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VOL. III.—No. 22. HARPERS-FERRY, VIRGINIA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1823. Whole No. 126. PUBLISHED, WEEKLY, BY JOHN S. GALLAHER & CO. CONDITIONS. The “ Free Press” is published at two dollars per annum, if paid in advance ; two dollars and twenty-five cents if paid at the end of six months ; or, two dollars and fifty cents at the expiration of the year. -No paper will be discontinued until all arrearages are paid ; nor then,' unless at least one week’s notice be given, previous to the expiration of the term subscribed for. ***Advertisements inserted three times for one dollar per square, or less ; and twenty- S-. e cents per square for every sub sequent insertion. The postage must be paid on all letters and communications, or they will not be attended to. WEEKLY ALMANAC. JANUARY, ‘1824. SUN RISES. SUN SETS. MOON S PHASES. 1 Thursday 2 Friday 3 Saturday 4 Sunday 5 Monday 6 Tuesday 7 Wednesday 22 21 21 20 20 19 19 r1 "3 ^ £ g £. & » % C w 3 iso ^ Q W. d to I—■ . to W O C3 to Ol W M to m 05 M a 4 41i 3 3 3 3 MASONIC NOTICE. |Pj|N the 8th of January next, CHARI Ur TY LODGE, No. Ill, at Harpers Ferry, vvill bededicaied. There will be no celebration on St John’s day, in con sequence of the event being commemo rated by many of the neighbouring lodges, which will prevent their attendance.— Brethren generally are invited to attend on the 8th. The dedication will com mence at 10 o’clock in the morning. J. R. THOMAS, T. HER1NGTQN, N. W. PATCH, R. BLANCHARD, J. S. GALLAHER, Committee of Arrcmgement. The H arpe re -Ferry ROYAL \ROH CHAPTER will also be constituted on that day. Suitable provision will be made for the accommodation of the Breth ren. JfrPec. 10, 1823. __ EDWARD LUCAS, jr. INFORMS the citizens of Harpers-Fer ry,that his second quarter commenc ed on Monday last. He flatters himself, that, possessing the advantages of a libe ral education, a practical knowledge of business, and some experience as an In structor., he will merit a continuance of the very liberal support which he has received. As to his attention, and the system upon which he instructs, he refers to those gentlemen who have honored him with their patronage, among whom are all the respectable and best informed, (a few only excepted, who have never sent to his school.) In addition to the ordinary branches of education, those which are taught in aca demies will also be included in his course of instruction, provided classes be made up. Particular attention will be paid to English Grammar and Geography, with the use of the Terrestrial Globe; also to History, Chronology, See. &c. upon the Mnemonick plan; which branches have not been heretofore made a part of the course, except by way of task out of school. The senior classes will, on every Thursday, read a portion of the “ Free Press,” and (when published) of the “Gar land.” Premium tickets have been or dered, of a beautiful description, to be distributed as rewards of merit. Parents, by sending- their children early and regularly, and encouraging them to perform their respective tasks, as requir ed by the Teacher, have the power to con tribute greatly to their advancement. The school-room being provided with lessons and slates, parents will save the expense of books and paper, until their children are sufficiently advanced to com mence Arithmetic, Grammar, and Geo graphy, or to write a legible small-hand. In order that there may he uniformity in the editions, Mr.Gallaher will procure, on the most reasonable terms, a constant supply of such copy and other books as may, from time to time, be wanted in the school. Dec. 17, 1823. MEN’S BEAVER HATS. ~ SK. WHITE lias just opened, for 0 sale, several cases of HATS. Some of them are of Cox’s well known manu factory, and are excellent in quality. Dec. 24, 1824. THE undersigned, having taken the well-known stand lately in the occu pancy of Mr. F. Beckham, respectfully announces to the citizens of Harpers Ferry and its vicinity, that he. has opened a very handsome and complete assort ment of SEASONABLE GOODS, comprising almost every article which convenience or comfort may require. He invites the attention of the public, under the conviction that his goods will be found pleasing, both as to quality and price. For the present, at least, his terms are cash. His stock consists, in part, of the fol lowing articles : Extra super blue Cloths and Cassimeres, Super do. do. do. Super black do. do. Super and common Cassinetts, Cotton Yarn, Calicoes, (a complete assortment,) Red, white, and scarlet Flannels, Rose and Point Blankets, Irish Linens and Linen Cambrics, Mull, Book, and Cambric Muslins, Plain and figured Swiss Muslins (a supe rior article,) Bombazetts and Bombazines, black and coloured, English Black Silk Vesting, Valencia and Toilenett do. Counterpanes, Canton Crapes, Gloves of all kinds, Bleached and Brown Domestics, Brown Linens, Fancy Shawls, (a variety,) Fine and common Hats, Shoes of all kinds, China Ware, of all descriptions, Tin do. &c. &c., Which, with a complete assortment of GROCERIES, may be had at prices truly desirable, on early application. M. K. WARTMAN. Dec. 24, 1823. Good Things for New Year !! i rjpHE subscriber has just received, at k§1 i— iZfl/i' tf « Z- 5 -<t 2i li jj p i G 1 C« h' •} bought expressly for the accommodation of those who wish to indulge in a few GOOD THINGS, during the present season of gladness. The goods are the i best of their kind, and are recommended as such. What follows, constitutes a part, to wit: Sultana Raisins, Turkey Figs, Soft-shell Almonds, Imperial Tea, Young Hyson ditto, Best Green Coffee, Loaf ScLumpSugar, New Orleans do. Best Span. Segars, Small twist & Cav endish Tobacco, Scotch and Rappee Snuff, Cogniac Brandy, Jamaica Spirits, N. E, Ruin, Whiskey, Wines, [quality, Molasses, superior Pearl Ash, Nutmegs, Ginger, Cloves, Pepper, Allspice, Cinnamon. And, lor the accommodation of those who are sick, and have no relish for the above, the following approved MEDI CINES, viz: Best Yellow Bark, Glauber Salts, Calomel, Jalap, Gum Camphor, Laudanum, Castor Oil, Lee’s Pills, Bal sam of Honey, Bateman’s Drops, God frey’s Cordial, Oil of Wormseed, Opodel doc, Calcined Magnesia, Liquorice Ball, &c. S. K. WHITE. Harpers-Ferry, Dec. 24, 1823. The Heirs of John Wager, dec’d, TAKE NOTICE, V. fj 1HAT a petition will be presented to 1 the Legislature of Virginia, on the 5th of January next, for a law authorising the erection of a TOLL BRIDGE across the Potomac at Harper’s Ferry. Dec. 3, 1823. Portraiture of Methodism, CONSISTING of their belief, and the doctrines which they preach ; also, a summary account of the Life and Tra vels of the Rev. John Wesley. To which is added a Defence of Methodism, being an answer to some objections to the me thodists, and some remarks on toleration^ with a vindication of the principle ©funi versal and equal libettyTn matters of re ligion. ForsMe^atThis office.—price 37£ cents. 'Dec. 3, 1823. Wheat, Rye, Corn, and Oats, And all other Country Produce, 117ILL be taken in payment for debts v ¥ due to this office, or which may hereafter become due. The highest price in cash will be given for clean Linen and Cotton Rags. > Nov. 26, 18.23, OF FRATERNAL AFFECTION. Among brethren, a reciprocal and af fectionate benevolence, an ardent concern for each other’s welfare, and a constant readiness to serve and promote it, are peculiar offices of their mutual relation ; and, though friends are to have their share, yet the claim of kindred is prior, and commonly the strongest. Nothing can approach nearer to self love, than fraternal affection ; and there is but a short remove from our own hap piness to theirs who derive their exis tence from the same stock, and are par takers of the same flesh and blc* d as ourselves. Nothing, therefore, can be move iiorrible than animosity and discord be' .H,i members so -Aiijed ; and nothing so beautiful as harmony, and mutual concord. Though all mankind derive their ori gin from one common parent, and are, therefore, bound to cultivate a brotherly affection for each other; yet this general duty is not so obvious and striking, as that which is incumbent oh those who have been born and educated in the same family. , The friendship which subsists between persons who have been united by a long acquaintance, is but a slight resemblance of that faithful and endearing affection, which the hand of Nature has implanted in the hearts of brethren. Behold, says the sweet Psalmist of Is rael, what a joyful sight, when brethren dwell together in unity ! It is like the fragrant oil that descended from the new ly-consecrated head to the venerable beard, even the beard of Aaron, our first high-priestand from thence diffused its sweet perfumes to the bottom of his gar ment; yea, it is like the fruitful dew of Hermon, whose pearly drops o’erspread the hill of Zion.—[Psalm 133. The appointment of George Graham, of the District of Columbia, to be Com missioner of the General Land Office, made by the President during the recess of Congress, has been confirmed by the Senate.—[A at. Int. Gen. Joseph Desha, is announced, as a candidate for the office of Governor of the State of Kentucky, at the next gener al election, which will take place on the first Monday in August next. Dr. Buchannan, of Hopkinsville, is in Lexington, Ky. making experiments on his newly invented Capilliary Steam En gine. Mr. Conway, a gentleman who held a high rank among the dramatic corps of the Covent Garden Theatre, London, came passenger in the ship Columbia, at New York. During the interesting en gagement of Miss 0‘Neill, Mr. C. was considered the hero of the stage, and was a great favorite. —mm* •»>—— Extract to the Editor. ST. JOHNS, PORTO RICO, NOV. 20. An act of Piracy has recently been committed in the Mona passage, on the schooner John of Newburyport, by a small schooner of about ten tons, armed with a swivel, muskets and knives, and seven or eight men. She was robbed of a thousand dollars worth of her cargo, and some of her sails. The privateer Scipio has been stolen out of the port of Mayaguez by some of her crew, and it is feared she will rob every vessel she may meet. She is a ve ry fast sailer, and mounts ten or twelve gytrs. It is said she has no papers. [Balt. Pat. The Shooting Challenge accepted.—A correspondent of ours wishes us to state that there are three men in Coshocton county, Ohio, who accept the challenge of Daniel Marker, George Marker and Thomas Malleory, to shoot for $500, on condition that the challengers will meet at Lower Sandusky to decide the matter^at such a time as may be agreed iW&til—\_Zanes~ville paper. Remarkable Beef.—We saw, in the streets of our city on Saturday, four Steers, the largest we have ever seen, in fine order, and of uncommonly fine pro portions. They were raised, we were in formed, by Col. Isaac Vanmetre, living on the South Branch of the Potomac, from which neighborhood this District and Baltimore are supplied with so much good Beef, and were bought at a liberal price by Mr. James Moore, Jun. who will, within a few days, bring them to market.—f'Nat,. Int. FROM SPAIN. Lerida was occupied by the French, on the 31st of October, and troops of the garrison, to the number of 5,000, surren dered prisoners of war. I he Duke d’Angouleme arrived at Madrid on the 1st of November, attend ed by an escort of only 30 dragoons and 30 gen d’armes. He was accompanied by the Prince of Carignac. At Seville, the King of Spain elothed the Duke with the distinction of the Grand Crosses of Charles III. and St. Ferdinand, without any limitation as to number. There seems to have been some com motion in Barcelona, but, by the latest date from Mataro, (Nov. 1,) it would seem that the troubles had been appeased; and it was supposed the French would enter the city immediately. During the troubles, Mina, it is said, found rebels among his old accomplices and was obliged, himself, to take refuge in the midst o| his troops, to save himself from the militiamen. He had arrested the fa mous Costa, a chief of that band. Mar shal Moncey has sent to Paris the condi tions of the capitulation, which are ap proved and signed by the Commissioners and Generals-in Chief of both armies.— All the Constitutional Chiefs in Estre madura have made their submission, with the exception of the Empecinado, who has not yet sent in his. The Brigadier Laguna, took possession of the fortress of Badajoz on the 29th of October. Letters from Cadiz, says the London Monitor, positively assert, that Ballaste ros, Morillo, and Villa Campa, were bribed to betray their country before the French army entered Spain. EXECUTION OF RIEGO. Gibraltar papers to the 14th of Novem ber, containing Madrid advices to the 7th, were received by a mercantile house in New York on Friday last. The only intelliger.ee of importance, by this con veyance, is an account of the execution, of Riego, which event our previous advi ces had led us to expect would soon take place. On the 5th, the second Hall of the AlcadesMe la Real Casa-Y Corte pro nounced the following sentence: “ D. Rafael del Riego is condemned to the or dinary punishment of hanging, and he shall be drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution—his property shall be con fiscated, and he shall pay the costs of suit.” The sentence having been pro nounced, the prisoner was then placed in seclusion. On the following day, (Nov. 6, at noon,) the sentence was carried into effect. The Madrid Gazette says, “ the public, that held his crimes in such de testation, has shown, on this occasion, that it can distinguish between the crime and the criminal: for not the least insult was offered to him by the immense crowds that filled the streets through which he passed, and it was only at the moment of execution that the shout of Long live the absolute King was heard.” A well informed person at Cadiz says, under date of Oct. 16th—“ It is now plac ed beyond doubt that the Duked’Angou leme gained over Abisbal, Morillo, Bal lasteros, and Villacarnpa, before he left France, by the instrumentality of Don Julian Sanchez.” An eye witness at the siege of Cadiz states, that on the night of the bombard ment (23d Sept.) Arguelles, the celebrat ed orator of the Cortes, was serving as an artilleryman, at one of the guns on the ramparts, greatly exposed to the enemy’s fire, and that all the other Civilians were at posts of danger. We are assured, (says the Democratic Press,) by a most respectable friend, re cently arrived from Colombia, that he has seen, in that Republic, on the coast, several lovely women and children, of the best families, whose arms have been chopped off—their noses slit, and their ears cut off, by order of those monsters in human shape, Morillo and Morales, -- ARRIVAL OF THE CONGRESS. The U. S. frigate Congress, Captain James Biddle, arrived in Hampton Roads on Thursday the 18th ult. Her officers and crew are in good health, and she has lost only two of the whole ship’s compa ny since she sailed from Hampton Roads on the 17th day of May last. After land - ing Mr. Nelson, our Minister to Spain, at Gibraltar, on the 2d of August, the Congress proceeded for Rio Janeiro, where she arrived on the 13th of Octo^ ber, and having landed at that place Cae sar A. Rodney, Esq. Minister from this government to Buenos Ayres, and his fa mily, consisting of 15 persons, sailed., thence on the 25th October,