which the safety of the republic requires and to
use the most vigorous efforts to rescue the Govern
ment from the traitorous or embecile hands into
which both the old political parties have and would
confide it. Morn. Vhron.
" Pliant as reeds where Freedom's waters glide
Firn as the hills to stem Oppression's tide!"
M05TPEL1ER, YLTOST, FRIDAY, MAY 31, ISM.
Nominated by the National Convention, Nay, 1343
JAMES . BIKNEY,
" Our own slave states, and especially llie more south
ern of tliem, in which the number of slaves is greater,
and in which, of course, the sentiment of injustice is
stronger than the more northern ones, ore to be placed on
ihe list of decaying communities.
" The question now for the North finally to decide is
shall the slave states draw us down with them, and both
perish, or shall we, by a decided conjunct exertion of vir
tuous eneicy, save ourselves and them from destruction "
James G. Jiirncy.
" I allow not to human laws, be they primary or secon
dary, no matter by what numbers, or with what solemni
lier ordained, the least semblance of right to establish Sla
very, to make properly of my fellow, created cqunlly with
myself, in the image of God. Individually, or as political
communities, men have no more right to enact Slavery,
than they have In enact murder, or blasphemy, or incest,
or adulterv. To establish slavery is to delhione right, to
trample on justice, the only true foundation of Govern
ment. Governments exist, not for the destruction of lib
erty, but for its defence not for the annihilation of men's
rights, but their preservation." Birney on Annexation.
The Vice Presidency.
The editor of the St. Louis Republican, Whig,
was at the Baltimore Convention. Writing-,
April 30, to his paper on the subject of the vice
presidency, he says, "In the selection of vice-president,
the western and southern delegations gen
erally, appear disposed to leave it to the northern,
eastern and middle States, so, far as they can.
They will unite upon any unobjectionable man
whom these States will agree upon." He how
ever says, " There appears to be much opposition
to running John Davis, of Massachusetts."
Thus wo arc by degrees getting at the reasons
and grounds on which, as Mr. Greely informs us,
the nomination "was substantially settled by the
southern delegates last cveninar."
The New Orleans Ike promptly hoist the ban
ner of Clay and Frelinghuyseu, and fays, "The
nominations were wisely made; it appears that
Theodore Frclingliuvscn was the favorite of the
southern delegations, who supported him with sin
gular unanimity" "the northern delegates yield
ing to the strong desires of the southern members."
What occasioned these "strong desires," is a ques
tion which none of our northern papers or orators
have yet enabled us to answer. The Bee recurs
to the subject again in giving the results of the
several ballotiiias, nod says, "we call particular
attention to this statement, which shows conclu
sively that Theodore Frelinghuyseu owes his nom
ination to the votes of the slavcholding States a
sufficient guarantee, if any were needed, of HIS
SOUNDNESS ON ALL SUBJECTS AFFEC
TING SOUTHERN RIGHTS AND SOUTH
FOR VICE PRESIDENT,
THOU AS MOKItlS,
" I rejoice, that the abolition of slaveiy throughout the
civilized world is no longer problematical; it seems to be
almost universally conceded that this stupendous fraud j
upon a r.orlion of the human race is fast drawing to a.
close, and ihe great question with us is truly, what meas
ures are best suited to accomplish this desirable end in
the United States.
" Political action is necessary to produce
mora! reformation in a nation : and that action with us
can only be'effcctually exercised through the ballot box.
And surely the ballot box can never be used lor a more
noble purpose, than to restore and secure to every man
his inalienable rights." Thomas Morris.
Democratic Candidate for President.
MARTIN VAN BUREN.
" I must go into the Presidential chair the inflexible and
uncompromising opponent of every attempt on Ihe part
of Congress, to bolish slavery in the District of Colum
bia, against the wishes of the slavcholding States , and al
so with a determination equnlly decided, to resist the
slightest interference with it in tiie states where it exists.
" It now only remains to add, that no bill conflicting
with these views can ever receive my constitu
tional sanction." Mr. Van Burcn's Inaugural,
March 4, 1837.
tain restrictions, to traffic in ardent spirits. By
the other part, all other persons arc prohibited
trading in this nrticle, under severe penalties,
without a license, Now the first part of these laws
is, in our opinion, wrong in principle, and ruin
ous in its effects; and we should not cease to show
up its absurdities, and urge its repeal. These li
cense laws proceed on the principle, that ardent
spirits usf d in moderate quantities, is healthful to
the human system, that it does the man good who
drinks it; whereas, nothing can bo more certain,
than, that as a beverage it does no good, but is al
ways hurtful. It contains no nourishment, and
can of course, convey none to him that drinks it.
It can only produce a momentary excitciiiciit,to be
followed by corresponding lassitude and prostra
tion. In short, ardent spirits are known to be an
active poison, in reference to which, the only true
temperance, is total abstinence, except when pre
scribed as a remedy for disease.
The licensing laws being thus founded on a false
principle, on a niistakeiv'Picw of the nature of the
article on which they treat, it is not strange that
they have no good tendency that their tendency
and effects have been almost exclusively evil. It
is sometimes objected, to any new attempts to leg
islate on this subject, that past legislation has been
entirely ineffectual.- But does it follow, because,
legislation on aAprincipIc, has done no good,
that legislation on r. true principle can accomplish
nothing better.' J'ecanse licensing llie trade in
spirits has only been productive of evil, does it fol
low that prohibiting the trade can result in noth.
The absurdities of this licensing system arc
most palpable and monstrous. We make laws for
the punishment of various crimes, and license that
which is known to be the prolific mother of almost
all crime! Wo prune the leaves and twigs of this
Bohan Upas, and water its roots! The folly and
absurdity of licen.-cii'.g men to sell poison as a
drink, may be easily set forth, and in a strong light.
The subject is fair game for ridicule, or argument,
or almost any kind of weapon that any reasonable
man can desire to use. What! license men to
feather their oun nests, and fill their own pockets
by fleecing and corrupting the community? Li
cense men to debase; and brutalize their fellow
creatures, and destroy them at the rate of thirty
tlnusaud per year? License men to fill the land
with widows aiid orphans with paupers and fel
ons with maniacs and staggering scare-crows, to
be picked up and taken care of at the public cx-
rapidly increasing throughout all parts of the free
States, and in some of the slave States, and never
so rapidly in this vicinity, as within a few weeks
past. Many sensible, conscientious men, are be
ginning to see, andecf the impropriety of attempt
ing to elect nn infamously wicked man to the pres
idency, by means of silly coon songs and pictures.
We have sometimes thought of letting the
Watchman entirely alone, and acting toward it, on
the principle, on which its editor thinks the Whig
Senate acted, in making Mr. Calhoun Secretary
of State; that of giving a certain character rope
enough, and he will hang himself. But on the
whole, we are hardly willing to lose such an efli
cient helper; for the outrageous abuse of the
Watchman upon the Freeman and the Liberty
party, an; manifestly promoting their interests.
General Confehknce. At our latest date
this body was engaged on Bishop Andrews' case,
who has become the owner of slaves by marriage.
If the northern delegates maintain the noble stand
they have taken, the south will be compelled to
tread back, and icliimnish claims they have Ion-;
been urging, or secede and set up by themselves.
Brighton Market. The Morning
lias a fait hful report of Brighton Market, by which
we receive it a day sooner than it is received at
any other office in the place. We intend hereaf
ter to insert it weekly.
f.O" Several weeks since, we received an ac
count of an interesting discussion, which took
dace between Mr. St. Clair and the Chairman of
the Convention which nominated Solomon Foot
for Congress, assisted by two Lawyers from New
York, who were obtained for the occasion, which
at thin election, were it not that, by so doing, we
might throw the government into tho hands of the
locofocos, our old adversaries, which we cannot
endure." So, for fear of the 'locos,' a forced and
artificial enthusiasm must be made to sweep over
the land, drowning tho voice of conscience and'
the faithful warnings of God's word, in the gener
al melee in favor of "great principles," which nev
er had an existence, and ot "great men " whose
greatness consists in their blackness of heart: and
the pieces o! silver, in the shape ot spoils of office,
will be their sole reward for the wear and tear of
conscience and treachery to the best interest of the
country and humanity. But, thank Heaven, there
are those, and the noble band is rapidly increasing,
who will remain unswerved from their advocacy of
crushed and down-trodden humanity, and the al
most obsolete principles of Man's inalienable'
rights; and when this storm of mens'passions shall
have swept over, if virtue enough is left in the
hearts of the People to decide in favor of the im
mutable and eternal principles of Right, and of our
glorious Declaration of Independence, then these
panderers to the slave power will be the most vo
ciferous in their attachment to tiie principles of
the Liberty Party! and these professions will he
just as consistent as a recent declaration of the
Vermont Watchman, that Whiggery and Jlnlima
sonry were identical ! !
I alk ot electing 1 lenry Clay to prevent the an
nexation of Texas! Were it not for the evidena
ri,,.,,,,;,.i I influence of tho Liberty party, in extorting such a,
j uiouii. le i i . i i m....
leuei ns uiey u.iu noiii ror. viay, against me im
mediate annexation of Texas, the proposition to.
elect him to prevent annexation would sound as
preposterous, as to worskip 'he enemy of all right
eousness to secure tho conversion of the world to
the truth! Were it not for the tocsin of Freedom
which the Abolitionists of the North have sounded
out, and had they not reached the "alarming cri
sis," as Mr. Clay once said, of "carrying their
principles to the polls," annexation would have
taken place long ere this, and Henri Clay would
have been its champion ! just as he was
Missouri case. And had some "Mr. Rich of Ver-
: niont, vit the degeneracy of the times allowed.
' such a sterliii!? friend of Lihcrtv to hold n sent ire
took place at Rupert. We intended to publish it, ; suc, a cage of unclean birds,) raised his voice
but a crowd of other matter has hitherto prevent- ; against its vile system of slavery, Mr. Clay would
mid wn nn. ns mnrh ri-niniiml f,,- mum t hU ' . Iiave instantly appeared for its defence, and after
week as ever.
A bill, providing for the election of Electors for
President and Vice President, in a!! the States, on
the second Tuesday of November, has passed the
House by a vote of Ml to 24. It is to be hoped
that the Senate will concur, as such a law could
hardly fail of preventing a great amount of dishon
esty in the elections.
) Virginia Moving,
A meeting of citizens of Ohio county, Virginia,
convened by public notice, was held at the house
of John Emory on the 4th instant, to consider and
adopt the best mode to form an electoral ticket,
to be supported by the Liberty voters of the State,
ut the approact:ing presidential election.
John Gilmor, Esq., was called to the chair, and
Thomas 1 odd appointed secretary.
Resolved, That a committee be appointed, whose
duty itshall be to correspond with citizens through
out tne state, to gain alt possible information re
specting electors. John Gilmor, S. M. Bell, II.
Brownlee, V. Huoy, J. Emery, J. Whitham, and
Thomas Todd, were appointed said committee.
As we desire all sections of the State that are
friendly to our cause to have a voice in the selec
tion of candidates for the electoral ticket, wo re
spectfully request any citizen who knows of suita
ble persons that will act as electors, to address the
chairman of said committee, J. Gilmor, Esq.,
West Alexander, Washington county, Pa., or
otherwise send delegates to meet with us in con
Resolved, That we adjourn to meet in copven
tion at tho house of J. Gilmor, on the third Satur
day of June next, at which time we will prepare
and submit a full ticket for the benefit of our fel
low citizens. ,
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting
be published in the papers of Ohio county, the
Spirit of Liberty, tho Cincinnati Herald, and the
Einaucipator, of Boston.
John Gilmor, President.
Thomas Todd, Secretary.
(We are requested to state that Mr. Gilmor is a
resident citizen of Virginia, we believe n magis
trate, but the post-office nearest his residence is at
West Alexander, Pa.) Morning Chronicle.
Whig Candidate for President,
" I know there is a visionary dogma which holds that
negro slaves cannot be the subjects of property. I shall
not dwell Ions upon tins speculative abstraction. 1 Hat
is property which the law declares to be properly.
Two hundred years of legislation have Sanctioned and
sanctified negro slaves as property."
" If I had been acitizen of Pennsylvania when Frank
lin's plan (of gradual emancipation) was adopted, I should
have voted Icr it; because, By no possiouuy cuum me
black race ever ir.iin the ascendancy in that Htate. Hut
if I had been then, or were now a citizen of any of the
planting Slates the southern or south-western states
Ishould have opposed, and would continue to oppose,
any scheme whatever of emancipation, gradual or im
mediate.' " It is NOT true, and I REJOICE that it is not true,
that EITHER of the two great parlies in this country has
anv design or aim at abolition. Ishould DEEPLY
LAMENT if it were true." Clav's Speech in the Sen
ate, Feb. 7, 1839. .
LIBERTY STATE TICKET.
WILLIAM IS. MIAFTIUS,
FOR LIEUT. GOVERNOR,
FOR SENATOR ORLEANS COUNTY:
George B8. i'age.
DO" Fi tends oj Liberty throughout the Stale!-
Heed the calls we publish this week for County
and District Conventions, and don't fail to secure
a full attendance.
Since the days of Caligula, a more unscrupulous
and desperate demagogue and tyrant than John
lyler has not ascended to power. Come what
may, he and Ins cabinet arc manifestly determined
to secure the annexation of Texas, at the present
session of Congress and we still believe they will
succeed, if not by the adoption of the treaty by the
Senate, in some other shape, and by another pro
cess. Already, we are engaged in a quasi war
with Mexico, by the disposal of a portion of the
naval and military power of the nation, so us to
aid Texas, ami overawe Mexico. That lick-spit-tle
of southern power, and base panderer to slave
traffickers, Lewis Cass, is out in a letter in favor
of immediate annexation. So is Com. Stewart.
So is Levi Woodbury. So is Gov. Polk. So is
C. J, Ingersoll. So is Dixon IT. Lewis. So arc
the democratic presses generally. A memorial in
lavor ot this diabolical scheme, signed by one hun
dred traitors to freedom and their countrv. has
been presented in the U. S. Senate,iot the town
of )Yorcesler, in this Slate! ! Their names we
shall put on record, to be handed down to potstcr
ity or execration. Boston Liberator.
Accident. The Baltimore American states that
Lieutenant Hunt, of the Army, andprivate Adams,
wore thrown from a barouche on Saturday the
horses having taken fright and ran away and
both injured; tho soldier seriously. Lieut. Huut
escaped with a lew bruises.
The Licence Law,
The progress of the Temperance cause is truly
gratifying to the heart of the humane. No human
mi lid can calculate the amount of misery that has
been prevented by this reformation, and tho sue
cess of the past should stimulate us to engage with
united and increasing zeal, in driving the common
enemy of virtue and prosperity from among us
The order of the day, now seems to be, "Moral
Suasion for the drunkard, and Legal Restraint for
the dram-seller." many towns in all parts of th
the State, have at their last March meeting, in
structed tho civil board, not to recommend the
sl anting of any liscenscs within their borders. The
western counties have taken the lead in this nobl
work. In Rutland and Addison counties, (and
wc mistake not, some others.) vorr liirge major
ity of the towns have decided that they will endure
the curse of drunkard factories no longer. Th
propriety of this course cannot be questioned, we
think, so long as the present liscenco laws exist
and we have long believed it the duty of Temper
ance men to unite their efforts, to obtain a repeal
of all the laws that license the sale of ardont spir
its, as a beverage, and to secure the enactment of
such laws as will make its sale for this purpose
penal ojjence. The present laws of this State, for
the suppression of intemperance, obviously con
sist of two parts. By the first part it is provided
thnt certain persons, shall be licensed under cer
llow long is this preposterous state of
things to continue? How long are these absurdi
ties to ba persisted in, in the face of a shrewd and
discerning community ? How long will our in
dustrious tax-payers, consent to have their taxes
doubled and trebled upon them, and their hard
earnings filched away to support and punish
drunkards? How long will it be before men might
as well think of obtaining a license to pick pock
ets, or rob hen-roosts, or engage in public riots, as
to obtain a license to sell burning poison to be
poured down tiie throats of their fellow men?
We cannot ftiibcar dropping a word in refer
ence to that class of men, who ask for a license to
sell intoxicating drinks. What is it these men
want a license for? In plain English, what is it
that they request permission of their civil fathers
to do? It is to deal out poison as a common drink.
fo kill their fellow men by scores, and fill their
vanlis with lresii victims, l hoy ask a license to
seduce the young to beguile the unwary to blast
the hopes, and break the hearts of respectable fa
thers and mothers, wives and children. A license
to take from the poor laborer his last farthing, and
his senses with it; and leave his family to freeze,
or starve, or he supported at the public expense
H is not to be supposed, that runiseliers wish to
produce such effects upon their customers, and
those connected with them. They have no ma
licious feelings toward those whom they destroy.
It is only the profit they are after; and doubtless
they would be glad to obtain it without injuring
their customers at all. But rather than fail of ou
tlining the money, they disregard the tears and en
treaties of the pale, heart-broken wife, and the!
hungry, perishing children. Rather than loose the
wages of this unrighteous business, they drive
their plow-share, red hot, and beam deep, through
the vitals of socictv. We can hardly conceive. I
what sort of material that man's forehead is made
of, (to say nothing about his conscience,) who, at
this enlightened day, can hold up his head before
board of civil officers, and seriously ask them to
give him a liic.nse to put the bottle to his neighbors
In conclusion, let us ask the reader, what is the
lifference, so far as principle is concerned, be
tween your supporting and countenancing the pres
ent licensing svsteni, and the miu-scllers. dealing it
out according to the provisions of that license? If
it is right and honorable to license men to sell
rum, is it not equally right and honorable for the
man so licensed to sell it?
" By the course it has commenced , the Freeman is help
ing that accursed plot, annexation and helping it more
efficiently too, than were it to come out as an open advo
cate of it. 15y keeping its readers in the dark by leading
them to oppose Mr Clay, upon whose election the defeat
of anrexalion depends by fomenting divisions, and thus
aiding at the north the supportes of Van l'uren, who is
pledged for annexation this mis-called Green Mountain
Freeman is doing llis work of the slaveocracy."
" It the Liberty Party is politically the " receptacle
of things lost upon earth" the very place for disappoint
ed demagocrues and unfortunate office seekers."
drawing a comparison between tho condition of
the slaves of the south &. the laboring whites of tho
north, would have STRUCK THE BALANCE
IN FAVOR 01-' THE FORM ER !".. and adCu' :
"If gentlemen will aiiow us to have black
slaves, th' y must let us have WHITE ONES!'
for we cannot cut our own fire-wood, and black
our shoes, and HAVE OUR WIVES AND
DAUGHTERS WORK IN THE KITCHEN."
The above are extracted from the vials of wrath
which art: emptied out through the columns of the
last Watchman upon the devoted heads of the Free
man and the Liberty Party. They are but a .spe
cimen of its weekly ebullitions since its editor has
hardened his heart, and resolved to support a man-
thief, robber and duellist, for the Presidency a;
man whom that same paper once declared Presi-!
dent Adams ought to have removed from a subor
dinate office, for attempting to imbrue his hands in
bis brother's blood ! And this abuse is to be ex
pected: for when a man resolves upon a course
which ho knows to be subversive of the first prin
ciples of justice and common humanity, his first
efforts will be to bring into reproach and disestccm
the true and the right way hoping thereby to cov-
VVhig Principles. Very much is said by the
whig papers of the unanimity of sentiment that
prevailed at the Baltimore convention which nom
inated Mr. Clay. Wc are told that upon confer--ring
together there was happily found to exist no
essential difference between the principles of the
Whigs at the North and the South. Well, we
presume it was so, for it is said that speakers from
the North, as well as the South, denounced aboli
tion and the abolitionists in the most umeasured
terms. And certainly, we see no chance for disa
greement, when the Northern whigs not only join
ed in for tho very representative of the slaveocra
cy as a Presidential candidate, but obsequiously
allowed the South VIRTUALLY TO SET
TLE THE QUESTION OF .1 VIVE PRESI
DENT," to the re jection of all their favorite can
didates from the North; and then, to cap the cli
max, pledged alt tne 1' i ce States to the support of
this slavery-dictated ticket! The cry of banks, ta
riffs, distribution bills, or any other cog in the
wheel of party machinery, that was needed by tho
Northern whigs to dupe the people of the free
States, would be cheerfully acquiesced in by the
Soul hern whigs, provided those from the North
would go with them in the support of the peculiar
institution of Southern Slavery : so that upon the
er up his own enormities. Now the editor of the , shoulders of those at the North, who vainly hope
Watchman knows, or ought to know, that the Lib- by ging with the whigs they shall establish a pcr
erty Party is neither designed or adapted to afford manent currency, tariff, or distribution, rests the
any permanent, help to either of the pro-slavery responsibility of sustaining the Slave Power a
parties; that it originated in a conviction in the
The Vermont "Watchman.
The last Watchman has a long quotation from
David Lee Child, whose paper, the W. says, "is
an anti-slavery paper," to show that our views of
Mr. Clay's sentiments are wrong. Now the Ed
itor of the Watchman must be rather green, or he
must think his readers quite so, if he expects to
make any more of Mr. Child's opinions than those
of any other devoted Whig. The community can
iint ho ijrnni' mo fact, that he has nlways
avowed his attachment to the Whig party, and has
from the beginning, been one of the most fierce and
unscrupulous denouncers of the Liberty Party.
Such false insinuations, together with unfair quo
tations from tho correspondents of the Freeman,
which he ascribes to its Editor, are too glaring to
pass unnoticed by his readers.
It is quito amusing to. sec so much of that paper
devoted to tho Liberty party, which, according to
its own showing is composed of nobody, and to the
Freeman, which we are so often told, is advocat
ing and effecting nothing. Which is the loudest
testimony on this subject, actions or w.ords? There
is no disguising the fact, that the Liberty party are
minds ofthe friends of human liberty a conviction
pressed home upon them by the alarming encroach-!
incuts of the slave power that nothing but a do-,
cided, conjunct effort on the part of the whole free!
States would save themselves and the country from'
being engulfed in the whirlpool of slavery. The:
members of the Liberty Party arc not without'
their predilections on the subject of banks, tariffs,
&c, but these sink into utter insignificance when
thrown into the balance with the great question,
whether Slavery shall rule the land, and send its
cold steel through the very heart of tho republic,
until freedom, with one terrific shriek , shall wing
its way from America forever. The question is
not, whether banks and tariffs shall be established,
or torn down; but whether the people of the North,
as well as the poor and oppressedof the South,
shall enjoy the fruit of their own labors, possess
their own wives and children yea, their own souls
and bodies or whether these shall all belaidcrin
gingly at the feet of our masters, and we left to
kiss the tyrant's rod that drives us to our daily toil !
And especially do wo refuse to he divided upon
these minor points, so long as we see clearly that
no present action of ours can settle them definitely
for they may all be traced to the controlling pow
er of slavery, and so long as that triumphs, these
will be its victims. Wo believe, too, that the suc
cess, in the approaching election, of the Whigs
with their slavcholding and slavery-dictated tick
et with tneir hold advocacy ot slavery at the
South, and their mealy-mouthed, dougli-i'uuo.l mitt
hypocritical oou.o on the subject at the North.
or ofthe Democrats, with their habitual and more
open avowal of Southern principles will be to all
intents and purposes a triumphof tho Slave Power
and thus, through the next four years, this
bloodthirsty monster will sit enthroned in the high
places of this government, and send its deadliest
fangs to the very vitals of our national prosperity.
The editor ofthe Watchman is not insensible to
these things; and probably, if he is honest, he will
admit as will almost every member of his party,
in private conversation, that the " Liberty Party
occupies the only tenable ground for the peaceable
and constitutional abolition of slavery, and tho res
toration of the government to its former purity and
prosperity; and, say they, before another presiden
tial election, we eIirII be with you; and we would
power winch, at its own good preasure, builds up,
or pulls down, tariffs, banks and distribution bills f
But our object in the commencement of this ar
ticle was, to inquire after that principle of the
Whigs of Vermont which was promulgated by
their State Committee last winter, in an address
preparatory to celebrating Washington's birth
day, viz; " The abolition ofthe odious system of
domestic slaveiy by any and every constitutional
means"? Has this clause been stricken out ofthe
whig creed? and if not, why was it carefully con
cealed from the eyes of your southern brethren at
Baltimore? Why was it not blazoned forth upon
your star spangled banners which floated out au.
the breeze, proclaiming some ot your principles,
and under which you promised to rally and tr-
timph? Aye, here is the cloven foot and deny M
ye who can ! Wo notice, also, that in the const!-,
tution of the whig not Clay Club recently forisv-.
ed in this village and which constitution was
drafted by the editor of the Watchman, we pre
sume, this anti-slavery article is omitted. We
admire their regard for consistency, however, and.
hopo we shall heiw no more of their anti-slavery
professions, so long as they are taxing themselves
to tho utmost to elevate to the head of this govern
ment the very prince of slaveholders. But vvitt
not such men as honestly look (us we once did) for
the abolition of slavery by the action of the whiff
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party, ponder upon these things?
Democratic Convent ion.
The national convention ofthe democratic party
was holden at Baltimore on. Monday of this week,
but the proceedings have not yet' come to hand.
Probably they had a stormy time, and nominated,
perhaps two candidates a northern and a south
ern man and perhaps none. The annexation
question has been a perfect fire-brand in their
ranks, and utterly dispelled the bow of promiso
which they claimed beamed so brightly over them
a few months since. Mr. Van Buren, who, until
lately, has universally been looked upon as the
presidential candidate of his party for 1844, has
been entirely thrown into the shade by his letter
against immediate annexation and Gen. Cass,
Com. Stewart, Mr. Buchanan, Gov. Woodbury,
and perhaps Mr. Tyler, will each have their claims
preferred before tho convention, in consequence
of having avowed themselves in favor of immedi
ate annexation. The result most probable, in our
opinion, will he, the nomination of Mr. Van Buren
for the north, and a Tcxian candidate for tho
south. Could anything more fully demonstrate th
utter and unpaiHlieKxl, pro sin very character fof
the so-called domooratlc parly than "for them to b
driven away from the support of Mr. Van Buren,
whom they have stood by in triumph and defeat,