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the Senate, as reported in the Frankfort Ar- before he came on to Washington, from his lia. gus.
bilities for upwards of twenty thousund dollars, After the Presidental election, and after for a due bill of thirty-seven dollars and a half
, Mr. Clay was made Secretary of State, witness and his brother-in-law's vote for two hundred received another letter from him, stating that dollars!! We have said that he was the warm he intended to offer him a situation at Wash - partisan of Mr. Clay-10 the proof. In the ington city; but it was wholly indefinite as 10 course of the examination before the Kentucky he nature of the situation intended to be offer. Legislatureed. Witness imagined Mr. Clay wanted him “Mr. J. Dudley, a member of the Senate, to write in sopport of Mr. Adans and himself, stated, on the floor of the Senate, that "in Jan. and to ascertain whether he was authorised 1825, F. P. Blair," came into the Senate from the letter and circumstances, to take up chamber, seated himself near me, and inquired such an impression, he showed this letter to my opinion on the resolutions passed, requesttwo of Mr. Clay's and his own friends, se par. ing our members of Congress to vote for Gen. ately, and asked each of them to read it, and Jackson as President of the United States, say whal situation Mr. Clay intended. They Mr. B. desired that I would write letters reread it, and each gave his opinion, that Mr. questing the members, and particularly D Clay desired to place witness in a situation to Wurte, from this district, to consult with Mr write in support of Mr. Adams and himself. Cliy, and role as he might desire. To this I Witness then wrote to him, communicating the objected, and gave my reasons therefor. Mr. impression hé lad taken up, stating that he B. appeared surprised that I should raise ob. bad been for some years writing against Mr. jections, particularly as I was opposed to the Adams, and wished it to be understoodi, before resolution. He said that a number of members any offer was made, that he could accept no of both Houses, who had voted for the resolu. situation in which it would be expected of him tions hod written such letters, and that I could to take up his pen in support of Mr. Adams; do it with more propriety. He said, if úr. but that, in relation to him, Mr. Clsy, the feel White could be induced to rote for Mr. Idens, ings of witness were wholly different, and it he would obtain the vote of Kentucky, and with would give him pleasure to vindicate him - it the votes of most of the western States
, which gainst the slanders which were afloat against would elect him; in which case Mr. Clay would him; for he then believed much that was said obtain the appointment of Secretary of State, of him to be slanders.
I then inquired how that fact was ascertained? “Witness heard nothing more from Mr. His answer was, that letters had been received Clay, in relation to this subject, until he came from gentlemen of undoubted veracity, at Washout to Kentucky, he thinks, in the following ington City, containing such information, and I June. Calling upon Mr. Clay at Weisger's, might rely with conhdence on tbe statement, one of the first remarky made to him by that I replied, that although I was opposed to the gentleman was, that. witness had totally mis resolutions, I had no doubt they contained the conceived his ovject; that be did not wish him truth, and, therefore, could not say one word to go to Washington for the purpose of engag- to induce our members of Congress to believe ing in politics, but to secure his services in the otherwise." Department of State. He ihen offered witness So much for his being the friend of Mr. Clay. a clerkship with a salary of a thousand dollars, About the saine time spoken of by Mr. Dad. with the express injunction that he should say ley, Mr. Blair wrote to Mr. White, one of the anoihing on the subject, and not leave Kentuc- representatives from Kentucky, as follows: ky until aster the elections in the succeeding "You have it in your power to vote, not una August. After a little conversation upon the ly with a view to the first officer, but probably expense of living at Washing on, winess dein reference to the whole administration. Unclined Mr. Clay's offer, stating that he had sev- der some circumstances, the latter considera-i eral.children for whose support and education tion might deservedly be more influential than he must provide, and could not accept a place the first, as the selections of the managers of which would afford him but a báre subsistence. the departments not cnly involves, in a grext Air. Clay said, there was none more valuable degree, the conduct of public affairs throughthen within his gift, unless he were to make a fout the Presidential term, will ilecide the next vacancy; but that probably an opportunity Presidential term.” Again "if it had ben might offer to give witness a place which would that if Mr. Adams would be clected, and if be acceptable to him. Witness told him then elected, would give Mr. Clay the highest place and informed him at other times, that he would in his cabinet, there is scarcely a doubt that accept such a place, always with the under the vote of the (Kentucky Legislature) would standing that he should take no part in the po. have been in favor of Mr. Adams. litics of the day.”
"For my own part, I have no hesitation in 1. P. Blair.- This man had been the warm saying, that although Jackson is personally preand devoted paruisan of Mr. Clay-the deposi. ferred to Adams by the people, (au inclination tory of Mt. Clay's secrets. He betrayed them. I feel in common with them.) Het if it were Some idea of his condition may be drawn from known that Jackson would give such direction the fact that he admits that the bank of the to the course of his administration, by his upUnited States, having placed his obligation pointments or otherwise, as foster Adams! among the desperate debis, released him, just future vjews in preference to Cluy's, there.
would be but one sentiment among the sup-politics to which a life of study and experience porters of the latter in Kentucky. They would is so essentially necessary? COMPARE him with consider it as a desertion of the true western Adams and with CRAWFORD), and HOW INFERIOR interests, which they feel vitally connected with must he be.” the great principles advocated by Mr. (lay, “ We can recommend General Jackson's and which they conceive, in a great measure, modesty in retiring from the Senate and the depend for their consummation upon the suc- bench, where he discovered the superior qual. cess of their future exertions. If, therefore, it ifications of other people. Can we say as should be perceived that the tendency of Gen. much for his mudesiy, when he is now aspiring Jackson's measures, as President, would be to to the highest offices in this nation." supplant Mr. Clay by promoting the views of " It has long been maintained as a maxim, Mr. Adams, then I have no doubt that the that the man who cannot obey ought not 10 voice et all those who are in favor of Mr. Clay, command--and the rule in the present case would be, "if we are doomed to have Mr. Ad. stands upon the sound reason, that the inan sams as President at some time, let us have him who makes his own will and pleasure the sole now; if he has Jackson's preference, let the rule and guide of all his actions, ought not to General himself make way for him Bụt if be trusted with the large powers of the PresiJackson gives carnest that he will throw his dent of the United States." , weight into the western scale, then let us throw "Do General Jackson's friends pretend to
our weight into his." This, I believe, would say that he is equal to Washington? When beshe decision of three fourths of the people of they modestly lay claim to such a pretension, it Kentucky.”
will be time enough to answer them. But the editors of the Globe are not the only “ General Jackson, it seems, always thought patent Jackson men who deny the right of the Mr. Madison was one of the best of men, and friends of Judge Barbour's to put him in a great civilian,' but did not prefer him as Prenomination; there is that consistent eld gentle sident, because he always believed that the man, the editor of the
mind of a philosopher could not dwell on blood RICHMOND ENQUIRER.
and carnage wiih any composure-of course, He is a warm supporter of the Van Buren | The General, in this one stroke of the pencil,
that he was not well fitied for a stormy sea.' ticket. Let us hear what right he has to speak Araw's liis own character. War is continually in the name of Andrew Jackson. General
filowing before his own eyes. The man who Jackson once said - Ritchie is the greates! seoundrel in Ameri: was higher qualifications for the Presidency
can view blood and carnage with composure ca." "I see that I am attacked in Congress by than he who is a great civilian.” Cocke, Whitman, and Filliams, AIDED BY THAT
So much for the Richmond Enquirer. INFIXOUS PRESS, THE
There is another organ of Mr. Van Buren. If such a corrupto press as the Ricimond
We mean the Enquirer were to approbate my conduct, 1 should think, in some unguarded moment, I
ALBANY ARGUS. had committed some great moral impropriety." And let us hear what right that print has to
But we will give Mr. Ritchie's own opinions speak in the name of Andrew Jackson. of General Jackson.
Extracts from the Albany Argus. Extracts from the Richmond Enquirer.
“ The fact is clear, that Mr. Jackson has not "We cannot consent to lend a hand towards a single feeling in common with the republican the election of such a man as Andrew Jackson. party. The reverse of that-he desires, an He is too little of a statesman--foo rash-100 vio- makes a merit of desiring the total extinction "lent in his tempero his measures too much in- of it.” caned to arbitrary gover:iment, to obtain the “ It is un idle thing in this Slate, however it humble support of the editor of this paper. may be in others, to strive even for a moderate We would deprecate his election as a curse UP support of Mr. Jackson. · He is wholly out of ON OUR COUSTRY."
the question, as far as tile rotes of New York are " What kind of President would this great in it. Independently of the disclosures of his civiliun mike! A gentleman who cannot in political opinions, he could not be the republi. terpret the plain expressions of our laumanid yet can candidate. Ile is respected as a gallant would be called upon to alminister all the laws soldier, but he sands in the minds of the peo. of the land. One whose ideas are su purely ple of this State at an immeasurable distance mililary, that he would transmute a traitor into from the executive chair." a stry, or would punis'ı treason, not by the civil “Hiš kapits, aside from his politics, are courts, but a counT MARTIAL! One who, on quite Too SUMMARY for that." any great crisis, would convert the whole cou na “ The course adopied by Mr. Jackson is foud try into one great camp—and would reduce al. and rainient to the federalists and no party neni most every thing under MAITIAL LAW." It is pleasant to all who strive for the destruc
" He is a distinguished soldier; but is he tion of the democratic party. They will every a states man? Where is the evidence of it? | where applaud as they have preached it, and Where are his poli:ical speeches? his des will maQNIFY THE AUTHOR of doctrines wbich patches? his essays his measures! Where are are so well intended for TREH SERVICE." the evidences of that skill and attainment in “The political nolions of Mr. Jackson cun.
not be mistaken. Under the artful disguise of aided and abetted by his accessary, Van Buren. clevating men most conspicuous for their pro- With these facts in mind-which cannot be de. bity, virtue, &c., be is bent upon the destruc- nied, except in the ordinary wholesale fashion tion of the republican party.'
wf the administration press, let the reader pe. “ They need not only to be read and reflect. ruse the opinions of the ex-Secretary of State, ed on by republicans, to be discovered to be and the present head of the Treasury Departaltogether unreal and worse than visionary: ment, which we copy below from their mouthThey make a mockery of the lives and conduct piece: remembering at the same time the relaof such men as Jefferson and Madison, &c. tions which have subsisted, and which still sub
“ They belie the exertions of all the great and sist, between the two men-their former, and virtuous men, who have all along advocated their existing positions in regard to General and extended the doctrines of the republican Jackson, and the post at present occupied by party."
Harker, the medium through which they once But their is another special mouthpiece of spoke truth, and now publish falsehoods com Mr. Van Buren; we mean the
cerning Andrew Jackson ! NEW YORK COURIER AND ENQUIRER. « Extracts from the Delaware Gazette, chiefly
Let us hear what its editor has said: from the pen of Louis McLane, and issued by
“However imposing may have been the no- Samuel Harker, under the guidance and appră mination of General Jackson, we still have bation of said McLane, and Martin Van Buren : hopes that a State so moderate, so rational, so “Of all the gentlemen named, General Jackreflecting, will not hazard the public safety by son appears to us to be the MOST OBJECTIONS. supporting a man for the highest public office, BLE. That he is a man of energy, no one will who is so self-willed, so indifferent to public doubt; but we think that, in a Chief Magistrate opinion, and of a temper so warlike and impe. of the United States, too much energy is sx.
TREMELY DANGEROUS; and we have seen in the “Divided as the people may be respecting General, such a DISREGARD FOR TRE INSTITT. the several candidates-objectionable as some tions of the country, such a disposition to place are, desirable as others may be there is still HIMSELF ABOVE ITS LAWs, such an inclination to prudence and discretion sufficient to promote a TRAMPLE on the RIGHTS OF OTHENS, when unity of sentiment, a conduct in action, a şur. they stand in competition with his own interests render of private attachments and personal con- or feelings, as should render the citizens of the siderations, to prevent the election of a man United States very cautious about placing him whose head is
in the first office within their gift. [Nov. 1, "Like the snow-crowned Etna,
1822.] “ Crammed with fires." "
“We would inform him the editor of the But this is not all. There is that influential Harrisburg paper) that the General is scarcely and gentlemanly print, called the
spoken of in this state, as a candidate; and more BALTIMORE REPUBLICAN. than that, HIS CHARACTER is such, as does not reIt is edited by a special favorite of the Secommend him, in the estimation of our citizens, çretary of the Treasury; and we are indebted to a station of this kind." (March 7, 1823. } to the New York Evening Journal for the fol. " Those who are most capable of performing lowing morceau:
the duties, annexed to it (the Presidency) “In our researches among the dusty memorials should be called to the exercise of them; and of the campaign preceding the election of John he who is selectè for that purposed, should be Q. Adams, we have dragged to light some odd one of a cool, comprehensive, discriminating copies of the Delaware Gazette, a federal print, mind, capable of reasoning visPASSIONATELT
, published between the years 1822 and 1825, judging Calmly, but at the same time, with noand edited by Samuel Harker, then, as still, an DERATION and Candor; and as we conceive that obsequious minion of Louis McLane. This edi. THE GENERAL DOES NOT POSSESS THESE QUALI. tor is now stationed at Baltimore as the organ FICATIONS, but, from the make of his mind, and special champion of the wonderful Finan- and the bent of his inclination, is better fitted cier. At that time, Martin Van Buren and to set a squadron in the field,' or act THE Louis McLane were prominent leaders of the PART OF A Despot, we are opposed to him as a Crawford party, and knit together by all those candidate for the Presidency. Whenever his "affectionate" bonds which unite men of con- services are again required, we are perfectly genial tastes and objects. Their intrigues were willing that they should be employed in the jointly plotted and executed; and they wrought manner in which nature has qualified him to together like two loving confederates in the act; but not IN'A STATION FOR WHICH HE 15 grand field of party enterprise, moved alike TOTALLY ONQUALIFIED. by the hope of promotion and an appetite for “ The truth is, we are not prepared to say emolument. Many of the political disquisi- who we shall absolutely support, (the Van Buren tions of the print above named, have been trac- non-committal policy,] but we shall say that it ed direcrly to the pen of Louis McLane, his will not be General Jackson, because we are opinions, and those of Van Buren, concerning too much the friends of FREEDOM and EQUAL General Jackson, were at that time in perfect RIGATS to wish to see elevated to the Presidential acordance and the editorial speculations of chair, a man who has manifested so much of a the tunl Harker, were uttered under the imme. TYRANNICAL and OVERBEARING DISPO. diate infrience and dictation of Mr. McLane, SITION.” (April 1, 1823.
(March 25, 1823.
"Is it then come to this, that a man is re- been, or probably EVER WILL BE; and being commended to such an office ('the highest acquainted with the business to come before Executive civil office') as a reward for military Congress at their next session, would have been services? If such opinions should generally able to have done much more than Gen. Jack. prevail
, what security have we for believing son can possibly be expected to do.' And as a that our liberties will long exist? But the great candidate for the office of President, we think body of citizens hold those liberties at too high it would have comported much better with the a value to place them at the HAZARD OP A DIE. dignity character, to which the General preMay 3, 1823.
tends to lay claim, to have refrained from offer" How is it possible, that a man who is in- ing himself," &c. (Oct. 21, 1823. MORAL in his life, can command such respect as " That General Jackson is a soldier, and that should be due to the Executive Chief Magistrate he has rendered important services to the counof a moral people? It is then of the utmost try, we feel no inclination to deny ; but we importance to our country that the President think that the qualifications necessary for such should be a MORAL MAN; and we trust NO OTHER a character, and for a man who should fill the will ever fill that station. However well quali- Executive chair of our nation, or hold a seat in fied a man may be in other respects, we con- the Senate of the Union, are quite DIFFERENT. ceive his other qualifications could never com. With respect to the evidence of Gen. Jackpensate for the want of those finer feelings of son's being a statesman, we must confess we do the soul wbich are necessary to give a man a not know where to look for them. If they are CHARACTER and STANDING in society, worthy of to be found in his conduct in Florida, where he the imitation of others." (June 3, 1823. placed himself as the executive authority of the ! "If our Tennessee friends do not make a Territory, ABOVE THE JUDICIARI, and set the President, is will not be for want of exertion or decisions of Judge Fromentin at DEFIANCE, energy. The General is TOO FOND of those making every thing to yield to his own inclinaENERGETIC MBASURES to suit the people in this tions,' &c. &c.; "and if they are not to be part of the country." : [June 30, 1823. found in those transactions, we should like to
“As we have formed no connections with know when, where, and how, he acquired the any of the men who are offered for the support character (of a statesman.) In discussing the of the country, which might bias our judgment, qualifications of men for office, when we consi. we conceive we can form a candid opinion re- der them INCOMPETENT for the proper discharge specting their merits. Did we expect an office of the duties of the stations, we wish to have from the election of either of them, &c., nothing to do with gratitude, and not too much and be thereby incapable of forming a dispas- with generosity," (Oct. 31, 1823. sionate opinion on this subjuct, but we are sure General Jackson.--We have copied the that neither of those causes can possibly in- proceedings of the meeting held in Philadel fluence us, &c." (July 2, 1823.
phia, for the purpose of nominating General "If blustering is to prevail, the General will Jackson for the Presidency at the particular reDo doubt be elected. In one of the counties quest of a friend, and not on account of our of Indiana, a number of emigrants from various own persuasion of the truth of their assertions, States bave nominated the General for Presi- or the wisdom of their remarks, for in our esdent, and De Witt Clinton for Vice President ! timation they are all a mass of superlative non. They would furnish us with a strange kind of sense."-(Nov. 18, 1823. hodge-podge." (Aug. 22, 1823.
“A reference to the conduct of the General "Gen. Jackson. At the particular request in the case of Arbuthnot and Ambrister, may of a friend, we have copied from the Baltimore serve to show in what estimation he holds the Morning Chronicle, an article signed Cato, in decision of a court martial, as well as the offifavor of Gen. Jackson, as a candidate for the cers of our civil courts when they come in cas. Presidency.. Whatever may be the opinion of tact with his purposes, and that the failure of others on the subject, we certainly cannot per- such a tribunal io give sentence against an obceive in his arguments any thing very cogent or ject of displeasure, is no preventative against convincing in support of the propriety of his their punishment, when Gen. Jackson possess. choice. Our readers will not fail to remark es the power, and entertains a wish to inflict the difference of opinion between the writer it."-(june 15. 1824. and his prototype, with respect to placing a "As we conceive there is not the most resuccessful military leader at the head of the mute probability that General Jackson or Mr. Government. The original (or Roman Cato) Clay will succeed to the office of President, it deprecated the circumstance that sucu A MAN would be waste of time and room to dwell at shad obtained such a station ; but our modern length on the reasons which form our objecCato is laboring to place a man of similar cha. tions to them; but we may remark, as we pass, racter in a similar situation." (Aug. 26, 1823. that the HASTY TEMPER and VIOLENT
“General Jackson has been elected to a PASSIONS of the former amount, with us, to ration in the United States' Senate, in opposi- an INSUPERABLE OBJECTION TO HIM tion to Col. John Williams, &c. We cannot AS A CANDIDATE for the Executive Chair forbear remarking, that Col. Williams has been of the nation. A republic should be extremely a höghly valuable member of the Senate, and, cautious in elevating a military leader to a high as a stutesman, has been of infinitely more ser, and important station, however ariable he may vice to the country than Gen. Jackson ever has be in his manner, and pacific in his disposi
tions; and none but those possessing the mo- come very high to the consumer in many parts
great an extent, was 'produced in many other
progressing to the accomplishment, are com-
should be regarded as sacred by the whole
Union on account of the great cause in which it We gave the other day some extracts to be had been incurred. He requested gentlemen used by Mr. Archer as a justification to his to consider whether such a course would cvince constituents for the part lië has taken in en- that just regard for the individual interests of deavoring to smuggle Mr. Van Buren into the States, composing the confederacy, which it the Vice Presidency: We now pursue the was the true policy of the Federal Government subject further, and lay before the pople of at all times to manifest. Ile bumbly hoped the south and west extmcts from the speecheshat there could be but one answer to that ques of that gentleman, with some few of the tion. So far from furnishing an argunent in votes given by him on the famous tariff bill of favor of the bill, if there is reason to apprehend 1828, of which he may in truth be said to be that the means under consideration would have one of the principal authors. It will be per- the tendency he deprecated, that of itself ceived that we, on this occasion, only give a should constitute an objection to its adoption. few samples of what, did our limits permit, could “Mr. V. B. said, it would give him pleasure be almost indefinitely extended.
to know that there was no man to whom he Bill for the reduction of the duty on import-could, with great safety, make this appeal in be. ed salt, in the Senate, February 2, 1827. half of the just rights of the State, he repre
" In the course of his remarks in reply to sented, than the worthy Senator from South Mr. Smith, of South Carolina, Mr. V. B. said, Carolina. The just and liberal sentiments that a duty of 12 cents per bushel had heen which had through bfe distingiushed the public imposed by the State of New York, as one of course of that gentleman, was with Mr. V. B. a the means employed by her to make those na- sufficient guarantee, that his appex' would, at vijaile communications between the great least, meet with the most favorable considemwestern lakes and the Atlantic ocean," tion. Nor could be deceive himself in believ
And complained that the General Governing that the first and hasty impressions which ment had refused to ud the State in the com- this circumstance bari produced, would, ipon a pletion of these works. At the very time of moment's reflection, be removed, and the ques. inaking this complaint his State derived a reve- tion decided in its own proper merits. He nue of $450,000, annually, from the duty onmight, he said, enlarge upon the topics which sales at auction, paid principally by the con had been urged against the bill. But, if the Mr. V. B. further said:
present greatly depressed state of the treasury, " It is well known that the price of salt de- and the other weighty considerations already pends principally upon its transportation, which, advanced, were not suflicient to deter gentko from the rery nature of the article, makes it men from further experiments upon the public