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V#l. XIII. STAUNTON, (VIRGINIA,) THURSDAY, SEPTIOMItER 8, 18SII. No, 41.
POETRY. j
FOR LOVE 1SSTRONH AS DEATH
•, . fltUM “Tin: K I'. I.l (£ L' A It V 11 Y nKUMABI)
AM) LUCY KAItTOX.
They err who deem love’s brightest hour
In blooming youth is known ;
its purest, tcnderest, holiest power
In later lile is shown :
When passions chastened and subdued
To riper years are given ;
And earth uml earthly things are viewed
In light that breaks from Heaven.
It is not in the flush of youth,
Or days of cloudless mirth,
We feci the tenderness and tiulli
Of love’s devoted worth ;
Lile then is like a tianquil stream
Which Hows in sunshine bright,
And objects mirror’ll in it seem
To share its sparkling light.
’Tis when the howling winds arise,
And life is like the ocean,
Whose mountain billows brave the skies,
Lash’d by the storm’s commotion .
When lightning cleaves the murky cloud,
And thunder peals around us,
5Ti* then we feel our spilils bow t il,
By loneliness around us.
Oh! then, ns to the seaman’s sight
The beacon’s trembling ray
Surpasses fur tho lustre bright
Of Summer’s cloudless day.
E’en such, to tried and wounded hearts
In manhood’s darker years,
The gentle light true love imparts
’Alid sorrows, cares and fears.
Its beams on minds of joy bereft
Their frc.h’ning brightness lling,
A nil show that lile has something tell
To which their hopes may cling;
It steals upon the sick at heart.
Die desolate in soul,
To bid their doubts and fears depart,
And point a brighter goal.
If such he love’s triumphant power
O’er spirits touched by time.
Oh! who shall doubt its purest hour
Of happiness sublime?
la youth ’tis like the meteor’s gleam
Which dazzles anil sweeps by ;
In after lile its splendours seem
Link’d with eternity !
a Si I sc; ELLA NY.
Tuscan Females.— A foreign corres
pondent of the Boston Alias thus des
ciitjc? the peasant woman ol Tuskany :
Surely mere is something very agree
able in a Tuscan peasant’s conversation.
There is an oil’ ha d freedom and ease
that captivate you. The self possession is
most unwavering universal. There is j
nothing most distantly bordering on man-!
vaise honte. Sheepishness indicates an
idea that never looked out blushingly
tiom a Tuscan, or. indeed from any Ital
ian's lace. A young female peasant
converses with hall a dozen of the
oilier sex. Her countenance is true to
her thought. Her gesture is quick, and;
abundant and significant. Her eye turns
just as it should turn. Her smile and
frown arc admirably well-timed. Her.
voice is modulated with pleasing and
natural dexterity, and her whole deport
ment, purged totally of affectation, fixes'
long upon it the eye and the memory of
the traveller. The Italians, great ami
small, citizens and peasants, intermingle
much In public promenades and Piaz
zas. They have their regular hours for
resorting each day, to some central point
to look at, and converse with each oilier.
Freedom and polished gracefulness of j
manners, are among the results of this in
tercourse.
Connexion of Diseases with the Rock
formation of a country.—Amongst a great
many of the communes of Calvados, in
France, near to each other, and exposed
to the same climatick influences, there
is one which is particularly liable to fe
ver. Nearly the whole of these com
munes are situated upon lias &, red marl,
and some otherclayey formations, which
retain at the surface a humidity favour
able for the formation of fogs. On the
contrary, the communes situated on rocks
having a loose texture, and which per
mit the rain water to escape more easily,
such as the great oolite chalk, «Xcc. or
which do not present any beds capable
of arresting the course of the water, as
granite, and cettain slates, appear less
liable to fevers. It results from these gen
eral considerations, that the soil, by its
greater or less hygroscopick quality, may
have an effect on the stale ql the health,
by favouring more or less the develop
ment of certain diseases. M. do Cau
inoni docs not regard this observation as
new, but communicates it with the view
of ascertaining in what proportions (eve
ry tiling being equal) the fevers &, other
maladies are developed in the principal
geological regions cf Calvados ; for ex
ample, in that of granite, slate, limestone,
clay, etc.
A DOCTOR OUTWITTED.
Doctor II-J-was one of (he most
able, (alenled anil eccentric surgeons of the
hist century. His practice embraced a large
* circuit, and his fame extended to every pait
of the Slate. The Doctor was one morning
sitting in l*i» office poring over some medi
cal work fresh from the molbercountry, via
Boston, when a loud rap at the door aroused
him.—‘Come in,’ said the doctor, and an old
lady Imldded into the apartment who scented
the very embodiment of dirt.mil negligible.
'Doctor’ I’ve got a desp’rate sore foot—can
you help it r*
‘I will try—let me sec it.’
'I he old crone proceeded to divest her
understanding ol the apology for a hose with
which it was covered, anil displayed, to the
astonished Dot tor a loot—and such afoot !
‘My—!’ exclaimed the Doctor, throw
ing up both hands in amazement—‘what a
dirty fool !’
‘La ! Doctor—ye needn’t he in such a
wonderment about it—there’s dirtier feet
than that in the world, I’se warrant — ny'f,
and a dirtier loot than that in your own huusd,
as proud as the young ladies, your daughters,
are, lor all that’—and the old hag cackled
forth her pleasure at the doctor’s astonish
ment.
‘ Wonmi ! if you ran find a dirtier foot
than that in my house, I will give you a
guinea and cure yeur loot for nothing.’
‘‘Pon honor?’said the beldame.
‘’Pun honor,’ci icd ihc Doctor.
The old woman stripped rdf the other
stocking, and display ing a fool that beggar
ed all description, grinned in the face of the
astonished doctor, exclaiming. ‘Gi’me the
guinea ! Gi’me the guinea ! I know’ll it—1
washed t’other ’fore I come here !’
X. !1. Gazette.
Severe Reprimand.—A few days since
a complaint was made to one of our jus- 1
tices by' a lazy' quarrelsome fellow, that
another hail abused him. Scarcely iiad
the complaint been made before the op
posing party appeared, with his dismal
story id hard usage. The justice, after j
investigating the dirty allair, was in I
doubt u hu h should he lined, and no lit- j
tie exasperated both sides by telling •
them that “they acted no better than i
members of Congress.”
(i E N E R A L INTEL LI G E N 0 E.
A Buffalo correspondent of the Albany
Argus, after stating a number of particulars
relative to the extent ol Rathhun’s operations
in real estate, merchandise,stages, manufac
tures and every thing else, says—
I am credibly informed that it is now as
certained by an examination of his papers, I
that trom (he commencement of his forgeries
to the present time, they amount to about
s7,00U,0U0 ! No crime of the same magni
tude, is, we believe,on record. Fauoiiuroy,
in England,nlthoiii'.1'«»«.«.citing all European
rvfvi <ence,(lid not more t ban equal one-tenth
part of that amount. But it excites my
wonder how such a com sc of conduct could
be continued lor two or three years, to so
great an extent, without giving rise to some
suspicion. Vet none seems to have been
excited, or if excited, to have been made
public. It is true, that there were many
w ho supposed (hat bankruptcy would he the
end of him ; but none seems to have antici
pated the truth, in its whole extent. He says
thiil tor (lie last lour months he has lived in
constant dread of an explosion — has felt as if
he had stood before a loaded cannon with its
match slowly burning. To postpone the ex
plosion, he has been obliged to continue and
enlarge his evil practices, until their extent
gives him a painful elevation ai ove all other
criminals.
Not w ithslanding his ci imes, there is much
sympathy lor him here. He was always
honorable and generous in bis dealings. He
lias given employment to a great many la
borers. He has done more than any other
man to build up and adorn (his city ; and his
works will remain many years to attest his
taste nml enterprise, and to perpetuate also
the memory olhis offences. And in his fail
ure, he has taken care to provide for nlj his
; creditors here, so that none here will suffer
in a pecuniary sense from his operations, but
many have been bencthled by them. The
ioss will la!I principally upon banks and bro
kers abroad, and it is not therefore surpris
ing that a feeling of conimisseration for him
should exist here.
I have not heardnny one make the remark,
which seems tome to follow very justly from
this case, and that is, that under no other cir
; cumstances than the general spirit of specu
j latino which prevndes every portion of the
| community, and (his part particularly, could
such an extended fraud have continued so
long undetected. In ordinary times, the
magnitude of his operations would have ex
! cited attention and suspicion, and would have
led to an earlier disclosure.
He has involved his brother and his neph
( ew (Uathbun Allen) in the same ruin with
i himself.—The hitter, who was his clerk, was
nt large for several days, no evidence being
found to implicate him in the forgeries. At
J length among the filed letters, some from
him were found (very strangely preserved)
which I understand explain fully (heir mode
of operations.
(•real Robbery.— Mr. Harris, Presi
fleet ol the Canton Bank, Ohio, was rob
bed of $18,000 at Buffalo, at the Kagle
Tavern, by a fellow who entered his
! name as ”G. Clark, Virginia.” He had
been two days at the Hotel when Mr.
| Harris arrived, and was put in the same
I room with him. Whilst Mr. H. was at
! breakfast, on Sunday, this robber cut
| and rilled his valise and fled, leaving his
; bill and baggage behind. The discover)
j was immediately made, and the police
instantaneously on the lookout, lie is
; an old offender, of pleasing manners, well
! educated, and agreeeable as a companion.
He was identified by a gentleman
of Augusta. Geo. from whom lost winter
he stole $100. He had a narrow escape
| at Rochester, where he had attempted to
! rob the room of a British officer. He is
; of short stature, light hair and complex
ion, about forty years old, and deeply
(pock-marked ; he was arrested with an
accomplice, but the money not found.
Ho expressed tbe greatest astonishment
on being charged with the deed.
Ignorance and Vice.— No amount of
argument or declamatiou could exhibit
more forcibly the value of education,
than docs the statistics of some of our
prisons. Here are facts which speak
volumes to the purpose. In Sing Sing
prison, only 2S1) out of 842 could read
and write tolerably, nnd but 52 hail re
ceiver! a good English education; nnd Is I
had been habitual drunkards, ami many
had commited their crimes while intox
icated. Of G70 prisoners at Auburn, -I
only bad received a collegiate education;
50-j bad been intemperate ; and 400 were
committed Hr crimes perpetrated while
under the influence of spirituous liquors.
In the Connecticut prison Sin 100 on
ly could read, write and cypher, when
convicted, and -If* in 100 could read and
write; 44 in 100 committed theircrimes
under the influence of alcohol. Instruc
tion, temperance and industry are found
to be the surest preventives of crimes.
Disastrous LJvent.—On Tuesday morning
last, while one of tl e steam ferry boats,
which plies between Brooklyn and New
York, was crossing to thccily, she was run
into by the steam-boat Boston, and cut in
two. Sin: sunk in two minutes. Six per
sons are known to be drowned ; and it was
not known how many more Fourteen hor
ses, with milk car ls and wagons, and every
thing on board, were lost. Several of the
drowned persons have left families.
si Portable Jire escape Ladder has been
constructed, says a foreign paper, which
three men in the space of hall a minute can
raise to the top ©I a three story building.
It is constructed on the principle of military
scaling ladders, but much lighter, and in
short lengths of about six feet. The top
joint is equipped with a pair ofsmall wheels
in order to clear all projections, & facilitates
its traversing up the wall ; an axle nnd uni
versal pulley with a bell and rope, is also at
tached lo this point for the purpose of lower
ing females and infirm persons.
Hunky Clay.—The following toast
was given by the lion. John J. Curr
tknokn, at the late celebration at W'ood
ford. Ivy. :
Henry ('lay—Virginia claims him, but
site is selfish, though she boasts his birth
place: Kentucky claims him, but she is
selfish, though he is a Kentuckian : —
America claims him, hut America too is
selfish, though he is an American; he be
longs to the whole civilized world—to
whatever climes appreciate human lib
erty ; bis name belongs to history—bis
fame to eternity.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIV.
The Board of Visiters of the University of
Virginia, which had been in session tor sev
etal/lays, finished its labors, and adjourned on
Saturday evening last, after making several
very important regulations, which we have
no doubt will redound to the usefulness and
prosperity of the Institution. The most es
sential of these is the establishment of a
School, of Civil. Enginkkhing, tube
composed of the Prolessors of Mathematics
and Natural Philosophy : and a Teacher of !
drawing, with an additional fee of fifteen dol
lars (o each. The establishment of this
School is principally owing to the indefati
gable exertions of Prolessor Bonnycnslle,
who has been for some time so fully impres
sed w ith the importance of the science, as to
induce him for several sessions to form a class
for instruction hi Civil Engineering attached
to the ScIhk.i of Mathematics—but finding
his other classes to require so much of his
lime, and being without assistance from any
other quarter, lie was obliged to abandon it
about the middle of the last session. We
| are happy to find the subject lias at last at
tracted the attention of the Board,and it will
I now tie revived under the most favorable
auspices.
The subjects ol Geology and Mineralogy,
have also been added to f lie Chair of Natural
Philosophy. The acknowledged proficiency
of Prolessor Rogers in this Science, and his
I being now engaged in making a geological
survey of the Slate of Virginia, w ill enable
him to illustrate the subject in a masterly
manner, and to develope to his class, the hi'
! tlierto but little known mineral resources of
; the Slate.
The i>oard also made a considerable mo
■ dification in tbe Uniform law. Instead of
I being required lo wear the Uniform when
ever they appear out of their rooms, students
j will only be requited to wear it ©n the occa
sions and times following, viz : “Whenev
er they go to a party or to church, or attend
any public celebration or address,—or visit
at a private house, or go to Charlottesville;
and also on every Sunday w hen they appear
out ol their rooms.” In consequence ol this
modification, students will have an opporlu
nily of wearing out such clothes as they may
be provided with when they enter College.
We learn with regrenl that Wm. G. Pen
dlelon, Esq., who has discharged the duties
of Proctor nnd Patron of the University, in
an able and satisfactory manner for several
years, tenderer! his resignation to the Board,
while in session. As yet no one has been
appointed to supply his place.
Owing lo the unusually high prices of pro
visions and groceries, the rates of Board was
increased to %\25 for the session of ten
months.
The next session of the University corn*
; mentis on the 1st September. A consider
able number of Students have nlrendy arriv
I ed, and we understand the prospect for large
classes is quite flattering. — s/dvocate.
A parcel of white wheat, of the new crop
and of very prime quality, produced on the
farm of David Stuart, Esq. near this city,
was sold on Saturday at 82 16 per bushel.—
Baltimore /finericon.
SPECTATOR, j
Wthave been permitted to give the j
following extract of a letter, dated 2-lth j
of August, 183(5, Irom a highly intelli-i
gent, respectable and influential gentle
man ^siding in one of the Eastern conn- 1
tieso) Virginia, to his friend in Staunton: |
“Already we hear the rumbling of
that thunder, which will shortly biust. :
and enable us, 1 trust, to proclaim the j
victory of the people—the triumph of
the Constitution. Rely upon it, the
signs of the times are welcomed here!
with joy and gratitude to Heaven. I ,
hope our county will be able to give a
good account on the 1st Monday in No
vember : a deep-toned feeling of hostili
ty (to Van Burenism) pervades this com
munity, and 1 anticipate a very general
turn out at the proper time. I should
he much disappointed if our majority
(for the Union Ticket) falls short, or |
much short, of 1000 votes: 1 hope it
will exceed it.”
Gen. Harrison.—A distinguished gen
tleman of Ohio thus writes to his friend
in Pennsylvania :
Vou ask me my opinion of Gen. Harri- !
■•on's qualification, morals, &c. Of his
morals, so far as 1 know, they are better
than are generally to be found with our
great men. He is too much of a gentle
man to use profane language ; and so far
as 1 have ever known, he is perfectly
temperate.— My personal acquaintance]
with the General commenced in the Sen-I
ate of Ohio, in 1818, and was continued
by our meeting at Washington city. In
point of talents, he stands very fair, and j
is lullv competent to discharge the duties
of PRESIDENT WITH HONOR TO
HIMSELF AND HIS FRIENDS, but
the best of all is, that he is emphatically
an HONEST MAN.
Vou have probably seen his biogra
phy. 1 have no doubt it is faithfully
drawn—that he is tlie man of integrity, of
purity of purpose, of intelligence, and
in short, the patriot he is there represen
ted to be.—Ohio will give him a large'
majority, Kentucky will do the same,
and also Indiana.”
FOR THE SPECTATOR.
Messrs. Editors—Vou have written a j
great deal against V an Buren, anti a good
many others have been writing in your
paper against him, and I don’t blame ti
ny man for that; as eveiy body lias a]
right to talk and write ; but now if y ou
please, I wish to say something for him:
and I think you will say, when L am
done, that I am an honest man, and have
given you a fair shake.— l was not at
the Van Buren meeting on last Monday
week, but l have read the preamble and
resolutions which they say they wrote.
'That document, you must acknowledge,
with all your prejudices against Van
Buren, was composed by men not slow
to write, as they say they are no bug
eaters. Vou see from the writing, that
they are conscientious men; and with
tlie very spirit of a man, how they have
called upon our friends not to be swerv
ed from the true faith by the misrepre
sentations of the enemy. Vou know
that nothing is more common than to have
suspicions against those who arc against
us, and there both parties stand upon the
same ground. But, sirs, for one, i am
willing that a comparison should be
made between vour party and ours, and
who must, shall stiller. I am for every
“herring hanging by its own tail.” And
now, sirs, look at the talent, respectabil
ity, principles, wealth, moral and polit
ical honesty, and who have been friends
of the country, and are now its bone and
sinew, and then ask yourselves who,
between the two parties, are most to be
trusted; I call upon you to make the
comparison. Look at the Van I3uren
party of this county, and see whether
you do not dwindle. Gentlemen, look 1
at us and weep ! Look at our past lives, j
scan us well, and then say in candour, j
whether you will “ere look upon ourj
like again.” And if you please, look
at our country for the last eight years.
We have advocated our principles, sus-1
tained our cause against the mighty op
position, and we have only expended
-millions ol dollars : and yet John ,
Adams, who had comparatively no op-'
position, spent the enormous sum of
millions. Yes, sirs, we have only spent
-millions more than he did. And
besides, as you see from our address, fl
call it ours although I was not at the
meeting.) that our Government has net
t been the admiration of the world before,
: and poor people bail no chance here.
Pul now we are admired by the Uni
verse ; and all the Catholics, ns well as
every poor Devil upon earth w ho choos
es, and who can. may come and settle a
j mong 09. And that these things may
| continue, I implore our party to unite,
! and never lorgtt the maxim that “birds
of a feather will stick together” ; and let
us elevate to the highest office within
the gift of a free people, that talented,
watchful and cunning man, Martin Van
13uren. He is the man for the timps.
lie’s as slick as an cel, and c m elude all
the machinations of his enemies. lie
sides, in the language of the Apostle |
Paul, ‘he can be all things to all men,’ i
(yet not for the same reasons I must nl
low, that actuated the Apostle.) He
can go for Abolition in the North, Sla
very in the South, and for any thing in
the West. In short, he is all sorts of a ]
man for every body, aud none can catch
him. It is true there are some things about
him that l don’t like. I would a little
rather he was not so strong for tree ne
groes ; and to be candid, l cannot swal
low bis love for Dick Johnson at all ;
and lie meddles too much about our I
slaves, but no doubt he thinks it right; !
he is after all none the better of think- 1
ing so. And if I bad my way, I would ,
rather he would not watch quite so much
which way the wind blows: this may
be well enough in its place, but I, some
how or other, would rather not see too
miiili of it; and it don't set so well on
him, for our opponents must acknow
ledge that he is a man of talents, yet, in- \
stead of being first on great questions,
he is too apt to follow after others. Now
with the exception of these things, his
being a Roman Catholic, and some other
little things like these, he is a man al
most without a fault. Rut who is with
out fault? After all, he is the man that
suits us best. And see, too, how he is
gaining ground Cheering news, like
the rushing of the mighty waters, comes
with every wind that blows, from North,
South, Past and West. And with the
exception of what little news we get
through the mail, (which is always un
certain,) from New York, Pennsylva
nia, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, N.
Carolina, S. Carolina, Alabama, Ten
nessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illi
nois, Missouri, and a few other States, :
every tiling is flattering, and well calcu
lated to paralyze the Piebald party. Ah,
sirs, the Piebald party. Look at us a
gain if you choose. We bear inspection
well. And while the Whigs are en
deavoring to run down one man with
two, let ns, fellow Republicans, remem
ber Van Ruren, and in the language of
the Poet, unite “like Cooler’s wax un
to her.” And while, too, the breezes
are constantly blowing us news of fresh
victory, let us determine in the sinceri-j
ty of our hearts to evince a magnanimi
ty of soul, and not trample on the wound- •
ed feelings of the discomfited antt-Re
publican party of Augusta. A few
words to our friends. We go for union,
we go for honesty, and all that ; but in
doing so, we must be more particular, !
To show what I mean—lit forming our
first Corresponding Committee for the
county, we put too many men on it who
did not belong to us, aud at our last
meeting, when we expunged that com
mittee and made another, we fell into
the same error. This gives ollcnce, and
occasion for our opponents to talk. Let
us then, as lar as possible, endeavor to
avoid this. And another thing—In our
notice given some time ago for a meet
ing to be held at Mr. Garber’s, it was
said we must meet at the loll of the bell.
Now ifc is true a bell makes the same
noise when you pull the string, whether
you call it toll or ring, but then we
ought to have some regard to what wags
will say. One of them about this very
thing, (no doubt lie was put up to it,)
: said lie reckoned we were going to bury
Mr. Van Ruren, as the bell was to toil.
But, as the Yankees say, l guess we will
: show them yet.—One word about Gen.
Harrison. 1 do not like the thought of
abusing the man who has fought for the
country. He has dt feuded our liberties,
and every true American ought to love
him for if. We ought not to call him a
| Coward, for that aiut true ; and Granny,
for the way be Granny’d the enemy was
the right way. No, let us be honest
and do mstice, and we have nothing to
I fear. ~ VAN BU11EN.
From the Lynchburg Virginian.
IIVBUK K OF THE I>EFAMEKS.
If the detainers «>f (Jen. Harrison were
susceptible of shame,they could not but wince
under the eloquent and indignant rebuke
which he has recently administrated to them.
Invited n few days ago, to partake of a pub
lic dinner by the citizens ot Newark, (O
hio ;) ti e committee nl invitation having ail
verted to that “malign party spirit,” which
had assailed him with "charges fabricate;/
for political effect,” the tuneral thus re
I plied :
i “I sincerely thank you, gentlemen, lot
the. estimation which you have been plcasec
Jo put upon my public services. It is not
(or me i > determine whether the view yot
ha a taken of them, as far as it relates t<
their importance is correct or not, but l may
be permitted to say that in all the relations
which I have stood in (o the government 01
the people of the country, the utmost exor
i lion of my | hysical strength, and tho wl.oU
powers oJ my limited capacity were put int(
i requisition to bring to a fortunate issue tin
vai iousand important duties which have bcei
committed to me. That some of rny lollcw
citizens should not estimate tin se services u
the manner that you do, gentlemen, is quill
' natural, lint it could not have been e.xpcc
ted that my political opponents would hnv<
attempted Jo falsify the record; and the cs
labii died history of the country hr t lie pur
, pose of imposing upon the people tho belie
I that I bad been a recreant Irom tho dutie:
) imposed upon me as the trusted soldier t
my country, and false t > lh“ principles e
republicanism which had In c ir-tilled int1
my mind from uty earliest youth.
“Such, however, is Ihe demoniacal ffiaraC
(cr ot ill it spirit ot party which lias ivirud'
cd itself of late into all the political corr*jitj
of our country, as to leave no principle Mu
which opposes its progress ; and w hicli cod.
siders all means justifiable that v i!!, in the
smallest degree, contribute to its victories.
If iis audacity has already reached tha
lengths whit h you have asserted, gentlemen,
of putting at nought the mo9t authentic rc
cords, uihI tho testimon\ c: hundreds or ol
thousands of living witnesses, lor the pur
pose of prostrating an individual, w hat tuny
not he expected from its further progress?
What but that general proscription which
lias been the immediate precursor of the
downfall ofall free governments? Who is
there that is acquainted w ith history, that
does not know that the persecution ci indi-_ _
vidu.iJi’ w ho arc suppaSKtl Vo sUi:;:4—i#—trrrr
way of tiici accomplishment of some favorite
object by a dominant party, was always tho
first in the train ol those measures which re
Milted in tho darkest and most disgusiing
scenes which are described in the annuls ot
the ancient republics?
“Do I err, gentlemen, in giving tiie ciinr
ictcr ot persecution to the course of vituper
ation and abuse which is at present carried
an against me? What is persecution, if
wide-spread denunciations of a man for crim -
inal conduct, of which he is innocent, is not ?
It this definition is correct, apply it to the
manner in which I have been treated for
the last three months: “recreant rrum the
banner of my country : n fugitive from the
command entrusted to me, leaving that com
mand to be exercised by subordinate offi
cers.’ These are charges not only calcula
ted to render me infamous in tiie eyes ol Ihe
world, but they are such, if true, as wouid
have created a forfeiture of my life. No
court martial before whom they were prov
ed, would have hesitated to order me to ho
shot. And those who now believe them,
must lr.ok upon ms in no other light than as
a traitor, who has been suffered to linger out
his existence by the false clemency of tho
chief magistrate of the country. And fulse
indeed would have been that clemency, which
would have failed to mil to (he severest ac
count the perpetrator of crimes, not only
disgraceful to himself, but to Ihe government
which trusted, und t< the country which had
nurtured him. The magistrate upon whom
the censure for this glaring defect of duly
would fall, is James .Madison, that sage and
patriot for whose recent loss, the banner
w hich, it is asserted, he suffered to be dis
graced, is at this moment, in every part of
tiie world where it waves, shrouded in the
emblems of mourning.
“But it is not lor it neglect ef duty only,
that (he memory of the lather of our consti
tution is to be arraigned. 1* «»*»•»* ec
—since the journals of congress will show,
that in a ermnnunieef n to that body, lie at
tributes tiie : aiigement by which
the victory was achieved, to that individual
who, it is now alleged, was a ‘recreant, at
the distance of twelve miles from its accom
plishment.’
“Ncr must the censure be confined to Air;
Madison. A large portion of il would fall
upon the two houses of congress, w 'deli,
with a single dissenting voice, awarded to
the same individual their thanks and a gold
medal, the highest leward for successful mi
litary services which is sanctioned by our re
publican institutions.
“There is difficulty in determining which
most to admire, (lie dark malignity which
conceived these calumnies, or the consum
mate audacity with winch they are promul
gated, in t he midst of hi: ireds of living wit
nesses, w ho couRI and do affix ihe character
of fdsehot d upon them. It t , however, not
difficult to see that the whole i; o scheme of
deep laid cunning, and that it is not expected
to produce any beneficial results in the wes
tern states. The fruits of this systematic
slander arc to he gathered at a distance,
since it will be thought, in the remote state?,
almost impossible that sue!, charges cnulJ be
brought it there was not some foundation to
support them. Hut malignity and cunning
often overshoot the mark at which they aim ;
and stub, I hare no d«uht, will be tiie result
in 11;is in stance.
“The appeal made by my enemies, is fo
ihe credulity, the prejudices, anti the party
feelings ol (he people—mine is to (heir jus
tice alone. I km»w net the source Iron?
w hence it is expected to derive any kind of
support to the cliarges which haw- been
brought against me. The u*ual order id
tilings seems, indeed, tube reversed. Heir
tof«rn it has been considered necessary ! 'ex
hibit proof in tiie support of charges w hich
are made against anv individual, but my cn
j cirbes appear to think that the burden of tiie
pin '(’.should res* w ith me. In this instance
I waive mv rights as Ihe parly accused, and
at once refer, as regards the battle of Tippe
canoe, to tho nr< cording? of the legislatures
of Kentucky and Indiana, on (hat subject,
and t.i the testimony ol all ih« officers and
' so! liars who served on that occasion. Anti
in illation to flm command oi Ihonorth-wes
l**r i• nrmv, to the recorded tcsiim oy of She-I
bv, 5>*-rry, Ca°*, Wood, Perkins, 'S upper,
B ill, Paul, Owing8, Croghnn, anti ninafy
nine out of every hundred ot the officer8 and
i soldiers who were, at any time, employed
j under my command.
“I repeat that my appeal is ln the. justice
nf tit? people alone. Tbedelicacy of military
character will permit no aid or support from
tellings of sympathy or generosity. 1 ask ot
! my fellow cili/ens, in this m'“or, nothing
j more than justice—less, I am sure, they will
i not offer.
f urn. gentlemen,
With great respect,
Your fellow citizen.
VV. H. HARRISON.
Does Gen. Harrison appeal lor “justice”
in vain, ?<> the American people? It cannot
bo. They will show, by their votes, tha1
d.ry st-'nd ready-to vindicate, against a trd>e
(f unprincipled slanderers, a man wt»« shrunk
from no (oil nr danger fo defend Ids country
! and uphold her drooping ling, when traitors
’ on t'.e frontier end !ai?i mists »l home v.cn:
■ j disgrat ingour arms and paralyzing our cotin
(Cil*—when Hull surrendered In Brock, art!
’ | when Y;;r> Buie i went ever fo l).!*,vi{ CILr»
j ton and hi? federal allies.

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