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ly published at «. York.
The mountains begin to rise, and
produce more interesting scenery.
'The country in view having before „
Iv on invariably flat. About 9 o'clock
we came in sight of the heights of atl
Ahraham, on the left, and those of , ta
Point Levi, on the right| between g U
which were fifteen or twenty sail of
Merchantmen, and Ships of War, ri
diug at anchor; the island of Orleans f ur
appearing, in the back ground of this
interesting picture. ((,„
We rapidly passed Wolfe's Cove. w
and were, brought too, with admirable a
dexterity, at a wharf of most ineon- ro>
vcoient height ; for the tide rises, in s |
this wild channel, from eighteen to ; n
twenty-four feet. in
Here, and for half a mile .round j
the precipice, whkll consists of black
slate, there is but just room for one
narrow street. 'The rock is almost
perpendicular, till near the top ; and |
as you look up from the water to the
stone wall, which caps the summit of e(
the hill, with projecting bastions, you ,,f
wonder what prevents the ponderous j,
masses from coming down upon your t j
head. of
In this dismal ditch, where it first fi
Became exposed to a strong battery,
which has been since taken down, on t |
the 31sl day of December, fell Gen.
Montgomery, ami his Aid-de-camp,
Sl-Pliersotl, at the very first fire from 9U
the fort ; nod their disheartened fol
lowers were easily made prisoners.
after a hopeless eon flirt. Tie snow
being then lour feet thick upu. the | )t
Yet I was loM, upon (lie spot, by a j
Canadian Burgher of confidential ap
pearanee. who said lie was in the f
place at the time of the attack; that
the town might have been taken, by |
surprise, if General Arnold had push
ed his opportunity, when lie first reach
ed Point Levi ; instead of waiting lor
llie Uommaoder in Chief, who was
then coming dowu the St. Lawrence. P
In (be mean limp the citizens had re t
covered from the panic into which
they had beep thrown, by so uncx
pe -ted tin event. Sir Guy Carletoa g
had thrown himself into the town, and
the favorable moment for the attack
was irretrievably lost.—The unfor
tunate General was interred by the |
British Commander, upon one of the
bastions oi the citadel, with wbat are
•tors of war. (
oemlicularly over the
si.gniuerj fell, on the
precipice, which is
; two hundred Icet
Description of Uuebec.
From Sansom's 1'our to Canada, late
«.lie ancient Fort or
Lewis, which name,
Chateau of Ht.
by ciun ltsy of England, it yet retains,
is erected i lie Government House, the
apartments ot which are occupied by
the various oiHccs oft be civil und mi
under the
litary departments, acting under the
orders of the Governor General of
British America ; the Provinces of
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia be
ing in, !mlei! under bis command. Bui
lus ci sidrnce is in a convenient build
ing, on (lie opposite side of the square,
The lower town, from which we
have not jet regularly -ascended, is a
disn.s-l congeries of the. most wretched
buildings, rising, in darkness risible.
amidst every kind ol tilth, between the
rock and the river ; which is said to
have washed the very base of tlw-- i.co
montory. when Jacques Cartier first
sailed by the craggy spot, 1 qu tied
the narrow confines, with the alacri
ty of a fugitive, escaping from the
confinement of a prison ; by a long
Sight of steps, ending in slope afin
slope; down which trickles perpetu
ally the superfluous moisture of the
upper town ; the streets of which, in
wet weather, are rinsed, over the
heads of the luckless passenger, hy
those projecting spouts which are so
common in the antiquated towns of
1 he upper .own, at a height of one
hundred and fifty feet, from which ii
overlooks the lower ; and shows the
shipping so perpendicularly below,
that you think you could toss a bis
cuit into mem, from the ramparts, is
completely fortified with walls and
gates, and all the other inconvenien
ces of garrisoned towns; such as een
linels on guard, at every avenue, &e.
independently of the citadel, which,
with its outworks, of considerable ex
tent, occupies an elevation two hun
dred feet higher.
The Cathedral nnd the Seminary
for the Clergy, together with tin-Je
suits College, opposite, now converts!
into a barrack for the use of the
troops ; who make its om-e tranquil
wall* resound twice a day with the
animating sounds of Martial music—
the bugle—the file—and the spirit
stirring drum. These extensive es
Ublishmenfs.all originally devoted to
religion, together with the Hotel Do n,
as it it called, after the name of a si
milar hiitiiuliou in Farit, being a hos
pital for the tick, and (lie single Sis
1er* who attend them ; the Monaste
ry of the Recollects, now taken down,
to make room for more useful edifi
ces : and the Convent of the Ursuline
Nuns, with other Religious Estab
tistiuvcnts, and their courts and gar
0C( , U pi e d at least one half of the
„ Pliutu ) f within the walls ; ieaving the
Creels narrow, irregular, and invari
atl |y U j, yn anl j t) ovv „ • a cireum
, ta „,.,, which must render them sin
g U | BP iy inconvenient iu frost and
snovv> '
y IK .|, is the famous City of Quebec,
f ur tp e acquisition of which General
Wolfe willingly devoted his life, in
((,„ year 1753"; the only memento of
w ( ( i t h circumstance, upon the spot, is
a wow j en figure of the celebrated He
ro> j„ m s p,. ou( ] skirted coat, ,wiih
s | as j, lM | s | e eves, painted red, standing
; n a n i c | l0| a ( u, e corner of a street ;
in the attitude of commanding the
j ci .j s i vc action, which for ever sepa
pate( j (j aim flu from the dominion ol
U is called 8t. John Street, and it
| ea) j s t„ t| ke (l a tet>f St. Louis, whence
through l know not how many cover
e( j wa y S , protected by a like number
,,f salient angles (I may very probably
j, e j OCO rreet, in the terms of fortifiea
t j 0T)j nevel . having made the science
of destruction my particular study) it
fi na ||y disgorges the weary Passenger,
thwarted by recurring obstacles, upon
t | ie 0 j, en a ,- ( . 0 |' t | lu adjacent common,
\\ e are now U j mn t iie plains of
\b ra |,aui ; yet the ascent continues
9U ifi,.iently to cover f he scene of ac
non, from the fire of the batteries,
Turning round when you arrive at the
summit, and looking down the river,
| )t .(ween the two steeples of the Gath
„lie and Protestant Cathedrals, you
j tltVP w j, a j j thought the most inter
«-stinp- view of Quebec, because it ein
f tra «*t*s in the same coup d'œil, the
q i;i | objects in the vicinity. Over
| un king the basin which is six miles
wide, you behold the Island ff Orleans
„tretefied out before you, t terini
natl , s in uiulistinguishing ti. ze, whilst
,,n tlw left you have the north coast,
P i s i U g gradually into distant moiin
t „j nSi f r0 |„ which tho river Mniitmo
tamey precipitating itself into the St.
Lawrence, is all hut seen, through a
g P0Ve of firs, and the view terminatrs
abruptly in the perpendicular proinon
t0P j „('(jape 'Tourment, which is two
thousand feet high, mid therefore may
| je distinctly seen at the disiuuce of
,|,i P iy miles. Oil the right you haw
L | a . Pm .); S ,,f Point Levi, and behold
( Le shipping in the harbor, at an iui
( Le shipping harbor, at an be
mense depth belew. Imagine the ef
f,. P t ,ff this whole fairy seme, eon
oi-cted as it is by the broad surfaces of
k |ie River, which is seen again upon
the edge of Uie horizon, winding round
the stupendous Biuifuliuve mentioned,
iu its course lowariLlhe sea.
The lieh) of battle lies a mile fur
anil uncultivated ; and a little to the
ieft of the rond (o .Montreal, you per
c-eive a large stone, near which the it.
General fell. It may he easily dis
i iogiiisr.ed by the repeated efforts of
intisli \ isitors to possess themselves
if the minutest specimen of this mo
initient of national prowess, to carry
mine with them, as relics, on their It
•eturn to England. t
It. is a w hitish granite, of a finer
gràin than usual.
This interesting spot has been de
Miiejl to History, not by an English
Professor of the Fine Arts; hut by
mr countryman West, who considers
limsclf acting patriotically us a Bet
lisli subject in celebrating any event,
vi liirb is counted honorable in the Bei
tish arms, that had occurred before
Ibe Revolution» with h e-t ibhslicd the
independence of his country.
lich'VDclit.overiim' ol Quebec,
M; le Montcalm'fd! likewise un the
tield of battle, yet such ,s the mjus
ee of mankind to those who seek-
u , , ! if T-T,
mouth, that the man, whodicdm the
deleuee o as country, is never men
10 p . ' 1 1 <IU!i * . Un '* ,1< '
u . ; . j*' s 1,1 . • P u e °. u ..
Ska; by the meretricious trumpet ol
From the Blinde Island American.
Oct. 1+.
We have been politely favored with
the following interesting extract of a
letter from an officer in the United
States' army, dated Fort Niagara,
Sept 27 :—
" 1 made an excursion, not long
since, in company with three other
gentlemen, to a place called the De
vil's Hole. It is a huge chasm iu tin
b-inkofthe ri'. I-3 miles below the
falls. The hciglilh of the bank at
this place is estimated at nearly 300
leel from the surface of the river, ami
>t is composed chiefiy of layers of
limestone. In this bunk, a gap ex
tending from the border of llie river
bout 200 yards into the country, and
•if various willlh. froin 20 to 600 yards
appears dug out by human labor. Its
walls or sides are cither perpendicular
or shelving over, but in no places
sloping—so that in looking over the
brink, you would suppose a person at
the ooltoiii could have liut smalUiopes
of ever arriving upon the surface of
the earth again. No oulet appears
nut that of the river, and that offers
only the last consolation to misery—
death. But fear and astonishment
deform objects. Alter the first im
pressions have subsided, and the diz
zinesa caused by looking down from
such a heighth. has left the head stea
dj, the view is of a different cbarac
ter—At the upper extremity, towards
the country; Uie perpeuditufar descent
is not more than 10 or 50 feet, after
which the angle of the slope of the
river-side is about 15 degrees. Iu a
field at the distance of 1 or 500 yards
from this point, a small brook sud
; denly leaves its course and sinks into
the earth, and is seen no more till il
emerges iu foam and bubblej in the
cet tn of the Devil's Hole, from
whence it pursues a rough precipitous
it channel into the Niagara. A deal o!
horror was acted at the Devil's Hole,
of which it w as a proper theatre,
Tradition tells the story and aserihes
to that the origion of its name. On a
certain night during the last French
war, as a party of Englishmen were
it going from the head to the foot of the
portage, with wagons loaded with
merchandise and miller an escort of
soldiers, aparty of Italians in alliance
of with ErenChsprangfroni a ravine, just
in rear of the-IJevil's Hole, where
they had laid in ambush, and cut them
off from retreat iu every direction hut
into the Hole, The dreadful yell
breaking upou the still gloom of
midnight, and resounding through the
dark cavern and the lorest, announ
red their fate, and was alone sufficient
to deprive them of all power of rt-sis
tance. They surrendered therefore
without a struggle, expecting the to
uiahawk soon to put an end to their
terrors and their existence. But no
—they were mistaken, I he Savage
seems here to have risen above liim
self in horrors.—They conduct their
victims to the edge iff a clifl" which
hangs over the Devil's Hole, and with
St. one sweep plunged them all into the
a profound abyss. Men, beasts, and
wagons, all fell together, and were
Cashed to pieurs on the bottom, excep
two ting one man who r* aped in a most
extraordinary manner by lodging in
of toe brnneli of a tree grow ing near the
precipice, lie is said to be living now
somewhere in this Slate. 1 here may
iui- be some exaggeration In this story,
ef- out I give Hie. facts as I received
them. In evidence of the truth of the
of story, they have pieces of iron belong
mg to a waggon been found on the
spotwbere they fell. Travellers who
spotwbere they fell. Travellers who
have visited the fall- ha e,hi-iettffor,
looked into the Devil's dole and le
tired, without indulging their curios
ity further, but several of the inbab
ilants in this vicinity had ventured
down before lie undertook to explore
it. We effected our descent without
much buzzard, but not being prepared
with tools and laborers to oi - for re
mains, wo merely passed t hrough to
the river, and returned. The view ol
the river at this spot is really terrifie,
It rolls and tumbles along with ineon
t l ivable for-e, da*liing against its
rugged banks and roaring like a liur
rieun. In some places it jiih-s itself
into huge Waves, which tumbles into
loam and are succeedcil by others.
Upon the whole,! think this scene,
including the immense piles of rocks
which bound it on every side, must
lie one of the most stiulime that na
inre affords, the falls only excepted.
Large rusks of ice are fourni among
the rocks along the rivulet, that runs
through the Devils Hole, at .ill limes t
ot the y ear. Ibe hanks of tins river
lor the extent ol Vi .rules are om- (1
commua., on iff natural wonders of
which the tails and the Devils Hole ,
,re tl,e i u ,ni 'P a1 *"
A Gormandizer,
Ofv SaUirilsy h muu» Iriiij» dist in*
^ ^ W« ai*l>e
tile, died shortly after exhibiting his
i(UWePS fw gratification of some
persons who had bctti-d on his-head,
This man was called " Mutton-eating
Bandy Billy," and resided in the pa-jhcl
rlsh of Newington. This fellow
repealcdly devoured, at on meal, a
leg ot mutton weighing lolhs, two
large bum-lies of turnips, with a pro
!ieh t? 1!!! l o ° f , .'."''",'1' ? n . rt l'
.Uv' nii-lu b,. !■ ' .. n ^'T"
■. - ^.i ' 11 ,. } ,s . • l 'o |,, tt'|
feivedVv Home a'iii ,
rayed by some Amateius, who had
^-ffive'Luffie • iÏÏ'n? ?" '"r *,
m assist Uie nut'io tlrTv™
iinehtiàs found dead h i''
omain«d bv his otenilh.
ï e was well known h, ! ^
âïwuÂZn y
* I 'J
n. .
Ja?, Î r f , :1 ? ep . r,zes r f c «itly car
ned into Amditi Isiiindi was 1000 boxes
seears nut un inr ti.e uiiu, "
k l a ">- j
Tribute to American Naval
AUU . ...
, .
The following is from the Diariode
Roma« published at Rome, iu August,
For the first time, has appeared in
these seas, passing from Leghorn an
American squadron, which has been
off our port for several days, but lias
since sailed for Naples. We remark
ed the uncommon good appearance oF
these ships. A very exact military
discipline, a perfect knowledge ot na
val affairs, and of navigation, appear
ed in every thing. Their spring locks
combined case, simplicity, and instant
effect, and were equally admirable in
their fire arms and in pistols, »ml
Itiplird their discharges at plea
The exercise, activity and
readiness of their mariners, and their
perfect acquaintance with every thing
were observed, not without surprise I
and wonder, and do honor to the
tioo to which they belong. I heir ves
sels were well found, last sailors, and
us neat as they were well built.
Soon after the, visit ot the fleet,
anchored in our port a schooner lrotnL,
America, of the most bcautilul con
struction, elegantly found, very light,
und formed lor fast sailing, construe
ted ami armed like our light armed
vessel*. It was named the. Cleopatra,
belonging to a very rich traveller,
George Growninaliield, of Salem, who
constructed her for his own use, and
for the voyages lie had undertaken in
company with (rapt. Beoj. Growuiu
sliicld, his cousin. Besides the ex
treme neatness of every thing about
the vessel to fit her for sea her ac
commodations were surprising
wonderful. Below was a hail of un
common extent, in which the luxury
of taste, the riches and elegance of
the furniture, the harmony of the
drapery, and all the ornaments,,aspi
red pleasure and gallantry. The apart
ment of the stern was equally rich A
chambers, displayed with the same
elegance, were at the service of the
captain, with an apartment for the
plate of every kind, with which it was
tilled—Near was another apartment,
which admitted all the officers of a
Five convenient bed
kitchen, and iu it was a pump with
three tubs which passed through the
vessel, to sopply water fr.>m ti e si-a
ir discharge, what they pleased with
I he greatest case. The rich ami dis
tinguished owner had with him, be
sides his family servants, several lin
guists, persons of high talents lb mu
si'-k and an excellent painter. Every
'hing tu amuse, makes a part of the
daily entertainment. The owner and
captain were affable, pleasing and ci
vil, ami gave a full evidence of tli
la-ents, the industry, and (he good
taste of their nation, which yields to
none in good sense and true civility.
Die above travellers having complied
■vith the usual rules ol the city, andi
having expressed the due respect to
the apostolical delegats, upon rcce.v
o:g a particular invitation, lie. visited
the Cieopatra in company with many
persons of distinction, and partook of
an elegant collation.
wj || BWoep away t ( H . whole* cabinet ofl 1
t | ie M„„ roPi
Boston federalists, and all. But to
(1 a „A ' W( . 0(IS1 . 1V
the Kentm.ky démocratie papers, that!
, he a)t( . Pr 0 ,the Kentu, kiaTtoward
Mr. Monroe for condësee t in. Û» w!
^ the attcntion and c v Hi^
the federalists of the eastern slates
lias not in lb» least atmted The Km
lucky Gazette, MrîciS. »1 rr
absolutely furious upon the suhiect •
not so much on ne, muni of the Pn-sV
dual's eating (Vied oysters and niiiiip
kin pie at the same table with the re
pa-jhcl yankees, hut hetause t o took oc
tmsicasion in some of his spec hes, to ex
press his wish to amalgamate »he
two parties. This is an unnardona
jble sin, and Mr. Monroe and Me. A
l' 1 "î B * a |; u 'lenoimced in prospective.
' " 1 ' lc u *l e ani( ridiculous in
, h <, *c gentlemen (says the Gazette) if
T' l,lat '' an . v t)lin K uf tills sort,
l hay have their choice before them ;
f^dhen to Ike republican par
J .™ ah the same fidelity und constancy
m ! h ^ick that part,, have mlftemliô
'"''"J , '» »«« re,mblwa n ; qr to
f 0vm «»
■ T't"" UU, !/ llrn nl,,r ''«Firutr
v .1 e • I lie repuliliean parly never can.
'ltbout proclaiming their own want
'•> principle, .-onsei.t to support in
l)0\V6r< mon îi'lm #,> „1 »»
" It . ' ... v ' " t,Lel ' t( > strenirthen
j teir administration by a ct million
Great Storm ill the West!
Wo do not mean, gentle reader,|'»*o
(hut the storm has actually occurred; |
mil wo obsn-ve that the elouds arP
fast gathering; and were we to judgel
lrom the terrifie am) awful appear-,
mice or the angry elements, wc'iuhv
calculate that it will be truly terrible. |
'The storm, however, will not t.c „(■
rain, or hail, or snow ; buta furious
From the Albany Gazelle.
mlh federalists .» There you have
Messrs, Monroe and Adams. Either
leave (in' all attempts at conciliation
an( | un ; on 0 p parlies—or retire to the
s j )iu ] t .g of private life.
As to this union of parties, however,
jj j s a || nmaiiiiery. So the editor of
(| ie Gazette and Mr. Flay, may quiet
y, e j P minds upon that head ; nor need
(j, e y f,.ar, as they affect to
Harrison Gray Otis will be dispatch
e( j on a foreign mission, or called by
Mr. Monroe to Lis cabinet eôutieils."
j ( -, s possible that Mr. Monroe might
p ( . willing, had lie the feelings of none
| |)|t j,i,,,^^1 f to consult, that this re.
conciliation should take place. Hnt
| m c(inn ot do it»--« ME SOU I II &
iris 1'RoJEGT.
With regal'd to the charges against
,p e President tor graciously receiving
I salutations of federalists in the
mt-!eastern states, they are illiberal, to'
9a y Bie least ol them. It was hui Ba
; ura ] f or the President to wish to as*
j sociale with decent and respectable
Ipeoplt». And after he entered the
ale 0 f (Connecticut, he found it tit
j c es 5 ury, in order to keep goodcompu
Hl ^ to mingle exclusively with the fo
ofl 1 '? oup °" n officers and agents, upon
whose diligence to discover such a
to a " (1 on t,le correct ness of whose
diijbriiiation I can confidently rely 1
that! aai th,,, ' t,ort! tlmt U i ,u,, -' 0,U '
representation hueuf, Mr. Monroe
w! bc ''«nvinc. d both of the inaccu
of the stalrmcu made to him an
*»« Wt. and of my desire to have
disr« v cTcd and redrosaed the grieve»
«nee, had it existed.
• I have the honor to remain, &e.
The Right*.Hoo. C. Bagot.
re- JV'uf, Intel
ex- Iron Gudyreous Revolvilia*
»he I *.-„1
A- Frovl l!le A , " cnca ' 1 Bnilt; Advertiser
Air. Vmlson —In your last paper
in an afflicting .account of accidents bv
if the explosion of a powder mill, owing
sort, to the fri.-tion of the gi.ilgeon of tho
; water wheel, is given. Many year»
par- ago I was â wi3s tJ the .light '
pression made by the iron axis
large grindstone, on a bar of lead,
to whh-h had been placed in the frame,
'*'^ei- the axis, by a man who meant
ft only «o servît a temporary purpose.
can. Finding it unaffected by the tri< tm«
want of the axis, it bad been suffered to
in reim«., many months. Nndoiilit many
p i
are acquainted with similar faets. »
have heard of a plan for iutrodui it'5
Departmen of State.
September, 16, 1317.
Sir—I have received a second let
ter, dated 121 h of this month from the
British Minister on the subject of
American citizens who were made
prisoners in the late war, anti were
said to ho still held in captivity hy
some of the Indian tribes in the vicin
ity of Lake Huron. Of this letter I
beg leave to inclose you a copy, to
gether with the copy of one wlih h
was enclosed in it, from the Governor
General of Canada to Mr. Bagot,
] have the lumor to be, with great
respect, yours, Ac.
Acting Secretary
Hon. II. M. Joh N SOX a
Washington City, Sept. 12,1817.
Sir—In referenee to my letter of
the 15th of March last. I have tie
honor to enclose to you the copy of a
letter which I have this day re- eived
from his Excellency the Governor
General of Canada, acquainting me
with the result of his enquiries upon
the subject of the American citizens
who were stated tube still held in cap
tivity hy some of tin- Indian tribes in
the vicinity of Lake Huron.
It is very satisfactory (o observe, by
the enclosed letter that every means
have been taken hy Sir John Sher
brooke, for the proper investigation
oi this affair, and that there is the
fullest reason to believe that the rc
presentatious made upon the subject,
to the Amci'icuo government were
to I
|j IK . 0 - r0t j
andi j f iave the honor to he, with the
to hJ ^ C o««Mer.»uon, your most obe
di " at luilll , )K . st . PVHllU
To the lion. Richard Rush.
Castle of St. Louis, Quebec Aug. 2i.
Sir—Referring to my letter to your
Excellency of the 13th of February
last, i have now the honor to acquaint
you, that, after the must assiduous A.
reader,|'»*o u te enquiries among all the Imli
| an nat{ona in the neighborhood ot
arP jLnke Huron, as well a» among all the
olbep ,liûv ' rrnt I,u, ian tribe« through
ouUhe Gnnadas, I have received Hie
most positive assurance that there is
| nut a sin fî , ''' «'st««''« «*f an*»Ameiiean
„(■ citizen being held in captivity among
These enquiries have been made
of a

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