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^Splendid Dinner ?t Ike Alter House.
Last evening, at six o'clock, the moil magnificent
dinner ever given in this eiljr, came off, aa they say on
the Union Course, in the great room of the Aster
House, to one of the most splendid companies ever
brought together in New York. Most extensive pre
parations had been made, and ne expense was spared
to procure every thing neeeesary to make it go off
with eclat. The oceans of my favorite, the PuJ'
{Jordan, wine, wore awful. In order to keep out all
loafers, the tickets were put aa high as ?10 each. Tin
following is an exact copy of tn? one wlHch was very
politely sent us by somebody?we presume the court
ly managers?to whom we return our b ncere and
grateful thanks for the honor of the invitation:?
O T# ?
" The Ron. John B?li,, of Tennessee.
? Mosvts Graves and Underwood of Kentucky, "
? At the Astor House, ?
?* Tuesday, November 2tik, 1837. "
0 Charles King, ) ( J. Pkkscott Hall, ?
? J. Wat*on Wtaii, ( j JVfoSKS H. Grinnell, ?
? M. C. Paterson, f g j Bimbos Draper, Jr. ?
? Ii. M. Bi.atchf?'RU, I ? (. Sidney Brooks. ?
? Dinner at C o'clock, P. M. 0
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On the hack of this ticket was endorsed "J. W.
'Webb," and lower down, "C. K."
At altout G o'clock the spacious corridors of the A tor House
were thronged by groups, with impatient looks upon every
countenance. Numbers of young Wltigliugs diversified the
separate Cliques, whose important assumption of eonseqtence
was amusingly contrasted with their juvenility of a pert, and
diminutive stature. E*gt r glances at the suite a manger were
constantly turned in that direction, ami whenever the floors
opened score* of eyes endeavored to penetrate the mysteries
unfolded for an instant to their gaxe. The cot trast was cer
tainly very delightful between the comparative gloom of the
corridor, and tie- blaze of light within. The stewards were
flying a trout to see thai all was in o-drr, and in thi* state linnet
remained until about half past -even. Previous to the dour* he
itng flung open, the dinner room was visited by the ladies Iroard
ng in tire hous-r, ?ud a brilliant bevy of some thirty dame* arid
damsel* inspected the arrangements, and appeared highly de
lighted wilii Mr Philip Hone s careful superintendence of the
kitchen, and Mr. King's admirable control ol the butler's de
Tire ladies drawing room was appropriated to tin-commit
tee, in which they were to receive their guests the distinguish
ed members of hie Whig parly, and the members of the B.rck
Convention ?.??he .(titer visitors thronged the galleries, and the
or pollui kicked their heels for abaut an hour and a half after
the time mentioned on the card. The principal topic ef coti
?versation -vas about the Whig victory, ami the world at large
?human estimation of tire New York election, anil so forth;?
hut many wistful looks were turned to the dining room doors,
and not a little discontent uttered at the dilatory proceedings
of < be kitchen or thecoranritiec.
At a .out I nlf past 7, lire prores-ion from the committee room,
be idrtl by Philip Hone, John Bell, Daniel Webster, Arc. passed
through the mob of gentlemen that l.ned the main corridor,
and occupied the tables in the mrgnificent diaing room, about
381 feet in length, by 80 in breadth. It was illuminated hy 24
girandoles suspended over the pilasters ou each side, and by 12
over the pil arsal the top and end of the hall, independent of
the three gas chandeliers n, the centre. About 320 gentlemen
were accommodated at the three talilesspr. nil along its length,
and n crnss table was ranged at the head of the others, wdiere
Mr Ogden HotV nan, the chaiimnn of the night, took 1 is seat,
ll inked by Mr. Jo' n Bell, Me-sr* Graven, Underwood, Daniel
Webster, Mr. Mayor Clark the Mayor of 1 roy, and the oilier
magnates of the Wing party.
The dinner wa.? suprrn; every delicacy of die s"nson, every
elaborate preparation of the kitchen, all that could gratify the
taste, or delight the eye was accumulated in profusion. The
extent ni the room rendered it necessary that the sirnlss for the
removal of tbedishec should !?? rendered hy whistles, and the
disctiarge of champagne rvrk* were as slia'p and incesss-it us
am ill shot in a skirmish. When the venison was served,th-" spirits
of wine under each gentleman's plate seemed like a stream of
Are In waving motion?a ,d such were the nttraclioi * of ihe
feast, on the niu'tiplisation ?d the viands, that the cloth was not
remuveil till 20 noaules to 10 o'clock.
The dessert was superb?but let it pass. We ennnot, howe
ever, oimt one observation ihat came to .ur ears?" there is
not a in un at tin* board that is not worth half a million of dol
lars." The wish of the utterer must have been the lather ?f
his though", W> noticed several anomalies in good manners,
which it would be uncivil and uncharitable to dilate upon.
We forgot to stale thel the ilev. Orvilie Dewey invoked a
Mexsine from the throne ol grace, and if brevity is a sign t>f?x
cellence, his invocation is the West we ever beard.
Gr.ie*after meat was not thuught of: and after tli" prepara
tory bustle of charging glasses, 111? centre division, or middle ti
lde drank to the health of Mr Bell?the lelt wing did the same
fcvtior to Mr. Grave* ; and the right w iag, or the table that
looked on tit relay street, voided ilieir glasses to Mr. Under
wood's prosperity. Tlie universal company then emptied llie.r
goblet* to Mr. Daniel Webster's all hail.
Mr. Og den Hoflinsn,the Chairm-nof the Kit-tit, then ro e,
and although Ids lone* were rather husky at first, he staled that
it was his duty to senile ball in motion; i hat it would hedtfli
cult to stop it until ruddy morn peeped into Ihe lattice. He
would not speak ol'the recent glorious victory, hilt lie cm d
not forget that it had perched upon our slandards, and his
consideration must mingle in, and sweeten I lie cup drained to
the Isealtii of our noble guests. Butitisa victory?a conquest
ll-.ll speaks the solemn judgment of an insulted community ??
the conduct of it* governors. The farmer and thuagricultural
ist l ave cme lo the coisclu-ion that our ruleis have done wrong
?they hav come to lit s conclusion, and have decidedly pro
nounced their -? nt< in c. The farmer stnod at his door, and saw
liie eagle hovering over Ins homestead?he saw that his heah
was stained with b ood. The noble bird seixed his peey, and
?did a great maiiT tongs in which we cannot pretend to fol
low ihe eloquent speaker. The bird's eve was winking?and
his wing wis weak?vigor of pinion could no longer enli-t the
farmer's admiration?one bound, it then rushed on the spoiler,
and saved its own. Ho lie it with all who seek to ruin our free
institutions. Mr. Hoffman then said. I w ill give you our coun
try and our free institutions? the intelligence ami pa Holism of
our c nntrvmen, arid ntay they always he directed in their pre
arnt course.
Tbt* toast from tbr chair ws*<lrtink with uproarnu* cnlhu.i
aMn?the tabic groaned hnmlh the blow* dealt upon it by
the re*!on? whig*, and Mr. Boyrfen's j*l?s*r* will t>e miserably
deficient in tale thi* nerving. When the raw hail somewhat
nah?ided, and the gentlemen hn<l recovered their breath alter
Awaltnwing their bumper*, Mr. f?pilen Hoffman a cam a o^d on
hi* legs and proponed ti e health of the glorious atate ol Ten
ne??ee. It w>> a magnificent ?tate, because it |<>d the way in
the courie which we have met thi-night torelehraie.
T?nne??ee wa* the model ol New Yorht If wa? the *tate
wbo?e talented wm* crowd round the object of their choice i it
wa? the iiotae of Andrew Ja<k?ori ; lie led through dentil, arid
Tenne??ce folowtd him; he led through the path# of glory,
md Tenaewaee (till purtued lire track lliat he pointed nut?
ImjI lie led through lire pnlli*of dishonor, and then, ami not
till then. Tennewr deserted liim. Hut the naaieof Joliri Bed,
Ik?rr mil tke rnmpani/ row. mid tknutedami roarrd molt immunity
mud lewnunoiuly ) it wa- illumined hy the ray?of a Jac - non'* in
dignation, hut thev could not cnn-ume him. I give John Hell,
?err welcome gue*t Irom the *tate of Tennessee. ( Trtmrmions
flJl/flQf )
?lr. ts?-1ft nrwl M?trf|. that hr muit really H^pr^iit* thr
compliment* of the rompanv?lie could not follow Mr. If off I
man in hi* glowing trfltof |>ower and pride?the dt?liing care
ot the eagle could not In- realrted bv weaker vistou*. Mr.
Hoffman'* eipo*inr hi* gne?U to *uch com pari ?on* waa nloio?t
invidiou*. anil almost involved a breach of ho*p:tality in
e*po*inc a *peaker to follow Inm in ?o unequal a *train.
He bad -at for hour* ia eipectatioa, painful, exprta ion, r>|
lieing called upon to speak?luit Ogdrn 11 off nan told hint and
be comforted htm bv the tale, that lie wan ?peaking fo the
wrkinr men of New York?those wlm worked at tlie poll*.
Th.,t wa* a good work?the work in which the exertions
of Litiecal* were wanted. Every body wa* taught to know
that (be wt.rk of g ivernmenl wneni y liody't huaine**?a had
government spoil* every man * trade. The chairman bad kind
ly ailnded to the glnriou* *tate n| Tenneaaee?it celled for the
kindly emotion of every one of it* *on?. Tenne* ?e did not
claim to tie die leader o< die great rsvoluii n?hut it claimed to
lie an opponent of all *e|fi?h and interested t'eclm;*?it threw
off it? tormer association*, and all idea* of glory and renown
connected wdh an illustrious personage, (/-cud rkrtri) It
disregarded all personal glnry cynurrted with it*o?n* ate. It
armga eil to il?e|f the glory of preferring the honor of the
Failed dtat?? to that of it? great ami unitvalled ?i n (T ani
port, of riuitnt on.) I am a working man in thi- great cause.
Mr. H? II then enlarged upon Iba nptnaUion of Tennessee to
(leneral Jarkson'* m- as urea, and introduced lb' Image nf un
caging a llonar.il then plucking bi* claw*, wh'ch ?linilitnd# wa*
rapturously applauded. The people of Tennessee have taught
tbeir recreant nona a |e?aon not soon to (??? forgot. Personal
popularity t- not every thing?even that ol a rri at military
chief cannot prevad against the law*. Ha thenadyrrted to die
trinmph of New York, and the ens*e?pj*iice* to be caper ted
therefrom. It was the people that *poke: and overthrew tha
officei? of misrale?th? false idol* that bad lieen set lielore
thetn had been overthrown by the people?the faction that wa*
rooted had ever lieen irtt'ln Iheirown interests, but lalae Ui
thorn of the penp'e. Anotlier great cause nf rongratulsfion is,
that tha rer?nl victory was achieved by the people itself against
the disciplined trainbands of the governsrent. who bad ever
made the blessing* of the country Ike commodities of political
triumph. a a a a ?
We ought to mention that thfl tickets were very
scarce, aa only a limited number were disposed of.
Thin far ihe dinner.?The custom of celebrating all
evenla of public or private interest by n dinner, to one
of the very earliest antiquity, and common to all timea,
oonntne*, religions, ant every stage ot civilization.
National occurrences of high import have alwaya
be?n blended with tha scienceof the kitchen, and owe
tha brilliancy of their com mem oration to the skill
of the rook, and the elaborate preparation of those en
trusted with the details of management.
We have not many accounia of private feasts from
the tinae our father Adam bartered the world for an
apple, and made such an unfortunate speculation; bnt
the practice of daily refection haa gone on in regular
order under all circumstance*, in grief or in joy, in
private sorrow or national exultation. The pleasures
of the table have a'waya held a distinguished plaow
among the enjoymt nts of men collected together in
Boetefy. Notwithstanding the churlish opinions of
the Stoics, it must bo admitted that atich indulgences
arejthe first we are i-nab'cd io appreciate, and the
raiiab of which coaUausa longest with ?? ?ft? our |
appetite for other pleasures has abandoned us. There
is another advantage connected with the table; we
can have recourse te it with more frequency, having
always regard to tho maxim ef the philosopher?that
moderation is the greatest stimulus. A well-ordered
stotnaeh, whose digestive functions are in good order,
is the prime element of mortal happiness and com
fort ; and it would be the easiest thing in the world to
prove that, among all men and in all contingencies, |
this viscera have a greater influence than is commonly I
thought, upon the moral destinies of our lives, and the
incidents which diversify the career of nations.
But not to lose ourselves in metaphysical disquisi
tions, which might not be palatable to all our rea
ders, and which in truth appertain to philosophy more
peculiarly than to a Whig celebration, it may nat be
improper to observe that, almost nil the great events
which characterize the annals of history have taken
their origin from the table, and the conversations and
discussions that are occasioned thereby. Homer,
the father of poetry, introduces all his warriors, kings,
and heroes as cooks, employed in the actual operation
of preparing food for the entertainment of their guest*;
indeed, he seems to have considered a good appetite
as a divine principle and influence rather than a mere
natural nccessiry. inasmuch as it is called by him a
"holy passion"?a "sacred rage." The father of
history also, (Herodotus) is full of descriptions of din
ners, and of the treaties and projects definitively ac
complished at such convivial meetings. Alqjc.nder
the Great, however, had a just contempt for eating
theoretically, and declared that this act, and two or
three others, made him sensible of his mortal condi
tion; but his practiee differed from his theory, as 110
one addicted himself with more enthusiasm to thede- !
lights of good cheer. Voltaire, one of the keenest ob
servers of human nature, tells us that " life is most
comfortable after meals"?to which wc beg leave to
add a precedent condition, provided one's digestion
be good. The refined Greeks threw the sanctifying
influence of their beautiful philosophy over their din
ners ; and the finest discourses of Socrates,and loftiest
aspirations of Plato were uttered at dinners, where,
(like the modern custom which we shall soon reach,)
each divine thought was hailed by a goblet?each god
like maxim crowned with a libation. We turn with a
shudder, from the blood-stained dinners of the stern j
Romans, where the steaming vapours of the vital j
current of the Gladiator mingled with the Falernian 1
and Cli :an wine, and made their dining rooms sham 1
hies rather than a festival.
The diseorery of the continent en which we live
was illustrated at a dessert after the removal of the
cloth; and, before therefinement of these latter times 1
was introduced, every event in our lives, christen
ings, marri iges, and funerals were considered legi
timate opportunities for a public celebration at the din
ner table. Kven now, nopublic ceremonial can be con
sidered complete unless it is celebrated by a dinner from
the coronation of a European King to the triumph of
a whig celebration ; and as dinners are good things
when properly cooked?as much intellect and talent
arc required to get one up in a becoming manner, as
good eating requires choice and delicate drinking, and
these together produce the magneticspark of wit and
genius by which whole companies are electrified, I
have no objection to follow the way of the world, and
either attend them myself, or by proxy. We know
people who write by proxy ; others fight by proxy ;
and it is our humor, sometimes, to eat a public dinner
by proxy. This process we have followed in the some- :
what exclusive complimentary banquet given to the
Honorable John Bell, of Tennessee, and Messrs.
Graves and Underwood of Kentuchy, at the Astor
House, last evening.
Fa mix mi's Cojccebt.?Madam Carrdori?I never
like to add Allan; Allan-water is beautiful, but Cara- i
dori Allan outrl?gives a concert tonight, at the City
Carndori is not equal to Malibran, even as the latter
was when she left these shores, but she is the purest,
the best, the sweetest, th? chastest artiste wc have
henrd ever since. She possess not the power, subli
mity, or splendor of the angelic Garcia, but she hna
grace, amenity, melody, and softness in high degrees.
I have been conatani in my attendance on Caradori's
nights since she sang at the Park. Tragedy, comedy,
farce, dancing, have all long since lost their effects on
my mind?but the purest style of music, Itahsn, Scot
ish, Irish, German, or even French, seems only to
fasten more firmly on the heart.
I have often thought that the high mental cultiva
tion of the present sgc, destroys the pleasure of the
theatre, hut increases and sweetens that of the opera.
Modern society is so conplex as to require, in public
or private life, the utmost stretch of the intellectual
faculties. Men of intellectual cultivation require
some modification in their amusements?hence cul
tivniwi music is more relished by the educated than
by the uneducated.
Caradori's nights havfl been crowded by the most
cultivated people of both sexes, presenting a most to
markahle contrast to the audiences of all the other
theatres. American females, of the first rank, are all
highly educated?particularly in intellectual accom
plishments. This gives them a keener taste and rel
ish for fine music.
The City Hotel ton gh? will no doubt be crowded
with the taste end talent of the city.
Lectu rbs on Love awi> Marriage.?A ^rmt out
cry is raised in Rome quarters against Graham's Lec
tures on Love and Courtship. It seems that Grahnm
delivers those lectures to young females en one night?
to young menon another night,hut they are not allowsd
to intermix and intermingle. This separation of the
sexss always leads ts improprieties in behaviour. Keep
the sexes together, and they arc checks on each other's
manners and feelings. From Boston, where Graham
delivered these lecturss, he was driven awny for inde
cency and impropriety. V\c know nothing of these
matters?for we never heard this itinerant talk, bat
to assemble the young women on one night?and the
young men on the other night, to give lectures on love
and courtship, is prim* facie evidence against their
propriety. Pont go to them.
CovitTtsFKiTiMO.?The public must he on their
gunrd?large quantities of counterfeit notes are in rir
calntion, as well as counterfeit metallic coin. Yester
day two men were arrested and committed to prison
for uttering counterfeit coin ; another was arrested
and sent to prison for passing counterfeit notes. The
city is literally flooded w.th counterfeit notes, shin
plasters, and trash of every description. Look out
for the rascals who issue them.
ITT The Mobile theatre opened on the 249th, bril
liantly lighted up with gas. So much for the euttr
prixe of James H. Caldwell. We learn hts gas works
nrc doing wonders.
13* They say the whig ticket has succeeded in Mis
sissippi. We wait for the returns.
fir Will the Southern papers accredit our cotton
reports to ibeir true source? If they do not, tho de
linquents shall be cut eH.
A full account of ihe ol?s?qiiies for the death of
Mr. Lovejoy, at the Tabernacle last evening, will be
given in the Herald this cveni ?rv
' Emmelfne la received, Rosalie is received, Emma is
received, Amanda is received, Mary Ann is received,
Julia is received, Susan is received, Sophia is received,
all are received. I began to think that Emraeline had
forgotten me. I felt grived at the idev. There is, in
her brilliant epistles, so muah true genius, that I feel
I know not how in reading them. 1 shall attend to
all iny fair correspondents in due time,
i It ts now fully eighteen months since the fair read
era and admirers ef the Herald, began to send com
munications and write letters to us,-all anonymous,
for publication and remark in this jou nal. in that
period of time, we have received several hundreds of
such letters, all of them indicating superior educa
1 tion, fine taste, and many of them sparkling with
genius, wit, and imagination of the purest and most
! exalted kind. The originals are still in our posses
; sion, and they exhibit some of the most beautiful
specimens of hand writing, in accuracy of composi
, tion, or in purity of style that we ever saw.
Perhaps no single scries offsets have placed the cha
racter of young American ladies, so high in our estima
tion, as these singular and extraordinary specimens of
female ta9te, genius, wit, and education. Fewcoinmu
nications are received from men, thnt are fit for publi
cation, without correction or erasure. There is a
want of finish and delicacy in the composition of the
male sex, which nothing can do away but long prac
tice, tedious study, and nhsolate necessity. Not so
with females ; all the advantages of a superior educa
tion are immediately developed in woman. Site is
p-ecise, accurate, beautiful in sentiment, and grace
ful fn composition at once.
Nothing has satisfied us of this superiority in the
American female mind, more fully than the very fe
male correspondence I have been receiving for more
than a year past. I do not know any portion of my
existence that has afforded me more unalloyed happi
ness than the receiving, reading, perusal, publishing
and replying to these female correspondents. Unac
quainted personally with a single one among the
crowd, this mysterious intercourse, carried on in
writing, has been pure, holy, heartfelt and intellectual
in the highest degree. No interested motives?no
ambitious views?no improper thoughts Could enter
into a correspondence purely anonymous, and subject
to the revision of the public day after day. It wa3
the simple, intellectual intercourse of congenial minds
?the natural mingling of heart with heart?thought
with thought?lhe very soul with the very soul. Nei
ther lias this correspondence been confined to females
residing in New York. From all the surrounding
towns?up and down the large rivers, to the farthest
extremities of the Union, I have received these grace
ful and well written female epistles, and most general
ly postage paid. On Saturday, Sunday, and yester
day, I received at Ica?t half a dozen of these let
ter-, on* from New Haven, one from Illinois, and
others from u ;!???< places.
That these letters are from femalea?educated and
intelhgt lit females of the highest rank in society, there
cannot be a doubt. Indeed, I frequently receive these
epistles signed by female names, and written by young
men, but they are easily detected by their coarseness,
bad writing, and bad spelling, and arc always re
jected from the Herald.
These interesting female communications, and the
airectionnte and enthusastic manner in which 1 have,
from iny heart, treated tliem, have no doubt created
for the Herald that popularity among the educated
fnirsex which haB so astonished and paralyzed the
editors of several of the large papers, especially the
" Star." Mr. INoah has prided himself in making
his paper a favorite among tlm ladies. He sees to his
1 chagrin that the Herald, both morning and evening,
hnv outrivalled him in his assumed ground. Hence
his diminution of subscription?hence hia meagre cash
advertising?hence his jealousy?hence his attempt
to depreciate the tone of the Herald, and to insult the
charactcrof its fair correspondents. But Noah is in
! eapableof wielding the female heart or awaking the
female soul. He is a Jew?an unbelieving Jew?a
man that believes in a creed like the Turk's, which
denies a soul to woman, and merely considers her exis
tence an accident?an appendix to that of man. On the
contrary, the sentiments with which I have always
regarded the female sex,are those taught by the Chris
tian Redeemer, who firvt elevated her rank in soci
ety?who fiist taught man his dnty to her?and who
first set his seal upon the holy and heavenly relation
between tho sexes.
When, therefore, Mr. Noah attempts like a brute
like a beast?like a vulgar wretch as he is,?to throw
out hia slanders on the educated and pure hearted
American females who write for the Herald, ha is on
ly disgracing Ins own little remains of character?lie
presents himself before the public as a miserable
coward and poltroon ?he walks beneath bright hea
ven as a base brute, who is incapable, from his moral
degradation, from his impious creed?from his dege
nerate heart, of estimating the value of female intel
lect?or of female feelings?or of educated female
grace in composition and written thought.
Wo despise and scorn all the attempts of the "base
Jsdcan" to injure u?in the eyes ef the generous and
virtuous sex. Wc have now on hand, half n doxen
excellent letters from superior females which we shall
publish with remarks in a day or two.
r5rTiir. Rambus' Benevolent Ball takes place
tonight at the Shakspcare Hotel. Tickets for n dol
lar admit a gentleman and two ladies?being only 331
cents each. Several dozens?bakers'dozens too?of
very beautiful young girls will be present, arrayed in
their sweetest smiles, and dressed in the gayest at
tire. There will be a black eyed brunette in azure
drapery, that will do havoc en a dozen at least. A
blondeis preparing a crimson drnsa, which, with her fair
face, fine form, and natural grace, will upset six or seven
bachelors all in a row. Amanda, tall and majestic?
Delia, petit* and enchanting?Amelia, tn ton point
and pretty?Luanda, gay and ecstatic?Beatrice, wit
ty and brilliant?all young girls?some from up town
?some from down town?soms from cross tor n,
will all be there. Voung bakers, by dozens, we ad
vise you to go. Who knows but you may meet
some fair creature that will make your fortune? A
good, amiable, pretty, sensible, young wife, without a
shilling, is worth $50,000 of solid gold?net a farthing
ICT Alexander Hamilton, Esq., is writing public
letters to Mr. Clay, recommending the organization
of the currency on the plan of the state and federal
system. Between this date and 4 o'clock P. M. of
the 1st of May next, wc shall have one hundred and
f forty-nine new plans to organize the currency.?
What's to he done 7 Any plan is good that is well
S'mmv Wooowobth's benefits and donations
amount to $3200 nearly. The beat benefit waa that
? gtven by generoua Dinneford of the Bowery theatre.
It was $1200, at the ordinary prices, while the benefit
I of the National, at double prices, only yielded i'2000.
I Who wants Copfes Coins??We have now on
l hand rixty thou fund copjyer coin* oftlieUnited States,
received during the last few weeks in change. Who
wanfaco^per coin# in exchange for silver 1 We can
supply all the grocers and grog shops in town with
' char ge.
DikTiKoviiHiD Fossick Vibitobs?Lose Ebs^ihb
at thb Watbbly Hocbb.?Lord Erskine Bad seve
ral of his connectiona have been occupyiag apart
ments for aoine time paat at the Waverly House, a
new and splendid Hvtcl opened by Blake & Reed,
formerly of Rockaway. This house has been recent
ly fi'rnished and fitted up in elegant stylej the par
lors are truly splendid. His lord-hip occupies two of
these parlors. He intends, we learn, to visit Wash
ington during the winter. As seme inquiry has been
made of his family and connections among our fash
ionable people, we shall gratify their very natural
longings with a full account.
David Montagu Erskine, Baron Erskine, oflles
tormel Casile, in the county of Cornwall, was born in
the J ear 1772. He is the eldest son of my illustrious
countryman, Thomas Erskine, Lord High Chancel
lor of Great Britain, and has been principally occupied
in diplomatic pursuits, having just returned from the
Court of Bavaria, where ho resided some years as
Minister Plenipotentiary. The object of his coming
to this country is to visit the relations of Fanny,
Lady Erskine, his wife, (who is a daughter of the late
General Cadwallader, of Philadelphia,) whom he
married in the year 1800, and by whom he has twelve
children, like the holy patriarch Jacob, from whom
sprang Moses and the prophets. The names of the
children (not Jacob's, but Lord Erskine's) are Tho
mas Americus, (heir to the barony,) John Cadwalla
der, David, Edward Morris, James Stuart, Frances,
Mary, Sevilla, Stewarta, Elizabeth, Harriet, Jane
Plumer?five sons first, and then a succession of se
ven fair daughters. Of the entire dozen only three
remain single.
His lordship succeeded to the title (there is not
much estate,) on the death of his father, the celebrated
orator, lawyer and statesman, Thomas Erskine, on
the 17th November, 1823. My readers may probably
like to be made acquainted with the facts of the bril
liant career of this extraordinary man. He was a
younger son of Henry David Erskine, (the fifth Earl
of Huchan,) and served as an ensign in the Royals,
and as a midshipman in the navy. Finding that the
warlike professions did not suit his taste and talents,
he realised the maxim of cedant arma togee, (let arms
give way to the robe,) and turned his attention to the
bar, to which he was called in 1778. Gifted with the
most powerful eloq jence, he attained at his first efiort
the summit of his profession as an advocate. Ths
success of this eminent lawyer is probably the most
remarkable on record j for, almost immediately after
he \^as called to the bar, he was fortunate enough to
find an opportunity of displaying his wonderful pow
ers. A Captain Baillie had been removed from the
superintendevcy of Greenwich Hospital by the Earl
of Sandwich, (then first Lord of the Admiralty,) and
was proceeded against by that nobleman for the pub
lication of a libel. The Attorney General having to
move the Court of King's Bench for his lordship on
the subject, Mr. Erskine was retained by Captain
Basilic to oppose the motion, and displayed so much
eloquence and spirit on that occasion, that, on leaving
the Court, lie received no less than thirty retainers
from attorniea who were present. But, of all his
pleadings, those which raised his reputation the high
est, were his defences of Lord George Gordon for high
treason in 1780, and of AdmirnlKeppell for cowardice
in 1779. He distinguished himself greatly in the me
morable tiial of Home Took, Thelwall, and ilarcly in
1799. From 1783 to 1800, he was one of the most
eminent members of the House of Commons, having
enrolled himself in thv Whig phalanx of opposition
under Fox. In 1806, he was appointed Lord High
Chancellor of Great Brituin, and elevated to the peer
age on the 8th April of the same jear. On the 29th
May, 1770, he married Frances, daughter of Daniel
Moore, Esq., M. P., by whom he had eght children,
the eldest of whom is the present Lord, now in this
city. After her death, he married Miss Sarah Buck,
by whom also he had a family. He died of an in
flammation of the chest, at Almondell, near Edin
burgh, on the 17th November, 1823. The family
motto is highly appropriate, being "Trial by Jury."
Thus much for tho Erskine family. One of the dis
tinguishing features of my paper is the universality
of its information, in which it partakes of the nature
of an encyclopii'dia, touching upon every subject,
and illustrating and adorning all that it handles. On
every topic of interest, every incident that agitates
society, amuses the fashionable world, or is the talk
and observation of the day, the Herald, may be con
sulted with the certainty of finding full intelligence
thereupon, and that what is stated is accurate and au
thentic. It is truly the Herald of Fashion, as well
as the oraclo of business and the mirror of the times ;
nothing is hid from its piercing gaze, the ubiquity of
its agents, their keen sngacity arid diligence of re
We are all more or less interested in obtaining in
formation respecting the character and history of
the distinguished foreigners who take up New York
as their place of abode, whether permanently or for
a time; we may meet them personally in society,
or we may move in circles w here such subjects are
canvassed; and it is always pleasant to discuss a
matter knowingly, and with a full knowledge of all
its bearings. This it is my pleasure to be able to
afford; nnd it is what 1 have now done in the case
of the Right Honorable I.ord Krskine, living at the
Waverlcy House corner of Broadway and Rxchnnge
place. N. B.?Heed's ordinary is capital?and his
Duff Gordon pure.
Nominatiow or Clay and Webster.?The wall
street politicians were struck, as with a streak of
lightning, at my nomination yesterday of Clay and
Webster. "Did you ever see such impudence!"
" Heard you ever the like?" " What does the fellow
mean ?" " How dares be name names before we arc
ready 7" These were some of the expressions used
by these pure patriots, who are eo much afraid of the
people's naming of their own accord aa they would
be of a sight of Sing Sing.
Now that tho movement ia begun, Wc have no doubt
it will go lorwatd. Hereafter the free people of this
land will take up their awn cause, and dispense with
all the corrupt machinery of conventions and com
mittees, which only forge one set of shackles to take
the place of another. It ia full time that a limit wm
set to the corrupt and corrupting influence sf the Wall
street press and their little junto of politicians. No
liberty can he enjoyed till they be put down.
Morr Truth than Postrt.?Yesterday whilst we
were waiting to learn the result of the deliberations of
the Bank Convention, and kicking our hecla against
one of the stone pillars of the City Hall, we were ac
costed by a comical looking customer, in the shape of
an Irishman, with a ten dollar bill in his hand. "If
you please, sir," said poor Pat, pausing to take breath,
" can you tell me in what part of this big house I can
find the great Invention of Bankrupts.'' We stared
for one moment, and studied for two?" Invention of
Bankrupts, my good fellow," was our reply, "yea mean
the great Bank Convention !" " Divil a ha'porth of dif
ference is there any way?sure if they nint all bank
rupts, they'll give goold for my ten dollar bill." Wo
pointed out the door to Pat, who was gomg in to pre
sent his promise to pay, but was stopped by the gen
tlemen of the black nrl?-we mean of the black wand,
at the door!
Wammu, Saists, Sa?u.?There ia ? coapnf
of the Pawnee tribe new sojourning at the City Hotel,
and we have heard of many of their habits and acta
which are exceedingly amusing as instances of savage
innocence and naivete, although rather too natural
and unsophisticated for narration to ears polite. That
isof no consequence in those western regions.
" Where wild is woods the nuked savage rrn"
is not suited te city life and civilization, and the Indian
agent who accompanies them ought to take bettee
order in the matter.
On Sunday evening a pretty mulatto girl was talk
ing to some gentlemen on the steps of the City Hotel;
what their conversation related to we know not; but
as the charch bells were ringing, they weTe probably
conversing about pious topics, and the feelings such ?
sounds ore so eminently calculated to awaken. Du
ring their conferrence, a tall and stately Indian, wrap
ped up in his blanket, was walching the group. His
face was covered with red vermilhun ; and his whole
demeanour indicated that ho had abdicated his usual
philosophy; his heart was swelling with no ordinary
emotion. For upwards of three minutes he maintained
his position?but he could bear it no longer. Sud
denly Hinging open his blanket, he seized the girl, and
clasped her in his arms, and kissed her moat vora
ciously. The dingy Dulcinea screamed?"Oh, ohl
murder, help!" struggling all the time?she was only
rescued from her savage admirer by the interposition
of the gentlemen who witnessed this ebullition of In
dian gallantry.
There are sundry anomalies in their habits which
are not in accordance with the ta>te of the neighbor
hood. The Indians are remarkably docile, and a hint
from those entrusted with their entertainment would
prevent all such perfectly natural, but not quite sea
sonable perpetrations.
We doubt whether Scipio is remembered so well
by his surname of Africanua, and his oor quest over
Hannibal, as by his continence and conquest over his
passions. The philosopher Zeno is another illus
trious instance of superhuman virtue, having sternly
rejected the overtures of the most beautiful Staira, of
Athens. Origen, one of the fathers of the church,
adopted a much more effectual preventative than
Charles the Xllth's flight from the Countess of Ko
ningsmark, or Saint Anthony's virtue who had
a statue of snow lor a bedfellow.
But the untutored mind of the poor Indian is not
capable of snch sublime flights of self government,
and although tluy may be stoics in the woods, they
are but mere flesh and'blood,covered with rid or eop
per skit., in this city of New York.
Libel.?We shall have a curious and important
libel case to lay before our readers tomorrow. It eo
cupied the whole of yesterday in the Circuit Court,
before Judge Edwards. Two or three of our public
functionaries are involved in it; and Mr. Van Buren.
and Secretary Woodbury figure in the evidence. It is
a sort of family quarrel between a Van Buren post
master and an Inspector of Customs. Particulars to
Charity.?Which of the theatres will give the first
benefit for the poor during the ensuing winter 7 Will
you Mr. Simpson 7 Or you, Mr. Wallack 7 Or you,
Mr. Dinneford 7 Dont all speak at once.
MONK V 1*1 A t< K K T.
Tueiduy, Nov. 98,6 p. Iff.
Stock* today took rather a start?probably front the fact
that a slight rise ha<l taken place in U. H. Bank shares on the
day previous in Philadelphia. Business in sl< cks closed with
great firmness. In money matters, affairs are as asual. Cor
lailinents to some extent, in certain of the banks, still goes on
Specie is very languid ami falling. Yesterday it was quoted at 4
to 5 per cent for American silver. Indeed,the difference between
paper ami specie is to trifi.ng now, that one half ot our hank*
may be consideied as having resumed specie payments. A
public announcement of the fact would produce no special ef
fect upon the money market in this city. For same time past,
the balances have been rapidly accumulating in favor of this
city, from almost every point of the country.
In Boston, hank checks on New York were sold on Monday
at 1| to IJ premium. This heavy exchange against noston
arises from several causes. One of the principal is the vast
quantities of eastern raP*r> ones, tw is and threes, which
has been circulating here ever since the suspension of specie
payinen's. It is calculated thai |5,W0^M of this description
of paper has found it* way south of Connecticut. Beyond
Connecticut and Rhode Island, all casern paper is redeemable
in Boston?hence the demand for New York funds to redeem
these masses, now rapidly returning to the points of issue, tm
consequence of the approximation of specie and paper?the
reduction of business?the curtailment of the banks, and the
prospect that our legislature will au'borixe the issue of a si on
lar currency as soon as they meet.
Aanther reason that the exchanges are against Boston?the
balance of trade Is in favor of New York. The quantity of
flour, cotton, Ea>t India produce, foreign wares sent to Boston
exceeds the amount* of domestic manufactures sent or sold
hire on account of New (England * vners During ths last six
months, as we have explained In our r ports on manufactures,
th?re has keen great inactivity in that branch of trade. Tbla
of course affects the balances, and ultimately the exchanges.
The conduct of the Boston banks has also added to these
cause*. An increase of loans has tended only to increase the
difficulty of resumption, and lo rau-e a greater ui< parity has.
tween thecarrcncy of New York and Boston.
From all tin ?e fact* it would se<-in that the policy of the an *
piialistt of Bosion is far expaasion?irredeemable expansion
arid so ar against the rapid retarn to specie payments. R
would appear, also, that this policy has hern adopted since the
subject of holding a Bank Convention was agitated.
It i* possible, therefore, that thvre Is a common hut a secret
purpose among certain influential hanking interest* t? prevent
the New York banks from retaining specie payment* at ail
until certain other monied interests have carr ed their ulterior
purwotes. The other batiks have a jealousy of the Ni w Yorkt
Our commercial relations with the south base undergone nn
special alteration. Bank checks on M< ntgomery, Alabama,
sold today at 8 p* r cent discount -en Mobile 7 or cent. Tkg
debt of Alabama and other southern state* to New York is li
quidated very slowly. From th* most authentic account*, it ap
pear* that the southern dealer* are first liquidating the debM
theyffowe their own banks, before they think of satisfying their
creditor* in this direction. Me I ave heard a great deal of late
coate nlug the syrtem adopted hy the southern bank* In going
into the market a* purchasers of cotton. On a strict ivveatiga
t'on of this business it seems to have lieen adopted by necessity.
The southern merchant*, particnlarly those in Alabama, Missis
sippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee .owed largr ly to the local banks,
and also to the northern and eastern wl olvsale merchant*. In
stead, however, of equalising their means and opacities of
liquidation among all the creditor*, they confine their pay*
menta totha banks in their several eeightiof hood*. The hank*
are compelled to take this cotton, and to *ldp it to tlie north, of
Europe, for a market. During the last few weeks, considera
ble quantities of this description of cotton has btrs consigned
to the agents of the bonks here, while the creditor* of the
very men who used It lo wipe away their loc <1 debts do not re*
ceive a pound, but daily see it, with the original marks, they so
well know ,pnt* their dour*. From tlie course which this business
takes, it will he sten that the merchsnt* who tell last spring lo
consequence of want of remittance* from the south, are still ia
a languishing condition, and may continue so for and indefinite
length of time.
The Bank Convention holds itssession here with great secre
cy, bat its character is beg inning to leak out There are two
parties in the Convention?one for a resumption in a mouth or
two, and another against any atepa being taken. There ia a
deep and irreconellubU d (Terence of opinion among them ?
This difference does not show itself on the (ace of the proceed
ings- but the secret meetings held among particular sets so*?
ciently indicate the purposes of many. The Philadelphia hanks
are decidedly against ail immediate attempt- at r? sumption.?
Their real pufve Is undoubtedly l.i make another effort for o
charter to Mr. Biddle '* bans before they will consent to pa?
in specie. On the contrary the New York, and several ntboe
banks, are decidedly for a resnmpiion, tad opinions sre espre*
sed that a certain portion will agree to resume at a de-lgnated
day whether the Philadelphia hanks agree or not. If a portion
of the hanks should retnme, and another portion koid out, we
shell have smashing work for s i or n:ne months to rome.
By the F.spressmail we have received ihe following runout
*t?(?is) nt, published in the Charleston Meicury of ike .let
p 11 tm >??

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