Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.) /
July 3, 1840, edition 1 /
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tic; tkcn from newspaper report, surely
, my answer to hiui should be considered so
also. It is worthy of remark tod, that
Mr. Randolph made ' do , re ply to my aa
' swer to lua attack, and that ho was not a
man to leave a matter in- that situation if
he could avoid it- The truth is, that I be.
Uevo he really regretted Ids attack upon
'me,.;, Ho repeatedly told too so, and frc
'' seently solicited me to bury the hatchet at a
Srieudly dinnl-r ' with him, which I agreed
o duU At tliat dinner were Mr. Cullioun ,
Mr. Il'iie, f nd Gen. Hamilton, and many
i others, idMt myself At the then Jackson
; party. Our jfrieiKfly intercourse was never
f .afterwards interrupted. ; 1 ' .
. ', la reply to your inquiry as to my" con.
' ncxion with' tlie. old Federal party, I will
' state to you the circumstances under which
1 rcctived two appointments from Air.
John Adams. Intlio year 1700, General
V Wayne left the army on a visit to Pliiladel
,"phlo. I had been recently' married, and
tendered to hun my resignation as his Aid.
.decamp, but he declined receiving it, say.
fug no could very well dispensof, with my
"r ten i s uf Ids joumey. ! Jt was during this
v trip tliat ho obtained the promise of Geo.
: Washington to give mo a civil appointment,
"as 1 had expressed my tk.termination to
""leave the Army. Thii promise the Prcsi-
dent repeated to my brotlier, Carter ,B. liar-
Tison, tlKit til Congress, with some very
kind remarks upon my conduct in the Ar-
tmy.1 fWhelt General Washington left the
""'' Fresidcncyj I have-reason to believe that
TJic obuunca ft promise froniTMr.' Adams to
fulfd Ids "intentions. When tho office of
'the Secretary of the Northwestern Tcrri
- 'lory bi-came vacant, Mr. Adams appointed
i'.",.'. ine, although I was opposed by Col. Pick
Wins, the Secretary of State. In 1799, 1
V,- .was selected by the Iiejmhlicau Parly of
: the Territorial Legislature to be their can
didate for the appointment of delegate to
- .Congress. Between Mr. Arthur St. Clair,
J jr. (the son of Gov. St. Clair,) the Federal
- v candidate, and myself, the vetcs were di-
.vided preciselyas tlie twoTjiarties stood Ja
the Legislature, with tlio execpuoa of one
.Republican, who was induced by his regard
: ; lor tlw Uovernor to vote tor nis son.
" The vote was 11 to 10 Skt ono of the nino
v ', l eueroiwu voting -lor ui iore i icu
' Cincinnai, Uio Uepubliciui iHcnibers nmilo
- - mo ticoniise not to wilier mv known onno-
r On ilf .....diri r ilifn.!
to inUTfcnji witli tho attainment of the great
.ohioct for which I waseenLNUpeo my nr.
rival jn Philadelphia, I wns reeeitod by
Mr. Adams In tho most nattering manner.
At his dinner parties, wlicro I was often
' ? 'a guest, he seemed to tako great pleasure
v In speaking of my Cither's services in the
Revolutionary Congress, relating many an
' ( ccdotos to sliow his devotion to die cause,
- and the eftuct which his pleasantries pro.
duced in cheering thcin in tlio gloom which.
the occasionally unpromising state of their
: "' aflulrs often produced. ; I had no convcr
sation wih Mr, Adams on politics, further
. ' than to explain to him my views in relation
- to tlie chango in tho system of selling tlie
; public lands, which I was glad to find he
V approved. As soon as the law was passed
v for the division of tlie Northwestern Pcrri.
tory, I was informed tliat it was the intcn
ifJtfcm of Mr. Adams to nominate mo to the
:' Government of Indiana. I hitatod not a
y moment to declare that I would not adeept
it, altliotigh very much pressed to do so by
, several leading rouerol members of Con
; gross. I was not long in discovering the
-' motives of those gentlemen. There-lmd
been some meetings of tho people of the
Territory, in whicli resolutions liad been
., adopted rcconimcjiding mo to the President
fc for tlie Uovernmcnt of the remtory (N,
Western) instead of Gov; St. Clair. ' .
i Tiioso resolutions, with correspondent
""addrcssesi had been forwarded to the Pres
" Ident and Senate, Now, it so happened
that two distinguished Senators had fixed
: their eyes upon the samo office. OrioTof
1 tlx who had been most urgent for mi to
, go ! 1 ndiana, had largo possessions in the
,7-. JMortiiWcstera .territory, which was pro.
wvbly one reason lor his wishing to go
there, ' But tlie main object was to secure
. , tlie Territory to tlie Federal party, when
, It should become a State, which it was well
u. i, known would soon be tho case. To carry
,ut this plan, it was necessary to get me
oui of the way. The appointment was
-i pressed upon me, notwithstanding my re-
, tusal to take it " At length, my relations
and friends; tlie Messrs. Nicholas, -Wilson
' Cary, of the Senate, and John of the JJoua
'J prevaih! on me to accept I'llM-y ioItit.
, vd out die advantages to myself, and assu-'l'-
j, red me tliat there was no doubt of Mr. Jef.
; fcrson's election in the ensuinz November.
' and that I "would bo continued-Governor
of Indiana, and some Republican suecccd
. Governor St Clair In the Northwestern
Territory. - -v:'; -
Mthoroforo accepted 4he appointment
' -with ft determination, as Indiana had no
. voice in the contest
- c. I have thus given you a full account of
mv connexion with the Presidency of Mr.
1 Adams. I will conchufo by saying that
. Mr. Jctlerson lost no time, after his inau
gu ration, to assure me of his. favor and
his confidence 'and I think there is suffi-
ck-nt evidence tliat I retained both to the
nd rkf htm JinmmiatmtSnn'V
In answer to the enquiry why I used the
word aboution' in designating a society
of which t; was a member in Richmond,
ia the year 1791; instead of tho word Shu
inane which , js known to be the one by
. which the society was really distinguished,
i all that I can say upon the subject is, that
if I did4eally term, U ah Abolition Society,
a fact whieh l can still hardly believe, for
I have not been able to see tlie paper1 con
taiaing my address to the people, of the Dis.
trict in 1823, it must have been frpm for
getfulness,1 which might easily happen after
a lapse of 31 years. Atany rato, the
: w ord aMUion was not understood to mean
be no doubt tliat' the society of which Mr
Tarlton Pleasants was a mcm!r, and
which, in his publication in tho Richmond
Whig, he calls the " I Iuniane .Society of
RI;liniQ!id,win J by tills title. Judge Cutch,
who gave me tlw certificate., itv 1822faIso j
designated lt,Jwaa tlie same ot wnica ,
wasa jneirfjer-Jklr. Pleasants wosa meim
ber in 1797, I in 1791. Mr. Robert Plea,
nnts the President at the former period,
as he was when 1 was admitted. ,
I do not wish wlint I have 8aid,bqve to
be publislied, but I have no objection that
tle facts aliould be stated, and reference
made to. me as bating furnished then.TTr
I ha ve written to a friend in Congress,
Mr. Joseph L Williams, of Tennessee
showing the connexion which existed be
tween the Hamilton county Corresponding
Gimmittccand myself, aud authorised him
to make it public, . r ;
1 was about to mnke somo lurtner oD.
scrvations, when J was interrupted by a
party of gentlemen from bouwvilwv anu
must conclude by assuring you tliat I am,
' '' Very truly, yours, ;
W. II. HARRISON.
Gw. Uasrisen among the People.
" We noticed tho fact the" other tfay'thnt
Gem Harrison had left his homo to visit tlie
site of old FrLMeigs. nJ arrived at Co
lumbus on tlie afternoon ofHPriday week,
and left at ten o'clock next morning. Tlie
short period bo was 'present in that city
was-remarkobly interesting. At the mo
ment when he was about to depart , ho was
censtraincd to answer the calls of the sove.
reign people, and he accordingly addressed
them nearly an hour in the frank and man
ly spirit of a soldier. We have read his
remarks wiflf unalloyed delight No man,
of any party, who has a heart can peruse
them without an lioncst emotion of satisfac
tion. What a ii'lief is such a speech from
tlie bitter tiradtrs of party slang-whangers!
W.e throw a sido a crowd of other fhatter,
to give pbee to "tlio. following, which we
find in the Oiiio Confederate of tlie 11th
lastant. Ralcig h Register,
Gen. Harrison left Cincinnati on Thurs
day, ho arrived here, a distance of 120
miles, at five o'chxk, P. M. on Friday
and was on his feet receiving the calls dm
congratulations of our citizens, for four
hours after his arrival In the evening he
repaired, by invitation, to tho Log Cabin,
where additional hundreds had congrcga
ted to. meet this belovod and venerated
patriot Here, w ith tlie frankness and un.
rcscrvediiess winch have marked his chn
I . . .... ..
. " 1 - ;HjAm.lrrMtmiMiMi.-mmii
hours with the 4,Ixg Cabin boys" of the
CajritaL : Jjong before tlie sun, and before
our youui were astir, mo uenerai was, on
tho morning of tho morrow, up and out
Having breakfasted with a friend at a re
mote part of the city , ho was soon again sur
rounded by the multitude of our people who
refused to bo satisheu without seeing and
communing with liim. "Tho period of his
deimrture being at hand tlio crowd Jn-
creoscd; it was impossible that in the brief
interval every one could be presented in
dividually to the General, and all were anx-
lions to sec and hear him. ' At the instance
of a friend, who noticed the popular soli
citude, the General, from tlie platform of
the door of the National Hotel, addressed
the people for half an hour or more.. We
wish tbatevcry man in America had heard
the speech. How would the defamers of
this great and good man have dwindled in
their estimation into merited insignificance.
How would the slanderers who impute to
him motives which do not actuate hirOj and
opinions which he never held, and designs
whicli he never entertained, and principles
whiclv lie 4ievcr-chcriAcdljinxL who infoJ
-i '.. i , ... ..
mously ascrifceto him imbecility naA decrep
itude, and cowardice i how would these
slanderers have been indignantly rebuked
by tho righteous judgment of an honest and
insulted peopl:! But as tncy did not and
could not hear it, we will"endeavor to pos
sens tlieni-of-its substance. - We took no
noU s. Neitlier General I Iarrison nor any
oilier person thought or Ins making a pob
uc address tSo iiiinutes before he commen
ced it - It ajoso out of tho circumstances
winch mirrounueu him at themoment, and
oinmilnrlv illimt rated- n nnftlitv of liia r.hn-
rocter to which wo have before alludY-d-
tlio ability always to say and do exactly
what is proper to besaidanddone. Tlie
reader will bear in mind, therefore, that we
profess only to give himjriic subject matter,
not the Btylo anu expression ot
GEN. HARRISONS REMARKS.
" Gew. IIasbisox said he was greaily ih
Ucbted to his fellow-citizens of Columbus
and Franklin county, the niostcordial.hos
pltalityhadiiridf Timer bocn occordcdTo
him by them. J5o long as Hie time when he
was honored with the command of tlie
"Northwestern Army "and held his head-
quarters at Eranklinton, on the other sido
of the river, it was his fortune to find in the
neonle of Franklin county not only trood
citizens, but patriots and soldiers. Their
onwavering'kindnes to him had laid him
under majiy rireviorooblhjatiora
generous . attentions on the present oc
casion he cncentilljr and gratefull
' Ho said ho Wd no inU'iUion'to detain his
friends by making a speech, and he did so
in obedience to what he understood to be
the desire of those whom he addressed. He
was not surprised that public curiosity was
awakened in reference to somo things
which had been lately published concrning
him? nor was he unwilling to satisfy the
feeling? of his fellow citizens by such pro
per explanations as became hhriin his pre
sent position before the country. He con-
tossed that he had suflered decp'mortifiQa."
tion, since he had beeirplaced before the
people as a candidate for the highest office
in tlieir gift jiay; the most exalted station
in tlie world tliat any portion of his coun
trymen should think it necessary or expe
dient to accuse, slander or villify him. 1 lis
sorrow arose not so much from personal
deer as was to him the humble reputation
hp had carnedsaa from public considera
tions. r 11c might draw consolation, under
this species of injury, which showed that
tlie best of men, who had devoted their
ives to the public service, had been the
victim. of irailiiction. " But virtue ind truth
a ix' the faund:Uivjis of our rcpuhliqaa ys:
kijWben these BredisregartW, our
free institutions must fail; llookcd, there
tore, at symptoms oi oimorunitnuoii mi
sincore regret, as betokening' danger to
iublic liberty. w.A part of Uw political press
supporting the existing Administr&Uon, and
certain nartizans olivir. Van cures, also a
Uindidate .for , tliat hign- oflice,. to'.wluch
some of 4hoso w hom he addressed desired
to elevate him, liad invented and f nega
ted many calumnies agaiiwt him, but he
proposea on trio present occasion io hwik
only of the numerous perversions and
slanders which filled tlie columns of the
lewsitoncrsand misn-presented his clmrac
tmr iftHl conduct He alludc4 to tlie story
of hisfuhiocs "Confidential Commiftce". a
tlK-y calk-dNL "Tlie story7gq9T
Gen. Harnsonthat 1 have not ontjra
cominittee of cnsciejice.ke4fcrs,ribut that
they put mo in a cageJastcned withiron
bars; and keep mo in tliat'WTo one who
looked at his bright and snarkjing eye
the light which benined in Its neh press.
ioiHr-the smile which played iion bis uoun
Una nee, blending the lineantcnts of bciibvJ
..I I tt , J I I l
uieiicc Biiu unniH.Tw nu n'liieuiui-tuu ui.
so, that he was lishmingto the voice of a
son of old Gov. Harrison, one of "the sign
ers," thejiupil 9fold "Mad AnthpOy," the
hero of Tippecanoe, the dcfemlcr of rort
Meigs, the conqueror of Proctorthe idea
of William I L 1 Iarrison In a cage was ir.
rcsistibly ludicrous!) -. .
When uio lauglitcr had subsided, the
General proceeded. 'l have no' commit
tee, felbwitizens, eonfidential or other.
It is true tliat I employed my friend , Major
Gwynn. to aid me in returning replies to
some of the numerous questions propbund-
cd to me by letters. JJut to such only as
any man could answer as well as another.
There is scarcely a question of a political
nature now agitating tho public mind, on
which I have not long since promulgated
my opinions, by speeches, published Ict
ters, or official acts. A largo majority of
letters addressed to mo purported to seek
my views of Abolition, United States Bank
onJothcf-Smtlers conccrnnijwhich my
views were already in tho possession or tho
public. Tlw most suitable answer to these
and to well intentioncd persons the most
satisfactory was a reference to tho docu.
ments in which my opinions -already or.
jrcssereto be round, ouch answers
fiiciid. Major Gwynn.? Letters. requiring
more tarticular attention I answered my
self. Every body who knows Maj. Gwynn
knows that ho is not one whom I would
employ to write apolitical letter. Ho is a
self-made man a soldier and a"gontlo
man but neither a politician nor a scho
lar. I nsked the service of him, because
he was my friend, and I confided In hi in,
as it was plain aud simnle. wily habit i to
receive, open, and read myletters myself.
Such as require special attention, I rtj
to myself. Such as may be easily an-
swerwd by another, I hnnd to my friend,
with an endorsotion indicating where tho
information sought may be found, as thus:
or, 'the answer is seen in my letr.to Mf:
Denny." &c But it' secms tliat Major
Gwynn was Chairman of a Cominittee of
the Citizens oi Cincinnati, or of Hamilton
county. When the famous Ov ; letter
was received, it was read, ami as usual
with such letters! endorsed it and handed
it to Major Gwynn. Buf, jt seems, wlicn
the answer was prepared it was sigucu ar
so by his colleagues of the County or City
p,m:" Tfif ill rT-... .'.ii.r- v
Committee, Of all this I knew nothln:;-
nor in tlndr capacity of ComniHtbe had they
any thing to do with my letters. Yet by a
little mistake and much perversion these
gentlemen have been erected into a Com
mittee of my conscience-keepers, and made
to shut me up in a cage to prevent me frpm
Answering interrogatories. Gen. Harrison
remarked that, had he indeed, called to his
assistance the sesviccs of a friend in con.
ducting his correspondence, he would have
had high authority to justify) him in the
measure' It had been said of Gen. Wash
ington, tliat many of tlio papers which bear
his signature, were written by others, and
i t i. j ? i i i . . pi. .--i
he believed it had never been contrfidic:iiaip2a men, the concuri
and Gen. Breckcnridge, aid to Gen. Jack
son in the Into war, had represented, himself
to be the author of much of Gen. Jackson s
correspondence. But he had not done so.
to any extent or in any ether sense than as
he had nowcxplainod it in requesting
Major uwynn to refer those addressing in
quiries to him, to the public sources of in
formation. And he would; hero say, tliat
in all his public life, civil and military,
there was no letter, report, speech or-or.
dcr, bearing his name, which was not writ
ten wholly by his own hand. Ho said), to
openjTCadTand Bjwwcralltho letters re
ceived by him was physically impossible,
though lie should do nothing else whatever
Thrive his hearers an idea of the Jabor it
he said gendemanHlien
present was with liim. the nwrnihg he left
Cincinnati wlien he took irony the lost Vl'
fice 16 letters tlierc were usually half tlie
number at tlio Post office near his residence
24 letters per day. Could any man, he
ask, give tlie requisite attention to such a
daily correspondence, even to tlie neglect
of every other engagement 1 rue it was,
tliat many communications were sent him
which were not entitled to his notice--3cnt
by persons wlio liad no other obiect hut to
draw from him something which might be
. . . . . . j . . .
used to his injury, and die injury of the causi
with wliich he was identified Vet r'there
were enough; of thoscwhich- claimed his
respectful consideration for the -sources
from which they came, and the subjects to
wliich they referred, to occupy' more time
and labor than any one man could bestow
upon them. ' , ' : U
Gen. Harrison said he had alluded par;
ticularly to this matter of the Committee
because it had so recently bocn the occasion
of soTmicfraTiimadvclonhyTiis political
adversaries. ; But it Was one only of many
misrepresentations of him, his conduct, his
principles, and his opinions, with which
tlie party Press was teeming. He said it
would occupy -him many hours to discuss
them, if it were ncccasaryor proper for
him to do ao.' ? Ho referred, liowever to tlie
Richmond Euquirfer--and expressed 1 his
surprise at the manner in wliich his name
and character had been treated by that pa
per. ' He did so? as It afforded an example
of tlie prostitution of tlio press to party pur.
poses., That paper, wluch formerly did
him more tlian jusrticoland paid Jim the
highest compliments as a soldier and ci
vilian whose editor at one time could de.
signate no other man wlwin he considered
so well qualified for the responsible place
of Secretary of W4f, was now lending it.
self to the circulation of tlie most discredits,
bio calumnies against him and endeavoring
to persuade his countrymen that he was a
coward and a federalist He aJJuded to the
evidence upon which tho Enquirer sought
to fasten the accusation that he was a mac
cockade federaUal i, e. the remarks of Mr.
Randolph In tlie Senate of tho United States.
II.. mi id that tlui attack of Mr. Randolph
was mot at the moment it was.mado and ef.
fcctually disproved. Ho passed a iigh en
comium ujion4he giuiius of that remarkable
man: and said, that thoso who knew Mr.
Randolph, knew that ho never gave up a
polntyin debate, or receded from his groimd
any' where, until convicted of error.- The
fact thathamade no reply to his answer to
the charge, Ts; proof to any one familiar
with his charactcxthat he himself was sa
tisfied tluit he had erred. Gen. II. explain
ed the foundation of MrRandulph's charge,
made at a moment of temparjr irritation.
lie said that Did Air. Adamsreluscd to
adopt against France tho measures whicli
his party desired, and showed himself in
Hint 1 wwwl: st tarun. mom sn AmfnJin
than a Partizan. It was Ihat course of
icy' of Mr. Adums, which commanded
approbation and induced him so to express
himself, at the timo. Mr. Randolph roM
memliered the expression, but probably for
got the particular subject of It, and thus the
very fact which pwived him to belong to
tho Republican party of 1799, long 'years;
afterwards, is separated from its-attendant
circumstances and used to prove him a
sen wiui.mueu eanieHinessuii vie iiijuhuco
which was thus attempted to be inflicted
on his chamctorin his native State, id wliich
when truth and virtue and honor had sufV
fcrcd violence every where else, he had
hoped they would survive. j j ' , f
iiiHtunccs of gross misreprcsontations or ab.
splutafulsehoods, Industriously and shame
fully" propagated by n part) s "It
soemsahnpst incredible, feiow-citiztris,!'
said Se but it js true that rom a long
speech, filling several columns of a paper,
two short, sentences have been taken from
different parts of it, thewtwo sentences,
separated from their context, are put toge
ther, my.jiamo attached to them, and pub
lished throughout the land as an. authentic
document" He deplored that state of
public sentiment which could tolerate sueft
a system ot party action and trusted for tho
honor of ! country and tho hopes of liber
ty that tiiu : rcformafjon of such abusea
would soon be wroughf out by tlio force of
a puce and healthy public opinion.
i'Why, fellow:itizens,''8aid Gen. Har
rison, I have recently, in that House,
pointing to the State house) been charged
with high oflenccs against mycountry,
which if true, ought to cost mo my life.
' Yes,"- continued he "accusations were
thcro Jaid to my charge which being estab
lished, would subject me , even now, to the
severcst'penalties which military law in
flicts for, IMvealwaysneldlhaf anom'
cer may. not escape the responsibilities of
misconduct by resigning his commission.
liiese charges are not made by my com
panions ur arms,, by the eye-witnesses of
my actions, oy the great and good and
brave men who fought by my side or under
my command. ; 1 tiey tell a diherenl story.
But their evidence, clear, unequivocal end
distinct tlie testimony of Gov. Shelby, the
venerable hero or Ring s Mountain, of the
gallant Perry, and of many brave and gene
rous spirits who saw and knew and partici
patcd in all tho operations connected with
the, battle of the Thames the evidence of
rent records of history and the authority of
universal pubhctpinion,areall cast aside,
in deference to the reckless assertions f
those who were cither not in being or dan
died in the arms of their nurses! General
Harrison said he acknowledged that these
calumnies were disagreeable to him. Ills
good name, such as it was, wag his most
precious treasure and he did not like to
have it mangled by such-calumniators.
Were it his land they were seeking to de
stroy were it the title deeds to his farm
that they are epdeavonng to mutilate, he
couiq oear ineir ciions wiuyiatience and
smile' even at their success. But he con
fessed, notwithstanding hjs perfect confi.
donee in the justice 'pf his country and the
Tleclgion of an impartial poslcruyTlfiaf these
ruthless attacks upon-his military character
afTected him unpleasantly. - This policy of
Ins adversaries constrained himself as now
on trial before his couhtryr He. was rnoTrc
Iuctant to bo tried fairly. " The American
people being his Courr and Jury-his ad.
versarieshcld to those rules of evidence es
tablished by common sense and common
right, he' feared not the results of tho strict
est scrutiny, and would cheerfully submit
to the decision of a virtuous and enlightened
community." , He asked but fair dealings
and final justice,, no more..
Gen. Jlarrison alluded. tolsevexal other
instances 'of gratuitous and unfounded ca
lumny, having no shadow of apology in any
fact forpheir invention and publication.
He spoke of the battle of Tippecanoe of
the death ot the lamented Daviess, : whose
fall had been ascribed to him. ., lie said the
whole story about the Wihita .llorse was
entirely fjsdse, and that the fate of the gallant
ilentuckian had no connection whnhWr
with his own white mare, which, by acci
dent, was not rode on that occasion by any
one. In remirkingtipon the slanders con,
nccted with the battle of Tippecanoe', he
said their refutation, one and all, was found
in the proeecdiivrs of the Legislature of
Kentucky, and especially in Iho cilraorili-'
naiy confidence reposed in lum by tlie gat
lant' Governor and people of tliat state,
when tliey subsequently honored him with
the command of tlieir army," composed of
tlie choice spirits of the land, the best blood
of Kentucky. Gen.' Harrison spoke'with
deep emotion of the trust reposed in him by
Kentucky ra the occasion alluded to, and
said, that the commission which mode him
theuommonacr ot tnat urave ana patriotic
arniy of Kcnfuckians, he had always held
as the most honorable commission which
it had been the fortune of his life to have
conferred upon him. . , 1,;
' lie referred to a very recent story, got
up in his own neighborhood, and sent forth
to the world, corroborated by the sanctity
of an affidavit , -which represented him m
confessing to a young man on a steam-boat
.i . i :....: i J . .ill.)
lie 0108 airainst rcstfrctions oiT Missouri,
he did so in opposition to the suggestions, of
his, conscience, kc lie said tho narra.
five bore on its face the proofs of its abso
lji.to fnkity and when no prohounced it a
fabrication, without the semblance of a fact
or a word for its basis, it was not because
ho thought it required a contradiction, but
to evince the recklessness and desperation
of Ids political enemies, who seemed to
have given up every ground f hope, save
that which they found in villifying his
name. "It is a melancholy fact, fellow,
citizensi" said General Harrison, "that
tlie advocates of Mr. Van Buren should so
tar forget what belongs to the character of
fift American citizen, and do so much vi
olenco to the nature of our free institutions
as to place the great political contest in
pol-TF'c are w striving, upon an issue
8Ue1 w tni9a ' 1 wou'd not accept tlio lofty
station, to which somo of you are propos.
ing to elevate me, if it came to be by such
means. " I would not, ir I had the power
to prevent it, "idjow the fair fame of my
competitor to biKunjiistly assailed and
wound(d even for tW attainment of that
lofty aim of a noble ambition. Nay,
ble ambition. Nay, I
have often defended Mr. VarvRurcn against
what I believed to- be the ' misrepresenta
tions of my own mistaken frwnds-and oth
ers. " Fellowitizens, if Mr. VanB.uren
be the, better statesman let us say so-1
shall be the last man to raise an objoction
against it,' or to desire- to impose restraints
binm' tlie utmost independence of thought
and action, and the freest expression of
generous adversary such a man I delight
to embrace, and .will serve him , according
to my ability, as cheerfully as my profess
ed friend. But that pohdcol warfare which
seeks success by foul detraction, and strives
fur ascendancy by the ruin of personal cha
racter, merits the; indignation of honest
men, is hateful to every generous mind,
and tends too surely to the destruction of
public virtue, and, as a consequence, to the
Uownmll of public h
Gensllarrison apologised for occupying
his fellow-citizchs so lohcr; He said he
would but mention one more of the latest
I slanders which had come to his knowledge.
ri il ..iir t.i . :n? ?
a vjrcTiimu paper, puousncu.iu vincumaii,
almost under his own eye, puts it forth,
with apparent sincerity, tliat "Gen. Har
rison, now a candidate for the Presidency
of the United States , was many years ago,
when a young man , an aid to Gen. Wayne
during his Indian Wars and matTwhene
ver young Harrison found that a battle was
coming on, he always ran off into Ithe
woods." (Again there was loud and irre
pressible laughter.) The Editor forgot.
said the General, when he served up this
little dishy that the only possible security to
young Harrison's scalp, on the approach of.
a battle with the Indians, was in keeping
out oj the woods! buch a story as this can
only c?cite a smile here, it is true, 'said
Gen."ll. but this paper circulates not alone
in tlio UhitedT States copies df it arepro.
bablyyread in Europe, where our history is
less kno,wn , and where contradiction ef such
silly falsehoods may possibly never come.
"It has long been proverbial of old, sol
diers, fellow-citizcns, continued Gen. II,,
"that they delight to-go back to other days
and fight their battles over , again.;' . When
I begun this address to you, I intended on.
ly to. speak of my far-famed "Committee 6f
Conscience.keepers," and the ''Iron Cage
in which they confine me, but l have un
wittingly taken advantage 'of your kind
disposition to listen to me, and extended my
remarks to other, though kindred topics.
I will only add tliat,-although they jiave
made a wide mistake who make me dwell
inlanronCagc," the unlucky wight who
put me in a Log Cabin was a tittle nearer the
truth than he probably supposed himself to
be. It is true that a part of my dwelling
house is a log; cabin, out as to the hard ci
der, (the laughter which followed the allu
sion to the "hard cider" branch of the story
drowned the voice of the speaker.)
Butsaid Gen. Harrison, admonished by
the proverb, that you may ascribe my Ions
speechTto the infirmity of an "old soldier,
and bring me under the suspicion of the lo
quacity of ago, I will conclude these hasty
and unpremeditated TcniartFytlinnking
my feUowitizensof CoIumbiistTor their
politeness on tfie present occasion as well
as for the friendly feeling of which they
have uniformly and often heretofore given
me so many gratifying proofs. ;-'
: .1 be Ucneral retired, leaving the crowd
which had continued to accumulate while
he spoke, delighted with" me cromot , and
satisfactory mannefin which he bad met
the wishes of the citizens. The unoermost
idea in the mind of every one with, whom
.1.-.: . .i
uio wnier luiercnangea a inought, was the
wish that every man in the Union had heard
tlie unpremeditated and extemporaneous
address. "Upon every candid mind, it im
pressed the conviction that the ODnosition
candidate for the Presidency, was thelasl
man in ine world to be made the instru
ment of a Committee of "Conscience kee
pers, or to conceal his opcikuons -of oub-
hc measures from sinister motives, when
the disclosures of them was called for bv
the prpprietyjand fitness of things.
- The General left the cifv about 10
o'clock, escorted by a numerous cavalcade
on horseback, and nttrnW Uv ilm1 Hfo.
and the Chairman of ifco Slate Central Com-J
mittcc. nie'esconpMto3.wtJ'their jj
a mile or so from thecityon his1 jour,1
northward. ';'r .v;-;.-.';nr"-" -
The General was addressed ca'paftk.'
belialf of tlie citizens of . the
which be replied in his uiufonnly
manner .. ' ' - v
( . From the Log Cabin.
WHERE ARE WE I
f Yes, where are we ! ; What is our cot.'
dition T Wliat our prospects I These a
questions, which tho timeii-are' bringin
homo to every farmer- and working mm!
How hall we answer them, but by sayiri
thntjwraro-on the broad roadto -utter 4
ftruction, as ft nation and as 1ndividualJ
that misfortune and trouble thicken roun J
us, and that the only prospect of relief i '
that which a chango of ruWirs may efT. .
It is well that tlie Log Cabin have to
the matter in hamU-nnd would be well t
every man, be Ids station in Ufe what r
may , would burst the shackles of pHv
come forward boldly and hon-
discharge of , his duty. Till
made not for party purposes,
good of the whole country end Lduli
For aid' to protect tlie interests of thoFii
mer,: tlie man of the Log Cabin, if yo,,'
please, tlie mechanic and the laborer, fror 1
utter prostration. Is any man Ignorant 4
what awaits him let him judge what tb'
future will be by what the pretent U. ' Lr
him calmly, if no can, reason out the jpoai.'
tion wliich the advocates of the Sub-Tro
sury assume in Congress, in regard to. th
wages of labor and produce. ; It is solemn!
ly avowed on the floor of the United Stat.'
hv fiiirK mnn n
"J " ...... " f " .M,(
nn .nil Mm fnllirom .1 .a aim aIiimI ij
IUI, HUU WUUIUUIIIflUb - VUV W"JW Jl
passing tho Sub-Treasury bill is to rbddci!
THE WAGES . OF LA BOB, and the PRICES fiij
fsoDUCBl by making , this a hard moncl
Government. '-- And what is this Sub-Treij
sury arrangement ? Jt ia a plun by whkij
all the dues to the Government win be )
cured in Gold and silver, to "bo kept it
vaults and soft s by numerous officers whonj
Government appoints, and to each of whuff
it pays from $2,500 to 4,500 year, k
silver, for keeping. Here iar the wliolf
plan in a few words.' It is to secure toft f
foTice holder and the Government deitcud
cnrGold end. Silver for their aluriisj
while the people must do tho best they ttl
aiuir tne omce polders are aatiated. u
there a singlcNpcnian who, will tolemj
this state of things Will he surrender
means of living to pamper an aristocracy
otoce-holdcrat ' Docs imy one ask t
proof that the rights of the farmer and worl.
ing maq will bo sacrificed hy this Sir
Treasury policy T J Ve refer him w tl,
present condition of things. Tkcy a& tc
rificedalreadjt f Labor anj 'produceSc
command but a small proportion of th ;
real value and the Rh Tron,,, hn. K
I commenced its wortin ;-riws OhvoJ
mcnt cannot yet command all the money i
the country. But when its new system '
fairly to work, it will control it.cntfrely
and then cnterprize will remnin motionk
and industry sufler from pressing want'
' When .un " American President rccos
mends the introduction into his own can
try of a portion of the Government bx
chinefy "Whicli Tis usedby Kings' and dV.
pots in Europe, and which the framerV i
the Constitution discarded as being-fit e
for a crowned head, and an enslaved pwj
pic, it is sufficient to alarm every; repulri
can. But when he enforces the adoptH
of it upon Congress in the name of the SuU
Treasury system, because "twentyJwd oq
of Iwentyeven". Kings and Emperors hai
it in force, who can patiently listen T I
the language of an old Democrat of Main
who had always ' supported Gen. Jacksoc!
"as well might Mr.' Van Buren have w
commended a King for the United States
because ticentyUwo out of ttrenty-teven m
eign Governments are so Governed." - I
To show at once the condition of tt
people in those despotic Kingdoms, whi '
Mr. van Buren holds out as cxamr
us, and in which there is a bub-
system and hard money only, and UuxictH
trolled by the Government, it is only 1
cessary to exhibit . a table of the wa'
which the working men there receive
labor ; let every one compare it for
self with what we are ' mow coming
this country, under the influence of tK
same system and policy and the indue
mcnt to join the Log Cabins in their deft:
mination and steady cimositicTrrwiD be te
powerful to be resisted.
Franco, ' 20 emta.
Gprmany, - 13 1-9 "
Italy, , 22 ,
Bavaria, 15 ' "
WcatFlandcravia ... , "
Rweden, , ;j ISeewt
Sooth Holland 7 1-8
Snonv. . 10
BelpuiB, , .13 W
With these small wojtps the In horor
required 'to board himself anof Kves
rably.and upon- tlie, coarsest food. B
upon the question of tear leases or so tq
HetUheral prices or ruinous rates for pi
dencef that we shall be called to decide
the Polls. - And let everyone prepare Wi
self for the issue. Who will join the Stf
ireasury standard while "HEDucmoit
wages" is its prominent inscription ?
Pirates Captutied. On the 30th 5
crew were captured by the Captain of wj
oi ine coasueg vessels, wun tne assiswi
of some. English officers and sailors, 1
had a few days previously been robw
and escaped from the pirates. The pira
it appeared, had killed the captain M
two sailors ot me English bng veiwi
and scuttled and sunk the ; brie. - W
subsequent capture by tlie coasting skip?
was'efiectid by stratagem. The monf
were carried to Havanna in irons, wkf
they will remain untd their triaLv .
. Hamburg Jwrfui
Religiom'e Texas. The bn2 Suf,
Mary, bound to Mntacorda. has on bi
a church, with all its appendages, p4 )
pews, Ate. This building has been eret(
and shipped by Mr. James N, Wellsriw
crof this city j ready for putting up. '
i n. x. jour., qjw
Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.)
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