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MR. HUGH’S LETTER.
New York, 1 st Feb 1832.
Dear Sir.—I have about completed my nego
tiations in relation to our Railway. The prop
ositions which are submitted to me with a view
of being reported to the consideration of the Le
gislature are as follows:
1st. A company propose to take th# donation,
make the work and own it.
2d. To take the Stock in common with the
Slate, and make common stock of the donation
and to own the work in proportion to the individ
ual subscriptions.
3d. For the state to issue stock redeemable in
ten years and upwards at 5 per cent, which will
(as things now stand) be taken-at par.
4th. For the state to take the whole amount of
the stock, above 400,000 dollars, and individuals
to take the amount named; and the work to be
owned in common according to the proportions
of interest subscribed, under a charter of the
state.
I have found great difficulty in prosecuting this
Subject to its issue. I left home under a convic
tion that any proposition of this kind would be
popular here. But I assure you the reverse is
the fact. A year since any object of'lhis kind,
it is acknowledged by all, was popular hero, and
would have received their aid. But they all say,
that tliey have not found the stock profitable in
Tiny ’Work as yet projected. And in some they
feed that it is so much capital lost. The truth is,]
they have recklessly embarked in almost every
project of the kind, and among tho rest, have in
terested themselves in so many local works that
can scarcely ever pay the repairs, that it lias pro
duced a reaction, that retards their aid in those
that are acknowledged to be the most important.
The great interest that supports this system here,
is found among the brokers; and 1 find from the
most diligent investigation, that it must be upon
a sure, positive, and productive theory alone, that
they will advance their capital. They now be
lieve, for the price it will cost, that our rail way
when completed, will be next to the trie canal
m profit. But even under that conviction they
would not subscribe for the slock, without the
stale would take a large proportion of it, and
make a pledge of her faith that after the amount
was exhausted they had subscribed, she would
perform her part of the contract, and finish the
work. I have had the best and highest opportu
nities of arriving at these facts, directly from the
persons interested, and it may be useful to you to
know them, as the predilection for rail ways seems
Ttiuoh to have increased lately in Illinois. Not
withstanding however much we would all es
pouse the improvements, I have recently noticed
in'he public prints, yet, as the facts utc there pre
sented, I should consider it utterly impossible to
get a dollar subscribed here at present. But up
on the contrary-, these efforts may not only turn
out to be premature, but by bringing before the
public, works that would detract from the profits
of the one that has so long engaged the attention
of the State, place it for years beyond our power
to accomplish either. Every tiling here now is
prosperous in relation to the main work, to the
fill 1 extent of our most sanguine expectations;
because they believe it will bo the exclusive work
of the State for very many years. Had we not
better get one work under a full headway first?
and bv projecting thus early others, may we not
bo jeopardizing the whole? 1 will not decide; but
/oil this ground will venture in frankness tossy
—beware—let us not be thought chimerical. I
write this from a deep conviction of lha danger
to be apprehended here where we only can look
fur aid. The Schenectady and Albany rail-way
is acknowlcdgeJ to be more profitable than anv
other local one in the nation. Yet Mr. Astor
to! ! me he had kept his stock for a long time, and
was glad to sell it on a year's credit for what it
cu*-'- him. The Philadelphia and Susquehanna
rail-way—that of Brunswick and Amboy—and
oven that of Baltimore and Ohio, are looked up
on as productive of certain losses to the stock
holders. There are many other works of this
kind projected here, and many new companies
incorporated, hut it is said that they can realize
no hope of subscriptions. The attempt (com
menced while I was here—to charter a company
to make a rail-way through the southern section
of this state to a point on the south eastern shore
of lake Erie, is said (as important as tho project
is to iis)'to be hopeless at present as to the stock.
Such is the present stule of facts, which I sug
gest that you may draw your own conclusions.
But we are all prepared to own, that if there is
anv prospect of succeeding in the projects now
alloat among you, it would be of the deepest in
terest to our state to consummate them. But I
repeat that they may be fatally premature.
1 shall report to the state the propositions I
have named, which will, or either of them he sus
tained hy_the makers. 1 told them I should enter
tay individual protest against the two first, altho1
it would he proper in me to report them, that the
legislature might decide.
But if your project is intended to be merely
local, and that character alone is given to it, at
preseut,I cannot perceive that any unfortunate
result Can spring from it injurious to the main
one. ■ .
I wfill speedily write a detailed report to the
Governor, which will be much more explanatory
•of the subject referred to, and which will proba
bly be spread before the people. But I cannot
conclude without adding, that this work under
the propositions now made, is doubtless at its cri
sis, and if it is nut sustained under the promise
it bow presents, by an enlightened and libera!'
policy on the part of ihe State, the seal will be
set upon it forever. Ittleserves an elevation un
der its present prospects above the cant of hob
byism, or of narrow and unenlightened views,
^nd may it, unn.lfected by any untoward project
equally aiming in its purposes to promote the
pi oiic good, be aided and sustained in the single
Jiess of its promised benefits, by an undivided
Support of the public will, until it is safely an
chored bevond the reach of danger. I have be
stowed upon it all the service* that I could Fen
der iu ray public and unimportant situation; and
now commit its destiny to the sound deliberations
of an enliglileued people.
I shall leave here on my return, as soon ns I
examine two more rail-ways.
I am with much respect, yours.
' J. H PUGH.
REPUBLICAN MEETNGd.
At a Jackson meeting, held in Fairfield, Wayne
county, 17th March, 1832, for the purpose of
choosing Delegates to represent said county in
the Jackson Convention at VandaNk, on the 25th
inst,
Dr. W. F. Turney rose, and in a short speech,
explained the object of the meeting, and proposed
that Geil, Samuel Leecii preside as Chairman of
the meeting; which was carried unanimously.—
The General then took the Chair; and Higdon B.
Slocumb,Esq. proposed that Francis B. Thomp
son, Esq. ^e appointed Secretary—carried unan-i
imousiy. \
The following resolutions were then unanimous
ly adopted i
jKesoZremThat it is the opinion of this meeting
that as W asjie county has always been prominent
in its unanimous support of tho present Adminis
tration, evcfi before the aspersions were thrown
upon it that|now are; and as it is one of the most
central an</ strongest Jackson counties in this
part of the State, they consider it their duty now
more strongly than before, to show their admira
tion of, anc|complcte confidence in, the adminis
tration of (Jen. Andrew Jackson, and to lend a
hand to destroy the insidious calumny that has
been, and Is insinuated against it; and to show
that we, tbf citizens of Wayne county, are too
well alive to our rights and our own interests, to
let such base slander o'^rate with us.
Resolvcdy That it is the'^pinion of this meeting
that they cannot more fully evince their leeling
than by sending Delegates to act in their name
in the Jackson Convention now about to meet at
Vandalia; thus by unity, the machinations of the
enemies of their country and constitution may be
enectually trustrated and destroyed!!
Resolved, That such Delegates be appointed,
and that Francis B. Thompson, Daniel Turney,
Jeffrey Robinson, Bryrnan G. Wells, and George
W. Farris, Esqs. be, and are hereb appointed
and fully authorized to act as such in that Con*
venlion!
Moved by Daniel Turney, Esq. that the fol"
lowing gentlemen he and are herebynppointed a'
committee of vigilance and correspondence, viz:
Gen. Sami. Leech, Dr. W. F. Turney, Francis
U. Thompson, Rigdon B. Sloeumb, T. Phelps,
J. Walker, and Charles Wood, Esqs.—Carried
unanimously.
Moved, by Francis B. Thompson, Esq. that a
copv of the foregoing resolutions, &c. be s'gned
bv the Chairman and Secretary, and that the
Vandal ia Whig and Illinois Intelligencer be re
quested to insert the same. Carried in the affir
mative.
SAM’L. LEECH, Chairman.
I’kanois B. Thompson, Secretary.
On the 20th March, 1832, a numerous and
respectable meeting of the citizens of Equality
and other parts of the county of Gallatin, friend
ly to the re-election of Andrew Jackson, our
present Chief Magistrate, was held at the house
of Gen. Willis Hargrave, in Equality. The ob
ject of the meeting having been explained by
Samuel McClintoc,
On motion of Capt. John Lane,
Gen. Hargrave was called to the chair, and
Horatio McClintoc was appointed Secretary.
The following preamble and resolutions were
then introduced and unanimously adopted"*
In pursuance of a meeting held in the town of
Vandalia, on the 18th day of February last fur
the purpose of calling a convention in said town,
on the fourth Monday in March next, requesting
the friends of Andrew Jackson and Richard M.
Johnson, in the different counties in this state, to
hold meetings, and appoint delegates to said con
vention, therefore be it
Resolved, That we do highly approve the ob
ject of the aforesaid convention, and do heartily
concur with our friends throughout the state, in
the selection of so talented and patriotic states
men.
Resolved, That we nominate Messrs. Jolm
Lane, Samuel McClintoc and John W. Her
od, as delegates to said convention, to repre
sent this county.
Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting,
we do highly approve the course of the Senate of
the United S ates, in the rejection ol Martin Van
Buren as Minister of the court of S:. James.
On motion bf Mr. McClinloc,
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meet
ing he signed bj the chairman and secretary,
and bo publiseed in the Vandalia Intelligencer.
On motion ol Mr. McClintoc, the meeting ad
journed.
WILLIS HARGRAVE, Chairman.
Horatio G. McClintoc, Sec'y.
Greenville, Bond County, 111.)
February 25, 1S32. \
At a large and respectable meeting of the citi
eens of Bond county, in Greenville, on the above
date, the expediency of substituting a Rail Road
in lieu of the contemplated northern Canal, was
taken into consideration, and the following reso
tions were adopted:
On motion^ li. O. White was ca:lcd to the
Chair, ancTJAMEs Dvrley appointed Secretary.
A committee of three being appointed to set
forth the purpose of the meeting, the following
resolutions were adopted:
1. Resolved, That it is expedient to substitute
a Rail Hoad in place of the northern Canal in
this State.
2. That tho only present effectual way of per
forming this great work, is to incorporate a com
pany for that purpose, reserving to the State the
.right-of-suhsoiehing at least one fourth of the
stock.
3. That the Governor be requested, upon his
being satisfied iliat the object can be effected in
the way proposed, to call the Legislature togeth
er immediately for the purpose.
4. Resolved, That the proceedings of this meet*
ing be published in the Illinois Intelligencer.
Resolved, That this meeting be adjourned.
tt. G. WHITE, C/i'm.
J. Dublev, Sec’ry.
The steam-boat Raiudeer, Capt. Miller, arri
ved, yesterday afternoon, from above. The low
stage of the river, we understand, prevented her
ascending farther than few miles above the mouth
of the Illinois,aboutdOor 50 miles below Can
tonment Gibson. She will leave, this morning,
for New-Orleaus.—Arkanrae Gazelle.
Jackson and Johns on Contention.
According to previous notice, Delegates form
ing a State Convention, assembled on the 26th of
March, at the State-House, in the town of Van
dalia, for the purpose of nominating Electors who
will support Gen. ANDREW JACKSON for
President, and Col. RICHARD M. JOHN
SON, of Kentucky, for Vice President; when,
On motion of Col. Matthew Duncan,
His Excellency John Reynolds was called
to the Chair,and Francis 15.Thompson,of Wayne
county, and Zophar Case, of Fayette, were ap
pointed Secretaries.
On motion of Col. A. P. Field, the following
resolution was adopted:!
Resolved, That-of the first Judicial Cir
cuit, — - of the second Judicial Circuit, -
ot the third Judicial Circuit, -of the fourth
Judicial Circuit, and -of the fifth Judicial
Circuit, be nominated by this Convention as suit
able persons to he supported as candidates for
Electors, who will vote for Gen. Andrew Jack
sjn foi President, and Col. Richard M. John
son for Vice President, provided the latter is
supported by the Jackson party in any of the
States; and should Col. R. M. Johnson not he
taken Up by the friends of Gen. Jackson through
out the United States, to an extent sufficient to
afford t hope of his election, then the above elec
toral ctndidates are considered by this Conven
tion at liberty to vote for any othdr of the gentle
men who it is believed will be acceptable to the
friends of Gen. Jackson in Illinois.
On motion of J.Robinson, Esq. of Wayne count v,
Resolved, That Col. Jacob Frye, of Greene
county, be nominated by this Convention as a
candidate tor an iMector in the first Judicial Cir
cuit of this State.
On motion of Maj. Eubanks, of White county,
Resolved, That Daniel Stooky, Esq. be nom
inated by this Convention as a candidate for E
lecto: in the second Judicial Circuit,
On motion of Col. M. Duncan, of Fayette,
Cd. John Lane, of Gallatin,«v as nominated
as a ;andidate in the third Judicial Circuit.
Oc motion of Col, A. P. Field, of Union,
Gen. Samuel Leech, was nominated as a can
didate in the fourth Judicial Circuit.
Ot motion of Col. Duncan,
Tke Hon. R. M. Young wa9 nominated as n i
canddate in the fifth Judicial Circuit.
Which were all unanimously carried.
On motion of Col. John Lane,
Risolvcd, That three persons be appointed to
draft an address to the people of this State, ex
pressive of the views of this convention.
Cels. Lane, Duncan and Field, were appointed
by the Chair to compose said committee—who
reported the fo.lowing:
To tie People of the United States:
Ih recommending Col. Richard M. Johnson,
of Kentucky, to our Jackson Republican
friends throughout the Union for the office of
Vice President, we arc actuated solely by the
desire of paying a small tribute of respect to
an erlightened and efficient statesman, who
stands conspicuous for the most active exer
tions in our Councils, and who has freely shed
his blood in defending his country in times
that tried men’s souls. While we highly ap
preciate the public services of other gentle
men, and feel justly proud of their talents and
patriotism, we hope we shall be excused in
saying, that we know' of no man in this nation,
who has higher claims upon our gratitude and
suffrages, than the distinguished individual
upon whom we have determined to bestow
our votes, if he should be run in other States
for that office.
For upwards of twenty-six years, Colonel
Richard M. Johnson lias represented Iris na
tive State in the Congress of the United
States, where he has distinguished himself by
his eloquence, patriotism, and usefulness; but
particularly for those traits where the benev
olence of his disposition always prompted him
to support the cause of suffering humanity,
which the most indefatigable industry has ena
bled him so frequently to alleviate as to enti
tie him to the appellation of the poor man's
friend. Tenacious of the honor of his coun
try, he supported the war and the embargo,
and repelled every measure in the least cal
culated to compromise the national honor;
and the blood which he shed upon the banks
of the Thames, when gallantly leading the
brave officers and soldiers under his command,
to victory and immortal honoi, affords the
most unequivocal evidence, not only of his
bravery and his patriotism, but his will to
support the just and necessary war which
in his representative capacity he aided in pro
claiming. He performed upon (his occasion
feats of valor that would have done honor to
the days of chivalry. Although his horse was
killed under him, and himself wounded in
many places, he whs not taken from the field
of battle until the enemy was routed and de
feated,
As a politician, he is no less to be admired
than as a soldier.—A Republican of the old
School,—he has always adhered to, and sup
ported the well tried principles of Jefferson.
The just popularity which he has acquired
on account of his patriotic report upon the
subject of stopping the mails on Sunday, and
his iiumane report upon the subject of im
prisonment for debt, alone place him in a very
enviable position, and entitle him to the last
ing gratitude of the nation. But the people
of the new states will remember, tbat it was
Col. Johnson who first introduced before Con
gress the bill for the relief of the purchasers
of public land in 1821, which released us
from the most lamentable state of embarrass
ment, and that he plead for our sufferings in a
manner too feeling and eloquent to be resist
ed. In addition to all this, he is the bosom
friend of Gen. Jackson, has been a warm and
efficient supporter of his administration, and
from whom the most perfect harmony is to be
expected, and with whom we could safely en
trust the presidency, if any unforeseen acci
dent should deprive us of the services of our
much beloved President.
To sum up all in ns few words os possible, we
prefer Col. Johnson lecause he is exempt from1
every taint of servility and deceit, because public
records and private traditions bear testimony to
his bravery, his industry, his humanity, his hon
esty, and his talents—to the correctness of his
motives, the soundness of his judgment, and the
benevolence of his disposition, and because we
do not behove it is the wish of a free and great
fu! people, that this brave soldier, well tried
patriot, profound statesman, high minded gen
tleman, and industrious and faithful public ser
vant, should go unrewarded; and while we la
ment a division whicli seems to threaten the
friends of the present Administration in the
choice of Vice President, we take occasion here
to disclaim all participation in it. It is our sincere
desire to promote the prosperity of our country ,
by promoting a gentleman who has evinced to
the people of the whole nation, hut particularly
to the new States, his desire to serve them, who
reigns predominate in the affections of the Ameri
can people, and who is every way qualified to pro
mote the public good.
In regard to the re-election of our worthy and
distinguished Chief Magistrate, whose glorious
services, throughout a long and eventful life, has
shed such renown upon the character of his coun
try, we will unite our efforts in securing his re
election, anti hope that nothing will be done by
his friends in the least calculated to lessen his
prospects of success, whicli would certainly be
the case if an effort should be made to force upon
the people an obnoxious individual for the Vice
Presidency. We have hitherto bestowed upon
him the most active support, and for his future
success we have a great desire and the fullest
confidence. He who has stood by his country in
the hour of peril, and risked his lilc and fortune!
in defence of the rights and liberties of the na-'
tion, will always bo affectionately remembered by
a grateful people.
We hope that those who (infer with us in re
gard to our choice of Vice President, will have
mora charity than to say, that we are striving t<>
produce a division in the ranks of General Jack
sons)friends. Such an idea would be as unfound
ed aft it is unjustifiable. Those who have sanc
tioned this meeting, and approved the proceed
ings, we have adopted, have been too firm, devo
ted, and unwavering in their attachment to Gen
era) Jackson to warrant such an impression.
Frym the very first time his name was an
notjneed as a candidate to the nation for Presi
dent, they became, and have continued ever since,
his warm and active supporters; they were
found in his ranks when he had but few friends,
and have given repeatedly, such evidences of'
theii attachment and zeal, in the cause of that
distinguished veteran—that the people will be sat
isfied that their can be nothing on our part, bui
a desire to promote, the cause of ihat worthy and
patriotic man.
In regard to the individuals w hom we have so
lected as candidates for Electors, to wit: Hon.
II. M. Young, Daniel Stooky, Col. Lane, Col.
Frye, &. Gen. Leech; they have long been known
to bo devoted to the cause of Gen. Jackson, and
should they be honored with the support of the
democratic party of Illinois, no fears can be en
tertained of their faithfully and scrupulously sup
porting the cause of that party.
Resolved, That the following gentlemen be ap
pointed, in the respective districts, to act as com
mittees of correspondence, whose duties will be
to aid, by all honorable means, the success of Gen.
Andrew Jackson and Col. R. M. Johnson, viz:
1st Judicial Circuit, Dr. Early, Sangamon; J.
W. Scott, Greene; Col. Samuel Matthew's, Mor-j
gan; Bowling Green, Sangamon; P. H. Win-'
Chester, Macoupin. 2d, W. G. Goforth, St.Clair;
John D. Whiteside, Monroe; John Ewing, Mad 1
ison; Hiram Rountree, Montgomery; James B.j
Rutherford, Bond. 3d, James Caldwell, Thos.i
M. Dorriss, Charles Dunn, J. S. Hacker, John'
Skiles; 4th, J. F. Moorhain, Henry M. Gill-j
ham, S. B. Shclledy, Waller L. Mayo, Gen. A.
M. Houston. 5ih, «£anies W. Stephenson, Jas.
B. Campbell, William M’Crecry, James Strode.
Wayne County.—The committee appointed at
the meeting in that county on the 17th March, to!
act in conjunction with the committee appointed
for the fourth district—Gan. Samuel Leech, Dr.
W. F. Turney, Francis B. Thompson, Rigdon
B. Slocumb, T. Phelps, J. Walker, and Charles
Wood.
Central Committee.—Col. A. P. Field. S. R.
Powell, H. B. Roberts, Col. M. Duncan, Col.
John Dement, Zophar Case, John Hankins, Esq.
[Silas Smith, Abram Starnes, John Watwood, R.
K. M’La.ughlin, and Zela F. Watwood, of the
county of Fayette.
On. motion of Col. Field,
Resolved, That this Convention recommend
to their republican friends throughout the Union
to unite with us in the support of Gen. Jackson
for President, and Col. R. M. Johnson for Vice
President.
On motion of the same,
Resolved, That the Vandalia Whig, Sangamon Jour-j
nal, Illinois Herald, Illinois Advocate, St. Louis Beacon,j
and Louisville Public Advertiser, bo requested to publish;
Col. R. M. Johnson’s speech, delivered in the Senate of
the United States,- in 1821, in favor of the bill granting
relief to the purchasers of public' lands.
Resolved, That two thousand copies of the address
adopted in favor of Col. Johnson, be printed and trans
mitted to the different counties in this State.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be
signed by the Chairman and Secretaries, and published
iu the above mention- ’ - er3.
JOHN NOLDS, Chairman.
FnANCI3 B. TlIOMI’3iN, j Secrctur;es.
Zorn ah Case, \
REPORT.
First annual Report of the Directors, of the Gale
— na Moral dissociation.
The Directors beg leave to Report—That
on the 14th February 1831, eight persons met
in this town, for the laudable purpose of form
ing themselves into an association, on the prin
ciple of entire abstinnnee from the use of ar
dent spirits.
After mature deliberation, particularly as
to the effect it might have on our isolated so
ciety, it was unanimously agreed that the ex
periment should be made, and a Constitution
was accordingly adopted.
At that time, the most sanguine in fnvor of
such an association, did not anticipate the
number of its members to exceed thirty, at
the expiration of the first year, but yve have ob
served-with lively irtorest, tbe' continual ac
cession of members, and youf Directors b(\ |
will) heart-felt satisfaction now enabled to r"
port, that seventy-three persons have subscribed
their names to our Constitution, of this num
ber, only one has died, and one has been ex-J
pelled, leaving the number of members ofl
this association, at this time, seveuty-one.
There is a provision in the Constitution,
that any member may withdraw from the so
ciety, on application to the Directors; but
we congratulate the association that there hasa
not been even one application for that pur-*
pose.
We believe that the society has bad a fa
vorable influence on the moral character of
the community, and that its members have
generally, enjoyed a high state of health.
The effect produced on the youth of our
town, is not among the least of its benefits; a
juvenile Temperance Society, consisting of
forty-nine members, has been formed under
the auspices of our association, thus offering
a pledge that the next generation at least,
shall be a moral, and a sober people.
Signed, MOSES MEEKER, )
JAS. G. SOULARD, > Direc
MILTON M. M AUG IIS, \ tors.
At a public meeting of the citizens of Galena,
and the surrounding country, convened, by pre
vious notice, at the hotel of William Bonnet, or.
Tuesday the 28th of February, 1832, M .ses
Meeker, esq. was c alled to the chair, and Dr.
[Horatio Newhnll appointed secretary:, whereup
on the following preamble and resolutions were
unanimously adopted:
Whereas the citizens of Galena, and of the
country above, on the Upper Mississippi, are en
titled, bv law, to the privilege of a mail once per
week; and route No. 71 from Springfield in Illi
nois,to Peoria; and route No. 76 from Peoria to
Galeha, have been established, to carry into ef
fefct this object. And whereas route No. 76,
from Peoria to Galena, crosses twenty four creeks
and rivers, to wit; Henry’s, S hnachwine, and
three! branches of Crow creek, Swamp creek, and
two branches of Bureau creek, Winebago Inlet,
three mile creek, Rock River, Baffalo, Elkhorn,
Middle and Straddle creeks, Sogir branch. East
Fork of Plumb River, Hamlin’s creek, North
fork of Plum river, East and North forks of Ruth
creek, Apple river. Small-pox creek, and Fever
river; seventeen of which, have neither bridge
nor ferry, although they are often swimming, and
otherwise difficult to cross. Notwithstanding
the numerous difficulties and obstructions on this
route, the mail-carrier has not missed a single
trip during the whole winter. Whilafy on route
No. 71, which crosses but six creeks and rivers,
to wit: Sangamo river, Salt, Sugar, Prairie, and
Mackinaw creeks, and the Illinois river; all of
which have either a bridge or ferry, with one ex
ception, no mc.il has been transported since the
23th day of January last, and then, but a partial
one; thus depriving the citizens of Pe..ria, Put
nam, Iiock Island and Jo Daviess counties iu
the state of Illinois, and the citizens of Iowa,
Crawford, and Brown counties in the-territory of
Michigan, of the privilege of a weekly mail, to
whith they are, by law, entitled. Therefore,
Resolved, That we view, with the strongest
disapprobation the conduct of the mail contrac
tor on route No. 71, in totally neglecting since
the 28th ot January last, the transportation of
the mail.
Resolved, That in the opinion of this meeting,
no good reason can he assigned, why the mail
'll uld not he carried as often as the law requires,
since some of our citizens have, every week,
passed over the aforesaid route. No. 71, on their
way to or from Galena; and since, moreover, tlu.
diiliculties on said route are trilling in compari
son with those on route No. 1(5.
Resolved, That we have observed with the
highest 'Satisfaction, the energy, perseverance,
and untiring efforts of John I). Winters, the
mail contractor oil route No. 7ti in the discharge
ot his duties; although from the failure of the
mail on route No 71, he has arrived at this place,
week after week, with empty mail-bags from Pe
ona.
Resolved, That we sympathise with the citi
zens of the several counties in Ihis state, and in
the territory of Michigan, and with the officers
at Fort Armstrong, Fort Crawford,Fort IVinne
lingo, Fort Howard, and Fort Snelling, in the
common deprivation to which they have so lont
lieen subjected.
Resolved, That a committee of three, to wit.
Dr. H. Newhall, C. S. Hempstead, Esq. and
Dr. A. Phi'leo, be appointed to draft a letter to
the Hon. Wm. T. Barry, Post Master General,
tirging the dismission of the mail contractor on
route No. 71.
Resolved, That copies of tire proceedings of
this meeting be forwarded to the editors oi the
Illinois Intelligencer, and the St. E- tiis Beacon
fir publication, and tliat a copy be sent to the
Post Mt ttitert General; also, 1 hat copies be sent
to the Representative in Congress from Till now,
and to the Debate from Michigan, with a re
quest to use their endeavors to ha\c the ob
ject of the above resolution carried into effect
(Signed) MOSES MEEKER, Chairman.
Horatio Newhall, Scc'i/.
The editor of the Illinois Herald is requested to put>
lish the above proceedings.
Mount Carmel, Illinois, Slh March, lv3?.
To his Excellency John Reynolds, Governor of
Illinois, and Commander in Chief
of the 111. Militia.
Sir,
i have received your order or the 3d u;t. this
being first mail that has passed here in three
weeks; I embrace this first opportunity of re
porting to my proceedings under vour former or
der. Immediately upon receiving it I issued#®
order to field officers of my brigade, to meet at
Palestine on the Olh day of February last, for
the purpose of carrying into effect your order for
the formation of a new brigade out of the 2nd
brigade, 2d division, and such ne* regiments as
the public good might require; hut owing to the
unusual high waters, it was impossible for me
and the other officers to meet at the time appoint
ed; and it has so continued since. 1 am in hopes
we shall be able to convene before long. Res:
assured your order shall be carried into effect ae
soon as possible. View the militia are oth-e.ed
in the 1st brigade^ I have ni opport-nity of know-1

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