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[From the Portland Advertiser ]
Chableston, March 28.
The nullifiers »re doing things in a grand style.
This Charleston is no laggard in working off a
fete. The nullifiers are men of taste; men of
little guns and big gun*, swords and cutlasses,
great spunk and fine speeches, pretty ladies and
pretty dances. Who would not be a nullifier to
?ive in such a land—feed on such chivalry—and
enjoy such a fete, as a nullification ball? As a
Yankee under good auspices, I went last eve
ning into the citadel, the heart ot the nullifier*’
camp—and among big-mouthed cannon, muskets,
fusees, pistols, long swords and short swords,
King’s arms, rifles, and fowling pieces, spears,
pikes, and bayonets, bristling lor horrid war, I
found—think what?—not less than twelve hun
dred ladies! What a place to put ladies in.
good hearted creatures, if th*.v *r* ,,ke our
northern belles, and fair ones! What an area
for the dance—•• to trip the light fantastic toe”
in amid such a panoply of- war! such an array
of murderous weapons! such a flaunting of flags,
such a displav of cockades and of men waltx
ir» and cautioning in swords, pistols, daggers,
and tent like uniform! Cupid fights with no such
weapons in iny country. Love there comes of
itself. It i* not spurred up by the bayonet, hur
ried on by mottos, aod folded up in flags! The
cold north precipitates headlong into the passion:
but the warm south takes the drum and fife, the
horn and tambarine, for a stimulus. The ladies
n m v I * nil art* alarmed when the bavonet gleams,
or the shining olmlc dffcwm and faint at a dag*
ger scene: but here—mercy on their hard heart
ed hearts—thev live off “ the pomp and circum
stance of war;” they dance over stacks of arms,
almost tripping athwart the points of the bayon
ets; thev sit upon hug»> balls, and cartouch box
es, and cannon carriages; they wear the cock
ades on their very bosoms. Venus is not en
throned in tire saloon, in the drawing-room, nor
in the parlor, but in the camp, in the citadel!—
What a people! What belligerent-Amazons,
1 was going to say; but that they were fairy-cinc
tured, beautiful and delicate, and all one could
wish for, except in their love of at ms—war-like
arms, | mean
Well, 1 went to the b ill, at 8 o’c lock, or a lit
tle before. It was in the citadel, which is the
armory of the State, and where ate deposited
Carolina’s munitions of war, with which she was
going to whip her twenty three sovereign sister*
— with men enough to cat her up, slaves ami ail,
if they gave the Kentuckians but the quantum
of an eye and ear apiece. The citadel is an ob
long building, perhaps two hundred feet in length,
ami with an open area on the centre perhap9 six
ty feet in width. This area was floored over for
the occasion, a canopy overhanging.it—and
thus a grand, a magnificent Hall was prepared.
The armories answered for drawing rooms. We
hung our hats on bayonets. Their muzzles an
swered for candlesticks —Their barrel* for re
flectors, as well as the tin dippers, tin pails and
other tin so-forths, which radiate the light most
brilliantly in all directions. Around the outside
door was a vast multitude of black people, white
people and yellow people, with not a few nonde
scripts, Pillars and arches of light of almost
all colors formed by variegated glasses, in which
were the lamps—immense in number, were
thrown around the door. There were b' ae lights,
(ominous enough,) scarlet lights, red lights, pale
lights, yellow lights—in short, as many sorts of
lights as there had been sorts of politicians. A
beautiful transparency appeared among them,
w ith the badges of Carolina, the goddess of free
dom trumpet sounding—the mottos of Carolina,
*nd other figures and devices, which, not being
vrsed in nullification escutcheons and nullifica
tion heraldry, I cannot explain. “ Nullification
is the rishijuu remedy.” (quoted frem JeffVrson
in iBigc wr
face. . «
Rockets and bombs were let off in all direc
tions; the nullifiers vociferated and hurraed —
Hie eflect was grand beyond description—be
yond any thing 1 have seen auy where. The
nullifiers eclipse us all—in every thing—in talk
ing, bragging, fighting, scolding, fretting, and in
great displays. Who would not be a nullifiei?
From half-past seven till nine, carriages in
line wrf discharging men in epaulettes, plumes,
palmetto buttons, green coats, grey coats, red
coats, and black coats, white breeches, yellow
breeches, and black breeches. All the soldiery,
the volunteers of this empire, came in the uni
forms of their corps. Some wore badges of nul
lification on their left breasts. Some bedecked
themselves with leaves of Palmetto. And car
riages were discharging ladies also,two at least to
each gentleman—ladies in white, in black, in
scarlet, in blue—in all colors—ladies in feathers
and hats ol all fashion* and alt de c iptions, some
few in Boa*. many with cockades, many with
palmetto flounces interwoven latterly, longitudi
nally, eliiptically. No two ladies were robed
alike. No two looked alike.
Now let us go into the hall. A more magnifi
cent picture was to be seen. We ascended a
fligh* of stone stairs—walked along an ornament
ed piaixaor corridor, interwoven with the imita
tion fljgs of cambric muslin of red and white,
and sprigs of cedar, and live oak loaves, and pal
metto. Ranges of card tables were spread in the
gentlemen’s drawing room. Rivera of wine were
near. Refreshments of ieea, of trifles, of le
monade, of a thousand nondescripts— who can
tell how many? One's head and hair adjusted,
gpd hat disposed of, he was ushered along the
-Vallery, so as to view the company below, who,
now the Governor l>an entered in uniform and
• epaulettes, and General Hamilton, also, in all
the pomp of the camp, with their respective suits
prepared to dance. Cotillions were formed in the
crowd with exceeding difliculty, but when they
were formed, the black band, who were planted
somewhere on high, on a stige; amid flag* and
medallions, and palmetto trees, began to sound
witirhorn,and clarionet, and drum, and cymbals,
and I know not what of other instruments—but
that they made a deafening noise.
I took this opportunity to go below, to run
among the groups, in order to see the cariosities.
The area was covered all over with men, ladies,
and children. The portico was full of ranges of
seats, all occupied. Four brass field pieces high
ly polished, were directed toward the dancers, it
may be, to accustom them to these speaking in
struments. Over the cannon were pyramids of
candles, some fifteen feet in height, in each cor
ner of the area. Near them also were large can
non balls, and matches, torches I mean, already
for battle. Under the staging for the band, were
iron pieces of ordinance, with their-mouths to
wards the company. Back of them were five
ranges of supper tables. Crossing the columns,
festooned and arched, were the names of the
nullification districts. Around- the columns
were wrreaths of palmetto. Between the columns
were medallions, with emblematic devices, on
which were compliments to distinguished nulli
fies in South Carolina Calhoun had one, and
was called “the great luminary.” McDuffie
had one, and was said “to have the eloquence of
Henrv, and the heart of Hampden.” Hayne
had one, with an extract from one of his speech
es. Hamilton had one with—I have forgotten
what. W. R Davisand Burnwellhad only one,
with a compliment, which was not fair; for why
should they not have had one apiece? Finckney
had one. Sumpter had one, and was called “ an
old cock, whose last crow was for liberty.” Jef
ferson had one, with an urn on it, in which were
many devices. Turnbull had one, which called
him Brutus. In short, they made all R .mans or
something else of almost all the nullifiers. Li
berty had her medallions. “ The bloody bill” i
was figured forth as “ the disgrace of ihe Ame
rican Senate.” Free Trade and State Rights had
their medallion. Loud sounding sentiments,
lots of poetry, with the repeated quotation from
Jefferson, “ nullification is the rightful remedy
also stared us in the face.
Enjoving all this, and thus in the heart ,nf the
nullifiers’ camp, I ran around among gentlemen
and ladies, with that perfect independence in
which obscurity always clothes one. I knew but
few, and could not find that few very often in the
multitude. Here was a bevy of ladies, discuss
ing the merits of Yankees and Yankee women.—
There is a platoon oversweeping and demolishing
a half formed cotillion. Here was the Governor
of We State, in rap, plume, and epaulettes, with
his amiable lady, wearing the cockade of Caroli
na. There, ExGo»erno"r Hamilton, Emperor of
the South, with his suite around him,far less hum
ble than Napoleon, when only trampling over
thethionesof Europe, though he, with Carolina
alone, was triumphing over twenty three confe
derated nationa, reaching almost over the half
ol one vast continent. H* re was a cluster ol
Generals, and Colonels, and Captains, epauletted
to the ears, with swords dangling between their
feet, or, perchance.spurs sticking into their heels.
There, a body of men, vaunting the prowess of
Carolina, and glorying in the sight before them,
with hearts bmting’high, as they run their eves
over the four brass field pieces, and the glittering
bayonets encircling the pillars. “ Carolina,”
“Carolina,” it was all Carolina with them—
“ Who will not stand :>y Carotin ?” “ Whose
heart does not best for Carol in ? * “ Who does
not think Carolina is immortal?” *' Brave Caro
lina!” “Magnanimous, chivalrous Candida!”
“The Haynes, the Hamilton*, the Sumpters,the
PiiuknevH, the Calhoun*, the McDuffies, the
Millers, the Turnbulls, of Carolina!” *• Huz
za tor Caiolina!” These were the exclamations
or mottos. The peop'e, men, women, and chil
dren, are all mad. There i* no doing any thing
with such a people, unless you put a straight
jacket on them, and that will nevei do in this free
country. Taik of nullification dying! it is non
sen se,"w here vou work upon the passions and the
feeling of the' people with such shows. Every
man and child there will live and die a nullifier.
i had half a mind to become one inyself.
Wearied with running round and gaping, I
took to the cotillions.in order to form an acquain
tance with the lady-nullifiers. They dance as
northern ladies dance, unless it be in new-fangled
cotillions. They had a Spanish dance, a contra
dance, a Virginia reel, waltzed a little, and at
tempted a gal lopade—all in Yankee slippers, 1
da re say—when, the supper disposed of, and the
liirliti prowin? dim. I made for home. I hear
that they danced till morning, which is nothing
in this la belle France of the Union, for they are
all crazy as the French of the old revolution.—
Splendid mad people, if this meets your eye,this
letter from not an ill-natured spy in your camp,
pray take his advice and get sober again. Leave
«>ft' drinking these intoxicating draughts of Caro
lina chivalry. Don’t, ladies, danca with big
mouthed cannon, and bristling bayonets pointing
at you. They look too frightful, and turn your
beaux into duelists. Don’t take partners with
swords and daegers about them. They harden
your hearts. You will all die old mauls—some
for this very reason are dying so, I see. Don’t
we'fcr blue cockades on your bosoms. Leave them
to the men’s hats. Don't abuse the Yankees,
the d—d Yankees, as so n«-• your beaux ter n
them. Upon my word, we are not all tin ped
lara, not all hucksters, wooden nutmegand wood
en ham sellers, though we live in such a cold,
rocky land, that we must depend in part upon our
wits. Some of u» are honest, and won't cheat
j you. Some don’t cheat nor steal.
| We have no inclination at all to see jour
slaves cut your throats, and would rush to your
ivscue in such crisis, sooner than your own con
j tiguous States. Come down among us, and
I you will find that we the not icicles nor fog
banks, but have heads and hearts, and are made
j of just such stuff's* you are, except that materi
] al which you call chivalry, and which we call
! spunk—a word, by the way, that means a mad
■ fiery pawnon, up this second and down the next,
| such as your wild horses and fighting cocks,
’ and boxers are afflicted with. We like you much
I better than you like us, and speak much better of
I you, though you have two faults to our one. We
go for the Union, because duty, patriptism, and
: common glory look that way, and not that we are
I more interested in it than you are—because we
are a quieted, peaceable sort of a people also, that
did jome hard fighting for }ou against the Bri
tish, and your hosts of toners at Guilford, the
Cowpens, and I know not where, in your back
woods, and have no inclination to do such things
over agaio, or to leave those old fields out of the
American Union. We can handle balls, snd
muskets, and look at a cannon—witness Bunker
Hill, and Concord, and Lexington—if necessary,
but they are very pokerish, hollow things, that
ire have no great passion for. You amuse us
much with your big and loud-sounding words, anu
those truculent speeches of your*, so foaming ,
with fire and lava, .®tna-like. Your cockades
and palmetto, and palmetto buttons, we think a
little silly. We ahoold take a piece of home-1
•pun, and herring, a corn stalk, ora red oak but- (
ton for devices, if we were making such a rum
pus. You are a very clever—Yankee
mean—kind of people, though I expected to h id
you with horns, huge ears, wings, and hoots; for
you have made such a disturbance these three
years, as l supposed no mortal men could ever
make—none but imps, and fallen angels, or wild
beasts of the forest. Pray do return to your
senses. Huist up again the star-spangled ban
ner in your citadel. Let us be all Ameri
cans, all Carolinians, all Yankees. B. j
Ch.vrlestov, April 1, 1833. j
It is April-fools day, and I have been to see
the nullifiers play the fool, and have been exceed
ingly amused, though the rain has been pouring
down in torrents, and the inud and slosh are
over our shoes. The nullifiers have had, and
are yet having a grand parade. I he Volunteers
of Charleston have turned out, in full uniform
and with all the show of war, war, horrid war.
The truth is they are becoming crazier and cra
zier. Their late success has made them fully
mad—and for aught I see, in a short time, Lncle
Sam will be obliged to hand cuff the great men ,
and lock up the boys.
This morning, according to order from Biiga
dier Gen. Hamilton, the volunteers of Charles
ton, nullifying volunteers—who were to have
fought like tigers in the event of war, and who
are good looking fellows enough, but who proba
bly love gunpowder no better than the Yankees
—assembled to the number of——abootyice him• t
,Irtil! There was the Republican Artillery, with ,
brass pieces—the Cadet Artillery—the Jefferson j
Artillery, (alas for Jefferson)—the Pinckney Ar-1
tillery, tire Scotch Infantry, the Riflemen, and I
I know not how many other companies of the
20,000, who were preparing to flog the whole
United States of America, all arranged uf* and
down Meeting street, with horses, ordinance, j
un.i hv to. \1. S-inn Gen. Hainil
ton. Emperor of the notion of South Carolina,
the great god of war in this quarter—a Bonapar
lean kind of man by the way, with black whis
kers, not tall, hut* compact and stout-bodied,
rode up and down the ranks on a fine bay char
ger. lie had on two epaulettes, yellow plumes,
and a blue cockade, and drone a horse as well as |
any Virginia horse-racer. Anon there came |
al<>ng, amid the sounding of files and d>un>s arid j
trumpets, and the waving of colors, and of swords, j
his Excellency, Gov. Ilayne, followed by five •
aids, all in butt" kersey mere breeches, well swoid- \
ed, well epaulet ted, and well horsed. The line j
of march was soon formed, and they the military, I
in the middle of the street, and the lords of Ca
rolina on horse, and we the people, and they, the
slaves on font, soon made our way toward the
Citadel, there to talk of liberty, and death and j
Carolina. During all this, nothing happened ex
cept that some of the horses attached to the hi a
vv ordinance threw oft' the negroes from their
backs, into a soft mud bed, ami some of the gal
lant cavaliers in uniform had lend work to bridle
up their snorting steeds, ternfn-d as they were i
by the musir of the black b*nd, and the glitter
ing parade, ol gn at guns ar.d little guns.
Ai rived at the citadel, into which marched the
military rank and fne.—and there we the people,
oversetting and nullifying the State Guard oy
♦he way; who in vain attempted to keep us out.
The citadel h.id Ins' the awning which over-arch
ed the irva. The medallions were -'ll there.—
The palmettos were all there. The imitation
flags wcie also there. The area below «a>. pret
ty "veil occupied withth- military. Uniforms, of
all colors, handsomely variegated that part of he
house. The ladies Wdered the galleries; ami
we, the people, did as we could, among the mul
titudes in the portico. Soon Governor Haytie
came forth from a balcony about twenty feet high,
overahawdowed bv two tall palmettos. His five
aids came forth with him, one bearing in his hand
a flag. G »|V, Hav ne then addressed the audience
f<«r about fifteen minutes, or rather his “ fellow
soldiers,” as he termed them. He told them
that South Carolina had effected the late change
in the Tariff—that she had stood alone, and ne
ver quaked, when the South had deserteit her—
wum a paii ui «»v■ — - •'
her, and when the whole Union sepmeil to be pre
paring war against her. She had done her duty.
She had beaten off the myrmidons of power.—
She had deatmved the Amertcan System—had
given if its death blow, and had achieved a gb>
rinus victory over tyranny and oppression—over
the men who had been taking from her her pro
perty to pay their taxes and wlio would have ad
ded murder to robbery, by sweeping her cities,
desolating her fields, and destroying her citizens,
j Then taking the flag from the hands of the aid,
he shook open i»s folds, and displaying the arms
of the State, and Carolina’s palmetto,—and large
gold letters engraved upon it—“ Liberty, it
must be preserved,” (though a hundred black
slaves were gaping about)—and after making
gome fine remarks on the value of the gift, a9 the
highest honor he could bestow, handed it to a
staging some feet below him, to Brigadier Gene
ral Hamilton, as commander of the volunteers of
' South Carolina. During this speech, which was
delivered with Gov. Hnyne’s usual eloquence,
the volunteers were constantly.hurraing* clap
ping, vociferating, and thumping their muskets
, on the fl«»or.
Gen. Hamilton received the standard from the
Executive, whom the state had made its org-n,
said that he valued it dearly, but valued it more
as presented by such hands—snd after cartnoua
ding the Union, snd exhibiting Carolina chival
ry, Carolina attachment to liberty, (the slaves!!
| Carolina activity, and calling old friend General
j Jackson, whom he made President, •• an infuriate
! despot,” who would murder Carolina’s sons,
and whose! myrmidons were ready at his com
mand to make* the streets “of Charleston run blood,
—averred, that though Carolina had not a gun
nor a magazine of gun powder, nor a piece of or
dinance mounted when the Tariff was nullified, I
yet in five weeks she had four thousand men, >
! enough to take the Capitol, and powder enough !
| to blow it up! Hurrah for Jackson! Men,
I girls, and bovs clapped this sentiment. Hurrah
for Carolina \ Hurrah for Hamilton!
Gen. Hamilton then handed over the flag to
one Ensign Frost, who received it and made a
speech which I couifl not bear.
When General Hamilton wared the flag, the
volun'eers clapped beyond alt calculation. He
mil Hayne were both received with gre*t e'1*
thuniasm. They are commanders in chief of the
hearts of the nullifiers as well as of their forces.
I could not but note, that when G<*0. Hamilton ,
averred he had men enough to take, and powdtr
enough 11, blow up the Capitol, a new lom-nt °* j
rain immediately pi/ured down on his bare head, ,
for Ins cap was off, as he addressed the soldiers, 1
but I did not see that it cooled the fire withinj
for not long alter he said •• all the land our ene
my could stand upon in Carolina, was land
enough to make his grave ”!
This afternoon we are to have a salute of a hun
dred guns near the Butery. Toe mili ary, wiih
Gen. Hamilton at their head, aie returning from
the dinner at the Cdad-d, and if the ram has nor
sufficiently cooled their courage, will fioi-h off
the day in a* fi-ry mode as tqey have beguu.—
Truly the nullifiers are odd men. I know not
what to make of ihem. They have heads, ears,
and bodies like the rest of us,—and are no mon
sters in form; but they talk so boldly, and act so
madly, that l isn’t but think it would be a good
plan to induce the Union men io go to Alabama
or Mississippi, and settle on government lands,
and then make this •* the Bedlam” of the Union,
a house for mad politicians, and give General
Hamilton the command. Though I ha»e been
here but a fortnight, I have seen so much of arms
anil heard so much of war, that 1 sigh for a land
of peace. Charleston is too much of a camp for
This celebrated clergyman has at lengjh been
formally deposed from the sacred office. .We
give the concluding proceedings of his trial. It
is a very affecting case of mental delusion. The
demeanor of the reverend gentleman throughout
.w at highly impressive, bearing the strongest evi
dences of sincerity, and of deep and unfeigned
pie«y. How melancholy that • mind of such no
ble mould should be thus unsettled by the inten
sity of its own powerful action!
Trial of I he Rev. Edward Irving.—The hear
• C ,1. . __•uki«U laiMd m iikn »>w> t\ f home 11
Illg Ul 11*13 «»»» “ ■ VV
against the celebrated Rev. Edward Irving, of
London, came on before the Presbytery of An
nan, on Wednesday last. The proceedings
were opened with a prayer* after which the in
dictment was read, which charged the Rev. De
fendant with maintaining the sinfulness of Christ
in his human nature. He had written that the
devil templed because he knew our Lord to be
temptable; that human nature was corrupt to the
heart’s core, and black as hell; and this was the
human nature which the Son of God took upon
himself, Ac. &c. Numerous passages from the
writings of the accused were read.' In conse
quence of the promulgation of these doctrines,
the General Assembly ot Scotland had enjoined
the Presbytery of Annan to call upon the Rev.
Edwaid Irving to avow or disavow them; in or
der that, if lie avowed Hiem, he might be depos
ed from that station in the Church of Scotland
to which the Piesbyte^y of Annan, by the imposi
tion ot hands, ordained him. The Moderator
inquiring if he admitted the truth of the libel,
Mr. Irviog (with treat solemnity) replied—
<* If I have said ami taught that Christ was fa
shioned as a man—that he took our sinful nature J
upon him—but that by the grace of God he was
upheld, and yielded not to the motions of that
sinfui nature, then it is a glorious doctrine, and
1 will maintain it. yea even unto death.” Mude
iator—“ It is necessary that you answer aye, or
no.” The Rev. Edward Irving •* What Ido
hold i», tna» the flesh of Christ, being of the seed
of David—born of a woman—was sinful; but
that it was presented holy uii'o God—holy, holy
as the law of God itself. And surely you do not
call this a true libel.” After some fencing, a
plea was recorded that the accused admitted the
correctness of the extracts. The members of the
Presbytery then delivered their opinions, seriat
im, lha' the doctrine in question was heretical,
inasmuch as Christ was conceived of (lie Holy
Ghost, and. although a man. was without sin.—
During these addresses, Mr. Irving kept bis lace
buried in his hands, and olten signed aloud Mr.
Irving delivered an eloquent and earnest address,
which lasted nearly two hours His spirit stir
ring eloquence, his extraordinary appearance, his ;
great physical powers, his gestures, his intona- |
lions, all combined to command the utmost at- !
tention, anu to make, it was obvious, a deep im
pression. The Presbytery unanimously pro
nounced his doctiines heretical, and the Modera
tor asked him if he had any objection why sen-1
tence of deposition should nut t»c pronounced?— 1
Mr. Irving rose, and said, wilh great vehemence,
—“Objection? All objection! — Objection?— ‘
All objection! 1 object not lor my own sake, but
for the sake ol Christ iny Lord, whom l serve
and honor. I object fur vour sakes, who will j
thus call down on your heads the righteous wrath
o( God. I object for the Church’s sake who are led
blindfold to ruin. Objection? Ail objection!!”
The Moderator requested the senior member of
the Piesbytery to offer up a prayer, when a gen
tleman who sat with Mr. Irving, and who was
said to he one of his Deacons from London, arose
and wilh the gratest vehemence exclaimed “ De
part! Depart! Depart! Arise and fl.*c! Flee ye
out of her! \ e cannot pray to Christ whom
ye deny! Depart! Depart! I say depart!
Flee, flee!” Great consternation and contusion
now began to prevail, and ine Church being al
most dark, (for it was near 7 o'clock) added to
them not a little. The Deacon, who seemed
greatly excited, made his way forcibly through
the crowd. (Here there was a burst of hisses
from the galleries ) Mr. Irving, who was pro
ceeding to follow his friend, then exclaimed,
also with great vehemence, and apparently to
the crowd that somewhat obstructed his pas
sage,— *• Stand forth! Stand forth! What! will
ye not obey the voice of the Holy Ghost! As
many at will obey the Holy Ghost, Ift them de
part!” He then made his way towards the door,
and just before reaching it he exclaimed—
“ Prayer, indeed! On!” Several gentlemen of
Mr. Irvines party followed. In the midst of
great confusion, Mr. Sloan offered up a brief
prayer—after which, the Moderator formally
Emounced the sentence of desposition of the
▼. Edward Irving from the Mioistry of the
Chuichof Scotland.
totally and expeditiously executed at this Office
Washington, D. C. April 14, 1833.
Sir:—Mr. Van Huren. will, probably, be with
you, before this letter, lie intends, on hit re.
turn to Washington, to occupy an esiabiishmrr,!
ut his own; and for this purpose, has rented a
house near the President
Mr. Livingston will leave here for New Yurk
ill at I this wek. Yo i a»k me, —Is he prepared
to trtke hi** departure for France? I answer.Xg
And strange as you imv consider it, there u vfl
ry great rlouiit and uncertainty whether he Mil|
go abroad, or continue In the state department.
I have no doubt that he will remain at loons, on
til July or August. My opinion, huue er, j.
that if he expresses a de*ire to b>* sent as Mmn'.
♦er, he wili be appoint, d. But if he is uil|in,
to remain, live President will prefer it. X„t „J|
account of his talents, or the manner in which
the duties of the olTue aie performed, but on ac
count t>l those diili.-uities, to which I have fre.
quentty referred, of tilling up tne vacancy,
thn* moment, you mav re*i a«»ured, Mr Livm.j.
ton is in a state of indecision; and the prubabili.
ty is,notwithstanding all you have seen publish
ed, on the subject of cabinet arrraiigeuieuu, that
things will remain in statu qua until iiii«l»uininer.
and possioly until autumn. Mr. Forsyth, \|r.
Wilkins, Mr Ualla*, and others, mil not thank
m'e for this prophesy. They have a»cer?ained
that 1 do nut make such statements, wiinout data
I sav to you now, as 1 said on tne 12th ultimo—
*• Whaiever you may hear, as to change* m the
“ cabinet, the selection of foreign inmisiers.
“ Sic. you must receive with due allowance fur
*• the stale of the times. Nothin,* will be dvoe
“ hastily ,” Sic.
No immediate change will be made in the Mi
nister to Spain. Mr. Van Ness will conunue to
occupy that station lor months to coiue, if nut tor
another year. Consequently, Mr. Barry can
have nu hope, whatever may be hi* wivhesofob
taming that mission.
Mr. Middleton, the new secretary u! Legation
to Madrid, is detained for dispatches. Kumuri;
what I do, in relation to our affairs in Spun, I
should consider it proper for the government lo
keep him here, until they receive advice* from
our Minister at tiiat Court, as late as the middle
of March, or the beginning ol April. These id
vices, it is supposed, will bring someming deu- ■
sive as to the pending negotiations respecting tU I
claims of our Merchants upon the Spanish g»- I
vernment, for depredations upon uur commerce I
Such, undoubtedly, are the expectations o4h»f 1
our Minister at Madrid, and of the Pi evident and I
his cabinet. But the interminable di*tu»siont«f I
a Spanish negotiator, aa exemplified in Don (Jni», I
lead me to the cotuluaion, that Mr. \ an New I
may yet require months to complete that, which, I
at the last dates from him, he considered nearly I
perfected. ■
You are aware of the existing excitement, be I
tween the King of Spain and hi® family. H** has I
only one child, and that a daughter. By the I
Salic law a female cannot fall heir to the crown. I
This is the source of all the Court diffiiultiea in I
that country; and has produced,and may continue ■
to produce, violent collisions between him and his I
legal advisers. Thus embarrassing, if not inter H
rupting, a final decision on all subject* of foreign ■
negotiation. jfl
Dispatches of an interesting character to the H
co mnercial community have been received at the H
Stale Department within a few days, via France. H
Irom Mr. Van Ness. He slates that he ha* if- H
ranged the conditions of a treaty with the Spaa- ■
ish Minister, in which provision is made fer tbt ■
payment of our claims upon that government- H
but that the King had not yet agreed to the term* H
of that treaty. He is, however, confident H
that in a few days the whole question will be h ■
vorably adjusted. After three years residence H
at that Court, I should think thst a gentleman o. ■
Mr. Van Ness's sagacity, could not be great? H
mistaken in the persons with whom he *« tf H
gociating, and consequently, that there **» m* H
a pro'pect of our merchants receiving none rrira Rg|
neration for their losses. But procrastination
ever the order of the day with a Spaniard,
1 apprehend it in the prevent case. ,
In my letter of the 27th March 1 .m*«B
•* That all h re were to be put in motion. -^R
Since that date, Mr. Van Buren, Mr. Barry.^^^B
Woodbury, and Mr. Lewis, have
In a lew days Mr. Livingston depart*. • Hi
Ca*» is going to the West, and Mr. D»n.i <
is to visit Tennessee. 'The latter rircums'ano^R
voulrl seem to iinlicalethat the President ih>r« "®RR
v ._■ ._ i..n,..lru nn K .a-ern louf.'^R
1 tlmik, however, that he will du it, if rn» hc1, B
will permit. . B
The friend* of the Vice President ^^B
pleased with the aspect of ali'airs in
and especially in Virginia. Jod^e McLe»n- *^B
Ohio, is not only determined to t>e a can '' ,bB
for the Presidency, at the next election, “'
is said, is willing that hit friends should
nate him forthwith. This, it is presumed. *
from an apprehension that the Jtnh • fl IV
might designate him as their candidate. ^R
The Spy »x Wasittyc^B
Vor fta\e, B
r will sell A FARM, containing!**
108 JCnKS, lying m F.uquKfty-^*
on the road between Salem *n ( • |H|
i_V near llopewell, e*l ed 't, j,B
M There isa good STONh HOi- k " ,.^B
J^BLnutytt fini»lie<l, but wb.cli would m j4.*B
lent atand for a Grocery or a Didillerj. ,ft ^B
well watered, and is go«>d Mountain l.»' p^^R
ia unquestionable. Apply opposite•ihj H
terian Church, to LBI’lH A Me j^R
apr 19 —2aw_ —-"'K
Fox y(f,B
THE suHseriber has been directed, b.vtJ*frroB
the late William West, deceased. 0 ^B
the following LOTS, in the old P*rl it.B
Alexandria, designated in the platt a# . '
18 and 2J. containing one baif acre esc >, H
as follow*: ,
No 6, on the east side of Fairfax r - ^^B
Oronoke and Pendleton. f . 1qn»‘t C'H
Not, 11,12 and 18, three fourths of J
tween Fairfax, Hoyal, Princes* am H
now occupied by Edward McLaughlin «
No 25, on the west aide of Hoy*1 H
Princess street. , ^_„->rt»* B
The whole or any part of the above p i .he rfl
sold on reasonable terms, (and » °c5'r , ,,f j, *^B
ment of one fourth of the purchase, a .RR
3 year* awy be bad, with interest, on fc '"^R
A perfect title in fee will be given, H
the Trustees of the Town in 176J. *,ll*B
Any infomation respecting said pf f yt;\Td>< B
yen by the aubacriber. n*
apr 1—eo2w H

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