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which that memorable battle was fought. I was to “re-unite the colonies to the paNot so, good Mr. Yankee. The Serpen- rent state!” tine River, as it is called, is a little wind. It is very true, I acknowledge, that a ing lake in Hyde Park, about the width dangerous faction has arisen in the Reof a large duck pond, and is fed by a lit- public. I see very clearly, that wealth tle stream, or rather gutter, and empties has introduced a taste for what are called itself by the means of another gutter at honours. Vanity is making a desperate the other end. It was this quality of lake effort to decorate men with titles. The that made the scene so very apt.

law forbids it; but vanity is at open war These are mortifying recollections, my with law. The germ of aristocracy, which Lord, and I do not know that they will was discovered in the New England states, be rendered less so to you by the addition and, in a few instances, iu some of the of the reflection, that, if you had followed others, at the end of the war of independmy advice, there never would have been ence, has grown out now to full view. any ground for them.

There are 'Squires and Honourables in The political effects in America of such abundance. There are the “ Honourable a peace must be wonderful. Indeed, they the Governor;" “ His Ilonour the evidently are so. The men who, in the Judge ;' and so on. These men wilt New England States, were forming open soon begin to regret that they have no one combinations against Mr. Madison, are, to give them permanent titles; that they as I told you they would be, covered with have no fountain of honour.” Tbat that sort of disgrace, that deep disgrace, which men regret the want of they endeawhich defeated malice always brings upon vour to obtain, whenever an occasion ofits head. They appear, from all I can fers. The Priests of New England apgather, to have become the butt of ridi- pear to be working hard to procure somecule, after having long been the object of thing in the way of an establishment. Hence serious censure. These men are suspected the joy of both these at the restoration of . of treasonable views and acts. At any the Bourbons, the old French Noblesse, rate, they are chargeable with a red at the Pope, and the Jesuits ; and hence, tempt to destroy the liberties of their they will, I venture to predict, be as abucountry, in revenge for their rejection by sive of Napoleon, Carnot, Fouche, Rethe people. They were defeated in their derer, and Merlin, as is our Times newsgrasp at the supreme powers of the union, paper. and they have endeavoured to do as the In the mean while, however, the people baboon is said to have done with the fair are sound republicans; and, it will take lady, that is, destroy that which they some years to orerset their government, could not possess.

though the manners and tastes of many Mr. PICKERING, to whom the Times may be corrupted. The following letters newspaper looked up as the hangman which I have received from America, will and successor of Mr. Madison,” nowo talks skew you, that the war, and especially like a very hearty republican; but the the peace, have produced a great change poor gentleman seems to know very little in that country. They will also shew you of what is going on here. Ile says, that that, long ago, I had hit upon the true you made peace, because so many petitions nail, and that you ought to have paid atwcrc poured in ugainst continuing the war ; tention to me sooner than you did. The and your Lordship knows, that not one newspapers from America breathe a spirit such petition was pourcilin. lle says, that of resentment, which it should be our obthe failure at New Orleans will put you ject to allay, if possible; but, really, the out of place. Poor Gentleman! low language of our prostituted press was such, little, how

very little does he know about that, added to the character of the war, you! He says, that the Opposition have it is almost impossible, that reconciliation clamoured for peace. It was the Oppo should take place during an age to come. sition who urged on the war, and only Before I conclude, I beg leave to ca!! found fault with you for not doing the your Lordship's attention to the stateYankees more mischief than you did. Yet ments in the American papers, relative to this, this is one of the men, to whom we our treutment of the American prisoners have looked as capable of overthrowing of war; also to call your attention to cer Mr. Madison! This is one of the men who itaiu intercepted letters of our officers, re

lative to plunder , and further to call your learning, and abilities than Southey, attention to their charges relative to the would damn their country for his salary parole, given by GENERAL PACKENIAM, and a butt of sack. when he was about to assault, and to Your late essays are re-published in all take, as he expected, New ORLEANS. I the Republican Papers, and read with dare not copy these. Newgate is not so great relish; while they are carefully expleasant as Botley. But, still I do most cluded from all the federal papers. Ne anxiously wish to see these papers pub- vertheless I suspect that you do not see lished here; because they might then be many of our Boston Republican Papers. met hy denial and disproof, if not true. I have therefore requested, the Editors This is a serious matter, my Lord. If we of the Boston Patriot, and Funkee to put dare pot publish here, they dare do it in up a series of them for you; and encouAmerica; and there it is that the effect raged them with the hope that you will will be produced injurious to us. I dare send them your Pegister. I have also say, that long before this will reach the sent you an excellent work by Mr. Carey, press, all these changes, all these. horrid entitled the “ Olive Branci." We esteenu narratives, will huve been collected in it highly for its fucts. You will read it America, published in a permanent shape, with pleasure. This book and Jackson's and, perhaps, translated into French. victory have blasted the Hartford ConThus will thoy be read by all the civilized vention ; and destroyed the high hopes of world, the people of England excepted: the Pickerings, the Ulisses, and the Sullibut, thus have I done my duty in pointing vuns. The author of that book has a these things out to your Lordship, which just idea of cur Boston Saints, of their is all that I dare do in this case.

avarice, of their hypocricy, and of their I ain, &c. &c.

thirst after ridiculous titles, and even moWM. COBBETT. narchy. He has a right idea of our Junto,

which rises as our country sinks, and Boston, 28th Marcb, 1815. sioks as our country rises. After perusing Mr. COBBETT– I have read, with great the Olive Branch, would it not be well satisfaction, your recent essays relative to to throw it in the way of the Edinburgh this country. You deserve well of your Reviewers? (1) native country, as well as for trying to open the eyes of your coun

(1) I can find a much better use for it, as the

writer shall see. trymen, that they might see things as

The Edinburgh Reviewers are, they really are. But in Old England and periaps, as corrupt a junto as the Hurtford Conin New, and I am personally acquaint. vention, and of that my correspondevt would be ed with both, a man need not despair well couvinced, if he were to read an article making the people believe any thing but "pou the return of Napoleon, pnblished at the truth.

close of the last number of this work ; in which Both your country and mine have been article they prepared, in advance, for the war, long suffering under the cause of a lying which they suspected would take place againet spirit.The federal papers in Boston, Frauce, in consequence of that wonderful event. under the direction of the faction, and The truth is, that this is a little knot of place, especially the one edited by the Boston hunting men of talent, who, by the means of this Slave,” exert all their powers to spread Review, force themselves saccessively into the a delusive fog before the eyes of their receipt of emoluments derived from the public. stupid readers, and between them and I do not know any set of men so much like antruth. They are worse than your Courier, other, as these Reviewers are like the Federal or your Times ; for with their lies, they Noblesse. Mr. Walsh, of Philadelpbia, wbo have a trait of malignity and stupidity, wrote a book on the state of France, full of falseat which your people must revolt. What hoods and of ignorance, and. who, it was confimust be the state of a community where dently reported here, was to have had the honour the people are fed with poisonous food? of being introduced to a Lord, and would, in all It would require a revolution of some sort probability, have enjoyed that blessing, if the to rid the people of the accumulated cor

said Lord had not been mexpectedly engaged ruption. Our Yeomanry are virtuous, with his tailor, or somebody else: this Mr. brave, and strongly attached to their Walsh, with the exception of talent, is a toler. government; but we have scores of pro- ahly good specimen of an Edinburgh reviewer. fessional men among us, who, with less

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of mine,

I hare read with surprise and disgust | Considering the New England opposition the official accounts of General Drum- and the nature of our government, and the mond and some others, of the battle of state of our finances, and the villiany of Chippewa and Bridewater. I have been the faction, and this Virginia-man, may informed by the brave and modest Colonel well be called the Matchless Madison. foow General) Miller, as well as by a - Aldough we are priest-ridden, and number of his officers, his non-commis-debased in Massachusetts, I hope we are sioned officers, and privates, that thc Bri- not junk below redemption. The better tish, cannon were many hours in their half of Massachusetts have not bowed the possession, and that they would hare knee to the effigy of monarchy, set up by brought them off, had' not the British the contemptible noblesse of Boston. It is taken the precaution to carry off the the yeomanry, the nerve, the bone, and the limbers, and all the harness, which Mil- sinew of the republic, who have fought ler could not supply in the night. I our battles, while it is the pampered, and firmly believe that all our official accounts corrupted flesh, and gormandizing stomay be relied on. I have reason for be- niach, who preach, pray, and write in lieving it.

federal newspapers, and who continually Jackson's woxderful victory is a greater deceive the people. thing to us, that is, of more beneficial After the present delusion is past, I consequences to America, than the vic- hope to see both your country and mine tory of Wolfe ; the capture of Burgoinc, shine forth in their native purity. Our or Cornwallis. The British were sure of country is rising rapidly to greatness, and New Orleans, and they meant to leave it to glory; and when we have put down an ugly bonc of contention between the fuction, we shall yet see our species, th3 U.S. and Spain. But Providence forbade descendants of Englishmen, skine forth to it. We say Providence, for the great de- the greatest advantage, in ability, courage, struction on one side, and the unparal and integrity; and here we may see disleled salvatiou on the other, prove that played the utmost range of the human it could hardly be owing to the contin- powers. gent powers of men. It gives strengti to Thirty years ago, I knew London, and the opinion imbibed by people in every her leading men, including Mr. Fox, and period of the world, and in every stage some others. They are now nearly al} of society, that there is a power above us, dead; and I have scarcely a corresponwhich “ shapes things to an end, rough dent left. I wish Old England well; for hew them how we will.” This extra- there are the sepulchres of my ancestors: ordinary victory has broken down the and there I resided several years. Ihare spirits of the invaders; they say there is a considerable respect for John Bull; bui. a fatality in this American war; and that a greater affection for, it is adverse to them. Your countrymen

JONITLAN, fought bravely at New Orleans, very For he is destined to return the ride of bravely. Jackson, and his inspired mi- glory to the souree whence it sprung: litia had coolness enough, in the midst of the fight, to observe and admire the dis

Boston, March 30th, 181.3. cipline and steady bravery of the English, Mr. COBBITT,—A snow-storm haring and the ralour of their officers ; but who prevented the ship Galen from sailing this could stand before sur cool and accurate morning, I seize the opportunity her de. rifemen, and equally cool and accurate tention aflords, to add a few strips from cannoniers !! Jackson, (a village-law-some of our late newspapers. I do it by yer) has far surpassed any General we ever way of recompensing you for your excel. had, at any period.

lent essays, under the form of letters to While we admire Jackson, and his mi- your great men in England, in which litia, let us not withhold our admiration of you tell them important truths relative to James Madison! who amidst the most this country, which, I believe, they can virulent, and most obstinate of oppositions obtain through no other channel. (see " the Olive Brauch,") has triumphed We admire greatly your accurate pic. over both internal and external enemies, ture of the two parties in this bewitched and planted the proud stripes and stars of state. What the witches promised Machis nation in the sight of the universe.' beth, has been whispered to our little-big

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men in Massachusetts ye shull be all plain, and at the thoughts of which they Thanes !!

regret the termination of war. The public feeling is not a little excited We are much pleased with your very by the recital of our officers and men, who accurate account of Federalists and Rehave just returned to Boston and New publicans. The papers you now receive York, from their captivity in Nova Scotia, will help you to finish the picture you and Canada. You will see the narrative have sketched. in the Boston Patriot of yesterday. The This short war has wrought a wonder. British prisoners have been uniformly ful change in the United States. It has treated with kindness by the Americans. taught the traders and shopkeepers of ilumanity is a conspicuous trait in our Boston, that if their sea-ports were decharacter.

stroyed, the nation even then, could exist. We look up to the acute editor of the It has peopled our interior, created ionu. Political Register to lay this grievous merable manufactures, and taught us all thing properly before the British public. that it is to the yeomanry we must look, at If what is related be not facts, let them be last, for the support and defence of the contradicted ; and, if they be true, let the nation. With them is the brain, the nerve, perpetrators be exposed, and the robes of the bone and sine.y ; for the merchant is the nation wiped clean from the stain (2). blown about by every wind of commerce. II leate out a passage here, which though he scarcely feels that he has got a country. complimentary to the part of this king

The French justly estimate these descen

dants of Esau. dom, in ichich I wus born, is rather too GENERAL in its application. But, my

The time was, when these colonies, or chief reason for leaving it out is, that it states, might, in their physical and mental would, in my opinion, TEND

force, be compared to a wedge, (the most

forciable of the mechanical powers) the HARM.-W.C]

butt, or thick edge of which was here in Colonel Scott, (now our valiant Ge- Massachusetts, and it went tapering away neral Scolt) was early in the war carried until its thin edge ended in Georgia, and prisoner to Montreal and Quebec ; and on the Mississipi. But Andrew Jackson, received a treatment, which he never can, a village lawyer, has turned this wedge or ought to forget. I had it from his own

“ end for end,” and we now feel the force mouth. Scott is a man of talents, educa- pressing to us, instead of from us.

Mr. tion and a gentleman ; but those high MATTHEW CAREY has explained all this in officers in Canada, who heaped every kind. “ the olive brunch!!" ness and attention on the infamous Hull,

The young and spirited men of Mascould not find it in their hearts to treat sachusetts feeling the effects of the miserwith ordinary attention and humanity the able policy of their governor, and of the accomplished Scott.

Legislature, are fast leaving their homes, As nations, we may be at peace; but as and emigrating Westward. Even the sons a people we never shall, so long as we of some of the Essex Junto are follow, semember personal insults and cruel depri- ing where interest leads. They are flya vations, especially during sickness. Your ing from the sterile soil, and bigotted ships of war. have generally treated our region of Boston, to more fertile and .sailors whom they captured, well ; but it liberal regions.; and yet our besotted is the treatment on board prison-ships, government of Massachusetts, and their and in Canada of which our men com- stupid governor, seem unconscious that

we are bleeding to death, by this alarming

emigration. Instead of a liberal policy, (2) I have not thought it right, and indeed, I our miserable politicians are trying to do not know that it would be safe, to send to the retain their discontented young meu by press the papers here referred to, which exhibit " JVushington Benevolent Societies; a a picture that strikes one with horror, and which, sort of, hypocritical Jucobin-club, or liunfor the hononr of my country and of human ble imitations of the Orunge Societies of nature, I hope is not a true picture.--I bave, Ireland; who drew their origin from flowever, made use of these papers in the way " the peep-of day boys.". Jonathan sees that appears to be most likely to answer a good through this clumsy trick, and their gore Purpose.

WM. COBBETT. geous parades, painted. banners, and so

goes to the

to

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pocritical orations, prayers, and hymns, You may tell Sir Joseph Yorke, whose which have become objects of ridicule, father I once knew, that Mr. Madison, and are fast sinking into contempt. has concluded (before he “ Common-sense begins to draw comparisons Islanit of Elba,'') to pay a visit to the between our fine, dancing soldiers, who Eastern States, in which case, it is more seldom make an excursion beyond a mile than probable that the Saints of Massafrom their fire-sides, and hardly ever chusetts will pay him all possible marks march off the pavements of our sea-ports, and the brave heroes, who conquered at

is no established church in America ; no compulChippewa, Bridgewater, Erie, Baltimore, sion to pay priests of any sort. But, if meu are and New ORLEANS. One great and powerful source of

persecuted, ro matter in what way, for iheir opi. influence, is literary and clerical pittron- be condemued in a lump, on the charge of being

nions abont religion ; if a book, or an essay, is to age.

The Junto have managed that matter admirably. They have contrived blasphemous, without any reference to its facts or

its reasoning's ; if this be the case, priestcraft, say get almost ali the learned professions under their thumbs. This has greatly

you will, is still powerful in America. The increased their number of slaves. They way, and the only way, to give priesteraft its took the Jesuits for their example, and bal blow, is to inculcate, in all possible ways, have imitated with considerable success.

the liberty nf opinions on religion. The law of They, like the Jesuits, make sure of every should jealously watch, that cant does not, in this

America does this ; but the friends of freedom young man of brilliant talents, and fix him in a pulpit, or at the bar; or in practice, in the face of the world, that TRUTH ought not

respect, triumph over the law. Can any mau say, as a physician, or in their Benevolení Society, or by some means or other, impair religious opinions of any sect be founded in tratlı,

to prevail? No man will say this. And if the his independence, and secure his subserviency to their views, which views are to wliat foar is there that they will be injured by establish AN UPPER CLASS, who shall shine rweserved discussion ? Did it ever happen to any and think for all the rest.

individual to protest against the discussing of a

These are the glow-worms, or fire-flies, or lightening question, as to which he was sure that he was in bugs, thai give you and me so much

the right ?- Let the honest man ; let the sincere amusement and food for ridicule. These Christian, be upomlis guard against every one, buzz and flutter around the nose of honest whom he hears abuse any book as blasphemous, Jonathan, while he is cultivating the without first showing it to be fulse. Let him be ground, shooting invaders, and pouring a tipou liis ĝuard against the Crafty Crew (in stream of republicanism on the wheels of America, I inean), who eat and drink comfortably the itional governments, which these upon the fruits of other men's labours; or, if lie base creatures are trying to clog (3).

does think it right to pay them as teachers of religion, let liim, at any rate, call upon them to

ANSWER, instead of ABUSING, those who : (3) My Correspondent will smile, wien he attack their systems. As to the conduct of the sees, that I had anticipated this triek of literary Federal priesthood of Massachussetts, it is such as enlistments and benevolent societies.-If he will defies all description. Such a prostitution of the look into the Register of the 15th of this month, prięsts' office vever was before seen, except at page 591, he will find, under the lead of amongst some of the most wicked of the regular " Literay Fund and IVashington Bénerolent clergy of the Romish churclı, in the very worst Societies,” that I had hit the case in the eye before times of that church. A string of passages, wlicli I received his letter.- As to the Clergy, the case Mr. Carey has collected and published in the is more serious.-As long as men .continue to die," Olive Branch,” would not have disgraced the there will, in all probability, be some who will be lips of those, whose exhortations armed the hands willing to pay people to instruct then as to a and hardened the hearts of Clement, Rarillac, or future life; and, as long as men prefer eating the any of that unmerous horde of assassins, wia earnings of others to eating their own earnings, have, at various periods, undertaken to shed the -slich instructors will never be wanting. Besides, blood of Napoleon. Can those he virtuous meu, I find no fault with one party or the other, both who, with patience, and even with applause, may be perfectly sincere ; and both right in their listened to these bloody exlortations? -I put 'opinions aud views. All that I blame in matters this question to ile bosoms of the worthy part of of religion, is, the use of force of any lond. There the Federalists, -Wu. COUBETT.

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