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On the first page will be found—“ Recollections
and Reminiscences of the Tyler Administra
tion,” Chap. XI. The Last Hours of a Reign
A thrilling story. A Gambling Scencc. Next
Door Neighbors, &c.
On the third page will be found a column of in
teresting miscellany.
Fourth page—Poetry—Religion of the Ancient
Britons. The Drama—Decline of Theatricals
in England—The French Stage. Russian
Peasantry. Women and Dancing, &c. &c.
This number of the Dispatch contains twenty co
lumns of reading matter.
Extract of a letter, received from an eminent
politician, now at Washington, dated Saturday
morning, February 21:
“ The remarks delivered yesterday by Colonel
Benton, on the Oregon question, created much
feeling here, of a right kind, and had the effect to
assure the opponents of the “notice,” that it
must and will be given. There need not now, in
my opinion, be a doubt on the subject. Colonel
Benton was listened to with breathless attention,
and, when he closed, there was a half-suppressed
murmur of applause from the floor and galleries.
“He applauded every act ofthe President, and
attributed all our difficulties in connexion with
the Oregon question to the idle delay that had
been practiced.
“ The English news by the Cambria will not
have the least effect, or induce the administra
tion to alter its position. Col. Benten has been
warmly greeted by all save Mr. Calhoun.”
Oregon, England, &c.—The last news from
England came upon us unexpectedly, and was
as anti-podical to all the calculations that had
been made, as it was agreeably exciting. It
places our relations with England in a more
prosperous attitude than we had hoped for, and
yet we do not regard it as a certain harbinger of
a speedy adjustment of our North Western
Boundary Question.
It seems that Sir Richard Packenham did not
meet the wishes of his Government, when he re
used to accept the proposition of Mr. Buchanan,
of the 49th parallel, and that his diplomatic
career has not been approved by Her Majesty
and Her Ministers.
It is probable, we think, that Mr. Packenham,
notwithstanding Sir Robert Peel declared, in the
House of Commons, he has the fullest confidence
in his talents and integrity, will be recalled, and
that a diplomatist will be sent early with instruc
tions to resume negotiations, and to offer, or ac
cept the 49th parrallel. If this should occur,
what steps will the American Government adopt 1
It appears to us that, inasmuch as the proposition
of Mr. Buchanan to close the dispute on the 49th
parallel was rejected by the British Minister, we
cannot, consistently with eur dignity, renew it.
But, if it be made by England we may accept it;
and, we believe that we have good reason for
believing that it will be accepted by the present
administration. To our mind it is clear that it
should not be accepted, since it is a well authen
ticated fact —as well authenticated as any inde
terminate fact can be—that our claim to the whole
of Oregon, up to 54 40, is clear and unquestion
tionable. If the land be ours, we ought not, and
should not surrender an inch of it, unless we can
in some way secure an equivalent for the sacri
fice. And, we must confess that we cannot see
how an equivalent can be attained or obtained.
As for parting with an inch of the soil, in consid
eration of “ gold, paid down,” as was the case in
the North Eastern Boundary, we would sooner
meet any calamity that war might generate,
than the adoption of any such measure of
infamy. When we sold our Eastern domain to
England, we parted with quite as much of the
national honor as we could spare ; and, what we
have left, should be carefully and seduously hus
There are at least a majority of the States, and
of the people of this Union, who will never con
sent to part with an acre of Oregon, this side of
the Russian line ; and, if the Administration
should consent to adopt the 49th parallel, we fear
that it would find itself thrown into a feeble
minority, and resistless opposition. In saying
this, we are not disposed to anticipate evil, or to
utter aught that may be construed into an un
friendlydisposition toward those into whose hands
the Oregon question has been cast for adjudica
ture. If they should accept the parallel of 49, we
do not doubt they would be actuated by the
purest motives, and the purest purposes. Thus
far they have managed the affair with consum
mate ability, and to the entire satisfaction of the
American people; and, it is hoped that they will
persevere to the end.
The President is placed in a delicate position.
He is anxious to promote the best interests of the
whole people; he is incapable of any act that
would redound to the disadvantage of the people;
and, having the whole responsibility of the issue
on his hands, he is left to act at a time when ac
tion is full of danger, and demands the exercise of
the wisest caution and prudence. It is enough
to add, that hispatrotism is undoubted.
Awful Disclosures —The Society for the Pro,
pagation of Protestantism in Catholic countries,
has recently obtained possbssion of two priests
or rather two persons who were priests in the
communion of Rome, but who now having disco
vered the error of their ways, the heathenish prac
tices of the Papal Church, and the bad influences
of that creed, have renounced their allegiance,
and taken up the cudgels against this “ teeming
mother of all abominations.” These gentlemen
are journeying through the United States, abusing
the Pope, and especially unveiling the corruption
which attends the practice, so sturdily enjoined
by the Church, of auricular confession. A few
nights ago, one of them held forth in the Green
street church, to an audience composed only of
males, for as he very properly stated in his adver
tisement, the disclosures were of too offensive a
character to be made to a mixed congregation.
The admittance fee was only one shilling, cheap
enough for so rich an entertainment, and a very
large number of persons parted with their “ tin,”
and listened to the naughty revelation. We did
not make one of that number, but we learn from
good authority that the priest said enough to con
vince all who heard him, that every pretty girl
who goes to confess, runs a great risk to say the
least, and would be much safer if she remained
at home. We deem it our duty, therefore, as one
of the conservators of the public morals, to warn
the ladies of the church of Rome against trusting
their charms at the confessional, but if their un
easy consciences will not permit them to keep
away, we entreat them to punish their vanity for
the protection of their virtue, and ere they ask a
priest to listen and absolve, make themselves as
hideous as possible; so that the fatal gift of beauty
may not be the involuntary agent of the arch
enemy, tempting the servant of the Church to for
get his vows, and making the objects of his pious
care the victims of his unlawful desire. This is.
a wicked world in which we live : Maria Monk
has told her story ; Rosamond given her experi
ence; Sparry cried out with a loud voice. As
we recall these names, and the events with which
they are connected, and remember too, that re
pentant priests are making further and still more
important disclosures, we marvel that a Church
so corrupt, as that of Rome is thus represented
to be, should for sixteen centuries have breasted
the tides of ignorance and barbarism, and pre
served to these latter days the literature, the
arts, the achievements of earlier times.
Paul R. George and Miss Sarah G. Bagley.—
Mr. Paul R. George, a gentleman who at one
time held the late President, Mr. Tyler, in lead
ing strings, and was a lion among the office
holders of the country, has formed an alliance
with a Miss Sarah G. Bagley, and has established
a Magnetic Telegraph between Boston and Low
ell. So say the Boston papets, and as they never
“fib it,” we suppose they can be depended upon.
They do not state, however, whether Mr. Paul
R. George has or has not magnetised the heart of
Miss Bagley.
This Mr. Paul R. George is an extraordinary
individual. He has long traded in politics, and
is well known to many of the eminent men ot this
country. He possesses talents that are far above
mediocrity, and a quaintness of manner, a singu
larity of genius, that enables him to obtain access
to men whom you suppose to be inaccessible. He
is by no means impudent, and yet he will with
out the least hesitation, bolt into the drawing
room of a President, a Senator, a Governor, ora
Foreign Ambassador; and,unannounced and with
out introduction, commence a conversation on
politics, foreign affairs, or political economy. He
is at home every where; stands unabashed in the
presence ef the world ; and would as soon enter
the Palace at St. James’, and converse with Her
Majesty of England, as he would in walking into
the apartments of a peasant’s cottage. Place him
where you might, he would be at home ; and no
matter whether he were in the palace or the cot
tage, he would blow his nose with his fingersand
spit on the carpet. He is a useful man to any
party to which he may attach himself; and, for
the time being, is inclined to think that Calhemn,
as he calls him, affords a very good shelter for
those politicians who can’t go any where else.
A great discovery.—The great and distin
guishing characteristic of genius is invention,
and it matters not how it is developed, whether
in the construction of steam engines, or novels,
self-rocking cradles, or epic poems, labor-saving
scrubbing brushes or tragedies—it is still genius,
and its possessor merits and ever receives the
undivided homage of an amazed and delighted
world. He who conceives a new idea, marks
out a new course for intellectual pursuit, or dis
covers a new faculty in man, writes his own
name on the scroll of never-dying fame. But it
is not less the duty of the contemporaries of such
a man to record with their weak pens his achieve
ments, evidencing theirgreatness by the contrast,
which the feebleness of description cannot fail to
Contenting ourself with thus much byway of
preface and apology, we proceed to pay our tri
bute of admiration to the latest invention of these
inventive days. This is a short,tcheap, and con
clusive process by which a man may be shown to
be crazy—namely by proving that he is rich.
With a modesty which is always the companion
of true genius, the discoverer of this plan with
holds his name from the public eye, but with a
generosity alike the attribute of genius, and of
modesty—he has developed the plan before a
commission appointed for the express purpose of
passing upon its merits by subjecting it to a prac
tical application.
The subject selected for the experiment was
Mr. Jonathan Hunt, a citizen, who, by the indus
trious exercise of his business talents, has suc
ceeded in amassing a fortune of two millions of
dollars. The fact that he had accumulated this
amount of money was of itself strong evidence of
his insanity, but having accumulated it, that he
knew how to keep and add to it, rendered it
certain that he was stark, staring mad, and ought
to be taken care of. On this second point, the
clearest evidence was presented. It was shown
that he had made in a cotton speculation forty
thousand dollars, and would have made two hun
dred thousand, but that his friends, considering
him sane at the time, were afraid he would lose,
and so prevailed upon him to abandon his de
sign. Again, when the apprehension of war was
general, he sold out the stocks he held, and in
vested the proceeds, an immense sum, in real
estate, on the ridiculously absurd pretence, that
if a war broke out, the fancy stocks of Wall
street would be worth nothing, but that land,
though it might be unproductive for years, would
still remain in the possession of its owner.
When these facts were presented to the Commis
sion of Lunacy, each member thereof looked at
Jonathan Hunt with an expression of the utmost
pity and commiseration, asmuch as to say, “ poor
fellow, how terribly diseased his wits have be
come—it’s a hopeless case.” But Mr. Hunt, with
that cunning, which of itself is a remarkable in
dication of insanity, persisted that he was not a
fit subject for the casmiole, and other mild re
straints of Bedlam, but that, on the contrary he
could look out for number one, and the 2,000,000
belonging to number one, and which number one
had accumulated and nobody else—and in sup
port of these, his wild declarations, he produced
the most laughable evidence that was ever pre
sented to a sane Commission of Lunacy. First,
he proved that though laboring under an idea
that he could sing, there was no more music in
his soul or throat than there was blood in the
veins of a coal mine; and second, that though he
had a similar opinion of his skill and grace in
dancing, yet he did not know the first of those
sublime steps which are taught by the professors
of the divine art. And on this evidence he built
a madman’s argument, thus: “Although it has
been shown that I have made my own fortune,'
and have so far managed it shrewdly and profit
ably, yet a certain lawyer thinks that he can do
better with it than I can, and he asks, therefore,
that you pronounce me a madman, and give him
the management of my estate. That lawyer is a
sane man ; I run away with a similar idea that I
can dance and sing, when I can do neither—am
I not sane too 1” When the wretched man had
said this, he fell back quite exhausted, and the
Commission cleared the room to deliberate on
the verdict. The result was no result; they could
not agree; but there is no doubt that they ought
to have found Mr. Hunt mad as a March hare,and
put him under guardianship; for it is clear to us
that this plan for testing sanity is an excellent
one, capable of being reduced to the precise de
termination of mathematical prooess, provided,
to start with, a single case can be supposed. Mr.
Hunt is insane, because he is worth two millions :
now, establishing this as the rule, John Jacob
Astor is fifteen times more insane, because he is
worth thirty millions. A capital rule this, for
poor and ungrateful relations to work, in order to
possess a fat estate.
A new company.—A joint stock rumor com
pany, it is said, is about to be established in
Washington City, of which a lineal descendant
of the famous Baron Munchausen is to be the
President. The objects of the institution will be
to collect as many as possible of the rumors
which float about the National metropolis, and
to spread them as soon possible to all parts of the
country. It is supposed, from some little ex
perience already had, that it will be made a most
flourishing and profitable business. — Philadelphia
The foregoing sarcasm, cast at the gentlemen
who write letters from Washington, has been
justly provoked, and is richly merited. During
the present session of Congress, there has been
manufactured and sent off, a much larger quanti
ty of twattie, and false report and rumor, than at
any other period since the letter-writing busi
ness has been established at the capitol. Scarce
ly a word of truth has come from the fraternity,
whenever they have undertaken to reveal Cabi
net secrets, and prospective intelligence. What
they have asserted to-day, as a “fixed fact,”
about to transpire, has. invariably been contra
dicted to-morrow. The fact is, the Washington
letter writers, are, and have been, ever since Mr.
Polk came into office, utterly ignorant of what
was was going on. Nobody has confided in
them, or confided to them, at the capitol, and the
public has at last, refused to believe or mind
what any of them say, touching cabinet move
ments, and state secrets. With the gentleman,
who writes our correspondence at Washington,
we have no fault to find. He has served ussatis
factorily and faithfully, and in no instance has
he made a statement that he did not first ascer
tain to be strictly correct. He, has done his duty
—and, we hope he will continue to be as cau
tious in future, in making statements as he has
heretofore been. We pay him liberally—much
more than we can well afford. We have his la
‘bor, he gets our money, and there ends our in
tercourse. If he were to make a single state
ment, which proved unfounded, we would in
stantly dissolve our connexion with him.
Of all the Washington correspondence we
meet with, that of the Herald is the most loose,
absurd and ridiculous. It appears to be made up
by anybody and everybody, who will write for
that paper,and often looks very much asif it were
got up to hoax the public. No two of the writers
agree ; they contradict each other in the same
paper, and are rapidly bringing the Herald into
contempt. We advise the editor to look to it.
Washington correspondence has indeed become
a very silly business.
Pennsylvania Rebellion. —A portion of our
neigbors in Pennsylvania are in a state of abso
lute rebellion or revolution, and are making them
selves amazingly unhappy, about the “ right of
way” for the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road.
Tjhat rail road, if we understand the case aright,
is anxious to pass through some part of Penn
sylvania, thus connecting Pittsburgh with Balti
more. The city of Philadelphia is opposed to it,
and the consequence of this has been a ‘ flare up,’
on the part of the Pittsburghers, who in their
wrath, have pledged themselves not to hold any
communication with, or purchase any goods, of
the Philadelphians. In a word, they have ostra
cised Philadelphia, and excommunicated her.
A Mr. Gibbons of Philadelphia, who is a mem
ber of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, and has
ardently and zealously opposed extending the
right of way to the rail road, and who tor doing
so, has been abused by some of the presses, on
Monday last, thus expressed himself: —
“ Now, Mr. Speaker, I have done ; and if I
have sacrificed myself, be it so. It. has been done
for the of the Commonwealth. I have been
accused of venality in advocating this measure ;
not by any member of this body—for there is no
one here so ungenerous or so base as to utter or
to entertain such a charge against me—but by
means of the public press in the heart of the city
that I love, speaking to thousands that my voice
can never reach. A malignant spirit has belched
its venom on my good name, and scattered it
here to intimidate and destroy. Sir, if the cow
ardly assassin who thus from his dark retreat
avails himself of a popular excitement to strike
down a political rival, but knew how much I
scorn his malice and defy his power, and that of
the suppliant tools who stand forth as his spon
sons, perhaps lie would slink back unbidden to
his murky den, to perish, unnoticed, from the
poison of his own nature. The judicial ermine
once rested on him—the people said it was de
filed—and as he staggered from the pot-house to
the bench, a Pennsylvania Legislature tore it
from his shoulders. I have no more to say of the
charge, or of the man.”
Mr. Gibbons alluded to some one who had been
on the bench. Who did he mean I Can anybody
guess'! Who don’t know 1 Is the man not
known 1 Don’t all guess at once; and let no
man, who has any refinement, lisp the name of
B B r. Mr. Gibbons was eloquent
with impunity.
Park Benjamin.—This gentleman, who is not
unknown to the whole nine of the muses, Rufus
Wilmot Griswold, Esquire, and a portion of the
public, has recently commenced the publication
of a paper, in Baltimore, called the HYslerii Con
tinent. It is an immense paper, as indeed it
should be, to bear with propriety so immense a
name, and its editor is determined that it shall be
immensely popular amongthe friends and suppor
ters of the peculiar institutions of the South. To
this end Park has been laying his lash on to
Northern Abolitionists and Northern negroes,
and the more rapidly to get up his subscription
list, represented himself as a poor unfortunate,
whose bold defence of the South, produced his
banishment from this city. The New World,
Park pretty broadly hints, would have made a
fortune for its proprietors, and handed down their
names to the latest posterity, if the editor had
not refused to sacrifice his principles by minis
tering to the anti-slavery prejudices which here
abouts exist. All this is very plausible and inge
nious, but unfortunately it is not true. If any
thing, the New World under the management of
the now editor of the Western Continent, was a
violent anti-slavery print; it denounced slavery,
and made no bones about it either; it rated
slave-holders, abused slave States, and scorned
and taunted the free members of the political
confederacy, for maintaining an alliance so infa
mous and degrading. The files of the New World
will prove the truth of what what we utter; the
large circulation of the paper in Canada and those
States where Abolition was most acceptable af
fords, however, the best evidence of the quality
of principle which Park then dealt in. Having
now carried those principles to a new market,
they have become essentially changed, that no
offence may be given to the new customers.
Mr. Park Benjamin was born in the Island of
Bermuda, and immediately packed off to New
England, when he was put out to nurse, some
where on the hills of Berkshire, we believe. At
a suitable age he was sent to school, and finally
entered a freshman at Yale College. At Yale he
studied Latin, Greek, mathematics, and the sub
lime science of Connecticut Jesuistiy, in which
he is an adept; drank gin, wooed the Muses,
took his degree, read law, put out his shingle in
Boston, commenced the publication of a monthly
magazine, which assumed to be the exponent of
New England principles, speculated in Eastern
lands, lost the fortune he inherited, and then
came to New York. Here he connected himself
with a publication house, which soon made a
“ burst” of it, and forced its literary partner to
turn penny-a-liner and write “ first rate notices
for the Boston Morning Post.” When the Bro
ther Jonathan was commenced, Park was one of
its editors, but only for a brief season. Worked
out of it, he set up the New World in opposition
to the Jonathan, and for three or four years pub
lished it and English and French novels, on the
“cheap and nasty plan.” The game at length
ended, and Park evacuated his premises, shook
off the dust of New York, and is now with a new
set of principles, cutting a devil of a dash in Bal
timore, avowing, among other absurdities, that
the girls of that city are as beautiful as the girls
of New York are ugly, and that the difference
between the free states and slaves, is, that in the
latter, the whites are honest gentlemen; while in
the former, both whites and negroes are rogues
and blackguards.
We put this brief sketch of the life and adven
tures of Mr. Park Benjamin on file,for the amuse
ment of this generation, and the instruction of
those generations which are to follow.
Party Fairness—Mr. Hannegan.—One of the
curses incident to party, consists in the gross and
malignant injustice the presses in its pay do to
individuals, who may happen to be on the other
side of the question.
The New York Mirror, a day or two ago, con
tained a letter, from its Washington correspond
ent, in which was the following disreputable
thrust at Mr. Senator Hannegan, of Indiana.
At an early hour this morning the galleries of the
Senate were again crowded with whole battallions of
the fair sex, anxious to hear more about Oregon and the
chances of war.
Mr. Hannegan, having the floor, came in smelling
strong of gunpowder. He fired away for about two
hours, with tremendous effect, denouncing the British,
and asserting our title to the whole of Oregon as clear
as noon day. He Is a real screamer, and he got so
very warm that it is said his efforts almost lighted a wax
candle which stood near him.
From the tone of the foregoing extract, if it
were confided in, every one who reads it would
at once conclude that Mr. Hannegan is a rude,
uncouth, and an unlettered ignoramus, a mere
vapid stump orator. t>o far from this being the
fact, Mr. Hannegan is not only one of the best
speakers in Congress, but is one of the best edu
cated men in the Union. He graduated at one of
the more popular Universities in the country, and
received, as he deserved, its highest honors. His
style of oratory is chaste and finished, without
bordering on pedantry of stiffness; and his voice
is as Grattan said of Pitt, the “music of the
spheres.” .The speech that he delivered on the
Oregon Question, has been warmly commended
for its excellence by numerous Whig statesmen,
and by Whig presses. The probability is, the
man who wrote the letter in question did not hear
it; but attempted to ridicule it, because he sup
posed he was bound to do so, inasmuch as he was
writing for a partizan press.
There is no folly, more bold or palpable than
that which induces partizans, to denounce indis
criminately the talents, and genius, and worth of
all who oppose them. It carries its own correc
tive, and courts its own punishment.
Not long since, we saw it asserted in print, that
Mr. Clay was always overrated, and through life,
had never been legitimately entitled to a rank
snperior to that of a country court lawyer. And
we have often seen Mr. Webster set down by
partizanship as a very small man, who was good
for|nothing but vapid declamation. And what was
the reward of the fools who hazarded such ab
surdities I The unmitigated contempt of all men
of intelligence.
Col. Benton was for many years scouted as a
humbug and a jackass, by party presses; and yet
did not the intelligent world know that he was
one of the master-spirits—one of the greatest of
living statesmen ! This folly was kept up till Col.
Benton opposed some of the measures connected
with Texan Annexation, when the very papers
that had for years villified him, and the New York
Commercial Advertiser was one of them, turned
round, and comparing him with Burke, pronoun
ced him the embodiment of native greatness.—
The folly of these pensioned party hacks is too
absurd and contemptible to elicit any other emo
tion than that of contempt.
Mrs. President Tyler.—lt is reported,and we
are inclined, from various reasons, to believe
that rumor in this instance is not a common liar
—that Mrs. John Tyler, wife of the late President
of the United States,has repudiated the home and
society of her lord, and returned to her family
and friends on Shelton Island, Long Island
It is a delicate thing, to discuss the domestic
affairs of any one ; and the public, perhaps, have
not a right to do anything of the kind. Be this
as it may, we cannot, considering the prominent
position the parties once held, refrain from re
marking that we have never doubted that this
math would prove unfortunate.
The lady, at [the time she gave herself to
the late President of the United State, was in the
hey-day ot youth and beauty; a belle and a toast,
admired and sought by hundreds of a correspond
ing age and fortune. He was an old man, who
had turned off fifty and seven years; and though
not insensible to the charms of youth and wo
man’s loveliness, was incapable of exalting either.
His education, his habits, and his associations,
were all hostile to her taste, and the union of
hearts so widely at variance could not fail to
produce discord and unhappiness.
When the lady married him she was induced
to the act, as the whole world believed, by pure
and honorable considerations and motives. She
married Mr. Tyler, because he was the Presi
dent of the United States, and she believed that
he would be re-elected. If he had been plain
John Tyler of Virginia, does any one believe
she would have dreamed of marrying him. He
had not been married six months, before all his
hopes, all his ambitious aspirations were blunted,
and he was cast upon the world, divested of
power and influence, contemned and abhorred by
a majority of his countrymen. All the bright
visions she had created, all the fairy castles in the
air that she had erected, were in a moment de
stroyed, and she looked around her and beheld
herself the wife ot an old man whose society pre
sented no charm for youth and loveliness. The
transition was too rapid to be endured, and repu
diation was all the alternative that led to escape
from thraldom the most oppressive and irk
Post Office.—The last number of Hunt’s Mer
chants’ Magazine, contains an able article on the
Post Office, from the pen of Jonas L. Homer,
Esq , formerly editor of the Boston Commercial
Gazette. We commend it to the attention of all
who take an interest in such matters, with an as
surance that its perusal will amply reward them.
Mr Thomas is an able writer. He has been
unfortunate in business, and has been obliged to
throw himself upon the ample resources of his
pen for support. We commend him and his ar
ticle to the public, and especially to the gentle
men of the press.
Weekly Gossip.
The Marine Insurance Companies of this city,
it is well known, divide large dividends. One
of them that we could name, has within twenty
years twice returned to the stockholders the ori
ginal value of their shares, besides paying some
fifteento fifty fer cent, dividend ayear. Notwith
standing these immense profits, the companies
are too niggardly to build and keep afloat a
steamboat for the relief of vessels stranded on
our soast. A nautical friend informs us that
most of the unfortunates who lost their lives du
ring the fearful storm of last Sunday, could have
been saved by a properly built and manned life
steamer. A boat of this kind should draw but
iitle water, have no guards, and be as, strong as
wood and iron could make her. fi?r engine
should possess the utmost power, consistent with
her light draught and size, and she should be
commanded by a good sailor and a courageous
man. We wish the Legislature would compel
the Marine Insurance Companies to keep a boat
of this character in active service during the
winter months, or if this cannot be done with the
present companies, to make it a condition in the
granting of new charters and the renewal of old
The town was fearfully excited on Tuesday, by
a rumor that Miss Mary Taylor had left the Olym
pic Theatre. Most happily for the peace of mind
of smart clerks and idle gentlemen, the rumor
proved to be without foundation. Mary has not
left the Olympic. Now let quiet reign again.
Messrs. Sinclair & Bagley’s extensive literary
enterprise, has been checked by the arrest of a
man named Stearns, who is supposed to be the
blood, bone and sinew of the interesting firm.
Mr. Stearns was arrested while in the act of de
positing copies of certain vile and infamous
works in the Post-office. It will be remembered
that, some time ago, we called the attention of
the authorities to this atrocious and wholesale
business of corruption, and developed the plan of
operation. We are glad to learn that the expo
sure has not been without its salutary effect
Green, the reformed gambler, has 4been pre
sented with a gold medal by the citizens of Cin
cinatti, as an acknowledgment of his services in
procuring the passage of a law, by the Legislature
of Ohio, for the suppression of gaming. It is
very well to pass laws to stop gambling, drunken
ness, and other vices of a similar character, but
the world is too old not to know that they are
almost wholly useless. As ;long as men will
drink, rum will be supplied; as long as they will
gamble, gaming houses will exist. If we read
correctly, Mr. Green followed the business of
gaming until he found it unprofitable ; when he
made this discovery, he became suddenly peni
tent, and has ever since been running round the
country, and making money by confessing what
a swindler he once was. There are several laws
against gaming in this State. Why are they not
put in force against the hundred fashionable hells
of New York 1 Is it not because the authorities
despair of breaking upj the business by legal
effort 1
The Times, a Native American paper, the pub
lication of which was commenced not long
since, has ceased to exist. Its light went out
early last Tuesday morning, and the party whose
principles it supported, is now without an organ.
Party papers, even when in luck—that is, when
in the enjoyment of public plunder—seldom make
money for their proprietors. The journals now
in possession of the city and State patronage, are
not making the golden fortunes that patriots
dream of when they turn politicians.
Lest some of our readers should remain igno
rant of the fact, we take the trouble to state that
to-day is the 114th anniversary of the birth of
George Washington, the Father of his country.
The Rev. Mr. (we forget his name, but
he is a parson), of New Hampshire, while.tra
velling home, a few days ago, discovered my
riads of worms, all alive and kicking, on the
snow. The reverend gentleman asserts that the
worms lay in the road for a distance of five
miles. Not long since we stated as a remarka
ble fact, that clergymen were the discoverers of
every thing strange and wonderful, and here we
have another evidence of the correctness of the
Daniel McCook has been arrested for attempt
ing to corrupt and bribe one of the patriotic
Catos who compose the collective wisdom of the
State of Pennsylvania. He handed to a member
of the lower House, Mr. Piolett, four hundred
dollars, which was understood to be the price of
that gentleman’s influence in favour of the
Lehigh Bank, with the additional understanding,
that if the Committee reported favourably of the
Bank, one hundred more were to be paid. This
Mr. Daniel McCook was a silly fellow, and made
an ass of himself. He did not offer quite high
enough. A thousand dollars in hard cash, paid
down on the nail, would probably have done the
business. When John Anderson attempted to
bribe Lewis Williams, in Congress, he offered
him his note. ?[lt was no go. Williams did not
deal in such trash; nor did he believe in the
credit system. Anderson consequently was
hauled up for a breach of privilege, and pul
into the bilboes. The ready cash might have
done the business. It is intimated by some un
generous rascal, that this Mr. Piollet would have
accepted McCook’s offer, had he not discovered
that he could get more by rejecting it. It does
not appear that the officers of the Bank were
privy to this last attempt at bribery and cor
William B. Cozzens, Esq , the popular proprie
tor of the American Hotel, was nominated, on
Tuesday night, for the Mayoralty, by the Native
American party. Mr. Cozzens has not yet signi
fied his acceptance of the nomination.
From our Regular Correspondent.
Washington. City, Feb. 20, 1846.
To the Editor of the Sunday Dispatch :
The proceedings of Congress, this week, have
not been very important. The Oregon question
has been under debate in the Senate, and has
been discussed with much ability, by Mr. E.
Hanngan of Indiana, Mr. Colquit of Georgia,
Mr. Dix of New York, and by one or two others.
I was present only when Mr. Hanngan spoke.
He is an Democrat, an accomplished scholar,
and, besides all that, has the advantage of a very
manly peison. The ladies say he is very hand
some ; and, as I know that they are judges in
matters of this kind, I shall not dispute them.
Therefore, you may as well put it down on the
pages of the Dispatch, that Mr. Hanngan is one of
the handsomest men in the Senate. He is young,
too, and that goes some way, you know, to com
mend him to the “ dear creatures.”
Mr. Hanngan made a most eloquent speech.
It was also replete with argument, and historical
data, and taken all, and in all, may be regarded
as one of the noblest efforts that have been made
in favor of our claim to Oregon. He contended
for the “ whole,” up to 54 40, and made a very
favourable impression on all who listened to
Mr. Colquit, of Georgia, was in favor of the
notice, and believed our claim to Oregon was
valid, and not to be slighted ; but, he was, after
all, inclined to the adoption of pacific measures.
He strongly intimated that he should favor con
cession, negotiation, and compromise, rather
than go to war. He is a good man, and a good,
but not an imposing speaker. I did not like his
speech, though I liked the man.
Mr. Colquit is a Methodist Preacher, and a
lawyer, into the bargain. He speaks with great
rapidity and vehemence, and throws his whole
body and soul into his argument..
Mr. Dix of New York, like Mr. Hanngan,
went for the whole of Oregon; and made a
sound and judicious argument. The debate will
steadily, but slowly, progress, and may possibly
occupy the remainder of the Session.
Col. Benton followed Mr. Dix, and in a few
moments developed to the Senate his views on
the subject of Oregon. He went for the notice,
applauded the whole action of the President, and
was for and the establishment ol
forts and blockades, and a military mail, and for
the promptest measures for the protection of the
people of Oregon. He contended in effect that
all of our difficulties in relation to Oregon had
grown out of a “ wise and masterly inactivity.”
His speech produced a great sensation.
On Teusday, Mr. Senator Hopkins L. Turney,
of Tennesse, presented the resolutions of the
Legislature of his State, instructing him how to
vote on various subjects. Mr. Turney said he
should obey, but made a bad face at those who
got up the resolutions.
This gentleman, you will recollect, was elected
to the Senate, though a Democrat, by the Whigs
of the Legislature of Tennessee, aided by a few
disaffected Democrats, in opposition to Mr. A.
O. P. Nicholson, the Democratic caucus candi
date. His election gave great offence to the Demo
cracy of Tennessee, who suspected that he had
made some bargains with, or concessions, to the
Whigs, for their votes; and as they do not in
tend that he shall yote wrong, without being re
sponsible for the act, they have instructed him.
This was scarcely necessary, I think, for Mr.
Turney has always been a sound Democrat,
though he sinned somewhat in his election.
When he presented the copy of the resolutions
that had been furnished on Friday, he had the
bad taste to go into a long history of his private
griefs at home, and made in one instance, what
I thought, some uncalled for and ill-founded in
sinuations at the President. It will do him no
In the House of Representatives, we have had
abolition and a equaling at the tariff; but nothing
of importance.
The news, by the Cambria arrived here by ex
press on Thursday, about midnight, and created
great excitement. It is regarded as exceedingly
pacific and was not unacceptable to the Adminis
tration. It is now believed by many and feared
by others, that Mr. Packenham has either been
recalled, or instructed to offer the 49th parallel.
If this be done, if is feared by those who do not
know what they ought to know, that the offer
will be accepted. It is not my belief, however,
that an act so important, and so fearfully preg
nant with responsibility, and so well calculated
to create dissension in the country, will be hasti
ly adopted. The city is full of rumors, founded
unquestionably on the news by the Cambria;
but as I have no confidence in them, I do not re
peat them. The Government received despatches
of importance by the Cambria, and whatever
there is in them, essential to the public interests,
will, I fancy, be speedily communicated.
I saw the President to-day, having been called
by business to the Executive office. He appeared
to be very happy, and in excellent health. He did
not appear to be at all alarmed at the language of
constructive denunciation which Guizot recently
let escape him, in the French Chamber of Depu
ties, or by the anathemas of John Bull’s presses.
Mr. Buchanan was also present, and looked re
markly well and young. The European news
will be hailed with advidity and warmth by Mr.
Calhoun and his friends, inasmuch as it may be
the means of extricating the former from the dif
ficulty he has involved himself in on the Oregon
question, and finally restore him to full commu
nion, with his ancient political friends and party.
It is reported here, that Mrs. Tyler, late Miss
Julia Gardiner, and wife of the late President of
the United States, has abandoned her husband,
and returned to her mother, and friends, on Long
Island. The stoiy is without foundation.
The city has been quite gay the last week or
ten days. Galas, balls and soirees, have been the
order of the day, and others, as well as myself,
have made the most of them.
Mr. Martin, of Tennessee, is now engaged in
endeavoring to push a bill through the House to
prevent members of Congtess from swindling the
government, in the matter of their per diem sa
lary and mileage. To travel from New York to
Washington costs a Member of Congress nine
dollars, and the Government pays him one hun
dred a-nd two dollars for it. Should not this
infamous abuse be corrected I
fJnlicc tkcorthx
“A Desperate Woman.”—Our leaders will re
collect an account of a woman named Mary Ann
Welch, who came to Brown’s Hotel in Lafayette,
Indiana, and inquired for a man named Levi
Gray, formerly of Albion, in this State, and that
on being shown to his room she drew a pistol
from below her cloak and attempted to fire at
him, but the pistol missed fire. Her story was
that she had been seduced by Gray by means of
a mock marriage, and that she was impelled to
seek a dire revenge. The Buffalo Commercial
Advertiser of the 6th inst., contains the following
statement in reference to the affair.
“ We leain verbally and by letter, that very
great excitement exists in Lafayette, in relation
to this matter, and that it was feared that Gray
might be lynched. For the purpose of allaying
the excitement and putting things in their proper
light, we would state that Gray has been employ
ed in two of the principal business houses in this
city, the heads of which have called upon and in
formed us that he is a man of good character,
and one in whom they placed every confidence—
that the female on the contrary is abandoned and
has continued to follow and annoy him for years.’’
A correspondent says in relation to the fore
going : The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser may
be correct, so far as Levi Gray’s business habits
nnd character are concerned, but his conduct to
wards Mary Ann Welch is of the blackest kind.
The poor girl’s wrongscan scarcely be told, short
of occupying a volume fertile purpose. In short,
this Mary Ann Welch at an early age, say fifteen,
was attending boarding school in Rochester, from
which she was seduced by Gray, and kept on
board of a canal boat, of which he had charge,
one or two seasons, during which time in order
to consummate his designs upon this young girl,
he caused to be drawn up a regular marriage con
tract by a practising physician in Albion, (Doctor
Wood, I believe,) signed, sealed, and delivered
to Mary Ann, and induced her to believe they
were regularly and legally married. They con
tinued to live together until she had a child; soon
after he abandoned her, and the writer of this ar
ticle became acquainted with the facts in the
case from Mary Ann’s making application to the
civil authorities in Rochester for pecuniary as
Gray was, and I believe still remains, a widow •
er ; is old enough to be Mary Ann’s father, and
knows himself to have seduced, abandoned and
ruined a poor girl, who, but for him, might have
been happy, respectable, and a useful member of
To the Editor of the Sunday Dispatch :
It is admitted on all hangs, I believe, that the
nation is in a somewhat delicate position, origi
nating in our foreign relations; and it is the pre
vailing opinion of sound and judicious men, that,
at a time like this, preparations should be made
for our national defence. No one can tell how
soon we may be called upon to struggle with a rich
and powerful enemy: and that struggle will of
course be carried on upon the ocean. Now every
one who has witnessed the changes and im
provements in modern maritime warfare, will,
readily admit that our greatest reliance, and in
fact our only hope of success, in a struggle on the
ocean, must depend on the number, strength and
sailing qualities of our steam ships. In all these
we are most wofully deficient. What then is to
be done I What shall we do to place ourselves
upon an equal footing with our poweiful oppo
nent! I answer: let Congress build more na
tional steam-ships, and the nation will cheerfully
bear the additional expense. I have no doubt
that the bill for an appropriation for that purpose
will be passed unanimously.
A vast portion ol this expense could be saved
to the nation, if a change could be effected in the
manner of giving out the contracts for the build
ing of these ships. It is a well known fact that
our national vessels cost from one quarter to one
third more than they would had there been any
chance of competition in building them. Let
men of science, taste and skill in naval architec
ture, combined with ample means and honorable
standing in society ; let such men, I say, have
but an equal chance of these contracts, and my
word for it, our shipswill be built much cheaper,
their models will be more beautiful, and they wilj
prove faster sailers than any in our glorious little
Among the many able and honorable men who
may offer for these contracts, 1 would call the at
tention of the proper department at Washington,
to the name of Mr. George Law, a gentleman <Jf
undoubted and acknowledged taste in steamboat
building. He has lately finished one of the fast
est sailing, and most beautifully modeled steam
boats that ever was built in the world. The im
provements which he has made in her model,
aud the taste and skilfin her finish, stamp him
at once as one of the first architects of the pre
sent age: and a sufficient proof, should he obtain
a contract for building one or more of our new
ships of war, that his work would bear as strict
a criticism as that of any other contractor in the
Besides his experience, taste and skill in these
matters, his ample wealth, his honorable standing
and the high estimation in which he is held by al]
men,-will prove a sure guarantee for the success
ful und faithful performance of every part of his
Mr. Law has been the architect of his own no
ble fortune, as well as of steamboats, having
been, when a young man, possessed of but very
slender means, from which he has risen solely
by his own energy, and indomitable perseverance
to his present enviable and honorable standing
In conclusion! would say, that the various means
and qualifications which Mr. George Law pos
sesses, are well worthy the notice and patronage
of the Department which has the building of our
national vessels in charge.
We have received a pamphlet entitled, Opinion
by Justice Drinker, &c., which contains a review
and statement of the charge of perjury against
Lucius S. Comstock, 21 Courtlandt street. After
a caieful perusal of its contents, we come to the
deliberate conclusion that Dr. Comstock has
gained a complete triumph over his envious per
secutors. His character stands fair and unim
peaehed, andhis manly defence of himself, with
out the aid of counsel, shows a degree of fortitude
and self possession rarely equalled. And here
we may observe that the evident inclination in
this city, to settle private difficulties by appeals
to the criminal law, is one disgraceful to our
time and to our ins.tituiions.—[Com. Advertiser-
Letter from Spranger Barry, Esq.
A Five Act Tragedy—Mr. Murdock —The sup
posed Author of the Tragedy—Blues and Blue But
ties— The Theatres Debuts Bowery —Chatham —
Greenwich —Olympic —Miss Mary Taylor —The quar
rel with Mr. Mitchell —The Ampitheatres—Bowery
and Palmo's —Leri Month—Mr. Gussin, 4-c., &c.
Mew York, February 21,1845.
To the Editor of the Sunday Dispatch:
There appears to be a growing disposition on
the part of the literary and dramatic blue-bottles
of this city to get up a national drama, and to
manufacture a new race of actors. The object is
a noble one, and I hope it will be encouraged
by all people, who are warmly attached to the
soil, and are disposed to advance the cause of
“ science.”
An American actor, who is surrounded by a
most enthusiastic clique, composed of personal
friends, appears to be at the head of this patriotic
movement. At any rate, it appears so, from the
extract which I copy from an article that ap
peared in one of the evening papers a day or two
“We learn from Neal’s Gazette that a new five
act play is to be produced by Mr. Murdoch at the
Walnut, during his next engagement there after
his return from the South It is founded upon
incidents in the history of Massachusetts ; the
story is dramatic, and worked up with great skill
and much power. It is in blank verse, the quali
ty of which is good and well-toned into the sub
ject, which is purely domestic. Great attention
will be paid to the production of this play, with
every accessory of scenic effect and costume.
Mr. Murdoch is now on his way to New Or
leans, where he contemplates performing an en
gagement, and will probably return by the way of
Charleston to Philadelphia early in the spring,
where the new play will be brought out.
“The name of the author of the new play is
not given, but we suspect it is one not unknown
to fame. We hope the friends of the drama in
this city will hurry up that “ Metropolitan Thea
tre,” so that Murdoch, on his next visit to New
York, may come before the public under more
favorable auspices than on his former appearance
at the Park. There seemed to be a pre concert
ed determination on the part of some of the “ old
stagers” to give him the “cold shoulder.” But
Murdoch is a rising star, and those who attempt
ed “ to damn him with faint praise” will have to
“ luff a little” to public opinion.”
Mr. Murdoch is a worthy man, and a very bad
actor: and it becomes him to look well to this
project of establishing an extensive Actor Manu
factory, lest it fail in its incipient stages. If he
pause, and wait, however, till the “ Metropolitan
Theatre” be erected, ere he begin,l am very fear
ful that all the great end he aims at will not be
consummated. It seems, however, that he is
not to be discouraged by receiving the “cold
shoulder” at the hands of the “ old stagers,” and
will go on his way rejoicing.
The main object I had in view, in copying the
foregoing extract was, by the way, to avail my
self of the opportunity it presents to offer a few
remarks on the “new five act play,” that Mr.
Murdoch is about to present to the stage for the
edification of the public.
The name of the author of the production is
not given; but is hinted at, with sufficient dis
tinctness, to inform an anxious world that Mr.
Epes Sargent is the lucky and important man. It
were illiberal and arrogant to condemn a play in
advance, and anticipate a failure. Ido not mean
to commit any such act of injustice and meaness.
On the contrary, I hope that the “five act play,”
and Mr. Murdoch, its hero, may be equally suc
cessful. Though I thus hope, in all sincerity; I
must most candidly confess, that I entertain
many doubts on the subject.
Mr. Epes Sargent is a pretty writer ; one of
your small beer Jemmy Linkum-feedle writers,
who possesses just stamina enough to play se
cond fiddle to a whole race of blues, and blue
bottles, and sighing literary man-miliners that
intent the city; and, Would make a first-rate poet
laureat for those whimpering Nancy Dawsons
and Elizabeth-Smullfrys, who blubber over the
Sorrows of Werter, and evince extraordinary
agonies of soul whilst perusing the sickly senti
mentality and soft sensibility of Mrs. Rowson.
He is the author of two plays, one called “ Ve
lasco,” the other, “ Change makes Change;”
both of-which have been enacted ; the hero of the
first having been sustained by Mr. Murdoch;
and the heroine of the second having been im
mortalized by Mrs. Mowatt. Airs. Kean, when
she was Miss Ellen Tree, once played the heroine
of “ Velasco,” to please the author’s friends in
I once saw “ Velasco” played ; it was got up
by Mr. Murdoch, at the Washington theatre;
and I do not think that I shall very soon forget it.
Mr. Murdoch at that time was much younger
than he is now ; and was not quite as bad an ac
tor as he has since proved himself to be.
He came toWashington in the winter of 1836,
and solicited the patronage of one of the political
parties at the capital, and claimed to be one of
them. This did not succeed very well, for
Washington demagogues do not cherish a very
great regard for the drama ; and, to raise the
wind, he announced, in great letters, in the play
bills, that on the night of his benefit, there would
be presented an “ American Play,” written by an
“American Author,” dedicated to an “Ameri
can Statesman,” the leading character in which,
would be sustained by an “American Actor.”
All these enunciated facts did not seem to create
any sensation; and what is called “another
gag,” was resorted to.
These things transpired just at the time that the
Texan Revolution was in full blast, and a few
days after the battle of San Jacinto. Col. Wil
liam C. Preston, then a Senator from South Ca
rolina, and who was the American statesman to
whom the work was dedicated, was one of the
warmest advocates of Texas; and, to induce a
full attendance, Mr. Murdoch caused a report to
be circulated, that the gallant Colonel Johnson,
and the South Carolina Senator would attend the
theatre on the evening of his benefit, and that at
the close of the play, Murdoch would make a
speech, and that Col. Preston would respond
to it.
This act of charlatanry had the desired effect.
A pretty large audience was called in, but nei
ther Col. Johnson or Col. Preston was in attend
ance. A few days afterwards, the South Caroli
na Senator told me, what I had already antici
pated, that he knew nothing about the affair, and
that he never could have dreamt of committing
such an act of folly.
Mr. Murdoch is sadly addicted to charlatanry,
a thing that every man of talent must ever scorn,
and which none but mountebanks and fools ever
For Mr. Murdoch I personally entertain no ill
will. He is harmless and impotent, does not
possess the requisites of an actor of eminence,
end never can succeed in imposing himself as
such on the world.
I am no foe to Mr. Epes Sargent. He certainly
cannot elict the envy of any one, much less any
man’s resentment. He is a mere Billy Lack-a
day of a writer; one of those Blues, in cordu
roys,who will now and then buzz at “Lady Blue
bottles,” with the Tracys andllnkles, and receive
some eclat for writing acrostics to the eyebrows
of the mistress of Sir Pamby Namby’s scullion.
I hope, after all, the nice little fellow will come
to something, notwithstanding he and his clique,
years ago, said and thought some very queer
things of me, which did not elicit my indigna
By the way, I noted a remark in the Island
City, which I intended to notice to-day; but
which for the want of space, I must pass over till
next Sunday. In the meantime, I will make use
of a fresh pen which has just been handed me, to
say to the “ Island City,” that I would go as far
any many in existence to encourage and sustain
American actors.
During the week there has been much done in
the way of fostering “native talent.” At one of
the theatres there have been two “ first ap
pearances.” The first was by a young man
named Milner, who made his debut as Reuben
Glenroy, in the play of “ Town and Country, or
which is Best.” The debutant possessed a good
figure, expressive countenance, and a fine voice.
He appeared to be a man of education—his elo
cution was natural ; and from what I saw of
him, I was very strongly inclined in his favor. I
think he may make a good actor, and possibly an
eminent one. He has many advantages within
himself, and culture will render them conspicu
The second was a young man, named John
Stafford, who made his appearance as Claude
Melnotte. He possesses a good voice, and
a good person, though a little stoop-shouldered,
and went through the part veiy much to the sa
tisfaction of himself and friends, the latter ap
plauding him rather profusely from the com
mencement to the close of the performance.
I saw but very little of Mr. Stafford’s effort;
for being very apprehensive that he would not
wear the Prince very well, I did not care to re
main through the whole play. There were those
in the theatre who spoke well of the effort.
All the theatres have done well during this
week. The Bowery has offered its usual attrac
tion, and received its usual reward. It is now
enagaged in preparing extensive and attractive
novelties, to gratify the appetite ofits patrons.
The Chatham has gone oa steadily and smooth
ly, receiving each night fresh evidences of the
kindness and approbation of its patron?, and ne
ver flagging in its efforts to merit popular ap
A meeting has been held among the citizens of
Greenwich, to further the speedy completion of
that establishment, and I am happy to learn that
everything progresses rapidly, and as it should in
that quarter.
The manager of the Olympic has had full
houses during the week ; and I am sorry to add
that Miss Mary Taylor, the “ pet,” and the al
most “ spoiled child,” of that house has left it,
and gone off angry. The affair, such as it is, is
one that legitimately comes within the entire
province of the manager and the offended lady,
and I am not disposed to thrust an “officious
nose” into it. If my opinion were asked, how
ever, I should say that Mr. Mitchell is right, and
that Miss Mary is wrong; and in the same breath
I should advise her to hasten back to the Olym
pic. It is her home, and she will no where else
find such an audience—so kind, so indulgent and
so liberal. But let come what will come, I shall
stand by and remain a “ firm and faithful friend”
to Mary.
At the Bowery Amphitheatre, the celebrated
Levi North, the most accomplished equestrian of
the age is engage'd, and will make his to morrow
evening. The accession of such an artiste must
give a fresh impetus to the Bowery Amphithea
tre. lam also very happy to state that the beau
tiful Mrs. John Gossin who has just recovered
from a serious indisposition, will make her re
appearance on the same evening. Mrs. Gossin
is the most beautiful women that ever reined a
noble or gallant charger.
Madame Macarte continues to be the grand
feature of attraction at the circus in Chamber
street (Palmo’s). This lady’s performances
combine the most exquisite taste with artistic
skill of the highest order. Mr. Howe’s company
is full and efficient, and merits the very liberal
patronage which I am glad to say it nightly re
I fancy I’ve said enough. I’ll get my hair pulled
for writing the last sentence. Heigh, ho 1 I’m
tired, and must go to bed.
Respectfully and sincerely,
Of Great Jones’ Street.
Theatrical Items.
Ben Jonson’s play—“ Every Man in his Hu
mor,” which has not been performed in this city
for thirty years, is to be brought out at the Park
this week, George Vandenhoff playing Kitely.
The new drama, “ Who’s the Composer 1”
draws well at the Olympic.
The Menagerie in theßowery (Van Amburgh’s)
attracts crowds of persons. The collection of
animals is the largest and best ever exhibited in
New York.
The Seguins have concluded their engagement
in Boston. They played for the last time on
Monday evening, for the benefit of Mrs. Maedel
(Clara Fisher). Their engagement was a very
profitable one.
Mr. Wyman’s new comedy, “ Where there’s a
Will, there’s a Way,” is to be brought out at the
Boston Museum (Kimball’s) this week. The
National Theatre is doing a good business. The
atricals are looking up in Boston.
Booth commenced an engagement, playing
Richard, at the Walnut Street Theatre, Phila
delphia, on Wednesday evening. Julia Northall
announces a concert in Philadelphia.
Bnrke is concertising in Baltimore. John
Sefton continues to draw crowds to the Museum
of that city. Prof. Silliman is enlightening the
Baltimoreans on the subject of Geology.
Herr Alexander is still at Richmond.
The Keans appeared for the twelfth time in
Charleston, on the 14th instant. The engagement
has been very successful. Valentine, Blitz, and
De Bonneville are all in that city.
Hackett played Falstaff, and Sir Pertinax, in
Mobile on the 11th inst., for his benefit.
Dan Marble is at the St. Charles, New Orleans
Harry Placide and his brother Tom played at
that house on the 10th inst., to an immense
Mr. Murdoch arrived at New Orleans on the
12th inst. He intends to play there.
Bowery Amphitheatre.— Levi North !—Rock
well and Stone have engaged Levi North 1 He
will appear for the first time in New York, since
his return from his triumphant European travels,
to-morrow night, at the Amphitheatre. We look
to see a welcome for him worthy of his country
men, and due to the transcendant talents which
have made him idolized abroad. His professional
victories in England and France, particularly in
Paris, were long since heard of by us, and were
certainly without an equal since the days of the
great English equestrian, Ducrow, the friend of
Edmund Kean. Levi North will be warmly wel
comed by those who remember his former per
formances ; and who, we are assured, will not
neglect that approbation which foreigners were
not backward to bestow.
Balfe is appointed director of the Italian Opera,
which is about to open under brilliant auspices.
A new opera by Verdi, the plot based upon the
story of Lear, is to be produced—-Lablache as
the hero.
A second Italian Company, it is said, will open
at Covent Garden, under the management of
Costa, late director at the Opera House.
Macready is playing a successful engagement
at the Princess’.
The “ Cricket on the Hearth” continues to run
well at most of the London Theatres.
The artists, in imitation of|the literateuxs, have
been figuring as amateurs at the St. James’ The
The Miss Cushmans are performing with great
eclat at the Haymarket.
The London Times, of the 30th of December,
says—“lt is enough to say that the Romeo of
Miss Cushman is far superior to any that has
been seen for years. It is a creative, a living,
breathing, animated, ardent human being. Miss
Cushman has given the vivifying spark, whereby
the fragments are knit together and become an
organized entirety. It was no fine speech maker,
no stage lover, no victim to a maudlin sentiment;
but an impetuous youth, whose whole soul was
absorbed in one strong emotion, and whose lips
must speak the inspiration of his heart. All the
manifestations of Romeo’s disposition were given
with equal truth; but the grief in Friar Law
rence's cell, when Romeo set forth the sorrows of
his banishment in tones of ever-increasing an
guish, till at last it reached its culminating point,
and he dashed himself upon the ground with real
despair, took the house by storm, In a word,
Romeo is one of Miss Cushman’s grand success
es. Miss Susan Cushman, the new Juliet, is a
most interesting young lady: there is an intelli
gence in all she does, an earnest striving after
perfection of detail, that are promising in ths
highest degree. At the conclusion, the sisters
were called before the curtain, with honest, un
feigned enthusiasm, by a crowded audience.”
The Sun says—“ Taken as a whole, Miss Su
san Cushman’s debut is one of the most deserv
edly successful we have witnessed for years.
But what shall we say of Miss Cushman 1 She
was the very Romeo drawn by Shakspeare. Her
wooing was overpowering. Her passion when
condemned to banishment, she learns the doom
m Friar Lawrence's cell,was irresistible—raye, as
irresistible as the terrible earnestness of her at
tacks on the fiery Tybalt and the courtly Paris.
The sisters were called for at the conclusion of
the tragedy, and greeted with rapturous and well
deserved plaudits.”
The Morning Advertiser says—“ Miss Cush
man had not taken a step upon the stage when
most enthusiastic applause welcomed her. A
cheering reception, towards which all present
seemed determined to contribute. She looked
the character admirably ; and the beautiful cos
tume she wore was so judiciously arranged as to
relieve the spectators from much of the tenacious
feeling experienced from the contemplation of a
lady fillidg such a part. Indeed, the remains of
any such feeling that might exist were speedily
removed by the excellent acting of the character,
that at once enchained attention and excited ad
miration. The moment that Miss Susan Cush
man came forward she was received with most
generous and encouraging applause. Eor an in
stant she seemed deeply moved, but her self
possession soon returned, and she proceeded
with all courage and colleetedness.”
The London Morning Herald, in speaking of
their re-engagement says—“ The success of M iss
Cushman has been so great at this theatre, that
an extension of her engagement has been ar
ranged ; and she has now commenced another
set of twelve performances. When this intima
tion was given on Friday night, the delight of the
audience found vent in the most extravagant de
monstrations. Hats and handkerchiefs were
waved on all sides, and every compliment that
could be externally shown, was zealously ex
pressed. During the foregoing month this ac
complished actress has only appeared in Romeo,
and not in a single instance has there been an
indifferent house.”
The correspondent of the Raropean Times
says—“ Paris is excessively gay. Bills, fetes,
concerts, operas, dinners, suppers, nines, are
succeeding each o>h -r incessantly. Even Colo
nel Thorn, the New York millionaire, is not
missed, notwithstanding his hospitality used to
be on an extensive scale, though some few
people sigh after the splendid spreads of the
‘ Yankee restaurateur,” as he used to be nffek
named. Mr. Thorn’s ambition was to crash his
house full of fashionable people ; but if he krqew
the derision with which they spoke ofhimas the'*
Yankee parvenue, he would most assuredly have
seen the fashionable people d—d before admit
ting them within his doors. Among the princi
pal fetes of the present season has been a grand
ball of Louis Phillippe, to which the elite of Paris
ian society was bidden. Many Americans were
present, but the great majority of the foreign
guests were English.
A musical journal states that Ole Bull has ar
rived in Paris, and is about to give a series of
The theatres have presented nothing remark
able during the last month. As, however, this
is the busy season of the year, they are all well
filled every night. On Tuesday last, there was
a tremendous row at the Italian opera, from the
management having advertised one price, and
established another at the last moment. A re
port has lately been current that Alexander
Dumas, the celebrated writer, is about to have
the privilege of the management of anew theatre
conferred upon him.”
A Beautiful Picture.—Desirous as we are of
encouraging the improvement of the fine arts, in
this country, we cannot refrain from alluding a
second time to the engraving of the Last Supper,
by Dick, 66 Fulton street. Good judges have
pronounced this, in all respects, one of the best
specimens of steel engraving in the world. It
has been the work of many years; and no ex
pense was spared in getting it up.
It needs that we in America should more fre
quently feel the obligation upon us to support the
efforts of artists in the way of perfection, rather
than the plentiful mediocrity we see so much of.
The “ Last Supper” is certainly an instance of
that perfection. What strikes the general eye—
the expression of the picture—is of unusual truth
and delicacy. And judged by artists, also, the
details of it will be found fullj' up to- the highest
standard. Justice demands that it should have
a general and ready sale, which we are glad to
hear it already has had, and to an extent quite
To the Editor of the Sunday Dispatch:
I would call the attention of you and your
readers to a useful and important invention, or
discovery, of great value to the public at large ;
and which, though kept before the people by ad
vertising, the inventor informs me. has not re
ceived its share of public patronage. This is
not Brocherri Water, nor a balm to cure all dis
eases, bnt I almost said the Philosopher’s Stone.
It is a Liquid Silver, put up in bottles, and sold
at a reasonable rate, which will re-silver and
make as good as new the tons of Silver Plated
Ware in Hotels and private Houses to be seen
all over the country, from Texas to Oregon.
Like many others I believed it was one of the
humbugs of the day, but a fair trialhas convinced
me of its utility. Christadore of the Astor
House has used it on the plated bars of his glass
case, Brass Knobs, Hat Hooks, and is willing to
testify to its merits. Its effects are truly aston
ishing. It is for sale in Fulton street, near Nas
sau street, by John J. Brown and Co.
Your’s&c. A READER.
Miniatures. —An artist acquaintance of ours
is in raptures with the finished and tasty style of
Anthony & Clark’s daguereotypes, in Broadway.
That firm have really an enviable name among
the profession. They avoid the “ puffing” sys
em, and depend quite on the intrinsic merits of
heir work.
Merrill and Co. have opened the Montezuma
House, No. 133 Walker street, and fitted it up in
a handsome manner, and stocked it with liquors
of the first brands. Whoever visits the Monte
zuma once, will be sure to become a regular
Very few persons who have business to do at
the Custom House or in Wall street, omit to call
at the Phenix, a long established house of enter
tainment, and the most popular of any in that
Andrew Jackson Allen, the great costumer, in
vites the theatrical world to call on him if they
want splendid dresses, at his depot corner of
Chatham and Mulberry street. Allen is un
doubtedly the greatest costumer now.
A Challenge.—The proprietor of the City
Bowling Saloon, No. 112 Broadway, offers the
free use of his alleys to any one will beat the
game recently played there, in which 279 pins
were scored in ten rolls. Who will accept the
challenge! The city Bowling Saloon is one of
the best in the city.
If your appetite is “ peckish,” as Mr. Bass says,
in “ Peculiar Position,” go to the Broadway
Lunch, No. 214 Broadway, opposite St. Paul’s,
and taste those delicious Oysters.
The stock of wine and liquors at Thomas
Smith’s, No. 325 Water street, corner of Rose
velt, is one of the best in the city. The bar is al
ways richly supplied.
The frequenters of the Bowery Theatre, almost
always manage to run oyer to the Pavilion,
which is directly opposite, and is perhaps the
best house in that neighborhood.
The Elite, on the corner of Morten and Hud
son streets, merits a word or two of commenda
tioh. Ils bar is supplied with choice liqueurs,
and its larder with all the delicacies of the sea
son. In short the house is the first class and
merits all the patronage it receives.
A most pleasant and well conducted house of
entertainment is Foote’s, in East Broadway, on
the corner of Catharine street. The bar is well
stocked, and the attendance most polite end at
53" Mr. L. N. Fowler Lectures every Monday
and Tuesday Evenings, in Mr. Martyn’s Church, on
Chrystie street, between Delaney and Rivington, com
mencing at 7A o’clock.
The Lecture to-morrow evening will be free-to
close with one or more Phrenological and Physiologi
cal Examinations
Mr. O. S. Fowler will open a similar Course
in Brooklyn, at Hall’s Building, Feb. 11. feßtf
53“ Pain I What is it ? An invisible thing; mak
ing itself known only through the sense of feeling. How
ever various its location, or by whatever cause produced
the thing is the same wherever felt, whether in a tooth,
or corn on the toe. Since the first practice in medicine,
various things haye been used as antidotes to pain, with
various success; none of which have ever proved a spe
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53" New Establishment.— Essences, Soups,
Perfumery, &c., at 21 Courtland-st, under the manufac
turing and importing charge of Mr. Johnson, late John
son & Co., and Johnson, Vronm and Fowler, all now
conducted at 21 Cortland-st. This Mr. Johnson is the
inventor and original proprietor of the celebrated Wal
nut Oil Shaving Soap, for which no equal can be found,
and a premium of fifty dollars is offered for as good an
article. The quality of Soaps, English, French and Ita
lian Perfnmery here made cannot be beat, and the facili
ties of steam power in the manufactory, with means
sufficient to take advantage of the market in the supply
ing of stock, are considerations for country merchants to
look in at 21 Courtland st, and price before purchasing
Messrs. Comstock Co.- Gents: I hereby beg
|o add my testimony to the'numerous ones you Have al
ready received in favor of the Indian Vegetable Elexir
and Liniment as a sovereign remedy to cure Rheuma
tism, as I can truly testify from my own experience, and
beg you to publish it for the benefit of others.
Yours, truly, COL. OGDEN, 115th street,
New York, 18th Sept., 1846. Harlem.
53" Wait not until it is too late.- Slight
colds, producing cough, pain, and tightness about the
lungs and chest, should be relieved at once by the Pink
Syrup, from 21 Courtland street. This is the only safe
course ; too many have experienced the mournful con
sequences of neglect; let the living heed the warning.
This Expectorant is a sure preventive of such disastrous
53“ There are facts relative to the Balm of Co
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it free from dandruff, make it grow again on bald heads,
giving it a lively brilliancy and lustre, and curl that no
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53" Hr. Lnrbor has succeeded in concentrating
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Julia Wright-—Canto XII.
Then Sabretashe, concerning Julia’s dower
Outspoke —his moustache curling witn emotion ;
He said, “ her fortune was to him no more
Than drops of water added to the ocean !
Indeed, he’d rather, if he had the power,
(And thus to Julia prove his soul’s devotion.)
Shower it Dante-like, iu golden rain ;
Or scatter it, as fanners scatter grain !”
[To be continued.J
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we are certain—that Gouraud’s Italian Medicated
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53“ Allen Doil worth continues his private Danc
ing School at his residence, 448 Broome street, every
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, at three
P. M., for ladies, and seven for gentlemen. For terms,
etc., apply as above. jll tf.

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