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BEG leave.to inform their friends and the public, that their assortment is rendered, hy additional arrivals fiom New York and Philadelphia, very extensive and com plete, comprising almost every article of Substantial and Fancy DRY GOODS, rf American, British, French, German, China, and other manufactures, in tiieir line. They have been purchased at prices corresponding with ^,'the time?, and will he sold for cash or to punctual cus- > turners at very small advances. May 23 2t ftf 256 Packages of Fresh Dry Goods. Fleming & Edwin James & Co. MARKET BRIDGE, Have Received thefollowing Dry Goods: 9 Cases anil hales of Cinthsand Cassime*es,comprising a chiucc assortment of colours and qualities ft bales rose and point blankets, milled kerseys and r.apt j cottons c2 do plain and figured black and colored bombazctics ; 1 case drop blue mixt sattinettes > 2 bales Angola cassimercs and French circassias'j # J 1 do superior black Circassians | « 3 eases grandurell stripes, mixt jeans and union | > mixtures * | _ 2 do French linen dfiliings, comprisingn good ns- | % 1 sortment of drabs, stripes, and ualure co- j E lored | S | 2 do London drillings, comprising a good assort- \-.’n rnent of shaded silk stripes, bulls, and a few pieces beautiful while sattin did lings - do common stripe and ftpc white jeans 1 do drab, black, ami mixt Denmark satlins 4 do plain anil figured, white, and btilT, and plain and figured printed marscilles—a choice as sortment 6 do 0 8. 5-4 and G-4 cambrics and jscoucls I do 6-4 checked and figured cambrics 4 do 4-4 and G-4 plain and figured book and Swiss mus- j lins II do common, fine, and superfine prints and London chintz i 3 do 34 and G 4 Grecian stripe ginghams and jaconolts j -5 do 3 l and 6-4 garment, and J--1 and 4-4 furniture 1 dimities IG l>a!us and eases 1-4, 5-1 and 6-4 common .and line bleached shi/tings and sheetings T4 bah* 3-4 anil 7-8 brown shirtings 28 do 38 inch superior hi own sheetings 3 do 5-4 and 6-1 brown sheetings, (jnirt Waltham) *' 0 bales and cases common and fine plaids and domestic ginghams 4 do 3-4 4-4, and 6 -4 superior bedtickings f> case* cotton Kandaonu and Madras handkerchiefs 2 bales apron and furniture cheeks 2 do stiffened linen and topsail duck for padding 4 do bear, duck, real, and imitation Russia'sheetings ;uid diapers 14 do stout British and German Oznaburgs and Burlaps 2 do superior while ticklenburgs cases 7-3 and 4-4 Irish linens (a choice parcel) in whole and half pieces 3 do brown Hollands ami linen diapers and damasks 4 boxes 400 ps. extra fine short, long company inarmee chop and blue nankeens 5 cases company, flag and plain bandanna likfs. 3 do blk. Cauton and Levantine hartkfs 7 do plain, blk. and col’d Canton anr! Nankin crapes 2. do 7-4 and 8-4 bik. and col’d sattin figuied crape shawls f> do sattin figured blk. and col'd mandarin crapes and robes 2 do blk. sarsnettes and scnchcws 2 do white and blk. plain and fig’d French and mandarin sat tins 2 do rich figured and Bengaline stripe silks 2 do bik. white and pink Italian crapes 3 do best Italian and Canton sewing silks, a choice pared l 1 do figured and plain blk. silk vestings 3 do 70 boxes ribbons, a large and choice assortment 2 <hi silk umbrellas and parasols I do fans, a good assortment 4 boxes elegant gauze and berregc hankfs and shawls 2 cases women’s white and blk. silk gloves and lutsc, and men’s blk. and white silk gloves, hose and half hose 1 do women’s supcrioi bleached thread hose and men’s brown thread half hose 3 do women’s white and ingrain tjack cotton hose, "and men's white cotton, and Vigonia hose and half iiose 1 do woirien's habit heaver,* and long and short kid and horse skin gloves 2 do men’s stout buck, beaver and dogskin gloves 2 do buttor.s tflld button moulds, a good assortment 2 do net suspenders J 3 boxcscombs, comprising a large assortment-of shell tuck, side and long bent, imitation, tuck, fine ivory, pocket ' and dressing combs 4 bales of Clarke’s spoedfioss and sewing cotton, Orrell’s cotton balls and Holt’s patent wire thread 2 bnlc3 patent threads; blue, black, and all coloured from No 16 to 3 cases 'London mist, gilt and common pack pins ft do women’s Jrtghuru, Bolivar and giysir Jials, some rcryjine 10 dr* do straw do do do do 1 do men’s Leghorn bats; together with an elegant as sortment of thread and bobbinettc laces; Italian lustrings; huir cambrics fur cravats, plain and figured Canton, and’ plain black Italian silk cravats; hat crape?, piping cord, silk buttons assorted; cotton cords; silk braids; a large sorlment of merino shawls, tapes, bobbins, gimps, bobbinettc i»l,d gauze veils, 4-4 and .‘>-4 plain bobbinclles, Aic. &c. The largest portion of the goods above mentioned, have ! ■ eu received during the last fortnight; and were selected from the latest importations by our partner residing in New Viok.rw ire confidently believer on unusually good terms.— The whole are offered for sale at a reasonable advance; nod being particularly desirous of reducing «*u mock as much as possible by the 1st July next, we arc de termined to hold out every inducement in our power, to those who may call on it?. May 9 50—v 6w VI ROUTlA:. A: rules, holden in the rlerk’s office of the superior court of chancery for the Richmond district, the IJrd dnyj of April, 1826: ihimpson A. Robinson, - • - pit. against John P. Robinson, assignee of Ld/.abctii Harrison, and tire said Klizabetli Harrison, Charles Harrison, and Thomas TJglttfoot, ...... r!fls. The defendants, except Klizabeth Harrison, not having en- j * -. <:il their appearance A: *iven security according It* the aci t of Assembly and lire roles of this court, and it appearing by i tali-factory evidence, that they are not inhabitants of this country; it is ordered, that the said defendants do appear 1*.'re uti the tenth day of the next term and a ns veer the trill oi tire plaintiff; nnd that n copy of this order be forthw ith irtfrrted In some newspaper published in the city of Rich mond, for two months successively, and posted at the front i d.-’-r of the capital,in the said cit". A copy. Tcs;e, Ifm. ir,lIEW.\rjtr.c. • Shannajidale Springs. Tilt Hoarding House will he opened for the accommo dation uf V isitors, ut the usual time. The undersigned, one of the proprietors of this establish* incut, and interested in its permanent prosperity, has taken care to make ample arrangements I'm the accommodation of company, and Halters himself,that most ctitiu: satisfac tion will be given to the public. L. IV. LACKLAND. 35—« St May 30 THE NEXT LOTTERY. ODD 6l EVEN SYSTEM, BY which the holder of two Tickets or two Shares is certain of obtaining at least OJS'E PRIZE, and mau draw THREE! ' Grand State Lottery of Maryland, No. 7, under the superintendence of the Commissioners appointed by the Uovkrmur and Council. The draw - tng will he completed IN ONE DAY, and will take place in the City of Baltimore, on Wednesday, 12tl* July. COlIEN’i OFFICE—Bat.mioRr, } 17th, 102t>. $ fT ,' VV e have the pleasure to present to the public the 7th Scheme of the (Jhand St.vtk Lottery ok Maiiyland; it is arranged on the Odd and Keen System, which has 1 again been adopted by the Commissioners appointed by the | Executive of the State, in eoitseqneiico of its established ; and unrivalled popularity. The scheme too, in itself Is I exceedingly hi illiant, and the Capital Prize of the splendid ! amount of THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS'. HIGHEST PRIZK 30,000 SIS /; JULIA. L\"T sc heme. 1 Priv.e of $30,000 l do 10,000 3 do 5,0 !>0 10 do l,lk to 10 do 500 30 do 100 50 do 60 2tfO iln 30 250 do 10 500 do C 20,000 do 4 21,054 I’t fees. 30.000 Dollars 10.000 Dollars 10,000 Dollars 10,000 Dollars 5.000 Do Limits 3.000 Dollars 2,500 Dollars 4.000 Dollars 2,500 Dollars 3,O00|Doi,r.A ns 80,00) Dollars Dollars *** Not one Blank to a Prfee.— All payable in CASH, which, as usual at Coitps’s Office, ran he bad the t/iv I merit they are drawn. Wl»olc Tickets $5 CO Halves i2 JO QuarttHs To be bad iit the; greatest variety ot Numbers (Odd nn.i J , Even) at COHSFS Lottery and Exchange Office, .Vo. I id, Market sired, i « B.VI.riMURK; 'Micro 2 Quarters and 1 Eighth of the 2.1,000 Dollar Prize and 2 Quarters of the 10,000 Dollar Prize—ami also the, 5,000 Dnllai Piiz.e—ail drawn in thcGiand State Lottery <»n tiie lOtli instant, have already been presented and paid, j and where the great and magnificent Capital Prize . j 1QOOOO BCJL^Al&S in the Grand State Lottery a few weeks ago, was sold In j Shares, (Hull' und Two (luaruo) Al.t. TO DISTA XT ADVEiS rURERS, ami u-hfre more Capital Prizes Unit i hern obtained than at any other office in . Jmerit a. [»./• Oiders (join any part of ih« L'. Slates, either by mail (post paid) or private conveyance, enclosing the Cash or Prize Tickets in any of the Lotteries, will meet the sane prompt and punctual attention as if on personal applica ILP Be particular in directing to J.i. COllEN, Jit. & BROTHERS, Balti.aiouk. ! IET COHEN S "Clazcllt and Lottery Itegistrr," which is published immediately after the drawing, will contain j the complete List of the Prizes. it will be forwarded j gratis, to nil who purchase their Tickets at COHEN’S OFFICE, and who signify their wish to receive it* May •*>___ w4t ' MANAGERS’ OFFICE. | On the 21 rt nj June next, will tec dr men in Petersburg, The Dismal Swamp Canal .Lottery, Titian class. J. 35. YATES 8c A. M'UJJTYAn, JIanag<rs. ] SCHEME. 1 Prize of 1 do 1 do 1 do 1 do l do 6 do 12 do 36 do u:r, do 1,674 do 13,9f>0 do 15,670 Phizes. 26,070 Dunks. 20,000 Doi.i aiis, 6.000 Dot.i.Aits, 4.000 l)i».t. \Hs, 3.000 I)ot.i. tits, 2.000 Doi.i.ars, 1,148 Doi.i.ars, 1.000 Dot. LAltS, 600 Dollars, 100 Dollars, 30 Dollars, 8 Doi.i.ars, 4 Dollars. ! 42,840 Tickets. Tidects and Shares may he had at the TNI ANAQBRS’ OFFICE, UNDER THE EAGLE HOTEL, RICHMOND, Va. 1 AT TIIE FOLLOW I JVC. RATES’. W hole Tickets $4—Halves .$2—Quarters A1. Prize* in the Lotteries of New*York, New-Jersey, Penn sylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington City, Virginia North Carolina and Louisiana, will he received in pay ment. Onlcrs, enclosing the cash, or prizes, as above, free of postage, f„r tic kets or shares, will meet with prompt alien- j lion, if addressed to j J.B. YATES, >.. j A. M’lNTVP.E, V‘RI‘,,'^ICr8' i May 23 WILLIAM WALLER HENINGi HAS resumed the Practice of the 1 dr ice, 0:1 ! points of law and equity, will he .the ruv ' totnary fees, and not olhtririxc, except rn case's where the applicant shall dy.lare his or her inability to pay a fee; in which event, not only advice will he given, hut professional services rendered, vitkont any fee. Conveyancing, in all its branches, executed, for fees commensal ate with the in tricacy of the subject. Richmond, March 10. 1fl2G. 7y To Jilcssrs. John TIrndree, Kltjnh flrown, George IV. Walker, and Hamilton Volt?. flF.N i t.v.mk.n: PI.EASE to take notice, that on Monday, the 10th t’ iv ■ of dune next, "at tl c of)ic« (♦ Herbert A. Claiborne, I Esq. in the city of Richmond, we shall commence tli? talriui; of depositions to be read In evitlence in two suits, depending ] in the Superior Court of Chancery for the Richmond dis- i (net, in one of which Robert Poore and others arc plain- j ! and Jtritn Hendrcenuri others are defendants; and in tire i I other Wm. AV. Hening is plaintiff, and John Hcrulree and | others are defendants: and, as it will be impossible to com-i plete tiie taking of all the depositions in one day, they will be taken from day to day, until the whole are completed. ROBERT POORE, for himsilf qnd olhree. \ I WM. W. HEMTiO ftiVr.mond, Ma - ln;o -1* JTljr «ToU0MtuUo«ai In the House or Delegates, Jan. iy, l(Js>G. JlTr. i l SIH IVs Ii'ply to the arguments on the Marriage Li ill. lUr. Speaker: It is extremely gratifying to nro (o re mark, that the Joml call for the question, which Iris so Often, and so strongly indicated the impatience of the j }Ious‘> ,a die course of this debate, is no longer heard. I receive this circumstance as a proof that the House ! arc sensible of the injustice which has been done to my I argument, and that they are willing to afford mean op. I portumty of vindicating this measure against the nu candid attacks w hich have been made on it. I shall endeavour to repay this courtesy by rendering my rc moiks as short as possible, consistent with a dun res pect to the vanous speakers to whom 1 am to reply._ 1* ortimately forme,—and not less ft>rtunately tor the House,—the same general course of argoinent has been pursued by all ot them, and my reply, therefore, will he particular to each, only so far as he may have struck out an idea winch hiscoadjutois have not thought nt io adopt. n The gentleman from Charlotte, who, ns a candid de bater, stands alone on*thut side of the question, is of opinion that the enormity of the penalties of this law, affords no good reason fora repeal of it, because those penalties may be mitigated, w ithout repealing the of fence. I hat gentleman, and every oilier gentleman must be sensible of the rcinoisciess tyranny which he is attempting to perpetuate, hut he is the only vine who has shewn enough of human kindness, to acknow ledge it. I admit that his argument is a fair one, but if ho knew as well ns I do, the feelings of those who oppose tin* present bill, he would he convinced that no such half way measure could he successful.' It would be called a repeal in disguise, and it would afford to sonic of his coadjutors, »vl»o are not accustomed to w^ffgh their words in a nice balance, a better topic of abuse Ilian any with which the House has been so lately cdtu ed. The truth is, sir, that no man will vote for n inod* iiication of the punishment, who is not in his conscience, f om ineed that the law ought to he repealed altogether. It is little hotter than mockery to tell us that the pre sent bill cannot be supported because it asks too much, when the whole character of the debate must convince us that no medium course would he tolerated. ll IS urged as an argument against tlie repeal of (lie j present law, iliat it has been m force for ninety-five J years, ami yet that no mischief has icsuilcd from' it.— ! The accurate mind of the gentleman from Charlotte : ought to have guniged him against such a mistake as 1 this. The obi law was a perfect dead letter. It was I regarded, and justly regarded, as a ineie remnant of ! that ecclesiastical rigour which formed a part oftheco- 1 luiiial government, and neither courts nor juries, ever! fell themselves called on to enforce it. And, \ct such , marriages as that before us, were of uvery day's occur - rcncc. 1 hcic is scarcely a county in lower Virginia which cannot shew an example of it, not in ihc humbler ' ■walks Qf life, but among that class, who, in every conn- ! try, give the tone to public morals. This fact* which is notoiious, is worth whole volumes of argument, to ! prove the state of public opinion upon this subject. In ! this harmless slumber the law would hare been permit- ! led loresl forever, had not an occurrence, which is now ' mallei of history, compelled the attention of the Legis : laturc to the subject. 1 allude to the. tiial of the He I verend !\Ir. Hrnnddus. i <*»» wLr_ hi r!us tsi-eu* f sion, which I am sure 1 shall tie excused for usiri". in do I justice to that gentleman. In an argument upon this j subject, which 7 delivered in this House at the last ses ! •ion. I elated that the marriage of Air. Broaddus was ! concluded with indecent haste, and usdu circumstan- i cos calculated to excite general reprobation. Such1 was the information which i had received, and such, it is ; believed, was the general impression. Mr. Hroaddus ■ has since satisfied me that his w orst offence was his • marriage alone, without any attendant circumstance to aggravate it. 1 oiler (his explanation with pleasure, and it would long ago have been made piiblick. had my j cominunicalioii in regaid to it, readied the worthy ed ' iter to whom it was directed, 'flic result of this tiial ■ was, that the. old law was pronounced unconstitutional, and consequently, no part of it could be enforced.— fid li be remembered that the same law which prohibit ed the marriage of a man with the sister of his wife, prohibited also the marriage of a man with his own sis’ ter, with his mother, and ^ ith his daughter. Deplora hie indeed would have been I lie state of public morals if these last offences could not he punished. Hence the old law was re-enacted, hut with new guards, and i milch stronger sanctions, ll is this new law, passed as j late as the year 11517, which we now seek to repeal.— ; !( is true that for !57 years, while the old law slept among ! the forgotten remains of British intolerance, no mi.” i chief icsultcd from it. Hut scarcelyeight years have ' elapsed since this new law wr.s enacted. Iis heart break- i ingpenalties are just beginning to be enforced; i»s severe ! sanctions, useless as they are severe, arc now for the first time, brought home to the citizen, and one loud ! arid general complaint attests the horror of the people at its cold blooded tyranny. If the gentleman from i Charlotte would use the. long acquiescence of the peo- j pic under the old law as an argument in its favour, I j may surely bn permitted to urge against the present' law, the well known fact that the first attempt to cxc- j cute it has excited disgust and mtmnuritur. i he gentleman lays great stress on the idea (hat, it such marriages he permitted, it will give rise to painful j jealousies between the sisters, and drive the unmarried ■ siiter from the husb.ind’* bouse, '/‘his latter idea has already been anticipated, and I thought (hat if had been : answered. It is in vain for me to reply to such speeu- ! lative reasoning by a mere denial of tbc conclusions I deduced from it, for in a case of mere probabilities,' every man will form Ins own opinions, by bis own pro cess of argument. Hut it is strange that gentlemen en- ! gaged in the same cause cannot agree to work together i fora common object. One of them tells you that these ! marriages will alienate tho si-ders. and render the un -J married one a stranger in her brother’s house; another 1 says that so great an intimacy, and confidence, and fa- ! miJiarily will prevail between the parties, that nothing less than the chastity of the virgin sister, will pay the i price of if. Which of these rcasoners is right? They j are directly opp» sed to each other, and wm nostrum tonics comptax ere. /ilex. Uuf the wife will he jealous of. her sister. And whs? Is it because she is a woman?! ‘If so, she will be equally jealous of every other woman possessing equal attractions. Is it, because, according^ to the gentleman’s idea, she will he driven from the husband’s house, and, therefore, be out of the way ei ther of tempting or being tempted? This is too palpa ble a non-acquittir to be endured by the gentleman’s logical mind. Is it because she is a sister, and there fore, bound by every oMigation, human and divine, to ; give no cause of jealousy whatever? The fact may, | indeed, exist, as the gentleman supposes, but it cannot exist excepllmder a pervrrtcd state of judgment, and ! a diseased state of feeling, for which this bill can in no degree, be made responsible. I should follow the (ienlleman from Charlotte through j other parts of his argument, had not his ideas been in : general, adopted by those who have succeeded him in j this debate. In order thorefore, to avoid unnecessary ! repetition, mid not through any disrespect to him, I shall reserve that part of the subject, to a subsequent stage of my remarks. I cannot however, forbear to express iny snrprise, that ideas which were thrown out by me, inci dentally and in mere playfulness, and which must have j been so understood by the House, should hav« been | sct/$d on as stripes argument*, worthy o'reply, " 1 "■ ■ ~ r -- -j"» - - — --•* -- Once fur all, I ask pardon uf every old (iidH'lurjn the louse, and 1 beg: leave to assure tliem and ll»e gentle maili fromi Charlotte also, that I Lave no fears ibal the ivoi i will no unpopulated, whether this bill passes or nut. can have little hope, however well I may reason, to make ani tmprcssiou upon those who will not sec the dif I lercrice between argument and sport, j The Gentleman from Charles Cilv is the next to I claitu attention. I could uot but he appalled at the manner in which be announced his entrance upon the held of contest. His plume nodded defiance, and his ou coion gleamed with a brightness Which dazzled. 1 felt a.I the horrors of anticipated defeat, and was ready to cry peccavi, upon the very first assault. It is doubt less owing to the tender mercies of that Gcntloimm,— who has read Uuinc\—that I now live to reply to him. to commenced by telling us that he did not care fur all (he Jewish doctors that ever did live or ever con live; that as to Solomon larchi. lie knew him not, hut suppn sed his name, that he must he an African, and he t lought it a sort o5 heresy to suppose that any good learning could be found iu a woolly head: he denied the correctness of my account of the divorce of Henry the Hth from Catherine of Arragon, which he thinks 1 I might have discovered myself, ifd had ever read Hume: i and Anally he vouched the authority of Lord Coke and j Sir John Vaughan as conclusive in all matters of Church I History and liible learning. I will not deny to a Gcu- t l email who appears to Jay such stress ou an acquaint* mice with Hume’s Lngland, the credit of hav*ng read ; loat hook, nor am I willing to justify myself egainst the : charge of being ignorant ol a book which eveiy pioten uci (O education is presumed to have rracf: I only regret ! that the gentleman himself has nut read with suflicient ! care to guard him against manifest errors. However j attentive he may have been to the fuels, he nppeafs to have disregarded the philosophy of history. Indeed,! even jiitls appear sometimes to have escaped him, if! ’•vc ,1,n3 j'tdge from his assertion Hint no marriage such i as we are umv considering, w as ever hoaid of prior to i it’nry thefUh. Hume himself, whom the gentlemen has ’ undoubtedly read, gives us tlie authority of that i\fo ! March lor llic lar.l (hot such marriages had lon^ hocn , common both in Portugal and Spain; and whether they ! had occurred in England or nut, it is certain that no law i prohibited them till long after the divorce of Catherine of j Arragon. Put 1 am content to yield tlie palm ot hislu- 1 ricai m formation, so far ns 11 time is concerned, and 1 •hope that (his victory, it such it may he called, will tempt ttiri gentleman to look for new lauicls on tVcuth- ' cr side oj the channel. If he will extend his trscarch cs iulo i’reueli History as far hack as the rail century, lie will he somewhat better acquainted with Solomon larclii, and fic .viU perhaps, he induced to regret that in ic discussion ot a grave question, lie tins spoken with too much levity, of :i distinguished scholar, and endea voured to throw ndictile U|k>ii all die learning which properly belongs to the subject. The authoiity of l.ord t.okc and Sir John Vaughan is relied on with a zeal | t"‘l.v proles-donal, and one would be apt to suppose from j the Gentleman's manner, tliat instead of a question of | religion, motr’s and public policy, depending- before a i legislative d.s>rinbly. we were ii«m- debating a special | plea before my l.ord Coke himself. .Suppose this were i the fact, would Ids 1 .ordshij permit the gentleman from i Charles City, to cite as authority, t»»e opinions of the l.orbonne or the Jewish Sanhedrim? Would be not t'a- | ilici be told that a question nt Unglish law must be de termined by Isnglisli jurists, and that all the learning ol other .schools, was extra judicial and of no authority. : Wcfchuut.i rvpose. oofsclvcs to just n IfcuD, were v.e ! to cite larchi and Mahnomdes on a question of com- j mon Jaw* and by parity of reasoning, we may well pause before wc allow to mere F’.iighsh l.nwycis, the i parainouul weight which is claimed fir them, in the j noctriocs nt the Jewish Church. Hu! the nuthoiitv of l.ord Colic and Sir John Vaughan i- for oil. ■. reasons, | entitled to hut smail weight in thi* discussion. J,el it : bn remeM.bercd tliat tiic Statute of llcriiy the mb, | adopted (he (.critical la»v in general terms, without: specifying the several cases of prohibitum. l.ord Coke.; m commenting upon that Statute*, says that the case u( the wile’s si.-ter is within it, hut he gives no satisfactory j icason for nis opinion. IS.> better opinion could have he(?n expected from a fanatic and a bigot; from a man! l.o u as called on by hi.-, station, to uphold an arbitrary , and despotic government, at a peiiod when the rights id ' conscience were openly violate.!, ;,„,l when ihc people were taught, through the rude touches of power, that thev had no lights whatever. Sii John Vaughan was of milder temper, and ol much greater learning in all mal lets not connected with his profession. . It is true he; follows l.ord Coke in the opinion that the ease of the wife’s sister is within the 1.critical law. but hf-expr* ly declares in the case of Harrison vs. Doctor Ibmvell, • hat the I .critical law is not binding upon (Jh.istians, , except so far only as it is adopted by positive Statute^. His authority Iheicfnre, fortifies the argument with t which > opened this debate, and although I do not rc- j sped him at all upon a subject like this, I may he per- j milted to neutralize the forces nt the Gentleman from ' C harlcs City, by arraying him in opposition to I.oidi volte. Lot Greek meet Greek in the trier of Ihis war. ! 1 he Gent Icon «ui is pleased to suppose that such inar i inges will have the double effect of driving the Sister I ruin the Husband's house and exposing her to seduction. 1 scarcely know how to reply to these gratuitous suppo sitions, which are not supported even by an attempt at j argument. Lilfe those sickly ladies who are all non os. j iny opponents have tilled (heir minds with a thousand ! artificial horrors: have atfected to sec eights and to hear j i preternatural warnings. No man can argue against I | such active imaginations. The unhappy invalid who thinks that he is a teapot, will he a teapot still, if you reason with him forever. I have no alternative there fore. hut to refer the Gentleman from Gharlcs City to the I Gentleman from Charlotte. They arc both filled with | the dread Ini idea of seduction, hot ilmr dither materially j in regard to the probable process. If*bey will unite their exertions w ith those of the Gentleman from Hath, who i appears to ho quite nnj-n! in these matters, tbev wdl pro- J hahly discover, when they shall have inn themselves ! down, that the object of their pursuit was a shadow. The j Hofisc has no( forgotten that all this fanfaronade was an- i ticipated. 11 is a beautiful subject for declamatory clo-1 quence, and when gentlemen-are permitted to imagine exactly the case which suits them, it would he wonder- j fol indeed, if thev did not say pretty things about it-— 1 There is one reply to the whole of tins iich dcclama I lion. I lie tenets oti which it is founded, are gratuitous [ ly assumed. Tiiey pre-snpposc a degree of corruption | in both the sexes, which cannot be found in any Vir ; ginian society; or even if it should he found at anv j time hereafter, it is impossible by any ordinary relation I of cause or effect, that the present bill can have any, j agency in producing it. One fact is worth nil the spec- : j ulativc reasoning in (lie world. It is notorious that he- j j fore Iho passage of (he oxisting law in lb 11 such mar I riages as rrc are now considering, were common iu all j | parts of the state. Who can show wherein they liavei 1 injured public morals? fn Maryland there is no law to j I prohibit them, and I can assert from personal knowledge, i i (hat the female character is no .where more pure, mu j | the domestic relations more harmonious. It is believed ; that there is not a state in the tlnion, except Virginia,! which retains any law upon Uio subject; and docs any ] one of those states exhibit the general demorilization i which gentlemen have imagined? Why may we not j | profit by the experience of others? Those who have i made the experiment have found it successful. Arc wo , in Virginia, more accessitde to corruption than the pco- j ! pie of New York nr Maryland? Shall we he demure- j j lized by causes which their virlue-ii.is withstood5 Let-, j those wlm think sb, or who act or reason ry» if they ! ' ‘Wight sq, forbear ?n di.spLy «ni1T:bfW in Half. | ------- I The assembled representatives of a free ami virtuous people will u<it hear without displeasure Mi insinuation tv Inch deludes idem below the general standard of then country. ) W e come niVw to the la bo ted uigument <>f tlrcgcntlc j man from Cloochland. I le has, it is certain, managed Ins j subjeet w iyh considerable ingenuity, and mould bavc . stood very fair itt this discussion, had be not been so un I lyt lunate as to excite the mock worship ul the gentleman j from Hath. The language of pi niseis so unusual with that gentleman, that whenever uo bear it from his lip-, i tve ore authorised to suspect that the true motive is uut involved. 1 dare say tbo gentleman from Ouuchlaud was astouished to Ircar th?<t he had made such ail unanswer able argument!, ami fho gentleman from Hath wdold scarcely have discovered it, bad he not been conscious that Iris own argument could not serve the purpose.— It is an old mntuctivro well understood by all debaters tint when you find youiself borne down by the weight of your adversary, and utterly tfnabic to reply to Inin, you may excuse v ourself under the pretext that it has already been dune by some other person. Thence the. extravagant praises which have been bestow* d ou the gentleman from Cloochlnud, praises at which i doubt not, bis modesty has secretly blushed, lie has been called “Little David,® and in order that lie might dev> p#il me of my armour, without violating the consisten cy of the allusion to scripture history, my humble tnr • rils have been swelled to the btaipkud of f Jolialh. 1 claim no buck prrise for tin self, bill if the gentleman will tlnust it upon me, 1 must be allowed to astute him that I have not yet felt the -.tone of “Litilc David® in mv fotelrcad. The lespcctahiTily of tue gentleman from (j'oocldani ought to have secured him agniust applause;; which must appear to be little better than irony. It is known to us all that he says and dues a great mam things which entitle him to praise, and his failure in lbisdebn:<; can he attiibulcd only the fact, thut he lias attempted to argue in favour oi u cause which docs not admit of any argument at all. I am bold to sav that the positions which were taken by myself in opening this discussion, hare nut been met by- any one ot my opponents—1 do not say this boastfully, for 1 am superior to ull self praise. My stieiiglb is in my cause, and not in mv powers c-t reasoning. There is uo skill in logic to oppose <>r (<> evade the oinnipoNmue of tmtli. lake au urrow shot horn a cross-bow, it liics with equal force, whether u gi ant or n dwarf discharges it. i he gentleman item Gooc** r.itiu is the only one uIki lias ceme baldly «i j» to a denial of my cbnolusic'iit-, drawn noai the I jCVit real law. 11 o lias not, indeed,utterupted to shew, by infrriT.ee to that ipiv itsr It', that my cun i struct ion ot it is fal-c. Hu know that ho would ho met. ! by language so plain that no subtlety, however great, | could throw a doubt upon its meaning. lie has pn , j (er red to attack the Jewish interpretation, rml to ! ileny that they ate such as 1 have represented them to ; be. i know, sir, that the gentleman is »vell informed, ! but lie must excuse me for suspecting that bis informa tion upon ibis subject has been got for tin: occasion, end therefore is wanting m that distinctness and precision which mark bis attainments upon other sutijrr is.— hen he says that ! have cited mil)' the iYli diira and one liabbi, am i not justified m supposing that l.n-does not fully understand u hat the iVIidina is? i take leave to tell him that it consists of the traditionary laws of the Jews, with the expositions or coMiincntarirs, not of ouv Mabhi only, hut of many Ivi.bbis. lie te lls you also that many Jews deny the authority of the iUislma altogether. There i > a small sect, dwelling chiefly in an obscure cor ner of llu>sij, nho do this, hut they hear no great i proportion to the great burly of the Jew*-, than (lie blink ing Quakers do to llie < ’iiristiaus. '(’hey ttrecalled fu nnies or Ivaraits, and the) deny the aiitlnxity of evtiv part of (he Jen ish religion except the icritlcjt fiiwitscfi'. These libera! expositors reject tire Mishin*, but I am m t informed that they can claim a pjnamount ..alhoritv ui this question, on account either of their numbers or it.cir learn • g. 1 think that the gentleman’s mivtakc result* from bis having confounded the Mishna with another pafl ot thcJcui.il traditionary law. Tlrev lcccpii/.o two systems of the Mislmp, which is sri|>posed to Irave been fuiisl cd in the second century of the (Jhiij'.i.m eta, and the fiemarra, which i- tin; work of later years._ 'Hits la^t was composed amid the persecutions oj the Christiui: Chinch, when it was dangerous for a Jew to write any thing, i’or this reason, ev c\ thing which touched their religion, it was licet .ssaiv to wiap up m a species of rubricism which none hut themselves can understand. Hence it is that till* Geniaiia appears ii» the ordinal) reader, only as a j luce of solemn doling, filled with wilJ ;:ml extravagant conceits. Many of tlies Jews themselves reject it, for no reason, perhaps, hut bemuse it*covert allusions cannot he understood ut this distant day. I am willing however to surrender the Gemnnaand the (’.unites along with it. to the rentlc man from Goochland, to he disposed of as he may drink proper. 1 cited neither ofTurin as authority, j relied <vid) on the Mishmi, and the researches of the gentlem; n have not enabled him to prove that any considerable por tion of learned Jews, have ever denied (be ar.fhori* of that work. We are.'ailher in fori net! (hat flic question of (htrm.ir I riage of Henry VIII with Catherine of A wagon, v as submitted t«i fiie doctors of tlie I .or lion nr &to ibi !»nri.i <i .tens of France, nn<J that both these high authorities decided against its legitimacy. 1 do not deem it neces sary to deny the historical fact, because I tit to Iv i eject (l»o conclusion which is eh din ed from it. W by \i ili gentlemen persist in assimilating the case before us, to the marriage of Henry and Catherine* The bill under consideration, proposes to authorize the marriage of a man with the srsterof ids wife; and (,'atbei ine of At ragon was the widow of Henry’s brother. 'Hie eases are widely different. 1 have already admif>d that I could discern no icason for the difference, but i; im. t be obvious to every one who reads the lKili chnp'er of I.rvilicns, that the (wo niariiagcs w ere trot placed on tiic same footing by Closes. Perhaps lie feared that the marriage of a man with bis brother’s wiaow, provided she had children, might introduce confusion in gcuealo . gir°. It bad been foretold that the Messiah should spring from the root of Jes.e, and no one who could t.<<( (race bis descent from that stock, would have been recognized as “litm that was to come.” This reason 1 admit, is not satisfactory to my own mind, ton am I bound to account for every distinction in tho Jewish law, wbreb may ap pear arbitrar y to us. I| is enough that the distinction is plainly taken in the shCicd writings themseltos. Hut j the gentleman from (loocblancl i*1 aware (bat it i.c rea i sons from the analogies of (he marriage of a man with i Ins brother’., widow, be will be compelled to admit (hat the marriage, of a man wi'.'i his wife’s sister is lawful, in ■ ail cri-es where there was no oO\rring by the first mar riage: fur in this even4, according to the Jewish law, a man w as not only riul/ro-ixct’ but requirrd to many bfs brother** widow. It may be remarked *n jittxtmjt. tiiat this i■» a sufficient answer to (lie Doctor; cf ti e I.ar boime, for Catlicriim liad no child by Henri s bro ther, and it is even doubted wbr-ther they iver held the intercourse of man and wife. This decision, therefore, displays a stronger desire to please a powerful monarch, than to upheld the truth. The difficulty i#s ingeniously evaded by (lie gentleman from (ioocbland. He calls the marriage of a man w Mb bis brotbci’ - widow, in eur o there wee no children, an exception to the general law, and i.n r/’tin phitHii rr<;i/la/n. How often will gentle men tempt us to forgot what il is that we are discussing? contend (habit isa divine law, and that it is, fbr that very Is it a mere act of human legislation, partaking of hu man fallibility * If it were, we might be justified in talking of exceptions. Dot the gentlemen themselves reason, of universal obligation. Where c^c, among the works oi CJod, do wo discover this degree of imper fcufne?yf Me wM for-mud ftic fm'<’»eyn on: of peMi^rv.