NEW-YORK. SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 183d.
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Uihiul Jams* Gordon Bennett to General Dlff
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
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
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-?
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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