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REMINISCENCE OF THE LATB WAR.
In the summer of 1811, t ' Was- pnssen.
Tier in a ship lying at Long Hope, in the
.. viWty Islands, waiting fora. convoy gun
brig daily expected from Leith, in Scot,
.land, to protect as to the Baltic Sea. The
detention of a ';wJc, jswcllcd pur fleet to
about twenty vessels of various nations,
among which wre three orfour Ameri
cans. Becoming impatient with thedelny,
fleeing no prospect of a speedy deliverance,
and-fearing the French cnuscrs, which
4l(cn infested the CJermnn ocean, we . had
no choice but to await the arrival pof the
:.ected brig, or form a convoy -of our
own, HuflTicicntly. formidable to defend oifr.
Sie'rveslncasc of nttaek. We determined
on theJlatter ; and a Yankee commander
of a brig which rcjaieed in the' "keeurity of
fourteen woode Tt, guns, and myself under.
took the management. We selected, this
Vig as a to(k-out vessl, and n large Am
erican slup, painted black, as our commo..
the jH?rtk during jAnnijUl----- -
' . Oiir next difficulty was to obtain signal,
to irtfrm tho fleet from time to time of the
intentions of our eommixlore. This cans,
ed som jerplcxity ; btrt my Yankee friend
'and myself, after soim deliberation, con.
triyed, wit three pieces t)f different color
ed huntingAand the ensign and pendant
to form seventy.five questions and answers
including a few points of the compass, in
our course ,U L:ith. .'
Walking one, afternoon on the highlands
overlooking? tht: Pent-land Frith, I -met a
gentleman, 1i pasiengt;r in one of the ves.
. sels forming our fleet, to whom I mention.
J cd the arrangenv nw wci had "entered "into,
and cxhilited a'plan of , tKesignals. " Ho
examined them attentively, was amused
with the contrivance, and remarking that
he had a taste for painting, asked mo if I
hd ever seen tho signal used by Ike Brit.
a Namf. 1 . answered thouative,
wishing him. to explain what, they were.
We snt down, and with mypencil, on the
ojick of a letter, I marked down, with lines
and dots, used by heraldry painters, each
signal as he descriUnl them, including the
compass signals. I never knew the name
. of this gentleman, but presume he wasi a
British naval officer, on furlough. I thought
no more of these signals j but , on going on
otir ship, threw thenntito mv trunk,
nmonff various lootH? naners. L
vur neei 8uim;o, maxiug a iruiy,..iruiiu.
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rdto appearance, wun our oiaeji commo
dore and his bloody flagthc look-out" hrig
. ranging iihead , and soinetimea lar astern ;
" and our vessels, of all nations, firihgalmost
every h iurin the d.iv, and running up and
down signals b'v wav of amusement. z In
this manner we passed along thfr coast of
Scotland, within sight of the land, and
sometimes sufficiently near to discover the
towns, observing, what we then consider-
edrepaarttabie , no vessels were to be seen ,
1 save at a great distance, and. those stand
ing in for the shore. ; " '
Thus we continued our course Until the
f ), afternoon of the third or fourth day, when
i our attention was drawn to a vessel bear;,
ing down upon us. At the time, 1ier top
gallant sails were only visible, but soon the
-top Mils TmauoHF
commodore run up the
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m5rchantman ahead V - Having charge of
Jrs'gaalSjand LpbseTvinglhat th'iatranger s
-yards were very stpinre, and her canvass
dark, I answennl, man of war."- Im.
mediate preparatiirw-were .-now made for
action-, by out fleet" coming together, haul,
ing up courses, and taking iii top.gallant
- sails; but not thg was displayei, save ilw
MimkIv one of our commodore. In a short
time the hull lourm-d up, nnd we then dis
covered the vessel to Iwalargegun-brigdis-playing
the English flag ; and if any doubts
j'AistctLaaJaJxer character, they were suon
disx;lled by a heavy shot thrown directly
across our bows when we hove to, as did
. all tlie fleev, and displayed our national col
ors. In a few moments a Uat was along
side, ami the officer, mtuinting the side-ladder,
exclaimed, "In the name of Heaven,
who are you T"
. We informed him of what the reader al.
ready knows, and, entering our cabin, ex-'
plained flie plan of our rinrrationsk Being
one of' those jolly fellows . with which
the ifritish men-of-war then abounded,
he latiglierHicartily at the iden , li'lpl us
to finish a bottle, ami stated that the fisher
men from' 'all parts of 'the coast north-of
wherewe wen' then, lyjngv had run into
Aberdeen, and rejHirted an A'fgerine , fleet
near tho coast 1 TW were certain of the
f ct from the cin-umstancc of a large black
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D'.P-f ajTyPiLa bloody nng ! 1 Tns runvr
as transmitted to Leith bvteleeraph. and
- his vessel was despatclxd to ascf rtain; the
cause c f the alarm, "i ,
,In bidding us good afternoon, he obser.
"ed that he would "pay a vioit Vour "isorn
. modpre, and simply request him to haul
down hTs red flag ""adding that Ve were
rufficacntly formidable without it, to' fright-
en all the Frenehmen wr might, meet,; be
fore our arrival at Leith.' Such proved to
be the fact.' We continued bur course fal.
ling in with no vessels, until -we reached-f
Leith Roads, where we were announced
as a large fleet of merchantmen under con.
voy.of a United States gun-brig.
But the readers will naturally inquire,
"What has all this to do with the la'tcy war
with Great Britain 7" Tf which I answer,
that it is merely given by way of introduc.
lion'to show how.X came ; in possession of
her signals, and the use I subsequently
made of them. ,
In the summer "of 1813, the frigate
,4President,vCommotlore Rodger9, arrived
in' Boston harbors-after an unsuccessful
cruise, .The war was extremely unpopular
among the - People f and the -uncharitable
portion charged his not capturing any of the
enemy's shrps.rnore to cowardice than to
the difficulty hcThad encountered in finding
any thing worth capturing that, was not
convoyed by a force superior, to his single
For the first time it occurred" tojjna that
the signals, obtained two years previously
might be of service to the Commotloro m
decoying some of the enemy's vessels with
in reach 6l his guns ; ana , the thought no
sooner entered my mind than" I sought
them fromi among my papers, and put my
plan into immediate execution. I drew a
compass, in the centre of which was repre
sented the President lying at anchor in the
harbor, and on the points . the thirty-two
signals by which tho incn-of.war designa-
ted to the Jiectihe course to bo steenrd du-
IkiIow , I painted the ten ' nUinbtrf's," rep
sented by aj) many flags, w itlrtwo "othc:',"j
forming thealhrmative. and negative., v
.1 was not personally acquainted w ith
Commmlore Rixlgers at the time, although
intimately with most of his ward-room offi
cers, by one of whom I sent the picture, with
a letter addressed to him , showing how-' the
signals were to be used, and observing that
khe should obtain the number of one of the
largest class of British . frigates, and by
hoisting it when an eiiemy was in sight jt
would, whhout doubt, decoy her into his
reach. ' "- '
Meeting the officer entrasted with these
papers a few days afterwards, he informed
me that the commodore soon after he had
taken them into his cabin, appeared on
deck, apparently highly pleased, and order,
ed one of his warrant officers to'have some
blue bunting painted black; very much to
the surprise of the officers , who could - hot
conceive for what purpose he inlended it ;
but I was satisfied that the signals were to
be made,, one of them being black and yel
low. . . "'"
The 14 President", sailed, and I thought
nomorc of the affairuntil some weeks af.
ter", taking up a newspaper, I therein saw it
stated that she had taken the British . Gov
ernment schooner Highflyer by strata,
gem. . i
Soon after the peace, dining with Com.
modorc Rodgcrs athis house in Washing,
ton, he related to me the following circum
stances, which I give, nearly in his own
words :' t
. '1 acknQwleilgolhejeceiptofLyQujLJcl
ter, he olwerved, "and was determined to
have the signals made on board, and to try
the experiiiient, none of my officers under
standing for what purpose they were intend,
ed. I cruised some time without meeting
an enemy, until one afternoon we fell in
with a schooner some six or eight , miles to
windward of us. We hoisted the British
ensign, whfehshe, answered by displaying
another, and at the same time a. signal at
her main-top-gallant mast head, which I im
mediatety discovered was like oneoLthose
you" had given inc.' f From the list of En
glish frigates, I selected f no number of the
' 4 Sea-IJorsw one of their' largest class , and
known to-be-on ouroaf and hoisted it
khe bore down at once . una -coming under
our stern, I ordered he heavjj to, and I
would send a boat on boaraol
"This" order mi obeyed, and I despatch-
ed a lieutenant to - bring her signal-book ;
enjoining on him and the crew tthe strictest
secrecy respecting our character. ' I Ie was
olitely received by the captain, whose
srhooner proved to be the 'Highflyer.;
Onr lieutenant a coat attracted this atten
tioh, notlxMng of the latest London fash-
iou, although the crown-ana-anrhor was-
on the button ; but casting his eyes on the
friyateraeeing the Britisiirsign,nd -now
and then the red coat of marine appearance
above the liammocR-nettinc. his mind was
apparently set at rest.
r- "The lieutenant informed him that lie
was requested to bring his signal-book on
board the 'Sea-Horse,' in order, to have
some alterations made, as there was a rr
mor that , the Yankees "had possession "of
something like the .-signals, and Jit was
therefore necessary to change the num.
bersT" This ruse had the desired effect,
and our lieutenant returned with the book ,
which placed me in command of the tehofe
correxjxmdenct of the British Nary. I
then sent thegigforjbe captain, request,
ing him to comeroh board ,and bring any
despatches lie might havKla charge.
"On reaching our deck , he seemed sur
Drised at the size of the" vessel . nraised her
deanhness, and thebrder in jwbi
thing appeared ; admired the new red coats
of the marines, and, on being invited into
the cabin, handed me. a bundle of des.
patces lor admiral W arren, who, he pb-
serted, must be within forty miles to ; lee-T
ward, l ordered retresnments,and in com
pany with several of my officers, we enter
ed into general conversation
-ZJiL! JujkedJiim r-what obtecjil.dmiral,
W&rreh had in cruising in that neighbor,
hood He said , to intercept , the - Ameri.
can privateers and merchantmen, trut par.
ticularly to catch Commodore; Rodgers
who he underctood bad. command 6f one
of the, largest and fastest-sailing . frigates
in the American navy ! I inquired of him
if he had ever -seen him if He said no;
but he had understood that he was . an' odd
character, and devilish hard to catch. Af.
ter conversing on sevral-othersubjectsl
abruptly put this question to him :
";"Sir,"doyp,u knonwhat Vessel you are
on board off' , , , ' " .N
44 Why yes, sir,'" he replied ; ,4on board
His Majesty's ship Sea-Horse."
, "Then, sir 'you labor u'ndcra great mis
take; You are on board the United Slates
frigate P resident y and I am Commodore
Hoaxers, atyont sfmcef . -: , x
. 44 The dying dolphin never assumed a
greater variety of .'colors, than did this
poor fellow face. 4 ' Si r" said he, 41 you
are disposed to' be humorous, and must
be joking t" I assured him it was no
joke ; and to satisfy him on that head,
handed him my commission At the
samcnoment the band struck up 'Yankee
Doodle,1 onmir quarter-deck ; on teach
ing wh'ch7hc. saw the American ensign
flying, tho red coatsofthe marines turned
blue, and the crown-and-anchor metamor
phosed into the eagle.
4 4 This affair," observed the commodore,
"ww of immense importance to our coun.
try. Wo obtainod in full the British sig.
nnl?) ; the operations of Admiral Warren,
-non.rejin of biesrm
stroyed for the seasons ; and it probably
"saved TKenTiigaTeTtor'tha course i Vvairruni
niff, at the time of my falling in with the
Highflyer, would have brought me into the
inidst of his fleet during the night." .'..
Having perused, with deep interest, the
sermon recently delivered in Christ Church ,
Cincinnati, by thp Right Rev. BisTiop Mc
Ilvainc, of Ohio, on the occasion of the con
secration of jheJte
ary Bishop of Arkansas and the adjacent
States a copy of which has been kindly
forwarded to us by some attentive friend
perhaps the distinguished author -we are
persuaded that thiK followihg : extract' "from
this' excellent discourse cannot be otherwise
than highly acceptable to the religious por
tion 6f pur readers, and probably to many
hers. For .the information of such as
may not be aware of the fact, it may not
bo improper to observe that the Bishop wan
Chaplain at West Point , at the period when
the incident referred to took place. - ,
f " But you will indulge me, brethren
with a moment to say a few words to him
whoso consecration to the' office of. Mis.
sionary Bishop is now to take place.! - You
can little conceive, with what a speciarand
most affectionate interest the speaker will
participate in this solemnity. - A little of it
may be explained, by the following brief
44 It is now nearly thirteen years since a
very remarkable, work of grace occurred
i rf the MiUMryAcaUerivyl)f "Uib If. States.
During a condLtioji of almost universal in.
diirerenee to religion and of widespread
infidelity, against , which tho efforts of the
ministry of one man, set for the defence
of the gospel, seemed for a long-time to
make not the least way ; suddenly almost,
in a very few days, matiy. minds, without
communication with one another, and with
out personal intercourse with the minister,
appeared deeply, and almost simultaneously
interested n the great "matters of eternal
life. Officers as' well as cadets participated
in this' and to such ah extent, thatthemin-,
ister's study , was soon occupied every eve
ning with assemblies, compose of both,
for prayer and the exposition of tho Word
t GK1 1 an(l a seriousimprcssion , more
or less Jeep and abiding, was spread pver
a large part of the whole military commu
nity. Several becarm?t that-pcriod-verjr
decided soldiers of Christ. Many- others
received impressions then , which God has
since ripened into manifest-and-energetic
piefy. Many mon' received the seed of the
won!, in whom, though it seemed to die, it
hasftince ,1hfMighTHwtTmied -inflttf'
of the Spirit, Kprunji up and brought forth
fmiit. Some are still in military life ; oth
ers have Ween, long since, adoring 'the
Christian profession in the ministryf the
-f 44 The very first appearance of this work
of grace, so remarkably and singularly the
wr rk of God, was the coming of a cadet,
ab ne and unexpectedly, to introduce him
self to the chaplain, and unbtirthen the sor.
rousof a contrite heart. , All aroundTiim
was coldness ami skepticism. To speak
derideSiy in favor of religion, was then so
unisual in the academy, that it made one
singular. To converse with hc chaplain,
on that subject, bad hot yet been ventured
by any .'except out of opposition. to the
tn th. That any would appiar there, seri
oudy seeking eternal life, even the chap
lai i wasVfraid to hope. But the darkest of
the night is, nearest the dawn. A cadet
did venture tp come,' in open day, to the
chaplain's study, too deeply concerned to
neea wnat wouia dc saia oi mm. i ie was
message he tried td utter, but he could not
Again he tried, and "again ; but the heart
was too full for speech At length it was :
4 TsU me trhnl I must do rl hart eomenbout
tnii sotil."1 1 btflie not what rirant-Iam
entirely ikthe dark. What must I seek J
Where must I goJZSach waa-the first
declaration of one who for some days had
been, awakened under-4he preaching and
icauiuj ui li ic li u 11 1. BrilKJII pivauuuu
on the scriptures, and a tract, sent at a
venture, from the chaplain's Study to whorfi
soever it might meet', had been blessed to
his soul. Doubts and cavils, were all aban
doned.'. Implieitsubmission jseemed His
engrossing principle. Fro'rp that moment,
the young tnan appeared to take; up the
cross, and tostancj dechjedlyand boldly on
the Lord's side! XPhe singutatxand veiy
prominent-evidence of--theband of -tJodin
this case, was very greatlyhjesscd to others;
By ami by, he professed Christ in. the sa
crament of baptism,which was administered
to him with others, recently turned Vthe
Lprd, in the chax;l of the Military AcadVl
n rn . t .ml I.. nmfinrtn .P ..11 1.A .ammm . 1
riiiy , vuu in iiriHTH. v 'i nil wj kji ia.
After graduating "at" tbamstltution .'and
leaving the army, he passed througlrfffeg.
ular course of study for the holy ministry, 1
and was successively ordained deacon and
. '" Many years have since elapsed. The
chaplain has since becrT colled to' "ar higher
order in the ministry, androore 'enlarged
responsibilities in the church.' ' The cadet,
meanwhile, nftn many vicissitudes of ac
tive duty and disabling Ill-health, supposed
he had settle himself for the rest of his
life, as a preacher and pastor to an humble
and obscure congregation of negroes,
whom he hajlf ollected together from , neigh,
boring plantations,' to whom, living entirely
upon his own pecuniary means, he appro
priated a part of his own house for a church,
and to whose eternal interests he had cho.
sencheerfiiljyji .nd happily tiojlevotelhim.
ment but their salvatiohTBut siich was just
the Jrue spirit fSrtKe highest of avocar
tions in the cJiurcblTTo be a servant of
senantsT w.tle.flchool Ti which to prepare
for the chief-ministry under Him who took
on him the form of n servant. "The church
needed a Missionary Bishop for a vast field,
for great self-denial ,' for untiring patience,
ft rcourageous enterprizivjler. eye was
dtcted to the self-appointed pastor of that
humble congregation. With most impres.
jive unanimity' dictnlie eali Wuxa way toa
work, not indeeil of more disrnified duty.
-but of more ' eminent responsibility ; not
indeed of jnorej exquisite satistaction to a
Christian's hearty (f()rwhatcan give a tnie
Christian heart more exquisite satisfaction,
than to lead such of the poor to Christ ?)
but of severer trials and vastly greater
difficulties and hardships. Counting the
cost, he has not dared to decline it. Re
garding the call ns of .God he. has embra.
ced the promised grace , and is now ready
to be- offered. , Ami thus ttn chaplain has
here, met the lieUw! cadet again, m-eing
and adoring the end of tin;' Lord in that
remarkable beginning aixl now, with un.
speakable thankfulness to G d wlwt lie
here wncsses, may he ny to tliit ramli.
date, elt for labor and iwr-.tficr, in tin1
words of SfrPaul to kit hrJrwd disrile :
" Thou, therefore, my w, beHtnngiu
the grace -that is in Christ. Jtwus. Endure
hardne.ss as a good soldier of Jcmm Christ.
And the thin'is thou
hast" heard of im
i limn, im mum run i
thou to faithful men
wTio shall bahle to
teach others alsoJl
ANF.cnoTE of Gen. Harrison. Many
years since while theTtide of 'emigration
was flowingythrough the Western States",
the.hero of the Thames having,f ra while
exchanged the arduous duties of a states,
man and a gereral, for the more peaceful
pursuits" of agriculture, was on a hot sum
mer evening,, at the porch of his. 4 log cabin'
asked for shelt r and a meal , by a minister
of the GaipeJ f the, Methodist Episcopal
persuasion. The jaded appearance of the
steed and the soiled garments of the rider ,
proclaimed the fatiguefof the day, and .wjth
hks asjual courtesy the old General'welcom
ed the strangerr- After' a plain and sub.
stantial supper, the guest joined .with his
host in social conversation, and the latter,
laying aside- the character of the apldier
and statesman, willingly listened to"the
pious instruction of the traveller. They
retired to rest, the good old s ddier thank,
ful to a "munificent Providence that he was
enabled to administer to the. wants of a fll-
; -creature, andthe worthyTTniriistrr" of
Christ invoking tht; blessing tjf heaven-ttpjrr
his kind hi netactor. M.ji ning came, ami
the minister prepared to d part. He was'
in the act ofVtaking Urave, when he was in
tWined that hiborse bad died-during"the
night -. This loss, however severe, consid
ering thata had yet two hundred miles to
travel, did not discourage him in the exer.
else "of his duty f . but taking his saddle,
bags on his arm he ntsu to depart. with
thanks for the kindness f his entertainer.
The old General did not attempt t prevent
him, though he offered his condolence upoA
the loss, but an observing eye could have
detected a smile of inward satisfaction,
which the consdousnc ss of doing good
alone produces. The guest reached the
door, and to his astonishment, found one
of the tJeneral's hers accoutred with his
own paddle and bridle, in waiting torhim.
ITe returned and renMinstrat d, stating the
inability to pay for it, and that in. all proba
bility he sliouid never again visit that section
of the country But tlie General was its'.
exorable, and reminded the astonished Di.
vine, that 4 he who civcth to the poor Icnd-
eth to tho Lofd,' sent him rthis way, his
heart oyerJlowing wjth gratitude, and bis
prayeriwUFectPd tff beaten7 for bksaings on
x "I'm loosing flesh " as the butcher said
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From the Weeklv-l'ilol.
Gen. Green: I was sitting at my window
some evenings ago, when two mechanics
met each other and began to.falk.jiwt below
rhe. Being pleused with the gixnl sense of
their conversation, I took up my pen , and,
as well ns I can recollect, wrote it down;
here it isi
44 Good evening John ; have you found
anv work vet? I have not." .
No," said John,
not one stroke : no-
boclv's doing any thing."
HVhat," aaid his c
things coming to, if they keep on at this
41 1 don't know'imdecd," said John.: 44 1
can'tjiveononedny'tt wotlcin a-week,and
support my family ; Bill, I hate tQgo lme
hnd see my poor children ; for Gott onlv
knows how long if will be before they
crj ing to me for bread ; it's all owing, t6 the
currency, and ourjulers should better it;
thcylwv the Kwer. 1 -
44 They are going to, John."
44 Yes," replied he, " and their attempts
are like the man who undertook" to make
h s horse live on one straw a-dny ; his ex
periment werjt on bravely, w;ith tjiis excep
tion, that b'fore he had reduced him to the
one straw diet , he was dead "
44 Why, Johrrpyou talk like a whig."
"Sol am." '
" Von n whiff V
short ; I had nothing to do, so got the papers
and read both tides, and now I n
in to go it
iiriiT fi it I i nvii'f it ui 1
. " Ycs.it.avcry well , iiulucil' . .
44 But, John, tlie lxys'will laugh at you
and cairyx" ' turn-coat' "
44 Let them ; and those of them "t can't
thrash I'll trv.to ' I know mv own business
best, and I know; who is mv friend ; Old Tip
.t,and Martin Van Buren is pat. Tip's a
brave old soldier, and an honest man ; and
what is still better ft W()rkintf-man, like
mvsclf.x.Asr regards the coat, I'll tell you
how it is ; L got up in the morning, half
asleep, and put it'on irrons side. o7, Xnd that
was the Van Burcn side., all threads, seams
nnd limners; when I awoke well , I , h'keXa
sensible i fellow, trVk it off, hrush(M it, and
then pot it on right. Now the-TVp side is
mil; nnd I consider that man a find who
takes an exception at the change ; but hini
a greater fool who is psh uned to tifrn his
coat riirht : but would, because he put it on
wrons in the morning, wear it so aH uay.1
41 But, John, what's yonr reasons?"
" ror thes':- van nuren s expermients
bnve played the d -1 with the currency, and
lam consequently out of work ; he has;
therefore, virtually taken mv wajjes from
me, and I mean to charge him in my book
for every day I am out ofwork ,-nnd consider
tlie sum total so many good- reasons for
not voting for him. When his party cairn
into office, they found the liest of currencies,
nn1 1 found work plenty -both are. gone to
l iiivv Jones locker ; lie promised us a gold
and silver currewy - Wln'n'Vt ? Why
hen is one of-the ghosts of the hunibiiff :"
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jjiit, John, twas thehijsand
44 Pshaw, nons)'us1 ! iioImmIv in his senses
U-lieves that. . What have the wbigs t do
with fair financial affairs ? They are notat
the head of the Government. ..They were
in the minority, (hut don't intend to be any
longer,) but, admitting this falsehood, a
party that would permit a minority to do as
they please with our moneys, are not fit to
pretend to rule, nnd should be turned out.
And again, I shonld-bw-a fool indeed fo
vote for. a party who goea the whole hog
rejliicing my wages; and that, by-the-bye,
I think is very useless, for just let them tink
-er aiid cobble aw ay as iisual, and the me
.chanic won't havd any wiiges to Ik; rnduccnl
at all. And Mr. Van Buren is notthechoice
of the people : be was"" smuggled into the
Pn sidential chair under the old General's
popularity. ' We want i'lo such bastard pol
iticians foisted upon us. Let a man's ow n
worth, talents, merit and popularity, fating
him not another's. And, again, this
party has proposed a nnd ncted upon this
curious proposition, i-a Small rogue's a-big
rfgue, jind a big ngue is no rogue at all'
he is Only a defaulter an absquajulator
but no rogue. Steal a five dollar note,
and you will be sent to jail ;.. steal (don't
Isteal, Obr no4ohly take..milIion;Tind a
half, and you are a fine follow very much
Hurprisfd,vVu didn't take'moro ; and, fnom-
case, they actually nppIietHbe old fable of
the lax aiui,the rlis to some roguemg; thiev
ing rascal out west."
44 Well, Jr.hrCI have no work to dor I will
go and read bh sides. May be my old jack
rt ison wrong too; so good-bye."
"" Good-bye, Bill ; tell all our friends to
read both sides y too.;" and they parted. - v
Born a Veteran "I am a veteran in
the cause of democracy. I was; born so,
and have lived so." Mr. Grundy's speeeh
at the Y. B. Contention. .
RcadingHhe above brought to my recol
lection an anecdote, said to have occurred
in TenMsJjraggadocia offered him"
self a candidate for the Legislature, amLas
is the custom in the country, he was gV
od speaking; IajJy
for himself, wlienall at Dnrer he paused
jwiacd hinwelf on bis toes, and bawled Tart:,
Iam a 'democrat j'J flicked democracy
lrniinyjiyther' birnst, An old arddefr
who stood near him,, and "who knew all
about the matter, .responded as qtiicfe as
thought, 4 It is weU you did not suck m
,rL"S" " V tv vm inn , i nil I
44 Yes, you need 'nt stare the story Tirbuted
CHARLES FISi ill. lisa.
t""T1m; following Inter from the lion. H.
Clay to aniilton. C. Joiks, Jriiq. of Sidis
bury, proves to whit desperate and con
temptible alternative the Van Burcn lca
ders (and particularly Mr. Fisher,) resort
for the purpose ol lessf.-ning ucn. tlurtison
in the estimation of his couitfrymcn Hw
honest and candid men can, eountenanco
such mean, sneaking, conduct, it is difficult'
fo determine. ' We sayf bowever, "goon
gentte-rttriiymi aircutting your own throats
rapuly. Raleish Register .
Washington, May 12, 1840. '
Dear Sir : received your favor, Rta-
tinsr that Mr. Charles Fisher, the member
ofUongress from your District, in a public'
address which he made to someol nis coiu
stituents, asserted that I had oppost;I the "
appointment of Gen. Harrison,'aa Minister
to Ctdumbia, because oGhis utter incapacity
"or. the appointment ; and inquiring ol iih
as to the truth of the assertion.
irave no hesitatiotr in flayiriff-Hwt tlierw
is no foundatioirwhatcver for the assertion:
The appointment of-Gen. Harrison, as
Minister Plenqxitentiary and Envoy Ev
tniordinary to. the Republic jColuitibi ,
had my entire incurrence ; and ,bcsid. s .
tlie usual credentials, I entrusted to"vis
care a private letter to "General Bolivar,
the President of tliat Republic. u
I know not on whatauthorityIr. FisImt
lias undertaken to make the assertion attn-
to him ; certainly none from me;
and y.-t he. has-enjoyed abundant bpportU' -.v
nities, during the present session' of Cotv
.not..-But never, have. 1 had, at any ume,
any conversation whatever with him, :itt ;
resp'ct to Gen. Ihfris(m's mission. x
You are at liberty to show this letter to (
.Mr. Fislier himsclfH to niake any use of
it. I am respectfully, ' .'
Your obt serv't, ,
IJ. CLAY. -
, H..C. Jones,-Esq. ' '
What do Mr. Fisher's constituents think
4if thisf ' ' ' .
Declension of Probity. Any one
who will cast his thoughts back, aud call
to mind the events of tlie last ten or twelve
years ,and.con't rast hem .with whathnn- ;
pened in previous years, cannot fail to bo
struck with the lamentable declension that
has taken place in the probity of individu.
als in public stations, as well as in the gen- .
eral tone i of -public" morals. . Those whoso
heads are now' silvered o'er "with age, rTell
us that ,in thieryoungerdays.hadsucbacaso
as Swart wont, or Pricer Boyd, or Harris,
(ceurnsd, the nation would have becn'un
ned kt the intelligence ' Or, had one such
defalcation on the part of an officer of a
banking institution, or other corporation,
as now are recorded constantly in tlie
newspapers, and regarded as only nine
days' wonders, happened, that the Commu-
mti: where its uliurious conseauences re.
sulUHt, woulu not . naye . recovereu irum
the. shcM-k for--years. - - Alrts 1 how
different the feeling since wchave been
accustomed to these things: .
, i . i ' i r
The theme is a trite.one.but it is well to
rfrstr6urso on1t7l)ecause the enormity-of""
the evil may, from repetition of its deserip
tion, be seen and acknowledge! byalU.' .
Thenet being admitted the cause is to .
inquirer after that a remedy may be found. . ,
It is time, indeed, for a return to a' purer'
and iKitter era. '1 :'
Many reasms art" gi.vn for the melap. .
cboly exhibitions of breach of fuith, loss of
character, and want of honesty, which-w.
have witness -d. They have been attnbu. .
ted to the 4 'incnainft depravity, of man. i
kind" to the..4 4 spirit of sjicculation," aa
rife Tn our apd the numerus temptations
that now bcseita public officer, ltc. Aic ' .
Ourown opinion is., that, whatever share ,
these,, and other like causcgmay-. hnve
had.in producing what we deplore, lhn l
root o'nheeyil i thcbal system yt ad..,v
minwt''ring the government of the country
introduced by General Juckson, and the
corruption that necessarily flowed frorrt
that system. We have-not time, 'nor .'
room; on the present occasion to follow
out this idea I Hit , we ljlkvct that th& bis-
tory ot tlie country;, andafeview of ihe
incidents competed w ith the finances of tlw:..
nation, the States, and corjKrntiorw, would
pnve ineontestibly the truth of the proponf.
J ion -Tbe- declarotioa-actually roadeJn
words, and continually proclaimed in prac- .
ticc, that offices of trust and hfinor- wenr ,
Ix stowed upon individuals, not because they
were ftiithfulor competent but bucause '
they were partisan politicians, was, itself, '
detnonilizing and corrupting, and calcula.
ted to bring about just what has happened.
It off-red no indiicemenfjo honest worth, -but
held out a prize rather for- unscrupulous
conduct and reckless character, A tlm
fountain was thus rendered impure, all tlm
streams soon became in a like condition. .
Tlie moral of this is, tbarm a republic
like ours, we imust have the Government,
administen-d on jiistand honest principles, -othewise
National, State, and indyndoal in.
interests, will, sufler. Ahtxandria Ga
zette. . ., " -., :
Expenses of the Govrrmritf.-BY refer-
Treasury, it will be seen that in the fxir
years .of ': Mr. Van Buren Administration, .:
there haa been-, expended more than doublo
the ' sum that was expended . during Mr.
Adams' administration, and yet Mr. A da ma
J-warttrrned out office tor extravagance
r nmij m uio it
rr marry c . tho who are now leading um
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