Highland Messenger (Asheville, N.C.) /
Aug. 28, 1840, edition 1 /
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. tit it rait airwn intowfet 4AtKfiiv
; thereby largely increasing the
the stockholders. Thus the' fcw
nkteyJLTaylorrnd-0rlohMonj fiutfrlgfelatui4 hocked tte fcelWigs
j ,. .. i, .-a -' .1 i oi inewuow country, Buauiu uuw uiuwi
Ebo Committee. '
Remarks am the afcere Letter,
.aUcd to enrich themselves by using j Editors of the NatLmal Intelligencer,
There lis sormrthmg amusing Jn - the
naivete with which the President tells his
correspondents that he pint his fahh on the
-aney which., belonged to the many:
Te public"' funds were in feet drawn I
' - the Treasury, without an appropria
tion by Congress, in clear violation of the
spirit of a constitutional prohibition. . . .
The manner in ' which this abuse crept
nto the Government and fastened itself up.
on the country, with the' Acquiescence; jof
the whole People, is an impressive lesson,
teaching the . necessity of perpetual vigi.
lance and energy in detecting and resisting
the first encroachments, however seeming
ly trifling, upon the principles of our Go.
vcrnment : J?roiri the deposite of the pub
lic money in banks; it did not necessarily
follow that the banks should use it Its use
was never, until lately, and then only to a
limited extent directly 'authorized by any
act Df the Government. ' , But, as the banks
were in the habit of using deposites, they
silently treated those of the Government
like those of private citizens,, and the Go
vernment silently acqiiiesccd in the prac
tice. As for many years the revenues of
the Government were jmoderate,jand the
surplus was wanted toay the principal and
intercut of the public debt, ' the amount
loaned out by the banks was comparative,
ly small, and the profitsof ihe stockhold
ers less considerable. But in the progress
-of the Government its revenues increased,
and the amount expended became greater.
unui n amounted 10 nve, u.-n, ana, aner
the extinguishment of the public debt, to
nearly thirty millions. - : . ...
' The disastrous effects now became appa
rent s An extensive interest had sprung
up, deriving wealth from the use 'of the
People's money, and having powerful in.
ducements so to act upon the Government
-as to increase the source of their income.
Their influence was first directly felt in in
" tcrferfences to prevent the . payment of the
public debt ; then in efforts, through the use
. of the public press, and in attempts to se
cure the influence of the leading politicians
z and of men in authority, to procure a pro.
longation of their chartered privileges 5 and ,
finally, in panic and pressure inflicted Up.
on the country with the hope of controlling
the action of the Government through the
alarms and the sufferings of the People.
. TW ubiflinfli tlalgiiwUrf ..Ww -wi iHwit
institution to many smaller ones, the unity
ol tins interest was destroyed, but not its
power. Though enfeebled, it still existed
I a '. 1 a 1 . Ti a
in a iorce wnicn tnc ooiucst mignt tear, ana
hod made itself felt In the contests of the
last few years, v But the intelligence and
toirtlM nfAiiv PmwIa linvA tiiinnrKfwl
art; panic, and pressure, and the act of de
liverance is this day consummated. 4 . -
ss. It is hoped that the business of the coun.
try will no longer be disturbed by the Strug-
gtcs 01 tlie banking interests to get posses,
sion of the money of the People that they
may make a profit out of its use : but that
; "ee ot tfiathitfhicgitimately belongs "to
' tiicm, leayingthe fundsf the Government
- to be kept and expended according to the
letter and spirit of the ConsUtuUon. But
should it be otherwise, the intelligence and
firmness of our People are equal to
' triiicrgtiicy. 1 ney now understand the
- whole subject They see no reason .whv
tney should be taxed to raise money for
such a purpose. They see that its effect is
. to build up a rich privileged order at their
expense to control the Government and
destroy all equality among the People.
Seeing all this, and that the plan for which
that interest has so long struggled, to the
derangement of tlte business of the coun.
try, is in palpable violation .of the spirit
' of the Constitution their firmness will be
- equal to every effort necessary to prevent
put lorward with tne aauea saucuoo 01 uiu
Chief Magistrate of the Union. . And -this
is done. too. it should bo observed, because
in the vicissitudes of political striie, no
finds it convenient to-day to rally passions
and prejudices in favor of a measure which,
but yesterday, his , immediate predecessor
a . 1 1 1 17! 1
ceicDraiea B.emucy ana vranw .imsoui. . rv. . Aa,Mtm ,n ,h rHi, of
ft -.ItKfl Pannfe: and his naAIsans branded far
rJ'-i i.mm JaI i; I "disorganizing and revolutionary, and
In the progress of our Government the
most gratifying evidences have been fur.
nished that our Peoplo are, in intelligence,
integrity, and determined resolution, equal
to the ' task of self-government In that
Administration which has been appropri.
aieiy named "tne reign ot terror, so appro,
priatcly that men of all parties now repudi.
. ate its acts and are prompt to mirtws, as
far aathoy can, the wrongs it inflicted, the
force of statute law and the arm of the Ju.
- diciary were called in to aid the influence
of the Executive and the advocates of a
strong Government in putting down the ri-
sing spirit of the ''People, and controllinz
: the current of public opinion ; but all these
combined powers were exerted in vain.
.The Sampson of 'Democracy- burst the
'. cords which were already bound around its
tiimns, ana w-mo-eiection-oriwr. jcuurson
vindicated its principles, its firmness, and
'- its power. A web more artfully contrived,
. composed of a high protective tariff, a sys
tem of internal improvements, and a Na.
tional Bank, was t lien twined around the
' sleeping giant in the vain hope of suhjoct
: ing him forever to the dominion and will
of the ambitious and grasping few, and you
have seen how he has scattered tho .whole
to the winds when roused by the warning
voice of the honest and intrepid Jackson.
Again, in the triumph of the Independont
i Treasury, we witness the triumph of the
popular intelligence and firmness over the
arts, arguments, appliances, and alarms of
the interested few who desire to enrich
. themselves by the use of tlie public mon
eyanother and the most gratifying' evi
dence tbnt the People, when aroused, are
competent to maintain any just principle,
nd correct any abuse, however sanctioned
.' by precedent or stiained by wealth.
- Qirthese cyjdcnecspf popula c. intclli.
gence and firmness the Republican rests
' with well-grounded faith that all means
which may be used to mislead or intimi-
- date the People, now or hereafter,, into
. surrender of their Constitution and their
liberties, will, as they ever have done,
, meet with a signal and withering rebuke.'
I am, gentlemen, with thanks for the
- frien31y spirit in which you have individu
tiHv performed the dutv assumed tnvn
very respectfully, your friend and obedi.
. cnt servant, , M. VAN BURKN.
, To Mrsws, John M- McCalla, T. M.
the General Government within given lini
its, are gravely declared by, a President,
who practically attracts to his own office all
the powers, defined and undefined, of the
General Government, to be, in his . opin
ion, " like the original language of the Bi
ble in matters of religion. Ace. Though
his own Administration has been one of
constant warfare on principles which lie at
the foundation of those celebrated Resolu
tions, he denounces in no measured terms
the Federalists for having opposed tflcm.
" While," he says, ' even the name of the
proud and powerful arty which, "opposed
them has come to be considered a term of
reproach, if not of ignominy and insult, the
principles of the Kentucky Resolutions, in
profession if not in fact, now enter into the
creed of every political sect ; and the once
derided name borne by their apostles And ad.
vocatcs, is considered an -essential pass
port to "popularity and success," -t. ;
Ffle plutosophy of some of the President's
Privy .Counsellors must, have been - tried
not a little when they read this passage.
Senator .Halt, who has proudly declared on
the floor of the Senate, that he had adhered
to the Federal party as long as there was
any of it left in his state, and who, we sup.
pose, when the Federal party was .extinct,
took up with Mr. Van Buren's party as the
next best tiling, is now told by his new lead.
er, that the name ot Federalist is one of
" ighomint." But he is in dutv bound to
think so too, and so are Messrs. Buchanan,
Williams, Howard,, Hubbard, Willuns,
and a host of other "proud and powerful
Federal opponents of the Resolutions of
Virginia and Kentucky, and federal sup
porters of the present Democratic Admin
istratiofc ,. The President frankly tells us
trfttf he calls his Administration " demo.
cratic." " The once derided namon of
Democrat, he says, " U considered an ts-
(Mlh'llJ SKf SMWWi-J M MMI MIiSl "
We had guessed as much bcfore.V,
' The President's letter is dated on the
"ourlh of July, the day on which he. signed
the sub-Treasury bill. ; The terms in which
he introduces his comments on this meas
ure are so remarkable that we subjoin
them, italicising those passages to which
we particularly desire to call the attention
ot our readers. ' W -, .
; I am most happy to inform you
men. that I have this dav signed the bill
for the establishment of an Independent
Treasury, a measure of which you speak
in decided commendation." By this meas
ure, the management of an important
brought lack to the letter, at well a the ob
vious spirit and intention of the Constitution,
The system now superseded was in fact one
'0ffhe early measures devised by the friends
ana advocates ofprtvueeed orders for the
purpose of perverting the Government from
fre jirmapiei fata ugiumaie oajeat,
vesting all power m the hands of a few. and
enabtinglhm to profit ai the expense of thej
man9'n, '. !..:,;
x ' The systenVtipw supcrsqdcdn was the
dopositing of the public money in bapks ; a
system which' the President asaerisi is
against theOBvjbris spiritNtnd intention1
of the Ck)nstitutiort iutwhicnnevcrthe.
less, was acted on from , the verybegin
ning of the Government, till July 4, 184IK
' nearly half a century." In other words,
the present Chief Magistrate of theUnited
States deliberately .tells his- countrymen
that all his predecessors in his high office,
Washington, J, Adams, Jefferson, Maui
son, Monroe, J. Q. Adams; and Jackson,
in combination with, the Legislative 'and
Judiciary Departments of the Government,
from its very origin, have ; been violating
" the obvious spirit-and intention . of the
ConsliiutionPot AeifountryJ. not merely
violating tho "spirit and intention of the
Constitution," but a J'spirit and intention"
which Were obvious that is, plain, svj.
mat, and rot to bs mistaken! vi
But this is not all. , That no doubt may
exist as to the nature of the accusation
brought by the President, he tells us that
the authors of the "system now superse.
ded" were friends and advocates of
J'l ll .MLl VI . , ail UIHI lll J ii
"for THg rrnrosK of perverting ihTGoeetn.
merit from Us pure principles and legititActe
objects, vesting all power in the hands of a
few, and enabling them to profit at the ex.
prnse of the many.11 ,. .; i,,,-t , -. -U
As it is by the use of such phrases as
"privileged orders,"-the profit of "the
few at the expense of the many," dec that
the American People are to be seduced in
to tolerating libels on the founders of their
Liberties, the fathers of their Coiwtitutiun,
and- their most trusted servants, ' through
the long period of fifty yeusT We took
occasion in a former article (see Nat. Int.
June 0, 1340) to notice, an Address, eon.
ceived in a similar spirit, of the Adminis.
tration members of the New York Legisla.
ture, and cited the following passage t- .
"The earryhistory of this Republic too
abuudsntly proves (hat mart of tnoso who
took part in the Revolution fought for m
dependene rater than liberty. - They re.
belled against a monarch abroad fos thb
ppaposs . at OTrwiw. vr i,a wo.iakch at
home,. Placed at a distance from the
throne of Great Britain, . they had little
chance to participated Us honors, Us titles,
and its pensions; and they aimed to ebect
a thbonb in America, around which they
might form a band of privileged nobles.
No sooner was the object -achieved , and
the States separated from their parent land,
than these objects began to develop them
selves in the writings and acts of some of
the Revolutionary leaders." ;4 - M ;
Deeply is it to be lamented that denuh.
ciatious which, when made by a party' La
as a fruitful source of mischief and cor.
rimtinn. ' ' . . " , " . - ; .
. To one or two other passages oi uie
President's letter a passing notice is due.
After characterizing the administration oi
Mr. John Adams and Mr. Jetlcrson in
terms quite; edifying no doubt to Messrs.
Buchanan .".Wall, ore he says tj.r .:
" A web more artfully contrived, com
nosed of a hiirh brotective tariff, a system
ol internal .improvement, ana a mauouui
Bank; was'then twined around the sleeping
giant, in the vain hope of subjecting him
forever to the dominion "and will of the ani.
bitious and irraspinz. few; and yon have
seen how he has scattered the whole to the
winds when roused by the warning voice of
the honest and intrepid Jackson. ,
"Again, in ! the triumph of the Indepen
dent Treasuryfwe" witness the triumph of
the popular intelligence ana nrmness over
the arts, arguments, appliances, and alarms
ol the interested lew wno acsire o enncii
themselves by tho use of the public money
another and most gratifying evidence
that die People, when aroused, are compe
tent to maintain any hist principle, and
correct any abuse,' however sanctioned by
precedent or sustained by wealth. -
Wow now stood Mr. van- curcn as to
this' web 1" He voted for the tariff of
1824. without instructions, voted for that
of 1828. under instructions of which ihe
secret history is now known, and a curious
historv.it is. and even those instructions
left him a wide discretion, and he sustain
ed in hta speeches the principle of a protec
tive tariff. He voted lor tne system vlm
tcrnal improvements, even to the fextent of
erecting toll-gates on the Cumberiana roaa;
and nobody ever heard a murmur from him
against a national bank, as lar as we. are
advised, until that eleventh hour wheiv he
vowed " uncomnronusins hostility to it. -
Tlin PnF.HinF.NT thinks fit to designate
" thetrimnra inrtnTllc
ryV as " the triumph of the popular intellf.
genceand firmness over the arts, argu.
ments. annliances. and alarms of the inter.
estedfewwho desire to enrich themselves
by the use of the public money !" This is
said to a reading people, every individual of
Whom that knows any thing knows that tlie
" jr I sub-Treasury was carried -iafrwt the pop
, geniie-1 . ... . , 1ie'r:n. nntirini?" in-
fluence of the Executive, and a host of
arts, arguments,applianees,and alarms "
skilfully employed in getting up a party
drill as perfect as the tactics of the Prussian
army : and that the proximate ' instrument
nZ, 1 rf --- m
the sovereignty of the State of New Jersey,
which produced a state of things that j re
sulted in a majority in favor of a - measure
against which a legal majority of Repre.
seritatives had been returned. , ' ' - )
"Again-r-we are told that the Sub-Treasury
was opposed by the "interested few who
desire to enrich themselves by the use of
the public money." This appeal is made to
the People by their President j in favor of a
project which confessedly whatever may be
its other features, gives him aqd his official
subordinates a good currency, and gives
the Peoplo an inferior currency ! Their
response to this and similar invocations
mndoin,this extraordinary letter will, we
doubt not, furnish -evidence that they are,
indeed, "in intelligence, integrity, and de
termined resolution, equal to tlie lask of
self-jfoyemment, although Jhe evidence
may notbeof a kind the most "gratifying"
to the President. , .,-.: u
The Prcoidentit will be observed, closes
his letter with die following paragraph s -I
. "On these evidences of popular inteJlU
geuce and firmness the republican patriot
rests with - well-grounded , faithu'.at 1 all
means which may boused' to mislead or
intimidate the FeopToT now Tor" hereafter,
into a surrender of their Constitution and
tlieir liberties, will, as they ever have done,
meet with a signal and witliering reuuke."
i If present appearances are to be relied
on, -"the republican patriot" may conn.
Gently expect that, in November next, the
People will give "a signal and withering
rebuke" to the means which are - now used
to '.ruiolad of Intimidate thorn into a sur-TeridVti-of
iheir Constitutioa and their liter
tics ;"and on few of those " means" js the
rebuke likely to fall more heavily than on
tlie PtntSB-AND-SwoiD Sub-Tkbasubt.
BLOOD AND CARNAGE.. I .
t , Amos KendaH , in a late address to his
Federal associates uses fhe following lan.
gnage: -. . V .
- " Band together and prepare to march to
the polls, not wiiXarms, or knives, or clubs,
la beat and butcher your fellowitkens, lut
with hearts firmly resolved, by an honest and
independent exercise of the right of siiTrtrgt
to avert the possible necessity of MARCH.
ING HEREAFTER iN BATTLE AR.
RAY to put down usurpvtion." , . - ;
'. In other words, if the Pkoplf, evict. the
clique, the office-holders are to be marshalled
in " bbttlb-a Bx a f to put down the trsini.
PATtoN." t.This is -pretty strong language
for a " hireling' who has for years been
fattening on the spoils of a plundered peo.
pie. But to leave no doubt of his meaning,
he indulges in the following threats; whicli
he would. doubtless gladly carry into effect,
if he had his standing army of 200.000 :
. " But should you by listlcssness or in
diflerence sutler the enemy to get posses,
sion of your Government, of its treasury
and its arrrrv, you may not be able hereafter
to place in Congress, in the Executive chair,
or even in your State Legislatures repre.
sentatives of your choice ; the usurpations
attempted at Harrisburg may ; be every
where successfully consummated, and your
free government be at once transformed in.
to one of usurpfttion ajan of arms," -
General IlafTioM- ,
This illustrious mnn ciJ atriot, whom
Washington and. Jeik i son uud Madison
trusted, and who has vl. ' .led that' trust
in an eventful life, interwoven in bia coun
try V history -baa been presented to the
American peopto in the present great crisis
of their affairs, to perform perhaps his last
act in the grand drama oi his puouc wcni
ck the last : for he has solemnly ' dcclar.
if elected to the -Presidency, that he
will be a candidate for one term oniy. . ne
knabRennresented as the people's canaia.
ate. He was ho aspirant after office ;' but
he has been called, like Gncinnatus, from
the handle of his plough . to bear aloft the
".t'.- . .M V .
vktorious flag, (if victorious n snail oe,) oi
a it orioua cause the cause oi nis coun.
try. '. . - ' f ,
Before he occupied the unenviable atti-
tudo of a candidate for the Presidency,
never man possessed a name purer, or
fame more unsullied than Gen. - Harrison.
The purity of his life stood around him like
a wall of adamant : and "his' superadded
and self aacrificinir. "services in his
country's defence in the field, and " in de
fence of her constitution, and great interests
in couneu. was a tower oi sirenijui uu
pigmies shrunk from, and giants could not
beat down. A well spent me oiunsuiuea
intnorirv. and a lonand distinguished ca-
mAn his country's service, had enrolled
him ubou the loftiest lieighU of the patriot'!
fame, and. the man, and the soldier, who
had so often risked his life in leading the
armies of his country to victory and to glo
ry, was at home, in peace, cultivaung bis
- ... t i . j
tarm, ana reapmg ma omy rewura iu
whole nation's gratitude. J ' .
' How is it now f What does it avail the
old warworn soldier that has led, and
often led, his country s armies to victory
and nlnrv T What do all his faithful nub.
lie services avail him? What ! avails it
that he executed so many and vast public
trusts with unsurpassed skill and fidelity
What does it avail hnn thai millions o! pub.
lie money In executing those trusts, passed
through his hands, and that not a cent ever
soiled his palms T ' What does it avail him
that he has eyer been the poor man's friend,
and the advocate ottbo .rights of the peo
ple T What avails iLtbaLthe jrevolytionary:
veteran is indebted to his exertions for a
I scanty Pension !j..-What jpraila-it. that he
i ,r scenes t
j A.1 ' ftm it be oosfflbte I answer me one question ITowwould
latheis SSrf .withwlLVitolMqJWsrJl .
ouiuv "'J ' l . , -----
these caJummaiors .- of bankruptcy against every bankhv
wav of the man of Enderhook, were so sion r J . tdJt
loud in praising aye, praising
and unbounded eulogy and lauouig "
very skies f
has educated the fatherless sons and daugh-
tcrs oi many a soiuicr inai icu unaer mm,
fighting his country's battles 1 What
avails it that he has ever been the advocate '
of republican government tt . home and
abroad T What does It avail him, that, a
Virginian by birth, and the son of a signer
of the Declaration of Independence what
avails it that he inherited net ; principles,
and his father's principles, md stood up by
her side, and by the side oj the bouth and
of the Constitution upon the solemnest ques
tion that ever shook the foundations of the
Republic the Missouri Restricticn?-(icv
firing himself, while "Ae. Northern,, man
MHuTsyouincrn principles was striving might
and main against Virginia and the South,
and their principles and great interests T
What do all these things, and bis whole
history, built up in monuments of exalted
virtues, avaif him T - What has the destruc
tion of a thousand patriots and their faif
fame to do with- the edicts of a party,
wnosemouo is "pany nrst, ana country
last;" whose watch-word is "sink orswim.
if our Republic topples upon its founda
tions! What if the idolatrous temple of
the gods be saved, that the builders of the
tcmplo of liberty, and its sentinels at the
doorshall be sacrificed f ', it
f w vr " w ' 1 ' J
is vanuurcn to bo borne into power
cly by discrediting the man who has shed
the greatest lustre upon their country's his
tory, and by tearing from the rolls of lame
the name of one of its noblest patriots r
-. In the history. of the whole worldin the
bitterest party strife ; that ever , existed
among3t men were ever so many and
suh foul slanders, destitute of foundations
"the baseless fabric of a vision," concoct,
ed and fabricated to destroy a - noble and
chivalrous victim T Yes ; the slanders
have gone forth ! "He of Kinderhook"
must be saved , per fat, out ne fas: Tear
tho laurels from the brow of every patriot
that ever hved, but save "him of Kinder
hook!". - ; '
s Where is the guarantee to be found
against the machinations of wicked men
what barrier, of virtne or illustrious servi
ces, between the calumniator, and him
wwom it is the calumniators passion or
interest to destroy 7 Who, if the venera-
U this "petticoat Generalthis imbe.
-n ; tkia alii1kinff COWard
Clio Kruuujr . " o , . ,
.1.:. ..,nAMiinmted dotard" this friend,
not of irredeemable Treasury Notes, but f
banks this "Garrison Abolitionist --n
"black cockade federalist- this inuiao
nvnn ht hud "nonr whitemen, and
W.Liaxw.ww. j - ,
poor white women" gallant swains and
beautiful damsels ''flogged at the whip
m'nr.t" far debt, and sold as slaves to
free negroes and mulattoes is this the Pa
triot General, and victorious leader of the
armies of the Republic, for whose gauwu
deeds and glorious services and achiey
ments in the last war a certain Mr. Ritchie
ovtmnativl thn vocabulary of praise 1 Was
it for old "Hard Cider-that the weiiun inus
rang; and that men in Mr. Ritchie s pre.
sence had to save their ears the best way
iIot mnld. when die venerable bditor s
nntrinti ateairi CMtUOtO horse POWeTt'
fn snlnmn seriousness, is this the Gen.
Harrison for whose achievments bonfires
were lighted over the land, and uiununa.
Cons converted night into uay, iu our
tiesf r '
Aye j and what a glorious Statesman too
he was, as well as a very model of a Sol-
die and a Patriot ! Ko thougnt tne ; supue
Talleyrand of the party. : " -
Was it the present w nig canaiaaie lor
the Presidency whom the far-famed Rich,
mond Editor, of "seven principles, to
wit. five loaves and two fishes" jecommen-
ed as Secretary of War, and as command
er in chief of the armies of the'nationt
Was Gen Harrison the man of all others,
the best fitted for these important appoint
ments T i And where now is the veteran
weathercock and appostate f -. The shrill
blast of his war horn is reverberating over
a thousand hills : and a thousand penny
whistles are echoing through the land his
deanicable slanir and slanders. '
Was iv William Henry Harrison who
.'muzzled the Indian war dog," and wiped
ned away the disasters of Dertroit who
freed his country or a savage-foe recover.
d her nnnmiered soil from British bayonets.
if, Mr. Ritchie T And was it ne aiierwarus,
at a later period "put all his enemies to
shame t Did he. thou paragon of consis
ts titBtion of every sovereign Rate of tl2
Union I How would vou like to see, !
der this authority t a federal officer leadb.
your trusty and weu beloved friend, Docfej
Brockenbrough, to the door of the Virgin,
ia Bank, and, like Cromwell's Captain
when he turned the parliament out of doon'
walked off with the key in his poctet'
gtrutting' like a turbened Turk amogst en.
asculated slaves! iiow would Uvou
tency, and faithful chronicler of true histo
ry 7 Did he, thou that never smcitesi gun.
powder, nor kwkedst a soldier in the lace,
in thv country's cause. but that knowest so
well how to niSnelo i soldier's famet Did
Harrison, the "RepublicaiT General," put
all lus enemies to shame'fhou leader of the
clansrthou shameless appostate T Did he,
thoualtermtte adulator and reviler of ilius.
trious men t - Did he. thou advocate
him, whowhile Harrison was righting his
country's battles, and spreodtiar lita .waar
try's glory wherever he met the foe,, wai"
intriguing against the war and its friends
and the whole Democracy of the country ,
in the nomination of Dewitt Clinton,, the
peace candidate for the Presidency t
Tell it to us -again, thou that snatched st
Elijah's mantle from him, and predicted
"the curse 1 Tell us again, did Harrison
put all his enemies to shame Harrison,
the advocate of the Tariff, as thou wouldst
make it appear," white he himself proclaims
that he is the' friend ofthe "Compromise;"
wbila thA man urtut vrtcA in fVuimvM. fit
tho Tariffof 24 and of '28, the Vbili of PJ?lecefn
me sijji'v u uiw nuu vju iiuuuuweai
of ours the land of Was! ton, of IW
ry, and of Jefferson 1 - ; ,
.iThou, the friend of State' .ttftfUfrvfaf
and thy allies ''the chivalry !" - And 4
ou expect to deceive any body but credo.
us simpletons or willing dupes with yo
moonshine about State Rights T r Where
was your voice, when you saw, but the
other day, at the bidding of your master,
for the purpose of carrying an odious, ani
ruinous scheme, which you had denounce
as disorganizing and revolutionary, an l
principled and servile Congress arbftrsify k (
disfranchising a sister State, and insolenuj k i
turning out oi aoors nerccreaiiea itajc.
Uonanes, with the commission . in their
pockets ofthe organ of her authority,' and
stamped with the seal of her sovereignty
Ritchie and his allies the friend anf
champions of State Rights ! A hundred
hungry wolves outside . the, fields never
made louder noise with their hideous bowl
ings, waiting for iyghtfall to rush upon ai
unhappy flock of sheep, than these men ait
everlastingly making about State Right
anq Democracy, and their love of the pea-
pie ; loving the people precisely . as ue
wolves the sheep; not to eat them up to
cannibals, but to throw, dust in their eye,
and to use them for their own and the ad
vantage of the party. Is it State Rigfati
and Democracy, anq love ofthe people fc
be advocating in time of peace a . standing
army of 200,000 men Jrv Shall the train,
ing of their own militia according to the
solemn guarantee and behests of. the - coa
stitution, be taken from the . Suites ; and
without insurrection or invasion, (the cole
and only sanction in the constitution fa
calling into service the militia,) shall tha
iZ5mfiea President of outs rt Vto .
Buren, be empowered to raise a militk
standing army of 200,000 men, subject,
his beck and call, to be marched and coun
termarched from 090 place to another it
his will and pleasure , and exposed to all the
rigid rules and articles of war the com
mander in chief muzzling the freedom, of
speech, and the sedition law', itself in fa
most hideous form-in full force, over 200 r
000 freemen ; not to speak of the oppress-
ive and silly conception in the scheme a
compelling a freeman to arm himself at ha
own expense, under the severest penalty
for failure to do so! ' j --.
. State Rights men and . strict consirac
tionists ! State Rights maintained by sop.
porting the man mat voted for the erectMt
of toll-gates upon the Cumberland road,
taxing the citizens of sovereign ' States for
passing along upon their own soil ! Strict
construction advocated in supporting tb
election of him who has sanctioned, during 1
his short administration, a larger aggre
gate of appropriations for' Internal In
provement by the general government thn
any other administration since the founda
tion of the Government, saving and except
! -T- -l 3 - - - -1 - . . ...
ing always uic aamimsuauoa Ol HIS . IKUS-
Wergmy hairTbf the -v;'ar-worn soldier hTto
be imbued witli the- shirderer's poisonous
skiver, can be sufa from his fangs ! The
venerable and hoary headed patriot finds no
more protection from his assaults in a life.
unio spent in arduous, dangerous and un-
requited servicea for his country, than the
lamb from ihe wolf, or the bird of peace
from the hungry hawk, provided tha slan.
dei er hasan object to gain in the attack
upon his prey. The common slander,
er. is like death ; and death, as we have
seen him, in the books of our childhood, is
Kke the ekinderer s they are twin brothers,
and aim at shining marks ; death toooften ;
the slanderer aJways--iu8t as the debau
chee and villian strikes his blow at the fair-J
est flower in woman's form. . The father
of his co'inlry was slandered in his day, and
the man who stood up for the South upon
the Missouri question, and sacrificed him.
self in the act, and who never gave his
sanction to a law more objectionable than
laws on the statute book of, Virginia-and
the other States, has only met the same
fate alike from principals and endors
ers. -. - .jv
What charges are there that these men
have not brought against Gen. Harrison
what epithets have they not bestowed upon
him what slanders have they not fabrica.
ted and promulgated what abuse and vil
ification have they not heaped upon him T
And who is Gen. Harrison, thus vilified
and abused and robbed of his fair fame by
men whom in peace he served, and in war
defended defended, while .they were pu
ling in their, nurses' arms, 07 skulking from
abominations," is the exclusive champion,
of Southern principles ! a ; little incli.
ned, don't you think, Mr. Ritchie, to Nor.
Nor.East f ; Don't look wfld and be
frightened ; I will give you flMp'Sfoep
Apeecn" at another time ! ,- .
But Lwould interrogate thee, with ques
tions gender, thou patriot immaculate,
and chivalrous as "faithful sentinel upon
die watch tower" tell us, is h the imbe
cile black cockade federalist, of a, candidate
for the Presidency that was your "Repub
lican General" during the war, and over.
come difficulties that ordinary minds would
a a a as
nave sunic under T".; Tell us, thou great
aupcr or dupes, and thou ; emperor of the
gulls, was it this same Wm. H. Harrison
who voted with the South for the free ad.
mission of Missouri into the Union, while
Gen. Van Huren (Caesar, thou art forgot
ten!) of the Militia Standing Army1 was
poking Abolition at you t - ,
Tell us, thou patriotic hater of Sub-trea.
suries, and of a belter currency for the of.
fice-holders, and a baser for the- people,
fearest thou not that Van's Sub-Treasury,
poked down your throat at the fourth trial
by bribing representatives to be faithless to
the people, with the people's money fear,
est thou not that it will sweep thy liberties
from under thee, by "the increase of Ex.
ecutive patronage, already too great for a
Republic !"........, . -. -v
- Tell us, thou prince of all that is ' farci.
cal, tell us before thou diest, in fits of hys
teric alarm for "the monster," the mon
ster dead .and mouldering in die tomb.tell as,
is Gen. Harrison about to resusitate him,
and to fasten another National Bank upon
you T Harrison, who, you know stands to.
waros tne Bank in the identical position
occupied by Mr. Madison. ; And did you
move the very heavens andvthe earth, a few
years ago; to elect to the Presidency Wm.
H. Crawford, the man that brought in the
first bill for the re-charter of the "mon
ster," and supported Hith all the powers
ofhisvnighty genius; its known great
champion, known to you and all others,
that knew any thing ? and dost thou re.
member to forget that thy Grand Sachem
himself, the king ofthe Magicians, petition
ed for a branch at Albany t ; ! y
Thou son of an illustrious" sire thou
that clamorously caltest "to arms" the sons
mi uie sires oiouxhi generalissimo of
we-sinxers ; and swimmers," thou il
lustrious - slang whanger thou ranting
canting, bragging, blusteruigfrtendofState
Rights and Democracy, answer me, in thy
horror 6f Harrison's got up fe&raligra-
But, Hercules' labor would not be suffi
cient to pursue the loathsome examinatiot
that has drawn the writer from the main ob-
ikit. inai uurou Kuan pe
more attended to in the following nuov
oers. ,i -. , ; ! , r
From tbt National Inte3ureneer.l
In 1832,-the American Senate decided,'
through the casting vote of the Vice Presi
dent John C. Calhoun, that Martin Van
Buren had degraded his country by bis ia-i
stuctions to Mr. McLane, then Minister !
Great Britoin, on the Colonial trader awf
that he was unworthy on that account to be J f
himself confirmed as Minister to England,! p
to which post, on the return of Mr. McLan j!
he had been appointed by the President , I t
.These instructions were, in substance,; f
Tell the British Ministry that we who an 1
now in power supported British clam ami
opposed American pretensions as to the co
lonial trade ; our opinions upon that sub
ject were submitted to the American people,
and because we entertained views favorailt
to British claims and hostile to Amerim
pretention, the people placed us in power,
and prostrated our opponents. '
On our side, according to Mr. Van Bu
ren, all was wrong ; on the British side, al
was right . We brought forward nothing
but claims, and pretensions ; the British Go
vernment asserted, on die other hand,
clear and incontestable! right Mr. McLane
was commanded to avail himself of alltbe
circumstances in his power to mitigate our
offence. ' ' . -"' -i .
" You cannot press this view of the subject
too earnestly f What view t Why, thtt
those who favored American pretension
have been put down ; and we, who support
ed British claims, are lords of the ascend
ant. , ., ,. ,
This was the interpretation put upon Mr.
Van Buren's instructions to our then Mi
ister to London, and for this was he deem
ed by the Vice President and twenty-throe
Senators of the United States unworthy .
succeedhim. ' ; fr ' - - 1
. Their remarks, made in the "Debate
the Senate on the mtminatum of Marti Ve
Burento be Minister of ' United Slates
Great Britain, may be quoted to showtf
intensefoeling f reprehension. ' - 7'
It was asked Is this dignified diplon
cy T . Is this statesmanship T Is it patri
otism, or Is It merer party !" - , v. (J ' r
- "The unheard of, rnipamlleled, andooi
revolting experiment was to be, (other ap
plications having tailed to move the roy
sympathy ,) how far an nnsparing condem
nation of ourselves would disarm a Brit&
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