North Carolina Newspapers

    (VOL. I.)
(NUMB, zi.)
N E S D A y, July 23, 1788.
To the Electors of the town of Wil
F I OR fomeytars paft.I have been honoursd with yourcon-
hdence, and uaioiicited, you have ciutlcd me wic.i
your beft intcreJis. Though I have been oppoled by
different perfons, and unacr different pretences, by your
uniform conduct in my favour, oppoiition had at lait ccaicd,
and its exidcnce fenued to be no more.
1 he public bufmcls interfered fo much with my profcffsonal
duty, as vvtil as with ray private intcreU, that 1 was induced to
decline all further thoughts or accepting a feat in tUo legillatore j
hut the approaching convention being fixed at a time lavour-
ab!e to niy private purfuits, a bare intimaticn was fatheijnt
to er.fure me your unanimous fuff'rages, to the molt important
of .ill crufts; yet as i knew that a continuance in olSce would
be incompatible with my profeflional co'ncerns, it became nc-
cTTiry to look forward to a proper reprefentative for the town
cf Vv ihnlngton, in cafe Mr. Pous fliould dccanc the irult. Se-B
vt.Mi gentlemen who would o herwife be weli quaiihed, and pro*
bably acceptable to you, are under legal cr conllaucional oil'a-
biiiths. -Some time ago, 1 took the hbcityof fuggeiUng to Mr.
lones, that it Mr. Polls ihould decline, whichi then fame
r-'afon to believe, the forme.'’ might p.-obahly be acet-pubiu. ■ ■■ -
Under this prefumption, I have lince undentood, that Air.
Jones made his imention. known, and conditionally offered his
As to M..jor Wiiker, whatever nftay be his merits In other
refoe'^ts, as a perfon iiolding a pubhc oiiice, tlie tniolunients of
which may depend upon Ins own vote, and his own iiuiuence
in tlie affcmbly, 1 look upon him altogetlicr as impioper for a
member cl afleiiibly, as a colledor of public money, or a clerk
of a court ; for though a tiav-ii-cihcer is not within the letter
•wiio is expreialy excluded. Ptcple wiioars not accuiiomod to
ve.ifoii upon ihc fubjeft of govt.-nment, are apt to think lightly
ct fuTi a, as a matter of little confequence but
(lifpotc-d on
on of 17S5,
ufe of cem-
id dextu-
equence; out
when they, are acq-oaint -d with the caic of Mr, Coor, ihenava!-
nfficcr of .port Beaufort, they may pcffibly be of a different
opinion, ’ That gt-nilc.nan was a lueiMOer of the fenate, in the
fill aff-mbly held under the prtfci.t goveinment ; and owing
to feme contention between the two iioufcs, heclcapcd being ex
cluded with rise delegates to Congrefs. He has lour.d means t...
hold his deftion ever iince, and fubfequent to that ; . nd whilft
be was a member in the general alfembiy, he has held hve dif
ferent ofhees, moft of them of prorit, and three or four of them
at one tin.e; in two of them lie was a receiver of p’jbl c mo
nies. At one affembiy his feat was unf]
acccunt of feme of (hofe offices,
tiircedifferent fills were imrod
mons, all tending dire^fly, or i
clhccrs from feats in the legiftai
rity ef Mr. Coor, although the
out cppofitioa, they were rejed}'
the cotifequence of having an ii
ture ! Almoft every feflion, Mr
bill to regu!^^^ duty of mtj
calculated d^^Mafe his own
his ottice, that office
tc 1 >y a taj^^^trade.
As 1 have not liithcrto prefu
ore-pinion, in the choice of a mei
bable I fhould have continued fflent, had I not difeovered
foniething, with refpcA to the enfuing eleihon, which it is not
e.^fy to account for in a fatisfadlory manner, not only as there
is an oppcfition which appears to be very inconfiftent with pro-
fdfior.s, but as 1 underiland I am myfelf the objed ef it.— —
During the tf-rm of the laft Wilminys^libiperior court, Mr.
Potts having been explicit, it became JBSifeknewn that Mr.
Jones was a candidate for the reprdei^|p^H^/ / fuwurcd l/U
inuntki.i—and that a confideruble of the ele^ors
bnd agreed to fupport him. 'J he very gentleman to whom this
v^-as ccmmunlcatcil by Ms. Jones, propofed Mr. Mackenzie, and
pirfudded the latter to declare hmifelf, or fuffer himfelf to be
^Icclurcd A for fKft
oluments of
ufe than
with my advice
ington, it it pro-
Icclarcd a candidate for the rcprcfci,ration. Had this g6nile-
m jn s name been mentioned at an earlier period, inftead of op-
poiing, I certainly fhould have fupported him ; but fo far from
tor.ceiving that he would accept of the troft, I believed that
he vyo\i)d, as he had fcrmerly done, decline it. 1 did not then
coni’cj,;!-that his fiiuation, with rsfpedf to his private affairs,
'va. .'materially changed. Wh.i:evcr motives influenced the gen-
tlea;en v/ho firft pjtronized Mr. Mackenzie, it is aftoalfliingto
cenfider, tiiat they fhoiild thus endeavour to create a division
'’•hicinvul give the only chance to candidate whom they
pratefs to oppefe in ail events. 'I’hat they ftioiild oppofe the man
'vith whom they live in terms as intimacy and apparent f/uKd-
f 'py fo as to leave the only ojiening for whom they acknow
ledge to be altogether impiopcr, is not a little myftrrious.-
Ibere isfemethinginthis more than natural^ if philofophy could
f-nd it out.” It will not, however, be very difficult. The
Rtntleinen have faved me the trouble of conjtflure. They have
'■ery honeftly avowed, as a rcafon that Mr. Mackenzie will be
ekcled, that the people would no Unger bear Mr, Maiiamii
:‘jartMki:s, Some apology might be aii
mkdc for attachments, for
prcjuc.i*,es, vr for pafiion ; but vtjhat can be fald to extenuate
dchb-ratv; and.cunicious tlandt^'/ Ter thofe who are guilty of it
know it to bs fuch. It would lave been more juft to have
acknowledged (but that would ifuftraie their intentions) that
Mr. Alaclainc afted upon principlis, and would not countenance
thole who avow in conduft wha’ they conceal under fpecious
pretences, that tiicir own aggraodifement is the fpring cf all
tlieir artions. What power have 1 affumed ?—-of what'ufurpa-
tions have 1 been guilty what rnnor or profit have I fought
orobiamed, either for myfslr 01 cona«aioas whofe ex or
whole afs have I taken ?—whofe light have I invaded ?—as a
proftflional man, have 1 oppreffc.i the widow or the orphan ?
nave I tak-n advantages of the dilrcH'cs of my fellow citizens to
accumulate wealth ?—have I enriched myfelf by the fpoils of the
public or by priv.itc peculation .'■—have 1 even folicited your
votes that I might be your reprefentarive I liave indeed »f
late years bee n obliged to encounter an hoft of enernies-ambi-
tii n, avarice, and pcifccution have been let loofc upon me. has been die confeqlienee of this formidable comblnati-
on ? Has malice been-.bit to rt’x. one iVigma upon me, cither
in public or private life > Has ingratitude, wWi all bis induf-
try, and in his zeaj to obliterate t' i debts he was unwillin" to
diicliargc, left the fiightcft ftai»i. ..on my charaaer f **
If any one peru-i has an accufa.i m againft ,iie, let him pro-
open d.iy, and avow it like a man. A generous mind
dil'daina the Iniidiuus arts of a co.vrar>l, and the concealed attack
of an alfaffm. i niiglit be qiiaiii.-.d m faying, that my accufers
have co.ilcit jd their own hearts, and, in attempting to draw aiy
char.idler, h.ive very fairly drawn ilicir own.
Among thefr who have Iiai .ir. opportunity of forming any
judgment of rny cliaradle , I have no enemies but fuch as arc
the enemies oi virtue ; and a.noiig my iVientU, I can boaft the
firft ch.iraacrs m the ibitc. i hiu is novainboaft. It is the
Ivaneli efful ,.n» of conicioas reffirnde, indignant of l.ngraiitudc,
and undcfeivad reproach : and ji^ty proud of fricnJ.liips which
would do honour to the moit exTted charafters.
o the charge ol njurplng upon your rights, you are told
(vvhii amounts to the fame thin that neltlier me ti.'r mv con
nexions arc ti diiia‘c to you in me choice of a member, ' This
•s iiffjdioiis implicT-'rm H^.v/ far th-
ciiaige ii true, inuft be left to yo'.uftlvcs to determine. But
admitting the facts, I beg leave to afk a ffaiplc queftion, which
peihaps vvill carry its own anfwer with it. W'hcthcr, if you
muft receive your political ruieol conHuX from any, wliicl; ta
me appears highly Improper, will y -.u receive it from me and
my conneifticns, or from the gentlemen who have ftarttd the ou-
pofitioo. ^
Nothing will lb effedually contradift what has been thrown
cut on this occafion, as a fimple narrative of faXs.. Almoft
focn as I was informed, that a third candidate was propofed for
the town, though then buffed in the hurry of a court, I fepa-
ratc'iy propofed t-' two or three gentlemen, who I conceived were
in^avouro- ?vlr. Mackenzie, that, to avoid a clalhing of inte-
reiis, and to obtain a reprefentarive who wouI.I be agrecfibie to
a majoi ity of the votes, that Mr. Jones and Mr. Mackenzie,
with a iVw ct ilicir iclpuXive iilends, fhould meet and number
tlieir icvcral adhcr-nis, and that whoever appeared to have the
weakeft interert, ihouid decline in favour of the other. This
was uniformly .approved, and aftf-rward®, upon application, by
Mr. Aiack.rnztc tn.nffif. But I foan toui>d, that tiiis apparent
acqui^feunce in my prcpof. I wa.> not real, and that time was
only wanted to pervert and bring over ihcfe vvhohad engaged to
vote fc.rA'lr. Jones. This was confirmed foon afterwards, by
Mr. Mackoiizio refufing, upon Mr. Jones’s apj^lication, to adopt
that expedient. The g'aud llroke of pjlicy to effect the pur-
P'jfc of ike oppofftloii, vv .s tins—a puluive and warm alfertion,
bearing ail the apptarame of truth, that Mr. Jones had no
chance of fucceedmg, and that the conteft would lie between
Major Walker and Mr. Mackenzie. The reverfe of this is the
faft. But it Mr. Jones’s intereft is fo weak, why is fo much
trouble taken to convince us of it } it cannot injure Mr.
Mackenzie ; but fhould hcdcclirv, it certainly would, as many
of Mr. Jones’s voters, ifhe were out of the qusftion, would un
doubtedly vote for Major Walker.
I gladly embrace this opportunity to declare, that I never have*'
endeavoured to influence the vots of any eledor, not even any of
thofe wboin I efteem as my firmeft friends ; nor did I mention
Mr. Jones’s intention to more than two or three of my friends,
who cafually fell in my way. Had I been more difengaged
from bulineis, it is ^obable that I Ihould have acquainted others
with it. This might have been attended with good confequen-
ces, asonc of the gentlemen who oppofe Mr. Jones, gives as
his reafon tor fo doing, that be was not confultcJ in the bujutfs.—
- aa...
In plain language, it amounts to this—“ I will oppofe Mr.
Jones, not that I have any real objedion t« him, but becaufe he
and Mr. Maclaine have had the prefumption to prepefe liini lor
a member, without paying thstrefpcd to my opinion, which ray
ffatioo and importance in th town demands.” It is unlucky
that wc were not earlier apprifed bow very neceffary it is,
in all public matters, to pay a propi^-deference to et yrgat man.
May it not be alked, who is now the perfon who "didates and
ufuips ?
My own opinion is, that Mr. Jones vvould at any time have
been a proper choice for the town, as any one that oilers ; and
under all the circumffances ntterj^ing the prefent contention,
is greatly fuperior. As far as I am able to form judgment from
a eonffderable degree of intimacy, lie hasat Icaftas macli under-
ftanding, and is poffeffedof as much information as either of
his oppnoents ; and there is one trait in his charader which I
efteem^—^his temper is candid and free from duplicity. But,
agrtenbly to ir.jr ki;©wn principles, I think every man ffiould
vote as his judgment fhall dired. All I intended by this addrefs
was, to remove the effeds of any grefs and very unjuftlffablc
mifreprefentations ; toexprefs my ccniempt for thofe who have
meanly and unjuftiy attempted to vilify my ebarader ; to con
vince them that they are not concealed ; and to make my grate
ful acknowledgements to the eledors of V/ilmingfon, for th®
unreftrved confidence with which they have repeatedly honour*
li umingtoH^July
For Calh or Produce,
at the White, Marlh, Bladen
County, containing goo acres, the pro
perty of the \3ite 'Robert Efq.
deceafed. For fuffher particulars ao-
ply to H. y. Ricb^th, or
Wilmington, Jgly i4,1788.
where the late Mrs. LYON refided.
Inquire of
June 25. 17—
A Convenient DWELLING-
HOUSE, with a Wafli-Houfe,
Yard, and Garden.
For terms apply to
Wilmington, July i6. 20—
^ I 'HE JOURNALS cf the
X Aiiembly are now rea
dy to be delivered at the Superior
Court Office.
“ JOHN HUSKE, Clerk.
Wilmington, July 16.
^ H E Adminiftrators of the late
Mr. SWANN, requell thofe who
are indebted to the Store in Wilming
ton, kept by Mr. JAMES MILLS, to
call upon Mr. ISAAC BERNARD,
who is authorifed to fettle and receive
the debts, and to give difeharges.
Wilmington, July 16. 20—
Forfaleby the printers hereof,

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