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FREMONT, SANDUSKY COUNT V, AUGUST 28 1852.
, ' "WHIG MEETING. - -v.
, fb. E. RtbiBSon'sSpeerh.
--0n Sew Hampshire Democracy and Catho
r. - lie Emancipation, . .
"- concludeo.J V
BUBMITTED TO TB PIOPLS. .
'"The question was submitted to .the people
l the regnlar election held hi5 New-Hamp-1
-shire on the second Tuesday of March, 1851.
During the whole of that time, from January,
to March, no publie meeting ;: was called by
1 f rj ! nM Vie'fHanfle (a CnAfllr in' faVflc r.F
iUr KSrtll Ut It IO llKUU, W o.n m . v ...
Catholic Emancipation. "They - did not, A
did not give himself as much trouble tp res
cue the Catholics from weir oisaomues. as a
common humane person would take to.ex
" tricate a fly from meshes of a spider's web. "'
-The amendments were submitted in ". the
-form of fifteen questions, and the repeal of
the antiCatholic test wasNo. SLei us look at
a fe w 4owns to see tbe nablashing effront
- rydGeo. M. Daltes and tbe whole LocoFoco
party;', r 1 take these returns" from The Con
: ord' Patriot, of March 27, 1851, .which says,
1 'in nrrruiftriner the result: "Every DroDdsition
submitted has been rejected by a very ' large
majority.' Geo.:M. Dallas says it Was-rejected
.-for want of a two-thirds vote!
i'.'.H-Hl ' VOTTlvf jy yy .
' ; I have given the vote . in. the same towns,
the same year, for Diostaore' the Pierce can
didate, a man whom Franklin Pierce had put
up against Atwood, the regular Loco-Foco
cndidate: Jt will be ' seen that in towns
where Franklin Pierce railed his party to vote
bv hundreds for his .candidate,- he did not
think it worth while to secures single '.baker's
dozen for Catholic emancipation; . Here , are
-a few towiivv-. -v'..-5!;; '4". "5v5-i v :. '?''-- -
On the eighth proposition, as voted for in
March, 1851,. with votes for" Governor given
at the same election, from The New-Hampshire
Patriot of March 27, 1851.: V
... .; . . t - - Uimurar Catholic
. ' ' -'.. Loeo .Pierce Emanci-
. y- Candidate- jMtioui
Brentwood - "::""y-" V
f eabrook. "'- -. . -.
Windham .'. ' ',-. . .'
Durham '"T-L -! "
Farmington 1 -V v r..-V
New-Durban : :'.
' Catham '
Effingham v ' ' v ...
.Osstpee ' . .. ' .' . -..
Sandwich .. '-.;,'
: ;. '4
Wolfborocgh "' '
tiondon ." " ' ' 1 -""'y, S-
A lexandrisj;.; f " . -,:
K Us worth "'J' ? -T -
-Hiu : -v-"JX Z -T-i
Holdecwees ; .
-v Ye men f too credulous s disposition, who
snay hA-e too easily' yieled credence, to the
supposition that a .Loeo-Foco a tell the
truth, compare the above table with -the as
sertions of Geo. M. Dallaf and the Loco-Foco
party, and what little word . will involuntarily
uuuer on evry -. ;:
' Here is the Loco-Foeo town" of Kew Dur
liara. which gave 113 votes for . Pierce's pet
for Governor, and only four votes for Catho
lic Emancipation-SYet George M. Dallas and
party say that it failed 'Only because the
Whigs sod Free-Soilers combined against it!
Here is the Loco-Foco tows '. of Effingham,
1 29 votes for Pierce's ' Governor, and ooly
one solitary vote for Catholic Emancipation;
Wake6eld, with 176 Loco-Foco and - only
one vote for Catholic Emancipation; 'and yet,
Geo. M.' Dallas and . bis party his bead
whitening with blosoros for Jbe grave, once
Vice President of the United States, and
President of the most distinguished,- delibe
rate elective body ic the world -states that
the Whigs and Free-Soilers defeated a meas
ure, in spite of the exertions of a party which
only polled one vote out of 176 one out of
i oo nf lmt Ann rtnrta vnta fnr the measure.
What chance has truth of ever rising again,
when crushed to earth , with "such merciless
udacity as this? What wonder that letters
: re forged for General Scott,-which he never
: wrote, when -;.r '.' - - ;.. .:;', ,r-'-' .
FInool pats on tha fac of (impla troth,
' - And ntka ia the habit of plain honeitr, "
- Whenih intends moit villainy." y
" ;" TH";'3KITS AOAVH. - ' ' '. ;
.The vote in the whole State was, for Dins
more, ' '';-'"' -' ly"1,--'
- (Pierce's candidate) . - '"' - 24,425
For Sawyer, (Whig) -' v : 18,458
For Atwood, (Free Soil) - 12,049
; Atwood had been the regularly nomina
ted Loco Foco candidate; and so the two
Loco-Focos carried 36,474, a majority of two
thirds over the Whig vote. , And For Cath
olic Emancipation - 13,575
Ggainstit - I 24,971
- ! It must "be remarked that, in this vote, as
.in 1852, the great majority f those who vo
ted for Catholic Emancipation were Whigs.
Indeed, the vote against Catholic Emancipa
tion is just about the vote which was cast for
Pierce's candidate for Governor.-
. iHKCOirvisiiosr reassembles.
. - Ttio Convention reassembled on the 16tb
r AnriT 1852.-and here we meet with
mors Loco-Foco forgery and falsehood.
. ; ' i SLAITDBB . BEFUTED.
- r, rhamh-rlnin. the Whiff candidate for
.., nl a warm friend of Cathoiie
favor of having
Convention adjourn, and therefore opposed
the proposition to suomn any urujw ."
ments to the people. The pedple had fee
-iia r enumerated with tho ConvenUot
and tired of its deliberations, that Mr. Cham
berlain said it would nun tDe cnance ior
jCatholio Emancipation for a century, to crowd
it back upon them then; but this was what
bs LocoFoco party seemed to wsnt, to do
4be business at once, so as forever to exclude
fthe chances of future redress to Cstbolics;
and because Mr. Chamberlin thus spoke, he
hlfi been accused of opposing Catholic Eman
cipation, whereas he voted for it in all its sta
ges, and when (contrary to his advice) the
subject was forced upon the people again, at
the next election when as be foretold, it was
voted down, receiving about 4,000 votes lest
than the previous year the town in which
he lived (Keene) did not give a single vote
against it, hut gave 217 . votes for it This
the slanderers of Mr. Camberlain know. The
Concord Patriot, of Jan. 3, 1851, says that
" it was a grave question whether the Von
petition have the authority to make I any fur
ther amendments after those note made shall
have been acted vpen by the people." And yet
now they abuBe and slander Mr. Chamber
lain for taking the correct view of this grave
question. -'.-yvj.WO-j.'. -:-'-;y y
.y, Kw discussion on thb tsst. : " y. :
" Well, the Convenlioa -was two days in sess
ion, (June 16 and 17.) and . m that time
speeches ' were ' made upon this Cathoiie
Emancipation: by Messrs - Smith, Chamber
lain, Bell, Eastman, Woodbury, fea, ifcc; but
not one word did Franklin Pierce say during
the whole time. " v : -
'...' . oot. dissmore's message. " ", r
Nor is this all. In June, 1851, the" Leg
islature assembled, and Pierce's candidate
being elected' Governor, . delivered ' his mess
age to the Legislature. If Franklin Pierce
had asked him to put in a paragraph ex
pressing regret at the failure of the last trial,
and urging support in the new trial ordered,
be would undoubtedly have done it but no,
in place of any such thing we have the' fol
lowing paragraph rejoicing over the defeat
of Catholic-, Emancipation,' which was un
doubtedly seen and approved by Mr. fierce
before it was delivered :
"It is apparent from this decisive express
ion (says Gov. Dinsmore) of the popular will,
that the present Constitution is, in the main,
entirely: satisfactory to a large majority
of the people. . This result also in
dicates the instructive lesson whieh may be
useful for our guidance hereafter, that no
material or important amendments to the
Constitution Can be expected to find accep
tance with the people, which is anything
more than declaratory of their known senti
ments; and that it is always unsafe to assume
a knowledge of their- opinions when ' they
have not been distinctly pronounced.'
An occasional examination and discussion of
the principles and forms of the fundamental
law, are not without their use, if they serve
no other purpose than to bring more clearly
to view the great merits o( out old and well
tried Constituton, ' ard to give the people
another opportunity to reaffirm their strong
and vnabated attachment to it." (Dinsmore's
Message June. -185K)- -.- i i-- y . - v
If that is not a direct approval of the peo
ple ia rejecting Catholic emancipation,
then I am ignorant of what language means.
.-. IOCO-FOCO STATE CONVSHTIOK.
- In the same month (June, 1851.) the Loco
Focos of New Hampshire held s State Con
vention at Concord, to nominate candidates
for State officers to be elected the following
March, whsu the Anti-Catholic test was to be
tried again.. Tbis convention passed a series
of resolutions rejoicing in the defeatof (Jatno
lic emancipation. - Here is the first resolution :
Resolved, That the representative ot tDe
people, in convention assembled, congratulate
each other upon the signal triumph of the
Democracy of New-Hampshire over all tne
forms and combinations of hostile forces, with
which they have been obliged to contend in
the recent State election. . That we behold
with pride and joyful satisfaction, the Demo
cratic party coming out from the midst of the
perils -which encompassed it victorious over
eminity of open foes aud the treachery of
supposed friends, its strength unimpaired, its
dignity uncompromised, its honor untarnish
ed, and its fundamental doctrine unchanged.
Mow here we have the whole Loco-f oco
Pierce Party of New-Hampshire represented
in State convention, and taking counsel of
vranklin Pierce at Concord, lust after the de
feat of Catholic Emancipation at the previ
ous election. , and just after a new set of
amendments had been - ordered to be sub
mitted to the people at the same time when
their candidates would be voted for; and yet
in their long string of resolutions on almost
every subject, they found net room for a sin
gle word in favor of Catholic Emancipation,
but rejoiced that their fundamental doctrines
bad been unchanged. .
'" THE DEMOCRAT OIT PIERCE A. CO. -
- Indeed so well known was it that Franklin
Pierce and his party were opposed to Cath
olic Emancipation, that The Concord Demo
crat, published in his own city, and of course
read by him, in conspicuous editorial, pub
lished June 12, 1851, says:
.. "The failure of that Convention ts direcUy
traceable to those Hunker leaders, pierce
Atherlon k Co, who were determined that it
should either be entirely subservient to their par
ttsan views, or be what it was, an aborti on.
They succeeded, and to them belongs the hon
or:' . ..
" KOTHINO DONE.
Well, from April, 1851 to March, 1852,
Cathoiie Emancipation was before the people
of this State. Yet during that period of elev
en months, Franklin Pierce never opened his
mouth in favor of the measure. Neither he
nor his friends called any public meeting to
advocate it. They saw that it had been vo
ted down, two to one, the last election, and
that, therefore, it was incumbent on everv
friend of liberal sentiments to bend everv en
ergy in its favor. During that time any
quantity of resolutions were drawn up and
passed on abstract questions ; hundreds of
meetings held, and the very air loaded witn
unmeaning glorifications of "Democracy," yet
during that whole time no meeting, no res
olution, no speecn tor (Jatbolic Hi mancipation.
THIS QUESTION AGAIN SUBMITTED.
Well, March 1852 approached. The recu
lar Loco-Foco candidate for Governor bad
committed suicide, and Pierce party nomina
ted Noah Martin for the post thus made va
cant. The election was held for State offi
cers. At the time, three simple amendments
to the constitution were submitted to the peo
ple. The first wis for Catholic Emancipa
tion. The second was for abolishing Proper
ty Qualifications, and the -third, an easier
mode for future amendments. The tlrst
amendments reads as follows; '
I. Resolved, That no belief in the doctrines
of any particular religious sect, shall . be re
quired as a test for holding office, or be en
titled to any preference whatever, under the
constitution. And tbis amendment shall be
effected by striking from it, in Part 2d, sec
tion 14tn, tne woids "shall be ot tne Protest
ant religion ;" and from section 28 th the
words "Who is not of the Protestant religion;
and from seetion 42d the words "and unless
be shall be of the Protestant religion ;" and in
the Bill of Rights, article - 6th. the word
"Protestant," - .
Tbe following is the result, by Counties,
throughout the State: .
THE VOTE by Counties on Governor, and
also oa striking out the Antt-Cathouc Test
. in the Constitution, in March. 1852.
FOR GOVERNOR. - CATHOLIC EMANCIPATION
Counties. ' .Martin. Yeas. . Nays.
Rockingham 4,669 1374 1,856
Strafford v 2,381 764 852
Belknap 2,155 323 ". 1,037
Carroll -1,239 257 1,101
Merrimack 4,6141 - 1.163 - 2,455
Hilleborugh ' . 4,550 1,557 1,300
Cheshire - - 2,338 1,322 716
Sullivan .:.v 2,074 1,030 660
Grafton ; 4,404 : 1,317 1,758
Coos : -' 1,475 659 357
Total ; " 39,999 ' 8,566 . 12,092
It will be remembered that the Catholic
Emancipation, which was before submitted in
the same amendment with the property qual
ification, was here submitted alone, and, as Mr.
Chamberlin ' and other true friends of the
measure bad forotold, was here worse defeat
ed than before. And the Property, qualifi
cation, when relieved from the burden of Cath
olic toleration, was carried by two-thirds, and
will be in force as part of the Constitution as
soon as the Governor issues his proclamation
announcing the fact 1ms be should bave
done in June last, but his New-Hampshire
Loco-Focoism seems to regret that property
should not continue to make, the man, and
therefore he is silent hitherto. -'
But though the amendment to abolish all
property qualifications was repealed, Catholic
Emancipation had fewer votes than it had
one year before. In 1851 it-bad 13,575
votes, and in 1852 it had only 9,566. By
forcing it upon the people again too soon,' in
spite of Mr. Chamberlain's wise counsel, and
by seperating it from the property qmlili 4
Uon, it bas received sucb a tall, that tbe
friends of Catholic Emancipation in New
Hampshire hesitate not to say, that there is
no chance of its passing for fifty or a hundred
years, if Pierce is not defeated. ....
But tne band of Providence sometimes
works mysteriously. A set of wire-pullers
have put up for President of the United
States the leader of New-Hapshire Loco-Fo-cofocoism,
perhaps the most bigoted and bru
tal lump of stupidity in the Universe.
The question of Catholic Emancipation comes
np on appeal from the "Democracy" ot JNew
Hampshire to the People of the United
States. Every man who votes for Pierce,
votes for his party, and votes to fasten the
stigma forever on the Catholics. Those that
vite against him, vote for Catholic Emanci
pation. That's just the question at the neat
W ell, now, in place of it being defeated for
want of a two third vote, Catholic Emancipa
tion did not receive one sixth of the vote cast
for Governor. The vote for Emancpation
throught the State was only 9,566, and of
these 1 do not think more than about 2,000
were of Pierce's party. I appeal to the
. CURIOUS TABLES LOCO VOTE.
I give a table of Locofoco towns, compar
ed with a similar table of Whig towns, and
show the votes for the respective candidates
for Governor, and the Yeas and Nays on Cath
Yeas. Jyays. Martin.
Auburn . 1 17 83
Newmarket 20 100 205
Nawton 8 70 89
Northwood 1 86 152
Nottingham 13 .75 140
Lee 35 67 165
New-Durham . 3 60 135 ,
Alton 24 125 221
Barnstead 45 175 349
Gilmanton 20 209 363
Albany 2 60 56
Brookfield 5 60 69
Conway 21 110 195
Effingham 10 83 145
Wolfborough 1- 135 291
Chichaster 3 174 149
Epsom 6 108 173
Loudon 4 180 161
Warner 22 157 280
Hillsborough 15 101 234
Pelham 13 73 115
Goshen .1 118 100
Bethlehem 2 . 73 . 106
Ellsworth 1 48 58
Franconia 11 64 59
Hill 2 114 133
Landaff 25 113 140
Woodstock 2 63 69
Berlin 3 36 88
Stark - 1 49 47
Jackson 14 63 87
340 2,966 4,797
So strongly Locofoco are these thirty-one
towns, that they sent to the Legislature, in
1852, 37 Locofoco Representatives, and not
a single Whig.
These figures I have from the official rec
ord in the office of the Secretary of State at
Concord; and here we see that in 31 towns,
which gave Pierc's sandidate 4,797 votes, on
ly 340 votes were raised for Catholic Eman
cipation, and 2,966 votes were given against
it That is, not one-twelfth of the votes giv
en for Martin were given for Catholic Eman
cipation, saying nothing at all about the Whig
votes cast in these towns for Catholic Eman
cipation. In some of these towns the Whig
vote is very small, being just about the num
ber given for Catholic Emancipation. Thus
there were in
Barnstead - 45
-"And so far from
being the fact that it
was Whigs only that voted against it, we have
tbe facts, that in the town of '-'"-
Agains t Emancipation
In tbis last town of Ellsworth, there were
only 8 Free Soil votes, and no Whig votes,
and yet tbere were 48 votes against Catholic
Emancipation, and only one vote for it; and
yet Geo. M. Dallas, and all Locofoco speakers
and writers, tell us that it was the combination
of this nought and eight that prevented the
solitary one being two thirds of the whole
vote csstl .. - y .
: fllK WBIO TOWNS.
Now let us see what the Whig towns did.
I give the vote for and against Catholic Eman
cipation, and the vote at tbe same election for
Sawyer the Whig candidate for Governor:
Towns. Yeas." Nays. Sawyer.
Epping -: - 95 25 117
Exeter . 39 12 321
Dover 372 v 220 723
Soraersworth 123' 88 . 334
Wilton 100 1 70
Fitzwilliam' 145 27 140
Keene . 217 0 : 374
Marlborough 62 4 83
Roxbury ' .'"-" 24 7 87
Troy 54 9 77
Winchester1 122 0 200
Charlestown 66 , 3 164
Claremont 167 67 306
Cornish 126 45 114
Croydon" 104 17 - 41
Lnngdon - . 32 1 . 55
Haverhill 106 38 205
Littleton - 94 32 173
Portsmouth J 533 237 601
The above 19 towns are entitled to 41 Rep
resentatives, and but two of those elected to
tbe Legislature in 1852 were Pierce men, and
these two came from Portsmouth.where about
one-third of all the Nays were given.
Hera then we bave 19 Whig towns giving
4,135 votes for tbe Whig Uovernor, and roll
ing up 2,681 votes forCatholio emancipation,
and only 761 votes against it giving, in fact
in this small Whig portion of the State, more
than one fourth of all the votes cast for Cath
olic Emancipation throughout the State. In
Keene, where Mr. Chamberlain, who is so
mueh abused and belied, lived and voted,
there are 217 voted for Catholic Emancipation
and not one against it In Concord, where
t rarjklin Pierce liros, these were 360 votes
against it. In Concord, where Franklin Pierce
lives, there were 360 votes against it and on
ly 286 for it And look at Cheshire, tbe on
ly Whig county in tbe state, and in which
Keene is situated, and in that Whig countv
Mr. Chamberlain's residence there were 1-
322 votes for Catholic Emancipation, and on
ly 716 against it; while in the Locofoco coun
ty of Merrimack, where Mr. Pierce resides,
and where 4,614 voted for Pierce's candidate
for Governor, there were only 1,163 votes
for Catholic emancipation, and 2,455 against
I know that to adduce more evidence to
prove that the whole Locofoco arguments
are unmitigated falsehoods, would be to waste
words and abuse patienceand, therefore, I
shall only give only one more table, which I
bave copied from the official records in tbe
office of the Secretary of State at Concord.
I give s list of forty-two towns, not one of
which gave a baker s dosen for Catholic eman
cipation, while they could muster in large
numbers for Pierce s candidate for Uovernor,
whose vote I also give. Just look at the re
THIS AND THAT TOGETHER.
Towns, Martin. Emancitien.
Auburn 83 1
Brentwood 64 0
Chester 183 1
Hampton Falls 05 7
Mewcastle 1 5 . 8
Newton 89 8
Northwood 152 1
Poplin 24 ,9
Winham 47 7
Durham 286 5
Madbury '48 0
New Durham 135 8
New Hampton 141 11
- Carroll County.
Albany 86 2
Brookfield 69 6
Effingham 145 10
Wolfborough 291 1
Canterbury 147 9
Chichester 149 3
Epsom 173 6
Loudon 171 4
Pittsfield 228 0
- Hillsborough' County.
Bedford 147 9
Manch'rWrd 1. 40 I
"6. 102 0
Rindge ' . ' ' ' 41 ' . V; 1 ''
Sullivan County. . .
Goshen : 190 - - 7
Washington -' 98 . , r ; 4 ;.'
Grafton County. "y - '
Benton y - 76 y 5
Bethlehem . - . 160 2
Ellsworth - . 58 .1
Franconia ' - 69 . 11.
Grafton . 121 6
Hill .-. 133 y Jy- 2
Woodstock . 69 .."y : 2 '
Coos County. . -
Berlin - ' v., ' 38 ';' '.K. 3 "'
Randolph". . .19 . 7
Stark.. . 47 ': ' ''. V."
Fellow-citixens, - look at this, and then loo
at Mr. Dallas and the false public Opinio0
which bis speech has created throughout the
country. "Brentwood could muster 64 for
Pierce's Govener, but not one for Catholic
Emancipation; Northwood 162 forPieice's
Gove nor, and only; one for Catholic Emanci
pation; Madbury 48 for Pierce's Governor,
and not one tor Emancipation, Wolfborough
291 for Pierce s candidate, and only one tor
Emancipation; Pittsfield 228 for Pierce's Gov
ener. and not one for Emancipation. -And
yet we are told that it was only a combination
of Whicrs and Free-Soilers that prevented
tbe hosts of Loco-f ocoism carrying uatnouc
Emancipation), : Did any one ever suppose
that fallen man had fallen so low as to utter
statements so shamefully false? --x 7"
-" ... Just look at it. - -. . -. s
And there is the sickening outline of the
constitutional history of New-Hampshire.
Througtout that whole history Franklin Pierce
and Beniamin Pierce were leading men in tne
State, filling the highest offices, and controll-
. - . -r, ; T-i- e
ing party orgamzuoos. oenjamiq x-ierce a
tened the stigma on the Catholics; and Frank
lin Pierce gave himself no trouble to re.nove
it not so much as a buman man would un
dergo to save a blind puppy from drowning
in a oond.
- Will any one who bas not yet aoanoonea
. . , ,
all belief in veracity, icon at tnese lacts ana
compare them with the arguments put and
kept afloat by- Locofoco speakers and writers.
from JJallas w Aieuary, up or- aowo, 11 irom
the lowest depths you oan ascend or fall, and
hear them all talk of the eloquence, energy,
and toil with which Franklin Pierce coatend
ed for Emancipation, and that he and his
par ty were only prevented from carrying it
because the party were not' able to get two
hirds of the votes over the Whigs and Free
Soilers, when it is a fact that Franklis Pierce
never opened his month upon tbe subject
when the question was op for discussion, and
that not one-tenth of the votes cast for Pierce's
candidate for Governor, voted for Enancipa-
tion. and that even if, with the above com-
Darison of Whin and Locofoco towns before
us we should errant that one half of the
votes cast for Catholic Emancipation were
given by the Pierce party, etill these figures
would show that tne ixcoioco voie ior r, man
cipation was only 3,783, while at the same
election, the same party polled 30,999 votes
for Martin, their Pierce candidate for Gover
nor. Alas! "How this world is given to ly
ing!" . V- ' '" yV ':.:- f-:.. y
There are many thoughts crowding upon
mn. ia which I should like to give expression,
but I have already" detained you too long?
and I want to say a word upon some oiner
acts of the Pierce Loco-Foco party of New-
TlamnBhire. and one or two words more on
Charles O'Conor's favorite antecedent, Benja
min Pierce, from whose veins Franklin draws
his Democratic blood.
ALIEN AND SEDITION LAWS. :
On June 6,1798, the New Hampshsire Leg
islature met at Hopkmton. Uenjamin Pierce,
Franklin's father, was a member irom nuis-
boroush. John Taylor Gilman was declared
elected Governor. Benjamin Pierce was one
of the committee aDDointed to wait on the
Jnne 7, Joshua Hey wood was appointed
"A MINISTER SltKNClO.
It will be recollected that tbis was during
old John Adams's Administration, when the
"Alien and Sedition Laws,". "Federalism,"
&c, &c, agitated the country.
June 8, I find this record "voted that m
consequence of certain expressions used by
Mr. Heywood, in his prayer in the House,
and his omitting to pray for the Piesident and
Congress of tbe United States, this day, that
this House do not wish any further services
from him as Chaplain; and that the Assist
ant be directed to furnish him with a copy
thereof." This passed unanimously. And
thus, because this honest old Republican
preacher refused to insult Heaven, and to
pray for the authors of the Alien and Sedi
tion Law, Benjamin Pierce voted to insult and
Was it for this that Charles O'Conor
praised the "antecedent?"
June 11, Gov. Gilman delivered his mes
sage, in which he eulogized Adams, and de
nounced Foreign Agents,&c. The address in
reply to "the throne," echoing the above sen
timents, was adopted June 14, and Benjamin
Pierce voted for it. -
June 16, an Address to the President of the
United States (John Adams) was adopted,
"Permit us, Sir, to express our entire satis
faction in the wisdom and energy of your Ad
ministration. ; It is with pleasure
we contemplate the increasing firmness of our
National Legislature. The oppo
sition in the State of New-Hampshire to the
Administration of the Federal Government
is much too contemptaWe to merit the aanae
of division. Accept Sir, our uni
ted! declarations tp support and defend con
stituted authorities of onr country with our
lives . and fortunes. - ; Iiong . may '
you continue to watch over the. safety of the
community." ."--''-: -y; .y -.'.J.
- Signed by 134 names, and among; them
Benjamin Tierce, Mr . O'Conor's beau ideal
"antecedent"- '. ."' y A. .--y . .,.
There were . four nays to the address
Messrs, Langdon, Drowne, Bartiet and San
born, y-y ;v yy. ,; : y -. '.',:?.".-; ,
KATI0SAL BATIVEI8M. ... V-y.y;-
In the same year, (Nov. 14, 1798.) a com
mittee was appointed by tbe Legislature to
petition Congress to alter the Constitution ot
the United States, respecting Qualification for
I Members of Legislature (Congress) of tbe Uni
ted states, lbat committee reported Dec.
26, 1098, reommending that none but natural
born citizens of the United States should be
eligible to the Vice-Presidency as weH as the
Presidency, and recommending also to ex
elude from a seat in either" branch of Congress,"
any person who shall not have bet h actually
naturalized at the time of making this amend- '
ment and have been - admitted citizens four
teen years at least at the time of such elec
tion." , :v - -. .. '-.. : ' . . . ".';.- ;., -
That piece of ultra Nativeism, which would .
turn Gen. Shields and. Mr. Soule out of our
present Senate, passed the New-Hampseire
Legislature, with Pierce's vote, and won for
him tbe admiration of the Democracy of this
day and the endorsement of Charles O'Co
nor ; and that too, ws passed about the time
tbatfemmet Sampson,- U donor, (Charles s
father') and' Mac Nevin were expected in this
country.. Indeed, pretty much all the vindic .
tive kind of Nativeism and bigotry in our
country, had their origin among tbe leaders -and
fathers of New-Hampshire Loco-Focoism.
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June S, 1799, the Legislature met st Con- .
cord Mr. Pierce again a Member from Hills
borough. Governer Oilman's message again
denounced foreigners" and appealed to native
citizens to, defend Adams. He denounced
the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions1 of
1798 and 1799, (recently endorsed by the
Baltimore Loco-Foco platform.) An address
echoing these sentirfents was carried in the
Legislature Benjamin Pierce voting for tbe
address. . . y. -;
- . : ' - ALIEN LAWS INDORSED
June 14, 1799, a series of resolutions n fa
vor of the Alien and Sedition laws were intro
duced into the .New-Hampshire Legislature.
One of them was in these words: . ' '. -'
Tbat if tbe Legislature of New-Hampshire,
for mere speculative pui poses.; were to ex
press an opinion on tbe acts of ths General
Government commonly ealled'Tbe Alien and
Sedition Bills,' that opinion would necessarily
b& that these ' acts were constitutional and tn
the present situation of our country, highly ex
pedient." . -
Passed: 137 recorded for it, and among
them Mr. O'Cornor's pet. Pierce.-. -
JOHN ADAMS INDORSED. '
" In June, 1827, Benjamin Pierce, as Gov
ernor of New Hampshire, sent in his message
to the Legislature. -We are told by the Lo
cofoco presses that Franklin Pierce wrote his
fathers messages. We have already made
one extract from tbis message. I quote again
some sections extolling old John Adams,
whose Alien and Sedition laws were so popu
lar in New Hampshire.
- Benjamin (or rather Franklin) Pierce, says
that old John Adams ' was one of the "most
consistent patriots and ablest men whose
names have graced tbe annals of any age,"
and that tbe memory of Adams "will contin
ue dear as our Freedom, and lasting as our
Republic ;" that his "fame, not. acquired by a -.
single enterprise, but gained by the active
and ardent exertions of a long life devoted ta
the cause of liberty, will continue to increase"
with tbe diffusions of liberal principles.". A ;
PIERCE OPPOSED TO GEN. JACKSON." .
In 1829, Benjamin Pierce was agsin Gov
ernor, and Franklin Pierce was a member of
the Legislature from Hillsborough. ' The fath
er and sen had the lead in party matters in
the State, and long before that time, and ev
er since, managed things pretty much as they
pleased. In 1824 and 1828, Gen. Jackson
was up for President and we have it on the .
authority of Isaac Hill, Locofoco Governor of
New Hampshire, that Franklin Pierce caused
his father to take sides against Jackson. At
all events New Hamspire went at both elec
tions against Gen. Jackson. I presume Frank
lin had very little trouble in bringing Ben
over, as he had originally been a "Federalist"
and in favor of Alien and Sedition laws, Anti
Catholic tests, and such New Hampshire Lo
cofoco amusements as were instilled into Frank
in his youth. . - ' : -
PIERCE'S FAMILT. J ' "y - y. .
We are told that Pierce is of an Irish fam
ily. This is another falsehood. - In a life of
Franklin Pierce, in the Kew York Herald of
June 9, and endorsed by Charles O'Conor in
Tammany Hall the same evening, we are told
that Benjamin Pierce "was born at Chelms
ford, a : town near Lowell, in the Common
wealth of -Massachussetts, in 1757. . He was
descended from a respectable Irish family,
who originally emigrated along with many
other Irish emigrants from Londonderry, in
the North of Ireland, and settled in New-Londonderry,
New Hampshire." The stupidity
of this falsehood may be seen at a glance,
when we remember that the Londonderry
settlement left Ireland only in 1 71 8, which
was less tban thirty years before Benjamin
Pierce was born, and his father was au old
resident of Chelmsford, where no Londonder
ry er Irish settlement was ever made. Nor
is the namo of Pierce found in the list of the
Londonderry colony. On a monument in the
Woburn,(Mass)burying ground.near Chelms
ford, I find "Benjamin Pierce, died 1713,"
who mofcl likely was Governor Banj. Pierce's
grandfather, and died m Massachussetts near
five years before the Londonderry colony left
The troth is simply that Franklin Pierce
it descended from an old English family, and
will, therefore, be. the more acceptable bi