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BY PLEASANTS & ABBOTT.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 27, I03l/*
Vo!.. VIII.—No.
4G
fines ftay ,TIornin%9 •flay ‘20.
WASHINGTON IRVING. “
What wo said oi. this gentleman on the occasion of
ins silly interrogation of Prince Loiveu at London on
the article of Mr. Randolph’s behavior at St. Petersburg
has kicked up quite a dust among those editors at the
North, whom Mr. Irving retains to putt* him in his nu
live land, by sending them wo presume n stray volume
now and then, or by a complimentary epistle, or by net
ting the favor of them to read his proof sheets. Our
venerable contemporary has obligingly condensed the
effusions of their zealous indignation, and superadded
something of his own. Wo quote from his paper of
yesterday:
WASHINGTON IRVING—A Toad-Eater!
An attack lias been made upon VV. Irving by an Editor
of this JJity, so much courser than common, ns to call
Up a blush of indiguation in the checks of soaie of his own
political brethren.—The paper itself wo never read_
and all that wo see of its invectives, is occasionally a
piece put into our hands for inspection,or extracted into
some other paper—It was only in the columns of a
New York papor that we, for the first tune, saw the
following attack:
“A courtier and sycophant, s-vch as Washington Ir
ving—a toad-eater by trade—is, and must ho under a
standing suspicion whenever groat man aro his themes.
Washington loves a groat, particularly when ho is also
a rich, man, dourly, and would do any thing in reason
to accommodate him. Suppose the whole story of the
Plenipotentiary's extravagances at the Court of the Czar
was fiction, what was it to Washington Irving? He
thought it would oblige a great man, and the sickly
though cunning sentimentalist looked no further.”
This virulent and unjust attack has been drawn upon
W. Irving, simply by tho circumstance of his having
dared to state what l’rincc Liven said in vindication
of John Randolph. For this act of justice to an injured
man, W. Irving, one of tho ornainonts of his country,
Is to be hold up as a “courtier, a sycophant, and a toad
eater!”—The N. Y. American with whom it is seldom
our lot to agree, docs credit to itself by “rebuking” in
the strongest terms of indignation, the coarse and un
founded aspersion. What it says is so much better
than any thing which we can offerupon this occasion,
that wo are prompted to republished it—as an net of
strict justice to W. Irving—whoso name, as the author
of the letter in question, we were the first to make known
to his countrymen, from.tlic pen of Mr. Irving’s Cor
respondent himself:
“These (says the New \ ork American) are harsh
terms to apply to any one, much less to such an indi
vidual- we find nothing in the circumstances of the
case to warrant this gratuitous invective, nor, can “the
glow of excitement” or the “warmth of passion” excuse
language so coarse and offensive. It is such attacks as
this—mis-dircctcd in their object, and unaccountable
in thoir nature—that destroy the just influence of the
press. It is the excitement which such language pro
vokes that keeps it in a state of unhealthy agitation—
and lastly, it is the indignant feeling such courses meet
with from generous minds, that makes those connected
with the press, blush for their occupation,
“We have been told by Americans, on returning from
ubroad, that they were ashamed to lend to a stranger
tho newspapers received from their friends in this
country, on account of their calumnious contents. If
shell emotions are excited in tho breast of Americans re
moved from the scene of action, by tho disparagement
of political characters, how liilist they become aggra
vated whon the subject of tho outage,—an individual
who has kept himself aloof from the poisonous
atraosphore of party feeling,—is the pride of his
native soil, and a man whose very name is a pass,
port to consideration for his countrymen through
out Europo? Will not they, too, iu a transport of ,
indignation, “forget the duty of patriotism and tho j
cjrmtrolling influoncc of reason?” If any of our readers l
thillk that in opcakinjj tWvta oamcSLty WO attach a
too much importance to a‘mere newspaper paragraph,’
♦ hoy should remember, that while the subject of it is of
tJiat sensitive race who aro most keenly alivo to injus- ■
lice, he has notin this instance been cited at the legiti- ,
mate bar of criticism, but held up to derision before a 1
tribunal, to which ho is no more amenable than any
other private individual: That though in this city,
where Mr. Irving is fresh in the hearts of the many with
whom he has ever kept up a warm and closo intercourse, '
any attempt to lessen him in the esteem or affections
of his countrymen, appears preposterou^ there may be
places where tho kind and genorous nature of the man
—his elevation of character, and almost romantic
patriotism, and above all, his zealoas tenacity of tho
good opinion of his countrymen, as so little known,
that misrepresentation might produce its effect. But
wore it not so, why should we keep any tormn with this
depreciating spirit, which seems to haunt real ex
cellence wherever it asserts itself? Why should wo
preserve our patience with tljis unprovoked detraction
of well-earned celebrity, when pretension of evory
kind swells into unmolested importance around us?
Cannot the winds of praiso Iravorse the land, and poli
ficians, players, and militia-captains be puffed into no
toriety from evory quarter, without the unwholesome
blast withering the laurels of those who havo really ad
vanced tho reputation of their country? The famo of
such men as tho author of Columbus belongs to the nn
fTbn at large; and let every true Amoriean look well Unit
no hand tamper with our common property.”
Mr. Walsh himsolf although he does not like Mr.
Randolph, and lias not, wo think on some occasions,
done full justice to tho litorary merits of Mr. Irving, yet
expresses himself upon tho present occasion, with a
propriety and truth, which reflect credit upon hirnself.
Ho says lie is glnd that “The new York American
has keenly rebuked the-for an editorial par
agraph, very unkind and derogatory to Washington Ir
ving.”—He says, that “Mr Irving has never given
Cause, to any ono of his countrymen for the least um
brage or offence; his spirit is as bland and bcncficient as
the lustre of his genius or the tenor of his produc
tions. Every where in Europe ho has been the arrive
end liberal friend of every American, worthy of his
esteem, who had the good fortuno to come within his
sphere of personal ac^on or influence. His love of
Country has shewn itself in thoso details which prove
most immediately the movement of the hoart; aad if
he is the author of the letter concerning Mr. Randolph,
which occasioned tho invective of the-—-, its
contents should be ascribed to his patriotic sensibility,
and the generosity of his nature. Tho New York A
mcrican remarks, that it ntlachcs no importance to the
fetter ns testimony in favour of Dir. Randolph, because
the diplomatic relation of Prince Lievon to the writer,
precluded a real expression of opinion; but every one
who knows the character of Washington Irving, must
bcliovo that he really laid sircss upon it and is sincoro
?a every point..
• *Itr is not'the warricr, tho tnru orator, and tne
mere statesman, who alone, respectively, exalt the repu
tation, and promote the welfare of their country- 1 al
mits and culture, dispositions and performances, such
as those of Washington Irving earn national credit and
'Oneiliato foreign regard, in a degree not less salutary
—with an operation not 1 ss durable and diffusive.—
Literature is a field of honor, to which the most civil
ized nations look with the proudest and oagercst einu1a;
tion. When tlipir champions in it brilliantly succeed,
a radiance is reflected, which they fondly and grateful—
y appreciate. In this view, the author of the Sketch
Tlook—the T.jfeof Columbus—the Conquest of Grena
da—is the principal benefactor,"and should lie the cher
ished favorite nt us all; he has won trophies, where
our republic possessed scarcely any literary fame;
whore, indeed, the doubt, had' iwen often expressed,
and too generally entertained, whether the proper fa
• 'isles had not been denied our rude gen* ration. Wo
need not dwell on the direct pleasure which the beauti
•jl works of Mr. Irving have ministered to the reading
>ithlic of these States. They am imbued with that
“iino extract of soul,” that “pure essence,” which
d ’.-.vends to al! ages, while the grosser parts of a na
41 on’s acquirements, the material possessions, may pass
away, ami be lost in the course of time.”
Vv'c had fhc honor of an acquaintance, many years
ago, with Washington Irving—’and so for as wo know
th man, wo most cheerfully bear our testimony to his
ftmiablc and uotM>*mning and ingbuiouj cjjfcractor. Xo
stigmatize such a man as a sycophant and a toad-eater,
tempt U rcf cction uPon tlio l’ress wliicb makes the at
,P?°r J1* e'-ntlcman! mutable he is—variable as the
c . *=> ” ii,uu* muiuuu; uu ls—^anacuo:
p ' '' of ^e ILsPcn—as many shapes ho can put
r eus, and o Julate the camclcon in its variety o
on as
.1 • ' ",-'-•“••v-mjwh hi us variety ofhues
nut otu thing ho cannot change, or forget, or modify—
. immortal malice towards this paper ! Did our hap
piness or prosperity depend on the good feelings of our
contemporary, wo should bo in a woeful way indeed.
mrii-V1”*’ n°r circuu,sta-nco, can mitigate his dislike, or
umiiiy a spirit implacablo m proportion to its want of
maenamnuty, vindictive in the ratio of its fears, proud
rc-iiU "\<laSUrC ° „lls, CO'!!ic!ous inferiority, lie never
in it » e PaPcr (the \\ hig) and in extracts relating
, where its numo shouhl occur, he puts a blank thus
TT~ 1 •. cruel contemporary ! Oh ! killing
k,° ‘ ^ hat inducement have wo to write, since
ivf. neighbor refuses even to read what wc say?
u consolation can wo find, for this mortifying inti if.
ercnce m our increasing circulation, in the assurance
ia our piper is read by tho great mass of talent, !earn
mg an eminence in the State, and by much beyond it?
1 u/n 'vo V10 IS cw Y°rk American. If wo permit
c s nc urcs ul that paper to pass, witho«t4rctaliating
ltir severity, it is not from acquiescence in their just
ico, but from obligations to the memory of tho fhtlicrof
its editor and the sense of courtesies received at tho hands
of the editor himself. IVe, perhaps unjustly, but cer
tainly truly and sincorcly, think so poorly of Washing
ton Irving, that we shall not on his account offer vio
lence to sentiments of tho heart which we cherish with
fondness, and acknowledge with pleasure.
But let us ask tho editor of tho Now-York American,
where lie finds the evidence of Washington Irving’s
“almost romantic patriotism?” Is it in abandoning his
country to live in England? Is it in his “Sketch Book,”
w here Ariitocracy is propitiated in almost every chap
ter? _ Is *1 n his affect ing the company of the English
nobility, scraping acquaintance with lords and ladies,
and pluming himself upon accommodating liis manners
to the Court of the Monarch and the saloon? Are not
these things true? If false, Mr. Irving has been mis
represented, but ^ot in the first placo by us. Wo never
were witliin -100 miles of him to tho best of our know
ledge. Bat, Mr. Charles Iving may remomber—that ii:
a certain voyago wo once undertook to Buenos Ayres,
wc touched at England. Mr. Irving was then at Bari.*
or Mudrid. Our feelings were in his favor, but not on
account of the “Sketch Book.” If they wore changed,
they were changed by our countrymen in England
ith theso he was generally unpopular—not on ac
count of neglect, or inattention, or from any single
cause or overt act whatsoever in which they were
concerned, lor we heard ot none; but from the general
bearing of his deportment. An honourable man all
esteemed him—but he was not the less believed to have
apostatised from tho habits, feolings and manners of
his country, to havo courted the patronago of the no
bility, with a diligence, zeal, and condescension, un
worthy of a Republican citizon,—and to bo prouder ol
his new and noble connexions, than of his country or
itsinstitutions. A Republican from the U. States, is
tenftimes a Republican in Englnnd. The actual pre
sence of that Aristocracy which he is bred up to hate,
in all its pride, privilege and insolence, the observation
of a noblo pcoplo crushed and ground into ashes, to
oamper its luxury and haughtiness—these are circum
ptunccs which keep tho spirit of a Republican in con
tinued rebellion. That American in England, who
in view of his countrymen, caresses, flatters, and fawns
upon this class—may bo a very good and verv learned
il?an, his name “may be a passport thoughout Europe,”
at lea.^t may be so received by the Corps Diplomatique,
and in the saloons ol" London and Paris, but he must
nevertheless lay his account with being regarded as a
sj^cophant and courtigr—ayo, as a toad-eater—by his
Count rymeu.
mien, we rupom, appvuiuu w us> uu uiu ^cuurdi
estimate formed of Washington Irv'ing, by bis couutry
raon in England. It may have been prejudice—of
that wo know nothing, having nover seen him thcro, or
elsewhere—but that it was not prejudice, the propos.
session which all had felt for him, the evidence of his
Sketch Book, and this Inst ridiculous parade of his
intercourse and intimacy with Prince Licveu, sufficient
ly satisfy us. Thus thinking of tho man, when we
saw that lettor of his—when at such a crisis iit human
affairs, we saw tho American Secretary of Legation,
running after Prince Lieven to enquire of him in anx
ious solicitude, how John Randolph had behaved in
Mrs. Wilson’s boarding-houso at St. Petersburg, con
tempt got a momentary mastory over our rovcrcuce for
“the prido of our soil,” tho “should bo favorite of ns
all”—and we called him, courtier, sycophant, and toad
eater. If the thing was to do over, wo would omit the
lpst mentioned term, and sparo the horrors it inflicted j
upon Messrs. King and Walsh, hut w'o aro by no means !
convinced that it is not tho most characteristic of
them all.
From this narrative, Mr. King will perceive, that we
could not possibly have been actuated by any feelings of
personal malevolence towards Mr. Irving—nor towards
Mr. Randolph, for whoso genius we entertain great
admiration, and who was evidently injured in the pluce
of being assisted, by Irving’s officiousness. We had
no desire to “detract from well earned” celebrity, for
tre doom Washington Irving little better than a scrib
bler, nor to “haunt real excellence,” for that a courtier
never can possess. Let Mr. King demand our praise
for Paulding, or flalleck, or Percival, or Smith, and
he shall find that we aro actuated by no “depreciating
spirit” towards “oscollenco.” As to being influenced
by “party” feelings, we have never understood what
Mr. Irving’s party politics arc, aud shall be surprised
to hoar that ho has, or ever had, any.
We are aware of the popularity of Mr. Irving in this
country. He has been puffed here for yonrs. As there
fore, to speak as wo have spoken of him, and as the
American represents, through party feeling, and a dis
position to detract from “real excellence,” is calculated
to bring great reproach upon us, we demand of that
paper that it shall publish this article as an act of sheer
justice, to show that we have good reasons, as we at
least think, for what wo have said. Wo shall be
pleased to have these reasons removed.
O' We. find the following card in the New York pa
pers. Our rejoichig can indeed, render no liolpto the
Poles, but it can manifest our sympathies for the com
mon cause of mankind, our admiration of their hero
ism, our gratitude an over-ruling Providence for put
ting a triumphant face upon what all esteemed, a des
perate and forlorn causo. Will Richmond, the first to
celebrate the restorationof French Liberty, bo the last
to demonstrate her joy at the liberation of Poland, the
land of Kosciusko, long outraged Poland ?
THE STRUGGLE OF THE POLES.
The cause in which this gallant people are engaged
appeals so strongly to the sympathies of Americans; and
the recent brilliant success which has crowned 1hcir holy
efforts, lias imparled such a thrill of joy to this whole
community, as in the opinion of the undersigned, fo
justify a public manifestation of their feelings: fhny,
therefore take leave to ask a meeting of all such of their
fellow citizens as may bo disposed to unite in such an
expression of the public sentiment, at the Merchant's
Exchange, at half past ’< o’clock, on Monday evening.
N. PRIME, GEORGE GRIITIN,
R. M.LAWRENCE, JOHN DEER. ’
JNO. GRISWOLD, JOHN RATH BON E, Junr.
1 JNO. GOODHUE, U. RIKER.
ELISHA TIDBITS, DAVID It. OGDEN.
I SHELDON. B. ROBINSON.
M. ( . PATTERSON, JAMES G. KING.
CHARLES II. RUSSELL
iLf It will be seen in the postcrip', that, r.n arrival
from Havre brings ncais three days later from Paris,
and that the cont innod success of the Poles, (though not.
the capture of Diebitish) is confirmed.
GEN. ANDREW JACKSON-—A Ciir*c !
A paper of this city, has so styled the “Greatest and
Rest” of men ! Will it be believed—can Americans
realize the profanity—that the Saviour of New Orleans,
tuo OH Fanner of Tennessee, the rcEovov : ‘lie
slitution, the Second Jefferson, has been pronounced a
“Tyrant,” his election 4) the Presidency, deprecated as
a Curse upon the country, by one who calls hirnsul^fcn
American !
ID"3 The reader will find that Revolution lets crossed
the Atlantic, and that tho only Crowned head of this
Hemisphere has been compelled to renounce his diadem!
Tito fchnperor of Brazil has abdicated t'a’ira! Ca’im!
Thursday •Morning,, •JMay *2C.
COL. CROCKli^T.
I Tho Lynchburg Virginian has expressed an unfavor
1 able opinion of Col. Crockett’s fitness for a seat in Con*
gross, which as the testimony of a political friend, is
j employed with plausibility to defeat his election. We
; imagine that the Virginian does not personally know
j Col. Crockett, whom although opposed by an esteemed
; uncle of ours, we yet most heartily wish to see re-elcct
| «d, in reward of his independence, a virtue so rare and
valuable in public men, that every £«*. of demagogism,
every friend of our institutions, 5* imminent danger of
being undermined by the vile arts of popular parasites,
ought to make it a cardinal object to cherish und en
courage—Talents, the country bus in abundance_
independence to do light, in despite of the terrors of a
minority, and the seductive temptations which a njajo
rity holds out, is a virtue infinitely more scarce than in
telligence, and in our viow, of infinitely greater moment
than splendid intellect, in our pubfic councils. Crock,
ett’s abjuration of Jacksonism, under tie circumstances
of his representing a Jacksou people, r.nd the State oj
I'ennessec, was a bold and manly act, cfldently found
ed in honest and sincere conviction, .-aid implying a
| high order of mental intrepidity. We confess our ad
miration of the good sense which dissipated the delu
sions of party, of the honesty which prompted the avow
al of the change, and the courage which braved the con*
sequences.
We have the pleasure of knowing Col. Crockett. IJc
is an unlearned man, but nature has provided him with
a rich fdnd of every day, shrewd, hard, common sense.
Let the Virginian believe, that such men arc more use
ful arul safe than professed spouters and talkers against
time. They are more thoroughly of the people, they
know them better, their wants and wishes, and they
represent them better. It is no light argument in favor
of this class of men as Representatives, tliat they are !
little liable to be tampered with or corrupted, by execu- [
live influence. They do not want or aspire to, Secreta
ryships, embassies, consulships—their ambition is res
tricted to the wish of discliarging their duty well and
faithfully, to giving satisfaction to their constituents,!
and to retaining their place in their afTeations. Who
had not rather entrust his interests to be represented by j
a man of plain, unpretending sense, like C«l. Crockett,
\haa to confide them to one of your dashing follows,
with titlcs’and outfits and dignities, floating in his con
ceited noddle, and who is ever ready to barter his influ
ence for executive favor and patrouage ?
Wo presomo the Virginian has seen the tendency of
its unfavorable opinion, to injure a sensible and inde
pendent man, and we hope it will retract it. Tho ridi
culous stories told of Crockett, upon which it probably
founded its opinion, arc most of them untrue, and
when true, indicate peculiarity of manners and habits,
bflt not the absence of good sense or worth.
[UJ* The reader will bo amused by the singular tissue
Oif rumors prevalent at "Washington, vonted in the let
ter to the Cl. S. Gazette. The one that the Hero threat
ens to prosecute the authors of the rat caricatures,
ij: unquestionably untrue, os we imagine most of
tiit? pthers must be. We have heard that when the
President saw the caricatures, he laughed heartily,
which struc.V Os as the most sensible act of his admin- I
istration- Tiie la^gh might have been on the wrong .
side of the mouth. j
LETTER FROM' WASHINGTON.
No. cxcnr.
Washington, 3J-»y 18, ISB1.
There arc at tliis moment, a succession of rumors '
imitating the city, between tbo claims of which to ere- j
dulity, it is very difficult to decide. Ono of tho last of
these reports is, that 3Jr. Hugh L. White Inis: refused
the oiler made to him of tho war department, and that
tlirre is a probability that Mr. Eaton will cofjtinuo to
administer tho duties of the deportment. Shonld this
turn out to tie the -fact, the root from which, according
to the ex-secretary of tho navy, nil the lato dixsontion^
have sprung, will still remain among us, and a new
race of discords may bo expected to grow up. But as
ilr. Eaton’s resignation has been legally ind officially
tendered and received, would not his re appointment
require the action of tho Senate? This question mere
ly by the way.
Another report, which has reached us is, that Mr.
Berrien has returned the letter which General Jackson
jamt to him to obtain his resignation, without any reply
to its contents. It is further paid, that I\Ir. Berrien
who will be in the city in about a fortnight, will be
found a refactory character, not. easy to be moulded to :
the views of General Jackson nnd Mr. Van Buren.
Tho intercourse between Mr. Branch and General
Jackson may bo considered as terminated, the former
having openly declared h'lintolf mirly in leave the city, i
without waiting for the arrival of his successor. l(e
lias expressed his belief that he shall return to Wash
ington next winter; and rumor runs, that Willis Alston,
a member of the last Congress, is about to resign his
pretentions in favor of Mr. Branch.
Conjecture follows conjecture in as rapid a succes
sion ns rumors follow each other. Thetc am many
who holievr, at this momont., that Jlr. Livingston will j
not take on himself the duties of the state department,
but that he may act pro tan, as Secretary of the Trea
nry, until tho arrival of Mr. 3I*Lanc. In that case,
yon will ask, who will fill the department of state?
: Conjecture, neve* at a loss, has determined that Mr.
I Van Buren shall continue to occupy this place, and sug
; pests that, the retirement of ?,Ir. Van Buren and Mr.
iTiton was, from the first, a mere trick to entrap their
colleagues, Messrs. Ingham, Branch, and Berrien; and
that General Jackson willingly lent the influence of
his name and sanction., to give greater efficiency to tho
scheme. It is well known here, that General Jackson
lias expressed it as his opinion, that the character of
I no public, nian was ever so entirely misunderstood as
i that of Mr. Van Buren; and that, so fur from being the
I intriguer which th” public tongue ha« so frequently
j described him, lie is the most pure and disinterested of
' patriots. This may be sufficient to show Jinw cornplete
Hv the ox-sccretary has entangled General Jackson in
. his toil^3.
From oiTr ar- of folly In another, the infatuation
which seems to have seized on General 'Jackson and
| his advisers, hurries thorn along, in the four so to pcrdi
| lion. It is whispered boro that, the district attorney has
: received instructions to commence suits for libel against
| the individuals concerned in getting up the late eyrie a.
lures, exhibiting General Jackson and his ranting cabi
net in such a ridiculous point of view. One would
scarcely believe such a thing possible, but I assure you
l the rumor is extant, and I am told that it may be traced
; to a source which gives authority to it. In these times
' (i" 3 oujht to i^iuuc befbro ovj Ctj U any lii.cird ?u
(>ortt lor nothing more strange can bo regioric'*, Chan
C*u things which liavc occurred. To prosecute the peb
Uhhers and vendors o» the oUricaturos^weuld curtaui’y
he a step in^o the sphere of insanity lor whi^h T.e ilzc
I Pr°PUJ'cd, insano as some of tho rccont act.-' of
| Genera! Jackson and his chief advisers arc. To punish
1 public officers for a free expression of political i*pi»uon,
I was going quite far enough for a first stride to despo*
. n,» ^nt tt is dillicult to bring one’s mind to tho convic
tion, that, a second would bo so soon made, of so despe
rate a character, us to commence prosecutions against
caricaturists, whose humor appears to bo entirely free
Irom any taint ol personal malignity. General Jack*
.son can never have so completely lost himself*.
Secretary \Y oodbury, has urrived at Washington, and
as IUr. Branch departed some time ago, probably enter
ed upon thq dischargo of his duties. Judgo White
docs not accepUand the Hero and Ylaj. lewis are said
to be much perplexed in finding an Attorney General.
W c do not wonder at it.
The .Southern Times objects to our designating it u
Calhoun Press and admires Crockett’s (sentiment, that
no nun shall write “my Dog,” on his collar. We aro
an admirer of that some sentiment, and in respect for
it, will no more call tho Times p “Calhoun Press,”
although it bo one. Wo aro invited to call it a “Nul
lification’ Press, but as we cherish a hope that the
Times will eschew that nonsense, (which by tho way,
H.tr. Calhoun means to to do it is said) we will not in
dropping otic bad name, give it a worse.
Phe canvass and election for a $.cniber of Congress
lortlie Territory ot LTorida, has been conducted with
excessive violence and acrimony. Twelve counties
heard from, give for tho late member, Col. Jos. Yl.
White 151C. Col. J. Gadsden, 133«*>. Wc hopo that
Col. Y\ hitc lias been elected.
The National Banner, says it is seriously in contem
plation among the President's friends at Nashville, to
petition for Maj. Lewis's removal, to relieve the Presi
dent himself “of tho heavy load of difficulties and em
barrassments, which have been unfortunately and unne
cessarily, thrown upon tho Chief -Magistrate.” Were
tlicso embarrassments thrown upon the President, or
brought upon liim by his own weakness and penchant,!
for being surrounded by the flattorers and minions, who
had buzzed around him at the Hermitage? Who is to
blame, tliat such men have got ofljee and power, and
consequence—that such men have been offered to the
Senate to fill distinguished stations, that even the party
devotion of that body could not accept—who is to blame '
for this, but tho immaculate Hero himself? Let not
others bo blamed for what Gca. Jackson is, and ought
to be held, exclusively responsible.
However, wo have no objection to the recai of Maj.
Lewis. If Amos, Barry, and Obudiah B. Browne axo
included, the chances of relief to tho President will be
increased. Thoy arc hags who ure fast galloping his
popularity to death.
Rt.Uospc.ct mill Prospect.—•XXnJswv C_s.w.
, Under this Caption, the Columbia Telescope odvmi
cas some rational views, blended with tlie strange infat
uation wliich exists in »S. Carolina ia relation to the
Tariff.
“Retrospect prospect.—The very strange, and with
nil the explanations that have been given, the. luiintelli
gible renunciations .and dismission ot" cabinet ministers
I at Washington, have left the President in a very unec
i viable situation. Not that Ins “Cabinet"’ was of any
• nsc to him; for bo never called them together for the
I porpos«jg>f mutual consultation sio.co his accession
, to the Presidency: at least such is common report.—
^Vho his advisers are now to bo, no hotly yet knows.—
TTon who have honourable and lucrative employments
already, will hardly accept of the precarious situation j
of .Secretary ut Washington; nor v. :h it be easy to re
cast this political Imago which General Jackson wishes
to set up, unless from materials ns discordant, as these !
of Ncbuchadnezzars. The public are anxiously wait
ing, but without any reasonable prospect of a ministry
useful to the President, or to tho nation. In the mean
time, our chief magistrate is manifestly losing influence
and reputation; nor can it bo concealed that 2Vfr. Clay,
will be a formidable, and probably a successful compel
itor at tho r.oxt contest for tho Presidency. To tho
South, it is of little moment who comes in. Her pros
perity ts on the decline, the valuo of her staplo is fall
ing, the articles she has been accustomed to purchase
are rising in price; while tho north is fattoning on the
plunder obtained from the timidity of the Mouthorn
titates.”
-ilr. Clay would r-onm into tho Presidency with an i
ardent attachment to tho Union; with a dotennination to
prffiervo it, by spocifice.s to the wishes, oven by sacrifi.
ecs to tho prejudices, of tho South. We know his pri.
vale sentiments, and such wo assert them to bo. No
man is more firmly attached to tho Tariff, more tho
roughly persuaded of Rs constitutionality, moro deeply
convinced that, in the present position of the world, tho
Tariff is necessary to protect our vital interests and
national independence. Tut ho is a .Republican, and
udmitr; that the first object, the cardinal principlo of
Republicanism, is that tho pcoplo sliould be happy and
satisfied with tlreir government. That any portion of
the pcoplfl of tho TT. klnlov. ara and ir«i/?/in.
cilcubly opposed to the Tariff, even though that opposi
tion be the merest and sheerest prejudice, in With every
Republican, an argument for its modification. i
Suppose 'SJii. Clay cleric.., thus ardently attached to
tho Union, tbtrs zealously disposed to dissipate by con
ciliation nnd concession, that dark cloud which hovers
in the South, raised by the Tariff Question? Will |
any man have tho hardihood to compare what l' •
could do, by argument and influence, with what can t
be done by tho granny ism which now bear* rule, busied }
as ft is, in rewarding favorites, pampering minions, and !
composing Cabinet »ud Palace quarrels, and intrigue.-’7
Who can rely on Co n. Jackson' Who wiil even thus
late in tho day. pretend that he knows his sentiment.’
br. this very question of the Turitf? Who is there
that docs not, know that he has no personal influence
in Congress, that even if so disposed,' he can effect,
[nothing? Prom his vacillation, “judicio j concoal
! ment of liis ©pinions, and fluctuations with the majori
I fy, there. can be nothing to hop*'. h'Tom Henry flay—
i from him who never concealed an opinion, or shrunk
from maintaining i* ogam: t any odds, you a’ toast will j
escape shuffling, equivocation, mystification and fli.^y j
poinf mr nt. His enemies and his friends, know where j
lo furl him. lie, in truth, is that “frank and rundid"
man, to being whieli, the Hero lays spurious claim in !
his letters and those of hi3 scribes, to tiie inquirer.
IIo has never clothed his sentiments in “judicious'’ and
ambiguous phrase, interpreted as variously, as there
ar* separatd and conflicting interests, to construe them
y thd? or-yosllo wr./.c*:. it: V if.- u.J dc
tus for “o-H to pc J- a..‘> Ry oli the goda at.
.Jnee! a does ao!»3ar strang imto us, that any f«n«Wo
iaan should prefer Audreu Juckson to lieury Clay!!!!."
To us, tho difference, <<* the Siamese Twins Vi it, ap’
pcare in? inumuwe, as between “David iiuwe and Jgai?
The following exquisite description of rat hunting,
is from Gobbctt, and tho Massachusetts Journal conpji.,
ders it so apropos, as to be ef opinion that Gobbctt mnsx.
have provided it for the American market:
‘Ho* many years hare 1 been at these pensions'
sinecures, and grants.' All my r-adtv, know how
lot-.d I am of country aflfirs. Country occunas
ticna, country arauserneots, all tilings appeitoiainff
to country life are enticing to me JBu-. wheu
even a boy l had my scruples at suuw of iti amuse
tncme \V ho lius followed in a ha?c-liunt; »«een her
started from her seat of tranquility and innocence,
end flee oelore six and thirty blcod-li.irRty ani
roaring dogs nnd perhaps as nunv hallooing boys and
Tiic. without thinking i > him6if. Wnut has ehe
d..no to deserve, ibis? Wh« has seen her., in tho
course ot Iho bunt soak- d in mud and war, etopnin«*
and pricking up her ears to find if her double have
d.-feat. .(1 her pursuers, her ..yes -inning from |.Cr
heao with lerur. every muscle quivrrinnr and her
hear; heating so us even to b • heard 3 or 4 yards off:
who hassoen th s, wi hout.nl least,wishing her, safe
Troin .ler toes,- Lut who, ou .-ceing hei after all her a
im.ziiig exertions to save her life by light, and b7
many dexterous a:ts to deceive; who la seen her
give up all hope, and ran half the length o! the last
ibid uttering iho most appal'mg ‘shrieks of death;*
who has s?in and heard this und not felt that hure
hunting has us alloy? i cannot; and were it not for
the many th-ngs that can be said in favor of field
sports. 1 should think them sanguinary and unjaeli
fi.ib!o. Bull never had thi- oliog sbou: me at a
rat hunt. A ra hu • is laudab e in every view that
oue c hi takeof it. TJi w eicn itself is odi us to the
6ight: it is ail ununal always on too look out fur
the! s; it lives ;o uo se ed uiawn. r, and in no parti-*
cular place; a r earth nor water can bo calle.. its pro
per clement, f..r u lives in uoilr; nor town nor coun**
try. but both; it loeds on no particular species of
load; flesh, fish, grain, ail -ire lik it- food, and in
every way disguised; nothing comes ami.-s to it,
and us gluttony is beyond comparison. 1> is tool
a most unnatural thing, negiocting (according to <he
naturalists) its aged p rents, and dcvcuring rs feeble
young! It has no one good quality, and yet devours
more, or spoils more, than any created animal: it has
appetite for every thing, and never seams satisfied.
It is in short, the pensioner of nature: and all use fill
and industrious creatures are interested in its do3
traction. A rat hunt, therefore, has charm- for mo
unbounded! at all hours, ia all weather,any day, I
am ready for the cJiasso mix rats. I go to it in per
fect lightness ot hear ; t.»r it any lung can make it
justifiable to amuse oueself in observing the arts of
tl.etunid, unoffending, and harmless hare when pur
sued by euemies. how much mure jo? fiablr: to amuse
oneself at seeing loose ot the rat, whose destruction
is positive go ol! tor this reason 1 like rut-bunting;
I r. commend rat-huetmg. X k is r * * n ] 1 v* iiDiip ag.
How often have I stood is h • fl. >r of a b* r.i. .vu cb
mguie progress of this sort cf fun How I have
lauglied when aj,i the straw has b. on moved to with.
i va a few trusses of the hottooi; : it. n hi gins the spurt
}ctie iloo’a nagacity.tho boy’* iushness,aud tae man’s
exp :rieuce—now all thes* me severally displayed
WhOQ it C *Ui<*kS tv> U IttvV ifdarU’a of t 1 *3 UQSl ti
of the nasty, stinking, plundering hard. A g#oem
rustle und. r ih-> little remaining fi: ruvy y
oreatnro iatom. And, ©hi my Oud! how 1 mun
laughed to sen one moment after, a shoal pi
pour tu.uh; how I have laughed to.see the dsnap
• nem tip, the boys bewilder one another wil&cric^
ol “There they go! there'* bey go!" and ibe men,
after roaring to the boys not to strike before the Uo<rs,
nor to frit the dogs noses; give £ iy to the general
enthusiasm nnd knock and b oigand trample and hal
loo a.- loud as any—THE SV&AW U BEk\Q
MOVED.
CALUMNY REPELLED.
From the Philadelphia United States' Gazette*
The undersigned have read in "the Globe” an article
republished from tho “New Hampshire Patriot,” which
contains the following assertion:
“From all that we have seen, it is apparent that tho
“Bank (meaning the Bunk of the United Statis.) at
tempts to sustain itse't'Wy a system ®f oorrupt bribery;
“ihat this system -ireeufod th* p wMM* of :he PeaosvL
“vaaia rosolutlVi in tYvor of the lui."
Th:s declaration L rot only triiir.nt gratifr-vy
tion. but a aeeer.'piiui .d by reworks r»hieh reader it par
ticularly oil'cnsive.
The undersigned uro conscious that it must he an ex
traordinary cn , which should induce them t* * j-ice, in.
Jay manner, newspaper Coiomeata upott the juootsdings
of tho Legislature of Pennsylvania. Bat tary cannot
fail to observe, that in this free comntry, a charge lifeo
tho above, published in a leading democratic paper, and
republished in tho pv per wuich ht understood b/ the pen.
pie to ho tho -‘oliLcial organ" of the Nu.tien.~l Adminis
tration, Tciutiiijr tc a public qu~~ticv, \if a which tho
Legislature attacked, have diflVrcd in ;/?ntin»«*.i from
the head of that administration, posse** a v^c-.^uenco,
which. u.urt-c' other ' :rcamttuncc , c.oJd hardly bo at
tributed to it.
The Member.! of the Legislatures that parsed tbo
resolution in question, have retuf .ed to t! eir homes;
and tho undersign, d, a poition of those Jlcmbcrs re
siding in and near PhilutSt lphin, havings* opportunity of
conveniently intcrcluu.ging views. deem it aa act of juv
tico to their constituents, ami to the people of Pennsyl
vania to p.'oiiounc e the charge—hn math, by irhnni made,
by irhnm rrpeuted, or by whom countenanced—to bo im
iiiiftryitlcU ujiU atjoclOUS libel.
SAMUEL B. DAVIS,
; C. J. INGERSOLL,
T. M. PETTIT,
JOSEPH TAYIiOR,
M J. K. BURDEN,
l RICHARD PELT2?,
JAMES GOODMAN,
j JOHN I-ELTON,
- ANTHONY LAUSSATy
CHARLES H. KEIIK,
CHARLES BROWN,
HENRY SIMPSON,
m WILLIAM WAGNEB,
THOMAS .1. HESTON,
DAVID S. HASSIVGER,
JOHN CARTER,
Philadelphia. .)!•"/ 1H3J.
two mows oT'TFira and 330,000 more*.
A friend nt Norfolk, under date of Wednesday Iasf„
Bays, *• I understand that orders have been received at
the Nary Yard, to fit out a vessel for the purpose of*
convoying flonernl Eaton to Russia, where ho is to suc
eeed hlr. Randolph. Mr. U. is expected to return to bis
native state in July. If ho reaches home before tbe
election, which is to Cake place in August, ho trill assn,
redly he elected, and then look out iryr a war tyiih iy«*.
i'Y.in Huron —-A". \rovU font. Adr.
ALGIERS.
! Tl i-f stated. 1.1 accounts IVmn Paris,tlmt at a coun
cil c;' mil ■ tu- - on Th ar !nv week. Gen. Clannel
1 \va? appointed fJ ivernt r of Algtor?, and (bat hi»
Tnsin project fur 'he colonijmtiu* ofthat district,ba«
! at length, ci’or the tnterposifon of many difficnl
1 tics, sonic started by 'ho British government, beraf
J adopted. AlgiCT* will he n. French port .but open «a
Ull nations ujpm tbo rtUunfst terats |*n iimiftTaT
! porps^’*'. ' . /

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