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QEN. WASHINGTON'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH LORD BUCHAN.
[The following correspondence was published nearly twenty five years ago, in the New York Commercial Advertiser, but believing that very few of our readers have met with it, and feeling well assured that every word from the pen of the • Father of his Country will be eagerly perused, we gire insertion with great pleasure to these letters, and return at the same time our thanks to the gentleman who furnished the paper which contained them.)
In the year 1792, the following paragraphs appeared in the papers of the United States :
· Philadelphia, Jan. 4. On Friday morning was presented to the president of the United States, (then general Washington) a box, elegantly mounted with silver, and made of the celebrated Oak Tree that sheltered the Washington of Scotland, the brave and patriotic Sir William Wallace, after his defeat at the battle of Falkirk, in the beginning of the fourteenth century, by Edward I. This maynificent and truly characteristical present, is from the earl of Buchan, by the band of Mr. Archibald Robertson, a Scots gentleman, and portrait painter, who arrived in America some months ago. The box was presented to lord Buchan by the Goldsmith's company at Edinburgh ; from whom his lordship requested, and obtained leave to make it over to a man whom he deemed more descrving of it than himself, and the only man in the world to whom he thought it justly due. We bear farther, that lord Buchan has, by letter, requested of the president, that, on the event of his decease, he will consign the box to that man, in this country, who shall appear, in his judgment, to merit it best, upon the same considerations that induced him to send it to the present possessor.
“ The inscription, "pon a silver plate, on the inside of the lid, is as follows:- Presented by the goldsmiths of Edinburgh, to David Stuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan, with the freedom of their corporation, by their deacon-A. D. 1792." Vol. II. No. I.
The following is the letter which accompanied the box that was presented to General George Washington, by Mr. Robertson, from lord Bucban.
“ Dryburgh-Abbey, June 28th, 1791. “ Sir-I had the honor to receive your excellency's letter relating to the advertisement of Dr. Anderson's periodical publication, in the Gazette of the United States : which attention to my recommendation I feel very sensibly, and return you my grateful acknowledgments.
In the 21st No. of that Literary Miscellany, I inserted a monitory paper respecting America, which, l'Aatter myself, may, if attended to on the other side of the Atlantic, be productive of good consequences.
“To use your own emphatic words, ' may that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aid can supply every human defect, consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the American people, a government instituted by themselves for public and private security, upon the basis of law and equal administration of justice, preserving to every individual as much civil and political freedom as is consistent with the safety of the nation, and may HE be pleased to continue your life and strength as long as you can be in any way useful to your country!
“ I have entrusted this sheet inclosed in a box made of the oak that sheltered our great Sir William Wallace,* after the battle of Falkirk, to Mr. Robertson, of Aberdeen, a painter, with the hope of his having the honor of delivering it into your bands; recommending him as an able artist, seeking for fortune and fame in the New World. This box was presented to me by the goldsmith's company at Edinburgh, to whom, feeling my own unworthiness to receive this magnificently significant present, I requested and obtained leave to make it over to the man in the world to whom I thought it most justly due ; into your hands I commit it, requesting of you to pass it, in the
* Sir William Wallace, at first a private gentleman, unsuccessfully attempted a revolution in Scotland, nearly on the same grounds with that more recently accomplished in America, to expel the English and their adherents, who had usurped the government. Having gained a victory over the forces of Edward the First, at Stirling, he was soon after attacked by Edward at the head of 80,000 foot and 7,000 hoise; whereas the whole force of Sir William did not exceed 30,000 foot; and the main division of his army was tampered with by a traitor, and rendered of no use to the patriotic army. Not long after the battle of Falkirk, Sir William was made prisoner by some of Edward's partisans, carried to England and beheaded.