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JACK DOWNING'S LETTER.
Loo CABIN, NORTH BEND, Dec. 3d A. D., 1840. i7b the Editor of the N. Y. Express. Ever since I sent you that Letter, tel filig you about the Fox Chase, I have had just as much as I could spring to, in helping the Gineral read over petitions and applications for office. I thought, afore tilings got pretty sorting that we would carry the day, that these petitions came in considerable strong: but ever since it has been known that the Gineral had won the battle, they have come in by bushel baskets full. And the Gineral can tell'em jest as quick as he sees the outside on'em. "Bless me," says the Gin eral one day—"I wish Major, that dur fiijg the last war, when sometimes I want ed volunteers to follow me, that applica tions had been as numerous but, howev er/' says he, "we must fold up and fliark all these in regular order for there if no telling yet how soon we may want men to defend the country and having all these good names at hand, we can send to them, and tell them that although Iicould not appoint them all as collectors, Ond postmasters, and land receivers, and marshals, and district attorneys yet I hope as they are all willing to serve the $buntry, they will answer to their names «t "roll call." And so I am making out a list, and if only the half on 'em toe the mark then, we shall make quick work against an enemy, when fighting times $me. The most on 'em are the rale triue blue democracy too,—for they say, ih their petitions, they once was all Jack son and Van Buren men, but came round in good time and voted for the Gineral, a»d ever since then go the entire Cider mid Log Cabin, and no mistake. It is raly curious to see how some folks meas ure themselves, and get their friends to back 'em, assuring the Gineral that in all creation rouud he could not find a better man than this applicant for the office he asks, and about 500 ask for the same office. "Bless me, "Major," says the Gineral, "how things have altered since I first grew up!—why," says he, "in them days a man of any kind of spunk and pride would no more ask for an office than he would for cold vittles—and the appiniing power would jest as soon se lect a man to fill an office, who went round getting People to sign a petition for him, as a man would select the gal for his wife who brought him a long pe tition ill iiss favor. Uowsever," says t^e Gineral, "a good deal of this I am a fraid has been encouraged by some of my late "illustrious predecessorswho took a notion of keeping up their party, first by making times hard, and distressing honest industry, and then making folks work sharp and look for reward by seek ing for an office." I said to the Gineral one day, says I, Gineral, I was thinking I might as well put in a petition myself for an office afore it is too late, for according to sarvices says 1—tho' I say it—I don't know any man who has done more work for no thing, than I have. This seemed to puzzle the Gineral con siderable. He looked at me a spell, and then he scratched his head, and to rights lie shook it, and says he, "Major, I don't know any tnan of your rank who has a (jigger debt due him from his country than ypu have, and when folks say the public debt is paid oft", they forget your claim but it is a good investment as ever was, and advise you to hold on to it—there is no telling what it may reach if you let it run on, and don't ask any part on't, principal or interest, to be paid off. Now if you take an office, it will make a con siderable hole in it, and some folks may say, "there is one big debt wiped out at last." No, no, Major," says the Gine ral, "I can't afford to settle that debt and part with you yet, for there is no telling what we may find to do when we get to Washington, and where your slate and axe may be wanted. In the first place we have to examine the inventory of all the property of the people, or make a new one of all we find there, hussle up mat ters in the Treasury, and count over all the hard currency in the iron chests of the Sub-Treasurers look into matters in the Post Office, and all the other offices, and see what is there and what is not there, and what ought to be there,—and especially to see if any of the folks now there have by an accident left any of their own money behind them, and have it paid to them, so that every honest man gets his dues—and the rogues (if there are any) may get their dues also. And after get ting all these matters strait, then Major," says the General, "if you want an office, I'll see that you have one, and the best one I can advise you to take is, to watch your chance and when you see a quarter section well located going off at mini mum prices, cut in and take it—and!if yon haven't got the money to pay for it, I'll lend you and then shoulder your axe, and build your own cabin, and dig your own diggings, and if your country calls iMi you to fight, shoulder your musket and go -—and there is no telling but the time may eome when the People may drag you out of your retirement as they have me, and make you their President." So that is pretty mHch all I have got to look for, and I thought I would tell it, jest to let a good many folks see what the Mineral's notions are if they don't get an #jffice,—for it is just as like as not, if he djpn't appiiit them it is because he wants keep them to cut a bigger figure here Utter. Your friend, ). DOWNING, Major, A i *~&C. &C.&C. jk-.- tki.il is'i From the Cincinnati Philanthropy V ni WORTHY OF NOTICE We are now in possession of thirfy eight names of the votes for Mr Birney ip this county. Of these, seventeen are d&nocrats, fifteen whigs, and five mem tiers of no party. It has hitherto been a cpminen saying that you never could per' igpade a democrat to quit his party ^Throughout the state, we are inclined to itdieve, that the democrats, in proportion to the number of them, furnished a lar "j^er amount on our ticket, than their op jponents. One late inquiries incline us to jthink that Mte have hitherto underrated |be number of democratic abolitionist?. THE HAWK-EYE THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1841. Anti-Harrison Meeting. The Loco Foco Van Buren meeting on Thursday evening last was "all a farce." We have no room for suitable comments. Johnson, Mason, Greene and Bailey were the orators. Their eloquence was made up of worn out slang, and all their aim seem ed to be to blackguard and turn into ridi cule the principles and characters of prom inent men in the now dominant party in the United States. The brave old sol dier and patriotic President elect received a copious share of abuse—the great ma jority of the American people who voted for him were grossly libelled—and none seemed deserving of any praise but Mar tin Van Buren and his parasites. Several resolutions were adopted, some of which will merit our future notice. There are two resolutions to be found in the print ed records of the meeting, which we here declare were never introduced or voted for at the public meeting They purport to be the 7th and 8th, and the first of which appears to be perfectly nonsensical. We were a "looker on" at the meeting, and paid particular attention to all that passed, and we know that those resolu tions must have been concocted after Dr Bailey's tirade against Henry Clay and his false statement that Gen. Harrison had declared himself in favor of Henry Clay for his successor. Gen. H. never made such a declaration. If the loco "leaders" are in the habit of printing res olutions that their party never sanctioned —and we have no reason to think other wise—then the charge brought against them, that they do not believe the people capable of governing themselves, is true. This is the most palpable case of die tation we have lately seen. Mr Johnston introduced a resolution al most deifying A. C. Dodge, for services he has yet to perform, and proposed that the resolution should be adopted by ac clamation. Here the Chairman, Col. Coop, was in a quandary. In taking the vote on the resolution he said it had been proposed to take it by ''proclamation," and at the Bame time put the vote. This made the "knowing ones" look and feel small—a great roar ensued—and whether the resolution was passed by acclamation or not, the reader can judge as well as ourself. The most farcical part of the meeting was in proposing to hold a Convention to nominate a Delegate to Congress. It is well understood that the party will not give up their "illustrious Dodge why, then, the necessity of going to the expense of holding a Convention 1 But the queerest thing of all was in adopting the very measures for their plan of action that the Whigs resolved upon at their late gathering. It was very queer, because the Whig plan of organization had been held up to ridicule by the loco foco organ in this place only the week be fore. As we shall hereafter be obliged to allude to this famous meeting, we will close these remarks by simply asking the editor of the Gazette in his own language, who "acted the monkey" on Thursday evening last. If we had the room we do not know how we could better advance the Harri son cause in this Territory than to copy most of the editorial in the last Gazette. Our extremely circumscribed limits this week, however, forbid us taking farther notice of that notoriously slanderous sheet. Its slanders are so low, stale and vulgar, its insinuations are so mean and contempti ble, that to be hated "they need only to be seen." The ebullitions of the conduc tors of that print seem to be nothing more than the maddened death throes of a gang of political speculators, who feel that their game is up, and that they have no hope in any other course than the one they are now pursuing. Their plan is, if possible, to cast odium on the Whig party by bringing false charges and utter ing cowardly insinuations against those they call the "leaders." Who these "leaders" are they have not the manli ness to declare. We have 6ome state ments to make about the "leaders" of the locofoco party in this Territory which shall in due lime be laid before the pub lic, and which will in our opinion cover them with shame. But in doing this we shall not copy after the Gazette and throw out dark insinuations in relation to the private or public character of individ uals. Our charges are well founded and shall be made openly and fearlessly. v |C?*The Government Sales of Town Lots in this city will commence one week from fiext Monday. MR SPRINGER'S SPEECH.—-The great length of this interesting document has compelled us to curtail our ordinary a mount of editorial. CONGRESS.—VV*e have receired no news of importance from this body since our last. We hope every Whig will read the Address of "«Oite of the People." cut the following from the last Gazette: "We hope the Hawk-eye will not com pel us to explain—that is, that it will not compel us to say what we mean by in sinuations. That paper and its friends may thank their stars that we go no fur ther than insinuations sometimes. If we would at all times 'the tale unfold,' they would gladly desire us to confine ourself to bare insinuations." If the editor of the Gazette had any weight of character in this community or if he ever commanded the respect of his fellow citizens, he has deservedly lost it all in the estimation of every "high mind ed and honorable gentleman," by his re cent editorial course. One might have thought that after our frequent calls upon him, instead of issuing a new edition of insinuations, he would either have come out openly with his charges, if he had any, or been prudent enough to have kept silence. The above extract shows, how ever, that he can't give up his old trade. We again call upon the editor, if he have any charges against us, to make them, and we will meet them. If he has none, but has merely exerted his ingenuity in fabricating insinuations, let him hereafter keep silence. From the bottom of our heart, we do despise the secret slanderer. O U A E We have been informed bv a citiz6ii of Augusta that on Sunday night, 10th inst., some ruffian or ruffians entered the sta ble of Mr Levi Moflett, in which were a span of elegant dapple gray horses be longing to Joseph Smith, Jr., and muti lated them in a most shocking manner. The mane- and tail was cut from one horse one of the ears of the other was cut off and a deadly blow seemed aimed at its side with a knife which was arrest ed by the ribs of the animal, the gash being about six inches long. Mr Smith had arrived in Augusta, in this county, that evening, with the intention of obtain ing a load of flour at the mill and hauling it to Nauvoo. The horses were valued at $250. Such a wanton act of barbarity would hardly be tolerated among savages. No provocation could have been sufficient to authorize the perpetration of such an outrage. Every body but the editor of the Ga zette considers that Gen. Learned has triumphantly vindicated his character in relation to his official misconduct. In stead of stating the circumstances or lepublishing Gen. L's article, the editor makes further insinuations touching the private character of Gen. L. Fairness requires that Gen. L's Vindication should be published in the Gazette. Speech of Mr Springer, In Committee of the whole Counr.il, January 9, 1841, the Report of the Minority of tlie Committee appointed to£examinc the condi tion of the Public Buildings, &.c., at Iowa City, being under consideration I feel a delicacy, Mr Chairman, in commenting upon the report, for the rea son that the minority of the committee is not a member of this body and conse quently has not the privilege of replying to my remarks. And if I were the only person implicated in his statements I am not sure that 1 should notice it at all. I should be content to risk the character of the report which I had the honor to sub mit to the Council, against any thing the minority has seen fit to say in his. But sir I am not at liberty to take this course, my regard for the other member of the committee who concurred with me in the correctness of the majority report impels me so far as I am able to vindicate that report and the majority of the committee from the aspersions which are attempted in the minority report to be cast upon both. Nor would I put myself to this trouble if the report had not been publish ed, because sir I am sure that here it would be considered a work of supererogation. It does not become me to speak of my own character, I shall leave it to my ac quaintances. Nor does the name of" Al fred Hebard need any encomium from me. Whoever knows that gentleman sir, knows full well that he is incapable of committing an unworthy or dishonora ble act—incapable of an unfair course while acting in an official, or any other capacity—incapable of misrepresenting or of giving a false color to facts. The minority starts in his report with ascribing to the majority of the commit tee, the most pure and patriotic motives, while in the same breath he charges them with the most nefarious conduct. Why this absurd mockery, this awkward, left handed attempt at candor? Sir I do not thank the gentleman for his magnanimous stretch of charity towards the majority. I spurn his honied phrases, when he em ploys them as the stepping stone to the imputation of acts which deserve the most unsparing censure. I do not thank him for ascribing to me "pure and patri otic motives," when he accuses me at the same time with a course of conduct ut terly inconsistent with the character of an honorable man, and which if true, would render me unworthy of a seat in this Council. In conducting the investigation of the affairs of the acting commissioner, both my colleague and myself acted un der the solemnity of an oath.—We are either guilty or not guilty of the accusa tions against us—if guilty, our conduct is without palliation, and to say that we were actuated by "pure and patriotic mo lives" is as absurd as it would be to say that the highwayman is actuated by "pure natives?" when he robs you of your purse. Ir not guilty, then are his charges false, and I will not suffer my courtesy to get the better of my reason so far as to say that the minority in falsely imputing dis honorable conduct to the majority of the committee was actuated by "pure and. patriotic motives." Mr Chairman, 1 have no disposition to recriminate upon the minority of the com mittee. I am willing to make all fair al lowances on the score of his friendship, both political and personal, for the acting commissioner. And it is highly possible that the honorable gentleman was actuated by the "purest and most patriotic motives" in seeking to screen his friend from the legitimate consequences of his official misconduct by aspersing the character of those who have the misfortune not to be numbered among his personal and politi cal friends. I shall pass over the great solicitude of the gentleman to be appoint ed a member of the committee of inves tigation, I shall say nothing of his dispo sition to see onty the bright side of the transactions of the acting commissioner, and the ever ready apology for any act of mismanagement or malpractice dis coverable in the course of the examina tion. I would only commend them to his own reflection. After representing that the majority "report is calculated from its peculiar phraseology, to impress the reader with ideas which the facts before the commit tee will not warrant, when stripped of the high coloring and one sided conclusions drawn"from them by the majority of the comnfittee,'* and that the majority wished "their views on every minor matter con nected with the investigation, to appear in their full and broadest light, and being O O predisposed, from rumors which have long been afloat in the country, regarding the atlairs at Iowa City, to judge harsh ly towards the acting commissioner," the minority proceeds to say: "These considerations have induced the undersigned to submit a complete statement of all that came to the knowl edge of the committee during their sitting at Iowa city, so far as the same bears any relation to the accounts of the Acting Commissioner." A complete statement of facts truly. By a joint resolution of the Legislative assembly the acting commissioner was authorized to expend the sum of three hundred dollars on the Iowa avenue. Has the minority said any thing about this appropriation? Has he informed the Legislative assembly that the committee endeavored to ascertain whether the act ing commissioner had applied to this ob ject less or more than the sum appropria ted—that frequent reference was made to ••work on Avenue" in the receipts of the acting commissioner, and that the com mittee were told by him that he had kept no separate account of the amount of money he had expended on the avenue? Here is a specific appropriation. Was or was it not the duty of the acting com missioner to apply it according to law, and to know when he had expended just the amount and no more? If it was, he has failed to do his duty, and the minori ty has not reported the fact. A complete statement indeed flas the minority said any thing about the Frierson contract Has he informed the Legislative assembly that "John Fri erson & Co." entered into articles of a greement with the acting commissioner, to furnish stone, brick, lime and sand for the capitol, and finding the first branch of his contract not so favorable a bargain as he desired, he was permitted to abandon it, and permitted also to transfer the favor able parts of his contract to third persons? That as a compensation for transferring that part of his contract in relation to the furnishing of bricks, Mr Frierson receives lone dollar on each thousand delivered, to be retained for him in the hands of the acting commissioner. Mr Frierson it seems has no diiliculty in contracting for bricks at seven dollars per thousand. If seven dollars be the price of bricks, why is the Territory made to pay eight. Is the acting commissioner so unacquainted with doing business as to render it ne cessary for him to employ an agent and to pay him one dollar in eight for mak ing his bargains? Is this too trivial a circumstance to merit the notice of the minority of the committee? Truly he has given a com plete statement of facts! Has he noticed the Ronalds contract? Has he thought proper to tell the Legis lative assembly that the acting commis sioner advanced on -a contract for lum ber with Mr Ronalds, twenty nine dol lars more than by the terms of it, the con tract amounted to That this advance was made one year before the lumber was likely to be needed? That the mill of Mr Ronalds when this lumber was to be sawed, is distant some forty miles from the capitol That it is among the most unlikely things in the world thalMumber should be conveyed that distance, when there are saw mills within a few miles of the City? And that it looks about as much like a pretext for the loan of money as any thing else This is one of the facts developed by the investigation, and the majority of the committee thought it of sufficient importance to report it. Again Mr Chairman the majority of the committee thought proper to notice another fact which seems to have escaped the attention of the minority in making out his report. I allude sir to the form of the certificates made use of by the acting commissioner at the sale in 1839. The terms of sale were one third cash in hand, and the balance in three semi annual instalments. Upon the first pay ment being made, the acting commission er issued certificates of purchase to the different purchasers, stating among other things thatW/ifi conditions of sale having been complied with," the purchaser was entitled to a conveyance in fee simple as soon as a title could be obtained from the United States. A transcript of one of these certificates is given in the report of the majority. In the conditions of sale it was stated that upon failure to pay the instalments, the payments already made would be forfeited and the lots would re vert to the Territory. By the express language of the certificate this condition of the sale, it is thought, is rendered nu gatory, and the lots are in no danger of being forfeited upon a failure to pay the instalments. About $14,000 are due the Territory on notes under those certifi cates, antl it is believed by some that the notes are the only security the Territory has v for the payment thereof. Those certificates are said to have been prepared by the executive, and this circumstance may have had some influence in exclu ding the subject from the jninority re port, believing it to be the fault or error of the executive and not of the acting commissioner. Be this as it may, the majority believe that a man conversant with business and duly watchful of the interests confided to his charge, could not have failed to perceive the impropri ety of using them and would have taken the responsibility of substituting therefor a different form, though they might have been sen to him under the direction of a thousand governors. There is another circumstance, Sir, which is not to be found in the complete statement of the minority report. At these sales, instead of exacting the first payment in cash, as the law required, the acting commissioner is so obliging as to receive notes of purchasers payable in thirty and sixty days. This may be all right. If it is, the law is certainly wrong, and of course should not be obeyed. Again Sir is there any tiling said in the complete statement of the minority of the fact that William Walt acted as foreman only about one half of the last month that operations were carried on upon the capi tol, and that the account of the acting commissioner against the Territory run ning through the whole previous year, a mounting to near $400, was embraced iu Walt's receipt To state these facts may be evidence of "high coloring and one sided conclu sions" in the report of the majority if it be so. the minority report is fortunately free from these most criminal characteris tics. And now for a little "coloring" in the report of the minority. He says: "A copy of the testimony has been submitted by way of appendix to the re port of the majority of the committee. The undersigned would here remark, that this copy is but a parlial report of the testimony taken by the committee and that all those parts which would ap pear to the advantage of the Acting Com missioner are either left out of the copy of testimony or studiously evaded in their report. It must also be remembered that all the testimony taken was entirely ex parie and that when Mr. Swan desired to be present'at examination of witnesses, the committee refused him that priv ilege." Sir this is an elegant extract. Mr Chairman if the individual who charges me with having given a garbled, partial, and one sided report of the testinony taken before the committee, were a mem ber of this House I should be plain with him, and should pronounce this statement, without the least hesitation, false—as it is sir I pronounce it utterly unfounded. Sir 1 do not like to deal in harsh lan guage towards any gentleman—I trust I shall never iudulge in it without suffi cient occasion. But sir here is a decla ration not thrown out in the order of delate from a heated imagination, but coolly and deliberately made, charging the majority of the committee with the most vile and dishonorable proceedings, and I repel it. I repeat it sir there is not a particle of foundation in this state ment.—Onr mode of taking the testimo ny of witnesses was briefly this: The questions were written down by me (as I was requested to take the evidence) as they were propounded to the witness, they were severally read over to him, and his answer taken down as it fell from his lips, and then read over to him to ascertain whether it had been taken down correctly. Every question was put down on my minule3 that was desi red to be put down by any member of the committee. And it was understood and remarked at the time that the min utes of the testimony should be the com mon property of the several members of the committee. I endeavored in all in stances to get the exact meaning of the witness and his language. And as I took it down so I have reported it without the slightest coloring, alteration of meaning, omission, or addition—except an omis sion in one instance in a matter of no im portance, and which formed no part of our enquiry. It was the testimony of a ir *ymr inmr -imr- *r at witness I think,' that was called before the committee, (Capt. Irish) «the follow ing note was revived from the acting commissioner: Mr Hebard, Chairman of Committee: Sir—Understanding that the commit tee are receiving testimony from some who are my personal enemies, I have sent to enquire whether or not, I have a right to be present or the chance to be heard in any W3y in relation to the matter. I am, sir, in haste, C. SWAN." To which the committee, replied as follows "DOLBEK'S HOTEL, Iowa City, Dec. 23, 1840. To C. Swan, acting Com'r. &c. Sir, The committee have received your note by \lr McCormick, and in answer would state that they are not aware that they have received testimony from per sons who are your personal enemies." The committee conceive that the acting commissioner is not on trial before them, and consequently has not a right to be present, except by courtesy of the com mittee. Yours, respectfully, A. HEBARD. The minority assented to the propriety of this answer at any rate, ha did not dissent from it. I am satisfied, sir, that the position taken by the committee was a correct one. It is the ground assumed by all similar committees. It is the ground taken by the committee appointed under Gen. Jackson's administration to investigate the affairs of the United States bank, and also the ground taken by the committee appointed subsequently to ex amine the Custom House at New York. So that if the committee had excluded the acting commissioner from being present at the examination of witnesses, neither he nor the minority has any reason to complain. But we did not so exclude him. The acting commissioner it is true did not obtrude himself upon the committee, but he was present just when and as often as he saw fit to be during the whole of the examination, and was never told to my knowledge to leave the room, or that the committee would not extend to him the courtesy of being present. In a note subsequently written to the com mittee by Mr Swan in the following post script: P. S.—I did not write you that line out of any disrespect to you or the com mittee. but was advised by men who saw Capt. Irish go into your room, (a man in whom the people have no confidence.) witness introduced by ihe acting coinmis- writing, remarking that I believed the re port to be correct, that I would consent to no alterations, and that in my opinion the proposition was ill-timed to say, the least of it. The minority then drew from his pocket a roll of manuscript and read a number of pages of what he said was his report. The next day the reports were submitted to the Legislative Assem bly. sioner voluntarily to prove that he had paid Skeen one of his foreman, $100 for which he had neglected to take a receipt. I observed at the time that we were sent to examine the vouchers of the acting commissioner, and if he had paid money without taking a receipt, it was a matter which he would have to make appear when he should be called upon to set tle with the Territory. Besides suppose he had been able to prove by this wit ness that he had paid the money to Skeen, would it be testimony which would ap pear to his advantage? Would it not rather be another instance of the careless manner in which the business of the Territory has been sometimes conducted? The minority of the committee heard the questions and answers read over re peatedly, had the privilege of reading them himself if he pleased to do so, and through the whole course of the investi gation he never hinted in any shape or manner that the answers were not cor rectly taken down by me. And now why this charge Where is the testi mony if we have not given it Does he give any testimony Not a particle. If we have given but a partial report of the testimony," if we "have studiously evaded in our report, or carefully left out of the copy of the testimony all those parts which would appear to the advan tage of the acting commissioner," why in the name of heaven, does he not give a correct and impartial report of it Is he weak enough to suppose that a de claration of this kind, unsupported by the slightest proof, will be credited by any sensible man especially when it is considered that, if true, he has had every opportunity of corroborating it. The minority says that "when Mr Swan desired to be present at the exami nation of witnesses, the committee re fused him that privilege." The idea conveyed by this assertion is that the committee throughout the examination barred the door against the acting com missioner. The statement will admit of no other construction. And what is the fact! During the examination of the last C. SWAN." Whether this postscript was designed as an apology for writing to the commit tee to know whether he had a right to be present, or as a pretext for an attempt to invalidate the testimony of Capt. Irish, is a matter of little consequence. Why this gratuitous attack upon Capt. Irish Were the committee incapable of judging for themselves, whether the statements of Capt. Irish were entitled to credit? As I have introduced this postscript here, Sir, I will cheerfully state, as an act of jus tice to Capt. Irish, that the committee came to no such conclusions respecting him. There are few men among us who appear more intelligent than Capt. Irish, and 1 have seen nothing to shake my conviction that he is a gentleman of in tegrity. I will notice another sentence in the report of the minority. He says "For the purpose of obviating the nec essity of submitting separate reports, the undersigned requested the committee to report the facts as toe found them, with out coloring, shade, or comment, and al low each member to append such other statements as a sense ofduty might dictate but was informed that they had their re port prepared as it must be submitted." Determined to submit a separate re port, the minority seizes upon the most trivial circumstances, and tortufes them into pretexts for doing so. Some day or two after he had heard the majority report read, he called upon the majorily aud made in writing the proposition, or request he speaks of. As one of the committee I refused to reply to it in The minority says that he "feels bound, from a sense of duty, to say, that there was an apparent disposition to collect the gossip found ailoal in the city, so far as the same could in any way affect the stand ing of the Acting commissioner, else, why should a gentleman be called from a dis tant town and kept in attendance for near ly a week, ranging the city, and occasion ally presenting a written communication to the committee, while the undersigned had no means of judging whether the per son aforesaid was acting in the capacity of an assistant prosecutor, or what was his connection with the committee until the common talk of the city informed him that he had been called by order of the com mittee as a witness. He would further state, many of the acts of the committee seemed to partake more of the nature of an attack upon character, than a fair in vestigation after truth and that when en quiries were made of witnesses the ques tions were better calculated to embarrass than to elicit the true state of the tran saction under consideration." This paragraph deserves some notice "There was au apparent disposition to collect gossip found afloat in the city.* Indeed and has any of this gossip been reported by the majority, and if they had been weak enough to report it, would it have been entitled to the weight of a feather in the scale against the acting commissioner, or any man And, why this extreme sensitiveness on the part of the acting commissioner and his friends at the thought of an investigation The acting commissioner has either discharged his duties properly or otherwise. If properly, are gossip and rumor going to injure him, even if they are traced to that source I Sir, investigation, like the ghost of Banquo should, disturb ma est man. It strikes terror only inlT breasts of the guilty. It appeij, ^Ml Sir, that a.man conscious of havim, Jf8! properly, mistakes his interests' throws or seeks to throw obstacle the way of a free and full i0VB«J of his affairs. He should court it 5°J and rejoice at an opportunity of sileV-"1 gossip and rumor by subjecting thl0"" the test of examination. T« .u. examination this were not the feeling of the commissioner and his friends, I will evidence a litile stronger than this graph from the minority report, a communication from Stephen Whi hW jr., Esq., who wassubpeened undent following circumstances: The min of the committee left Burlington for IQ"^ city, the day before the majority Th! day the majority left, an opportunity fered to forward a note to Mr Whi requesting him to attend before the com' mittee as a witness, the majority havin understood that he was in possession] some information touching affairs at Io city. The committee did n^Lknow what moment of time they mVght Hon. F. Springer, Chairman of Com My Dear Sir,—I had occasion io|^ frequently here last Summer and fall, and during my visits heard much of the mm. ner in which Mr Swan conducted business —the purport of most I heard was a want of business-doing ability on his pan. About the beginning of Oct. several pet. sons residing in and near this place, gnp. posing that I would probably be elected to a seal in the Council of the territory gave me information of some official acts of Mr S. which were thought exception. able and requested me, in the event of an opportunity offering, to institute such official inquiry as the occasion seems to demand. 1 made written memorandums of some of these complaints in order to facilitate any inquiries that might beor dered. I mentioned the substance of tlie above to you on my last visit to Louin Court which I suppose was the occasion of your letter to me dated the 13th insL requesting my attendance here during the sitting of the committee of which you are chairman. w There is yet another obstacle to a free and full inquiry. A petition was in cir culation here about a month ago at the in stance of Mr Swan stating incidentally that he was every thing a superintendant should be and signed by about a hundred names. Some of those who signed that petition without a knowledge of its purport, having been reminded that they have committed themselves in his fe70r are now reminded by those who oppos® an inquiry, of' the virtue of consistency* If you think proper 1 wish you to com municate the contents of this letter to the committee of which you are chairman and make the note which I had the honor to address to you yesterday, an appendix hereto. If more was expected of me tha® is here disclosed you will, I hope, set it down, to the causes indicated in this letter I have the honor to be, Very Respectfully, ~Your- Obedient Servant '-M sr WHITER J'* What the minority say3 in relation to the questions propounded to the witue* ses, will ba. sufficiently refuted by I®" ference.to the questions themselves. ask gentlemen to do me the justice t® examine those questions, and see if lb# are not such questions as the natufo our enquiry induced us to put I sdmife however, if it will be any accomraodav the 2 .giiops ID* vtft worn as stal e,.l» 1 i, giving state wl ,ilaf jority 8*ow Ifhc uni' Lipviih?1 hy their inil conta' are no their owi itate MrSvvai ^oo iswwfi ,, amoun* ecifi ad sp' ,i,e same ,j coinpan vhe aclu spared u In some kind« fDti0'ie(^ isll In some n small This wai sne by anj wi8^ examine Mr Whicher, or when it would be convenient for him to attend. yg obeyed the summons promptly and ar rived some few days before the commit.' tee were ready to receive his testimony. Iowa City. Dec. 18, 1840, :u iion of this, it them, ho to go o iihout son were fe lisch as he wouh He speait sets. If spcctivel) erron, aiu cotisidei ic minori rs iio don at the pal ie argu me ie law and pd happei w in as I insured, jes no set ofl sty. An lember to assassii ived anoti imselfas I this I of com lately I srepuie t! and he Leaving home in some haste I brought none of these memorandums with me: in deed I am not certain that I preserred them, not knowing that they would be of service. On my arrival here, in order lo refresh my memory, I called on some of those who had relied on me to assist in the correction of alleged abuses, to ascer tain with certainty where and from whom requisite information could be obtained. In this I have made no secret of my bus iness nor of my means of obtaining infor mation. I have mingled freely and fa miliarly with the citizens of the city and have with few exceptions met with a cor responding frankness. But many are re luctant to be called on to give testimony before the committee because they are in debted for lots in the city and are appre hensive of incurring the displeasure of the Superintendant whilst some others are contractors for work on the public build ing and are apprehensive (as is said) that if their contracts are found to be corrupt they will not enjoy the benefits of their fulfilment. There are others who, I have reason to believe can explain some ob scure passages in Mr Swan's late report to the legislature, have an idea that a sup- jortance pressiou of facts will not be displeasing to loraraiss the acting commissioner and endeavor to intimidate by threats such as seek a full investigation. I learn with regret that the acting commissioner himself encourages the idea that a disclosure of facts would be equally prejudicial to contractors, him self and the prosperity of the City. At an accidental meeting of some of the peo ple of this place last night, among whom was Mr Swan it was proposed to rid the city of my presence by appliances of sun dry naval stores, feathers, rails and othfl marks of popular disapprobation, while he by his presence and conduct if not by speeches gave countenance and encour agement to the proposed outrage. I do not mention this because of any apprehen sion of any other than the most respect ful usage from the citizens of Iowa City. I have received too many marks of their hospitality and confidence to give me i moments uneasiness for ray personal safe ty, nor do I think any thing of the kind was seriously meditated. It was men tioned I suppose because it was thought to be acceptable to the commissioner, and I name it here merely to shew you that obstacles are in the way of a free, full and fair investigation of the eonduct of the present superintendent, and that there are yet some men in the world who are will ing lo be degraded, nay willing to degrade themselves for a prospect of pecuniary gain. In concl ersomdly ie acting sa man, at a sligl bt acqu? save on iim. 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