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We have the pleasure to commence a
new series of Letters from our friend 44 thi
Major;" which, to guarantee their authen
ticity, will appear first in print under the
'rtouRK head," originally designed for him.
We are glad he is where he is though he
is seldom out of place any where. We
congratulate the Country generally and the
Old Hero, in particular, (who has been des
ignated as the standard bearer at the he.td
of the great Democratic Whig Column,)
that he tins at his side a valuable and trusty
friend and have little doubt that the Ma
jor's Letters from the "Cabinet of the Cabin,
will traverse trumpet-tongued, over the
land, and infuse new life in the present
palsied, chained and trampled energies of
tho country. N. Y. bxpress.
Loo Cabin, North Be.no,)
March 26, 1840. J
To the Moderator of the Doicningvilll Convention.
Respected Sir I got here yesterday safe
and sound, and am as happy as a calm at
hich water. My journey from Washington
to this place would take about a quire of
paper to describe, so 1 wont undertake it;
but never was a man had such a time, it
v;is one eternal hurrah from the time
crossed the Potomac till I struck the Ohio.
I didn't care the first go off to let folks
know who I was or where I was going; but
one chap looked into my hat and seeing my
name, slept up to me at the dinner table, and
asked me if I was "Jack Downing." I telled
him when I was a boy folks called me
"Jack;" but when I riz in the world I
thought I was entitled to be called John
Downing "Well," says he, "are you Ma
jor Downing V "Jist so," says I. "Is that
your ax," savs he, " lushed under that bun
dle P "It is," says I. "That's enul," says
he; and out he went, and from that time til
1 got hare I needed neither hard monet o
paper currency; there waint stage or
tavern that would let me pay a cent; ni
if I could have eaten all the "liar
offered me, I guess I wouldn't
ncam lor a considerable spel
1 don't think mere is anv use in ke
the Convention at Dowinzville together
after you get this letter, the work is pretty
nigh done. There is only one notion now
all through this everlasting and etarnal
country and the present administration
stand no more chance now than a stump
tail bull in fly time. The only difficulty is,
folks begin to swarm over a leetle too fast,
and there are so many ou 'em to elaim the
honor of Jeing on the right side, that Gin
eral Harrison will have to say as Gineral
Wellington did at Waterloo "when so
many havo done their duty I can't discrim
inate." I got here yesterday, and inquired for the
'old Hero,' and was told he was out attend
ing to ploughing up some bottom land, and
I went off looking for him; and sure enuf I
found him busy as a bee in a tar bucket, and
twice as spry. I hadn't got my regimentals
. on, and he took me for a settler. "Well,
6tranger," says he, "how do you do?"
"Right smart," savs I. "How is it with
you" From the "East?" says he, "And
going West! "les, and no," says I
"Well" says he, "that sounds right, and
makes me hope you will stop in these parts."
1 had never seen him atore, and as 1 had
come to measure him through and through,
I got eyeing him, and we had considerable
conversation afore I let on who I was,
and when I did tell him J guess nil Downing'
ville, and especially our family and name
would like to see the right down hearty
shake ol the hand the old Hero gave me
"Why," says he, "Major, a rise in the Ohio
nrter a long dry spell, was never more
pleasing to me than to see you."
"Come," savs lie, "come along to my
cabin, as for your stopping any where else,
it auu the book ana remember jist that
half on't is yourn." And so back we
went and lie sent oil' to town and got my
bundle, and show d me mv room; and a;
soon as supper was ready 1 was ready for
it too. And then we had a regular set to,
and had a raal talk all about most matters
and wound un with a icetle hard cider, and
ent to b'?d.
It would make this letter too long lor a
nun who hainl got "the franking privilege,"
to tell you what we talked about ; nor will
I, in this letter, give you my notion about
the old Hero; for it aint one supper; one
talk, one ni-'ht s lodging, or one glass o
cider that gives n man a right to speak of
another, knowingly, especially a man up
for the hist olhce in the country.
I haint forgot yet that letter tolher old
Ukro wrote to .Mr. Monroe; but what J
have saiil of this one thus far, and knowing
tother one as well as 1 do, I think there is
this difference Loth on 'em are rale grit,
as their military history shows, and both on
'em have had considerable to do with
Ingins. Now, whilst one carried Ingin no
lions to Washington and spread that doo
trine into his party, I think tolher one will
only apply it to Ingins, and give civilized
folks a share thru belongs to civilization;
but as to this I don't s:iy positive jist yet.
There are some things I like to see here
in "the C.ini.v," and which look about right.
There are rou it pictures hanging up here,
which the old Hero says ought to hang in
every cabin in tho country, and that con
gress ought to have printed and framed, and
sent round to every cabin that can't allbrd
to buy 'em, (and a leetle saving out of the
public printing would pay the hull expense)
and they 1st Tho Declaration of Indepen
dence, 21, The Constitution of the United
States. 3d. General Washington's Fare
well Address, and 4th, The Map of the
United States. Now with these, the Inn
eral says, a good honest democrat looking
well to 'em will straighten the crooks o!
party, and as to books, ho says he may
have as many as ho can utford to buy
taking care to see that one at least shall
stand first on the list, and that is the Bible.
There is no telling yet when I can leave
here. The Gineral says he can't part with
me no how, that folks all about the coun
try write him so many letters and send him
so many questions to answer, that he hain't
got time to answer 'em all, unlets he ne
glects his (arm and lets his apple trees go
untnmm d, ana in tnat case tie d nave no
cider to give his friends next fall; and so I
ant going to lend him a hand in doing some
of his writing.
There ore a good many wk
the Gineral; some honest on
cunning ones, and all ought I.
and the Gineral is willin
business to me, only tellin
. i
eep in
tny eye tne tour picturs
in the
Cabinet Chamber,
ant to know
what the Gineral's n
are about mo-Sulj-Treasury
ney nutters, Cu
and Banks &c.
hers about office-
holders, and w!
to hold offices.
Abolition, and
Others about
Public Lands
about Intern
Credit, and so
kept pritty I
forth. And others
ovement, and state
and so 1 expect to be
a spell answering all
Gineral, whilst he is
these quenei
busy with hi:
it aint possi
and his apple trees, and
to say that l can get
back your
go with the Gineral to
so vou may as well
adjourn th
lion at Downingville,
i'd matters to me and
Cabin on the North
and refer
the Ginerj
Bend, fror
you and all creation
will hear
t cespecttui netew anuinenu,
lDOWNING, Major, &c. &c.
efew and friend,
fleautiful effect of the one term
and the vast numbers of disin-
nen who will vote for Gen. Harri-
use he is voluntarily and solemnly
o that principle, are well set forth
following remarks from the Salem
Most undoubtedly, the one term
Iq thi triio nnn. frr thrt credit nnd
r as well as for the interest of the
l Harrison oilers a new and re-
reshino epoch to the heart of the patriot.
Ie stands for one term only a precedent
for which the people of this country have
been contending in Congress and out of
Congress since the year 1832. A precedent
which obtained for General Jackson the
largest share of his popularity, and which
was electioneered by his partizans in voices
of thunder, as well as made the subject ol
a solemn and elaborate pledge by himself,
before the legislature of lennessee. In
itself, it is a great reform. It cuts off all
motive in a President to govern for himself
instead ot tor his country. It is, theielore,
purely republican. It severs all cords ol
possible corruption. It renders the Presi
dent what the Constitution intended him to
be, the servant of the people the guar
dian of the country; not the slave of a fac
tion not the pimp of his own cupidity and
ambition, as V an Buren is. 1 or this limi
tation to his power alone, General Harri
son will receive tens of thousands of votes,
from all parties from all sides, wherever a
bosom swells with American pride wher
ever a heart throbs with American patriot
ism; and he will be elected.
The Sub.Treasury scheme has been advo
cated oa the ground that it will tend to reduce
the price of products and the rates of wages,
and thus enable the American manufacturer.
"without any tariff," to complete with the for
eign manufacturer, in the markets of the world
Deny it as they may, or will, the burden of
(heir arguments for the bub- I reasury, and the
hard money currency which it was to bring
ab.ut, was drawn from it assumed operation
in reducing the prices of products and the wages
of labor, to the "standard throughout the
This was the language of Mr. Buchanan's
speech in the Senate, and it is undoubtedly the
meaning of his speech as "moulded," and after
wards published in the Globe. To those vho
may be led astray by his high-toned disclaimers,
subsequently, and who may thus entertain a
doubt upon the subject, we will cite a fact that
will go far to remove their doubts, and settle
the question.
Some weeks ago the Lancaster Herald, a Har
rison paper, which has a great circulation iu
that and the neighboring counties, proposed to
the Intelligencer, the Suh-Trcusury paper o(
Lancaster, lh:it if the latter would publish Mr.
Davis's speech in reply lo Mr. Buchanan, the
Herald would publish Mr. Buchanan's speech!
But the offer h:is i.ot been accepted. The last
Herald says lliat "Mr. Buchanan won't let the
editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer accept the
challenge" apparently not being desirous that
his speech, for tho reduction of prices and la.
bor, to tho "standard of tho world," should be
circulated among the pcoph'.
What istlio inference? Why, the speaker,
on sober sccon 1 thought, has cause to entertain
a Acll grounded fear that his speech in the
Senate, instead of making converts to the Sub
Treasury slieme, among the bone and sinew of
the country, will make oppouels to an Adminis
tration, whoso "favorite measure" is intended to
reduce prices and wages, and thus promote the
interests of tho salaried office holJer3, at the ex
pense of all other interests in the community.
Baltimore 1'atriot.
A tahlo was prepared not long since by
tho British Secretary of State, showing the
wages of day inbouiers in various coun
tries. From this it appears that in France
the rate of wages is from 10 to 30 cents per
day; iu Corsica 2'2 cents; in Germany from
9 to 11; in Holland and Belgium 10 to 40
cents; Tiieste 24 cents; Lombardy 16 to 20
cents; in Genoa 10 to 10 cents; Tuscany
12 cents.
This is the state of things to which Ben
ton, Buchanan, and Walker say they wish
to see the labouring portion of this free
country reduced. These are the countries
to which Mr. Van Buren refeis as models
for the United States to copy after. They
are hard-money, gold and silver real specie
currency countries; where the measures
which Mr. Van Buren, Benton, and Buchan
an support, exist in their full force. These
countries havo a gold and silver currency,
and tho sub treasury. Now we put it to
every labouring man, do you wish to see
this state of things introduced into the
United States? If you do not wish to la
bour for from 10 to 30 or 40 cents a day,
then oppose the men who are striving to
introduce this state of things. It is no use
to say you aro opposed to it, and yet sup
port, the men who advocate it.
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A short time since General Harrison was assail
ed in the Ohio Legislature, in a manner somewhat
similar to what we understand was asserted res
pecting him, in the meeting on Monday last. Mr.
Corwin, a member of that body, addressed a letter
to each of kis aids-de-camp, calling their attention
to the calumny, and all their answers are now be
foro us. We have not room for those of Colonel
O'Fallon, Gen. Todd, and the Hon. John Chambers,
but propose to issue tliem all in an extra sheet
in a few days to the end that the voice of living
and honorable witnesses, may be added to the voice
of History, In branding the infamy of SLANDER
on the political heroes of the present dy. Fore
most amongst these, we understand, the gentleman
who heads tho caucus ticket for the lower house in
Howard, and who (our readers may remember) it
was predicted by our correspondent several weeks
ago would head it on the ground of his superior
adaptation to the work of slander and vituperation.
In reference to such men, and those who procured
his nomination from such considerations, the fol
lowing Utter, cuts as it goes. Of John Speed
Smith, there is not a man, woman, or child from
Madison county, or thereabouts, who will not attest
that ho is tho " soul of honor," and that his word
is worth more than the oath of a thousand such
men as . Let the slanderers of the
gray grown patriot, one and all read it, and hide
thetr faces in shame and most especially let the
upright portion of the people remember that the
men who now slander Harrison are the same who
have cheated and deceived them with other stories
for years. The charm will Ihus be broken, and
history will once again assert its right to speak of
the past, in preference to the Globe, the Democrat,
or the Hickory Club.
Richmond, Ky., March C, 1C40.
Sir: Your letter of the 17th ult. was re
ceived on yesterday, in which you state,
tnat,"ii nas Dcen openly avowed that uene
ral Harrison was at no time in the battle of
the Thames, nor within two miles of the
battle ground that the entire plan of ope
rations was projected by Col. K. M. John
son that he led the troops on to conquest,
and that General Harrison had no part nor
ot in the matter." JUy humiliation is
deep, that a necessity should exist, produced
by party rancour, to prove tacts attested by
history tor more than a quarter ot a centu
ry, and which have never before been ques
tioned: That ignorance and credulity
abound to an extent, to render such base
less assertions available, btspeaks a lament
able state of public lntelligc:., and por
tends no good to the lepublic.
That Col. Johnson led the van, and
brought on the battle, is true that he be-
haved with the utmost gallantry, is also
true; but your letter contains the first sug
gestion which has ever reached me, that
"the entire plan ot operations was projec
ted by him.'- Ihe magnanimity of Col,
Johnson, will repudiate with proud indig
nation, such an effort to cluster additional
laurels upon his brow, thus unjustly torn
trom the brow ot his General. Col. John
son received orders, as to the form and
manner of charge, from General Harrison
in person, in face and almost in sight of the
enemy. The General was with the Regi
ment when the charge was sounded. As
Johnson moved to the charge, the General
started for the line of Infantry, which was
drawn up in order ot battle, tie had not
gone far, before turning to me, (and to the
bestot my recollection, I was the only one
of his Aids then with him,) he said, "Pursue
Col. Johnson with your utmost speed see
the effect of his charge, and the position of
the enemy's Artillery, and return as quick
ly as possible." Having executed this or
der as promptly as practicable, I met him
on my return, pressing forward with the
front ol the Jnlantrv. Upon reporting,
that Col. Johnson had broke the enemy's
line that they were surrendering, and their
cannon was in our possession ho exclaim
ed, in an animated tone, ''Come on my
brave lellows, l'roctor and his whole army
will soon be ours." Soon after this, an
officer, (I believe the late Judge John Mc
Do well, of Ohio,) rode up and repotted
that the left wing, at or near the crotchet,
was suflenng severely, and in great disor
der. The communication was made in the
hearing of the soldiers. The General con
tradictcd the latter part of the statement in
tne most emphatic manner but gmnj
orders to the next in command to push for
ward, he dashed with the messenger to the
indicated point of conflict and confusion
and found the contest pretty close and se-
vere. A portion of Johnson's Regiment
owing to the impracticability of the ground
for horse, had dismounted, and was fighting
on foot and mingled with the Infantry
which had been to some extent, the cause
of the confusion. Order was soon restored
and the left wing closed to the front, (which
formed the crotchet,) under the personal su
pervision of General Harrison. In the
mean time, some of our soldiers were shot
within less than ten feet of the General, for
the conflict here was sharp and animated
and continued so for some time. With the
exception of the charge made by Col. John
son s liegiment, Uenerai Harrison was iu
the most exposed and dangerous part of the
It is due to the occasion to relate the fol
lowing incident: The day before the bat
tle, the army was impeded in its inarch by
the destruction of a bridge across a branch
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at or near the mouth of the branch. Col.
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Johnson had been ordered to cross this
stream at some mills, two or three miles
above the mouth. 1 he road led them by
the bridge. A portion of his regiment had
a brush with a party of Indians, posted in
cabins, on the opposite side of the Thames
and the branch, and also under the thick
covert along their banks to dispute the pas
snge of the stream, and harass all attempts
to repair the bridge. As soon as the firing
was heard, the General hurried to the scene
of action, accompanied by a portion of his
family, of which Commodore Perry was
one. When I arrived, iiound general liar
rison, Commodore Perry and other officers
(1 think General Cass was one,) in an open
piece ol ground, near the bridge. Col
Johnson had passed, and a small portion of
his regiment, previously dismounted, under
the command ol Capt. Benjamin Warfield,
and some infantry which hud hurried up
were carrying on the skitmish. Mnj. Wood
had been ordered up with a small piece of
artillery. Commodope Perry urged Gen.
Harrison, to withdraw, ns he was too much
exposed for the commander-in-Chief. If I
mistake not, Gen. Cass united with the
Commodore, and ofiered to remain and see
his orders executed. Ihe General, with
Perry and the residue of his suite, started
off; but General Harrison went but a few
steps and returned, and retained his position
near the cannon, until the Indians were dis
lodged and driven, the bridge repaired, and
the army put in motion to cross. During
this whole time he was as much or more
exposed than the soldiers, being on horse-
back all the while. 1 he Commodore after
wards remonstrated with him against this
unnecessary exposure, observing, "that in
open sea he could stand fire tolerably well
but there was no tun in being shot at by a
concealed enemy." The General justified
his conduct by saying "the general who
commands Republican volunteers, in whose
ranks the best blood of the country is to be
found, must never think of his own safety,
at least until his troops become familiar
with the disregard ot personal danger."
Hardihood itself lias never denied rerry s
courage. Chambersand loddol Kentucky
and O'rallon of Missouri, the othci Aids of
General Harrison at the battle of the
Thames, are still living, and can give you
additional facts, if required.
Although it is not in direct response to
any part ot your letter, 1 must be permit
ted to say, that my intercourse with Gene
ral Harrison left the conviction on my
mind, that ho was a gentleman, a soldier,
and a patriot, and 1 deprecate most sincere
ly, the injustice attempted to be done him
by a portion ot that party with which I
have always voted.
1 am, sir, respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
For the Boon's Lirk Times.
Mn. Cadv : I was in Chariton on Satur
day evening, where I had an opportunity of
hearing General Clark address a portion of
his fellow citizens on some of those mo
mentous subjects, which are now agitating
the people not only of Missouri, but of the
whole nation. I must confess that I have
heretofore considered the chances of his
success in the ensuing election, at least,
somewhat precarious. Being no politician
and engaged in on. of those occupations
which impose duties foreign to political
inquiries, I wns but partially acquainted
with those great principles and fundamental
truths, on which I find, he rests his claim to
the support of the freemen of Missouri
Besides, the Democrats (falsely so called)
have heretofore had such overwhelming
majorities, as to leave but little hope of suc
cess to any other party, so long as they
could even preserve the semblance of hon
esty and patriotism. I was also fearful
that the talents of Clark as a public speaker
would prove inadequate to the task imposed
on him in the present canvass. Such were
my views, such my fears. Will you then
think me fickle, variable or unstable, when
I say that I left Chariton thoroughly con
vinced that I had not only formed erroneous
opinions in regard to the General's Oratori
cal powers, and the probable success of the
administration candidate, but that Clark
must inevitably be elected? This I inf'e
from his shining talents as well as from the
fact, that every man, who knows him
whether Whig or Democrat, is bound to
concede that no man has purer principles
or can maintain a more unblemished repu
tation during the whole course of his life,
Such a man with such a cause as he is advo
cating must succeed; if republicanism is not
an empty name, and patriotism, a thing ex
isting only on the tongues of Missourians
while in heart and in principle, they are
menials, ready and willing, submissively to
bow at the footstool of power, and to kiss
in humble gratitude, the hand that oppresses,
and the foot that tramples on their liberty,
and sports with their dearest rights.
But that Clark will be our next Governor,
I infer, first, from the fact that the mass ol
the people are yet virtuously disposed and
perfectly honest. However dishonest many
of our aspirants to office may be, and how
ever much our ollice-holders aro corrupted
by the nmdduning influences of the times,
I see a disposition in the majority of the
people to listen to the voice of reason and
to direct their energies to the correction of
abuses, and to the suppression of danger
ous innovations, wheiever found to exist.
The time has arrived, when men are forced
calmly and dispassionately to inquire into
the nature and tendency of measures, and
no longer to be dazzled by names, and hur
ried into dangerous excesses through
popular excitement. Tho "sober second
thought" of the people is returning, and
they are beginning to see that in their
blind devotion to party, and in their adher
ence to men, they have forgotten the prin
ciples on which they found their political
creed, and that in supporting any longer the
present administration, they are combatting
the very doctrines and giving the lio to the
very principles they struggled so hard to
maintain, but a few short years ago. The
people are yet honest, if their ieadkrs are
coRaupT the people will take their own
affairs into their own hands, and wo unto
those, who have insulted their majesty, and
contemptuously disregarded their sovereign
That Clark must bo cui next Govei nor, I
nfer from the proposition that truth may
be suppressed for a while, but that it is im
mutable and must finally pievail. In nil
ages of the world, the great fundamental
truths of government and morals, have
finally triumphed over' error and folly,
whi never heason has been free and untram
melled by tyrranny.
Thank God, although living uhder the
basest despot, that ever disgraced a mighty
nation, the hearts of freemen yet beat in the
bosoms of the American people. Their
oppression has been of too short a duration.
to divest them of that patriotic spirit and
that devotion to liberty, which character
ized the days of the Revolution. Just let
truth in ira simnlirit v fin nrpsentpd to the
- 1 j i t
consideration of Missourians, and ejrorin
all its hideousness be placed by its side, and
the beauty and excellency of trutkswill win
all hearts while error will be discarded and
forced to hide its gorgon crest in ihfirfa ves ol
night, in the dark recesses ofnorance and
vice. Clark is dealing in stubborn facts;
he sedulously avoids every fanciful flourish;
and he strives to convince the judgment
by the force of argument rather than to ex
cite the passions and arouse tho feelings of
the people by empty declaration or inco
herent ravings. In the hands of such a man
truth is mighty and will prevail.
That he will be triumphantly elected
over Reynolds,! infer from the high estima
tion in which he is held by all parlies, as
well for the important services he has ren
dered his country, as for his private virtues
and moral worth, in all his career, no one
has seen in him a deviation from the path
of virtue and of rectitude. He has shown
himself a true man in all the relations of
life. For these reasons, saying nothing of
the cause he is pleading, and the principles
on which he founds his claim to the support
of a free and independent people, his claims
are paramount to those of his competitor,
who to say the least of it, is of very dubious
morals, and whoso notions of our holy
Religion are certainly very latitudinanan.
There are hundreds in old Howard, who
will not soon forget the awful denunciation,
made by the judge last spring against those
who did not deem it to their interest to sub
scribe for the location of the State Univer
sity at Fayette. His words were, "I pray
God that those who will not have their
names enrolled -among the subscribers to
this institution may never have them re
corded in the book of life." 'Tis true here
called the expression, and apologised for the
blasphemy, after one indignant burst of dis
approbation had spontaneously arisen from
the whole crowd he was addressing. The
Judge has not to this day lost that intoler
ant spirit. He is the same uncompromising
demagogue all urbanity to those who
favor his views or his interest, but ready to
deal the most horrid anathemas on all who
have independence enough to think and act
for themselves. The man who could coolly
and deliberately use so blasphemous an ex
pression to the free citizens of such t
county as this, would willingly see pesti
lence stalk abroad in the land, and famine
and the sword carry desolation in their
train, if they could assist in promoting his
schemes or forwarding his own selfish inter
ests. Can it be possible, with facts like
these staring them in the face, that the
people of Missouri, will so far entourage
immorality and irreligion, as to promote to
a seat of the highest trust and honour such
a man as Reynolds, in preference to the tal
ented, the virtuous and upright Clark ? It
is on insult to the sovereign people to sup
pose such an event possible. The course
pursued by Reynolds in the present canvass
is any thing but honorable and high minded.
Instead of meeting his antagonist in the
field of honorable combat, and fair and open
argument, he sneaks along in his trail, oper
ating on the passions and prejudices of the
vulgar by stories and 'anecdotes of old
dutch women and such like stull". I am
told he has never attempted an argument
to prove the honesty and purity of the
party to which he belougs, but cries out
wherever ho goes that Van Buren is a
Demociat and a Jackson man, that Hani,
son is an abolitionist and that his supporters
are federalists. This is the stuff he is deal
ing out to the freemen of Missouri, nnd
presuming as I do on the good sense of the
people, I feel assured that such ribaldry
will meet with no other response than that
of utter contempt and disapprobation.
I have many things to say of the unfair
and dishonorable course pursued by the
Loco Leaders in the present canvass, but
as my communication is already too long,
I conclude by leaving it discretionary with
yourself, to aisposo of it as it may best
subserve the cause of truth and the inter
ests of the people.
A tavern keeper in Illinois advertises a
young lawyer, who has left hi house with
out paying his bill, under tho following ex
pressive caption:
"Absquatulando damnum et Swnrtwout
andibus in transitu, non est inventus ad lib
itum scape goalum, non comeatibus in
Our readers are aware that we have heretofore
spoken less confidently of the Key Stone than (if
almost any of the States we have claimed fur Gen
eral Harrison, and the reason of this was thai our
newspaper sources of information were not suffi
ciently specific to justify us in employing the same
confident tone in reference to this old republican
Commonwealth that we have in relation to New
York, Ohio and other Slate The following, how
ever, which wears permitted to copy from the lei
ter of an old, steadminded and well infomed
member of Congress, to his friend in this placn,
puts us at perfect ease in reference not only to his
own State, but the others which he clflrnt for Gen
eral Harrison certain. Thisriumphantly elects
Jther States, regarded by him as! oubtful. If any
of these should go for him (and we have no doubt
at least a majority of them will) his majority will
be tremendous overwhelming. 0- Under any
view of thi ease, the days of misrule, corruption
and calamity are numbered.
Washington Cut, 10th April, 1840.
Pear Sir:
I have do doubt of the success of General Har
rison in Pennsylvanjyjanirtn my opinion by a pret
ty large maj ority.CSffinfurnffltTon I have from
all parts of the State Is, that atlTe changes are very
numerous in his favor; it would occupy too mueh
time to enumerate the districts where changes have
taken place. I will barely mention one or two
In the 1st Congressional District in Philadelphia
(Southwark) at a recent election for Town officers
the regular ticket opposed to the administration,
have been triumphant by about four or five hundred
majority, which has given heretofore a large vote
on the other side for the last ten or twelve year.
In my own district, composed of the counties of
and , at the election of 1836, Gene-
ral Harrison had 1600 majority; now I am assured
it will be near, if not quite 3000. Indeed soma
friends write that they apprehend before the elect
ion there will be but very little opposition to the
old General.
I cannot conceive how any one can doubt the re
sult in Pennsylvania. Not long prior to the elec
tion of 1826, the only convention that nominated
General Harrison, perhaps in December, assembled
at Harrisburg; in that convention there were nine
of its members made a public protest against the
nomination of General Harrison, and some of thein
held out as opponents to the last, one of whom pub
lished a newspaper. A number came into his sup
port, but too late to be of much service. In conse
quence of this disorganization, we lost several Con
gressional districts, and were also beaten by a large
majority for members of the legislature. Notwith
standing all this, General Harrison came within
about 3500 votes of taking the State.
On the present occasion there is a complete organ
ization, without one jaring voice, with an enthusi
asm never equalled in the State at any period ex
cept for General Jackson in 1833, when that gen-
'leman received a majority ofrising 50,000. This
fact to me is very clear, that General Harrison on
the former occasion, like General Jackson, outrun
all his friends, and so it will be at the approaching
I take the following as a result that I think may
be relied upon in favor of General Harrisoj t$wit:
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ver
mont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Oiiio,
Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Louisi
ana, and Kentucky, making 174. I think we have
a fair chance for Virginia, Maryland, North Caro
lina, and Tennessee, making 63 more,' and it
friends in Georgia and Alabama, speak with confi
dence. .
Now I may be considered as over sanguine, but if
I am, there are many of our friends who have fallen
into the same error, and I can only say, that, if I
am deceived in my calculations the indications of
public opinion are not guides to be relied upon."
The Jerset Bots Victorious. More
and Better. On Monday last, the Town
ship Elections were held in all the Middle,
Northern and Eastern counties of New
Jersey, and as far as the results have reach
ed us they are of the most cheering charac
ter. The Whigs appear to have carried
all before them. The Jersey bovs have not
been satisfied by turning out by THOU
SANDS at the immensely large Convention
at Trenton on Wednesday last, which was
at least four or five times larger than any
political gathering ever held in the State;
but they have at their Town Elections this
week given a more tangible and forciblo
expression of their deep and abiding indig
nation at the gross and unjust manner in
which that gallant State has been treated
ttiia wintn,- Ki. ftia T ,1 ;n
JV. Y. Express.
The Richmond Enquirer of Tuesday has
the following "cheering" paragraph: "A
friend in Washington writes us, 'M.
has just returned from a visit to Pennsylva
nia. He assures me, that the good old Re
publican "Keystone" is as safe and sound as
ever. nnd our other friends are
in the best spirits nbout Ohio. assure
me, that "our friends in Massachusetts are
in the best possible spirits; and if Old Vir
ginia gives a good lead in April, they will bo
certain to carry the Old Bay State."
This is what may be called anonymous
comfort. The "old veteran" of the En
quirer, does well to try his hand at b!anks
lor he will feel and look blank enough after
the election. Baltimore Patriot.
"The noblest Roman or thkm all."
The N. Y. Commercial Advertiser con
tains the following remarkable record:
t "A Vetran. We had the pleasure es
terday morning of giving the forty-seventh
bill and and receipt for the N. Y. Spectator,
o the venerable WILLIAM LUDLAM, of
Oyster Bay. During tho whole of that pe
riod, lorty-seven years, he has been a cor
stant subscriber, has paid punctually every
year, and has the whole number of receipts
in order. He is on example for the world
to look at. What sound ami quiet sleep he
must have!"
07" The three prisoners that were confined j,
the jail of Callaway Co., two for murder and on
for mis-treating his wife, made their escape on th
25th inst. by means of a false key made of Buck
horn. Rewards are fffeted for their ani1r.hn
and delivery. Ban. Liberty

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