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A GENERAL STATEMENT
Of the several stocks transferred to the United States to the 31st December, 1815, the interest on which, by the acts of the 8th May, 1792, and the 3d March, 1795, is appropriated for the redemption of the public debt.
996,000 3,180,000 71 1.700 6,432,500 6,294,051 12 1,859,850 70 326,500 324,200 33,873,463 98 TREASURY DEPARTMENT, REGISTER OFFICE, February 6, 1816. JOSEPH NOURSE, Register.
tists at Philadelphia, was intended as a remedy to this evil by drawing the artists more closely together, and the happy effect resulting from the labours of our young institution were just beginning to be felt when the country was involved in war, and it is a serious truth that no description of professional men sooner or more severely suffered from its effects than artists. Artists are but tender plants, although they are sometimes able among weeds, briars, and thorns, to raise their heads, and for awhile enjoy the sunshine of public favour and patronage: yet it more frequently happens that they are destroyed by the insects of an hour, or nipped by the chilling wind of poverty, they languish, wither and die.
THE FINE ARTS.
At a meeting of the Columbian Society af Artists, held on the 1st instant, the following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved unanimously, that it is expedient for the society of Artists to exhibit at the present period. Resolved, that a committee be appointed to address the public on the occasion.
The committee having accordingly met, beg leave to offer the following communication.
The materials necessary to form an exhibition, are many and difficult to procure. In the first place works of merit are slow in execution, and it is but
The grand object the society of Artists had in view when forming their institution, was to establish at Philadelphia, annual exhibitions of the works of American artists. It was confidently believed that such exhibitions would have an important effect in cultivating public taste, and improving artists, and that their various talents would be more fully developed, and the merits of their productions bet-too true that some of our first artists instead of pursuing the higher branches of their art to acter understood. The society of artists however respectable as to quire faune, are under the necessity of following the inferior in order to procure the means of livnumbers, and talents, were without pecuniary means to carry their views into effect, and their exhibitions ing. Secondly, not only a number of first rate in connection with the Pennsylvania academy, not productions are required, but it is also necessary having relieved the society from their pecuniary that they should be mostly original. Novelty ought to be a prominent feature in all exhibitions. Thirdwants, and as it rarely happens that two societies can be so intimately connected together as to yieldly, the transportation of pictures from distant parts is not only attended with expense but danger. much advantage to either, the society of artists have determined to rely on their own exertions, and feel There are many other circumstances well known to confident that the public will appreciate their en-artists, which the society think unnecessary to state, deavours. For part of the means to enable them that increase these difficulties. The society have therefore declined giving their fifth exhibition, until to meet the public expectation, they are about to apply to the legislature of Pennsylvania, and have they are able to offer it in a style to do credit to no doubt from the readiness with which that assem- themselves, and worthy of public patronage. bly met their former views, and incorporated them as a body, of meeting with assistance to enable them to carry their exertions into effect.
The address published by the society of artists, on the 3d of April, 1815, as it contains the reasons for not exhibiting at that period, which reasons still continue to exist-The society have deemed it per to republish.
The society are willing to hope that a new era is about to commence in the fine arts in America. The glorious achievements performed during our revolutionary struggles were of the first grade, and worthy the pencil, the chissel, or the graver of the first artists. But many of the deeds of valor, skill pro-and patriotic bravery performed during the war, now terminated, have no parallel in history, and call loudly to be recorded by every art within the reach of man. The genus of the only republic on earth calls upon her artists to do justice to her heroes, she will not call in vain. They only reqiure time and patronage to execute their labors to advantage.
The Columbia society of artists are sorry to im form the public that they are under the necessity of postponing their fifth exhibition until the spring
of next year.
The very liberal patronage which the society has received from its establishment does equal honor to the patriotism and taste of the American people.tive The society are proud to acknowledge that their public efforts to improve the arts have been powerfully stimulated by the favorable manner in which their exhibitions have been received. The society, however, would do justice neither to themselves nor to the objects they have in view, were they any longer to conceal the imperious causes that have prevented them from offering to the public, at the usual time, their fifth annual exhibition.
It is a well known fact that there are but few artists of eminence in any country, even when warmed and cherished in the sunshine of royal and imperial patronage. In a republic the artist is rewarded only as he is useful. Our political institutions having a tendency to a more equal distribution of wealth than can possibly exist under a monarchial or aristocratical government, leave the artist but little to expect from individual patronage. Neither the local situation of our country nor the general pursuits of our artists, will admit either of a large or stationary assemblage of professional men in any parti cular place. The establishment of a society of ar
The society are in hopes to obtain some legislaaid to enable them to erect suitable building's for public exhibitions and schools. A memorial to that effect was actually drawn up previous to the adjournment of the general assembly of this state, but from the late period of the session and the great pressure of important public business, it was thought prudent to defer its representation until their next meeting in December. The plan adopted by the society of contributing to every artist who exhibits a due proportion of the proceeds of their exhibitions, they are in hopes, will prove a great inducement (particularly to distant artists) to send their productions. The society also confidently expect assistance from several distinguished American artists now in foreign countries. ROBERT MILLS, Secy.
FROM AN ENGLISH PAPER.
On Monday, 4th December, there was played. upon the extensive plain of Caterhaugh, near the
junction of the Ettrick and Yarrow, the greatest
||pected, and all bets are to be paid by the loosers
His grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry came upon the ground about 11 o'clock, attendended by a numerous concourse of gentlemen and ladies. The ancient banner of the Buccleuch family, a curious and venerable relique, embla-hailed by Robert Hall, masonin Selkirk, and the zoned with armorial bearings, and with the word second by George Brodie, from Greatlaws, upon "Bellendaine," the ancient war cry of the clan of Ale Water. Scott, was then displayed, as on former occasions, when the chief took the field in person, whether for the purpose of war or sport. The banner was delivered by lady Ann Scott to master Walter Scott, younger of Abbotsford, who attended suitably mounted and armed, and riding over the field, displayed it to the sound of the war pipes, and amid the acclamations of the assembled spectators, who could not be fewer than 2000 in That this singular renewal of an ancient military custom might not want poetical celebrity, verses were distributed among the spectators, composed for the occasion by the Ettrick Shep-the winter morning. herd and Mr. W. Scott. The former (Mr. James Hogg) acted as aid-de camp to the Earl of Home in the command of the Yarrow men, and Mr. Robert Henderson of Selkirk to Mr. Clarkson, both of whom contributed not a little to the good order of the day.
. In the evening there was a dance at the Duke's num-hunting seat at Bowhill; attended by the Nobility and gentry who had witnessed the sport of the day; and the fascination of Gow's violin and band detained them in the dancing room till the dawn of
The ball was thrown up between the parties by the Duke of Buccleuch, and the first game was gained, after a severe conflict of an hour and a half duration, by the Selkirk men. The second game was still more severely contested, and after a close and stubborn struggle of more than three hours, with various fortune, and much display of strength and agility on both sides, was at length carried by the Yarro men. The ball should then have been thrown up a third time, but considerable difficulty occured in arranging the voluntary auxiliaries from other parishes, so as to make the match equal; and, as they began to close, it was found impossible to bring the strife to an issue, by playing a decisive game.
Both parties, therefore, parted with equal honors, but before they left the ground, the sheriff threw up his hat, and in Lord Dalkeith's name and his own, challenged the Yarrow men, on the part of the sutors, to a match to be played upon the first convenient opportunity, with 100 picked men only on each side. The challenge was mutually accepted by Lord Home, on his own part, and for Lord John Scott, and was received with acclamations by the players on both sides. The The principle gentlemen present took part with one side or the other, except the duke of Buccleuch, who remained neutral. Great play is ex
The Selkirk party wore sprigs of fir as their mark of distinction-the Yarrow men slips of heath.
Refreshments were distributed to the players by the Duke of Buccleugh's domestics, in a booth erected for the purpose; and no persons were allowed to sell ale or spirits on the field.
The following are the songs above alluded to:
Being two excellent New Songs, on the Lifting of the Banner of the House of Buccleuch, at the great Foot-Ball Match, on Carterhaugh, December 4, 1815.
THE LIFTING OF THE BANNER.
From the brown crest of Newark, its summons ex-
Our signal is waving, in smoke and in flame,
Then up with the banner, let forest winds fan her,
She has blazed over Etrick eight ages and more; In sport we'll attend her, in battle defend her, With heart and with hand, like our fathers before,
When the Southern invader, spread waste and dis
Then up with the banner, &c.
May the Forest still flourish, both borough and
From the hall of the peer to the herd's ingle nook;
Quoth the sheriff of the Forest.
Can purchase peace and happiness;
The liegeman's pride, the border's awe;
the town of St. Louis, in the Missouri territory, ST. Louis. From a late census it appears that contains 2000 souls; and the county, exclusive of the town, 5395, making 7395 in all.
We now present the Register to our readers in the dress we intended it hereafter to wear. be not gay, it is plain and decent, and it shall be If it our endeavour at all times to send it into company clean and comely, which is esteemed the better part of elegance, We must crave the contmuance of our patrons indulgence for the delay, that still exists, of the publication of our numbers so long after their date. The cause heretofore has been beyond our control, but we hope soon to appear in proper time.
An error took place in the arrangement of the matter in our last number, in the absence of the editor, not less mortifying than rediculous. It will be perceived that the general head of " Public documents," began at page 66, and at page 71, another subject headed" Commercial," is introduced, which is followed by captain Riley's narrative of his " Shipwreck," and at page 73 the public documents is resumed. Whether the directions given to the printer for the arrangement of the matter, was misunderstood, or forgotten, we will not attempt to conjecture: it is enough to know that it is irremidiable. We hope not to have occasion shortly to crave pardon for a like mistake.
Gentlemen at a distance in ordering the National Register, will please to be particular to name the state in which the post-office is situated, where they wish the paper to be addressed. This in many cases is indispensable, as will appear from one example. There are thirteen post towns in the United States, besides this city, by the name of WASHINGTON. Now suppose a letter to be received dated at either of these places, without the state being designated, who could pretend to determine to which particular place to direct an answer?
The proprietor of the Register, has more than one letter in his possession, to which he cannot reply, because the state is not known. He has one also, dated Harrison county Ohio, inclosing a bank note, and ordering the Register, which bares no mark of the post-office at which it was mailed, or to which the paper should be directed, therefore its contents cannot be complied with.
NO. 7. VOL. I.]
WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1816.
[WHOLE NO. 7.
PUBLISHED WEEKLY, BY JOEL K. MEAD, AT FIVE DOLLARS PER ANNUM.
Instead of such equitable provisions-indispen sable ones they may hereafter be—the legislatures of the different states have agreed to accept bribes, under the imposing names of Bonuses, for the express purpose of relieving them from the most important legal obligations.
Upon the principle that charters are at present granted to banks, it amounts to the same as saying "You need not pay any debts that you happen to contract, except you find it convenient to do so in order to carry on your business, and therefor to keep up your credit." The conduct of those
A new illimitable power has overrun the world in latter days, the possible results of whose progress no one can contemplate without concern. mean the system by which money is made, not of precious metals, or of scarce materials, but out of such as are intrinsically worthless, and capable of being multiplied to any extent. A radical change has taken place; not in the outward forms, but in principle, as regards that which is supposed to hold supreme controul over the actions of mankind; certainly over the great current of their transac-banks that have stopped payment, proves this to tions; and the foundations of commerce have be the extent of the obligations imposed on them. been shaken with the change. But it is probable But will it be considered a condition of things that the precious metals will never hereafter con- settled and irretrievable? That point may be stitute a chief part of the circulating medium of worth examining-but why extend those imnudealing among civilized nations. The Rubicon is nities to each new bank that happens to be estapassed-it remains only to be considered whether|blished? Are the advantages which commerce dewe will let the new system take its wildest shape ⚫ and extent, or whether there may not be adopted in regard to it some regulations of salutary controul.
rives from the banks so great, that particular assistance must be given to them, to promote the increase of such institutions? Are people so imwilling to engage in such business that they must This may bring up the old questions in regard be relieved from the claims of law which are irreto the natural tendency in trade, and all things sistible and indispensable in all other cases? Is it in similar, to settle to such level as justice and ex-order to be independent of other nations, as to suppediency require. It is very true that among bo-plies of gold and silver, that domestic manufacdies corporate, as well as among individuals, where |tures of paper money must be aided per pas et credit is dealt upon too largely, the natural conse- || nefas? And even when appalled at the peril of quence is the settling up of their affairs, some time || having proceeded beyond our depth-we can only or other, according to the equilibrium that justice say that the evils are irretrievable because they may require, but this is seldom such an equation of || are immeasurable.
the excesses as relieves others from the inconveni- It cannot be, while the property and business of ences which they had occasioned. But in regard to the community afford a pabulum for the support all common commercial transactions the evil is very of the system, that there are not means to reduce different, because there is always one party init by degrees, and give it that fair and prudent such cases to check the excess to which the other party might be disposed to carry the claims of the trust reposed in it. But with banks there is no check beyond their discretion, and that not operated upon by any apprehension of danger, except that of a compulsion to forego the advantages they enjoy. This being the simple state of bank responsibility, is it not radically unjust and manifestly inexpedient? And does it not demand the establishment of new laws limiting the proportional amount of notes which may be issued by banks, or at least requiring that in all cases there shall be real property pledged for the payment of all notes that may be issued? As the public stand in the place of a party to such transactions, it is for them to adopt regulations to restrict, within pru-blished, there must be some discount for the dif dent bounds, the advantages taken of the credit ficulty of procuring and transmitting it. The which they give. banks ought to execute the business connected VOL. II.
operation which the wishes and exigencies of the public may require. Whether that could best be accomplished by a general consolidation of all the local banks into one national bank is then a consideration. In this way the common benefits would be extended, and the credit be co-extensive and co-existent with that of the wealth in every part of the Union. By such a plan the banks would keep up a perpetually equable value in all the notes they may issue. Without a connection of this kind, the' money of each part of a country so extensive will loose, at least its ideal value when carried to other parts. In fact, there must exist a perpetual exchange against some sections of the country. Even when specie payments are thoroughly esta