OCR Interpretation

The native American. [volume] (Washington City [i.e. Washington, D.C.]) 1837-1840, August 26, 1837, Image 1

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86053569/1837-08-26/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

id the re-| Mr. MACOH'S FUNERAL.? We learn lUat a<
. . I.. 4...or* I ?ki.t. ??i. -> *-*- ?
N? 3.
TERMS.?Subscriptions for one year, $2,50 in advance, or
$3,00 if paid at the end of six months. For six months,
$1,50 in aitvance. Advertisements inserted at the usual
rates. ,
Letters, on business relative to Subscriptions and Advertise
ments, are to be addressed to J. ELLIOT, Junior,
Printer and Publisher of the Native American; and all let
ters relative to the Literary and Political Departments,
to be directed, postage paid, to H. J. BRENT, Editor.
Those subscribers for a year, who do not give notice of their
wish to have the paper discontinued at the end of their
year, will be presumed as desiring its continuance until
countermanded, and it will accordingly be contiuued at the
option of the publisher.
Mr. Woodbury's Address, delivered in the Hall of
RepresentSTives, before the American Historical So
ciety, at their second annual meeting, January 20th,
This is a pamphlet of some sixty odd pages, and is
the result of a wi9e and patriotic association of gen
tlemen, who, ffor purposes of national advantage,
have established themselves into an Historical 8ociety.
The first address of the Society was delivered by a
ripe and accomplished scholar, the honorable Lewis
Cass. He had the wide and almost unexplored re
gions of American speculation to traverse, and his pe
euliai studies qualified him in a happy mannpr for his
task?how he fulfilled the duty imposed upon him by
the Society, the public has seen, in a beautiful and mas
terly address. To follow in the footsteps of such a
man was a difficult and perilous undertaking?to soar
over the same high subjects, and wing his flight with
the same unflinching power, was a task which few
men would willingly have encountered, and yet, in our
opinion, Mr. Woodbury has accomplished the labor
with signal success. We propose to devote a brief
space to a notice of this performance, and we do so with
feelings of pride aud congratulation. We are pleased
to see the leading politicians of the day turning aside
from their stormy paths, to tread the shaded walks of
literature and art, and wish that they would more fre
quently avoid the contact and contagion of the dark
and violent strifes of patty, and devote their high at
tainments to subjects of a calm and philosophical na
ture. We enter upon this duty of the notice with the
same feeling* professed by Mr. Woodbury when he
takes his first step into the sacred temple of history.
"Let us," he says, "put off the partizan of ihe day,
whether in religion or politics, as well as discard our
favorite theories of philosophy and political economy,
and seek faithfully to do justice.'
The objects of the Ameiican Historical Society,
Mr. Woodbury informs us, are, "to discover, procure,
and preserve whatever may relate to the natural, civil,
literary, and ecclesiastical history of America in gene
ral, and of the United States in particular."
With the ancients, history was the twin sister of po
etry. Indeed, she was one of the muses. She was
supposed to preside over the shifting changes of the
world's matters, ami take her lltght trom nine to
time to some high-and commanding elevation, far in
advance of civilization, and prophecy as well as re
cord. Her memory was with the past, her hopes were
with the future. Her duty was to analize, condense,
philosophize; to teach the present generation and preach
to a coming one by the stern lessons of experience
to give a halo to virtue and diive vice into the howl
inor regions of a withering and accursed immortality.
The genius of the moderns is peculiarly historical.
We stand upon the isthmus, which divides the cha
otic and revolutionary past, from the almost millenium
prospects of the time to come. We have (we speak
of the world at large) advanced to the highest pinnacle
of power in theart3, sciences, and politics. Gathering
about us the bright attendants of victory, and placing
liberty in the van,we have marched over the oceans and
?aft plains of antiquated and classic despotism. The
Americans are peculiarly situated. They are the first
ripple upon the broad surface of a far circling ocean.?
They are the first grand and almost, we may say, uni
versal experiment at free government. We are the re
vivers of the olympic games of the nineteenth century:
those lofty contests in which the prizes were civic ho
nor and imperishable renown. To foster these great
ends of competition in honor, the Historical Societies
have been created in this and other countries, and they
will fulfil a grand design. The harmonies of history
will be preserved?the great harp of time will be struck
by vigilant and nervous hands, and our children and
their children will travel back on golden threads of
tradition, chronology, and analogy, and run over the
gamut of their country's history to the murmurs of me
lodious symphonies.
Mr. Woodbury has well remarked that "the record
merely of battles and changes in dynasties, or a series
of chronological tables of remarkable events,and which
constitute the most general idea of the design of his
tory would, in the brief as well as republican career of
the United States, be literally the "short and simple
annals of the poor." He also says, referring to docu
mentary history: "If its contents throw nevv light on
the progtess, powers or tesources of any state, it is im
material; whether itbe only a newspaper or manuscript,
or relate only to the voyage of some hardy fisher
man to throw the hook or harpoon in unexplored seas,
cr to the desciiption of even Ihe smallest insect which
glitters in Ihe Sunbeam?the shell, whose couch is the
"blue and boundless sea"?-the ore, that sleeps beneath
the mountain side?or Ihe plant, whose leafs is some
times'the shield as well as food for both man and the
worm " Again: "A more accurate acquaintance with
the signs of valuable minerals, may also change the
prosperity of whole States, by leading to the discove
ries of lead, coal, iron, and salt." The attention to
these branches, Mr. Woodbury classes among the du
ties of the society, and we cordially agree with him. In
as much as to the eye of the great Columbus, the exis
tence of a continent was proved by the sea grass and
drifting wood, so to the eye of the philosopher im
portant trutlis are shadowed forth in the minutiae of na
ture, and policies of whole States may be changed by
the discovery of mineial mines "in their midst." To
mark down these discoveries as they are made?to keep
a record of their progress, will be of great interest and
importance to future times, and it will be the province
of this Society to perform that service to posterity.
We are glad that Mr. Woodbury ha9 reminded the
Society of these various branches of duty. The im"
portance of this minutia> mineral and vegetable history
is of growing importance, and we will instance that
import by the following case. The whole South
we will suppose is adverse to the system of internal im
provements. Acting under the general policy of that
region, mineralogy has not been attended to?the
plough, alone has turned up the bosom of the earth?
no curious searcher has penetrated into her rich mys
teries, and va9t beds of coal, and iron, and gold lie be
neath the surface, unlnown to the lazy ploughman that
whistles to his tolling team. Suddenly, a "specimen"
is turned up to the careless clown?the owner sees iU?
spncnlation is set on foot?discovery is made of the
hidden treasure?action takes place in the Legislature
?the whole surface of the country is dug up for mines
? railroads are opened?intercourse breaks in with
golden and salutary rays upon the secluded and hithei
to unfrequented country. "A change comes o'er the
spirit of its dream," and every thing rises in value,
and with every thing, mind takes a towering and moun
tainous flight. The policy of half a word is changed
by the furrow cutting implement of husbandry, called
a plough. The era is marked out, not with a white
stone, but with a piece of iron ore. * Thus we agree
that history in its infancy would do well to mark down
these matters, and then the genius of a people can be
traced through the dim and far reaching lapses of time.
We thank Mr. Woodbury once more for having called
kthe attention of the Society to this, in our opinion,
very important point. "It is thus," (and we quote the
beautiful language of Mr. Woodbury) "that history
becomes the useful schoolmaster of every age. Its
pupils are the living?its lessons the monuments of
the dea<r, in the record of their principles and their
Mr. Woodbury exhibits nrent strength in the brief
outline he has drawn of the distinguishing characte
ristics of our ancestors. We quote the following se
rious and striking passage:
"The condition of many of the first settlors here led
them at once to commence, if it did not impose on them
the necessity of a thorough course of training for self
government: Hence, most of their rulers were, from
the first, voluntarily chosen, and it was not till some
stability in business and progress in wealth were at- j
tained, chiefly by their own exertions, that many of
the colonial establishments were deemed of sufficient,
importance to tempt from abroad the interference of
much regulation, domination, and persecution, in the
shape of government. But, the neglected co.ndition
of their first establishments; the daring character of
the early emigrants; their habits of self-possession and
self-legislation for most exigencies; the. entire freedom
nf thought, feeling, and opinions they gradually che
rished, and the feebleness ef delegated power when
imposed from so great a distance as Europe, kept up a
constant education for independence, which must, with
out any temerity, or a tax on tea, or the odium of stamp
duties, have been on some other early occasion, when
ever sufficient strength and numbers were obtained, and
any slight provocation occurred to cause an explosion.
"Coming events" had for some time "cast their sha
dow before." Their institutions and habits had made
men bold, but not bad; hardy, intelligent, equal, plain
dealing, and just, though enterprising and shrewd; had
promoted the employment of ihe faculties in useful ac
tion rathiy; thau Ov? -
reared gallant soldiers, intelligent farmers, industrious
and scientific mechanics, and practical lawye-s for lead
ers r.ither than mere scholars, or only the sometimes
weak inheritors of office."
We take especial satisfaction at the tone and temper
of Mr. Woodbury's reflections on the condition of the
early settlers of this country. He establishes conclu
sively, that they were a film, calm, reflective, and
wi9e set of men, who dared every danger but that
threatened by foreign'bondage. They were, beyond
all doubt, a people separated and appointed by the Al
mighty ruler of the world to work out his mysterious
ends, and not like the reckless and houseless myriads
that swarm like the locust-curse of Egypt upon our
t)ur ancestors came under the same chain of connect
ing destinies that brought Christopher Columbus to
this hemisphere. They were but a part of that mighty
plan which is now developing itself so gloriously in
the complete accomplishment of all republican hopes.
They were men peculiarly adapted to the times?fitted
to the mountains and morasses?educated to be the
achievers of stern creeds, and the transmitters to other
times of profound political truths. They were not the |
outpourings of jails and aim-houses, for then tyranny
tolerated no such excressences as the latter, however
abundant may have been the first?they were not a
people who came over bawling for political ascendancy
demagogues in the "green tree" and tyrants in the
"dry," but they were a pinuf and a steady, or a chi
valric and romantic race?the Plymouth pilgrims or
the .lames river cavaliers, and they bent their reaping
hooks and falchion blades to improve the soil, or de
fend their lives and propeity. They were not the
frantic inmates of mad-houses, let loose upon a civi
lized people?the pick-pockets of London, too had for
Botany Bay, that paradise of decayed cockney3, but
they were soldiers of the iron nerve and dauntless heart,
and fit winners of a realm so surpassingly fair and love
ly as this?and none but the descendants of such a
race can with justice lay claim to retain the possession
of this country, and to none other will the titles be
ever yielded up* We regret that our limited space
will not allow of copious selections. Altogether, we
like the address?it is plain, manly, and unpretending,
and what is more to our purpose, it is purely American
there is a throb and a beat about it that speaks well
for Mr. Woodbury's love of country and devotion to
the sterling land marks of a national character.
"Ve have received the Southern Literary Messenger
for July, and indisposition has prevented our perusing
it wit.li that attention which its general character de
Vlr. White, the publisher, is an indefatigable man;
he is eternally at work; no pressure stays him in his
course, but with the true blood of old Virginia, he
?? goes ahead." We like his devotedness to his work,
and trust he will reap a rich harvest of merit and mo
ney fiom his physical expenditures of time, labor, and
We said we have been prevented fiom looking over
his number, but we have a word or two to say to
friend White, which might as well be " put in the
composition stick" now as at any other time.
Mr. White has been much praised by the Daily
press for the ability with which his Messenger it goi
up. We have generally agreed with that laudatory
criticism, and the editor will believe us when we ns
atire him that we find fault with pain.
Thy poetry is the "head andfuat^^w offending,"
Mr. Messenger. There is fert? r^^^^^Ethat is bad?
execiable. There would not b^^JPnch of it if all
was like that sweet and glorious ballad of Semmes'
published in the June number, a tale so delicately told,
so feelingly whispered (orlh, that it reminded us of that
pang of the brain, for it was nothing else, the Ancient
Mariner of Coleridge, the jbright-eyed man.
We do not speak in particular of this number fori
July, for as we have not read the pieces thoroughly,
we would not pass our judgment thereon, but there
have been other numbers that have been carefully read
by us.
We will not pause now to particularize individual
pieces of poetic composition that have appeared to us
as not of the richest and rarest order. We regret ex
ceedingly to say that we do find fault, for we have an
especial friendship for the Messenger. But we love
the true genius of poetry better than any work that
serves as its conductor to our minds and hearts. We
have around, in and about us, as a people and a coun
try, the throbbing and teeming elemeuts of the "divine
art." We have it in our gallant recollections and
wonderful history. Poetry with us can soar beyond
the limits of ruined towers, ived gateways, and nodding
plumes. It can float upon the translucent clouds of
sunset glory, instead of the puny pennant of a knightly
company?can call upon the admiration of the human
heart in the surging thunder of Niagara, instead of the
shrill yet beautiful blast of the cavalier's bugle. We
can hoar it in old memories of our fathers' courage,
and in legends of a revolution which woke the soul
from bondage to liberty "and enthusiasm. There is no
excuse for bad poetry in this country. We cannot
pardon it. Though a rail road people, we are a poet
ical one. We have every facility to execute business
in the morning, and every inducement to go into <^ur
arbours and quiet porticos in (he twilightevenings. But
we a re not to perpetrate a long essay on the " poetic
rage," our object was to throw out an opinion that po
etry could assume the loftiest steps, and march in the
subluuest measure, if our bards would but cherish the
right spirit, and assimilate themselves to the genius c?f
their mighty and glorious land.
W e hope Mr. White will be more careful in his po
etic < ontributions. We throw out the general hint,
though possibly we may be wrong. We may not
have appreciated the high attributes of those contribu
tions, but we must say that.we miss the fine and excel
lent discrimination of Mr. Poe, the late editor of Ihe
Meps ;nger.
Welcome to our correspondential shrine, thou silent
and meekeyed daughter of a sober people! We do
not remember, throwing love remisenees out of the
range of retrospect, when we have read any billet wilh
so much heartfelt pleasure as the following. To be
prayed or by Ihe Quaker girls, delightful anchor on
which tolean our editorial weariness: we fancy we see
them at the task even now, how prim and yet how
brows, their eyes upturned, their .hearts thinking of
Ihe Editor, their lips moving, the prayer goes forth
and we feel already a new spirit arise within us, or
rather a strengthening of old pulses: we feel stronger
and more ardent in the contest for which we have
buckled on the armour. Thank heaven that already
we have raiseid up a party in our favor:
We will hear of course from our fair correspondent
again: her beautiful baud-writing proves that she is a
practiced pen, and we will thank her to select much
of our poetry for us.
Friend Brent T like the first number of thy paper
very much. If thee holds out as well as thee has com
menced thee will make a very popular Editor. Thy
paper I perceive is intended to produce a national feel
ing, which I think is very much wanting in our coun
try; and although my creed has taught me to shun
strife and contention of every kind, still somehow or
other I could not but take great interest in the perusaf
of thy paper. I think thee will hold the foreign party
very uneasy, which is not forbidden even to us qua
kers when assailed. The foreigners wi/J soon take
possession of our country, unless some check is put
upon them, and I think the Native American Associa
tion the very best and only peaceable remedy for the
evil. Thy cause is a good one, and deserves success;
and thee may rely upon it, thee will have the pray
ers of all otiaker girls, I send the a scrap of poetry that
thee may learn how to appreciate at least the girls of
that sect. Thy friend and well wisher.
There's many n lass with blooming cheek,
Ami many an eye lhat has learned to speak,
There's many a beauty jewelled out,
And many a wit at hall and rout,
And many a head for such will whirl?
Hut give me a beautiful Quaker girl!
Thpre are those that please and those lhat charm,
There are those that boast of a lovely form,
Of i early teeth or a pretty foot,
Or of having sprung f"Om an honor'd roof.
Or of heads all decked wilh gems and curls,
Hut these are unlike the Quaker girls! 1
Have you ever gazed on a pretty face,
By nature deck'd wilh ever}' grace,
That told of a soul all pure and bright,
Of a mind lhat glo- ed with virtue's light,
That spoke of a heart to nature true?
'Tis the Quaker girl exposed lo view.
Have yon ever pressed a lilly hand,
That shrinking, gave you a reprimand?
Have you ever chatted, (we all know how,)
And smiled at her simple "thee" and "ihou?"
Or laughed when she frankly told you
'Tis the fashion you know, wilh the Quakeress.
Thera is kindness beaming from every eye,
And troth on every look and sigh;
There is honesty breathed in every vow.
And it sounds no worse for its ''thee" and "thou,"
So boast as you will of each lass you see,
But the Quaker girl Is the one for me!
RUINS of POMPEII. Isis is the identical spot
where the priests concealed themselves while deliver
ing oracles that were supposed to proceed from the
Goddess!?Here were found the hones of victims sac
rificed! and in the refectory of the obstemious priests,
were discovered the remains of hams, fowls, eggs,
fish and bottles of wine! These jolly friars were ca
rousing most merrily, and no doubt laughing heartily
at the credulity of mankind, when Vesuvius poured
out a libation on their heads, which put an end to
their mirth, and more effectually disturbed their diges
tion, than did the denunciation of our amiable Henry
VIII, annihilate the appetito of Cardinal Woolsey!
One priest scrambled! He helped himself to three
hundred and sixty pieces of silver, forty-two of bronze,
and eight of gold; which he wrapped in cloth so strong
as to stand the wear and tear of seventeen centuries.
He fled with these spoils of the temple, hut was over
taken by death near the tragic theatre, where his skele
ton was found grasping the treasure, in 1812 Few,
indeed, have been able to clasp the mamon of unright
eousness so long in the cold embrace of death.
The Globe quotes from the Albany Argus, som?ani
raad versions against the Native American Association.
I think the Globe had better miml its own business
and attend to the "Madisonian," of which it evidently
has its hands full.
The Argus calls the "Native American" "a pesti
lent print." Yea! Verily. It is indeed "pestilent"
to the enemies of the rights of ^tive Americans?
to the enemies of pure republican principles and repub
lican institutions. To all such, it is "pestilent"?just
as temperance and exercise are pestilent to disease.
The Argus says, that the "Native American Associr
ation" fprofesses to wage "a prescriptive warfare
against all foreigners whom it stigmatizes," &c. This
is such a perversion of the truth, that to call it a gross
falsehood would be no more than it merits, I confess
I cannot but regard tins with regret, for hitherto, I had
been accustomed to pay the Argus unfeigned respect.
But what can I, what ought I to think of a paper, that
can thus wantonly and publicly asperse an Association
in the very face of the record? I know not whether
the Editor of the Argus is a foreigner or a native.?
But, whatever he be, we know that in the revolution
we had an Arnold; and we have no reason to suppose
that foreign gold ha9 yet lost its influence on this side the
"Who needs to be informed," says the Argus, "that
this Native American feeling is exclusively of Whig
origin?" True. We glory in this origin. It did in
deed, begin with those good old Whigs, Washington,
Jefferson, Adams, Hancock, Madison, Carroll, and
their worthy and venerated compeers. Yes, truly; this
"Native American feeling" is of this Whig origin.?
There is not a smack of old Toryism in it. They,
with whom it originated, transmitted it to us vigorous
and flourishing?and it still lives, and will live, in spite
of all the powers of Europe and their hired presses.
The Argus strives to make the community think that
we are connected with one of the political parties of
the day. We will prove this charge to be false by our (
actions. t
The Argus stigmatizes the principles of our Associ- (
ation with the epithet of "detestable." What are our ,
principles] That foreigners who shall hereafter come ,
to the United States, shall not acquire the right to vote ,
for officers of Government, and to hold offices so ea- <
sily as they now do. These are the principles which |
the Argus and every despot of Europe, who desires
the subversion of our republican institutions "detest,"
from their very souls.
The Argus says ouis are Federal principles, and will
meet with the "reprobation of the democracy." Our
fedeialism is the federalism of Washington, and our
democracy, the democracy of Jefferson* Our princi
ples may meet the reprobation of the Argus democracy,
but we know it will not meet that of the Jefferson de
mocracy. What says Mr. Jefferson in his letter to
^al!on7^~say's"Ties '^haclTJpen "g-fvaiiTn TkI" recommen*
General to employ no printer, foreigner, or letffmmon
ary tory, in any of his offices." These are the princi
ples of the immortal Jefferson, the father of American
democracy?and these are the principles which the
Albany Argus says aie ''detestable." If it be modern
democracy to "detest" ihe principles of Jefferson as the
Argus would have us believe, away with such democ
racy from us. We detest it. We go back to the de
mocracy of '98 and 1801.
If a paper, professing to be democratic, had ventured
in the day when Mr. Jefferson promulgated these prin
ciples, to stigmatize tliem as "federal," and "detesta
ble," in what light would it have been regarded! It
would have been a queer looking thing enough, and
the Editor, verily, would have been a pretty looking
democrat! Ha! ha! ha! The bare idea^ is so ludic
rous, it makes me laugh. But, people of the United
States, mark! Be ye not deceived by names. Be as
sured, the man who at this day will venture to de
nounce the principles of Jefferson 'as "detestable,"
was never a democrat at heart! He has only worn it
as a cloak to hide from your eyes his love of Kings
and other monarchical deformities.
If it be modern democracy, to favor foreign influence
and foreign domination here, away with it! We will
have none of it. The Argus and its adherents are wel
come to it all. But what right have they to fight for
foreign powers underfalse colors? Doff thatlion's skin
and shew your hideous forms!
It is clear the Argus does not know "which side of
its bread is buttered," or it would mind its own busi
ness and let the "Native American Association" alone.
But if it will assail us, why, he it so. "Come on Mac
duff," and we'll see "who first cries hold! enough!"
Mr. Editor: With pain must our countrymen look
et the various public works now in progress in this
city, when he sees that the constructors, the superin
tendents, a majority of the mechanics, and nearly all
the laborers, are foreigners?when the very culture of
our indigenous shrubs and native trees, which only the
native can be familiar with, is in the hands of one from
a foreign land, where such things grow not and are un
For myself, I am occupied, and therefore speak not,
but I do feel the mortification deep and keen, as an
American, that my own countrymen must remain idle
and unemployed, while a whole train of foreigners are
fed by the year, in this single city, from the public
means. Not even a little ditch can be dug to lay the
water pipes from the Capitol to the President's House,
but forwith a cordon of unknown foreigners is stretched
from point to point, as if to mock us at our very doors.
Whose is the task of remedying this! Do men in of
fice think it unworthy of theii stations to interfere, and
therefore suffer the evil to increase?or do they neglect
under favor of the old adage, that excess will cure it*
If the first, they are unworthy stewards, and will
meet with thsir just rewards; if the latter, then the
people, our people, will rise in stern majesty and do
that which has often been done heretofore, wheie Go
vernments were faithless to their own subjects, they
will speedily redress their own wrongs. But I say
with a warning voice to those who drive, and those
who join in driving us to this alternative, beware! I
say, beware!
Washington City, Aug. 33d, 1837.
Mr. Editor: I find so much more in your paper than
the worth of my subscription, and consider the cause
you are engaged in so completely that of every me
chanic who loves either his country or his own interest
that I add another mile to your funds by enclosing five
I do really believe that the "Native American" is
the true standard for our countrymen to rally around*
in order to maintain their foothold in their own coun
try, and protect themselves from being driven from
their trades and workshops by foreigners. I am ready
with- tools and traps to lendgyou a hearty hand; and I
believe more than one hundred thousand craftsmen
would join, if the call could reach their ears?to do thie,
every man here should contribute what is reasonably
in his power, so that the voice you have raised may be
heard through every part of our land. ] solemnly look
upon this cause as the "religion of nature," and hold
that every native is also solemnly bound to bring up his
free will and offering to this altar. P*.
A Mechanic of the 3d Ward.
We hope the example set by our old'friend and cor
respondent will be followed. We know personally
that he is not a rich man, but he is rich in patriotism,
as many a well fought battle of the late war can bear
witness. His wounds are honorable, butjhis undying
zeal is as glorious as his scars.
To the Editor of the Native American.
Dear Sir: The foreigners are boasting that they will
overthrow us. Let us rally and support our paper.?
Let us show to the world that we arejnot traitors to our
country?that we are not recreant cowards. Party pa
pers are supported throughout the country with enthu
siasm, and surely a paper that professes aHd actually
does go with an entire devotion for the whole country,
will be triumphantly maintained. I am willing to do
what 1 can. Was 1 rich I would not let your publisher
want for a single dollar for this twelvemonth to come.
What little I can spare I will. I have stopped every
other paper but yours, and you must work hard and
make it as interesting as all those I have stopped put
together. I send you five dollars, part as a donation,
ind part for one year's subscription. I am a laboring
nan and can do no more, and hardly this. I shall make
ny youngest boy read the "Native American" every
Sunday morning, and if he does not grow up a good
patriot, why it will not be for want of the pioper food.
I am, most truly,
Your friend and countryman,
The following letter from a talented and gallant of.
ficer of the late war, dated in the far West, shows that
the news of our efforts is borne upon the wings of the
wind, and gathers, or rather calls out friends already
gathered by the ties of nature from every point.
Franklin, Missouri, Aug, 1, 1837.
Dear Sir: I have derived much gratification from the
DCmaal of thft nrOCftfdijurg of? nuulinn of uikioh vnn
tion oil the score of old acquaintance, instead of the
Corresponding Secretary. It so happened that only a
few hours before your proceedings reached this region,
the vicinity of Sun-set, which at present I inhabit, I
had been giving utterance to sentiments precisely of
the character, and of the patriotic bearing contained in
your constitution. The gentleman with whom I held
this discourse was Doctor W., the son of one of Pat
rick Henry's daughters. As if it constituted a part of
his heritage, Doctor W. responded to the sentiments I
ventured to utter, affirmatively, in language of glowing
eloquence that would have done honor to his grandsire
I have frequently taken occasion, during the last two
or three years, to express my opinion very freely in fa
vor of repealing the naturalization laws, insisting that
foreigners, resident among us, should think themselves
fortunate in the protection of our Government, with
out indulging, insolently, in all the active means of le
gislation. I have entertained serious apprehensions
that the press, and our leading politicians, from the
dread of popular clamor, would defer moving in thie
important.measure, until the mischiefs that we clearly
foresee should have overtaken us?until foreign pauper
and servile interest in this country should become too
powerful to resist. Your Association deserves the
thanks of all your countrymen, for having taken this
bold and patriotic stand.
Elkridge Landing, Anne Arundel Co. Md.
Dear Sir: Being myself a Native American, and a
firm advocate of the doctrine and views as expressed in
the preamble and resolutions adopted at the first meet
ing of your Association, held in the City of Washing
ton, and being desirous of rendering my feeble assis
tance in advancing the doctrines and views of the As
sociation, I must respectfully request the favor of you
to annex my name as a member, and also as a subscri
ber to your paper, the "Native American," which you
will direct to be forwarded by mail to this village, com
mencing with the first number; upon receipt of which
I will forward the amount of subscription, if so re
As it is probable others of this village and its vici
nity will subscribe to the paper, I would suggest thai!
you forward to me a copy of your prospectus.
Very respectfully, your friend.
EMIGRANTS.?A correspondent of the New York
Commercial Advertiser, in a letter dated "Steamboat
Great Britain, Lake Ontario, Aug. 8," write* as fol
"You will be surprised to learn that we have now on
board the G. B. nearly 1000 souls, including over 700
emigrants from Ireland, England, Scotland Wales,
Germany, and Switzerland, who are, as they say, *go
ing over to the states,' having been sent over to our
"free country" via Quebec. The spacious decks of
this noble steamer, above and below, are crammed with
their bags and chests, on the top of which they are
seated or lying down, men, women, and children, in a
state of filth and degradation the most pitiable of which
you can form any conception. Scarcely a woman on
board without a company of children of Home three or
four, closely huddled around her in a group, with an
other at the breast."
Ardknt Spirits.?Sir Ashly Coop<sr says "I never
suffer ardent spirits in my house, thinking them avil
spirits; and if persons could witness the white livers,
the dropsies, and the shattered nervous systems which
I have seen, as the consequence of drinking them, they
would be aware that spirits, and poiaon ara
moas terms."

xml | txt