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“to shew virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time, his form and pressure.” VOL. II.—43. HARPERS-FERRY, VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1823. Whole No. 95, PUBLISHED, WEEKLY, BY JOHN S. GALLAHER & CO. AT TWO DOLLARS PER ANNUM. FAMILY BIBLE, PERSONS wishing to be furnished with this invaluable work, can, by leaving1 their names at this office, obtain a large Quarto Edition, with plates, for Five Dollars. A specimen may be seen at the Office, where may also be had, The True Masonic Chart, and a new and complete Tutor for the Violin. May 7, 1823. For Sale at the Free Press Office. Beauties of the Bible, New Testament, Watts’ Hymns, Loves of the Angels, a new poem, by Thomas Moore, Ladies’ Library, The Monastery, 3 vols. by the author of Waverly, &c. New-York City Hall Recorder, contain ing a full report of trials, with the speeches of counsel, and the charges of the presiding judges, History of Bristol (with elegant plates,) Goldsmith’s Rome, do. 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JUST received by us, a case of Violins and violin strings, as also Flutes and Clarionet Reeds—together with a further supply of DRY GOODS & GROCE RIES. WEED Sc WARING. May 21, 1823. CROCKERY, $c. WE have just finished opening sever al Crates of CROCKERY, con sisting of China, Blue and other fine Li verpool, common enamelled, and Queen’s Ware ; likewise GLASS WARE, of eve ry description. We have, also, WOOD EN WARE, such as Tubs, Buckets, Barrel Churns, common Churns, Oval Coolers, &c. &c. and a supply of Tin "W ARE. WEED Sc WARING. May 14, 1S23. DR. JOHN R. HAYDEN Respectfully offers his profes sional services to the citizens of Harpers-Ferry and its vicinity, in the practice of Medicine, Surgery, and Mid wifery. He also particularly invites those who may labor under the disease of Can cer to give him a call, as he is certain that it would be to their advantage. Fie has succeeded in curing (in the last eight years) 42 cases out of 44. His residence is at Mudfort,in the new brick building belonging to Mr. George Rowles, opposite to the house of Mr. Robert Avis. April 30, 1823. FOR RENT, AT the Brick Mill, on the Road be tween Charlestown and Harpers Ferry, a comfortable Dwelling House and good Shop. The„re are few situations (if any) more eligible for a competent wagon and plough maker. None but parsons of sober ha bits and industry need apply. JOHN PETER. April 30, 1823.<—6\v. CANAL NAVIGATION. UTICA, N. Y. APRIL 29. Our village on Friday, 25th inst. pre sented a scene of bustle and stir never before witnessed here. Owing to some necessary repairs at one of the aqueducts, a few miles below this, the water was not let into the canal east of the Oriska ny feeder, before the 24th'—'that evening and the next morning about 60 boats ar rived, heavily laden with the rich pro ductions of the West. By the account of arrivals, &c. published below, it will be seen that more than 11,000 bbls. of flour had arrived during the four first, days of navigation this spring. On Sat urday the Packet Boat for Rochester, left here with eighty-four passengers, on her first trip. A boat will leave this every morning, Sundays excepted, dur ing the season, and continue through to Genesee river. We think this a very judicious arrangement of the Company, as passengers are greatly incommoded by changing from one boat to another. The boat which leaves this in the morn ing, arrives the evening before, thereby allowing time to overhaul and cleanse, and get their supplies on board. The new boats which have been added to this line, are built in the best manner, and fitted up in a style of magnificence that could hardly have been anticipated in the infancy ©f canal navigation in this country. NORFOLK,APRIL 30. On Monday a vessel entered our har bor, whose arrival was a greater cause of congratulation than that of any vessel before her. She was not from Liverpool nor from London ; neither was she from the West nor the East Indies—nor had she a very costly cargo. Not to keep the reader in suspense-—she was not even from sea ; nor, in truth was she from up the bay, or' from any of the great rivers in our neighborhood. To come to the point, we refer to the arrival of the schr, Rebecca Edwards, Capt. Burgess, from Halifax, (N. C.) through Albemarle Sound and the Dismal Swamp Canal, with a cargo consisting of fifty-nine bales of cotton, forty-nine barrels of flour, and thirty-nine hogsheads of tobacco, con signed to Messrs. J. & P. E. Tabb anc! J. & W. Southgate, of this town. The advantages promised by the ca nal are to their fullest extent, demon strated by this arrival. If a single ves sel can pass through the canal with a cargo sufficient to load thirty wagons, the produce of the country on the Roan oke must take this direction—-whether it is destined to stop here, or to proceed on to Petersburg or Richmond. This is a subject that requires no in genuity on our part to set it off to the best advantage. The fact we have stated speaks with sufficient plainness both to the planter and the merchant—who can read their own interest in it without our interference. The Rebecca Edwards left the schr. Dan, Capt. Watkins, to sail in a few days. New Jersey Northern Canal.—The Morristown Palladium states that the Commissioners appointed to survey the most eligible route for a canal, to connect the waters of the Delaware and Hudson, will make the contemplated survey in the month of June and July. They are to be assisted by the chief engineer, Ben jamin Wright, of the New-York Grand Canal. The New York Legislature at the late session, by a resolution, which passed both houses, have authorised their Commissioners of the Northern Canal, to grant the aid and assistance of their prin cipal engineers for this purpose—deem ing the enterprize beneficial, as well to New York as to New Jersey. The mineralogical survey by C. Kin sey, Esq. and Dr. Langstaff, of N. York, will commence very soon. Charleston, May 13.—By the schoo ner Arringdon, we have received a file of Barbadoes papers to the 25th ult. No reinforcement to the British squadron, in the West Indies, had appeared Avhen theArringdon sailed, which circumstance throws still more into the shade the ab surd stories that are circulated over this country of large British fleets and armies being collected among the islands for the purpose ef seizing upon Porto Rico-and Cuba, Not a regiment of troops had left Great Britain for the West Indies for this twelvemonth, except those that have been sent to take the place of others or dered home.—Mercury. porter’s squadron. Extract of a letter to the Editors of the Norfolk Beacon, from a friend on board of the40 Wild Cat,55 received, via Charles ton, dated U. S. schr. Wild Cat, off the Moro £ of Havana, April 27th, 1823. 3 “ I wrote some time since, informing you of the capture of.the piratical schoo ner, formerly Pilot, of Norfolk; she is now bruizing under our flag. It is tdse opinion of all well informed persons, that piracy is suppressed on the coast of Cu ba, (at least for the present.) The schTs. and barges have scoured and continue scouring every bay and creek of the Island and convoys sail regularly from Havana and Matanzas—-from the former place on Saturdays, and the latter on Sundays. This vessel has now under charge fifteen sail of Americans, principally coffee and sugar, loaded for European markets ; in our last convoy we had five English and three Americans. We afford protection to vessels of all nations requesting it of us; in one fleet from this place, we had Euglish, Danish, Hamburgh, and Bre men colors mixed with our own. The “ Grey Hound,” Lt. com. Kearney, and Weazel, Lt. Com. Kennoe, convoy from Matanzas; this vessel and the Beagle, Lt. Com. Newton from Havana. We had formerly the Matanzas convoys, but are now in charge of those from Havana. Our barges in one of their recent excur sions up a small river, found the wrecks of three schooners, which had been a bandoned by the pirates and burned, to keep them out of our hands ; their arms arid munitions of war were preserved, and the crews dispersed to seek their fortunes elsewhere, perhaps pursuing the same vile Course on land, they were com pelled to abandon on the ocean. You witnout doubt hear many exaggerated accounts of atrocities committed by the Pirates, most of which never occurred, and those that did occur, told in so ma ny* different ways, that each appears a separate and distiuct occurrence. This is much to be regretted as they excite much uneasiness in the minds of those engaged its commerce, and mortify the officers, who are literally broiling in the sun all day, and soaking in open boats, exposed to heavy dews all night, or con fined on board small schooners, searching their way through among the shoals and keys with which this Island is surround ed—of all other duties these are the most arduous and harrassing, and to which we are constantly exposed.—Should we have a moment’s leisure whilst watering, and pick up a newspaper, perhaps the first paragraph will be a statement of some robbery or murder on this coast, with a remark appended, that notwith* standing our being here, these things take place every day, which is utterly false. The last act of piracy was committed off the Moro, by the Pilot. “ V essels continue to arrive daily at Havana and Matanzas, from all quarters of the globe, without the least interrup tion ; many sail in the middle of the week without convoy, the fear of robbery is subsiding fast, and few pirates live, ex cept in the imaginations of our wonder loving countrymen; many of whom on their arrival report having been chased by a pirate, though they generally escape by their superior skill and management. Many a poor Droger is taken for a rob ber, particularly should he be standing in for the harbors, at the same time with one of our timid gentry. We sailed a few days since, in company with thirty two small Spanish Drogers, all of our rig, and of course of suspicious appearance. I have this moment fallen in with the Sea Gull, Com. Porter : she is now go ing into Havana by steam. Four Barges are also at Havana under Lieut. Corn’d Cassin. The Sea Gull is last from Se wappa Bay and Matanzas.” The editors of the Beacon have receiv ed another letter from an officer attached to the Cuba expedition, from which the following extract is made. “ The Spaniards of the Islands of Por to Rico and Cuba, are extremely hostile towards us—Indeed, the authorities of those Islands have gone so far as almost to prohibit the entrance of our ships of war into their harbors. The lower order of people have become extremely insult ing. At Matanzas, where our boats found it necessary to communicate with the shore, the officers in charge of them were grossly insulted by the crews of one or more Spanish vessels, by blackguard gesticulations and frequent drawing and flourishing of knifes, See. The public authorities of this place may not counte nance piracy; but it is strongly impressed upon my mind, that a great number of watermen and other low characters, sally* forth from this place, and aid in commit ting piracies within a few leagues of the harbor. “ Cora. Porter appears to be much in favor of his officers' and men.-—For my part, I consider him one of the best and most agreeable of Commanders' in our service.” , Pensacola, We have had a con versation with a gentleman who left Pen sacola about a month since, who states that, at the time he left that country, the town was in the enjoyment of perfect health, and enlivened by business and so cial intercourse. No apprehensions were entertained by the inhabitants, either Spanish or American, of a return at the coming season of the fever of last year: on the contrary, the opinion there was general, that the dreadful sickness with which the place was afflicted last autumn, proceeded from accidental causes, most of which may not exist again in a hun dred years. The cargo of putrid fish and fruit, and the great influx of persons, and their consequent confined accommo dation, the former particularly, are con considered by all as the main causes of the sickness referred to. The American part of the population appear to think that the bad state of the police also as sisted to produce it, The Board of Health and other authorities of the place are taking every means in their power to prevent its recurrence. i lie Spanish population is represented to be warmly attached to the U. States' government, and as being a very inter esting people. The greatest harmony prevailed between the different authori* ties, civil and military. The military, it is said, entertained great deference and respect for the individuals who filled the various civil appointments of the go vernment, and the civil authorities and people are so well satisfied with the pre sence of the troops, at Pensacola, and at the Barrancas, that they would view their removal from that place as a cala mity. Indeed, the citizens, hearing, by report, that their removal was contem plated, have lately got up a petition to the government against that measure.— Our informant speaks of the corps sta tioned near Pensacola as fine bodies of men, commanded by able officers, and under excellent police and discipline. An affray took place the day before our informant left Pensacola between two individuals. The disturbers of the peace were arrested, and all the evidence of the witnesses taken on the same day, and the sentence of the final court was to be had in eight or ten days afterwards. Civil suits are decided, in that infant territory, with equal despatch, and both are decided with so small a tax by way of fees and costs as to be scarcely worth mentioning! All this is done under a new code of laws, framed and adopted by a small local legislature or council, which has been no expense to the peo ple of the territory, and a very trifling one to the government. The gentleman speaks highly of the towns of Mobile and Blakeley, in Ala bama, as places of business. They are rising fast into great importance. From those two ports alone, which are as yet scarcely known to the people of the Us States generally, were shipped, during the last year, about 70,000 bales of cot ton. On the day our informant left Blakeley there was an arrival at that port of a very fine vessel from Cadiz: on the day previous, there was one at Mobile from Vera Cruz. There had lately been several other foreign arrivals, besides vessels from our own ports, and coasting and inland vessels almost without num ber. New Orleans he describes as a lit tle world, and as greatly increasing la importance.—[Nat. Int. IMPORTANT. BALTIMORE, MAY 17. A gentleman passenger in the steam boat yesterday morning from Philadel phia, informs that as they were leaving New Castle on Thursday, the ship Hun ter, from Bordeaux just anchored—-the j officer of the Revenue Cutter boarded her, and returned on shore, reported she had a passage of 35 days, (leaving about 10th April,) that the French Army had passed the lines and entered the Spanish territory. By the steam boat we learn, that the U. S. frigate Congress, Capt. Biddle, left Norfolk, for the Delaware. It is presum ed she is to take Mr. Rodney on board at Wilmington, and from thence proceed to Buenos Ayres..