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NEW-YORK. SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 183d. [|)HflIlrh Vn I 1 THE WAR-OFFICIAL. Uihiul Jams* Gordon Bennett to General Dlff Greek, Washington. New York, '23d January, 1886. Dtmr Gcmtral:?The war has begun?not the French war?but a war in which more blood has already beeu abed than there ever will in the approaching operations with France. I have got at loggerheads with your old acquaintance, Col. Webb. You will smile expressively when I mention that redoubtable name. It will bring up to your recollection some by-gone times. You will perceive by the enclosed papers marked from No. 1 t? 6?be particular about the numbers?lh? cause and progress of the war ia which I am now engaged. We military men aiust expect these things. I established the little lively Herald in May last. Its increase and popularity have been so tremendous as to alarm my old associate of the Courier. He perceived at once that if I was permitted to go on, I would in time unquestionably sap the foundation of the big, stupid, dull, pompous, ridiculous Courier Si Enquirer. During the last nine months I have already destroyed its influence on public opinion, and reduced it to a mere physical machine, guided by a man with empty brains and raptier pockets. Still Webb has a small degree of cunning. He had in former times plundered the U. S. Rank n( .nJ ? ? 1 ' T??, ?uu j, .nr. Livncn ana oiners o! $94,000. I bad no money lo excite his cupidity?all any treasure wu intellectual. This was my capital. He imagined however that if by a coup de maim he could make that property his own, his destiny would be prolonged a year or two. Accordingly on Wednesday last,while I was passing up Wall street to dine at the Custom House Hotel, kept by Horn & Frees, a couple ef line fellows, he came up behind nie, like a highway robber, and with a bludgeon attempted to get into the place where ( keep ny flow of thought.*, ideas, fancies and intellectual wares, aad thus feloniously appropriate them to his ewn use aad put them into his own thick akull.? Fortunately for me, I wear a large quantity ef fine hair, and take pride in cheating the barbers of their shillings. The blow did not penetrate to the safety vault where I generally stow intellectual wares before they appear in the Herald. It cut through the integuments down to the skull, and there it was stopped by my hair, and thus prevented robbery aad murder. On my springing on the ground, Webb said?u If you will fight me I'll give you satisfaction." "Certainly," said 1," I'll fight you if you will settle your affair with Duff Green and pay up your defalcations." At the mention of your name he trembled exceedingly. Can you imagiae the cause T According to the laws of honor?even honor among thieves, aa assassin ia never considered a gentleman, and no satisfaction can be given by him except on the gallows. But in order to show the great generosity of my nature, I am resolved to waive that objection for out day only, and give Webb an opportunity of shewiag whether he has the courage to meet me face to face at Hoboken. He has made oae advance in bravery since his affair with you. Ho faces a man boldly behind his back?and deals blows courageously when om is on tbe ground. Webb also showed exceeding fierceness of manner whea the two men held him.? Wheu he was let go his courage cooled and he soon put his tail between his legs and retreated into hia office. I have however, waived all objections for once, I will receive his challenge, and expect it every hour by hw daily express. I hope that you will do me the kindness to become my second. I understand that Petei Simple Townsend is to bo Webb's secoud. Tbe fighi is sot down for tho first Monday in Fobruary, at the good old battle ground?Hoboken. I have set it dowr thas early ia order if I can to be before-hand with the gallows, to which Webb is going with the speed of a lean power. Webb now stands before the cominuuity at a Brute and an Astasia. Of both these facts you were aware before, but for myself and many others, I we did not believe till recent events have convinced e. Anotner important point. As I am the person to be challeuged by Webb, I bare of course the right to select my weapons. 1 accordingly take the liberty R (elect for my weapon iu thi? deadly Trav,the " percussion lock and half cap," so accurately described by Webt ia the annexed paper marked No. 1. I perceive you till retain aa an heir loon in your amiable family thai precious little instrument. As it possesses must poten virtue in deadly rencontres, I presume like Othello'i handke rc hie f-? That pi?:ol Dul aa CiTptiu to your hilier |in. He *n a cluruier and could aJuwl rr.id The tfcoufhuof people ; be told j u, while you kept it, It would make you dreaded, and ?ul>lue all foes Kulirely to your will" I have a meat extraordinary desire to handle thi* little Egyptian weapon, and when vou come to New York to act as my second, dont forget to put it into youi breaches pocket. It will be s curious experiment it natural philosophy Co witness its effects on Webb. 1 want to make that experiment. There is nothing new here. The French war is noi talked of since the war of the Courier and Enquire) against the Herald began. Webb's defalcatioas ar? till unpaid, and unpaid they will remain till the day oi judgment. Daniel Webster is standing still like tli? mu> at the command of Joshua. The abolitionists ar* darning their stockings. I have the honor to be, Dear General, Youra, Stc. J a me. Gordo* Ba^.trrr. [Document No. L] WcuktAgUm City, TTiur?day, May 6,1830,-2 P. J# I arrived here at 11 o'clock, having taken the 5 o'clock stage frooa Baltimore with a view of being here in time to inflict upon Duff Green, on hia arrival at tbe capitol, I be personal chastisement which I promiaed him, and which he so richly merited. I reached the capitol at about half past eleven, and having ascertained that he was not in either house ot? cougresa, took up ray position in the rotunda, selected that aa the theatre of his disgrace | and not, as he on a former occasion selected a commit tee room of the i-enate, when be pulled the nose of an , assistant editor of tbe . This beiug (lie day on which an interesting race was to be contested on the Washington course, many of the members were leaving the house, atod those who knew me were naturnlly attracted by my po3ili?n. They at once saw my object, and urgently recommended ine to select some other place to punish Green. 1 complied with their wishes, and determined to punish him in front of the building. 1 accordingly repaired to the library, which, as you well know, commands a view of tbe approach to the capitol by the Pennsylvania avenue, and leisurely wailed for the I 'in u at u? viircu. at au'Mii i u ? i saw mill CUirr the g? te opposite ike west front, and immediately left the library to meet him, previous to his entrance into the building, and thereby avoided tlie charge of annulling, within the capitol, an officer of congress. On my arrival at the foot of the stairs, however, (Green had passed the wide brick walk in front of the door, and was entering the building,) I immediately exclaimed?" well met?I was seeking you!" He retreated backwards a few p>i?es, which carried him some distance from the door, drawing, at the aume time, from the right hand Cket of his pantaloons, a pistol, about eight inches ?, with percussion lock and half cap, and having a mahogany stock. His retreat, the drawing of the pistol, and its being cotked and levelled at me were the work of a moment, and owing to my distance fr?tn him, when he discovered me, I could not close with and disarm him. After looking at him in silence some seconds, I placed under my arm the walking cane which I used, and leaned against the south jamb of the door, addressed him in the following terms, which are still fresh in oiv recollection: u You poor, contemptible, cowardly puppy, do you not feel that you are a cotcard, and that every drop of blood that courses through your veins is of the same kind of hue as your complexion T There you stand, secured from punishment by a weapon which you dare not use, and virtually proclaiming that you only prenme to assail private character, because you think it will not add to your infamy by being known as an assailant ! Contemptible ami degraded as you are, throw aside yonr pistol, and I pledge you my honor, I will not injure vou ; I will throw awav nv cane, and onlv n..u ..... ..... A 1'"" . a I He refused to do so, alleging that he would never descend to my level. He then requested me to proceed and let hiui pass. I told him that I would not, but that he should pass me as I then stood, or fUnd and hearme abuse him. He did not dare to pass, fearing that I would take the pistol from him. After some moments, however, I told him I would return up stair?, and proclaim to every member of congress his cowardly conduct.? We accordingly proceeded to tlie house of representatives, where I related all that had passed, and from tbence hastened to commit it to paper, while the expressions I used to him are still fresh in my memory. I have already, and will again prove him a wilful aad malicious slanderrr. He now stands branded as a coward. Can he remain where he is? No. He is a disgrace to the station he fills, and must sink into the oblirion from which he was accidentally brought forth. J as. Watsow Wkbb. [Document No. 2.] H 'ashimjftiin, May 7, 1830. Dear Sir?Your " senior editor" is here. I yesterday passing up to the capitol, met him at the west front. I had been advised bv a letter from New York that he was on his way, for tlie purpose of carrying into execution his threat of " personal chastisement; and a friend had given me a pocket pistol. When 1 met him, I halted on the platform ; he raised his cane ; 1 then drew my pistol. He then, for the first time, spoke, and said: "throw away your pistol and 1 will throw away my cane, and give you a damned whipping." To tnis I 'replied: "1 do not intend to be w hipped bv you, nor will I put myself in a position to invite attack Iromyoa." He then said : " are you not a coward to draw a pistol on an unarmed man?'' To this 1 replied, u I have not time to waste with vou, so you must march out of nv path." He said, u 1 will not." I told him, * you shall,'' and eocked my pistol and presented it, saving at the same time, " march on, march." He said, " 1 will go back." u Very well," said I: " you may go backward or forward as vou like, but march out of my path."? He then turned through the door, and ran up a flight of 1 steps into the rotunda, and from thencepassed into the , hall of the house of representatives. When I entered the house, he was giving his version of the transaction to judge Wayne, of Georgia. I understand that he brags of his triumph, and declares that I ain dotcmI had no other desire from the first, than to vindicate mv character, and defend mv person from bis assaults, ft woald be a source of regret to me to be under the necessity ofdoiug him personal injury. If he is satisfied with the issue. I have no cause of complaint?and my only object is to guard against misrepresentation. If he should publish, as in all probability lie will, auother account of this affair than that which 1 transmit, I trust that you will do me the justice to insert this in your paper ; and also request the editors of the Herald to do I ' lhf> <uiirw Your friend. D From the Botiou Transcript. Hudson's Nltws Room, (New York.)?We took occa sion some lime since to recommend Hudson's News Room to our friends in the East, who hava business at the Commercial Emporium. We revert to the subject now, not to present our friends again to them personally, bat to indicate in his establishment a remarkable instance erf Yankee enterprise. When Hudson left our Coanting House?liar we take some pride in claiming him as an eUvt of our establishment?we bad no hope of his success, but in his own "go ahead" disposition and j indefatigable industry, in that great city, where we were ' too fearful his ability to conduct the News Room b? I proposed to establish, would not be appreciated. But oe has " gone ahead," and got under u good headway," and, we rejoice to say, has one of the most popular and best conducted establishments in the Union, our industrious and enterprising neighbors, u in the same line," , to the contrary notwithstanding. Thr last deed of which he has heen fiitity, (if it he a sin to advance the interests of rich merchants and poor newspaper pror prietors) is a voyage he has lately made across the i Atlantic, to establish a correspondence with Liverpool, I London, and Parig, Hnd make arrangements for a constant and regular supply of the very latest intelligence from all the principal cities of Europe, and of the latest ' London, Liverpool, and Paris papers. He has also esr tablished an Agency at Liverpool, and editors or ether , gentlemen, (and some people have their doubts on that . subject) by addressing him at hia establishment at Yew York, can, " by posting the poney," of course, receive newspapers or other periodicals from any part of i the warld, at a very trifling expense beyond the price of the article at home. We may safely commend him as one who will use all diligence to sustain the reputation of his establishment and fulfill all promises.? Mercantile travellers will find his News Room an ad inirable source of information ?n all business matters, and himself and assistants at all Mnes polite, civil and accommodating. We know tht.n well. IT* A Great Mariner's Meeting, against head j i money, was held la.-t evening in the Shakspearc. j Particulars on Monday. /* J? Compobxd Hutu.?This moat ingenious contrivance?hi accouat of which will be (bond in our outvide advertising column*?is making rapid progress in the world. We have seen this apparatus in operation. ( It is utterly impossible to describe it by language.? ] You mast see it to understand it full v. With one of these apparatus, a sleeping opartmeut , can be warmed in a few minutes in tbe coldest morn- | ing. Vou can put it on the table before going to lied? | place a loco-Joco match near by?and in the morning .just reach from over your pillow?light the match? , apply it te tha wicks?it will blaze up, and in fire mi- | nutes the atmosphere of your room will be up to (jC-Fahrenheit. | This is not all. For cookery of all kinds?family or | individuals?it is truly admirable. You can, in five minutes, boil water for shaving?make tea, prepare cof- ( fee, fix chocolate, without fuel, smoke, or the slightest | inconvenience. In short, it realises completely, and i reduces to fact, the eastern tale of Aladdin's Won- < derful Lamp. Philosophy reduced to practice sur- i passes the wildest imaginations of man. Go and judge 1 for yourselves. [Print* CtfTvipundeoce.] Washik6T0N, Jan. 18,1836. The French War is so?n over in the Senate. They 1 have forgotten it to-day aud have plunged into the abo- 1 Iiti?n question again, with as much earnestness as if ' that were the only subject of interest before tbe nation. ' The set speeches have commenced. Mr. Leigh,ofVirginia,occupied the floor all day with a speech adroitly i addressed to the passions and predjudices of the South on the slavery question. He thinks, perhaps, that by tio/u, which are banging over him. But it wont do. The Virginians will, after all, s-jpport Van Burea. In the House too, every subject, New York Fire, Michigan, French War, appropriations, and all, are forgotten in a general desire to speechify on the negro business. In fact Congress has resolved iuelf into an Abolition Convention, and the best thing we could do would be to , pull the Capitol down over their heads,er bring up the waters from the reservoir and drown them out. The previous question was moved to-day, but it could not get a second. \Ve cant get rid of it?the thick lips and woolly hair is the Gorgon that follows us, appears in every legislative body, every religious assemblage, and every town meeting and caucus. The President's .Message, which you have before you, and probably have had, in and near Wall street for a week or less, is by many here regarded as a movement made ta prepare the mind of the public for war measures. This is the view which Dickereon, Woodi bury and Kendall had in backing the Message. Tliev are for war, open and undisguised. But Van Buren, Builer, and Cajs, wish to temporise, negotiate and arbitrate. The message is the result of a compromise between these conflicting interests and opinions. The House of Representatives had no chance yesterday to exhibit its sense as to tbe views aud interests of (he President?for as soon as the clerk bad ceased to read it, up jumped a little fellow, a new member front New I York City, and seat to the Chair, a aeries of cut and dried resolutions approving of the message. The deep 1 i i j: i i .1? ? i-- -L* uu uiiiTrrmi ui.^ubi pruuuccu iu lire nuusc, uw imp pieco of impertinent puppyism, prevented the slightest remark or expression of the feeling of the House. Of course, they refused unanimously to suffer McKeon to offer his resolationa or even to have them read. The message was simply referred oa the motion of the Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Relations as soon as Mr. McKeon would give him the floor for the parpoae of making the motion. Washington, Jan. 20. We are very anxious here to learn the effect upon the popular mind in your city, of the recommendations of the President in regard to Franc*. As to Wall street and the stocks, you say it can have little effect on them, and for a good reason. It was known and availed of by the knowing ones, before it was communicated to Congress. The Times, unless its editor is more of a wizzard than he has credit for, could not have given so good a gue? at the contents of the Message, without having had access t* it. His subsequent protestations that his disclosures were not founded tin afficial infor ination, pass for nothing. It is believed here that the j President did secretly communicate his views, or perhaps, sent a copy of his message to one of his stocki jobbing friends, in anticipation of its delivery. Truly, I da not m why he should not. He came into office, as you know, to "reward his friends, and punish his enemies," and, moreover, M to the victor belong the i spoils." But, in regard to popular opinion oa the subject of the President's propositions, we must wait for it before we can move. If the people sccand the suggestions of the President, Congress must and will carry them into effect. We shall begin with non-importation?proceed to non-intercourse, and end in war. Ridiculous as it may seem, war we shall have, for the two countries are in that position that a little more irritation will provoke France to hostilities?hostilities which she courts, and is ambitious of figuring in, with her fine marine. It is to be hoped that after some years of suffering and chastisement in the war, we shall be able to make rather better headway against France, than we do now xgainst the Seminole Indian*, a handful of whom are desolating the territory of Florida, in spite of government .1 troops, militia and volunteer*. Col. Clinch, the accounts state, has had a fight, and got the worst of it. Houses have been bumed and murders committed in sight of St. Augustine. The men, Women, and chil. dren, of that devoted city are give? up to massacre.? 'Hie Indians are advancing, and within twelve miles of 1 it?and the place, notwithstanding what Andrew Jackson says, is utterly unprovided with arms or any means 1 of defeace. 0* That miserable wretch, Bachelor, ia not worth notice on a busy day. Disturbing the Dead.?Very disgraceful scenes are daily exhibited at the burying ground of Doctor ! Stark's Church, near the Ninth Avenue. [Private CorrwpwUance.] Albany, Juur; 30, 1836. Numerous petitions have been pmeaind to the Le>islatur? in favor of the proposed rail road between Mew York and this aitjr. If the present price of tb* >pposition stages continue, there will not be much need if a rail road, for the fare to New York is but two dollars. But under these conditions, that at the abovaprice, " all lives shall be at the risk of the owners."? riiis is a good proviso, as the opposition stages arc overturned on an average three, and veijr often four limes on the road. The mails are so irregular that it is deemed quite a favor to get exchange papers from New York within a. less period than three days. In the House of Assembly, this morning, Mr. Robinmn > nniuf of a hill for the imorovemmt of nnat road* in this State. Among the bills reported were the following:?to incorporate the Cornel Machine Company in the city of New York?to amend the charier of the Greeawiah Savings Bank in the city of New York, <fcc. The Committee of the Whole then resumed the eentide ration of the bill for the relief of the city of New York, when, after an amendment had been adopted and i long debate, the committee rose and reported. A notion requesting the House to resume the sittings at bur o'clock, this afternoon, was rejected with indignation. They meet at 11 o'clock, to-morrow. ILr* We are preparing a few drops of real Prassic \cid for Dr. Chabert. Extraordinary Proceedings.?The following leter dated at Harrisburgh, and written by Mr. Chandler,. >f the U. S. Gazette, relates some proceedings that will istonish this, and all other communities. In the early lassie age of Anti-masonry, before Therlow Weed xtlluted it with his embraces, we had a sneaking kindless for the science?more especially one day and a lalf tl.at I stopped at Batavia, and drank tea with the air Mrs. Morgan, and her fairer and lovelier daughter, [n them anti-masonry was arrayed in bewitching smiles ?mild soft eyes?light elngant figures?and the moat urinating simplicity of manners. I was then out-and)Ut an anti mason?not now?Heaven preservers from mch a wickedness?I leave that business to Webb. Harrisbcrc, Monday, Jan. 18, 1836. This afternoon the Committee appointed to examine nto the evils of Freemasonry, met. The place designated, was the Supreme Court room in the capitol?bat he crowd was so ?reat that it was found necessary to iuiu mr incming in me nan 01 rveprrsontalives, tne Committee occupying the place in front of the Speak;rs chair. The preliminary basinets having been despatched, :he first person called, was Joseph R. Chandler, of PtiilaJelphia?he came forward, and received from the Chairman, the Bible?but when the administration of the oath was commenced, he signified his disinclination to take in oath, of which he had not been informed of the abligations. Mr. Stevens, (Chairman) then repeated the words of the oath.?Mr. Chandler asked to nave it reluced to writing. This waa refused at first, Mr. jfcjectine to auch an unusual coarse, Mr. Spackmaa moved that the wish should be complied with. Mr. Stevens remarked to Mr. C. that it waa the oath customarily administered?and lie added, that ao questions which he or the Committee should put, should have anv relation to the language of Masonry. Mr. ^packman's motion finally prevailed, Mr. Stet-ena being in its favor, and the oath was shown to Mr. Chandler. Mr. Chandler observed, that though the oath waa net what he expected, in point of language, yet, taking i?? would be an admission at once of the right of the Committee to make the investigation?and, havior once admitted that, the committee, and not lu, would have the power to decide as to the propriety of anv queation which might be put by any member of the Committee, he therefore, declined taking the oath?and asked to be Mowed to state his reasons in the form of a protest. The Chairman readily granted permission?and Mr. C. then read a protest against the assumption of righta on the part of tlie committee, and declaring his fixed determination not to acknowledge a power in the committee to do that which is expressly forbidden by * the Bill of rights," in the Conatitution of the State, and not to surrender, for himself and others, anv naht clesrlv con. ceded bv thai instrument. Mr. 0. was then informed that his protest would be Sled by the Committee?and that his refusal to testify, would be reported to the House for their action, and lhat he (Mr. C.) must hold himself subject to the decision of that body. The next person railed, was T. B. Freeman, Esq. of Philadelphia. Mr. F. commenced readinr his protest, hut was unnble to proceed to the end?he was quite unwell, and his protest was Bled. Samuel H.Perkins, Eso of Philadelphia, demanded i copy of the oath, refused to take it, and entered his protest, which was manly and pertinent. Joaiah Randall, Esq. was then called, he a I an refused the oath, and read a most elcquent protest against the right of the Committee to use compulsory proceedings? in which he testified to the entire freedom of the Order, from any errors of the kind imputed to it by its opponents. As these proceedings constitute a part or the history of Pennsylvania Legislation, I shall furnish the protests for publication. George M. Dallas, Esq. waa cal'ed?he stepped forward to tlie member's desk nearest the Committee, and intimated a disposition to stand live re?this was refused, by the Chairman, and Mr. D was directed to come, net only a before," but u close to" the Committee. The raeth was then tendered, which he was told was the same offered to Mr. Chandler?Mr. Dallas refused to take it, assigning his reasons in a speech of surpassing eloquence, occasionally marked by caustic satire, but generally lofty sentiments #f patriotism, of devotion to the Constitution, and of respect to the Masonic Order. It is probable that Mr. Dallas's remarks will be published. During the remarks of Mr. Dallas, several gentlemen present rave some token of appioval, and tbe Chairman of tbe Committee ordered one of them into the custody of the Sergeant at Arms. (L-T It was reported over town, yesterday, that tbe Sun had stopped and all its rorpt of editors and reporters giren New York Utr-bati. If they don't run away quickly, they won't have a chance next month.? 14 Cause vy ?" They will be put into tbe Penitentiary for stealing other men's property, and breaking open seals of packages not their own. Run vagrants?run? and save your bacon. Run to Nashoba and aet up a community of property concern. We don't go it here. H 7* The Harpers have jnst published two highly popular novels?Buhver's Rienr.i, and the Gipsey, 2d edition, by the author of " Richelieu." Rienti is admirable reading. Ladies, go and buy.