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From the Newport Argus & Spectator.
Trlnl nnil Sentence of the notorious 'Hicks,
or John I ! Dnj'a
The (rial of this individual drew n large
assemblage of people to town on Monday
Jast. Ilia connexion with the conflagration
at Cliarlcstowii, ns well ns his boldness in
..rorniiiitr lus nlnns. and his adrottncs3 in
eluding the vigilance of officers, had excited
much curiosity m the community, aim nun
tlrcds came from distant towns to catch t
glimpse of the "lion." Those who came
expecting to sec a coarse, rough villain,
went nwav disannointed. His appearance
hnnr niiiic a contrarv character. He is of
middling stature, of Mailt, active make, with
fair complexion, and very good address.
His head is very well formed, and his man
ner betrays a spirit of quiet coolness and de
cision, and his motions, ns well as me glance
of his eye, arc quick ns lightning. Hn is
n smart fellow in his "profession," and n
rhnrnrtrr in his nccu lar W.1V. 111-1 WIIOIO
bcarlns and conversation involuntarily leads
tn iIip nnnrpsoon that had he been early un
tier nrooer influences, and favored with nn
education, ho minlit have shone with bril
liancy in a very different position from that
which he now maintains, lie leu wun wie
other prisoners, under charge of Deputies
Chase and Harris, in the Concord stage yes
terday, with the prospect of a steady home
1 ' .1 f'. .ill a lift.
wiring inc resume oi uu nippum mv.
Like all other notorious individuals,
"Hicks" has a great itching to get "into the
newspapers ;" and to gratify the curious pub
lic, as well us the last harmless request of n
follow going to his long home, we have taken
the trouble to report, from his own lips, his
"inklings of adventure," from his escape at
Kcene, up to his capture at Utica, N. Y.
Wc give it in detail, just as ho recounted il,
which he did with as much minuteness as
one of our politicians would dictate a speech
just before election.
"I broke out of Kecnc jail nbout 4
o'clock, P. M. through a hole '.) by 10 inch
es, and a mighty tough squeeze it was I
tried it first with my clothes on, but could'nt
come it the ends of the bars gouged my
ribs and shoulders badly. I then tore up
some cloth and wound over the ends of the
bars, took off my clothes, put 'cm through
the hole, rubbed my body with some soft
soap, and slipped through like nil eel I
Three miles from Kcene took a horse, ami
rode "bare back" to Acworth, where I left
it, and took another, which 1 left at Unity ;
was almost "split up" when I got off; went
to Claremout on foot, where I stayed till
night crossed Sumner's bridge, walked
boldly up to a house and asked for some
thing to eat the woman gave me a good
supper, for which I thanked her ; pay
enough from a good looking chap yon know ;
(and between us, I always was rather a favo
rite with the fair sex!) went to the barn,
borrowed a horse, which I rode to Spring
field no saddle, and rather hard jogging
laid in the woods till near dark. went to
Chester, met lite stage the driver and two
passengers took after iiie, kept close lip for
a hundred rods into the woods, threw off my
coat and "legged it ;" the boys kept up for a
while, then slackened looked round and
saw one man "nuking blood" got into the
11 iiuua tmj iiirttlit t:uci ill ItllV, Ullll 1
hid under a log, in the woods ; ten or a doz
en men came close by the log, held my
oreain anu Kept still. When all was quiet,
pushed on to Londonderry met n man who
told me he "had seen the horse-thief"
-nave you r says 1, ''I should like lo
get at him and the reward" rode on all
night ; let the horse go loose, and hid in
the woods next day made a coat of a horse
Ulatilcct and fastened it with bark next
night went back lo Chester ; saw men
watching hid behind the fence ; men pass
ed, talking, forward and back close by; kept
quiet pretty soon a great dog jumped over
the fence and saw me, and came up and lap
ped my face over with his tongue thought
I was a "gone coon" then, but laid still "he
soon sneaked off, when I crept into a ditch,
laid a-while, then got up and by running a
circuit got ahead of the men in the road
went on to Landgrove the next night came
to a bridge saw two men witching, but
laid close till they went into the house for
refreshment crossed the bridge nnd went
on to Winhall stayed in the woods next
night came to a toll-gate where I got some
food had no nourishment for five days pre
vious except milk from cows in the" fields
and yards. '
Went on after this to Arlington just be
fore I got there I borrowed n few oats nt a
barn, fed my nag, and turned him loose with
a good belly full, and put the saddle and bri
dle into an old building for future use. The
Jast horse I had taken nt Manchester, .mil
the sheriff there having got a handbill from
Newport, suspected I must be the thief, nnd
tracked me on to Arlington, where he arous
ed me village and gave n description of the
horse, saddle and me. A fellow told him he
had seen a saddle in an old slaughter house,
which me siicrnt Knew to ho the oho taken
from Manchester thev thpn
oarn, near by where I had hid. I heard tho
noise and crawled under a beam hntivppri il,,.
boards and hay, with two feet of hay top of
llin Snnn.nl . . " . I , ' .
...... aju.ou 1111:11 came into mo oarn and 1
heard 'em "jabbing" tho pitchforks into the
hay all round me, but they did't hit mc. By
and bye a sharp eyed chap outside 'spied me
through a crack between the boards, come
in and began to "fork in" right over mc at
the first dab he stuck me in the hack ami
sung out "I've got him !" I grinned nnd
bore it he stuck mc again in the neck and
I began to feel the blood pouring down my
shoulder. Think's I then, it ain't no use
I m done for, and so I sung out, "here wo
am." They laid all hands on mc and 'scort
ed mc back to AJanchestcr, where the Ver
monters traded me off to the New Hainn
shire Sheriff for $150, and a devilish poor
bargain he made I reckon I We came on
to Landgrove stage house, pretty well tired
all of us I laid down on tho floor, and tho
sheriff and two stout men close by me, be
side two great dogs, which tho landlord 'said
would'nt let any body stir in the room with
out being at their throat I slept till the
clock struok two I got up ami spoke low
in .mc nueriii, wno my next to mo I
thev were tired nnd must sleep
.... .1 I '
cot up boldly, wont to tuo.nar
.....I IM-.I. n .vwt-lnimiiir,'.,'lf l.iflfr.
UIIU IUUIV It Jia.Via III... . ,
niullled my Setter by drawing my Imndker-
chief through tlie links, pulled off u.y boots
. . 'i i . i
and tools them in my nauu; 1 au
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K,rd oT jus d Vig ,
lor IIIC uoor, Jiisi "a ii i '"' '"o ,
The doirs raised ui t ie r heads, opened
l lie Hill's miiH-u up tua.ii i l
their eyes and mouths, gaped
lift i i....n.i..
, knowin-r nn
ami lam mown vurjr umiuij
honest fdloic, like mc could be trusted ! 1
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W'PIlL llirtjIltrM IWU UUUIg, Il IIIWII a iigibiiiin
closed sat down on the door-step, put on my
boots and coat, went to the shed, found nn
axe, went about twenty rods, cut off my "an
kle ornament," and then I wus off about ns
fast as "shank's mare" ever carried any
body, 1 calculate. 1 went to a town in the
vicinity, that I guess 1 won't name, ns you
editors are always blabbing the news.' 1 ar
rived about two o'clock next night at the
house ofa man whose name I knew, but to
whom 1 was a stranger. 1 knocked, and lif
ter a while the old fellow came to the door.
Says I, "I'm a relation of your wife my
name is II . 1 have deserted Irom the
U. S. Army and am pursued. You must
hide mc for a day or two and give mc some
thing to cat." The man woke up the old
woman, who told mc she was "desperate
glad" to sec mc, but was "awful sorry" I
was a deserter said "she hadn't seen me
since 1 was n little uoy m my mam s lap,"
and I rather guess she did'. it then if I re
member right. I stayed with the good folks
a day or two, to whom 1 am nrcntly obheed,
and was treated quite as well as though 1 had
been a reg lar blooded cousin. 1 then
pushed for Hudson river, nnd struck a pri
vate ferry a few milts above Lansinghiirg
knew the sheriffs were waiting for me nt
I'rny. Finding no boat I took a pine log,
stripped off my clothes and lashed them on
top of it and paddled it across took pas
sage on the canal near Schenectady for Uti-
f.U ri.t.l .Innnml nt ..... 1 1 r. I r.'o Cl.irtlil
w.i, (iiiu ci. 'j. ft i.. a .la J 1 1 1 1 v.. v. -3 ti ,.. in ij iii
went west, to Rochester. Canada, &c, re
turned to Utica, performed scvcrvl little em
bellishments in my line, and was arrested up
on inlormatmu obtained Irom my uncle.
The sheriff took mc on Sunday wot away,
and hundreds gave chase and caught me.
l here is some little dillercuce between ab-
squatutation in the streets in broad day, and
cutting nbout the Green Mountains and you
know the best ot us will nuts it sometimes."
Hicks thinks that had the sheriff at Utica,
not charged him with assault upon his per
son, it would have been impossible to com
mit li t tn upon the proof which existed against
him when he was taken. Thousands of
characteristic anecdotes arc told of him.
which show him lo be quite an original, tho'
a bad one. Wc saw an unsealed letter to a
person in Vermont, imploring him to sec
that his aged mother did not suffer for the
necessaries of life, and urging the friend to
warn his young brother against those asso
ciates who had been the origin of his ruin. I
We have given up considerable space to the
above particulars, which wc presume will
be interesting to many of our readers.
Vo the I'oiec of Freedom.
our paper of the lith mst., contains an
article from the Emancipator, on the sub
ject of the Vermont Election, in which the
r.ditor, in undertaking to account for the
diminished liberty vote, compared with that
of last year, is pleased to consider my influ
ence as baling been very eflicicnt in produ
cing the result. He refers to my "Connec
ticut letter" as showing "how zealously I am
willing to work to turn the whole current of
abolition influence to I he support of the
Whig party," and copies an article from the
Liberty Standard, gravely setting forth "the
danger of allowing political partisans to be
come counsellors in regard to the cause of
liberty, and holding up my course as "a
warning to abolitionists," and so forth.
The Editors of the Emancipator and
Standard give mc too much credit for the
result, which they so much deplore. I was
nt Washington from the 1st of December
last, until within less than a week previous
to our Election, during the whole of which
time, I do not recollect that I corresponded
with a single abolitionist in this State on the
subject of the Election; nor am I able to
learn tli.it my "Connecticut letter" has ever
been published by more than one newspaper
in the State and that, not an "abolition"
The Editors of whom I speak should give
the credit of this result to the good sense
of the abolitionists of Vermont, and not to
mc. The great mass of our abolitionists
think that every just purpose of abolition
may be better accomplished without, than
with a distinct political organization. Thpv
think, indeed, that so far ns political action
is concerned, that action may be rendered
more safe and effectual, by incorporating
abolition, as far as practicable, into all the
parties, & infusing its spirit as occasion may
require, into their movements and measures,
than by a separate organization, which shall
make the nbolitibn of slavery exclusively the
object, nnd leave unregarded, and undecided
at the Ballot Box, many great and impor
tant questions which must be acted on Ion"
before slavery can be abolished.
The abolitionists of this State arc mostly
"Whigs" in principle, and do not sec how
they can discharge their duty as freemen,
without voting to sustain Whig principles,
m opposition lo the monstrous r.oinliiimiin.i
of Tylerism and Locofocoism which isstrun
gling to rule and ruin the country. They
nave, moreover, watched the course of the
two great parties, and found that the Whi
party has manifested a disposition decided"
y more favorable lo the great object of abo
lition than the opposite nartv. Thm- hnvn
peon cvidenco of this in all the votes on the
several gag resolutions in Congress. Tlicv
seen it in tho votes on tho miestions
growing out of the attacks of slavery there
upon its distinguished onnoiioiiis. Mr A,,.
ams and Mr. Giddinos. Thev I
it, to a considerable extent, in all the move
ments in tho Legislatures of the free States
touching the subject of slavery.
ii is irue, iney nave not seen, nor do they
t SPIV 111 llin Will,,,, 'nil ll. .1...!.. 3
sec much to commend, nnd much to inspire
.l. I - al.-a . I... unirii , P.. I ,i I i I i r, II 111 II Im
uiu nopu mu. '""T" " ;7T""" .........
' more nnd yet more, diffused-among them,
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and that it will coino, gradually, to exert u
more efficient t.llticncc uponjhc.r political
' ..,:,.. . Ami i ini luinn Hint llin f(lict nt
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1 1.;, i., I Un nail lina lIlllpPlI llffn tfl SOniC
toovoko Hll Urn i
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' party, ami icau iiiujb uliwhj. ,
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see uie pro prieiy, nn ""j, "'t
nil proper occnsions.with the Whigs in bear -
.,... . , .
mg testimony against slavery in sustain ng
' ilw. riitlii nf ni-litihii. nnd in ndoDtllll! t 10
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measures which the petitions, both to tl.o.pciwo, to go to the polls and vote yes or no
slate and national legislatures, touching tlic
subject of slavery, have prayed for.
They believe that if abolitionists will have
the patience and pcrscvcreucc which the
good cause in which tlicy nre engaged de
mands, they will, ere long, sec in both the
other parties a decided advance towards the
point of doing all that can properly bo done,
in opposition to slavery. And they hope to
sec, in due time, the whom: north, what
ever may be its divisions upon other mat
ters, coming to he of one heart and one soul
upon the great point of maintaining its rights
and interests, in opposition to the slave pow
er which has so long ruled the country.
They believe that this result will be more
surely and more speedily accomplished with
out that separate organization which, disre
garding every thing else but (slavery, arrays
itself in hostility lo every other party, and
in hostility peculiarly bitter, against all ab
olitioniits who do not pronounce its Shib
boleth, and wear its livery.
In the spirit, and tone, and temper,
which strongly characterize the proceedings
of that party, and especially in its "breath
ings out of thrcatcniiigs and slaughter"
against thoso abolitionists who will not wield
its weapons and wear its uniform, they eco
anything but an omen for good to the cause
of abolition, unless good can he hoped
from the strong feelings of repugnance niitl
alienation, which bitter denunciation, will
produce in the bosoms of those whose co
operation must be finally obtained, in order
lo carry forward, to any practical result, the
great movement against slavery.
These, as I understood the matter, arc
some of the reasons which have induced the
abolitionists of Vermont to refrain from sup
porting the third party ticket at the late
election. I might add others, but I forbear,
as I did not sit down for the purpose of go
ing fully into the subject my main purpose
being to ask you to publish my "Connecticut
letter" (a copy of which 1 herewith send
you) that your readers may see the "head
and front of my offending," anil possess the
means of judging whether I deserve the de
duiiciatinu which it has brought upon mc.
It was written when I was in very bad health
and presents hut a summary and imperfect
view of my sentiments upon the third par
A word upon another subject. The Ed
itor of the Liberty Standard charges mc in
the article you have copied, with having
voted for" the gag" nt the extra session of
last year. In your remarks upon it you say
"As to Mr. Slade's course on the gag res-
nllllinn lua rail -r.r..l. r Ut . iraa a
seems to tic an invitation to me to sneak. I
accept it, and say that I voted for no gag
resolution, in the sense in which that phrase
is usually understood, and in which the Ed
itor of the Liberty Standard evidently in
tended to have it, understood, and in which
the .Minor of the Liberty Standard evidently
intended to have it understood in his artinln.
The resolution referred to, was to this effect
i nave not ine resolution at hand, and
cannot, ihcrclorc, give its words) that, in
asmuch as the Extra Session had been called
lor special purposes connected with the fi
nancial condition of the country, it was not
expedient lo consume the tiinc in receiving
and considering- petitions upon other sub
jectsexcepting petitions on the subject of
a Danurupi law. i ne resolution did not
single out abolition petitions, but embraced
all petitions except those of thu description
above referred to ; mid this, from any disre
gard oi ine rigut oi petition, but simply from
a desire to confine the Extra Session to the
urgent business Tor which it had been called ;
so that it might be done, and the Session
clospd, as speedily as possible leaving the
ordinary business or legislation, and the
question of slavery among other th'ui"s to
be considered at the regular session which
was to follow. The whole matter was very
appropriately treated as a court of justice
would dispose of its business at a snpr.inl
sessibn, held for the purpose of trying apar-
I havo never claimed, and do not now
.mini, nor uo i understand any body to
claim, that abolition petitions shall l,n trnm.
cd with any more favor than other petitions.
In the resolution for which r vmp,i tin,,,
were treated just like other petitions, except
ing those connected with the special busi
ness oi the bxtra Session, and, for obvious
reasons, the bankrupt question. What
more than this can any reasonable abolition
ist wain i iothmg it seems to me. And
yet I am charged, in the name of abolition,
with having voted for "the sa" !"
1 have "answered for myself."
fellow citizens judge between mc
Yours in the cause of Liberty
, WILLIAM SLADE.
Middlchury, Oct. 12, 18I2.
As thi? "Connecticut li-tter" nllmled to above,
wns published in our pnner Inst August, wo iirrstiino
most orour renders have not forgotten it llit-rerore
we omit publishing it n cmnexion with the. abovo
Repudiation of a Tyler member of
gress. The Locos of Otsego county
re-nominate iir. Uowne.
lato representative in Congress. Wn
joice nt this result, and in no spirit of party
and phrase in which he j
llin lllllllliv n hum-lei nn I . ... n ia
inn pen pmfv nir Knun.i .a ;.. r '
tho public, a knavish
'un,iv,l.ll, aiu SOId
ijimscii, iikc nicpiiistoplnlcs, to Mr. Tyler
and thoso who owned him before have now
cast him c-fT. T(is is even handed justice.
iV. l , Erpress. " 1
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rniv.iv, jwi'LVinim n,
Mr. Editor : Article 10th of Uie propos
ed amendments to the Constitution provides
that - "cnln,,,1S shall be referred
1 , rnei tr In in npmilii. fnr I hnir III ntltlOll or
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1 rn nr nn lit vnln 111 nu'ti riipntinrr. l lin
r j------ j -- t - - o
; vote to be by ballot. Ballots to be provided
fur and azainst each nnicndmcnt proposed :
so that it will be no greater trouble or cx-
on the proposed amendments, than it would
bo to go ami vote lor n delegate to ine ion
vciilion. This is a decided improvement
upon the present system as delegates arc li
able to vole on the amendments contrary to
the will of their constituents. In addition
to this the expense ofa Convention, once in
seven years, would be Raved by the adoption
of (his amendment. A saving In the tax
payers of the Stntc of at least yCOOO, for a
service which the freemen themselves can
perform belter and more to their own liking,
without the additional expense of a single
cent. Moreover, if future councils of Cen
sors should adopt the more equitable princi
ple of equal representation in the Conven
tions called by them, the number of mem
bers would bo greatly increased and the ex
pense increased in proportion. There arc
about 210 organized towns in the State,
forty of these towns have less than five hun
dred inhabitants each, and less than three
hundred each on an average. Now suppose
future councils of Censors should, (as they
probably will if this amendment is not adopt
ed) ndopt the principle of equalizing the
representation in the Conventions they may
call ; giving these forty small towns one del
egate each, and all the larger towns a num
ber of delegates each, nearly in proportion,
according to population. This would give
us a Convention of over five hundred mem
bers and increase the expense to nbout 810,
000. The remedy for the present inequality and
all this unnecessary and worse than useless
expense, is to adopt the amendment now
proposed referring all future amendment!, to
the people and thereby do away Conventions
altogether. lint there are other weighty
considerations, which should determine the
freemen to adopt this amendment. The
Constitution is the supreme law of the State
It defines the rights and duties of the free
men ; limits the powers of the Legislature
and nil other departments of thcgoverninent
fixes bounds to the powers of nil public
iiinctionaries, wincli when exceeded by them
make their acts null and void mere usurps
tion. It is therefore of the highest impor
tance that its principles should be thorough
ly understood by every freeman so as to en
able him to delect at once, all infringements
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"i ma lyunsinuiionui rignts oy any anu eve
ry iicpartincnt and officer of the Govern
mcnt. And hence the necessity of adopting
this amendment, that the subject may be
brought up and discussed once in seven
years by the people in their private circles
in their primary assemblies and in the news
papers, as it assuredly would be, if the frec
lueii should oc caneii unon in 'aa ...
meeting upon amendments to the Constitu
tion. Equality of rights, the dignity and in
torcsta of the freemen, the welfare of the
rising generation and of future posterity, all
imperiously require that we embrace the
present opportunity to take the right of de
ciding on all future amendments to the Con
stitution into our own hands. It is well
said in t he Address nfthn cnimril nffnn.n,.
that, "a right so vitally important, which can
with so little inconvenience, be exercised by
the freemen themselves, should never be en
trusted to others." The Convention, the
members of which are to be elected on the
Mth instant, is to consist of one delegate
from each organized town in the State" so
mm uie mriy small towns above referred to
wun less than twelve thousand inhabitants
will exercise the same power over the amend
mcnts to be acted upon by the Convention,
as forty other towns in the State with a pop
ulation of over ninety-one thousand. Vni
such is the corrupting influence of unjust
power upon its possessors, that there is rea
son to icar that the delegates from time
sinall towns will oppose this amendment and
refuse to restore to the irrnat limit, nf ,i
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""""a" "ivii t-iuiu limns oil mis most 1111.
portniu 01 all political subjects. Let me put
the question to every intelligent freeman
..iiluilt mis unjust, unequal, expensive, rot
ten-borough system of amendiiiL' tho Con.
stitution ought Jonncr to lm mlnr-,p,n
Whether it is not our duty to seize unon tho
present opportunity, and make a strenuous
wi on 10 eicct delegates to tho Convention
who are pledged to use cverv honornl.l,. nfTor,
to secure the adoption of this amendment of
mu wuiisnumon (
TP il cl.m.l.l l. 1 ., ....
amendment was proposed seven years ago
-. .a miuiiiu UU UMIUUIUfl IllOl llllu enma
..a.e,i;u uy very large majority or the
Convention still, it should
that the question of a Snnato nt il.ni i..
swallowed up every thing else. Tho friends
and the opponents ofa Senate were so much
engrossed with that subicct. that tlip nil
amendments, received little
tion from the people at the Convention..
x uu met increiore that this amendment has
aia:t;il iru UOSeU OV IWO SUCCPSSIVIi I'nnn.. -
tensors is nn argument in favor of its adop
tion nt this time, notwithstanding it was
rejected by the convention in 1800.
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" , Equal Riohts.
&f Sfe" ?r. A" Manuftclnrei nnd
work I and 1011 N,u"ll," or this le,rn.
work have bt-n rorn vo. i t 1 1
D, Appleton & Co. NoV-OO iiroadw 7 York.
persons who nre in tavor establishing a
l"aP!' nre "'lested lo meet ot
Mr llradlev's OnW
ims 1 1 liurbday) evening at 7
ft Free. Libraru r.,r n;rt. i... i .
i'h'i!a.i..ini.i.. rr" cawnnsiieu m
'a oa nouns.
..; ""W Mow A HonsE.-Tho rittsburir Post
vIiV' 1 e,U n,t is li.d in . uft, into
t! ll, i -V ,nUod l' footns into n stirrup"
llall.er a dangerous fashion we should think but
peril,,.. Voruyian ,ore9 are taught not 0 L"d,
imi I'm 'ut' ' i i ii j ""' 'J TV. -L.:-l-.y- -CONOHESSIONAL
.The reader' will obtervo. in Hie legiil illve pro
ccedtiigR, llmt the Home, lion settled Uipn tin
inn.ti', nr.iltnlrtntinir lllil StilO.'' Wt civo. the tli
trlcts, wltli the population ot'1810, and tlio'voto rf
Loco. Uil Party.
71,'JM r,!io3 ilH5 :ew
73,732 5,335 7,160 710
As to population, this ditvi.iion is certainly as
equal ns could bo made without dividing one or
more counties ; while as to a division or political
power it is to say the least, very ncaily just to nil
parties. One district (our own) is strongly enough
locofoco in all conscience, while the other three
nre probably Whig, though in one or them, in
ltill, the Whigs had not n majority, nnd in another
but a small majority. Had the Whins conceded
more, they would have given hair the delegation
to their opponents, while the State has a clear and
decisive majority ngainst them. To this, wc fan
cy Ilia Whig never would content; and this, no
right-minded man or.the opposite party would ever
ask. 1 ho majority have a right to insist upon
ha ving a controlling voice: it is in strict accordance
with tlio lirst principle ot our own government,
nnd none but a spurious democracy will gainsay
it. Yet, had anything more been conceded, than
is conceded by the Whigs in tliiu bill, Vermont
would have no voice in the House j tier voles would
have been equally diviJed, nnd with a decisive
majority oronc party in the Stale, the State itself
would bo lo nil practical purposes disfranchised.
WHIC, STATE CONVENTION.
At a Whig Stale Conventhon field at Uie
old Court Mouse, in Montpclier, on Wednesday,
the second day orNovembcr, Hon. David M.
Camp was called to the chair, and E. I. Walton, Jr.
and Edward A. Slnusbury were appointed Sccre
lares. On motion onion. L. N. Bnggs a committee or
one Irom each county was appointed to make a
nomination of Statu Central Committee :
Mr. C. Carpenter.
i , ." "--.-a-a-i '-a.. r,lprp.l ttant llin
delegates of the several counties make a nomination
ofa County Committee Tor each CO lint V nml rttnnrt
to this Convention.
On motion of Mr.Enirbanks, llcsolrtit, That when
mis ionvcnuon amourn it adjourn to meet at this
pioce ou .iinnuay evening m-Jl.
Or. motion of Mr. Knirlnl-. it n-.. v,...t...i
That the chairman or the several County Commit,
tees, within each Congressional District, constitute
together the District Committee Tor such districL
On motion or Mr. Stansbury, n committee was
nnpoiiiieu w prepare and report resolutions lo Uie
auj.iumi.-u uii'i-iing on iiionuay evening.
.. r "Pl'ouitcd ns such committee Messrs
' . warke, u. l Wallon Jr., Shatter, Fair
banks, and Hale.
The Convention was then addressed by Messrs.
r n 1 1 lifi nla It.. O t li-tf ' ....
iv I. i m 68 ,1""'ffi layman, t. l
W-dton Jr., Tracy, and Milton JJrown.
The Convention adjourned.
P ,. . . U" M- CAMP, President.
ai. a i, Al.TO.t JR.,
E. A. STA.tsnimr,
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pearanceorn new publication under the above title
. i..-"". ia iii.ii it is to ne
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visitations. Il is asserted by medical authors that
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adds brilliancy to the exercise of llicm; and thai a
peculiar fineness o sensibility, almost iimenarnhl,.
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an idle curiosity, but regale the intellect, enh.l the
fi?t fl"1,l':''''"-,!' "I" yr nalare, and illustrate the
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titan we are
tn in imagine irom a care!
ess survey of the evils
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than one; s it not only affords u's the S
mean, of alleviating a fearful dUoaso, but iTp . JXt
o market for much of the sub.tanen ,.:V.i .V . 8
erwiso remain unconsumed. lu l,., .b m...'
cmn is devoting all his energies lo its firm e.tab
bailment nnd just ndministrnilnn J t .. "V..".nb
opportunity occurs, we a. a people ought to con r
efl-onnPri(.0rll1n '? ,h? B?"lo ouject, either by kind
ellort or hbernl subscription. We can cive the na
nbotaeU,nU cI"'' ' the proceed over nnd
above the e.x.enses or prim ng will be devoted to
those ,o the inmate, who aroulTcring under ti e
doublc pressure of poverty and disease. Here, li en
Z . -d. vy .rifiin'g ef"
...V T i uiiie,oi ev incinc our nersonnl
T It in imitation ori.ilnwh u il ZStfX?
llrattlcboro, Oct. Cth.
"Every member who sh.nl! see n ccnllcman visi
I ueinber. nr I to be marril1 5 "" hl
n , ;r ?i . 0 n1"',el ii.rtUwill, to report all i.)aI,
ner ot tliinjaa nbout the n. This w 11 break un
matches, ai.3anbrd much good gossip " P
A Volcnno in llin mnm. a tn l -
i iiririiwwiiii mu
jT.cs iHl.iltuc of Vcnuont,
Mondny, Oct. HI. toia
tf i i .
iiiuiii, liiitun ui, wncu ii r. Jiuiicr ttcnt
the merils of tho question, nnd h, fat "J
the bill, and addressed the Senate m,
length. He took the ground that t,0 st.
Hires are opposed to capital titmi.J
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iii.il. mil i il' iii'iia ill iiiuii nitr .....
ttn linl-n Tin rirrlit nQ tfitlit-i.l.mt.. .
' O ; . o --. - " l UU ii
Ul lllliuilin, iu aunt; tut; IllUB Q Others it
fifnti nftmitlilirr u-n linvn llin ;..!. a .1 1
no necessity of exercising it tlic safct,!
expense, by confinement for life il,,1.?
public execution; that it was the r,r;,
not the stvtrtlti ol punishment, ui.i.i. '
sured the safety and proinolcd the moralj!
the coiiimiinity. If evidence of this !
wanting, it was to he found in the J,isior
of those governments where capital punal
rneut had long been abolished. Anoth
serious objection to capital punishment H
found in tlie painful fact that the in....
frequently stilTercd, while the guilty escaped
In illustration of the position Mr. B
troduced n number of ntTccting cases indit
fercnt parts of our country, and the case of
the Ilourns in our own state. Mr. Starr on
of the committee who reported the bill, UiB,
opposed to its provisions, replied to thtj
giiment of Mr. II., taking tho ground Out
the author of human life, had the right, ni
had conferred the authority and imnnwL
duty upon hiiiuan govcrnniciit to take life
for the couimission of murder, allndim b
and quoting scripture in illustration of tha
position : that not only the divine authoritf
commanded it, but the safely of the coni
.nullity, and the preservation of human life,
requested it. Mr. Briggs followed Mr.Star!
in a few pertinent remarks upon the nwrni.
tude and solemnity of the subject in dt-balt.
He did not assent to the position taken ti
Mr. U., that the opponcnis of the bill wcrt
to furnish the arguments for not passing . "
The duty devolved upon the friends oi lb
bill to show the reasons for so great an in
novation upon the system of criminal juris
prudence from the earliest aocs to the nr.
cut time. Hn fiinroil llii! (lm ,l,ni:cl,..r'.
... . - ...... - uwunsuillCU '
of capital punishment would remove one o!
the greatest restraints upon the commissiot
of murder ; besides, if we had not the right
to inflict capital punishment, it might k
questioned whether wc had the rightto de
prive the olTendcr of liberty, and consign hia
to imprisonment, thus faking his life by
piccc-meal. After further remarks by Mr.
B., the hill was laid upon the table.
IloLsi: Engrossed bill. Senate bill ia
addition to act for the benefit of the insiae
poor, and it was passed.
mils. In addition to chap. 18 of U.S.
(authorizing selectmen to borrow, for Ibi
use of the towns, portions of the surplus ret
enue ;) read a third time and passed. Sat
vcying and ascertaining the boundary line
between the counties of Windham and Ben
nington ; supported in debate by Messa
Townsley, Barret, Plumb. Dutton and Starr.
opposed by Messrs. Briggs, Camp, and El-
ion, mm rcjccicu, yeas XI, nays lit.
M. Tnl,;l.n..n I I. l.ill
cnpitai punisiimcnt, and its pnssagc was sup
ported by Messrs. Baker, lMtibone, Cobb
of S., Davis of N. Stark, Barton and nob-
uins, opposed by iMessru. Canfield, Mia
and Noycs, and dismissed, ayes 111, noes"
Tuesday, Nor. 1
Sknath. Mr. .Alien moved the rcconsiJ
eration of the vote of yesterday, rejecting
the bill to ascertain the line between the
counties of Bennington and Windham ; role
reconsidered, and the bill laid upon the It
blc. Congressional Districts.
Housu Mr. Canfield called up the bill
to divide the state into congressional dis
tricts, and at tho call or Mr. Vilas explaiotJ
that the committee did not ngree to this or
any other bill but reported this for the action
of the House.
iins iiiu torms the districts as follow:
1st, Windham. Benninmon nml Itmlasi
2d, Windsor and Orange.. 3d, Addison,
Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle. 4lh
ashington, Caledonia, Essex, Orleans and
Mr. Wardner moved to lay the bill on the
The bill was then ordered to a third read
mg, 117 to 80.
Sc.VATC Hills for survovino' nml nsccr.
Mr'"!lJff 1,10 Iil,e )etu-ecn thocountics of
indham and Bcnninninn rnllml nn nnd
ordered to be engrossed.
Hoi'sb Engrossed mil Tn amendment
or chap. 97 R. S. (no oflicer in charge of
a jury to speak to them, exccnl to ask if tlier
arc agreed ;) passed.
Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Senate. Bill. Tn .nhiiiinn m -brm 90
of IUS., relating to bridges and the duties
or road commissioners, reported by Mr.
Smalley, and ordered to he engrossed for
Housn. Engrossed Bill. To divide tho
State into Congressional districts: Air. liar-
r,nSt0 moved that the bill be dismisseil.
Mr. Hnrrinrrton sunnorted tlie motion, ob
jecting that the division was unenual snd
unjust ns to population, and he deemed it in-.
consistent with the apportionment bill of
Congress. Mr. Vilas again stated his oa.
jections, and in allusion to tho remarks of
Mr. Cnnfield vcstenlnv iloi.ir.i iv.t Men-.
York had been gerrymandered, and asserted
that Massachusetts hml Iwipii Mr RnrnirllC-
uinmintcu an party views in his course on
this bill ; ho supported it becaiuc he believ
ed it was tho bqst which conW lie agreed
upon. The discussion was continued by
,l eM C'lnfield, Woodhridge, Warner mid
Van Sicklen, for tho bill, nnd Messrs. Vila?,
Harrington and Pettibone, against, when the
mot,on to dismiss vyns withdrawn, and tlo
bill passed, ayest 12U. noes 02
Thursday, ov. .
SJENATH llctrt-C)r . IMililarr
.i: i ii . . . : i o
a-nuirs, oi ii resolution in
Am.i . . . a a a.... .--,,
"OHl the General frfivnriiiTiPn the nnvmllt'
.7 1i,,') i resolution passed,