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Ccrree/ionde?:- ' to Mirandas
I'xfnail ion.
"Wiv-York, 28th Oct. 1806.
Dear Jonathan,
I have not time to add to the annex- j
ed copies, to which refer.
We are all anxiety to hear front j
you, our last accounts being from A
ruba, 3d Sept.
We have every reason tb expect,
you will, ere this, have received Im
portant assistance iron*, the British,
and that you will have made a second j
landing before this.
I can say but little, until I hear i
something certain from you 3 I trust
you will not forsake the cause you
have undertaken, and i ill do
every thing that may be requited of
you by general Miranda, d relation
to both ship i i i, Bfc. fee. All
his instructions should be obeyed ir*
their fullest extent.
Your friend,
J\ ere- York, 2S th July, 1806.
il fr DEA It GENE It .1 f. ,
it is with the greatest pleasure I
now address you, and I am happy to
have it in my power to inform you
that your friend colonel Smith and
myself have at length triumphed over
our enemies, and the oppression Of
the government.
After a trial which lasted twelve
days, two independant juries of our
country hist week rendered a verdict
«il" Not Guilty, in both cases. We.
thus both stand free and honorably, uc
tjuilted, and our persecutors, the Pre
sident, Madison, tkc. remain coven d
with the disapprobation of the inde
pendent people of America, and the
disgrace brought on them by their
unjust proceedings. I have heard
with regret, my dear friend, the great
disappointments and disasters you
Ji.ive met with in consequence of the
unjusiiiiable and highly reprehensible
conduct of the two Lewis's. I can
easiiy conceive all you must have
Buffered in consequence of those two
men, and no one more heartily repro
bates their conduct as represented t©
me than myself. I trust, however,
notwithstanding those transient dis
appointments, there is an All-Wise
Providence that will still guide your
foot-steps to the wished for point, and
us your cause is that of liberty and
patriotism, that you may soon arrive
ie climax of your wishes. Both
the (dl. and myself wait with gie.it
anxiety to hear of your ultimate suc
cess. The latest accounts we at pre
sent have from you is your having
sailed from Barbados* for Trinidad on
the 20lh June. I have but little doubt
but you wiil there receive such as
sistance as will complcatly ensure
your success.
As to this country, rest assured all
the independent citizens of America
are in your favor; and when the pe
riod arrives that you shall require
efficient aid from this country, there
will be no difficulty in meeting your
The Col.and myself have thus far,
■with honbf, weathered the storm
that had been raised over our heads
hy iii-.- Spai tshand French ministry,
to who:.e imperial mandates must be
ibtlted de shameful part acted by
our government. I rely, my dei -•
sir, with the greas A confidence on
your oi i.ii..! pron
xnenta to me being fulfilled, when
your virtuous efforl i in the cause of
liberty shall be crowned withsuci
6nd rest assured no person d Ameri
ca feels a greater desire to continue to
promote your dews or can do il
:he who soon
hopes ' > !•■: i ive. your commands and
: himself v\i:.h great attach- :
ment and esteem,
■ erely your*,
QttV.fi. MjTK/VM)A,
-York, (oh Sept. !
f\fi • Dii -! a G;■ sr. R a i.,
You wi!) receive herewith cop
■ I had the pli i* wi idng
you : dly, by the British fVi
topford, bound
:-:|u -img aleak, and put
Norfolk, : i il will in all
'i.iihv not reach you until
This will be handed you by
fto; -
spectable connections, from Virginia,
who is desirous of serving in the
cause of liberty. I beg leave to re
commend him to your attention as fer
as you will find his merit may entitle j
him. He is also bearerof letters to you (
: Groin col. Smith, which he has promis- j
( cd to deliver in person, !k \dd-h contain
[some information that will, I ana sure, j
be pleasing to you, written in cy-,
pliers, wliich > on have the key to de- .
We have been lons*; waiting in the
suspence to hear of your
landing and consequent success in
j your laudable designs,
A vessel arrived two days since
from Caraccas brings a repoi t that your .
squadron was at anchor near Coro the
beginning of August, which place it is <
said was in your possession. I have
little doubt but this has really taken
I place, and that you will immediately
lined by a sufficient number of tha
inhabitants to enable you to com-'
jhk nee your march to Caraccas. I wait
est anxiety to learn di
. mi scli'your particular si
rtuation, and have strortg friends in
I this country ready to comply with ;
your i Lews and -d.vmn.ds as soon as of- I
i" ially m n to me.
nciuiiy nia.lv. iciiv/vTU ivi uiv..
A li\, the former com- i
■ :ler (oft, Thomas j
turned here a perfect vaga- i
and out* society. His .
r I. Lewis alsr. returned here .
from St. Domingo, in the ship empe
ror, (making a very bad voyage) about
a month since. I have now heard
from themselves all that could be oi- <
fered in their defence for their i■*.
trcmely unjustifiable and improper
conduct in regard to you. It is im
possible it can be more entirely disap- I
proved of by you. than it is by me.—. j
When I think how nWch you must !
have Suffered from the ignorance and
villainy of T. Lewis, it really makes
my blood boil with indignation. I
could scarcely have believed any man
capable of conduct so base and infa
mous. J lis brother Jacob Lewis is
also unpardonable for having deceived
you, and not joining you in the Empe
ror, after having solemnly promised
you so to do, and even starting from
Port au Prince with that intention,
v.'henlo! a newspaper saying that col.
and myself were prosecuted by the
government induce him to turn back
and abandon one of the most laudable
enterprises ever undertaken by man. |
The very reason which caused him to
return would have induced me to per
severe. Suffice it to say, my confi
dence has been completely destroyed
in those men. I consider the conduct
ofThos. Lewis of the most infamous
hind, and that of Jacob Lewis aris
ing from pusillanimity and want of
I have in my own mind, my dear
gen. little doubt, notwithstanding all
- past pro Vocations and disappoint
im nls, but that your heroic persever
ance in the cause of liberty will lead
to the wished for goal of success. The
people, of this country will rejoice 8c
are almost unanimously in your fa
vor. Even the president himself, al
though a low and petty policy induced
him to prosecute Smith and myself,
ir. his heart I am sure wishes you suc
cess—and I am not without hopes
this government may yet, seeing the
past,even be induced to act a dignifi
ed pari in regard to your views, and
shake oil'the fetters continually bound
round them by the French and Spa
nish ministry.
i.. :.. . :.i •' .. r l ._.! .!.. .
,il.->., .._... ,«y.
It is within a few days reported that
our negotiations with Spain are en
tii'dy broken off. Our differences
with England appear to be in a fair
train of amicable adjustment. There
has been ef kite many rumors that ne
tions for peace between franco
and England were going on in Eu
rope, but they appear to be almost
wholly destitute of foundation. i
I have no idea that it can he pot
for England and France to make peace
at the present moment. Ottraccounts
from London are as late as the 21st of
July, Which bring nothing but idle ru
mors on the subject. lam pleased to
•rs that my agenl
Jona. S. S dm
!o yo*i Sc .
peration g t\ id altho'
• I do not think he has m some i
shewn a mind i
-dii* subjet ti yet lam
rity, and : I
11is pow
complete control of the Lcander and
all the property in her, to act and do
wiih them as you might think proper,
to ensure your success. I had taken
jon myself the chances of the expedi
tion. Should it fail I engaged to ask
•no compensation. Should you be suc
cessful our contract is not on paper,
, but more deeply engraven in the
breast and honor of both parties.—*
SHouid Mr. Smith, therefore, in any
j one instance not have acted with you
lon that enlarged scale, which I would
myself have; done, you must attribute
it only to his being an agent and not a
j principal, and to a waul of that energy
of character which should have accom
panied all ids actions.
You are doubtless, my dear general,
. aware that my present situation is that
of embarrassment as to pecuniary mat
ters, but which I have no doubt of be
ing fully relieved from by the success
of your expedition. This moment
i in)- embarrassment has not, however,
I deprived me of my friends, who stand j
ready to join me in operations to the
greatest extent, the moment I can
point out to them the path to pursue.
• I am young, vigorous and active.
; The new channels of commerce to
be opened by your freeing a nation 8c I
| the immense supplies both military
j and otherwise, which you musl re-
I quire from this country, give rise to ai
scope ofidcas so expanded that I am not. i
; yet certain whether I may not myself
embark with our friend the col. when '
j the proper moment arrives, to pay
' you a short \isit, and being well ac
, quainted with the commerce of this
country to take an enlarged view of
that, you shall then have made lice,
and lay the foundation of future ope
rations both commercially and as re- !
lates to the supplies you will need. i
Depend upon it 1 will never forsake '
the cause I have once espoused and
think honorable and just. All the ii'
tle energy I possess shall be devoted
to you, and I have it in my power to
interest such strong friends as will
enable me completely to fulfil your
views. I shall be governed in a great
measure in my future conduct by the
accounts I am now waiting witn the
greatest anxiety to receive from
Your sincere friend,
SAMI. g. ogden.
General Miranda.
Nbw-Yo&k, 28th October,
Mtj dear General,
I send you herewith copies of j
what 1 had the pleasure of Writing
you the 28th.July and 9th September,
fearing the originals may not have
reached you S)
The col. wiii.es you fully by this
conveyance, and it is unnecessary for
me to add to the communications he
makes. j
Our last accounts from you arc dat
ed at Ai'uba, 3d September. Since !
that period all have every reason to
believe you will have received impor
tant reinforcements from the British,
and expect soon to hear of your hav-j
ing made a second landing on the
Main, and that you maintain your po
sition successfully.
We are all anxiety until we hear
something definitive, which will ena
able us to put things in motion here
immediately. ,
Our last accounts from England to
10th Sent, state Mr. fox to be at. the
point of death ; and it is reported by a
passenger who left London the 1 tth,
that he was actually dead. Lord Lau
derdale was still at Paris, but it Was
said there was no prospect of a peace
being concluded; he was expected
daily to return.
The emperor of Russia had refus
ed to ratify the treaty of peace made
by Mr. D'Oubrill, and it was suppos
ed a new continental coalition would
. soon be formed against Prance. The
' English had obtained a considerable
ana brilliant victory over the French
at Calabria. The col. sends you some
newspapers, which will give you par
ticulars. The people of this country
are looking wilh much anxiety dr the
siii-n ib of your expedition—and but
' for the infamous measures which have
, d en pursued by our government- you
i "ti now have heen joined
rnber of volunteers
.*ry. The lime will, I ;
•,,: i) (n: .* when this will go
! into effe*, t. And yoU may depend, al- j
t!i-/ the governme
mien of the pi
i , | f prevail, when aided |
by a few I n,s rpiisc, who will '
not he wanting to come forward when
something certain is heard from you.
In great haste,
1 am. tb-M' general)
Yours, most sincerely,
SAMI, g. ogden.
On the Motion to commit Afessfa.
Burr, Blannerhassett, and Smith. j
Evidence of David C. Wallace — eon- '
In a conversation with col. B. in .
1805, he expatiated upon the situation
ofthe Western country ; on its being
compelled to pay large sums, tor the
sale of lands which were spent in the
Atlantic states, and on the 3,000,000 \
dollars, which he said, we paid for '
tax. These observations made by -
col. B. induced me to believe—Mr. ,
Botts objected to the witness staling
any of his own inferences.
< '01. Burr observed that this same
money would vastly improve the com- j
merce of the Western country.
il//*. /lay. Did you ever read the
Querist? A. 1 read the Ist and 2d.
Nos. at Cincinnati. Q- Did the ob-
I serrations in these papers to
, your recollection your conversation ,
with Mr. Burr? A. They did. When
I saw these papers, 1 was asked my
opinion about the author. I said that
in my opinion, col. B. had suggested
the ideas, and that Mr. Blannerhassett
had put them into words. Q. Were
the rumors that you spoke of, general?
A. They weie so. They were in cv- .
! cry man's mouth.
/-, fo • t
Wjr S..V.S. o ..„m.u.
j Cross Examined.
j Mr. Wickham. Have you had a me
dical education ? A. \ es—l received
it in the university of Pennsylvania.
Q. Had you ever performed any Surgi
cal operation ? A. I had not. I nc-*
ver practised physic, nor did I ever
intend it. Q. Was this conversation
with Mr. Blannerhassett, after or d
fore your refusal to join ? A. All the
conversations were after that. Q. Did
any of the men, applied to by Mr.
Blannerhassett in your presence go ?
A. Ido not know. Q. What was the ■
tenor of these rumors ? A. That
this party intended to effect a separa
tion ofthe union, and to carry an ex
pedition into Mexico. Q. When the -
ofl'er of surgeon-gen. was m adc to
I you, did you believe it to be seri
j ous ? A. I cannot be certain of Mr.
'■ Blanncrhassett's motive for making
this proposition, but supposed that his
f object was to induce me to join ; al-
I though I had not practised phy
! sic. Mr. Martin. Were you in the ha
bit of curing gun-shot wounds, orcut
. ting off limbs ? A. No, sir ; nor did
j 1 wish it.
Mr. Wickham. When were you in
I Philadelphia? A. In '99 and 1800.
Q. Whose lectures did you attend ?:
A. I attended Dr. Woodhouse's,
Rush's, Wistar's and Barton's. Wis*
tar, was joint professor of anatomy and
surgery with Shippen. Q. Did you
attend all the lectures? A. Yes, .
! Sir. Mr. Hay. How long were you en
gaged in the study of medicine ? A.
Seven years.
Mr. Han. Did Mr. Blannerhassett
know of this ? A. he did.
Mr. Wirt. Did you attend any sur
gical operations in the hospital? A.
1 did, one winter.
. Wickham. Who did you stu
dy with I A. I studied about 3 years
with Dr. White, of Philadelphia.
Mr. Hay. Was this the same as
Dr. White of Baltimore ? " No,"
said Mr. Martin, " he was then in
/ / 'it. n esi . W Hat, Dr. White of Phi
ladelphia ?
Mr. Martin. Oh! no—Mr. Hay
' and myself understand each other*.
* The reader does not, But he shall
RonnaT Wallace svoorn.
Q. Where do you live ? A. I
live in Marietta.
Som« time last fall I received a
message from Mr- Blannerhassett to
come down to the island. 1 went; it
was soon after Mr. Blannerhasseii re
turned from Kentucky. After I had
been there some time, Mr. Blanncr
hassett took me into a small room ; d
said he wished to speak to me pri
| ly. He then asked me, if I had not
heard that'ho was going down the ri-
I ver. I told him, that 1 had. He ask
ed me, if I would go with him. He
' said he was not then at liberty to ra-
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veal the object entirely ; but if t
Wptlld depend on his friendship-. Id
would do well for me. He spoke of
the settlement of the Ouaci
; but intimated that there was s<
else in view* On the sane eve:
there were several young men at Mr*
Blanncrhassctt's house from Belpre..
I They were all requested to jed
I expedition and go down with Id
They were all to furnish themselves
With a rifle and blanket. The I
morning I had some more conversa
tion with Mr. and Mrs. Blannerlu. I
■ —Among other things, I asked
' ther government countenanced
> expedition ; 1 had heard Something
from capt. Elliot, the evening be
that this was an expedition i. tended
against Mexico. Mr. Blannerhassett
replied, that it was immaterial w-he •
ther government aided it or not i
• vernment was weak : they Would '
nothing to do with governm. nl
i less it opposed the expedition ; in
j Which case they would make:.
tance. Mr. Blannerhassett laughed
at my staying at home and spending
my life in obscurity behind the coun
ter, it was a duil life : he v id me if I
■ would go with him, 1 would ha.
Opportunity to distinguish myself*.
()n the next day I rode up to Marietta
wilh Mr. Blannerhassett- and on the
way he was engaging "several yo
men lo go down '.he river with him ;
'offering them lands. .-Among the
1 rest was one Ratburn, a school ,
* ter. I told him he was a drunkard,
and could do nothing towards the
tlement of lands. " No matter,"
said Mr. Blannerhassett " when he is
brought under good discipline, he
will make a good soldier, and his ad
j lowance will not he large enough to
: make him drunk. " Mr. Blam-c*r
! sett was then going U|) the
■ gum, to see after col. Hun.
thai were building there, ai.d to hurry
their finishing.
-"*-•*' "* .'•■
r I\- T r. Blahne hassett was atntyfa*
ise afterwards, and I Was in
the ro.>',.i.
the pi c of Btirgeon My
' father told Mr. Blannerhasset. he hud
better gp-c up the enterprise, and
stay at home on his island ; that it was
impossible he could succeed ; thathia
force was too small and the opposition
too great* Mr. Blahne sdd
that gem Wilkinson and tiie army
would join him. Whi I the
. island, Mr. Blann me,
that he expected we should have a
little fighting with the Spaniards ;
but that they were great cowards
would soon run, and leave every t !
in our possession,-—ln the month of
August, Mr. Blannerhassett was at
my father's house, and used many ar
guments to prove that it was id
terestof the Western states to sepa
rate themselves Irom the union.
j Mr. Wirt.' . Did Blannerh
speak of Burr ? A. Yes, I under
stood that he spoke of him as the lea
der. I recollect to have asked him
whether col. Burr was concerned.—
isweied, that he was one of the
leaders. He also mentioned general
Eaton as one concerned. Mr. Kay.
\ Did he mention what would be the re
sult to you and to himself if the en
' piisc was to succeed ? A. He said, if
j we succeeded, that our fortunes would
' be made : if not, that he Was a ruined
| man. Q. Did he say what he would
; do, In case he met with resistance in
I his descent down the river? A. Mr.
Blannerhassett said, they could land,
and burn the houses and towns, if the
people attempted to oppose them. Q,
What arms did you see on the island ?
A. I saw two or three guns, three
blunderbusses, three brace of pistols,
a sword and dirk, a keg of powder and
some bullets. Mr. Martin. Were
these arms owned by Mr. Blanner
hassett for any long time ? A. Yes }
I had seen of them sortie time
Cross* Examined .~^>Mr. Tl 7-,'.;.
Did you ever agree to go with Mr.
Blannerhassett ? A. I was v.d.
mined if I should go. I sdd 1 was
willing to go with my fathei 'set nsenti
Mr- Blannerhassett also said, that he
had so much respect for my'did i
not to wish me to j k it. Q.
Was ,: ish war :•'
A. Mr. Blannerhassett gave soma
hints of such an even',.
CosTim'JTjon of Gex. JVILKLY
.SO.\ '§ T.iiJIESCE.
•l-If.SUAY, SEi'TKKiIEK 29.
Gen. Wilkinson dig the
l rum the rapidity with which the

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