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LIFE IS ONLY TO BE VALUED AS IT 13 USEFULLY EMPLOYED.
ASUEVILLE, NOPJlfCAROLINArFRlDAYMOBNLXG, NOflBERO, 1810.
below the exterior surface above. These I Everyone thai coeth by it. shall be aston. I We have' known one such individual ;
lofty crairs and pinnacles are the resort oflished. No man shall abide thcrcneither J joyous baby of threescore, with whom we
eagles, which are their only nhabitants' I shall a son of man dwell in itVThis doom, once went a bird-nesting in company with
: When you arrive at the termination of I improbable as it then secmpaaud far as it I his grand; children. It was on a spring
T. .i.i;Jw.Twol this narrow defile, von find that ifnwni I was from t!ie srir-confidnt hearts of those I mormns early, whea the dew sull sparkled
Mfcj nIH" -t UiJmiimi wj . .... 1.... ...1...J u.!iL I iHkbl.iiantn f ah .1.T. ...1 1 sr fli. ftHlua .n,f.ll natiiM uQa.n imananf
?TivJkit wM,d0 , ..v " walls of solid rock Irora six to nine hundred anproacnablo lort$ess, has been lulhlled to youm ana ircsiinesa. a no grey neaa nngni
vTl-cripiio" d-conun ae .J" feetln height IJore is the city of Edom. the ktter.uom is as desolate as desola. be considered a little out of season, but his
lirf "in toinrteil t OnsDallar But it is not, as might be expected, built in tion itself can make L Her armies, her cheerful, eye, bis lively vanmcs, and ready
Dawer are all pone. No 1 set n is mars upon mm: out, like an old
cavaftons hewn out of the Uvinc rock. In. voice of man is heard. Briars and thorns chestnut, he blossumcd to the last,- Age had
stead of betas like other cities, built un by I crow in the temblcs : owls and serncnU in. I stiffened his joints, and hardened his sin-
laying one stone : upon another, every I habit the palaces. The once fertile-land I ews ; but his affittibns were full of spring
private dwelling, temple, palace, tomb, or is a region of total sterility, a desert, a I and flexibility, lie could not exactly play
other buildings,.of whatever' character, is waste forsaken wilderness. Neither Nine. at bull-frog, but be could look on with won.
wife I ANDOF EDOM. . - I "tWB aDd excavated from the side of the veh nor Babylon are more perfectly aban-1 oeriui agility. iie simpleton, alter sixty
1 UXI . ... I l: 1 .Ml J -- J ?. J I k J .1 L. .1 tl.. r I I nl.m wn. oann luurf.iH anl nlsl
K.niirht to travel over the last I uvy iu, sikj cousuiuies a pan oi iu uwiwi. auu uiuugii hk wgm w r iuumi m".!"! .iu.mi.iiuuioiu1ci,i.i.
e . iZ,rnr through the. Holy There are several hundreds of such saddens the heart, it teaches it, at the same Jed: still had faith in human kindness ; and
I dwellinirs still to be seen, some of them I time, a salutarv lesson asrainst Dresumntiori I an immovable conviction' that to do mod
.'PPrv. t. finished! othera in a state of nroormw. I and securitv. and furnishes a nroof of the I was to be happy, and to be thus happy the
ore uJiii-h rvntnrip kitvp w.n nnahlc Lend of his bf inff. He was not ignorant of
m . . i . " " a ' . 1 P i . . ...
ii mence with the South; lt those w ha constructed tliem, com-1 to erase and which seems likely to endure we use aim power oi money ; oui some.
Inm, or Idu- menccd at the top and worked downward, till tune itscll has ceased to destroy.
,A whose awfoldestiny, as predicted to smooth arid even surface,' then they
1 r. irhPntiorfed in the Scrio-I When the face of the cliithad been reduced
' . i C.I jfrwiaMr nfsvliitton
assed in severity even I drew upon it the facade, or front elevation
of the. proposed bnilding making out the
' ' f HAPPf AS A JKING.
- - A delightful picture in its subiect and ex.
eeution, with this title, has been prepared
j n Lvtnfi Knviy iiui nm. i auu ukju ub ira uud ui l u win k vub eu m I .1 mi. n ....1.... ... .1. ....
fcienterea Blicr !-- 5 rM . - - vm uujr aiuiuK lunu vuiqi.
1 at- a ami nnrt sTif inii 4rronr i luliuu uv iik; uuiiiukt niiu ciiistt;!. uuiiiuui I h m nni-. an
lri4 rVlOUlU w - ! 4. - 1 bmkuivi viiiiu uuout ill jus j-y auu ikjiuji
beit through which the tribe were, for jnese outlines still retnaui. w hen tnry og in fuI cry ai' the fun. On the upper
kir unbelief and. reoeiiion, conoemneu w 1 " nvif. !. ui m m. par, poised aJolt
iwto forforty years. It was we poruon u ", wkj i"1" u'-' i in unmitigated
UW'1 " . I .! I I k...nl inIA lkA tjww.1 vwm.UI A knH I . . "
Pan and1 Isaac, in ins propnencai v pivn-,uv" w,n;wisport.
Lin which, as a patriarch, lie deliver, out the chambers and other interior apart " O tlmtl weteaking!" said theurclun.
iin,uu, luuunuuwnia mo And what would ypu UoJ , Do ! Why,
so that the wallsr ftjoraand-partiUons of 8Wn on th0 gate and cat'tcandy." Well,
the, whole house rcmaii as nature made here he is a king, only more liarmless than
them, of one continued, unbroken mass of most cf ,hcm. Would to' heaven that the
rocK. wive ni me ceieDratcu caves oi
Eleplianta and Ellora in India, and some
there is nothing in existence like this
how it was seldom connected in' his mind
with more dignified associations than mar.
blcs or sugar plums, and be could never
(old fool that be was !j be brought to admit
by any force of calculation, that it was
component part of love and friendship.'
his own fittings, rather than
the world, he hud a shock-
1 shocking hnbit of laughing at all
sorts of gravity not founded in sincerity.
ite could look and feci sad at, a talc of dis.
fbufore his death, describes it as a rich
U iruiuui hmj e : -
of heaven, and the latness of the earth,
Jnlpntvof corn and wine. ..It was a
Lulous rgion before the days of A bra.
tin, sad was jrubably thejcwnttybrjoh
CmioB of the best conunentotors and scrip.
tol antiquarians; "Dfljlhcy ueiieye tne
11k a hicb bears his name in me timer 10
of an earlier date than the Pcatoleuch.
fbe book is "unquestionably of very high
Cere is not the Jeast reference to him, or to
e exodus . from -fcgypt ; thwg nearly
nossiWe, had a event so memorable in
I the'- subsequent ages of Jewish history,
id we consequences of which are so in.
sf range and Wonderful 'cityT The "tmique
structure of the tiuildings," tire hcight,"the
grandeur, tlie silence, the solitude, the air
of desolation, tlie impress of antiquity, all
tiquity ; and one chief argument in favor conspire to impress the mind of the behold,
tbe opinion that it war writteu anterior er with sensations of sublimity and sadness,
fbe booksof Moses is, that, throughout, awe and wonder, such as never can be
erased from the memory.
Surely, one would have ihdujrht, if any
city on the face of the. earth might count
with confidence on an everlasting duration,
itwasEdom. So impregnable in its posi-
rwoven in the civil and religions laws of tion jhe capital of a country so fertile and
Ut people, taken place before the book I populous ; situated within reach of the Red
m wjitten. It is the only DooK, ot any isea on tne one nana ana tne jueaiterrancan
nzth, in tlie Old Testament, in which on the other, with the land of Palestine in
jicre is no reference to the deliverance out immediate proximity, is promised a long
JfEgypt. Edom grew up intoa'country reign of wealth, prosperity and power.
maritaMc for its advances, in civilization I 1 hey had but to block up tlio narrow pass
hd its progress in arts and sciences. Of by which alone the city .was approachable,
tlie book of Job contains many Jnci- and if supplied with provision, it might
defy the unl'ed attack of the most numer
ous ami best appointed armies. For there
were springs of water withiA tlie cityso
that it never .could be strained in that res-
pect.' rill but its magazines, and it might
with hands upstretffced awl bad'a bMrf?yi "H 'fe
joy. i Hiking of the-JOT"W:r
. " brtinces of anv-ctation, mere physiognomi
cal solemnity, excited no. emotion. Ills
sister, who, in relation to him, was nltoge.
thcr of the Antipodes, perpetually urged
upon turn" brother you ouglit to know
better. n But, poor man, he-'nevor improv-
cd likeon!! children , he "was iinpnjient of
leading strings, ana wouiu ue running uione
lhttUghJbfcJiat jiany a lump for his pahw.
I letted at last, wc grieve to say, a martyr
to his.virttK?,. v...
" Swing onJhcn , child .while fiioa nvijst,
and be as lbippy as a King r'
Caesars, and Alexanders, and Napoleons,
and such like, had sjient life in some such
way, swinging on a gal, cailng'cV'nd
instead of deserving to swing on a gallows.
ITannv as ; a" "tinT-hSnnuTf T5'in" VnT
I II J - p II o I
child,' while "thou niayst, and God bless
tlKJ fhd. Am. Sent.
" Tit fob TAT.-:-Our brethren of Eng.
swing on, child, and be happy
while thou mayst !" The time is slwrL I land have been manifesting great concern
J Wlicre ignorance is bliss, His folly to be I about tbe sin of slavery iu this country,
wise ; but nevertheless we can t help it, I and have passed sundry resolutions on tlie
and every step -we take in tin's journey of I subject, and have sent over recently a letter
lile helps to dispel tlie charming illusions of I a flections tely chiding us tor our iniquities.
childhood ; every qny takes from us some I lut it appears that they have a beam or
happy error never to return. The fugitive I something of the sort in tlieir own cWTfor
enchantments ot our Swaddling clothes are at a late meeting ot the Worcester, (Mass.)
superseded by the frail-wonders of-short. .Association, the following resolution was
coats or roundabouts ; .these again we soon adopted : 'Rtolved, That tlie very com
ntal proofs. . That venerable patriarch
fas himself very rich in cattle and in land,
nd tlie people among whom be dwelt could
it, it was evident, have been in a rude
acukivate4siate There is mention of
the weavers shuttle,' and of the decora.
on of dress bv lewela.- War is adverted
In, t bating been reduced to a system.
Inere are traces, too, of the cultivation of
ttronomv. The Pleiades,' ' Ohoh' and
V returns are mentioned as constellations
Iimiliarly known. Tliere are alsoevidcn.
s of tbe cultivation of botany, and an
njuaintanee with mineralogy and zoology,
could scarcely exist, save after a
learn to despise ; and so, as we live, we
arc reasoned and ridiculed out of all our
' . 1 ja
jocunu nusiaKcs, tin the - lull grown man
sees things as they nre
enough to behiserablc
llow beautiful is that law of playfulness
which governs the youth of nl created ani
mals: How glorious that short-lived era
of the blood, when school-boys and puppies
and kittens, caper and dance, and swing
on the gate by a sort ofjicccssity ! How
mon use of wines, beer and other intoxica
ting liquors by our English brethren, calls
for a decided and solemn remonstrance on
and is just wise the part of American Christians against
such- practice. rerliaps "another "con.
vention of the - world" had better be called
to adjust this matter. We live in fine times.
Every person feels a deep interest in every
one's alKiirs but his own; and fault-finding
and evil speaking arc the cardinal virtues
of the age ! Baptist Jianner.
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defy the globe ; and from tbe fertility of the "g11""" tne irresistible gaiety of young
surrounding country,-1hese werer tnsily ;-pr me iy oorn
provisioned for any period of tune.
The inhabitants of a capital thus situated
felf into a delusion so common to human
naturerthc habitxf regarding this world as
the only world for which man was formed;
and having till wants supplied and all dan.
gers far removed, sank into self-indulgence,
sloth, luxury,, and crimes . Besides,! these
HOW TO KICK A NAN WITH IMPUNITY.
Two gentlemen who Were walking together
in Paris. M I will engage," said one to
POLITICS OF THE DAY,
Political IIit.rrv '
The following -apid outline of tlie state
of things existing in this country prior to
the election or uen. Jackson, and of tlie
course pursued by" the present dominant
party to secure that election is from the
Introduction to a MS. History of the Ad.
ministration of Andrew Jackson, during
bis two terms of service, by George W'at-
. r . i tt "j .
lersion, Lsq., oi wis cny. .
. c? ivmnnnfTinv
To the hgstory of the Administration qfyVHSe-
the elementary joyousness which. derives
no aid from without, and rcnuirrs no stim.
ulus the triumphant sense of life bursting 1 otlier, to give that man before us a
out into brief transports! An! a lack-oVlpood licking, and yet he shall not be angry.
lanthern! "At this sad hour of maturitv Hedid as lie had undertaken to do ; tlie
we remember the throb of heart with which man turned round, and looked astonished,
we used to welcome this metanhvuiml "I hoc your pajdon." said the kicker; "I
stranger how we chuckled ond crowed as
and mental general sins, the Edomites were guUty of tlc dazzled eye followed him through the
iii.iuv:iui iiuiiuquumuu: tv no remcmiicrs
duraiion of social life
uiuvauon. AH ol which tro to show that I one special provocation , which in a more
(he country was advanced, ot an early age, I signal manner, called down upon them the
pi a state of considerable refinement.
Petra. The ca nital city was called at
f rst dom,but afterward obtained from its
xl situation t!e name f-Pra, -which
gnincs a rock. TTIie singularity- "of its
f asmon strikes with wonder all beholders.
a situated In a territory so roush and
without regret his faith in ghosts T And
then the man in the moon! There is no
equivalent for the joys of childhood.
But if we regret the havoc of our young
fancies, liow much more may we grieve for
took vou to be die Duke de la Tramouille."
Tlie Duke was very handsome the kicked
man very plain : he was gratified by the
mistake under wnTch" lie believed he had
suffered, shook ' himself, smiled, bowed,
and went on his way. -
lieart directs j to speak what we think and,
all we think ; to despise all thpt is despica
ble ; to, love our country far its own sake.
and to love religion for God s sake. But ,
alas! what sad havoc do instruction, and
wrath of heaven. Though related to the
nation of Israel by kindred ties and a com.
mon origin, for Esau was Jacob's brother,
when that people, under a divinely ap
pointed leader had brokentha. bonds of j the changes wlucfi timoand knowteug'is:
Eptian tyranny, and led the house of I tablish in our moral attributes, our passions
their bbndairo' to seek a better land lonr be. I affections, loves and aversions ! Learn
ockyasto be almost impassable. I do-not fore promised to Abraham, tlie Edomites, learn -is the cry, until we give up all we
uowanoincr spot like it, any where.-! he I instead of rejoicing at their escape, rcceiv. I lore, and bear an we hate. hue vet in
outinuoua masses of mr.k are nerfectlv I fnw their armies with iovful welcnme. and tlie creen snrinir of life, untauirht and un.
enuded of soil and verdure, taound coming furthering '.tlieir progress by all necessary j practiced, how eager are we to trust all
a fter mound, rollin? in enormous mass. 1 sunnlies jand facilities, nosiiivclv refust'd that smile upon us ; to give all we can to
J toward the shore. then muldenTv rheck. I tlifm tai mnrh na n nnasnnn ihrniifrh ftJr I all "that Want f to hve-al lohftlfv na . tlx"
a and roughened by an adverse wind, territory. When -Moses bad arrived on
na then, when all is in- wild eonfiwion. I thpir- frontier."hft"'Rpnt "measnirera from
uched by the wand of an-enchanter, and Kadesh to the Kjng of Edorii" with this mes
n an instant all is turned into stone.? There sage t- Thus saith thy brother Israel, thou
'ey stand, in confused pinnacles and hoi. I knowest all the travel that hath befallen ns;
Of ahanOfl liL-O tVfttKin Altuk 11..... r...V.r.H vnn. Amxm I?rv.'r.i ami I fflnllinn nnrl llm Urnrhl mat-n U ltl tliocw.
"f i&y fa a poritioa diosnwnV PweWve dwelt in'EgypjL 4Jong time; andjbative impulses and fresh desires. ; Confi.
I .1- . 1 I .T . I (" . J . r. .1 I .linnAA n...... l.n Mn I I I. . 1 . 1 I
we ijgypuans vexeu usy unu our luuiere. "ciiw; must iuu u iu luun aumu m-r , euari.
JtAnd when we-cried nnto the Lord, he ty to listen to reason and to self: love, how
.heard our voice, and sent an angel, and to keep a house over its head; hate, not to
hath brought us forth out of Egypt. And
behold, we are io. Kadesh, a city in the ut
termost of thy border.
'Let us pass, I pray th'ee, through thy
country. We will not pass through, the
fields, or through the vineyards ; neither
will we drink of the, water of the wells. We
will go by' the king's highway. We will
not turn to the riglu hand nor to the left,
until we have passed thy borders. We
will go by the highway; and if i and my I tricks, its shufflins wisdom andVilitical China, occ, represented as moderately.
cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay chicharie, it no more resembles the open sized islands, and on the right is Formosa,
thee for it I will only, without doing any soul of childhood, than a sallow; wizened larger than all the rest put together. Van
thing else, go through on my feet.' But winter apple skin resembles the smoothness us otlier countries are shown as small
this appeal to fraternal feelings this-modest tand fwftwss of its- Smiling face, Onw.iolislandsijJ8hould have given nn engraving :
and moderate request, was answered by j an age Jndeed: one meets a man who may ot ts map, but that a true reduction to the
threats and by open hostility. seem toetnhodvthe visionof thenoet. and sizeofa page i would have left out most of
a especial view to iu strenrth. It is built
o one of the ravines Kv i,;. .,.1,..
. J v sis mqp ivllj
is traversed, and wKnaa rmtlran fan
ioi lowed onlv bv tK r
lth their assistance you may trace the
rpproaches of the capital y but to reach it
ft'Oll milot nau U i- I a .....
r , " uuvugn a cnasm two. miles
...gin, ana yet so narrow that three per.
fops cannot walk in it abreast. - while the
woes on either ham! r : .
, , , o OlA UJ 111 113
UMred feet in oeroendictilr Kpiwht It
impossible to describe thn
wc WW even termr witk m,KK klo-
f ne tbs bnit of a stranger who beholds
for the first tim v. fu: e
"...u. A CI UII9 LHIS3 luniis
r-.e en nwee by which tbe city can be
preached. The sky over head appears
fh fB? faif Ton caught aglimpse of it
Pgh some narrow apperture or window
I" you arc every where surrounded.
here never en at all, nor
UlZl .' UDIeM WDen ertical, which
jaaaot be the case here, since the country
Z lZ, g f tUnS. n the, highest point of
P rocks which form the brink of the chasm
PIT" sinks mora than a foot
W - . . ,'; -
not lie within the- tropic The only
L. a n. "a wiucn can oe caugni oy
.? d.eIter below, ia when ther touch at
.. . L .
make faces ; sincerity to hold its tongue ;
scorn, to be polite; gratitude to forget;
patriotism, to get an office ; and rcli;ion to
seek a reward.
" Men are but children of .a larger
growth" is a great fib. It would be a
compliment if it were true. If old age was
only, ripe infancy, it would be full of at.
traction . and endearment ; but, stamped
with the impress of the world, withall its
Ie.-viperaxce AXECPOTE. A man was
taken before, a mngistralciar. iuxiugwJiilc
drunk knocked down in the street a minister
of religion. The prisoner was fully con
victed of the offence, but at the urgent re.
quest of the reverend gentleman whom he
had injured, was liberated on signing, the
tctotal pledge for a month. At thecxpira.
tion of thu month he called at the house of
thedivine, and being introduced, expressed
his gratitude for the cflccts of .the pledge
Ims "had submitted to, and concluded with
expressing tlie utmost sorrow at not having
met and knocked down his reverence thirty
A Chinese map of the worlp. It is
'two feet wide, by three and a half high ;
and is almost covered w ith China. In the
left hand corner, at top,; is a sea three
inches square, in which are-dt-liniatcd, as
small islands, Europe, England, Holland,
t ranee, 1 ortugal, Africa. Holland is as
large as all the rest, and Africa is not as big
as the end of one's finger ! Tlie northern
frontier is Russia, very large. The left
corner, at the bottom, is occupied by the
Western Ocesrt , as it is called, containing
the Malay peninsula, prr1rywr 11 defined.
Along the bottom are Uamboioa. Cochin
who is therefore as " Happy as a Kng,
Fortius the voice of prophecy marked
their doom God, speaking by the lips of I one who has borne the shock of conflicting
Isaiah, thus apostrophises the proud city interests and passions, untaught, or at least
4 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and unchanged ; who has pushed his way thro'
the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwell- the crowd of this villainous world, and yet
est in the clefts of the rock, that boldest the
height of the bill. Tho' thdu shouldst
make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will
brine thee down from thence, saith the
Lord. Also Edom shall be a desolation.
in every respect of moral simplicity, still
wears his bib and tucker, and eats with a
spoon. Such a person makes but a bad fig.
ureon " Change, and would be out of all
decent costume at Court. i "' ,
These cwint ries alrogrrhcrr The-surruimd-ing
ocean is represented as huge waves,
with smooth passages or highways branch,
ing off to the dilli rent countries, or islands,
as they represent them. They suppose that
ships which keep along these highways go
safelyy but if they through ignorance or
stress of weather, diverge, they soon gej
among these awful billows and are lost. r-
Malcomt TravtU. V .
Andrew Jackson, sevrnth President
the United States,
1 ,BV GEOBGK WATTEBSTON.
As far back as 1823, Andrew Jack
son was a candidate for the high office of
f resident or the United States, lie was
first nominated in Pennsylvania, by a tew
friends who were dissatisfied with the can.
didates then before the Public, and who
conceived that the military reputation he
had acquired during Uie last war might be
made available to his success. It was said
that, when he first heard of this nomina
tion, he was disposed to regard it as a ist
and uttered sume execrations at the expense
of those who had thus presumed, as lie
thought, to turn him into ridicule. II
competitors in the political arena were .
Q. Adams, then Secretary of State, Wm
Crawford, Secretary" of tlie Treasury,
and Henry Cla Speaker of lie Houseof
Representatives. The election finally de
volved upon the House, the electoral rote
having been 99 for Jackson, 84 for Adams
41 tor Crawford, and 37 lor Mjit, as
President of tlie United States. -Tlie two
Houses assembled on the Oth of February,
1825, and proceeded to count the votes
agreeably to the requisition of the Const i-1
iuiioii. Alter we resuu was prociaimea.
toMhe election! ot ono
of tlie three highest on tlie Iist 'ofTcamlid.
ates; nd upon tlie first ballot, Mr. Adams
was elected PresidcntThaving received - the
votes of d3 States out of the 24, Jackson
7,andCAWT0ED4. This result was mor
tifying to the friends of both tlie unsuccess
ful candidates, and they soort proceeded to
marslial their forces for another contest
Every exertion was made by the support
ers of Gen. Jackson to render him unsuc.
cessful at the ensning election and the po
ll ical battle was waged with great fury and
maintained with intense acrimony and bit
terncsS by the friends of the two candidates
The i vehom"bf TbeJackson r party ; whkb
bad then started into existence, was princi
pally distilled upon the head of Mr. Clay,
who had been appointed Secretary of State
by President Adamsand who wacehsis d
ed by all the Jackson presses with corrup
tion in-voting for him. This charge, which
had first sprung from the malevolence of
n uneducated member of the House of
Representatives I rem Pennsylvania, and
horn Mr. day publicly denounced as a
4 dotard and a liar," was so industriously
propagated by the adherents of Gen. Jack
son, and -even by Jackson himself, tliat
Mr. Clay found himself constrained to de
ny tlie charge and refute tlie slander, which
he did with his usual ability aiKl with all
tlie force of truth. - He addressed a letter
to all the members of Congress who had
acted with him, and requested them to state
candidly whether any unfair ot dishonora
ble means bad been employcdpy him in the
election of Mr. Adams, and their answers
were entirely satisfactory to every unpre
judiced mind in exculpating him from all
blame. On the otlier hand Gen. Jackson
was charged with' the deliberate murder of
six militia men, wijh theenmc of adultery,
with trnmpciing under foot tlie rights of in
dividuals, and tlie laws of nations, and
"with ignoTOnr-yWericc-tof temprr,-and
brutality of character. One who afterwards
became his warmest partizan publicly de.
dared , in 1822-23, that if Gen. Jack,
son was elected President of the United
States, every man ..opposed to him, and
wishing to support his own dignity, would
be obliged to arm himsrf and guard his
house wilh bulldogs end bloodhounds.''' And
tlie Richmond Enquirer asserted that '4lie
was too little of a statesman, too rash,
too violent in his temper, his measures 'too
much inclined to arbitrary government, to
obtain the humble support of the ' editors of
this paper, and that they trould deprecate
his election as a curse upon our country."
Such was the idea entertained of his charac
ter wlien a. candidate for the office w hiek,
as a curse upon" thecounfry, Tand a just
punishment for its transgressions, he was
allowed to attain. Some, indi-ed, had been
duped by the sentiments lie had uttered and
the pledges he had given, but tlie great
mass were misled by the charm which sur
rounded his military character, the love of
change, and the hope of reward. In 1 9 1 6,
he wrote a letter to President Monroe,
which was pubTfJhcd for the-fi?ST time in
1824 1 and which contained sentiments that
every? good citizen was ready to applaud
and could not but cordially approve. Had
lie adliered to the Course thus recommen
ded to another occupying a station which
his-sinccnty, and proved to the world that
he was guided by integrity . and honesty,
luitf sincerely disposed to actfor tlie good
of his country. This letter is too memor
able to be-wholly omitted. The follow ing
is an extract
" Every thing," the writer says, " de
pends on the selection of your ministry.
In every selection, party and parly feelings
should be avoided. -Now is the time to ex.
amine that monster called party spirit - By
selecting characters most conspicuous for
then probity, virtue, capacity and firmness,
without any regard to party, you will go
far to, if not entirely, eradicate those feel,
ings which, on former occasions, threw so
many obstacles in tlie way of government;
and perhaps have tlie pleasure and honor of '
uniting a people heretofore politically divi
ded. The Chief Magistrate of dgrVatndL
powerful nation should never indulge, in party
1 1 is conduct should be liberal and -
disinterested, always bearing in mind that
be act! for the iru and not a part of the -
community. Consult no party in your
The history of his Administration will
furnish another melancholy evidence of the
facility with which a man can give tbe most
salutary and wholesome councils toothers
which he never intends to follow himself.
In 1825, he resigned his seat in the Sen.
ate of the Unitud States, in consequence,
as he alleged, of being before the People as
Candidate tor the Presidency ot the U. .,
States. In hisjetter of resignation to the
Legislature of Tennessee, which had then
under consideration a proposition to amend
the Constitution of the United States so as
to limit tlie presidential service to a single
term, he observed ; "
" I would ga furtlier. I would impose '
provision rendering any member of Con. .
gress ineligible to office under the General
Government during the term for which he
was elected", and for two years thereafter,
except in cases of judicial office. Mem.
bers, instead ofbeing liable to be withdrawn
from legislating on the great interests of the
nation, through prospects of Ex cutive pat.
ronage, would be more liberally confided
in by their constituents, while tlieir vigi-
Innce would be less interrupted by party
feelings and party .'exciteiiieiiisl TTieTmor.
a Is of the country would be improved," 6ic.
mm U this change, in the .Uunslitution.
should not be obtained, and important a p.
pjintments continue to devolve on the. Re
presentatives in Congress, it requires no
depth of thought to be convinced that cor
ruption will become the order of the day.
It is through thU channel that the People
may expect to be attacked in tlieir consti
tutional sovereignty, ami where tyranny
may well be apprehended tt spring Up in
some favorable emergency." "J,
Gen. Jackson concluded with what one
ould suppose to be a very natural .deduc
tion from the positions he had laid down,
"It is due to myself to practise upon the
maxims rceommcnrled to oAer.'
How lie practised upon these maxims,
(lie history of his Administration will show.
His whole career was one of hypocracy,
deception, and error. Not one premise
that he had made did he fulfil, nor one
pledge that he gavedid'he redeem. His
party, which, from tlie pnspects of sue-,
cess, and tlie untirng exertions they made,
had rapidly increased Hi numbers, assailed
Administration of Mr. Adams with
great bitterness, and employed every weap
on of attack to which they could resort to
destroy it' Falsehoods and "calumnies of
the most gross anil glaring character were
propagated throughout tlie country, while
the most extravagant eulogies were heaped
upon the head of the military candidate
whose glory had been consummated at the
bottle of New Orleans. The existing Ad
ministration was charged with an extrava
gant and wasteful expenditure of the pub
lic money ; with having paid lor construc
tive instead of real missions: expending
twenty-five.thpusand dollars, in furnishing
tlie East-room of tlie President's house, in
whifh. in .truth, itaxcnt. had beenJaid ,.
i ThnniM II. Benton, New OrfcaM Argot, Aug:
1Richmon Enquiirr, Oct. 14, 1624. '
out till Gen. Jackson was elected President:
taking the publication.of the laws from op
position editors, and giving it to those be
longing to the Administration party ; with
giving latitudinarian constructions to the
Constitution; employing an- unnecessary
number of clerks, custom-house officers,
&c. It was urged on tlie other hand, by
the supporters of Gcn7Jackson,- that the
Presidential term should be limited to four
or six years; tliat members of Congress
should pot be appointed to office by the
Executive, during the term for which they
were elected, and for two years afterwards;
that Jackson, if elected, would establish
that rule, or cause the Constitution to be so
amended as to make it imperative ; that he
would destroy the morsstcr party, and be
the President of tho Nation and not of a
party? .would reform the abuses which had
crept into tlie Government, or, as it was
asserted, dense the Augean stable, retrench
.i . . i . ... . 1
inepuouc expense's, practise tne most ngiu
economy, and introduce a system of strict
accouutability into all the departments of
the Government. The.se promise s were
reiterated with snWprseveranco and : in.
dustry, in every sliape and mede, that the
Peopki weredt luded into the belief that the
blessings thus htl'jtjrth to the country
would be realized by tlie election of Andrew
Jackson to the Presidency of the United
States- Tlie evils complained of, however,
as fheiT rx1stingT""FPT,m0Batyi: the
People neitlier knew nor felt them. The
Government, ja thece.ntijywasadmin
Lstered by Mr. Adams, and the able states
oen who'fbrmcd his cabinet, with the strict.
est regard to economy ; the officers were
tXational InlelKjrrncer. My, 1821.
Letter to the Legislature of Tennessee, Oct,
Sf Benton's letter, Richmond Eiwuiivr Jan.
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