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;S: v ' LIFE IS ONLY TO BE VALUED AS IT IS CSEITLLY EMPLOYED. J .' ' ' ' ' ..7
T. K pet nni, la 4d
I So """'-T-i nniil U rreg !""
I A"T"re Twen.y-FiT CcnU fcr
1 1 -
VAr MuiroA ftf the vear
ei the nropnciorui """"
M,i - f . r ,i Unm urul mwa
. -i . f tJw atreams which ran into
I .. .ki thev were attributed ,to the
rlL. f pxflfffferaUon. to which the in-
Cjtanto of that country are particularly
lAficted, and ?ery wue ckoiv w 1 8itCu
Jo their repeated rewuoi. . 7 .
4 n AanUa as to tne existence 01 1110 ur
L were at last dispelled, by the destruc.
V L'nr whA ttnintoii trt fr.ni
Lriycron horseback, although entreaUxJ
lo desist, by lus companions, wno crosm--u
It shallow place, higher up. lie reached
ho rrntre of the stream, ana wasiamng
l.mUr. for their DTudcnce, whfcn the alli
P v- ' , ...
Umr mihc uDon hu. IJisHeetii encoun
f j .k. iH,11aj wliich he tore from the
,ise, while the rideMflinbled on the pther
Ma the water, ana mane ior mo
riff where tne attacK was maue.
" .. .. - M
disrecardins mm. pursuea
who salilv reached the bank,
II I .Jnl 'Vv.4
trmcn no coma esny ihp
Inndercd fool-hardrbv his escape, he pla
1 - m '
id himself behind a tree, whicli had laiicn
h knife, kancd over the tree, and on the
Tipmach of thtf enenry, struck him on the
m. ' 1 ne animai rcpeaico iu Hsnauu
the Indian his blows, until the former,
rated at the resistance, rushed on the
an. and seisins: him by the middle of the
dy, which was at onco enclosed and
in bis capacious jaws, swam uito
lake. His friends hastened to the res-
ie; but the alligator slowly left the shore,
hile the poor wretch, writhing and shnek-
in his agony, with nis kmle upliiled in
9 clasped hands, seemed as the others ex
'eased it ''held out as a man would carry
torch. His suHcrings were not long
mtinucd, for the monster sunk to the but
ra, and soon after re-appearing alone on
e suHace, and calmly basking in the sun,
its to the horror stricken spectators the
jlkst coofirmation of the death of their
A short time after this event, I mode a
nit to Halabala, and expressed a strong
rsire to capture or destroy the alligator,
v host readily offered Ins assistance.
he animal had been seen, a few days he
re, with his head and one of his forefeet
sting on the bank, and his eyes following
motion of some cows who were grazing
w. Our informant likened his appear
ice to that of a cat watching a mouse,
id in the attitude to spring upon his prey
hen it should come within his reach. 7
Hearing that atbe alligator had killed a
r we proceeded to the place, about
ei! "1 trom the house. It was a tranquil
potand one of singular beauty, even in
pat land.-The 1 stream 1 which a few hun.
fed feet from the lake narrowed to a brook
'th its green banks fringed with the crrace.
f bamboo, and all the alternate glory of
ana forest, snreadin? far and wide.
med fitted for other purposes than the
nalar haunt of thehffge crealure that had
propria ted it to himself. ' A few canoe
its were situated a short distance from
P and we procured from them what
f wiey contained, who were ready to
Nst in freeing themselves from their dan-
frous neighbor. The terror which he bad
pprcd, especially since the death of their
fmpanion. had hitherto nrcWntnt ihn
m making an effort to get rictof him;
ft they cladlv avnilM ilmt.
I rjwaaons, and with the usual dcpendance
lor cnarBcier, were willing to do what.
Hr examole should rluti ti. u...
preawn to believe that the alligator was
117 ' coramenced operations by
Rung nets, unrirfit. nr it. mmih
fee deep, tt intenrals of several feet!
, . . were of great strength,
g Wended for the capture! of the wild
m aeis. Which mmfr
"w. TT Gin ,A tdiA. .1
were rattwui - u-
"w, making a complete tn th
Hfwnication with the W- -
i " wpanion and myself placed our
with our puns nn ifW r k
3Me the Indians, with longbam
for the animal For some time
filT to, bed. nd we began
r that he was not within our limits,
piral motion of the water, under
J?where I was standing,. led me to
00 Ae towards the
Slw T "f.no aone' touched, than he
torned back and proceeded up the
. Iws movement ana itovmil tinvoa
Wl in the bodyfhe uttered
Eke that of an rWd.' olunsr-
k wLTt Watcr' to the otheV
raen he was received with a similar
salutation, discharged directly: into his
mouth. Finding himself attacked on eve.
rv side, be renewed his attempts to ascend
the banks; but whatever part of him ap
peared was borfcd with bullets, and feeling
". .. a m .If
that he was hunted, ne lorgoi nis own ior
rnidable means of, attack, and sought on
ly safety from the troubles which surround
ed him. ;7-V.;. 7"
" A low spot, which aenarated the river
from the lake, a little above the nets, was
unguarded, and, we feared, that he would
succeed in escaping over. Jt It was here
necessary to ajand firmly against him; and
in several attempts which he made to cross
it, we turned him back with spears, bam
boos, or whatever first came to band, lie
once seemed determined to force his way,
and foaming with rage, rushed with open 1
jaws, and gnashing his teeth, with a sonnd
top Ominous to be despised, appeared to
have his full energies aroused when his
career . was stopped "by large bamboo
thrust violently into his mouth, which he
STOund to pieces, and the fingers of the
holder were so paralyzed that, for some
minutes, he wasincapable of resuming his
gun. ' ' ., . : ' , . ' v "
The natives had now bocomo so excited
as to forget all prudence, and the women
and children of the little hamlet had come
dawn to the shore, to share in the general
enthusiasm. ' They crowded to the open.
ing, and were so unmindful of their danger
that it was necessary to drive tnem pacK,
with some violence. Had the monster
known his own strength, and dared to have
used it, he would have gone Over that spot
with' a force which no human power could
have withstood, and would have crushed,
or carried with him into the lake, about the.
whole population of the place.'
It is not stronge'warpersonai safety was
forgotten in the excitement of tho scene.
The tremendous brute, galled with, wounds
and repeated defeat, tore his way through
tlie foaming water, glancing from side to
side, in tho vain attempt to avoid his foes,
then rapidly ploughing up the stream, he
grounded on the shallows, and turned back,
frantic and bewildered at his circumscribed
position. - At length maddened with suffer
ing, and desperate from continued perse
cution, he rushed furiously to the mouth of
the stream, burst through two of the nets:
and I threw down my gun in despair j for it
looked as though his way, at last; was clear
to the wide lake. But the third net stopped
him,- and his teeth and legs had got entan
gled in all. This gave us a chance of clos
er warfare with lances, such as are used
against the wild buffalo. We had sent for
this weapon, at the commencement of the
attack, and found it much more effectual
than guns. Entering a canoe, we plunged
lance after lance into the Alligator,; as he
was struggling under the water, till a wood
seemed to be growing from him, which
moved violently above while his body was
concealed below. His endeavors to extri
cate himself, lashed the water into foam;
mingled with blood; and there seemed no
end to his vitality, or decrease to his resist
ance, till a lance struck him directly through
the middle of the back, which an Indian,
with a heavy piece of wood, hammered into
him , as he could catch an opportunity. My
companion, on the other side, now tried to
haul him to the shore by the nets to which
he had fastened himself, but had not suffi
cient assistance with him. As I had more
force with rrie, we managed, with the aid
of the women and children, to drag his head
and part of his body on to the little beach,
where the river joined the lake, and giving
him the "coup qe grace," left hun to gasp
out the remnant of his life on the sand. -:.
I regret to say that the measurement of
the length of this animal was imperfect. . It
was night when the struggle ended, and
our examination of him was made by torch
light- 1 measured tbe circumference, as
did also my companion, and it was eleven
feet immediately behind the fore legau It
was thirteen feet at the belly, which was
distended by the immoderate meal made on
the horse. As be was only part but of the
water, I stood with a line,' at his head,
giving the other end to an Indian, with di
rections to take it to the extremity of the
tail. The length so measured was twenty
two feet; but at the time, I doubted the
good faith of my assistant, from the reluc
tance he manifested to enter the water, and
die fears he expressed that the mate of the
alligator might be in the vicinity"From
the diameter of the animal, and the repre
sentations of those who examined hun af
terwards, we believed the length to have
been about thirty feet. v As we intended to
preserve the entire skeleton, with the skin,
we were less particular than' we otherwise
should have been. . On opening him, we
found; with other parts of the horse, three
legs entire," torn ofT at' the Jiaunch and
shoulder, which he had swallowed whole,
besides a large quantity of stones, some of
them of several pounds weight. .
The night, which had become very dark
and stormy, prevented us from being min
ute in our investigation; and leaving direc
tions to preserve the bones and skin, we
took the head with us, and returned home.
The precaution was induced by the, anxiety
of the natives to secure the teeth; and I af
terwards found that they attribute to them
miraculous power in the cure or prevention
C tempted to climb un the bank. s The head weighed nearly three hundred
pounds; and so well was it covered with
flesh and muscle, that we found balls quite
flattened" which had been .discharged into
the mouth, and at tho back of the head, at
ASIIEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA,
only the distance of a few feet, and yet the
bones had not a single mark to show that
thev had been touclied. ..U ';
. y . -':.
." Thi sick eook. If any place in this
world calls lor wise ana wcu atcweuse.
nevolcnce, it is the chamber of sickness
and death. I am aware that the subject
before the reader is one of greit delicacy,
but it is one on which some plain hints are
called for. TlWwritej ha Jiad much op.
portunity'" for' observation, and has been
psinuiJQy taughty personal experience.
It u earfiestMieped that what my be said
wQl be kindly received, and it is devoutly
desired tliat the reader never will forget the
tion. - . - .
A sick room is no place for curiosity.
What have I said? Curiosity in a sick and
dying chafnberT Yes, reader, you may have
gazed upon an emaciated and suflcring fel
low being, wid used -?ipa"portion of the
vital air needed by a gasping mortal, when
nothing but curiosity led you to that scene
of suffering. Stop and inquire if itbe not
so. If no good woitfla to be said, or kind
services to be rendered in a sick and dying
room,' it is the last place to which one
should go as a tnw spectator. Every new
face, the tread of every uncalled for foot,
the demands upon the air for every breath,
but the breathings of such as must be in at.
tendancer is-an injury in sickness, and es
pecially where debility ia great. All the
protestations of physicians, and the anxiety
of family relatives, cannot control tnis evil
or cure it Nine out of ten feel as if it
was an act of rude neglect, if they are not
invited into a sick room, and sit hour after
hour with eyes fixed on the sick person.
occasionally whispering to some equally
indiscreet' jonei that may be chance to be
cannot , endure the fixed gaze of half a do
zen persons when well, and what must it
be to one flnldng and dytngT1 Othors will
hang about tho door and peep" at the suf.
ferer, as they "would steal a look at some,
show. I have seen this so much, that l
can scarcely write and possess my soul in
patience. ' -'-;AV'. t ,
, Another.pracuce wncre me paueniis
very sick, is that of feeling the pulse, look
ing at the finger nails, examining the feet,
with sundry other acts, all' which are ac
companied with a very wise look jj a sign,
and a whisper. Ihosetiungs n. generally
done by persons who very 'P'w 'v under,
stand their own tests of approa-: death ,
and alike mistake the good and comfort of
the dying. Think not that I would have
the fact of4 approaching death kept from
any friend or any fellow .being; far from
this: but let the matter be wisely, kindly;
and distinctly stated to the patient, and not
by such untimely, and I must say, unkind
hints and insinuations. V ' . ' . , , :
A sad mistake common in a dying cham
ber, is that the dying person has lost per.
ception -and sensibility, because unable to
speak. I seriously believe that often, if
not in general, the perceptions arc more
keen ana delicate than when in health, t
have been in circumstances which I shall
never forget. For four hours I was speech.
1 supposed, and all supposed, 1 was
dying. Never, never shall I forget what
was said and done around me. Always
let it be remembered, in a dying room,
that the departing friend may hear all, and
see all, when the persons present will little
suspect it. I remember to have said once
in a dying room, where the person had not
spoken for thirty-six. hours, I did wish I
could know it state of the dying individual's
mind, not supposing my remark would be
noticed by her who was scarcely this side
of death. To my surprise she whispered
in an ear by her pillow, "Tell Mr. ,
that Jesus is as precious as ever." . As I
have been in hundreds of dying rooms, I
might give many examples to show that
persons do notice and understand,-when it
is not suspected. How important that eve
ry thing in a dying room should be made
what it ought to be, for the salvation and
quiet of one who Is breaking away from all
dear on earth, and approaching all that is
serious in eternity. Most generally, per
sons in this situation are much inclined to
commune with their own hearts, and the
scetaes about to open upon them. Thesa
c redness and stillness" of the scene should
be disturbed with great care and caution.
The only thing 1 have to say in addition,
is thai a very great mistake is often made
in the length of prayers, and loud speaking
in nraver. in the sick room. This is an
error too common, and' often the occasion
of great suffering to the sick and dying.
Let none understand the above remarks
as intended to keep any away from the
house of sickness and distress. . No, rea
der, gol to such places, and show -your
kindness to-the afflicted members of the
family, governed by the' Christian tender
ness which will ever keep in mind and re.
dude to practice the above caution.
. .. . aosum Recorder.
Methodist Episcopal Church. It ap
pears from a Baltimore letter in thev N. Y.
Commercial Advertiser, that the increase
of thie MclHodist Episcopal Church, during
the four years ending in September last,
was 515 ministers, and 89,731 church mem.
hers!1 Since the accounts were made up
La September the ascertained increase is
lA,MMV4niang-a total - increase uf one
hundred thousand iembtr. At the gene
ral conference m 1835 the number of min
isters belonging to the Methodist Episcopal
Church was 2,781 , and of members, 650,
678. la September, 1838, 3,290 minis
ters, and 740,450 members.
FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 3, 1810,
THE HOMAGE OF JUSTICE.
i?r , e ! .
xy e nave compuva lrum vonuuiw
(he -following disinterested testimonials,
which were commanded from their several
atithorsby the lofty patriotism, valor, tal
ents and success of General Harrison, long
before be was named for Jh Presidency,
and in times which ougfit to give them
weight sufficient to bear down all the petty
calumnies and quibling .objections which
party malignity may noy presume toiorge
against the war-worn and time-honored
patriot and soldier. . , . i
The autlwrities we present against the
attacks of loco federalism and which w
have stereotyped as an impregnable barn,
cade against all opposition, are no less
than the Congress of the . United States,
the. Legislatures of Indiana and Kentucky,
James Madisonr James Monroe, Col R.
M. Johnson, Anthony Wayne, Langdon
Cheves, Simon Snider, Governor Shelby,
Gmmodore Perryi Col. Crogan, CoL Da
vies, and others, including in the illustrious
catalogue even Thomas' Ritchie, Isaac
Hill, John M. Nilcs, and Moses Dawson ! "
Col.' Ricliard M. Johnson p iow Vice
President of the United 'States, said (in
Congress) W . .
"Vlio is Gen. HarrisonT The, son of
one of the signers of the, Declaration of In.
dependence, who spent thegreaterpanof his
large fortune in redeeming the. pledge he
then gave of his 'fortune, fife 'and sacred
honor,' to secure the liberties of his coun.
try.' - .-.!:.,:....
7 "Of the career of Gen. Harrison I need
not speak 4he history of the West is his
history. For forty years he has beun iden.
tifiedwfltl. jfesJtotejrejg nd...lhl.
hopes.r . Universally beloved' in .the walks
of pdoce; Vnd distinguished by his ability in
the councils bf his country," he has been
yet more illustriously distinguished in the
field. v ; --
'During the late war, he was longer In
active service than any other General offi,
eer, he was, perhaps, oftener in action
than any one of them, and never sustained
"fjnmcs Madison, in a special message to
ConirreiiS, Du 18, 1811, said,
. "While it is deeply lamented that so
many valuable lives have been lost in the
actions which took place on 7th ultimo,
Congress will see with satisfaction the
dauntless spirit of fortitude victoriously dis.
played by every description ot troops en
gaged, as well as the collected-firmness
which distinguished their commander on
an occasion requiring the utmost exertions
of valor and discipline.
James Madison in his message to Con
gress, Nov., 1812, said,
'An ample force from the States of
Kentucky, Ohio Pennsylvania, and Vfr.
ginia, is placed, with the addition of a few
regulars, under the command of" Brigadier
Genera Harrison, who possesses the entire
confidence of his. fellow soldiers, among
whom are citizens, some of them volunteers
in the ranks, not less distinguised by their
political stations, than by their personal
In Mr. Madison's message of Dec. 1813,
the compliment was extended,' as follows
"The success on"Lake- Erie having
opened a passage to the territory of the ene-
myy"r-the officer commanding the North
Western arms, transferred the war thither
and rapidly pursuing the hostile troops
fleeing with their savage associate, forced
a general action which quickly terminated
in the capture of the British, and dispersion
of the savage force.?
"This result is signally honorable to Ma.
jor General Harrison, , by whose military J
talents it was prepared." . .
The following tribute of praise was paid
to General Harrison, in 1811, by eleven of
Itneofhcers who tought under his banner
at the battle of Tippecanoe : ,
"Should our country again require our
services to oppose a civilized or a savage
foe, we should march under Generol Har
rison with the most perfect confidence pf
victory and fame.
. ..-Joel Coo,l . B. B. Burton,
- Nathan Adam, A.Havkmt' '
' ' H. Burchstead, - fJotea Bloody
Jotiah Selling, O.G. Burton
i- C FfOer, G. rGoodtngi
A J. IJ. Fnttsr"
t rf '
Extract of a
letter from Col Da vies.
who was trilled at the battle of Tippecanoe,
August 23, 1811.
"I make free to declare, that I have im.
agincd there were two military men in the
West, and Gen. Harrison is the first of
Message of Simon Snyder, Gov. of Penn.
sylvania, I)ev 10r1813. -
t. "Already is the brow of the young war
rior, Crogan, encircled with laurels, and
the blessings of thousands of women "and
children rescued from the scalping knife of
the ruthless savage of the wilderness, and
from the still more savage Proctor, rest on
Harrison and his gallant army." 1
In the legislature of Indiana, on the
12th November, 1811, the Speaker of the
House of Representatives,.' General Wrti.
Johnson, thus addressed General Harri
"Sir The Houseofeprontatiyjs
of the Indiana Territory, in the name, and
in behalf of their constituents, most cordi
ally reciprocate the congratulations of your
Excellency on the glorious result of the
late sanguinary conflict with the Shawnee
Prophet, and the tribes of Indians confede
rated with him ; when wesedifr4ayed in
behalf of our country, not only the' con.
summate abilities of the general, but of the
heroism of the man ; and when we take in.
to view the benefits, which must result to
that country from those exertions wg can
not for a moment, withhold our meed of
applause." . r - . ..; .
Legislature of Kentucky Jan. 7, 181SL
' "Resolved, By the Senate and House of
Representatives of the State of Kentucky,
in the late campaign against tlie ' Indians
upon the , Waubash, Gov. William Henry
Harrison has behaved like a hero, a natri.
ot, and a General and that for nis cool, de
liberate, skilful and gallant conduct in the
battle pf Tippecanoe, be well, deserves the
warmest thanks, pf his country and his na.
turn." - . ; .
Gen. Anthony Wayne, id his letter to
the Secretary of War, giving an official ac
count of his sanguinary Indian battle, in
"My faithful and gallant Lieutenant
Harrison, rendered the most essential ser.
vice, by communicating ' mv orders in
every direction, and by his cbnductTind
bravery, exciting the troops , to press for
victory." V. "
Resolutions directing medals to be struck,
and together with tho thanks of Con-
gress, presented to Major Gen. Harri.
" son, and Governor Shelby, and for other
Resolved, by the Senoto and House of
Representatives of the United Slates of
America, in Congress assembled, rThai the
tlianks of Congress Beahd they are here,
by presented to 'jMajo'r Genral William.
Henry Harrison, and Isaac Shelby, late
Governor of Kentucky, and through them.
to the officers andrm-n unjer Jlid
hmlfnlaTloinDriieTrg good conduct
UIl:.NSAOyj,WJtSX?SifW.TBW..V 'T in.- - I
in defeating the combined Untish and Indi.
an forces under Major General Proctor on
the 1 hamcs, in Upper (Jaoadn, on the 15th
day of October, one thousand eight hundred
and thirteen, capturing tho liritixh army,
with their bapgnge, camp equipnge, and
artillery; and that the President of tlie
United states be requested to cause two
gold medals to be struck, emblematical of
this triumph, and presented to. General
Harrison and Isaac Shelby, la to Governor
of Kentucky. , II. CLAY,
Speaker of tho House of Representatives,
President of the Senate , pro tempore.
April 4, 1818. Approved, .
. " James monroe.
Govj Shelby to Mr. Madison, May -18,
1.1 A 1 ..... a
i icei no nesitation to declare to you
that I believe Gen.. Harrison to be one of
the first military characters , I ever
knew." - ,
CoU Richard M. Johnson to Gen. Har
rison? July 4, 1813, says:
"We did not want to serve under cow.
ards or traitors : but under one (Harrison)
who had proved himself tb be wise, prudent
Commodore Perry to Gen. Harrison,
August 18, 1817, says
'- "Thffpromp, change made by ybul in
the order of battle on discovering the : po-
siuon oi uie enemy, nas always appeared
tome to have evinced a high degree of mil
itary talent. I concur with the venerable
Shelby in his general approbation of your
conduct in that campaign.
Hon. Langdon Cheves, on the battle of
the .1 names. t
. "The victory of Harrison, was such as
would have secured to a Roman General
in the best days of the Republic, the honors
of a triumph! He put an end to the war
in the Uppermost Canada.
Sentiments of the Hero of Fort Stephen
son, Col. urogan.
"I desire no plaudits which are bestowed
upon meat the expense of GenT HarrisonTTlSbuth-Stanly, Alford, Legare, Dawson,
"I have felt the warmest attachment for King. dsc. &c. Thev take it for irranted
him as a man, and my Qpnfidence in WmJ
as an able commander remains .unshaken,
I feel every assurance that he will at all
times; dp me ample" justice ; and nothing
couia give me more pain , than to see his
enemies seize upon this occasion to deal out
their unfriendly; feelings and acrimonious
dislike; and as long as he continues (as In
my humble opinion he has hitherto done)
to make the wi8estrrapgementst an(I lhe
most judicious disposition, which the for
eesundef his command will justify, I shall
not hesitate to unite with the army in be.
stowing upon him that confidence which he
so richly merits, and which has on ho oc
casion been withheld." '
The Richmond Enquirer said : ,
"Gen. Harrison's letter tells us evcrv
thing that we wish to know about the ofli.
cers, except himself. He does justice to
every one but " Harrison and' the world
must therefore do justice to the man who
was too nttk-st to be just to himself."
From Gen. Harrison s Report of the
Battle of the .Thames: "
' We have suffered greatly for the want
of provisions, and the whole army has sub.
sistcd for the last three days, on raw beef
OCT "In all aces, and in all countries, it
has been observed J that the cultivators of
c - F
the soil are those who are the least willing
to part witn tneir rignuand submit them.
selves to the will of a master."
WM. H. HARRISON.
OCr The People of the United States
May they ever remember that to, pre.
serve their liberties they must do their own
voting and their own fighting.
WMrfIrIiARRISONniiide upon me by Mr. Randolph is authen.
"Gen. Harrison has djne more for bis
country, with less compensation for it, than
any man living. . '
PRESIDENT MADISON. .
lJ.Governor Isaac Hill, Nov. 23,
1813, in the New Hampshire Patriot said:
"What man lives, whose whole heart '
and soul is not British,' that cannot sincrre
ly rejoice in the late victories of Perry and
Harrison, that does not feel a pride in the
valor and patriotism of the West, who have
freed a country large as. the Empireof
Alexanderthe Great, from the Indian torn,
ahawk and scalping knife P If there be
such an one, he is a traitor to his country
he possesses the spi rit of a murderer."
John M. Niles, fate Van Buren candid
ate for Governor in Connecticut, in his life v 1
bf Perry, published in 1821 , after giving a i
general biography of General Harrison, "
said:, ---i . .. . --i'tf .
"The defence at Fort - Meigs,- and the
subsequent capture of the British army,
may fuirly be considered the most brilliant
and extraordinary evehtsef the late war."
- In alluding to the baitle of the Thames,
he said : -.."-,"".
" must be conceded that this victor re. .
fleeted great honor upon the national arms, ,
ana upon toe troops by whom tt wot mchie-
"Tho action, and tlie movements which "
piwededk; afford ample testimony of the
judgment and cool intrepity of General
Harrison j and indeed, all the events of the
campaign support these characteristics the
disasters attending it having in no instance
been imputable to bim,o :
'tlierbare, JKThnptorrecoid, fewih.
stances, of such eoul and steady intreniditv. - ,
ll'.f. - ' m . r
scnpiion, as was displayed on this occa.
sion. . .. ; -Z l -Vk
"IlarriscmliMPcrrv left Detrot In th i t
Ariel, and arrived at Erie on tlie 22d of.,,
October. Here they were received with i -every
demonstration of joy and admiration; Y
uio aiscnarge oi cannon, illuminations, etc y
Tliey were liailcd as tlie deliverers of the
. From the National Intelligencer.
' f copy i :
Of a Letter from Gen. Harrison to Jamet
. Lyons, Etq. of Richmond, Va.
North Bend, June lst 1840.
My Dear Sir. When I received your
letter of the 14th of April, I was very un
well with a violent cold io4hc head, which
terminated in intermittent neuralgia, or sun
pain, as it is commonly called, which was
so much increased by writing that I was
obliged for some time to do very little in
that way. When I recovered, my unan
swered letters had increased to so fearful 4
mass that I have not yet been able to get -through
it, even with the assistance of sty '
conscience-keeping committee. And altho'
I have adopted tlie method of getting rid of
a large portion of them by committing them
to the flanics instead of the committee, such.l
are the interruptions to which I am sub
jected by a constant stream of visitors, that
L am ablo to make verjHittlc progress in'
lessening my file. Yon have in the above
my apology for treating you with apparent J
neglect, which it was impossible that I
should do, as well from your high standing
in society, as from the regard I feel for.
you in consequence ot the long and intimate -
friendship and connexion between our fam
ilies. But for these reasons, candor indu. ,
ces me to say that I could never have
brought myself to answer the political part
of your letter at alL I am convinced that,
upon reflection, you will yourself think that
it was totally unnecessary, for I cannot -suppose
that my personal friends and con
nexions in my native State could think that
I was less of a gentleman or an honest
man than those ardent boliticians further-
that I could not suffer my Vincennes speech
land others to be Quoted bv mv friends tn
. . . . " y :
show my opinions on tlie subject of Abo.
litionism, if I did not hold those opinions at
thj8 time; they have, therefore, treated with
scorn and contempt the charge of my being
an Abolitionist, and truly assert that I have
done and suflercd more to support South,
em rights than any other persons north of
Mason's and Dixon" lineal have had, in-r
deed, a great number of applications from
individuals (nine-tenths at least my oppo
nents) requiring me to reiterate what I
have said or written upon the subject of the
United States Bank, Abolitionism, &zc. . I
have declined to answer, them of late at
all; amongst other reasons, because it was
physically impossible that I should do it:
and as they required my opinions in manu
script, particularly addressed to the writersj
ll.ey would not be satisfied widi ray writing
one letter and BeDxh'ngrintcdjcopy'to7
each. I was determined, however, to avail
myself of the first favorable opportunity,
and, referring to" the letters and speeches
I had made on the subjects I have mention
ed, to endorse them all. This I have re.
ccntly done in a letter to a committee ap.
pointed by the Whig members of the Le
gislature of New York.1 You will proba
bly see it published by the time this reach
n relation to the discussion between
Mr. Randolph and myself, in the Senate.
of which a statement is annexed to the ad.
dress; what better evidence could be given
that there is no possibility of satisfying my
political enemies by any thing that I could
write, than the garbled account which thev
hkve given of that discussion! If the chajga.
V - .
Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.)
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