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lOW ' . . r,.A .lx.ii. roiulnra With lit.
H" ?"Tu.- ff csAstrophics and horrible
15., fn.tcad of occupying their cok.nr.ns
nrll,r,.! nd necessary information: it is,
!Tcr. still more applicable now, than
v TO PRINTERS.
i n if newspaper wares were
nadcto itarkctf jwmuchs any
pcra, engross a very uirgu . '
3X,;n nf the sons of the type. Extra-
Ufinuy ercnts multiply upon us urpri8.
Gascttcs, it is seriously to be fear-
ed will not allow room to any,- tlung Uiat
i, U loathsome or shocking, A Dewspa.
pcrb pronounced to be very lean and dcs.
Otute ofjnattcr.Jf it contains no accounts
of murders, suicides and prodigics.of mon
strous births '. ' . -. ;
gome of theso tales exdre hoTrorr and
otheri disgust: yet the fashion reigrw,like
rctoh nothing cu, r. " w",uK
taste; oris it monstrous and wortby-ofrid
taife! Is the history of Newgate the only
oMnfforth readingtAro oddities only to
auntcdr Pray tell us, men of ink, if our
free presses are to diffuso information, and
we, the poor ignorant people," can get it
no other way than Ty newspapers, what
knowledge wc arc to gloan from the blun.
deruur lies, or tho tiresome truths about
thunder storms, that, strango to tell! kill
oxen, or burn banw; and cats, that bring
two-headed kittensj and sows that eat their
mi c. t' - f I
own pigsi l ne crowing oi b h;h uu-
to forebode cuckoldom: and tho tick-
.ling of hug'ln the wall threatens yel.
how ferer. , It seems really as if our news
'papers were busy to spread superstition.
Ooem, and dreams, and prodigies, arc rc-
comcd, as if they were worth minding.
One would think our gazettes were intend,
ed for Roman readers, who were silly
enough to make account of such things.
We ridicule the Papistt for their credulity;
aad yet if all the trumpery of our papers
is believed, we have little right to laugh at
any set of people on earth; and if it is not
believed, why is it printed?
Surely, extraordinary events have not
the W title to our studious attention. .To
study nature of man, we ought to know
tilings that are in the ordinary course, not
the unaccountable things that happen out
This country is said to measure seven
hundred millions of acres, and inhabited by
almost sirtmlllons of people.' who can
doubt, then, that a great many crimes will
be committed, and a great many strange
tilings will happen erery seven ' years.
There will be thunder showers, that will
split tough white oak trees; and hail storms
that will cost some farmers the full amount
of twenty shillings to mend their glass win.
dows; there will be taverns, and boxins
matches, and elections, and gouging, and
unoKing, and love, and murder, and run.
ning in debt, and Tunning away, and sui.
cide. Now, if a roan suppose eirht or ten.
or twenty dozen of these amusing events
will happen in a single year, is be ndt iust
as wise as another man", "who reads fiftv
columns of ,amazing particulars ' and of
wuree, koows that tliey have happened?"
This State has almost one hundred thou.
aarldwelling houses: it would be strangCj
" oi inem snouia escape fire for twelve
"onthstJTet ia it very profitable for a jnan
to become adeee student of ll th !-
dents, by wluch they are consumedl ' . He
ahould take good care of his chimney cor-
''i " pui a lorwcr Deiore the back log
before be goes to bed. ; Having done this,
temay let his annt or grandnaotherTcad
y day or meditate by -night.- the terrible
newspaper articles of fires; howl a maid
cropped asleen read!
BN clothea took fire; how a boy, searching
a garret for a hoard of nuU, kindled
wic uax; ana Dow a mouse, warming his
tail caught itnn fir' nA o.: :, v.:-
Bole in the floor.
Some of the shocking articles hi the na.
pers raise simple, and very .simple vonder;
me terror, and some horror "and disgust
ruw. wnat instruction is therein these end-
wondcrsT - Who is the wiser or hap.
if "dirig the accounts themlDn
w contnrv An. i. l i. j
""88, and addle shallow brains! TTW
"we thousand old maids.Und eight or
ton thousand hW K..- .fi:J.D
l atone. Worse than this tinn,- ft.
, 1 (" '"'1 mi
MUB eCCentrV minJa mra tiirru4 i
wt by such accounts, as they receive of
nr" writtes forty years tgo Thif
wjntahunt,, u will toot apnew by the eenra
. r , . ' -in issj isw sm m Ml ! Ml MPil HlllltflM
incendiaries burning pur cities i the spirit
of imitation : is contagious; and boya are
found unaccountably bent to do as men do.
When tho man flew from the steeple of the
North Church fifty years ago, every un
lucky 'boy : thought of nothing but flying
from a aign-post.
It was ouco a fushion to stab heretics;
and Ravaillac, who stabbed Henry the
4th of France, the assassin of tho Duke of
Guiso and of tho Duke of Buckingham,
with many others, only followed the fash
ion. Is It not in the power-of newspapers
to spread fashions; end by dinning burns
and murders in every body's ears, to detain
all rash and mischievous tempers on such
subjects, long enough to wear out the first
Impression of horror, and to prepare them
to act what they so fumiarly contemplate!
Yet-there seems to bo a sort of rivalship
among printers who shall have the most
wopdert and the strangest and"most horri
ble crimes. This taste will multiply prodi
gies. The superstitious--Romans used to
forbid reports of prodigies while they were
performing sacrifices on such accounts. .
' Evcry horrid ptory in a newspaper pro
duces a shock; but, after some time, this
sliock lessens. At length, such stories are
so far from giving pain, that they rather
raise curiosity, and we desire nothing so
muchras the particulars of terrible trage
dies-Tue wonder is as easy as to stare;
and tho roost vacant mind in the most In
need of such resources a dost no trouble
scrutiny or reflection; it is a Bort of food
fondle curiosity, that is ready chewed and
digested - ' . , . i '
Unr the whole, we may insist, tnat tne in.
crcnsiiiff fashion of Drintinff wonderful tales
pfcrimes and accidents, is-worse than ri-f
diculous, as it coxrupts both the pubhc taste
and morals. It multiplies fables, prodi
gious monsters and crimes, and thus makes
shocking things ; faniiliar; while it with
draws, all popular nttrntioairom fiuniliar
irujns.oecuseujanoisnocwng. . .
.i t ?- i . i i ;
Now, Messrs. Printers,! pray tlie
honorable craft, to banish as many murders
and horrid accidents, and monstrous births
and prodigies from their gazettes, as their
readers will permit tliem; and by degrees,
to coax tliem back to contcmplato life and
manners; to consider common events with
some common sense; and to study nature
where she can bo. known; rather than in
those of her 'ways, where she really is, or
i3 represented to bo inexhaustible.
Strange' events" are facts, and as such
should bo mentioned, but with brevity, and
in a cursory manner. -They afford no
ground for popular reasonings of inslruc
tion; and therefojsUhenorrid details, that
make each particular hair stiffen and stand
upwnght on tlie reader s head, ought not to
bo given? In short, they must be mention.
edj but sensible printers and sensible read,
era, will think that way of mentioning them
the best, that impresses them least on pub.
lie attention, and that hurries them on the
most swuuy ro oe iorgoiien.
TiNro. A discovery has been made
which seems likely to revolutionize the
tradcr : By means of a tanning machine, or
a pair of horizontal rollers fixed over a tan-
pit, between which is introduced a belt or
band of hides attached by ligatures to each
other, to tlie number of 50 to 100, and by
which the rollers are constantly fed or sup
plied, the. hides are lifted out of the pit on
one side of tho machine; as they pass bo.
twecn the rollers, the exhausted ooze or
tanning liquor is pressed out of them, and
they arc deposited in folds into the pit, on
the other side of tlie machine, whero they
absorb another supply of fresh ooze. Hie
first having been inserted between the rol
lers, tlie others follow in succession, and
upon arriving at the end of the band the mo
tion of the roller is reversed, and the belt
is returned through tlie machine to receive
another squeeze. : This alternating motion
is constantly repeated, tlie pit being replen
ished from time to time with fresh solutions
of tan, till the operation is completed.
The edects produced by mis simple plan,
as we have satisfied ourselves by the in
spection ofthe dpcumniaironijhose-whQ
have been working on the patent method
urmany jnonths, and from those who have
purchased , manufactured , and worn the lea
ther, are 1st", The shortening the timeiof
tanning to one-fourth of that trenenuly- re-
Wiufe(L2d. The production of a consider
able increase of weight. 3d. J. he leather
tanned by this method resists water longer
than that tanned by tho old process. 4th.
The new method is clieaper to work on than
5th. Tliat it is applicable to the
existing tan yards, at a comparatively tri
fling expense, with a capability of working
in rounds or sones , and of expending tan
and liquor. 1 - 6th. That it is available for all
sorts of lcatlier. Taper.
Cubiocu Mahusckitt. In a list of an
cieot Uterary manuscripts and remarkable
manuscripts, recently announced for sale
by Messrs. Southcrby of London, is one with
the following title: ; . - '
- A letter from the Earl of Bath toLord Nor
reys, dated April 16, 1681 -"being a pro
posal for the sale pf the province of New
Jersey x a country almost as large as Eng
land, belonging to the late ueorge uarter.
et, for the small sum of between 5000 and
6000 pounds." . .
. Thus it appears tliat one hundred and
filiy-m ue years ago, the whole btate ot n,
Jersey was offered for sale for the sum of
about twenty-five thousand dollars.
- Indian murders. A party of Dragoons
were fired on by Indians near riJatka, and
two of them killed.
ASnEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST H
WHY ISTHERLl NOT A HELL.
. Br raoFSssoa stuast.
I can never think on the subject of future
punishment,' without spontaneously asking
Why should I disbelieve il t. If it be true,
that there Js no punishment of the w icked
hereafter, then J sliall be as much a parti
cipator of tlie good whjehis to. come,' as
if I were a believer in the doctrine of those
who affirm this, The only reward for be
lief in this case, will be a hope, such as it is
during the present life, that I shall be hop.
py hereafter, come what may in this world,
pr do what I may please to do. And yet
my conscience, in spitetof myself, would
bo continually at war with such a hope, on
such grounds. There is 'a fearful look
ing for of judgment and fiery indignation
which will devour the adversaries," im
planted by our Maker in the human breast,
in order to proclaim within us that there is
a God who will judge the world in righte
ousness, who abhors sin and lo ves holiness,
and who will exhibit to the creatures of his
power, his love of tlie one and his hatred of
the other.,' Conscience can be stilled in re
spect to theso fears, ; only by "doing to
her the most absolute violence, binding her
in chains, hoodwinking her; or administer.'
ing opiate in large.quantities. The latter is
the usual method of, keeping . r quiet
But alas! it is only a dreamy and feverish
sleep that is procured, bins committed
are followed by the fear of punishment,
whether we wUI or not- This is the voice
f God that speaks to the soul made in his
image, Dut now aegraaea. ana aeracea Dy
sin. Uonscicnce whispers that retribution
will come: We may . stop our cars ; we
may drownler jroicja :hLrousic orwith
shouting ; all these expedients are but tem
porary. . When every artifice is wearied
out, and every shout which overpowered
the still small voice has ceased, then comes
tho tremendous whisper again. Irf our lone,
ry recesses, in the dead of -night, oo-the
AA of sickness, in the hour of danror of
trial, of misfortune conscicnco whispers
,,:i r vr-., ,
with an accent that penetrates the inmost
recesses ofthe soul : "There is a God who
judgeth the earth." "God is angry with tlie
wicked every day.
Where, O where, is an asylum from
this still small jroicc. more. terrific than the
syen thunders which shake the fhrone of
heaven t Is it to, bo : found in plunging
deep into the pleasures of sense T But how
can it be fou'iid there ? ' These are short.
unsatisfying, often attended with satiety and
disgust even in the very-height of them ;
nd at a 11 events, they. are but temporary,
Shall the refuse be found, then, in confi
dent assertion, in presumptuous belief, that
there is no future punishment I .But how
will these alter the case f : The measures of
a just uod are not to-be influenced by our
declarations, nor by our presumption.
When we have scoffed at his justice, or de
rided the moral, retribution which be in
tends to make there is no change in him
nor m his measures. ; W hen we call in
question his word ; or even labor to make
it proclaim tlie future freedom of the wick
ed from all punishment ; it is not tho, bold
ness of pur assertions, nor the rashness , of
our criticisms on tho Scriptures, nor, the
zeal with which we may : contend for our
professed belief in the common happiness
of the pious and the impious, wluch (can
change the declarations of the Scriptures,
or repeal one awful ; commutation which
they contain. There the assurance is giv.
en , that when the Soviour is seated on his
throne of final judgment, and all nations
are assembled before him, lie will separate
them as a shepherd divides his sheep from
the goats to the one he will assign wxvn
aiomon to the other kolastn atonum. '2 LThe
punishment is characterized by the tame
adjective as the reward ; and if tho life be
endless in this case, then the punishment
must also be endless. If not. tlie whole
declaration has no intelligible meaning.
C With such an avowal before us as this,
from the lips of him who is himself to be our
final judge, is it acting a reasonable part, to
shut our ears against it, and," in accord
ance with our wishes, maintain that even
the Bibleatself establishes the doctrine of
universal salvation Kor at least, of ultimate
universal restoration. The laws o exegesis
remonstrate against this conclusion ; and if
they-are not to be trusted, what confidence
can we piacc in any unmg inatacouce.
from the Bible f It lic-on-the--very---face
ofthe Scriptures that heaven is no more af.
hrmed to be endless, than hell is. An in
terpretation which makes the latter tempo
rary,-roust shake our faith m the perma.
stands or falls together. -Biblical Reposu
wry. - - - ' :
Reverses of Forttoe. Tho follow.
ing statement should teach us a salutary
lesson. The changes of a day are indeed
wonderful r r . ? l '
A subscription has been opened at Paris
for the benefit of Richard Leoir, once, i
is stated, th4 first manufacturer in France
now an old man of 74, ill and destitute
He once possessed forty manufactories in
different parts of France, , employed .10,
648 workmen. . "My property, he says
in his memoirs, the first volume of w hich
has been lately pubhslied, "was on the 23d
of April,' 1814, about eight million of
francs (or nearly 820,000.) On the 24th
I was a ruined man." Tho only cause of
this reverse, he states to nave been the
sudden suppression of theduties on cotton by
na ordinance of tliat date made by the
Count d'Artois.. since Charles X. then
Lieut. (kBsnXLonimMech. Mag.'
The Bcbniho Lacei of South Amebi
ca- The-followihg account of tho'Burn.
ing Lakes," the most remarkable volcanic
phenomenon in tho immediate vicinity of
Agnachapa, Is from Montgomery Narra.
tive, just published: ' '' -. - j
"Of these lakes or ponds, there are sev
eral ; and they occupy a considerable tract
of land. The largest is about a hundurd
yards In circumference. -In tlus, as ia all
othcrsfjhe water, was extremely turbid,
and of a light brown color, was boiling fu.
riously, and rising1 in bubbles three or foar
feet high, The steam ascended in a dense
white cloud, and spread for a considerable
distance round, as I stood for sotno time
on the bank of this natural chauldron, gaz
ing with awe upon its tremendous vortex.
Tlie keat was so great on tho surface of tho
ground, near the borders ofthe lakes, that
bad our feet not been protected by thick
shoes, it could not have been endured. X)n
thrusting a knife into the ground, the blade
when drawn out, after a few seconds, was
so hot as to burn the fingers. . Our horses,
which, according to the country, were not
shod," exhibited such symptoms of uneasi
ness, owing to the state of tho ground be
neath them, or in consequence ofthe strong
smell of the steam , that it was found neces
sary to leave them tied at some distance from
the scene. In some places a little column
of smoke issued fiercely; from a hole in the
ground, while in others the water ; in a
boiling state gushed out . liko , a fountain.
The cbullutions of these lakes, or springs,
have formed, on the borders of them, a
deposit of the. finest clay, and. of every va
riety of colors.
It does not appear that the natives .have
profitedliyihe facilities thus afforded "them
for the manufacture of pottery. And au
though nothing would bo more easy than
to establish there tlie finest - mineral baths
in the world, this object has never occupi-
The World's Ejcd. During the last
two or three centuries, upwards of thir-
teen fixed stars have disappeared, . One of
them situated In the Northern Hemisphere,
presented a peculiar-brilliancy," and was so
bright as to be seen by tlie . naked eye at
mid-day.: It seemed to be on fare, appear
ing first of a dazzling white then of a red
dish yellow, and lastly, an ashy pale color.
La Place supposes that it was burned up as
it has never been seen since. TheJ confla-
eration was visible about sixteen months,
How dreadful ! A whole system on fire,
the great central luminary and its planets,
with their plains, mountains, forests, villa
ges, cities and inhabitants, all in flames,
consumed and gone , forever.-: Here we
have a presmptive proof of the truth, and
a solemn illustration of a singular passage
in a very old book "The . heavens shall
pass away with a greatlioise, the elements
shall melt with fervent heat, the world also,
and the works that are therein, shall be
burned up." ; . . - ' "
HospiTALm.- The sujofned is an ex
tract of a letter from Gen. Washington- to
Ltund Washington, at Mount Vernon;, in
1775.-- - : , - ". -. " 1
'Lct tho hospitality of the house! with
respect to the poor, be kept -.up.. LiCt no
one go away hungry. If any of this kind of
people should be in want ot corn, supply
their necessitic s, provided it does not en.
courase them i.i idleness: and 1 have no
objection to your giving my money in char.
ity, to the amount of forty or fifty pounds
year, when you think it well bestowed.
What I mean by having no objection, is
that it is my dcsireJhat it sliou'd be done.
You are to consider, that neither myself
nor wife are in the way to do these good of
fices. " In all other respects I recommend to
you, and have no doubt of your observing
the greatest economy and frugality : as
suppose you know that I do. not get a far
tiling for my services here, more than my
expenses. If becomes necessary therefore,
for me to be saving at home. y
The Corporal. During tlie Ajmerican
revolution, an officer not habited in his mil
hary--costume was passing by where-a-
small company ot soldiers were at work,
making some-repairs on a smalt redoubt
The. commander of the" little squad was
giving orders to those who were under him,
relative-toa ietrimbeT-whieh they-1
were endeavoring to raise to the top of the
works. The timber went up hard, and on
tills account the yoice of the little great
manpwas' oftencr heard in his regular vo
ciferations of " Heave away! There she
goes! Heave ho!' etc. The officer before
spoken Of stopped his horse when arrived
at the place, and seeing the timber some-1
tunes scarcely move, bskcu uie communuyr
why he did not take hold and render a lit.
tie aid. The latter , appearing to be. some
what astonished, turning to the officer with,
all the pomp of an emperor said, "Sir j I
am a corporal!" "You are not though,
you!" said the officer, "I was not aware of
that And taking off his hat and bowing,
"t ask your jfardonfMftCWporaL"-Cpon
this he dismounted his elegant steed, flung
the bridlo over a post,' and lifted till tlie
sweat stood hi drops upon his forehead.
When the timber was elevated toits proper
station, turning to the man clothed in brief
authority, " Mr. Corporal Commander,
said be, "when you have another such job
and have not men enough, send to your
Commander-in-chief, and J will come and
help you a second time." The corporal
was thunderstruck! It was Waslungton.
o Port, Transcript.
POLITIC OF THE DAY,
Froni the Cincinnati Republican.
THE CHARGE OF FEDESALISM.
The Gazette of yesterday contains the
appended depositions of James lay lor,
Griffin Ycatmnn, John Matson and George
Gordon, gentlemen now residing in and
near Cincinnati, who emigrated to the
North-western Territory at an early day
who have enjoyed an intimate acquaintance
with General Harrison for nearly half a
century who havo ever maintained an un
blemished reputation for juitcgrity, and
whose statements, In consequence., will be
received in this community j and wherever
else known, without the feast shawdow of
distirThcse depositions, (we are nl
most lorry they are depositions' for tlie
simple word of each of tho attestors, is his
fndavit) completely put down a foul ca
lumny, which has been industriously circu
lated throughout the country in the corrupt
portion of the Administration press, and
which in substance, was that General Ilar-
siou was an old Federalist, and that during
the time of tho elder Adams he was in the
habit of wearing the black cockade, as an
Insigniaof bis. Federalism, and an evidence
of his devotionnto the men composing this
!. . " ' ....
1 his charge was hrst put in circulation
by Ex-Senator Hendricks, upon the allce.
ear verbal statement of Mr. rcter Mills, of
Indiana, and which, it has been attempted
to corroborate, by the statement of old Mr.
Jacob Fowler, of Lexington, (a witness
whose last dotage has been taken advantage
of by the minions of power;) and a Mr.
rrice, ofLUhio, whom no one here knows,
cirJiaiCany-jecollection of .Whcn-thia
charge of "wearing the cockade," was first
put forth, it was deerned so preposterously
false, so utterly at variance with the estab
lished and traditional history of tho West,
that we of Ohio, thought it totally unworthy
of Ulno, and we might add, the great west
now arrived at the age of manhood, but has
ever heard from his earliest infancy, the
name of General Harrison closely identified
with the Jeuersoman school of republicans
The truth" is, whatever objection formerly
existed to General 11. as a politician , on
ciliated from the fact that ho was, in the
opinion of many, too warmly attached to
the Jencrsoman school that ho was too
strict a constructionist, and Stato Rights
politician. Here, then, in Cincinnati, these
depositions . will obtain but little interest
They will appear like tapers brought to add
light to the noon-day sun of history and
tradition. They only contain information
which hundreds of the old residents of
Hamilton countv have known for years.
and which thousands of her native youth
have repeatedly heard from the lips of their
lathers; and were it not lor some persons,
who live in other btaten, and may be un
acquainted with the history of Gen. Harri
son and the VV est, may possibly be led to
suppose there was some truth in this false
charze. we should consider it a work of
entire supererogation to re-publish these
depositions. V :
Mr. Fowler's declaration, was brought
out by the notorious Ex-CQDgrssnia, Cap
tain Henry DanieL , His statement Is in
v "Ia answer to your letter of this date,
will say that I was in Congress, as a mem
ber. during the crcat struggle between
Jefferson and Adams, and know the fact
that William Henry Harrison, then a dele.
gato from the North Western lerntory
was unon the side of Mr. Adams. He was
a Federalist, and wore the black cockade,
M Fowler is a very old niau, complete
ly in his dotage. vTo b!kw that advantage
has been taken of his situation by corrupt
men, we will state a singular and conclu
sive fact, and we do so too, upon the au
thority of Gen. Harrison. , ' ' --
t Previous to the canvass for a delegate in
the North Western Territory Gen. Harri
son observed a very passive position in re
gard to the election. Among othenfof the
Republican partyTwlio urged hlto to take
a more active part in the ejection, was this
verylsame Jacob Fowler He was at tliat
time on a visit teNewport, Keutucky, anl
crossed the river for the sole purpose of
Conversing with, and urging upon General
Harrison tho propriety of taking more ac
tive measures Jo secure his election, by the
There is not the least doubt then, that
the Ex-ffonowMe -Henry Daniel, has obtained-
the signature-of-Mrr-Fowler to a
certificate, the language and meaning of
wliich, the latter did not comprehend, from
extreme dotage. 1 ,
Deposition of Qen. James Taylor, ofNew.d
port, Kentucky, Quarter Master uenerai
under Gen. IIulL ; .
, . 1 came to Kentuciy in the spring of the
year 1792. In June of that year, 1 came to
visit tlie tract of land on which I have re
sided ever eince, (opposite td Cincinnati.)
As there were no accommodations to be had
on my sido of the river, I -spent-several
weeks among the officers at Fort Washington-"
I did not meet General Harrison
on my first visit, as I understood he had
gone on to Philadelphia. .
We say alleged statement, because we
believe Mr. Mills; has been misrepresented.
We know him well; and we know Ex
Senator Hendricks too; and will guaran
tee that whatever he may have said about
black cockade, his language aa4 meaning
have bea entirely garbled.
NUMBER il ;
-J came again in tho spring of 1793, and
settled wberVl now livoy and became acS
quainted with Gen. Ilarrkon, and from be.
ing from the samo State, (Virginia) wa
contracted an intimate acquaintance, which
has continued up to tho present time.
' After General Harrison retired from the
Army ho was appointed Secretary of thelZ
North-western Territory.. The intimacy
still continued, and we were much together,
for our residences were less than one mile
from each other. I knew mat General
Harrison's political opinions agreed with
niy own that of tho JelTersonian school. '
Gen. Harrison was the Republican candi
date to represent the North-western Ter- ':
ritory as a delegate, and was elected. I
understand that he was opposed by all th
Federalists. Judge Burncts was then a
member of the'Territorii-I Legislature, and
although a warm personal friend pf Gen.
iarnson, voted against turn this was in,
the year 1799. - - ' ' J
As to the story of the black cockade. I
am sure he never wore one, except it might .
oe in nis miuiary arcss on review days.
I have always considered Gen. Harrison
the most military man in the western coun
try, and at the period of the late war, doubt
if there was his superior in the United .
States, for he had great experience under
the gallant and experienced Wayne. I
had frequent conventions with bur patri
otic and distinguished veteran, Governor
Shelby, in relation to his opinion of Gene- -'
ral Harrison's military capacity add man
agement, as commandant of the army of.,
tho west 1 understood bun distinctly that
he highly approve his conduct, and had.,
the most exalted opinion of his bravery, ,
prudence and untiring vigilance i-and this - -appeared
to me to be the opinion of all per
sons, officers and others, in thcCwestern
country, and indeed generally in the east .
as far as my knowledge extended. I have -
said one hundred times or more that it was
General Harrison as our commander at
Detroit, that with that gallant little army
we should have conquered all Upper Cana
da, and 1 know it was the general opinion
of all the officers of that army. ;
JAMES TAYLOR." v
Bcllcone, Neport, J i
July 11, 1840
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this ;
11th day of July, 1840.'
SAMUEL W. DAVIS, Mayor.
Deposition of jGriJfin Ycalman, for many
years and now, Recorder of, Hamilton .
county. -- - -"- --' -v
( I have resided in Cincinnati from tha .
year 1793, to this time. I was well, I may
say intimately acquainted with General
Harrison, when he was Secretary of the
North ' Western Territory, and when be
was elected the Delegate to Congress in
1799. At that time I kept a hotel in the
city, and many of the members ofthe Ter
ritorial Legislature boarded with roe. I,
of course, had a favorable opportunity of
hearing their sentiments in relation to tho
two candidates for the appointment of del
egate. I do know that General Harrison
was selected, by the party who supported
the political opinions of Mr. Jefferson, on
account of tho coincidence of his opinions
with thcirs---whilst Arthur St Clair, Jr.
Esq. was considered the Federal candidate.
I do not at this time recollect the names of
all tho members; but I perfectly remember
that General N. Massie, Angjis, Lnngum,
CdrAVorthington, DrrTiffin, who were all
from Virginia, and of the politics of that
State i were tho warm supporters of Gen.
Harrison, on tlie grounds I have' mentioned
and during niy whole acquaintance with
General Harrison, 1 never knew him, to
wear a black cockade, unless when acting
in a military capacity, it being part of tho
uniform that was worn by all military offi
cers. " If such had been the case, I must
have seen it, as from my intimacy with tho
General, I saw him almost eVary day
Ia corroboration of what I have said, I
will mention the following circumstance. -
t. Some time before the election of Dele.
gate, Captain , ot the army, came to
Cincinnati, and at a party of gentlemec at
the house of my next door intglibor, Mjor
Zeigle, this officer uttered a violent denun
ciation against' the Republican and Demo
cratic member of Congressr This "was
resented by Gen. Harrison, who insisted
upon luOuakiug an exception of the Vir-
ginia Delegation. 1 Tiis was refusedvio.
lent Iaogung0 ensued Which would have
terminated in blows, but for tbeinterfer. .
ence of the company By tlie exertions of
mutual friends, the dispute was settled .
without reference to another mode of set
thng it which was apprehended. I was not
present at this party myself; but I had the,
particulars the.next day from Gen. Findley,
and other gentlemen who were present
and also from the Captain himself, who ex
pressed his regret, and said he would apol
ogize to Gen. Harrison.
. GRIFFIN YE ATM AN.
Sworn to and subscribed before mo. -TltOS.
Deposition -of John Matson, Esq. late At.
' tociate Judge of the county of Hamilton,
one of the most respectable men and most
substantial Farmers of the county. - r
I was a resident in the county of Ham-'
ilton, in the North-western Territory, from
the year 1791, until it became the State of
Ohio, and have continued to reside in the
township of Miami, in the said county and
state from that time. I becama acquaint.
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