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tit the amount of two millions,
this Specie was to be shipped in England,
part in Madeira, Gibraltar, Lisbon, the
West India Islands, Sec.
Commodores Rodgers and Decatur,
two of the Navy Commissioners, reached
this city from Washington on Monday
We understand these gentle
Part of
man have come here on public business.
Yesterday they visited our navy yard, &
were accompanied in their survey by
the officers o( that establishment. Mr.
Henry F.cltford, ship builder, attended
the Navy Commissioners, and \vc are
happy to I- am, that he has already coin
menced his preparations for laying the
keel of a 74.
It may r.ot be amiss to notice the
movements in our navy There navy be
something brewing. Wc are told, in the
public prims that the des' (nation of the
Franklin, 74, is changed—that the John
Adams is ordered to. be fitted out—and
that the ships of war ordered to be built
by congress, aye to be forwarded with
ail possible expedition. The Sarupac,
capt. Elton, has just sailed from this
port, and the Ontario, capt. Biddle, is on
the eve of sailing.—JV. Y. Gat.
Federal Meeting.
The Federalists of JSew
Castle County are requested
to attend a Meeting at the
House of Charles Allen, at
Christiana Bridge, ou Satur
day the I6thinst.at 10 o'clock
A M. for the purpose of form
ing a county ticket, and adopt
ing other mea xues prepara
tory to the ensuing genejral
Aug.tst 9, 1817.
For the Delaware Gazette.
Savage Atrocity.
A more unnatural deed has not, per
haps, occurred in this country for many
centuries : We have heard of men mur
deling one another in the heat of passion;
of mothers destroying their infant cf.
, spring to cover shame, or to l id them
selves of the burden of mainlainance :
but it is doubted whether the history of
human depravity and wickedness, can
furnish a parallel with the following:—
About six or eight weeks ago. a black
man in the county of Caroline, State ol
Maryland, who is said to be an exhorter »
sold his own mother, or procured it to
be done, to one Thompson, a negro ira
der from North Carolina; the circum
stances, from gond authority, are as fol
lows:-The mother, by name Fanny
Brody, was sold by one Clymer. who
was about to go to the western country,
to lier son Stepney or Step for a few
dollars, she being between fifty and sixty
years of age, and even the smalt sum
which he gave one of the neighbors, out
of regard for the old woman and to pro
cure her freedom, helped this apparent
ly dutiful soli to pay, being expressly un
derstood that she was to be free ; but,
according to custom, Clymer gave said
Stepney a regular bill of sale for the old
woman, not imagining the least danger
to her from that circumstance ; or that
this goodly exhorter would dare in the
face of Ins maker, the recorder of his
deeds, ami in the face of his neighbors
who knew the terms on which lie pur
chased his mother and that she was tobe
free, to violate the confidence thus repos
ed in him : Yet such is the force of cus
tom, and the wickedness of the human
heart, backed by the love of money,
hiefi is the " root of all evil," that this
apparently polished and refined advocate
of the Christian religion, which teaches
the doing 1 1 others
should do to us, was induced to sell and
give up, not assign, this Bill of sale
which he got from Clymer for his aged
mother, who had home and suckled him
at her breast, for the pitteful sum of six
ty dollars, to one Mr. Niece, of the neigh
borhood, who immediately sold her to
Thompson, of North Carolina, and she
was conveyed to North West-Fork
Bridge, a place as noted for the reception
of those degraded creatures, as are the
infamous Thompsons and Martins, for
the purchase, not only of those termed
slaves, but all the kidnapped free blacks
taken to them ; indiscriminately
* " All are fish that comes 10 their net, "
" Even ty I thaï force or fraud can get."
we suoidd they
The foregoing circumstances, relating
to the poor old woman who has been
sactificed in violation of good faith at
the altar of corruption, and her savage
son, were tvell ascertained by a person
who waS in that neighborhood soon after
it happened and investigated the inhuman
affair fully ; using at the same time his
utmost endeavours and influence to have
the poor old sufferer brought back, as i l
was understood she was still confined at
North West-Fork Bridge, uforesaid.—
He also states much to the credit of one
of the neighbors, R. Uardcastle, who bad
once owned the old woman and sold her
to Clymer, that he made two unsuccess
ful attempts to regain her: but Thomp
son, in the perfect consistency of his
profession and practice, asked said R. H.
two hundred dollars for her, Who had not
that sum by him but Osed his endeavors
to procure it ; and that too from a brother,
who it stems bad that sum but who, with
the rest of the neighborhood, must have
been but Ittle inclined to favor the cause
of humanity, much less freedom
when an old family black was so shame
fully and scandalously the sufferer: Ol
" tell it not in Gath for difficulties wet'e
I raised and thrown in the way of letting
the money go ; and great, very great in
difference expressed by several present
—one alledging that as Step had a legal
bill of sale for his mother, she was as
much his slave, or property, as she was
Clymer's previous to the sale ; and tha*
Step had a right to sell her notwithstand
ing her being his mother: What argu
ments in a Christian country— the son
have a right to sell his mother , the Jather
his son, the husband his wife, See, all
which is contrary to every principle of
law, natural, civil, or divine ; but in ad
dition to all this, in this very case it was
well understood when Step bought his
mother, and one of the neighbors helped
him to pay even the small sum which he
gave, that Fanny, his mother, was to be
free : and it is a matter of no little sur
prise apd regret that this very neighbor
who, apparently from motives of huma
nity, advanced, perhaps, ten dollars to
wards her purchase, and with a view ex
pr*ssly to her being free should exhibit
a« great indifference on the occasion as
any.—What a monstgr is slavery ; how
it taints and perverts wherever it touches
If this person who assisted Step in pay
ing for his mother did not stand So fair
with those who knew him, lie might,
from the indifference displayed on this
occasion, be suspected of dividing the
profits with him, as it is said Step got one
hundred per cent, advance for his mother.
May we not on this occasion, with
some effect, call the attention of the tra-
ders in human flesh and bones, to the
lorctful queries of the poet.
-" Is these not some chosen curse,
Some hidden thunder in the stores oi Heaven,
Ked with uncommon wrath, to blast the man
Who gains his fortune from the blood of souls!"
"Canst tlioti, and honored with a chris-ian name,
lfuy what is of woman born and ieei tu shame?
1'rade in the blood of innocence, and plead
Expedience as a warrant for the deed?
So ma) the wolf, whom famine bastinade bold
t o quit the forest and invade the fold ;
S , may the ruffian, who with ghostly glide,
Uaggcr in hand, steal close to your bed side,*' Ike.
The object of the foregoing is, if pos
sible, to recover from cruel slavery in
the southern country, this poor old wo
man who has been so shamefully and
cruelly treated by a savage son, and
criminally connived at by those who cer
tainly had it in their power to compel
the monster to bring back hl$ aged and
bowed-down mother, and restore her to
that liberty, which it was intended by the
purchaser, she should enjoy; and it is de
sired that editors to the southward may'
if they approve it, give this an insertion
i 1 their respective papers.
A Friend to Mail.
, Union of Parties,
The Boston Patriot asserts Stiat the
three President^, Jefferson, Madison and
.Monroe, have always been in favor of a
melioration of party asperity, und an
union of parties, and in proof of his po
sition, cites the first inaugural address
of the former.
We should suppose
editors would have too much prudence to
addqce that document as evidence that
Mr. Jefferson wished to promote peace,
harmony and fraternal love among oar
citizens, 60 long as his answer to the
New Haven remonstrance stands upon
record a damning commentary upon it.
The inaugural was an artful paper, and
answered the purposes intended,
experience has proved that its author
® ut
was practising delusion ; md that every
paragraph of that instrutent breathed
sentiments directly the re erse of those
he secretly professeA—.4/' Gar.
From ihr Xcw-Tork Thihj Advaii
scr August 7, f?17.
A great ileal ofdisqni.'tutle appears
to prevail at the south and west, at
the accounts of the pomp aril parade
which have accompanied tie Presi
dent of the United States, a his cas
tern and notliern tour. 1'ho good
people in those sections of our coun
fry seem to he shocked aftlie strides
which have been mail', on this great
occasion, towards ryaltij. In their
eyes, the military ('sorts, the federal
salutes, the ringing if hells, the tri
umphal arches, the raftering of flow
ers, and the elegaî displays of the
drawing room, and he tea-party, fall
little short, at leasts the news-papers.
<if the pageantry .ml turmoil that
commonly attend, a other countries,
thejournies and pi-cessions ol Empe
rors and Kings, yinong other exhi
bitions of this ant republican spirit,
one, more than al the rest, has dis
turbed our frieii'S in the aforesaid
quarters of the country, and that is,
an accouut of a kind of a bench that
upon one occasion was raised higher
than the floor of thu room, so that the
President might sur'-y the scene
without standing tiptie, and which,
by theuews-monger, w;s unfortunate
ly likened to —a throne This expres
sion, which brings home to the hearts
of our eountrymen sue! shocking'no
tions, has excited such general uneasi
ness, that we are not aille to determine
what will he the result
However, there art some chances
gf escape frein the ev.ls that hang so
heavily over us, and, we think, there
are also some alleviating circumstan
ces, which ought to lie mentioned, in
order to allay the ferment.
Among these, wo may mention the
fact, that Mr. Monroe is, as they all
seem to agree, quite a plain man, with
as little of the spirit of royalty about
him, or in him, as any man in the
community. To he sure, he has been
very polite on his journey, and has
ippeaml to lie pleased with the atlcii
ion shewed him, hut his plain nativ
••(■publican simplicity of character will
jet the upper hand when lie gets hacl.
.o his own country, where there is
.ucli a general equality of slate ant!
condition, as well as of rights ; and
m a lew months, the notions of majes
ty that he I icy leave imbibed at the
east, will wear oif, and uli will be
right again.
Secondly, as tliePresidcnts all come
from the si tub, nothing will he ne
cessary hereafter hut to keep them at
home, and not let them uomc north
to he contaminated.
Thirdly, such is the state of the
publie mind on this interesting sub
ject, that as he. passes through those
States, on his return Pom his tour*
they will have it in (heir power, by
their treatment of him, to take oft'
ail the notions of royalty that he may
have unw ittingly collected in his lately
exposed condition.
Fifthly, and lastly if nothing else
will answer the purpose, the constitu
tion can he amended, and a clause in
serted, declaring that, for the more
effectual security of our republican
institutions, the President shall not he
at liberty to travel through the eas
tern and notliern States for business
or pleasure, hut shall, for and during
the term he may remain in office, viz.
for the term of eight, years, hut no
longer, he obliged to liwe like » King
Bcc,'~ m the center effcis constituents,
and he wound up in the mazes of the
public affairs. Perhaps it would he
more safe to say President Bee.

hours of- Few
As the ^;e increases sleep decreases:
When a clilri in health enteis upon life,
it can sleep 22 out of 24 hours. Itssleep
will diminish about three hours upon the
average every year during the next three,
when activity will enable it to nurse it
'self. That reduction will afterwards be
nearly one hour every two years, till he
arrives at 30, when four or five will be his
Great Freshet at Baltimore.
From the Federal Republican aju:
Baltimore 'Telegraph, «lug. 11.
On the night of Friday the 9th inst.
(he rain descended with unusual violence,
and continued to increase until Saturday
morning—between the hours of 9 and 12
o'clock of that day, the descending de
luge seemed to pour from the clouds in
torrents. Large sheets of water pourtd
from the firmament upon Us in such
quantities, that the lower part of th« city
became completely immersed in water.
In the mean time, the descending tor
rents through various channels were
uniting all their streams, the rain continu
ed to pour diftvn with unabated veliem
ence. Market-space was completely ini
mersed—Men and women were seen
passing in boats from one market to
another, for the purpose of saving what
little property could be preserved from
the deluge. At length, as far as the eye
could reach in various directions, we be
held whole streets swept by the descend
ing streams, forming g spectacle equally
sublime and terrific Jones' falls so sud
denlj/ replenished from so many sources,
swelled beyond its banks, bearing away
every thing in triumph that opposed the
rapidity of the current. Ponderous
bridges were loosened from their founds
lions in an instant, and were seen swept
along like skiffs upon the floating surface.
— Houses that for a few moments appear
ed to obstruct the progress of the stream,
were suddenly undermined, and swept
away, bearing nothing but a shapeless
mass of bricks. We.do not believe that
we exceed the truth, when we assert,
that the waters raised to the height of 16
feet above its usual level.
Every bridge over Jones' Falls, except
ing Baltimore, Gay and Pratt st. bridges,
were demolished, and fragments of fl .at
ing timber, broken furniture, inipfltnents
of industry, articles of merchandize,
houses, horses, cows and other cattle, all
3Wept away in confusion, proclaimed the
extent of the injury committed—Wi
were forcibly impressed at this moment,
with the apparent nothingness and vanity
of human strength, beholding this terrific
demolition with so much ease, ol works,
that required so much patient la or to e
rect—we looked—they seemed, to stand
firm and irresistible at one moment—
we looked again, and they were gone.
Amid this marring of the elements,
were to he seen the generous and be
nevolent, encountering every hazard,
and braving every danger, for the
preservation of (he persons and pro
perty of their countrymen—sailing
amidst the floating wrecks, <x snatch
ing the distressed and afflicted from
wiuit appeared to he instant and ine
vitable death ; this was a spectacle,
it possible, more sublime than that
presented by the desolation itself. We
cannot at this early period, speak of
the extent of the injury, this must he
a matter of future calculation am! en
quiry. The ensuing morning aros<
brilliant and serene—we see nothing
now of that destructive agent, and we
can now only trace his route by his
ravages. He has departed indeed like
a dream ; but lie has h it wrecks be
hind. We presume that it. is mine
to state to our fellow citizens.
that a strung, imperious Christian duty
remains now >o lie performed—To
search out ami to relieve the suffer
f»y this visitation of Divine Provi
dence, wc prcsuind, will he no less a
pleasure than a duty ; poverty can
only command a tear for 'the suffer
logs of others; it is the higher, mon
noble, more Godlike privilege of opu
lence not only to sympathise over, hut
to relieve such distresses. Severn'
lives have, been lost, the number not
yet Bserrtainsd, and upwards of ;t
million of property destroyed.
The water company's mill dam has
been swept away, and the canal par
tially lilted up. Pennington's mill dam
carried away, as also are most of tin
mill dams on June's Falls, The rol
ling ami splitting mill» as well as the
hfidge at Ellieott's upper mills, have
also been carried away.—The extent
of injury hasnotyet been ascertained.
But what will more immediately
deserve the attention of the Police,
will he the great quantity of stagnant
water deposited in private, cellars.
Such a nuisance in this hot season,
unless speedily removed, may create
pestilence, and do far more injury
than tint flood. We presume that no
time will he lost in taking the most
effective measures to guard against so
serious an injury.
The chaplet that sorrow had steep'd m tier rears,
Its roses all drooping, all wither'd and pa'e.
Reviv'd by her breath, far more dazzling appears j
Then when it was seatt'ring its balms on the gale,
It was a saying of his ; " give tn
ten thousand half starved Srotelimen.
ten thousand lulf-drunken irishmen,
•and ten thousand well-fed Englishmen;
and in spite of all the^ratid tnona que
.-an do, ! will inarch from Homogne
tu Bayonne."
OATS.—We have this last week seen*
field of oats, belonging to Peter Dumout,
Jun. of I his village, which we think it pro
bable will not be exceeded by any in this
county We have extracted from it two
talks, measuring ft feet 3 inches.
Frum the farm of John C. Jansen, we
have received two Heads of Timothy,
measuring 9 un.d 1 2 inches, two Heads
of Rye, 6 and 1-2 inches.
From the farm of Col. De Wut, one
Head of Timothy, measuring 9 into es;
three Heads of Rye«6 inches.
Wheal—On the farm of Henry II.
S.choon maker, near this village, is tlie
best field of Whe«{ we have seen this
Summer Rye_ We haw wen t* field of
Summer Rye, belonging to William 3.
Delamater, Roseadale Plains, which may
be considered as among the most promis
ing in the county.
It gives us pleasure to state, that the
prospect otan abundant harvest ol Grass,
Rye, and Oats, throughout Ulster c unty,
is very flattering.—Ulster Gazelle.
In the parish church of Boennigheim,
in Wurtemberg; is a tomb-nom. i>. mt
ory of Aditm Struiz maims, and his wife
Harbary, whose union was blessed w lit
nolessihun fifty three children, viz ihii
ty-eight boys and fifteen gii Is.
(Irish /taper.)
Extract »f a letter from London, of a
late (lute.
* We just learn of the arrival In A
tnerica of a swindler, named Edward
Shanahan, who has the secret of oblitcia*
ling the enliie body of a bill, in a manner
that defies all discovery; so that the cor
icctnes of the signature is no secniny a
ainut fraud. ,#
By this duy's !Mail.
romthe New York Daily AtWerliber, /uij;. 11,
Battle at Amelia Island.
By the arrival o.i Saturday morning
last of the brig Commodore Decatur,
in five days from Amelia Islam), we
learn that on the nigh! of the 1st nf
August, a buttle was fought on slmre
commencing at ID o'clock at night
and continuing three hours. Cant.
Dugan saw from his mast head, during
the flashes from the cannon and iijus
qurtry, the advancing am! retreating
of the troops engaged. Capt. D.
sailed on the morning of the 2d, and
saw the Patriot flag st 1 flying on the
forts,and vessels in the harbor.
A few days before the Com. Demitur
sailed a Patriot privattVr bud tsarptur
'e;l a French brig, hound from Havan
na to Bordeaux, on suspicion of hav
ing Spanish property. The brig laden
with coffee and sugar.
Tire Stonm-Boat Chancellor Liv
ingston, Commodore Wiswal, arrived
at Albany on Thursday last, in nine
teen and a hiill'lioursfroni New-York,
of the quiekest passages ever
From Cape Henry.
Welearnby the arrival yesterday of
the sloop Rosaline Smith, in 9 days from
Cape Henry, that flour was selling for
$16—fish 34 per bbl—coffee 11 to 11
1-2 cwt.—sugar from g8 to 9.
Prince John, Grand Admiral of Ilaytii
died at the Capt on the 4th of July, aged
36 years, of a consumption. His body
was kept above ground 19 days, and was
then carried to St. Lucie, where it was
interred with great solemnity.
Christophe and I'ction.
A report was current at Gonuives,
when the sehr. Adventure left there, that
Christophe was sn the lines Dear Port-au
Prince, with his forces to attack Petion.
The general opinion was that the latter
was too strong for him.
Charleston, August 2.
From Havanna
• By the sehr. Comet, we learn, that
news of the invasion of East Florida, by
Sir Gregor M'Gregor, had reached there,
by a Spanish schooner from St. Augus
tine, and exertions were making to for
ward men and provisions for its defence
The British frigate. Inconstant, sir J.
L. Ye^>i commander, went to sea yester
day afternoon, wind S. \V.
The president ol the United States ar
rived at Sackett's Harbor 0 » the 4th
inst. -
Geo. Graham, psq. is appointed Pre
sident of the Branch Hank at Washing
ton, in place of Richard Cutt's, Esq. re
The Platt Spring Academy, in South
Carolina, was recently consumed by fire,
with the Library, &c

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