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"Ti: extract, from the Hand-bills accompanying
t;cli Dox, the following testimonials to the
tffaucy of this valuable Medicine:
79i the lit. Ker. Leri S. Ire., I). D. Bishop of
llAu:ir;ii, March 'J, l,r,.
Ilavinir, f r the last tl rce ears, been intimately
-acquainted with Dr. John Deckwith, of this City,
ai:d enjoyed his professional services, I take plea
sure in stating that his character as a Christian
gentleman and experienced Physician, entitles his
Testimony, in regard to the ue of his Ami dyspep
tic Pills," to the entire confidence of the pubhe.
My experience of the good cilects of these Pills,
for two years past, satieties me of their eminent
value, particularly in aiding in impaired digestion
and warding elf bilious attacks. Having l;eu f jr a
lone time subject to the annual recurrence of
Mich attacks, I was in the habit of resorting for
security against them, and with a very partial suc
cess, to a liberal use of Calomel or blue Pill. Put
ince mv acquaintance with the Anti-dyspeptic
Pill of Dr. P.eckwith, which lie prescribed in the
first instance himself, I hae not been under the
necessity of using Mercury in any form, besides,
being wholly exempt from bdlious attacks. Seve
ral members of my family are experiencing the
same beneficial effects. L. S. IN LS.
From Governor Iredell.
ArcrsT 21, 1S:.j.
Dr. Fcckwith's Anti-Dyppeptie. Pills have been
med in my family, which is a large one, with the
most beneficial elects. A number of my friends
vh have been ffibcted with the Dyspepsia, and
other disorders of the stomach, have spoken to
me in strong terms of the relief they experienced
from this remedy. v ithont the evidence i nave :
received from others, my intimate knowledge of
thf professional arid private character of Dr. Reck
with, f )r the last twenty yeuis, justifies me in de
claring, that he would give no assurances of ficts
if his nun experience, or of professional deduc
tions, of which he was not perfectly confi If nt, and
ou which the public might not saf-dy relv.
JAM US IRF.DF.LL.
From the Hon. George 77. Bmlzcr.
It ai nun, Nov. 7, Is'! I.
For several years past, Dr. Reckwitlfs Anti
TK-sivmhic Pdls have been used as a domestic me-
tlicine in my family. I have myself frequently
used them for the relief of head-ache, acid audi
otherwise disordered stomach, resulting from im
prudence or excess in diet, and 1 have had many
opportunities of learning from others their effects,
when used by them for like purposes. My expe
rience and observation justify me in saving that
the relief afforded by the Pills is generally speedy ,
nnd almost always certain that they may be ta
Ken at any time without danger or inconvenience,
iind their operation is attended by no nausea ;r
lisagreeable crlects whatever and though I have
Itnovvn many persons use them, I have known none
who did not approve them none who sustained
-any injury, and none who failed to deriv iwneiit
from their u-c- And upon the whole, I do not
hesitate to recommend them as an agreeable, sat.,
r.nd efficacious remedy in Dyspeptic allcction,
ami btl'ure them myself to be the best Anti-dyspeptic
medicine ever ofi'ercd to the public.
G. K. CADGER.
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Till: HISTORY OF LIFE.
I saw an infant in its mother's arms,
And left it sleeping:
Years passed I saw a girl with woman's charms,
In sorrow weeping:
Years passed I saw a mother with her child,
And o'er it Imruish:
Years brought me back yet through her tears the
smiled, I;) deep-r anqui,!i:
I left her years had vanished, I returned
And stood Lell-re her:
In tears I found her whom I left in tears.
On ( mkI relying :
And I returned again in after years.
And found her dy in?
An infant first, and then a maiden fair
A wife .1 mother
And then a childless widow in dc-pair
Titus met a brother.
An 1 thus we meet on earth, and thus we art,
To meet o!i ! never !
Till death beholds the spirit leave the heart.
To live forever.
no.MEix Tin: cak.mval.
Brum Norman Leslie.
Whoever has not witnessed the festivities of the
Carnival week at Rome will scarcely lend credit to
the burlesque extravagances even to this day com-
roittcd by all classes. It is a page of reality re-,
sembling one of old romance; and the stranger
wonders to see its antique and remarkable leaf thus
hound up in the pro-aic volume of common life,
The grave ami sensible Fnglishuian, the observant
and intelligent American, is astonished at the spec-
facie of a whole people abandoned to the maddest
freaks of frolic and finev disguising tlicm-' !vcs
in grotesque habits, masking their laces, altering
their gait, form, and dmanor entering with
lively ardor into tlie wilil -st folly. From th" v io-
lent gesticulations and various costumes, it appears
as if the thuatr-'s of th: world had emptied their
wardrobes, and sent forth their performers ?o rd.iv,
rai li in the face of Heaven, those, thousand parts in
other countries at least in ours reserved for the
midnight stage. Here a brigand staikst in the full
glory e.f arms and equipments, with tl nving tro.-sr-s,
dark mustachins, and a countenance f no r; the.-!
human ferocity. He steals along alo-r the rolling
carriage, and aims his carbine at some beautfi-ns
victim. There a Spanish lover, with h grac -id
cloak, hiond hat and f athers, and love-breat! g
guitar, sings Jus serenade to each pacing e or ;
sometimes, fbr the occasion excuses all civil fin i
liarity, he murmurs a soft air to an L-rJish h !!
in her carriage ; sometimes whispers love i . t':.
gav French girl ; sometimes kneels to the ( "o.w'o
diivi in the stieet ; and again, directs his -train t ;
a bright face poping from a palace win!.'., or
leaning and laughing over a balcony. Rel.ind h:i,i
stalks a knight glistening in armor, who he irs tm
tn his lance the favor of his lady-love, or hands a
letter on its oint to the first pair of eves tb-it t.d.-
Iii s fancy stranger or native, high or low. T; e
fierce Saracan stalk--through the throng, bra i
ing his cimefer and twirling his nui--!:vhi s. Tt
copper colored Indipii with his tomahawk tiireat -t s
swift destruction to each shrinking maid. Old
lords and ladi"-, in dresses of an antiqi.e magnifi- roof to which they ascended from dwellings where
cence, recall the splendors of the most celebrated thev sought refuge.
courts. The frolicsome sailor reels along, as if This day was but the !oginr.i:ig of tumult. Like
the light Italian wines had been too strong for his nn half-cured ulcer on the human form, the riots,
brain. The lover sighs the warrior shouts the when suppressed in one quarter of the town, would
spectre glii'.s ; and many striking characters are break forth in others. Saturday and Sunday wit
correctly dressed, and represented with serious ac- inssed the most dreadful exceses. Indeed1, the
curacy and excellent effect. Others there are who mob was quite uncontrollable ami yet the horrid
delight to fling over the whole, the broadest possi- Saturnalia had but just leguii. The rioters con
ble air of ridicule. Humpbacks swelled into inoun- vened an immense Ibrce on Monday, the anniversa
t iins eyes glaring like moons huge mouth- rv of the King's birth-day. Filbrts had been made
bald pates overgrown stomachs statues of tw ice but iuefii ctuallv, to suppress them ; large rewards
the ordinary siz deformed foreheads and noses were otic red for the apprehension of the ring-lcad-of
such ponderous diinentious, magnified propor- ers among the lawless bands, who had burned scve
tions, and rubicund colors, as may chance, if you ral Catholic chapels, in different sections of the ca
eat too heavy a supper, to haunt your late slumlsor pita!. A few offenders were secured, but the flame
in the shape of an incubus all that mirth aod in- was spreading, and the great body of miscreants ri
ge laity can invent to distort and caricature, here oted on.
floats upon the vast and ever-moving tide, rising- The events of Tuesday were dreadful. The mob
and sinking in the dense, universal commotion made a despentc attack upon the Newgate prison
disappearing, and appearing again ; carriages; load-, mounting in swarms over the walls, and besieg
ed with double numbers, horses rearing with ! mg the; cells, (where a few riotous principals were
two and fur women seven feet high, and sweet " confined,) w ith pick-axes and hammers. The cha-
gitis in uniform of banditti. Those whose ainbi- ( pel, and the house of the keeper were' soon destroy
t ion does not seek to support distinct and memoin. -j ed. This occurred betwecu six and nine o'clock,
ble roles, content themselves with the simple smooth ; . -.the evening. The lou I alarms, and rising flames,
common mask a pretty girlish countenance, w hose drew me to the s;ot. The fire had then coniinu
evetlasting repetition at length wearies the eye, 1 rncated to the wards and ceils, from which the af
and becomes no theme of curiosity or distinction. '. frighted prisoners rushed info the yard, where ma
Some, too so picturesque are the inhabitants of ny of them were supplied with liquor by the moho
Rotr.e even while wearing their cvery-d iy liabi-. cr:e-v , and went yelling and shouting around their
liments, can with difficulty be distinguished from enlarged boundary of exercise, with the fury of
the maskers ; and the bare-footed and cowled uncaged tigers. .Many who were under sentence
monks and friars the long-bearded mendicants, i of death, were among the lilerated prisoners. The
covered with rags and wrinkles the fat priest, and . new prison at Clcrckeir.vell was also stormed and
the stern soldier, are only known from the giddy ; broken open, and all the inmates set free. Many
surrounding concourse by their unmasked faces, of them, grateful lor their sudden and unexpected
their steady step, and their grave, demeanor. Near- discharge, entered heartily into the cause of those
ly all the town join in this sport ; or, if they do who hail played fr them the part of liberators.
not actually participate, at least throng together by
thousands and thousands to witness it and swell the Sir John r ielding, and Lord Mansfield ; the pic
cxtraordiuary spectacle. Countless nuirdt-.-rs of la- tures, libraries, wines, and splendid furniture, might
dies, both natives and foreigners, may be seen, ei-1 have leeu seen, strewed in ail directions, and clutch
ther in their carriages or at the windows gentle- - ed by the crowd.
men and noble, young and old, peasant and duke,' Thus waged the horrid war. The next day wit
all mingled and blended together in a wiid, excited, ncssed only the ir.crcaso of a lawless power, which
half-familiar, half-merry, half-mad mass of human seemed destined to know no future abatement. The
! icings crying, laughing, screaming, gesticulating, j establishment of a private citizen, a distiller in
leaping, dancing, singing, shouting, and eUing Holbom, a papist, Langdale by name, was attack
each cither with Hour sugar plums or oits steeped ; ed and fired. Then issued a scene, such as pen
in plaster of Paris res tabling them, and covering j cannot describe. Five hundred thousand dollars'
the air, the sireetwa'ks, and all the pou!ation, with j worth of property was clestsoyed in a space of time
the white of a universal snow storm. A hundred j so short, that it seemed as if the whole had perish
thcUiU'id people are not unfrcquciitly assembled, i ed in u tornado of lire.
either as actors or audience, upon the scene of ac
f tion, which is ia the Corso and the adjoining streets,
squares, and avenues.
Oar readers, on cither side of the ocean, need
not ! reminded that the Corso is the Recent street, !
or Broadway, of modern Home, straight and ex- !
ceedinglv narrow, built up closely on both sides !
with high houses, or gloomy, but immense and
ii nguificerit, o!il pal ices, all of which are crowded
upon every point ; where men and women sit, stand,
or climb from roof to basement, cornice, pedestal,
and balcony. Through this principal thorough
fare two processions of carriages and pedestrians
go slowly, in opposite directions, pelting each oth
. . .
er, and all around them, and ail above them, with
snowv tributes; an 1 receiving in return discharges !
in showers from every quarter. The middle of j
the street presents a tide of the gayest and gaudi-j
et colors, and the iimt lively motion not unlike
the rapid stir and agitation of a fierce battle. On
either side, tiers of seats a most lucrative profit j
to the proprietor arc provided lor the thousands
who desire, stationary and secure, to behold the
giddy scene. A sloping bank of laces thus rises
on either hand of those moving in the procession,
leaving only a passage, sulliciently wide for the two
rows of carriages to pass each other.
THE LONIKJX RIOT OF 1T-0.
A writer, in the Iat No. of the Knickerbocker,
aives the following account of the great London
Riot in the year 17"?0, which it will be seen goes
a little' al-.ead of a iy thing in this country :
"We have b--u much alirni"d of late bv the
mobs and liiturbanc-s which have prevailed in
(,me quarters of our Republic ; but wo have ne-
Ver t exp.-ri.-nced anything half so terrific as
the mobs Furope. Th" RnfJ Riots, and the
;r( nuemens da, Ayoi.t, mu-t be ffsi, in all minds;
while some of the to ;:e n mete n s in the Rntih
Capital stand en iik pyrami is jr.. m tie; general
level of ordinarv ii.;:d:i.-ss and crime. It was my
,a, to see the lireat Loudon Riot of 17-0, tor the
i i-ti"ation of w liich Lord George (lot ion was tried
tor hi .h treason, and b it, though acquitted, with a
Main upon his name. He was the champion of ,i
tumorous class of the lower order of Protestants,
who h 1 I largo meetings in various parts of tlu
metropolis, and sent heavy petition-; to Pai 'lament,
j.g fbr enactments against Catholicity. One
tl,, Se documents, signed b many thousands,
which was presented bv Lord Gordon, was so large
th it it required the united strength of all the oilj-
,.r , ft he House to lift it into the presence of that
,.',,; Levis', iture. Tii-iuih every signature was
genuine, they were declared to bo fictitious, and
the petition was treated wi'h contempt. Incensed
:it this imputation. Lord Gordon vowed that he
v -,:j( con; ice Parliament of its error, by bringing
ur the etitiouer.s, in propria persona, before their
representatives anl servants.
lie kept his vow ; and, at ten o'clock on tho next
Friday mo-fdng, several tlroiis-ands of his petition
signers assembled in St. George's Fiel Is, where
t!i" noble Lord n.et them, as a Roman general
would have il-mc his legions. He directed them
to proceed t'i the Parliaur t I l ov -t the W-st-min-ter.
Rlackfi iars, and Fvn ! . !i.iges. Refore
this great multitude had r.-rich'-d their place .f de
Mrialion, it had doubled its r nnbe s, and b'vame
a -nob. Lords, Rishops-, an i Arcidesh ps. were
:.'ido objects of popular furv; cri"s of " No Pope
ry !' rang throughout the dusky streets; carriages
were im-ot, and their occupants obliged to ecape
from the nnlee, and glide in disguise from roof to
They next destroyed the maosi ns and furniture of
The spectacle at twilight was awful and sublime.
At one and the same moment, the billowy clouds
of flame were seen surging upward from the Kings
Bench and the Meet Prisons: from the ponderous
toll ates on the Blackfriar's Bridge, from the new
Bridgewell, and from dwellings in different sections
all over the metropolis. With a few friends who
... . .
had purchased admission, I surveyed the terrific
scene from the cupalo of St. Paul's. The crowds
that ran howling through the streets ; the occa
sional thunder of artillery ; the spirits of blazing
light darting up on all sides, occasionally revealing
the red waters of the Thames, and the sails like
sheeted "hosts wavering alone its bosom ; the tow
ers and steeples innumerable, clothed in lurid liht ;
the maniac vociferations of numerous straggling
parlies of the mob, who ha 1 come intoxicated from
Langdale's distillery, w here they drank to excess,
and where hundreds of hogsheads, emptied in the
gutters, were ignited by torches, and ran from
street to street a tempestuous torrent of fire ;
these were sights that, once seen, could not tad to
lie forever remembered. Words are powerless to
describe them. On Thursday they ceased. "
We have had some violent mobs in America,
but none like this, wherein nearly five hundred
persons, besides the numerous victims of the law,
perished together. Long may such sanguinary
tempests bo averted from our land !
Such is tli; title of one of the rare pamphlets of j
Ren Johnson, dated Kiol ; and which is am ' lg j
44 the last drops of his quill." We cull from it
some striking and solid observations on men and j
manners; in. tin perusal of which the reader will j
no doubt be tempted to exclaim Oh, rare Ben ;
Johnson ! I
44 III fortune never crushed that man, whom good
fortune deceived not. I have therefore counselled I
mv friends, never to trust to th fair side, but s ;
to place all things she gave them, that she may
take them again without trouble. J
44 A beggar suddenly rich, generally Incomes a
prodigal; lie outs on riot and excess to obscure his ;
44 No man is so f i tlish, but he may give another
good counsel sometimes ; and no man Sv wise, but
he may easily err, if he takes no other counsel than
his own. He that was taught only by himself, had
a f ol fbr his master. i
44 Opinion is a light, vain, crude, and imperfect
thing, residing in the imagination, but never arri
ving at the understanding, there to obtain the tinc
ture of truth. Wu lab -r with it more than with
4 Many men do not themselves believe what
they would Jain persuade others; and less do they
the things w hich they would impose on others;
but least of all, know they what they most conu
44 What a deal of cold business doth a man :n;s
pend the better part of his life in ! in scattering
compliments, tendering visits, gathering and ven
ding new -, follow iog leasts and plays, making a lit
tle winter-love in a dark corner.
44 Wisdom without honesty is mere craft and
casenage. A good life is a main argument.
44 I cannot think Nature so spent and decayed
as to bring forth nothing worth her former years.
She is always the same, and like herself; and
w hen she collects her strength, is able still. Men
and studies are decayed : she is not."
A KENTUCKY DEAF.
A coat of strong blue cloth . f the Jehu cut, with
white bono buttons of the Jehu .-ize, the standing
collar of which was always p died up over the ears,
and concealed them beneath its shade, served at
the same time, in consequence of its being tightly
buttoned from throat to waist, to hide the neck
cloth and waist-coat, of the existence of neither of
which I am therefore able to make affidavit. This
upper garment, which was certainly of the horse
part of his nature, impended over a pair of full cor
duroy pantaloons. The legs of the same, though
constructed by the artist, of amplitude sufficient to
reach the ancle if they had been allowed to do so,
having apparently been elevated to midleg in the
act of drawing on a pair of half-boots, remained
hitched on the top of the latter during the whole
of the first day of my observations, no effort having
been made to induce them to descend to the ordin
ary position. On the second, one descended and
the other did not, and in this way Tom Lavender
sported his Nimrod-Iooking person. I never savv
his hand ; as, whi ther sitting, standing, or walking,
they were always thrust decidedly to the bottom
of the large flappocketsof his Jehu coat. In the man
ner in which he disposed his person in the cabin,
when inactive, upon two or three chairs, basking
before the fire, with his nose erect in the air, I
thought I detected something of the alligator part
of his origin; while in the impetuous manner in
which, striding forward with out st reached limbs,
he perambulated the cabin or the deck to take ex
ercise, alternately inflating his cheeks and blowing
forth the accumulated air, I could not fail to detect
the steamboat by which the purity of the race had
feen recently crossed. He was a man of no con
versation, but he made up for it by an incessant
hoarse laugh, filling up the pauses in that of three
or four trusty young cronies, who seemed to hold
him in great respect and consideration. I should
not forget to mention that at a later period I was
informed that the mode of wearing the pantaloons
hoisted half-leg high as described above, was pre
meditated, and intended to give an 44 air distingue !'
Lad robe's North America.
About Right. The Ranger Advertiser tells a
good story of a Yankee who was refused a dinner
at one of the taverns dow n east, until he had shown
the landlord his pewter.' Roniface then did his
best, and at the sound of the bell in walked the
Yankee, and taking a general survey of the table,
turned to his boast and said, "Mister, you've seed
my money, aud I've seed your dinner good bye !
The following is the reply - f Genera! Harrison,
to the letter of the CommiUe inviting him to the
festival in Lexington, Kentu. i. v , on the 5th ult.,
in commemoration of the Rat; - f the Thames.
The Lexington papers do not give the letter of in
vitation, (the Committee bavin.- kept no coj of
it,) but the reader can readily infer from the re
sponse of General II. the n itiue of the misrepre
sentaiions which the committee brought to his no
Noutii Rr.xn, v-pt. '20, 1:53.
Gentlkmex: Your letter of t.ee 15;!, inst., en
closing a resolution of the officers ami soldiers who
served in the Northwestern Army under my com
mand, inviting me to be present at the celebration
of the Anniversary of the Rattle of the Thames, ou
the 5th proximo, has been duly received. It no r
tunately happens that the day of the celebration i
that upon which the Court of Common Fleas, tor
the county of Hamilton, (of which I am Clerk. Ii
commences its session. It will of com so be out of
my power to attend the former without subj'-cting
myself to the charge of neglect of ciu;. Tins 13
to me a subject of the greatest regret ; the m re
so, as no opportunity may ever agaio occur ei"
meeting so many of my brethren in arm--, so m inv
tried lrien Is and associates in times of oi.iuity
Retoie the re ipt of your letter, ger V urn. T
was aware that the persecution of u Inch 1 ; avef r
many years been the object, had been re- ..union,
ced. I had, indeed, anticipatr.-d tii .t such -. ,o! J bc
the ease; but really I could not have IxiU ve j that
it could so soon have readied the stage of vio.ence
to which it has already attained. Assert ior., an.d
contradictions, charges and answers, replies aod
r -joinders, &o., vVc, are apt to produce h- ai, .d
lead men to extremes, which thev would hae biu-h.
ed to have thought of, at the commencement i' a
eisput -. The majestic King of the forest proclaim?
his enmity to his rivals, and with many defiance--,
long and lou lly repeated, solicits them' to the con
flict. It is kft to the cold-blooded malignity of th
tiger aod the panther, couched in their ambushed
lairs, suddenly to soring upon their unofF-ndiug and
unconscious victims. Thus assailed, with 'what
jo, with what heart-felt gratitude, did I receive
year letter, announcing the fact that the gallant
volunteers of Kentucky were assembling fhr mv
rescue ! And what a gratifying coincidence is u,
be tound between this and a former occasion ! Tho
same venerated name, heads the column now, as be
longed to the sage and hero who displayed, in mv
sight, on the shores of Lake Erie, that noble hand
of voluntary warriors who came panting for tlto
conilict, which was to avenge the wrongs of our
common country, and appease the ?naies of their
own si a-ughteriid fellow-citizens. I recognize, too,
in the list, those who carried ie.to the battle of the!
Thames valor ennuh to accomplish the object and
to spare : others distinguished in the brilliant sorties
of Fort Meigs, and of whom I had to complain,
that regardless of circumstances and numbers, their
only inquiry, was, "where is the menu;?" and
last, and by no means least, in my estimation, the
leader of the Shelby county division, distinguished
foj bravery among the brave, a wounded survivor
of that dreadful conilict, which, to its other horrors
added that which was so much deprecated by the
bravest of the Greeks.
With a phalanx thus constituted, who could doubt
victory with any tangible enemy ? You now com
bat, gentlemen, with a Hydra not such a monster
as fearlessly presented itself to ihe club of Hercu
les; but a flitting evanescent thing w hich will elude
your grasp, and mock the stroke of vour sword ; a
kind of e,;s fa funs the offspring of corruption,
which never treads on solid ground, but exhibits ifs
false lights from amidst th-j slime and mire upon
the vapors of winch it feeds. Such is the charac
ter of the slanders by which I am assailed. Should
proof le w anting, consult some of the public prints.
You w ill find I am charged with the -murder of the.
distinguished Daviess that he was the victim of
my fears ; having mounted him on mv gray marc
to avoid the danger of riu'ing myself. Duf, answers
one of my comrades, 44 Daviess was killed on foot
and never was on horseback during the action."
44 Well, then, it was the lamented Owen who was
thus sacrificed." The answer is, ; Owen was kill
ed from the back of his own white horse. 44 It
was, then, certainly some other officer." " y0
other mounted officer was killed ; nor was there ajiy
officer or soldier who was killed or wounded, ever
on the back of a horse belonging to the General.
'i Put it cannot be denied that he intended to have
Croghan killed when he ordered him to break
through a whole army with one hundred men,
which he would not attack himself witheiht hun
dred." In relation to the attempts which are now
being made to deprive me, as you are pleased to
say, ot my just claims, I commit my cause to you,
mi 1 mi i n ii ir i N . 1 1 r i ii m.- . , .. C . .-. . , f T -
ii u, iui mw iit it -i uoiiiiuence. No
better judgment can be formed of the conduct of a
commander, than that whien is awarder? bv
army. In all history there is, perhaps, but a single
instance where the decision was against the Gene
ral, that it has not lieen sanctioned by contempora
ries as well as by posterity. My case is a most
singular one. The unanimous declarations of the
Army of Tippecanoe will not be received, even as
to facts. Charges are manufactured, without the
least regard to the testimony of cve-vvitnessos
such as the story of the Indians having chosen th;
mace for mv encampment as also tlmt nf
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death of Daviess and Owen, to which I have allu
ded. Am 1 to engage with equal or inferior num
bers ? an enemy acknowledged at that time to be
the most dreadful in the world, (who had, whh a
few hundred, destroyed the immense army of the
brave Braddock and nearly annihilated those of
the experienced and gallant commanders, Harmar
and St. Clair,) it must be done without loss, and
must be especially careful that no distinguished
man may fall. I am made to answer tor your fail
urcs, caused cither by wilful disob.edier.ee, or