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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 1823.
POTOMAC CANAL. It may be thought by some, judging fiom tlie number oi delegates appointed in this county, that the people are over zealous on the subject. To those it may be answered, too much zeal cannot be dis played in a good cause. The reasons for three distinct meetings in this county need not here be stated. The people of this place feei a sufficient justification in the measure,arising from their pec uliar situa tion. It is well known to ait who have re flected on the subject, that this will be come one of the largest depositories of produce on the route westward of tide water. The quantity conveyed down the Shenandoah, (which, even under its pre sent imperfect state of navigation, is tra versed more than 100 miles,) would, alone, render this spot important as a place of deposite,without calculating' the immense amount which would be concentrated here from other sources. It was thought advisable, too, to dele gate some one connected with the pub lic business here. By a fair estimate, it is calculated that the national govern ment would save annually, at this Armory, the sum of 8,000 dollars, by the comple tion of the canal. This is by no means an unimportant item. It would be realised in the purchase ot iron, coal, lumber, plank, Sec. and in the transportion of arms. It is not now our purpose to enlarge up on the subject. It will undergo an exami nation in the proper place, which cannot lail to exhibit its importance in a manner too clear to leave the least ground for doubt or delay. POTOMAC CANAL MEETING. A meeting of a number of the citizens of Harpers-Ferry and its vicinity, was held on the 3d day of November, 1823, for the purpose of deliberating on the subject of the contemplated Potomac Ca nal : Capt. John H. Hall was called to the chair, and John S. Gallaher appoint ed secretary. The object of the meeting having been stated, the following preamble and'reso lutions were proposed and adopted : The citizens of Harpers-Ferry, and its immediate vicinity, from the deep inter est which their local situation gives them, (pd a feeling of national pride in what ever is likely to benefit the Union, have viewed with unaffected pleasure the mea sures taken, in regard to the Potomac Canal; and believing it to be the most important project ever presented to their consideration, whether viewed in its na tional or local effects, have determined to raise their united voice in its behalf— Therefore Resolved, That they will send dele gates to the general meeting at Wash ington City, for the purpose of represent ing their interests, and of pledging their earnest and hearty co-operation in what ever means may be adopted to consum mate an object of such transcendant im portance. Resolved, That James Stubblefield, John Strider, Fontaine Beckham, Francis Moore, John H. Hall, Henry Strider, and John S. Gallaher, be delegated to repre sent this meeting in the General Conven tion of Delegates at Washington City, to be held on the 6th of the present month. Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the Chairman and Secretary, and published in the Harpers Ferry Free Press and in the National In telligencer. JOHN H. HALL, Chairman. John S. Gallaher, Secretary. At a meeting held in Hampshire coun ty, on the 21st ult. the following gentle men were appointed delegates to the ge neral meeting in Washington, to he held on the 6th inst. on the subject of the Po tomac Canal, viz : William Donaldson, Wm. Armstrong, Warner Throckmorton, Robt. Sherrard, Sam’l Kercheval, jr. and William Naylor, Esquires. In Morgan county a meeting was held on the same subject, and the following gentlemen chosen, viz : Joseph H. Sherrard, James H. Mackey, Gassaway Cross, Stephen Ogden, Crom well Orrick, and John Sherrard, Esqrs. Albert Gallatin and James Shriver, Esquires, have been appointed Delegates, from Fayette county, Pa. They will be found very valuable members; the for mer having, some years ago, made a most interesting and luminous report on the subject, and the latter having lately ex amined the western part of the route, for the purpose of publishing a map, which, perhaps, is already completed. A meeting was to have been held at the Court House, in Jefferson county, in the State of Ohio, on the 20th ult. for the purpose of appointing Delegates, or tak ing such other measures as may be deem ed most advisable for the furtherance of this great and important national im provement.—\_jVat. Int. liestern Canal.—At the meeting held at the lontine Coffee House, on the 6th of Oct. Mr. Colden, in the course of his speech mentioned, that 360 miles of the canal were opened and rendered naviga ble, though it was but six years on the 4th of last July since the first sod was re moved at its commencement, so that one mile has been finished per week, at an .average calculation, including all the la bour and expense of digging, boring, raising culverts, bridges, locks and dams, i his, he remarked, was an example of despatch unprecedented in the history of canals, and does great honor to the fore sight and policy, as well as to the perse verance and the resources of the state of New York. Mr. Golden related the following; occur rence which is highly illustrative of the wonderful expedition and success with which this gigantic work has been carried on. About a year after the canal was commenced, he was travelling along a part of it which had then been made, and as the boat stopped a few moments on the way, he stepped on shore. Passing near the house of an honest old Dutch settler, who was sedately smoking his pipe at the door, he inquired of him how he liked the canal. 1 he answer was of a dubious character, and on being urged, he con fessed that he was not altogether gratified at the success of the commissioners. He could not deny that it furnished a conve nient mode of transportation, and enhanc ed the value of his land; yet there was something melancholy to him in the sight; for when the surveys were making only a few months before, he was an inveterate unbeliever in the accomplishment of the proposed design, and had expressed his willingness to die as soon as he should see vessels sailing through his wood lot. [jJV*. F. Daily Advertiser. JVew Jersey Canal.—-Mr Clinton and General Bernard returned to this city on Wednesday evening from a tour through New Jersey, lor the purpose of survey ing the route of the contemplated canal from the Delaware to the waters of the Hudson, through the counties of Essex, Morris, and Sussex. We understand that they traversed the whole line to its termination at Easton, Pennsylvania, and are fully satisfied of the practicability and advantages of such a navigable com munication. It is estimated that the whole expense of the canal would amount to §800,000, and that the annual amount of tolls, when the work is completed, would not be less than §150,000. This high estimate of the amount of tolls is justified by the consideration that the canal will not only pass through a weal thy, agricultural, and manufacturing dis trict; but also through a section of the state abounding in rich mines of vari ous descriptions. Immense quantities of the Lehigh coal would also come to this city through the same channel. The profits would therefore be immense, and greatly to the wealth and population of New Jersey. It is said the resources of that state are fully adequate to the un dertaking, if the government and the people will but enlist in the enterprise with becoming spirit, which it is sup posed will be the case. Interesting re ports may shortly be expected from the distinguished gentlemen who have been engaged in this tour of observation. We understand they express themselves high ly gratified with the facilities afforded them in the execution of their duties, and with the characteristic hospitality and attention evinced by the citizens of New | Jersey.—[W. Y: Statesman. Information from Barboursville, of the date of the 27th inst. states that Mr. Crawford is improving rapidly in health, and, it was expected, would set out for Washington on that day week.—\_jYat.In. —««■ cccvoce «*»— CHARLESTON, OCT. 18. The last case on the criminal docket, was one of intense and melancholy inter est. It was an indictment against two boys (neither of them nine years old) for murder. When they were placed in the dock, and about to be arraigned, his hon or Judge Bay, then presiding, expressed some doubt whether children of such ten der years, could be what in law is called doli cafiax : that is, whether they had suf ficient discretion, or maturity of intellect, to know the consequence of such an act of criminality, and at the same time, an evil and malicious disposition to perpetrate it. His honor remarked, that he had ne ver known a trial of prosecution, where the parties were under nine years of age ; and so much was he impressed with the novelty and importance of this case, that he ordered it to be adjourned over, until he could see and consult with his brother Judges; arrival or com. porter. WASHINGTON CITY, OCT. 25. The Sea Gull, Cora. Porter, came up to the Navy Yard this morning, in com pany with the steam boat Washington. We are happy to hear that the gallant Commodore is as well as could be expect ed after so severe an attack, and that his brave officers and crew are all in health. Our readers are already apprized of the arrival of Commodore Porter at home, and that he took us unawares. The same thing happened at Alexandria, which place the Sea-Gull passed about sun-rise on Saturday morning. The good people had been on the look out, from their vvharves, for a week before, to wel come the return of the Commodore, but missed the opportunity at last. When the Sea-Gull arrived at Norfolk on Friday afternoon, from Beaufort N. C. the shrouds of the John Adams Frigate and Peacock Sloop of War were manned as she passed, and “ three hearty cheers proclaimed the gratification of the offi cers and men at the safe arrival of the gallant Commodore.” The citizens from t>. wharves'also loudly cheered the ar rival of the anxiously expected vessel, which was promptly returned from the Sea-Gull; and it is mentioned as worthy of remark, that by none was the arrival more cordially greeted, than by the Bri tish Brig Commerce, lying at Town Point. All the principal officers of the station, and of the vessels lying there, waited on the Commodore in the barges, and offer ed their congratulations on his safe re turn. He declined going to shore, because of his desire to proceed immediately to Washington, and thus escaped the honors which the civil and military authorities of the place wished to pay him.—\_JVat.In. WASHINGTON, OCT. 30. We understand that Commodore Por ter has ordered his broad pendant to be hoisted on board the John Adams, and that the vessels of war now in the United States, and composing part of his squad ron, will sail about the 1st of December next—by which time every cause of dis ease will, no doubt, have disappeared. We take occasion, to observe, from the best authority, that, with the excep tion of the cases of fever at Thompson’s Island, the vessels of the squadron have, during,the whole term of their service on the late expedition, been remarkably healthy—the utmost attention having been paid to keep them in a state of per fect cleanliness.-^— \_Nat. Int. Fxaviples worthy of imitation.—-We End that several of our naval heroes, very much to their credit, have lately declined accepting invitations to public dinners; and we are also pleased to observe, that one of our most distinguished individu als, now in the private walks of society, has thought proper to lend his influence in checking a practice, which, in the esti mation of all thinking men, is productive of more evil than good.—[JV. Y. Gaz. PHILADELPHIA, OCT. 17. We are happy to state, that Maj. Ste phen II. Long, of the United States army, this morning returned, in good health, by the way of the Lakes, from his expedition up the St. Peter. He has been absent six or seven months. The major is ac companied home by Professor Keating. The other gentlemen Professor Say, Mr. J. E. Calhoun, and Mr. Seymour, remain ed for a few days at New York. They have travelled since the 30th of April last, 4,600 miles; and on their return they navigated the whole length of Lake Superior, in an open boat, amidst a suc cesssion of severe gales and storms. PENSACOLA, OCT. 4. We are informed that Capt. Burch, of the Quarter-Master’s Department, has re ceived instructions from the War Depart ment, to survey and mark the route of a road from this city to St. Augustine, and another to Fort Bainbridge, in Georgia, and that he will enter on this duty iu the course of a few weeks.—\Floridian. NAVAL. The U. S. squadron consisting of the Constitution com. Jones, and Ontario, captain Chauncey, sailed from Gibraltar on the 8th, and Nonsuch on the 14th, for Mahon. The American Minister to Spain, remained on board the squadron. It is said he had made several ineffectual attempts to reach Cadiz ; and he had now sailed with the intention of passing a few weeks at Mahon.—\_Morn. Chron. FOR RENT, A HOUSE & LOT in Charlestown, be longing to the heirs of Edw’d M’Cor mick, dec’d, situate on the road to Smith field, and not far from Worthington’s mills, formerly in the occupancy of Benja min Pendleton, now partly occupied by Joel Downer. The house is large and convenient. Persons wishing to rent will do well to enquire of the subscriber at Harpers-Ferry, as possession can be had immediately. EMANUEL ENGLES. Nov. 5, 1823. married, On Wednesday evening the 29th ult. by the Rev. Mr. Matthews, Doct. Joshua Morton, of Wheeling, to Miss Mary Brent Breedin, daughter of the late Ro bert H. Breedin, Esq. of this place. _ <*> 'E are ~justar ra n g i n g, in ra room contiguous toour^store, a most splendid assortment of Crockery and Glass-Ware^ Viz: Lustred China Tea Sets, of all patterns, and containing 30 pieces, at g5 50 cents, Second quality do. containing 30 pieces, at §3 75 to 4 25, Gilt-edged blue Coffee and Tea Cups and Saucers, Blue India China Coffee Cups aud Sau cers, 50 dozen enamelled Cups and Saucers, of beautiful patterns, at 25 ceuts per set, Tea-Pot, Sugar and Cream, of Wedge wood China, (1 each) at 62§ cts. per set, Blue print Coffee-Pots, Pitchers,Bowls, Tureens, Vegetable Dishes, Plates, Wash Baisins, &c„ &c. Glass Decanters, Celleries, Deserts, Pitchers, Salts, Cut and Plain Tumblers and Wine Glasses, Also, as a sample, one superb Liquor Case. D. A. WEED & Co. Nov. 5, 1823. COTTON YARNS. 4 COMPLETE assortment of COT /» TON YARN from No. 5 to No. 12, Just received. Also—Medford &. Butter Crackers, to gether with Cheese of fine flavour, choice Spirits, Brandy, Whiskey, Port and Lis bon Wine, Cut Nails, Coffee, Tea, Sugar, &c. &C. For sale at the NEW CASH STORE* by S. K. WHITE. Harpers-Ferry, Nov. 5. ~FO R SALE OR RENT, 4 N excellent LOT OF GROUND, ./% containing 4% acres, belonging to the heirs of Edward McCormick, dec’d, lying near the Academy in Charlestown, and situated on the road leading to the Shannondale Springs. Persons wishing to rent or purchase, will call on the sub scriber at Harpers-Ferry, and tha terms will be made known. EMANUEL ENGLES. Nov. 5, 1823. LOTTERIES. ELEVENTH report of the drawing of the Grand State Lottery of Mary land. Nos. 1815, 11,920, 12,377, prizes ©f glOO 13,624, 16030, 18,461 50 194 prizes of 12 By the above it will be perceived that the great prizes in the State Lottery all still continue undrawn, consequently the chance for them highly improved. As the lottery will rapidly draw to a close, adventurers would do well to provide themselves with chances before too late. Tickets, warranted undrawn, yet re main at the low rate of SI5, shares in proportion, but must soon be greatly en hanced in price. After the next drawing, which takes place on Thursday, another capital prize of S 10>000 will be deposited in the wheel. Eighth drawing of the Monument Lottery. No. 10660 a prize of , S100 316,1141,4829, 9180,10886 50 With 7 of S20, and 187 of 10. Holders of tickets should call and have them examined, and if small prizes, re newed. THIS large amount of money all yet remains to be distributed from the wheels of the GRAND STATE LOTTERY in various prizes, such as One Hundred Thousand Dollars, 20.000 DOLLARS, 10.000 DOLLARS, 10,000 DOLLARS, 5,000 DOLLARS, 5,000 DOLLARS, besides many lOQOSj and that in only rune drawings more. THE INVESTMENT, at this time, of only $15, may produce $100,000 of only 7 50, may produce 50,000 of only 3 75, may produce 25,000 of only 1 87, may produce 12,500 All have now an opportunity of making their fortunes—The drawing continues next Thursday. The hitherto unsuccess ful, and all who desire to share in the wealth now offered, are earnestly recom mended to bear in mind PROPITIOUS OFFICE, J¥o. 32, Market-st. near the Marsh Market-. And here obtain the lucky tickets. iCT^Adventurers in the country can furnish themselves with chances the same as if they wrere in town, by enclosing the necessary amounts, and addressing their orders to W. C. CO NINE, Baltimore. Who will acquaint those who desire it of the success of their tickets at any time requested : and as a general rule, inform all of the fate of their tickets at the com pletion of the drawing. Oct. 31.