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j f " Buckshot and Bali..?BELA BADGER, the
J midnight judge in the primary difficulties which led
to the buckshot war, and the " George Rhawu," who
?L supplied the New York Federalists with illegal voters,
I has been appointed Naval Officer at Philadelphia, by
Mr. Tyler, and Joseph Ritner, a prominent participant
in the buckshot war difficulties, has been apV
. pointed Treasurer of the Mint, in the room of Ex-GoI
l vernor Findlay, REMOVED?a gentleman now in
the decline of his days, who has not mingled in politics
for many years. These, added to PENROSE,
make quite a fair representation in the national inter4
gp ests of the infamous men who tried to upturn our Government,
and introduce civil war into a happy State."
The above is published in the Globe, from
which we copy it.
It is not deemed necessary to publish to the
world nil the circumstances inducing the removal
of public officers, unless required, for were we to
do so, ,4the world itself would scarce contain" that
"which would be written." But as the Globe and
the other prints friendly to Mr. Findlay, have
opened the subject, we will state as briefly as possible,
the principal cause of his removal. It was
nothing more or less than gross neglect of the
duties of his responsible station, and failure and
refusal to comply with the law requiring a bond
to be given for the faithful performance of the
duties of his office, and for the security of the
public against such defalcations as took place
during his administration of the treasury of the
During the recess of the Senate, in September,
Rv.flnvprnnr TTinrUntr nrnc nnnnintpil hv
the President, Treasurer of the Mint of the United
States, at Philadelphia, and on October 1st
ensuing, with Robert Smith and Francis R.
Shunk, as sureties, executed an official bond in
the penal sum of $10,000, for the faithful performance
of the duties of the office. This bond
being given on an appointment made during the
recess of the Senate, of course operated only
f until the conclusion of the next session of Congress
thereafter. Mr. Findlay was permitted to
remain in this important trust without giving
bond or any security whatever for more than
eight years ; but at last, on the 26lh October,
1839, a commission was issued and the appointment
confirmed by the Senate; and on the 28th
October, 1839, Mr. Findlay gave a bond with
the same sureties and penalty.
In 1840, Mr. Findlay was required to give a
new bond, according to the requisitions of the
law passed in that year, prescribing the form of
bonds for such officers. This he declined doing,
and desired that he might be considered as
having resigned, or as being about to resign his
During the time that Mr. Findlay was thus
acting without commission or bond, as treasurer
of the Mint and " Agent for distribution of copper
coins," a defalcation was allowed to take
place in the copper account of upwards of $8,000.
The whole amount of the deficit is upwards of
$10,000 ; but a small portion of that amount is
secured by the bond operating during the few
months succeeding the appointment of Mr.
Findlay, and the short period of the existence
of the bond given in 1839. It will be remarked
that the second bond has no retroactive operation.
These defalcations, thefts, or whatever the
tastes of people may term them, are alleged to
have been committed by the clerk to whom this
cent business was entrusted, and with whose
accounts the treasurer should have been familiar,
as he undoubtedly is responsible for his conduct.
It will be observed that this fraud was going
on through this long term of years without inquiry
or correction.
The Globe can have more information in regard
to these " innocent victims of proscrip
/ton," if their friends] see fit to call for it.
It is perhaps unpleasant to these people who
hare been sucking the blood of the people for
years, to be driven away from their accustomed
" spoils," but the Globe may rest assured that
, an end is to be made of these things by the present
This statement is made somewhat hastily but
Iit is substantially correct. We will give further
details if desired hereafter.
An able writer in the January number of the Edinburg
Review, " ?n the wrongs and claim* of India,"
make* the following striking acknowledgment: " On
the whole, we are persuaded that the amount of public
and private remittances from India, for which this
country (England) makes no return, is very little if at
all over-estimated at four millions pounds sterling |ier
annum," or, in American money, nearly twenty-four
millions of dollars a year. Now as the commerce capacities
and the business activity of most of the other
I British dependences are greater than in India, there
can lie no doubt that the principal colonies in this t ieI
j misphere and eliiewhere contribute to the wealth of
I j the mother country in a still greater proportion withI
j out receiving in return any other benefit than that of
II being governed by foreign masters. These facta enaI
ble as to comjireliond the causes of Colonial poverty
I and the resources of power by which Great Britain is
II inarching with gigantic strides toward universal emI
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YOL. IY NO. 18 ]
Mr. Webster did featber his nest by first turning
out the accomplished Martin, and putting in his place
his own son, now called an under Secretary of mate.
Whether this first act of his Ministry was consistent
with the disinterestedness of the head of a party, which
once disclaimed all the spoils of office, is left to the neopleto
decide. Such devotion tuf your relations, finds
no countenance in the examples of W ashington and
The above is a part of an editorial in the Richmond
Enquirer of the 23d of April.
" The accomplished Martin " got into office by writing
vituperative articles for the Qlobe. He retained
it by employing time which should have been devoted to
nnhlicbusiness, in scriblimr vinilirtivn tiia.lnu forth.
Richmond Enquirer.
Mr. D. F. Webster is appointed in his place. He is
nowhere called " an under Secretary of State," as we
have seen, except in the very ingenuous columns of the
Richmond Enquirer. The only official printed despatch
in which he has been alluded to, was the letter
addressed to Mr. Tyler by the Cabinet informing him
of the death of the President. "We lose no time"
said the letter, " in despatching the ChitJ Clerk of the
State Department (Mr. Webster jr.) as a special messenger
to bear to you these melancholy tidings."
But an act which seems so objectionable to Mr. Ritchie,
when it is done by Mr. Webster, was a virtue,
we presume, when performed by Mr. Van Burenor
any of his cabinet. It cannot, therefore, be so much
the act that is done, but the man who does it, which offends
the very scrupulous and reverend editor.
It was no plea to be allowed in extenuation of the
act that, Mr. Webster stated in his speech at Richmond
that, no relation of his had ever to his knowledge
received a dollar of the public money from the General
Government. It was inexcusable in Mr. Webster to
select" his own son " as Chief Clerk in his own department,
and with whom he would have constant and
confidential intercourse, but Gen. Jackson, Mr. Van
Buren, Mr. Woodbury, Mr. Poinsett, Mr. Forsyth,
and Mr. Kendall, could manifest a preference for their
relations for a great variety of employments, without
provoking a solitary remark from the Richmond Enquirer.
Gen. Jackson had several relations in office.
Mr. Van Buren, appointed his son Martin, jr. private
Secretary for signing land patents. Salary $1500.
Mr. Woodbury's brother in law, J. O. Barnes, was
N aval officer at Boston. Salary $3,000.
His uncle in law A. H. Quincy, was a clerk. Salary
E. F. Bunnell, Deputy Naval officer. Another connexion.
His son Charles Woodbury, Secretary to the Committee
on public buildings. S alary $600 to 800.
His father in law, special agent to Havana.
Mr. Poinsett promoted a brother in law.
Mr. Forsyth appointed a son in law to office.
Mr. Kendall brought the following relations of his
into office:
Alexander Kyle, father in law. Salary not known.
Alexander Kyle jr., brother in law. Salary $1200.
Samuel Kendall jr., nephew. Salary $1400.
George M. Kendall, brother. Salaiv $1000.
John E. Kendall, travelling P. M. Salary $800.
Moat of these persona are yet in office.
During the whole of the last three Presidential
terms, Mr. Ritchie, with a knowledge of these facts,
never once thought it necessary to remind these gentlemen
that" such devotion to your relations, finds no
countenance in the examples of Jefferson and Madison."
That charity was reserved for Mr. Webster.
The following " prodigious" sentiments are from
the Globe:
The prodigies referred to in the article quoted below,
actually occurred as stated, but some of tnem not precisely
at the moment given by the writer. The scroll
containing the motto of'the Union, fell from the talons
of the Eagle while Mr. Webster, during the last session
of Congress, was making his last set speech in favor
of an increase of the tariff. The arm of the Goddess
of Liberty holding the Constitution was broken
off in the midst of the nard cider campaign.
The writer might have added another to his list of
omens. The advent of the new President to power
was precisely simultaneous with the shocking exposure
of the speculations, corruptions, and ruin, qf the Bank
qf the United States, made by the report of the committee
of stockholders. Gen. Harrison died at midnight
of the fourth of April?Mr. Tyi.er's accession
dales with the fifth?the Bank's Charnel House was
opened up on the fifth to the meeting of stockholders
in Philadelphia.
From the Wheeling Argus.
The announcement of the death of the President of
the United States will produce a pause in the current
thoughts of the most heedless amongst us. He who
watches the sparrow when it Tails; prescribes the action
and the term of man's existence, however obscure or
exalted, however humble or prominent; and when an
individual, sustaining the relations which this prominent
man did, is suddenly snatched from his honors,
his position, and his relations of life and office, the
mind will muse upon his fate, and every one for himself
will draw his own moral. In the last months of
General Harrison's life were crowded strange and
startling circumstances, which each will consider, according
to the peculiar frame of mind in which he may
be, warnings of mercy or intimations of justice, not to
the departed, but to the living.
While riding from bis farm into Cincinnati, his
horse was precipitated through a deep hole, and he himself
with difficulty escaped destruction. On leaving
Cincinnati the papers announced the trembling of an
earthquake, and tne explosion of the banking system
mingled with the parade of his reception at Baltimore,
and a driving snow-storm accompanied him to the
place (Washington city) where all his honors were to
be consummated.
On the day of his arrival at Washington, the national
motto fell from the talons of the Eagle of Liberty in
the Senate chamber. The motto is, " E pluribus
unum," one Government out of many, the pledge of
our Union; and at the same time the hand of the Goddess
of Liberty in front of the Capitol, bearing in it
the Constitution qf the United States, broke on and
His friends at Washington had stretched a cord
across the avenue, hearing the flags of the States which
had voted the Whig ticket, which broke about the centre
and fell North and South, and were dragged in the
mire. And one month from the day of the lnauguaation
the seal of death is placed upon his form in the
Presidential mansion.
We must think there is something in these things.
Divinity s|>caks with most miraculous power and vindicates
hi# tiuth. The people of the United States have
jtassed through a period of phrenzy in which all social
relations were violated, moral duties forgotten and religious
forms almost abandoned. All look back upon
the period with astonishment, and many with awe, to
sec the gulf of civil commotion which we have escaped.
Every passion of the heart was aroused, every
prejudice was excited, and one wild shout and hurrah
whs heard throughout the land; there was a strange
union of supposed interests, and a still stranger combination
of parties; these are now all dissolved.
We are quite gratified to are our enemies unven 10
such small and ahaurd apologies for argumenta as theae
above quoted. There is, however, something to excite
feelings other than those of ridicule in this mention
of the (act of Oen. Harrison's almost miraculous
preservation on the occasion of the falling in of the
tunnel of the canal on his furm when he was passing
on horseback over it. Truly, " Divinity speaks with
most miraculous power and vindicates his truth." It
is not, however, in the silly * prodigies" and omens of
e mad:
the felling of a scroll, or the breaking of a coid, or the
happening of a usual winter storm that we hear or see
the speakings of Divinity, bur we do acknowledge A
them in the providential changing of the hearts and
minds of this great People, that they might come up
to the rescue of the Laws and Constitution, and at 1 11
the same time do justice to the slandered and calum- '
niated character of a venerable patriot and good man.
Providence has always watched over this country
from the landing of the Pilgrim fathers, through the 8
troubles of the Revolution onwards to this day, and L. I
though we have been sorely chastened of late years, J
we trust that it will result in good. Vei
We see His hand in this, that the good Hairison's
life and health were preseived through all the pitiless ^
peltinga of abuse and calumny showered upon him by ^
every vile Jacobin press in the land. That after his j
triumphant election, the interposition above referred
to took place, and he preserved until he had selected V,c
a Cabinet of Counsellors who are, with our present
able and patriotic Chief Magistrate, a tower of strength
and a wall of protection to the land, and until he had qq
published to the world a declaration of principles
which gives the lie to his slanderers and secures reve- ^
rence and admiration for his goodness, which will last ^
forever, long, long after his libellers are forgotten and Mn
shall have become a part of the soil of that earth to
which in life they were a pollution and disgrace. gta
We see, too, in the religious turn of that good man's ?
thoughts, some time before his end, and in his early ^
and peaceful death, before the tremendous cares and jer
labors attendant on a full discharge of his duties to this j
disordered and almost ruined country, had begun to
weigh too heavily upon him, the mercy of a benignant *
Providence. rj
We see it, too, in the giving to the country a man yot(
so honest and capable to will and to act for the good ^
of the whole Nation, as his respected successor in the
Presidential office.
But the Globe's " prodigies"?even that in regard tdit
to the investigation of the " United States Bank" of vc<
Pennsylvania, (which was chartered by such a Bank- lot
hating, money-despising, incorruptible State Legisla- dy
ture,) and all the other omens, are not half as cxpres- i sc
sive as one which we recollect witnessing here on the Uo i
fourth of March, 1837. The gallant old frigate Con- we
stitution, which, in by gone years, had gained so much 4001
glory to the country, and thundered terror into the ^
hearts of its enemies, and so oft had " braved both 1.
the battle and the breeze"?this old ship had returned 1
home to Boston harbor from 11 cruize, and her deeayed
timbers and planks having been torn away, to be re- , j
placed by others, some ingenious mechanics construct- ut]
ed from the pieces a beautiful little carriage, which was RUi
presented to Gen. Jackson. jty
The " omen" was this. On the fourth of March, res
1837, the then President and Mr. Van Buren rode up wHj
to the Inauguration of the latter in this vehicle, lite- "jjn
rally sitting upon and riding amidst the ruins of the ? w
Constitution I kill
It so happens, however, that the statement in regard ?*I
to the time of the falling of the motto and the scroll j
referred to is untrue. Any one who will trouble himself
to inquire of the Clerks at the Capitol, will find T
that both the scroll and the motto fell from their places gee
during the last summer, while Mr. Van Buren was has
yet in power. One of them fell, we understand, during Te
the pendency of the New Jersey case, while the locofoco
federalists were meditating that unpardonable o1-|
outrage upon state rights and upon the Constitution apj
which resulted in depriving New Jersey of her legal b?l
representation in the Congress of the Union.
Another fact will serve to show the mendacity of an,
the Globe. That paper trumped up these auguries Se
during the last winter on the occasion of Mr. Webster's
great speech on the finances. The scroll and on
the motto fell then according to the Globe. If that nu
statement was true, how could they have fallen again
(not having been replaced) on the day of General (??
Harrison's arrival in Washington 1 But really this 18
is too small a matter for further notice. j^j
We will only add that it was a custom of the an- 0f
cients to consult the entrails of animals for auguries dei
and omenB. We commend the practice as a fit em- j
ployment for the editor of the Globe who seems to de- lv
light in all manner of dirty work which decent men | .
?k his
The election for Representatives in the 27th Congress,
and for members of the State Legislature, was 1 ^
he'd throughout Virginia on Thursday, the 22d mo
instant. The returns are slow, as usual, in coming tici
in. The aggregate vote is smaller than last fall. We cou
subjoin all the returns that have reached us, showing, tioi
in the congressional canvass, so far as heard from, a T
gain of two Administration members, and a loss of
members op congress.
1st Dist. Francis Mallory (Adm.) is re-elected
without opposition. ?
2d Dist. George D. Carey (Opp.) is elected against 8Utj
R. R. Collier (Adm.) tion
3d Dist. John W. Jones (Opp.) had no opposition.
4lh Dist. William O. Goode (Opp.) is elected. y0U
5th Dist. Edmund W. Hubard (Opp.) is probably thrc
elected by a majority of 12 to 14 votes over John Hill, cvel
the late republican member. Republican loss. ^
9th Dist. R. M. T. Hunter (late Speaker) is re-elect- Mr.
ed in opposition to Robert B. Corbin and Carter M. guis
Braxton. yr<
10th Dist. John Taliaferro (Adm.) is re-elected
against R. O. Grayson. Mr.
lllh Dist. John M. Bolls Adm.) is rc-elected. mer
12th Dist. Thomas W. Gilmer, late Governor, is
elected over James Garland, the late member. Both N
were opposed to a National Bank?Sub-treasury, and tral
the distribution of the proceeds of the lands. Mr.
Gilmer is in favor of a system of special depositee? edg
and Mr. Garland friendly to a general deposite sys- c?u
tern with the State banks. Both were friendly to Mr.
Tyler. Mr. Gilmer, we believe, is opposed to a bank, 8an
on the ground of inexpediency. Mr. Garland docs desi
not believe it constitutional. m*j
13th Dist. Linn Banks (Opp.) is re-elected over .j
Wm. Smith, an opponent of the same politics. prm
14th Dist. Culhbert Powell (Adm.) is elected to tire
succeed Mr. McCarty, who declined.
"15th Dist. Richard W. Barton (Adm.) is elected in j
place of Mr. Lucas, the late Van Buren member.? Coi
Administration gain. a?r
21st Dist. Lewis SUiiirod (Opp.) is re-elected without
opposition. 2
17th Dist. Alex. H. If. Stuart (Adm.) is elected acc
against James McDowell (Opp.) This District was ant
represented by Robert Craig (V. B.) in the Inst Con- abc
gress. Therefore Administration gain. dist
house op delegates.
We have returns showing the election of 42 Re- OUI
publicans, and 22 Loco-focos. The Republicans have OU(
lost several meml>ers through their own apathy and au(
indifference. th(
Maryland.?luiwaru A. Ljnch is the Republican
candidate for Congress in the Cth District, and & clever
one he ia too. John Thompson Mason is his opponent.
Virtuiii I
i iTiiT' JHB /&& : , "Jt. '
r evening, may 1, 1841.
lPPOINTMENTS by the president.
ohn Wii.lock, Surveyor and Inspector of
Revenue at Pittsburg, Pa., vice Robert H.
Itoddard Judd, Green Bay, Wiskonsan, vice
8. Pease.
obeph C- Hawkins, Burlington, Iowa, vice
rplank Van Antwerp.
Villiam Ross, Burlington, Iowa, vice Enos
'araci.ete Potter, Milwaukie, Wiskonsan,
e A. B. Morton.
Correspondence of Uie Sfadinonlnu.
Providence, April 22,1841.
The votes in all the towns heard from (being all but
>e1 were all but 235 for the late Renublican Retire
tatives; J. L. Tillinghast and R. B.Cranston,
e 235 were for individuals in different parts of the
The extraordinary inclemency of the weather and
absence of any regular opposition, combined to ren
the vote unprecedentedly small."
teturna?For Tillinghast, 2389.
" Cranston, 2424.
" Scattering, 235.
?he three towns not heard from will increase thi
s fsr Tillinghast and Cranston to rising 2500?ma
g a majority over all of about 2300.
rhe funeral of Richard Haughton, the laments
or of the Boston Atlas, took place on Monday
>k. An impressive and pathetic discourse was pro
inced by the Rev. Hubbard Winslow, and the bo
was followed to the tomb, under King's Chapel, bi
>irowing multitude of friends. It will, by and by
removed to the Cemetery at Mount Auburn, when
doubt not, a chaste and beautiful monument wi
n be erected to his memory.
n the steamer Columbia came passenger to Halifax
W. Colebrooke, successor to Sir John Harvey ir
Government of New Brunswick.
,yatal Accident, a Caution to Sportsmen.?On th?
h day of March last, Mr. Francis Winston, o
therford county, Tennessee, observing somecranei
ng over his house, seized his rifle to give them i
t; but before he got to the door, they were out o
:h. While he stood watching them, the rifle
ich he held resting at his side, slipped, struck i
te step and fired off. His wife immediately ran ti
door, and seeing him holding to the post, inquired
pat's the matter i" to which he replied, "Oil have
ed myself!" She assisted him to the bed, where he
ijred in less than two minutes. The ball entered
lefk side, supposed to range through his heart.?
ialcigh Star.
U Tpf?rnnr? In ilia lint of nnnruiintmnntH it will hi
n that General Daniel Huounin, of Southport
i been appointed United States Marshal for thi
iiitory. This is an excellent appointment, am
I give very general satisfaction throughout the Tei
try. General H. enjoys a high reputation as a mai
talents and good business character, and a bette
lointinent could not have been made. This is a goo
{inning for our Territory, and we hope the goo
>rfc thus commenced, will be continued until all off
i in the Territory shall be filled by men competen
J honest, faithful and trustworthy.?Milvauki
ntinel, April 6, 1841.
President Tyler received the Diplomatic Bod
Saturday, at two o'clock, at tne President'
In absence of the British Minister,Mr. Fox
ho, we are sorry to say, was kept away by in
position,) the Russian Minister, Mr. BodIscc
peared at the head of the Corps. We giv
ow his address to the President, on behal
himself and his colleagues, and the Presi
st's reply.
A.s the members of the Body were respective
presented, the President spoke to each o
m of the relations, present or past, betweer
country and the United States, and of hi;
te of the continuance of amicable relations
1 received from all congratulations, and the
urance of the desire of peace and amity with
n these short conversations with gentlemen,
stly strangers to him, the President was par
ilarly happy, and this, his first official interirse
wiln tne Representatives of other Nais
was, we doubt not, exceedingly satisfactoNothing,
indeed, could be more approprior
in better taste than the President's remarks,
1 the replies of the several members of the
fr. President : The United States having been
denly deprived of its supreme head, the ConBtitui
has invested you with the Cheif Magistracy o
^he Diplomatic Corjw has the honor to appear befort
. Mr. President, for the nuroose of einrpssinr
>ugh me, its organ, its concern 111 the melancholy
it which hoe bo unexpectedly removed Genera
RRiaoN from the hopes of the American People
b Diplomatic Corps hastens also to'offer up its vows
President, that your Admistration may he distin
ihed by the maintenance of all the existing friend
stations, and by a constant increase in the prosper
of the United States.
'he Diplomatic Corps embraces this opportunity
President, to assure you of its earnest desires ti
it your confidence and esteem.
In. Minister : In my character of Chief Magis
eoftheUnited States, and in thenamq ofthrPeo
thereof, I have to return to the Diplomatic Corpt
am on this occasion you represent, my acknowl
cmcnts for their expression of condolence on ac
nt ofthe bereavement which this country has s
tntly sustained in the death of its late lamente
I illustrious President. I take this occasion, at th
le tine, to give the assurance that my most earnei
ire, as his constitutional successor, will be t
ntain and cherish the friendly relations which no'
lappily subsist between our respective countries,
'he People of the United States regard their ow
sperity as intimately connected with that of the ei
family of nation?, and the cultivation of the fee
s of mutual amitv as the best mode of advancin
t important end.
s neerely desire that the residence ofthe Diplomat
rps near this Government may prove every wa
eeablo to them ; to accomplish which nothing sha
wanting on my own pait
Mutiny.?The Old Dominion (a Loco-foco papei
uses the Globe of espousing doctrines " dangeroi
i i.. i... .1 ?
. uir mHi urgrce. /\n inai 8 siranj
>ut it is, that the " Old Dominion" should have ju
covered that truism.
rhe N. Y. Knickerbocker, for April, has been o
table for several days. It is full, as usual, of var
> and entertaining articles. Among the number i
hors whose effusions fill this number, wo obsen
' names of McLellan, Rockwell, Seba Smith, Whi
r, Field, Cotton, Barstow, Flaccus, Ac., Ac. M
impton is the agent for this District,
rhe Somerset Iierald, published in Maryland
ered for sale.
Ill I I I. mm gpSIIS" Hi IfTl?
[WHOLE NO. 171.
The Cincinnati Gazette, of the, 16th instant, contains
an account of a most admit deed of swindling
which has been perpetrated in that city. The cashier
of the Lafayette bank received a letter purporting to
be from the Commercial bank of New Orleans, of
which the following is a copy :
Commercial Bank of New Orleans, \
March 17, 1841. $
W. G. W. Gano, Esq., Cashier of Lafayette Bank,
Dear Sir: In conformity with the tequest of W. M.
Parker, Esq., of London, 1 hand you enclosed half
my certificate of deposits in his favor, No. 360 pr.
$l3,000-?pecie, which please deliver to him on presenation
of the first half.
Mr. Parker is unacquainted in your city, and has
adopted this course for safety and identity.
I recommend him to your favor.
Yours, respectfully,
GEO. O. HALL, Cashier.
On the 3d of April Mr. Parker appeared and re
ceived the halt certificate, having produced the other
half, which was found to be correct. No suspicion
was excited till the 15th, when Mi. Gano received a
letter, in answer to one written, from Mr. Hall, informing
him it waa all a forgery.
It appears by the following article from the New
York American, that the rogue haa played the aame
, trick in New York :
" The cashier of the Bank of America received a
letter from the New Orleans Bank, enclosing the half
of a certificate for 23,000 Mexican dollars, which he
1 was to deliver to a Mr. Brilton, on presentation of
the other half, and recommending Mr. B. to Mr.
I Thompson's consideration as an English gentleman
of fortune, who had deposited the money with the
New Orleans Bank. Mr. Britton appeared on Thursday,
and received the half of the certificate, which he
took to Jacob Little & Go's., who cashed it for him
by a check on the Union Bank, which was paid in
1,000 dollar notes. At a late hour in the day, another
person, evidently an accomplice, came to Mr. Little
b to buy sovereigns, and purchased 2,000 sovereigns,
. which he paid for in notes of the Union Bank. The
next day the steamer for England sailed. There
seems to be no doubt that this is but a part of the plan
by which the banks have been swindled.
* The New York Commercial adds the followf
ing particulars:
The amount of the certificate received at the Girard
* Bank was $15,000, and it was cashed by the bank.?
f The swindler, who at the Girard Bank called himself
Draper?that being the name in the certificate?im'
mediately deposited the money in the bank, and then
? proceeded to the office of Parshall, Beebee & Co.,
I brokers, where he negotiated a purchase of Treasurj
notes to the samo amount. The terms of purchase
being agreed on, after some bargaining, he went tc
the Girard Bank and drew out the $15,000 on his own
i check, receiving the amount in $100 bills With
these he proceeded to the office of Parshall, Beebee
& Co., to receive the Treasury notes; and here susCicion
was first awakened by the circumstance of his
aving the $15,000 crammed into the crown of his
f hat, which was thought a very unbusinese-like fashi
ion of carrying so large a sum.
i Suspicion was increased by the discovery that he
f knew little or nothing of figures?this conclusion be,
ing drawn from the manner in which he seemed trying
i to study out the memorandum placed before him,
> showing the calculation of interest, &c., on the TreaI
sury notes. *
) Nevertheless, the notes were given to him and the
> bills of the Girard Bank received from him in exchange;
> but the brokers thought it advisable to communicate
with the Girard Bank on the subject, and the result
was a determination to cultivate some farther acquain
tance w th Mr. Draper.
Mr. Young, one of the Philadelphia police officers
3 and Mr. Peale, formerly a clerk in the U nited State
) Bank, were employed to look after the gentleman, am
8 they soon ascertained that he put up at Sanderson'i
^ Thither they proceeded, but learned that he had gon
to New York. It happened, however, that while the
n were speaking with Mr. Sanderson, a man rame i
r inquiring for Mr.*Draper, and him Mr. Peale resolve
*1 to follow. Telling Mr. Young to keep not far behirn
d Mr. Peale accordingly set ofT after the stranger, wh
'* led him a fine chase of two miles, or more, and fine
ly entered a small public house in Kensington.
4 Mr. Peale, concluding that his own motions wei
suspected by the stranger, hastily directed Mr. Youn|
? to watch at the front door, and himself went roun
s to the rear of the house, where he was just in time t
ore mo man viiuium^ u?cr a iriiuu uiiu uuuuitT ?irc*n
He followed again, and after another tramp of soin
? distance, the stranger set off upon a run. All con
- cealment was now laid aside; Mr. Peale gave chase
), and finally succeeded in overtaking the fugitive, whon
e he collared. The stranger made fight, and the twi
f had a 'smart tustle, in which Mr. PeaTe's countenanc<
_ was punished severely, but he maintained hisgroum
and eventually brought the man a prisoner to tki
bank. He was there charged with being an accom
P plice, and finally paid up the $15,000, six thousand ir
gold, and the other nine thousand in New York bank
1 notes. He was then set at liberty?very improperly,
' as we think, for if he had been kept in custody, it is
; probable the other rascal might have been secured and
? the money recovered.
i The following letter was received this morning by
the cashier ofthe Bank of America:
Commercial Bank of New Orleans,
New Orleans, April 14th, 1811.
D. Thompson, Esq., Cashier?
Dear Sir?Your favor of 3d instant has just come
' to hand, and I hasten to say, in answer, that I have
' no knowledge of the certificate of deposite in favor of
N. Britton to which you refer, or of the letter enclo,
sing it.
! Within the last few days I have received acknowledgments
of letters purporting to be from me, from
the Bank of Kentucky, Louisville, Lafayette Bank,
Cincinnati, and Giraid Bank, Philadelphia, relating
to certificates of deposite and other matters of which I
> am ignorant. An extensive and singularly bold system
of fraud has evidently been attempted, and 1 am
f sorry to see with, thus far, so much apparent success
I trust you will have escaped being involved in it, and
- mai souiewung win nave lurncu up 10 excue suspt
J cion, and ere this have led to the arrest of the crimina
t party.
' A certificate of deposite of this bank, issued in Ja
nuary last, for $ 1,0110, to the order of a Mr. Robcr
i D. Mackey, was presented to us yesterday for pay
* inent, altered in a very ingenious manner to one fo
ft 13,000 payable in specie, for which latter sum it ha<
- been negotiated, we .fear, to the Commercial Bank o
Cincinnati, as it bore the endorsement of its cashier.
i Our police has been at work since yesterday, but s<
? long a period has now elapsed since the perpetration c
these forgeries that I have very little expectation c
finding any of the participators within our reach here
Respectfully yours,
GEO. O. HALL, Cashier,
i, With this letter we have had shown to us the hai
. certificate received at the Merchants' Bank in thi
>- city, which has never been called for. It is unques
o ionably genuine, being the light hand half, on whicl
d are the signature of Mr. Hall and the name of th
e payer, David Otis. The other half, containing th
it amount, was probably either forged entirely or altered
o If the former the woik must have been done with ex
iw ceeding niceness and accuracy, to make the pieces fit.
We learn that Mr. Blaney, the high constable o
n Philadelphia, is cn the track of the princiiml depreda
i- tor, and scarcely a doubt exists that he will soon be ii
1- custody.
ig The Philadelphia correspondent of the Journal o
Commerce states that within the past week elTorti
ie. were made, by the persons alluded to altovc, to obtaii
y from the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank, and firon
t|| the Bank of Pennsylvania, through the instrumental!
ty of duplicate certificates, ft30,(XX); from one ftl7,000
and from the other ft 13,1KK>, but they were uncuccess
r) ful in both instances.
18 This is one of the most stupendous frauds ever j?er
pctrated in this country. '1 he rogue has obtainrt
>e from the Cincinnati Bank ft 13,000; from the Louisi
sf ville Bank $13,000; and from Messrs. Little & Co
of New York $23,000; and had in his possession
ft2l,000 front the Girard Bank; in all, ft?0.000; ben
sides others which may not vet have come to light.
af At a meeting of the citizens of Lexington, Ky.,
re on the arrival there of the melancholy intelligence ol
. ? i.i.
I- vrcn. hakkisun s uraiu, u dvuv* ?. .-?
r. lutions were introduced l>y the Hon. Henry Clay.
The mc*ting was very large,
is The Globe has given notice that unless its fiicndi
subscribe for it, the publication must be abandoned.
Xns ?art Cwrtiiurafcnu*. I
New Your, April 25, 1841.
The Gbeat Western steamship came up 1
ihe bay about 1 o'clock yesterday in 16 days I
from Bristol. She brings no political news ot I
any moment. The overland mail from India, I
though hourly expected, had not arrived; ot I
course, our direct advices from China are the lat
est. The Western had about fifty passengers; I
among them Mrs. SiaouRNEY,the New England
poetess, Rev. Dr. Wayland, of R. I.? Mr.
Sturqes, (U. S. Consul ai Manilla) and family,
Mr. Chydkr, (of the London Banking House of f B
Morrison, Cryder, &. Co.) Mr. Batch, (of the I jl I
House of the Barings) Sir. J. Luffan, Miss I
Jaudon, dtc., dec., Some of these arrivals por- I
tend an overhauling at Philadelphia. ,B
The most interesting item is the lack of newt 'B
from the steamship President, which had been fl
some thirty days out when the Great Western B
sailed, and not a word heard from her. Mean- fl
time packet ships which sailed three days after ,lll
her have been in port some time. A report that \J^H
she had been seen near the Western Islands jfl
proves unfounded. The anxiety for her appear- ffl
ance was very great in London, and as high as fl
20 per cent, insurance on her had been paid.
Here the alarm is even greater, as the Great H
Western reports large islands and fields of ice fl
which she encountered on her passage. She fl
was completely environed by them on the 19th H
and 20th, and had to stand eastward to get clear. H
It is thought by some that the President may H
have struck an iceburg in the night, and gone H
down with all en hoard ! The only nope lor her I
is that she may have gone Southward for fuel? H
to the Azores, possibly. H
The Commercial news is not inspiring. Cot- H
ton was heavier, and a slight decline seemed in- H
evitable. Flour and Grain are also a shade H
lower. H
The McLeod debate has not been renewed H
in our Legislature. But on Saturday, Mr. Sim- h
mons, from the Judiciary Committee, reported a H
bill providing a Special Circuit for the trial of H
McLeod, including a change of venue,) which, H
after some debate, was referred to a Select Com- H
mittee to report complete. Of course the bill H
will go through the House by Tuesday. In the H
course of the debate. Mr. Stoddard remarked H
I that both McLeod and hi9 counsel desired this I
i change, as they are anxious for an eaily trial.? H
i Mr. J. Johnson urged that this case should come
. under the cognizance of the VJ. S. Courts exclu- I
? sively ; as the offence, if established, was piracy
' rather than murder. I
, 1 see nothing new from ihe eastward. You I
are quite aware that the Whig ticket for mem- fl
bers of Congress, Governor, other State officers, I
and Senate, was elected in Rhode Island last
Wednesday, without opposition. The House is I
some two to one Whig. So New England I
; sends 28 Whigs to 10 Loco-focos to the next
! House. I think her end i9 brought up well.?
North Carolina and the Great West must do the
1 balance. I
The votes cast in Connecticut have been I
t officially canvassed. Gov. Ellsworth has I
5,548 over his Loco-foco opponent, and 5,135
over all opposition. Other Whig majorities in
J proportion. Yours, Harold.
J VHUaUelphfa ?omspoiOmtce. I
y Philadelphia, April 26, 1841. A
n The ciy of proscription raised by the Globe and iti
d allies, at every new temoval from office, is very amus- (
u ing. Their sensibilities were not so keenly excited jM
|. for the unfortunate Whig, who were " pnasnhwi" by
fifties and hundreds, daily, during the first three
6 months of the Jackson Administration. There is no I
j sincerity, however, in these appeals to public feeling. I
0 They are made only to deter the new administration I
' in its work of reform, while their authors admit in I
e their hearts the justness of the policy, and laugh in I
1 their sleeves at its effects. The object is an impor- fl
i tant one, which, if attained, will restore the Loco-focos I
3 to power at the next Presidential term. It is to in- I
j ducc the administration to keep in office men who I
, may be used to destroy it, and who will be the Guy I
Fawkes' of a conspiracy of office-holders whose secret I
' counsels and midnight plots will be employed in pre- I
paring the means to overthrow their too indulgent op- I
i ponents. Thousands of men, true friends to their |
country, have been beggared by the insane policy of
the late administration. The office-holders alone sustained
them, by the public money, their individual efforts,
and the influence of their offices, when the voico
of the suffering and disinterested portion of the people
was against them. Every one was drawn into the
vortex of politics, and many persons, whose zeal for
the Constitution and the interests of the country,
caused them, in the fervor of the moment, to forget
their duties to their families and themselves, found
themselves at the end of the contest ruined or in gTeat
distress. This is the chfciacter of a majority of the
applicants for office, and is it endurable that they shall
be scoffed at, and ridiculed by the incumbents of office
> who sit on their soft cushions and laugh at those whom
j they and their confederates have ruined. Every man
. should bo removed from office who engaged in the late
I struggle of power against popular rights, or the administration
will be embarrassed at every step, and all
~ its power to do good rendered inoperative. In this
. city the Loco-focos carried their vindictive hatred to
r the Whigs so far as to turn out even female teachers
j, in the public schools hecaute their relations were Whigs,
and in the district corporations even the watchmen,
0 street commissioners and scavengers have been put to
?f the test, and the least signs of Whigism punished by
deprivation of their employments. Recently they
have introduced the same infernal spirit into the direc
tion of the common schools, so that the cause of eduIf
cation has fallen into the keeping of a set of.ignora8
muses and political adventurers. And these men im?
pudently cry out " proscription I"
e C. J. Ingereol! has, to-day, published a letter to his
e constituents, professing great regard for their interests,
' and inviting them to communicate to him any personal
or political views, and to call on him at any time
,f at " Forrest Hill" " where he will always be happy to
see them." Mr. Ingersoll is a man of abilities, but ,1
truckling politician more ambitious of money and no
toriety, than of sultserving the public interests. In
Congress he will be a petulant wrangler, and a great
bore, and will do the Loco-focos more harm than
The Governor has again lifted his Nubian club?
the veto?against the Legislature. He has negatived
a bill granting the light of election of certain officers
in Lancaster county, to the people. He threatens also
to veto the new Bank bill. He proposes nothing, and
destroys all the good done by the Legislature.
A singular fatality seems to attend the trial of Eldridge.
On the commencement of his new trial an error
in making up the panel caused considerable delay,
and now again a juror having fallen sick the trial is I
necessarily deferred some days. Occasionally the I
p counsel fall sick, and so the trial has been dragging I
its slow lemith alomr for na^sr sit monthu I
Slocks remain without much change?XJ. S. from
18 to 19?Girard from 29 lo 30, Sic.
A man was recently acquitted of murder in Rhode
Island, on the ground of dtlirium tremeva. Neat wo
1 may expect to hear of an acquittal for error of jmlg*
ment. MP,
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