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between the President and Vice President ori- House of Representatives, the Sergeant-at-
Sir: With considerable surprise, I noticed the
lieve that yourself and Gov. Houston, in com
pany with Gen. William Arnold and myself, The Globe, of Thursday, contains the follow- drank together, at the bar of the theatre, somo ing:
time after your meeting with Gov. Houston; but «A CARD.
it was not at the invitation of either you or him. “Gen. Houston, to insure himself a fair and This statement, I am confident, will be cortohonorable investigation of his case, now before borated by every gentlemun present at the time. the House of Representatives, feels himself With high sentiments of esteem, compelled, by the course which the editor of
Your obedient ser't, the Telegraph has pursued, to state that he has
EDWIN T. CLARK heretofore, and will hereafter, abstain from sub-Major W. T. BARRY. mitting any facts to the public, going either to The Globe informs us, that "Col. Clark, al. the explanation or justification of his conduct, though opposed to the present administration, in response to the attacks made on him through is alive to a sense of truth and honor.” We the press, so as to influence any opinion in his know not who Edwin T. Clark is, but shall not favor.
be surprised to find his name among the indivi. “ He is now in custody of an officer of the duals who are concerned in the “spoils." Il
opposed to the administration, he is no doubt wil. regret any severity which he, no doubt, consi-
npon the offender! To him it seems, that to
But, who can for a moment believe, that the ployed and paid to deny. A word as to Mr. Houston's card. If Mr.
count of the proceedings? There is no injuncHouston is in custody of the House, it is not by
tion of secrecy on the members; the lobbies and cur fault
. If he had desired an investigation of privileged seats are filled with spectators and the charges which we have preferred against
letter writers, and had the proposition been him and Eaton, Mr. Stanbery's remarks gave
adopted, and carried into effect, the consequence him the fairest opportunity to ask it of the would have been that the hired agents of the House~instead of doing this, he first appealed
kitchen cabinet would have filled the country to the press; his appeal was followed by an ad
with partial accounts, magnifying Houston into dress f.om Lewis, and the certificates of inter- a martyr in the cause of liberty. That such is ésted persons. Failing to satisfy himself, he the intention of the hired and prostituted appealed to the club, and now would excite the press, no one can doubt. We give below an sympathy of the public as a persecuted martyr;
extract from one of the favored organs, the Couand begs protection against the power of the rier and Enquirer, which is conclusive. press, because he is in the custody of the
But why did Mr. Patton's vigilance, his reHouse!
gard for the character of the House, sleep over The contemplated fraud is one thing the at- from Monday until Wednesday? It might, pertack on Mr. Stanbery is another. The assault haps, be considered as a breach of privilege, is before the House-the fraud is before the were we to insinuate that the gentleman's senpeople. Our character has been put in issue sibility was quickened by the conclusive proof of relative to the fraud, and we will maintain it. the truth of our statement relative to the conThe Globe is open to General Houston and his templated fraud, which appeared on Wednes friend, and will no doubt publish every thing he day. And some there are who are much more may think proper to offer. In the mean time, concerned at the effect which that fraud is to their attempt to arrest public indignation at the have on the public mind than for the rights and gross and fraudulent purposes thụs clearly laid safety of Houston. Who are much more desirat the door of the Executive favorites, by an ous to satisfy the American people that our a peal to their sympathies, under the pretence charge relative to the contemplated fraud is unthat Gen. Houston is in the custody of the true, than solicitous about Houston's fate. Huse, will not do. The reply to this, is, that But we deny that our publication was in vioHoustou is under arrest for an assault-our lation of the rights or privileges of the House strictures relate to the fraud. And yet Mr. or of the accused. Does it follow that to asHouston, who assaulted Mr. Stanbery, is so sen- sert that the assault is approved and justified in sitive
, so extremely respectful to the House, that high places, is a breach of the privileges of the he will not, while he is in custody, reply! His House? What has the approval or disapproval card is the best reply that he can make, and, of the Executive and of the Postmaster General fkerefore, it is published.
to do with the House? It is a reflection on the
independence of that body, to suppose that an We invite the attention of our readers to the interference on the part of the Executive will debate in the House, particularly to the remarks deprive the accused of a fair and impartial trial. of Mr. Patton, on the resolution introduced by The complaint of the honorable member prehim forbidding the publication of the proceed- supposes that the House will condemn because ings in the case of Ilouston. The direct allu- the Executive approves. Is this so? If we sion to this paper, and the endorsement of are to take the language of some of the organs Houston's statement that our publication was of the party as indicating their course, we would false, would justify much more severity than we suppose, that with some, a precisely, oppos are disposed to indulge-besides, we are by no effect would be produced; and we might point means certain, that the honorable member would to melancholly instances where the will of the
Executive has been maintained at the sacrifice abuse he may heap upon an individual, because of truth and principle.
to be so responsible, would affect the liberty But it is assumed that our publications tend of the press! Yet we believe we are always to prevent a fair and impartial trial. As to the held responsible in such cases, and it is very offence itself we have said little; we have for proper that we should be. We repeat, let the borne to speak of its character and tendency. liberty of the press and of debate be protected, Not because we considered it improper to do but at the same time do not extend that proso, but because we prefer to let the case detection to the licentiousness of either. velope itself in the regular course of the trial, If we mistake not, Gen. Houston must have and because we consider the offence to be one made his opponents wince under his cutting which requires no comment from us,
scarcasm when placed at the bar of the House. The publications which we have made were He is an able man-familiar with his rights as in progress before the assault. Our veracity had a citizen, and abundantly able to protect them. been impeached. Major Lewis, Gen. Houston, and their partisans, had appealed to the press, It is amusing to notice Mr. Croswell, of the and finding the argument and the facts against Albany Argus, charging Mr. Walsh with fedethem, had resorted to the club. Was that the ralism, because the latter differs from Mr. Jeftime for us to be silent? Were we to be hush- ferson on the subject of the powers of the Sued by such an argument? We did not touch preme Court. We are surprised that an editor the question before the House. We have not of his prudence, would venture such a charge, entered into the question either of the power or and for such
If to oppose the doctrine of the duty of the House in relation to the mat- of Mr. Jefferson be a good ground for the ter before it. We asserted the truth in rela- charge which he has made, which we are not in tion to an important transaction, and what we the least disposed to question, how can Mr. have said was to vindicate the truth of what we Croswell himself escape the imputation of fedehad said;and this we dare do,no matter whom it ralism on his part? If there be a single opinion may offend. We certainly aje much gratified of Mr. Jefferson pre-eminently distinguished, that the resolution was not adopted. The re- one that goes to place him peculiarly at the lation which we bear to the House, the high head of the republican party, and in direct oprespect which we entertain for the body, and position to the federal party, it is his opinion of for most of its individual members, would ex- the relative rights of the States and of the Genact our acquiescence in any wish of that eral Government; or, in other words, his docbody which does not restrict our personal rine of nullification; and yet it is this very Jef. rights, or conflict with our duty as the conduc- fersonian, whig doctrine which the editor of the tor of a free press; but if we know ourselves, Argus and his associatės, are in the daily habit that very relation would impel us more prompt- of denouncing more bitterly than even open ly to assert our own rights by persevering in and avowed federalism. Büt - what is bred in the discharge of our duty, at every hazard. the bone cannot be brought out of the flesh.”
We fear that Mr. Croswell will never lose his A FRACAS.
old federal taint. On reference to a letter from our Washing ton correspondent, it will be perceived that the Mr. Ritchie remarks that the President may Honoruble Mr. STANBURI of Ohio, bas been wait, (to fill the mission to London,) to see in chastised by General Houston of Tennessee, what spirit the British Government takes the for an antack upon his integrity and a subse- rejection of Mr. Van Buren! It is with amazequent refusal to apologise or give the requir- ment that we see, even in that prostituted press, ed satisfaction. Another correspondent in such an intimation. " The spirit the British forms us that STANSBUNY, in refusing the chal Government takes the rejection of Mr. Van Bu. lenge of Gen. Houston, not only assumed the ren"!!! What next? What has the British ground that he was not responsible for what Government to do with his rejection, or that of he said in debate, but that Gen. H. was not a any other individual?. What right has she to gentleman. This is the usual plea of cowards, look into the interior action of our Government, and this in itself authorized Gen. H. to inflict or to take offence at the movement of any of punishment upon him without any breach of its departments, unless they should infringe uphis privileges as a member of Congress, on her rights! Low and debased must be
We are surprised at the vote of the House the condition of this nation if it could periit, placing Gen. Houston in the, custody of the without the utmost scom, a foreign GovernSergeant-at-Arms, or in other words, reserving ment to intimate is pleasure or displeasure of to themselves the right of assailing private clar. any act of ours, having reference to its own acter without being in any way responsible: views, without infringing on the rights of others. Let the freedom of debate be secured, but as low and as servile as we know Mr. Ritchie when a member ventures to attack the private had fallen, we did not expect a sentiment so characies of an individual, he must not be pro- unworthy of a free and independent American ted from merited chastisement by the interfer. Jcitizen to escape from him. ence of the House. Such a course would cause incalculable mischief, and can never be sanc We know nothing more inconsistently brazen tioned by an intelligent people. As well might in the course of an editor, than that of Mr. Rit. an editor say, he is not liable for any personal (chie in reference to the tariff'and Mr. Van Bu.
ren. In one column we find most bitter de to deny. As to Mr. McLane he might have nunciation of the tariff; deprecating its ruinous voted against the resolutions-he might have effects
, and charging it with impoverishing the been opposed to condemnation by the House south, and menacing the dissolution of the Uni- upon the same ground that many others on; and in the next, high strained eulogies upon who disapproved of his conduct was opthe very individual by whose vote, and by posed to the proceeding in Congress. The whose agency, the bill of abominations" was Globe has not said that Mr. McLane approved passed, and holding him up as the candidate for of the conduct of Gen. Jackson. , Our impresthe Vice Presidency, and nolens volens” to the sion in relation to him may be wrong; but, if Presidency. We defy inconsistency to go far- Mr. McLane approved then, he condemned ther. We will not call it hypocrisy. It is Gen. Jackson afterwards. If he was his persomething far beyond it-open, downright, sonal and political friend then, he afterwards brazen audacity.
became a most active and decided opponent;
and for the truth of this remark we appeal to Since the publication of our article of yes the files of the Delaware Watchman, known terday, we learn that General Houston was tak to be his organ, inasmuch as many of its lead. en in custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms, about 4 ing editorial articles are attributed to his pen; o'clock on Saturday, and that he has not been and we also refer to a communication in that at the President's since that time. It may be- paper under the signature of a "citizen of Dela. that he has not seen the President since the ware," which we are assured was written by publication of Mr. Stanbery's remarks. What Mr. McLane, for proof that Mr. McLane not we said in relation to the exhibition of the pis. only "openly denounced" Gen. Jackson's tal, and of the approval of Houston's conduct, conduct, but that he carried his denunciation was derived through two sources, one friendly to the public through the press. to Houston, and the other much devoted to the Will some of our subscribers in Delaware, President. Neither of the individuals can be who can obtain access to the files of the suspected of a wish to prejudice either General Watchmani, do us the favor to copy and trans. Jackson or Houston. We found the rumor in mit the communication signed "a Citizen of circulation, we traced it to a responsible and Delaware," which was published towards the disinterested source, and gave it as a rumor, bc- close of the year 1824; and, also, sucli extracts cause, under the circumstancesa the public are from the editorial articles of that paper as go to entitled to receive well founded rumors as well prove its hostility to Gen. Jackson? We trust as facts
. If these rumors are not true, it is due ihat some one will do it. to the individuals whom they implicate, that they should be contradicted. It may be that The Committee on the Bank of the United there is an error as to date, or it may be that States, have aroused the indignation of sundry the whole rimor is untrue. Should we be en- editors who have come out and called upon the abled to do so, we will correctly advise our whole corps to rally in defence of the rights readers.
of editors. The offence of the Committee is,
that they have examined into the transactions The Globe undertakes to deny our statement of the Bank, and that, among others, the that Messrs. Forsyth, Arcber, Ritchie, Melane, accounts of editors have been examined!! To and others, who are now hugged to his bosom, us, it appears that there has been too much openly denounced the conduct of the Presi- sensibility in certain quarters. No one, it is dent in relation to the invasion of Florida, by presumed, will deny that a printer or editor is saying that Mr. McLane was a member of Cov-is as much entitled to bank accommodations as gress, and "voted against each and all of the other citizens indeed from the very nature of resolutions disapproving the conduct of Gen. their business; from the difficulty of collecting Jackson in the Seminole war,” and by saying subscriptions, and from the nature of the that Mr. Archer was not a member of Congress, relation which they bear to the public, they ond that Mr. Forsyth, altho'a member of the have peculiar claims to bank favors; because, committee to whom the subject was referred, although the remissness of many subscribers was sent abroad before the committee acted. tends to embarrass the profession, there are
Now, this is mere evasion. We did not say many persons so honest as to pay the printer in that either of those gentlemen voted in favor advance, and a failure of the editor would cause of the resolutions disapproving of Gen. Jack- a loss to all such of the sums thus paid in sun's conduct, nor did we say that either of advance. But, at the same time that an accom. them was a member of Congress. It is no an. modation to a printer may, in this way, by swer to our stalement, therefore, to say that enabling him to prosecute his business, often Mr. Archer was not a member of Congress, that save to his subscribers the sums.paid him in Mr. Forsyth was sent abroad before the com-advance, there is no reason why his accounts mittee reported, or that Mr. McLane voted and all the circumstances under which they against the resolutions. The question is not were created, should be exempted from that how did they vote, but did they denounce the scrutiny which it was the duty of the Bank conduct of Gen. Jackson. The reply of the Committee to make. The account of a printer Globe is a pitiful evasion.
is no more sacred than the account of a merNeither Mr. Archer, Mr Forsyth, or Mr. chant. It stands in the same relation, and Ritchie will, we presume, authorise the Globe should be subject to the same investigation.
The condition of the Bank can be known only stances, has been made to the proprietor of the by an investigation of its accounts-those with Washington Telegraph, if these things are printers as well as with other persons. If all is true, we say, then it will hardly be denied that right, no injury can result frum the investiga- the bank has been guilty of a most palpable and tion; if there be any thing wrong, neither the wicked attempt to purchase the influence of power of the Bank nor or the press should the press. That they are true we pretend not smother the wrong.
to assert; but such is the purport of the rumors It is said that the accounts of the editor of very current in this city-rumors believed by this press, with those of several other editors, men not apt to be mistaken or deceived in such have been examined. And we are surprised at matters-rumors not denied by those persons the sensitiveness which some of them have ex. who are said to have received the money. If the hibited, and more surprised at the attempt to stories were false, it would surely seem that those rally all the editors, as a corps, in denouncing whose characters are impugned would take the the committee for the exercise of such an trouble to deny them. A few days will proba. inquisitorial power We protest against be- bly give us the report of the committee, and coming identified with such protesters. We thus decide this interesting question.". stand prepared at all times and in all places to
So much of this articlc as relates to this press vindicate all our transactions, as well with the is false. The editor owes the Bank of the Bank as others. It is not to be presumed that United States but ten thousand dollars, which be committee will bring the accounts of in- is secured by an acceptance of the clerk of the dividuals before the public, unless there be House, and a mortgage on real estate in this something in them, which in the opinion of city, worth more than twice that sum. Having the committee makes it proper to do so.' We thus, satisfactorily we trust, answered Mr. readily admit, that but for the accominodations Ritchie's inquiries, we leave him to account for which we have received from the Bank, we the manner in which his debt of $10,900 is se: should have often been put to great incon. cured. Why was Mr. Ritchie so ready to speak venience. But for occasional advances, we of the rumors which relate to accounts of others would have found much difficulty in executing and silent as to his own? Does he suppose that the printing of Congress. The public money the readers of the Enquirer read no other pa. is deposited in the Bank, and one of the ob. per but his ? jections which we have to the institution is, that it pays no interest on the large amount of MR. VAN BUREN IN PENNSYLVANIA. public funds which the public agents are often required to borrow; and consequently, to pay
The Harrisburg Reporter says: interest, not to the Government, whose money
UNION COUNTY. it is, but to the Bank.
We are informed by a letter from a friend in Whatever accommodation we have received Union county, that the democratic meeting, from the institution has been well secured, started by the Hon. George Kremer, for the and we have never felt under greater obliga- purpose of sending delegates to the Baltimore tion to it than we do to the buicher from Convention, resulted in the rejection of that whom we purchase our beef. Certain it is project, by a majority of three-fourths of the that all who have read this paper know that meeting, which is represented as having been it has at all times been opposed io the renewal rather a small one. " So mote it be," as the of its charter.
editor of the Inquirer would say. It gives us Since writing the above, we find the follow- no small satisfaction to discover, that the demo. ing in the Richmond Enquirer :
crats of Union county, are preparing to lend all * Two or three journals bave undertaken to their strength in support of the union of the argue the abstract question of the right of the party. In every other section of the Slate, the bank to discount the notes of editors, as well as project of sending delegates to the Baltimore those of any other applicants for pecuniary ac- Convention and settling another electoral ticket, commodations, provided good security were giv- is viewed in its proper light, and condemned ; en. It will be remembered, however, that it is and we should be sorry, indeed, to see our this very point, the neglecting to take good se friends in Union, mistake the policy of the curity, which constitutes the most important fea. party so far, as to listen for a moment, to any ture in the rumors in circulation. If it is true project of disunion, when every movement of that $52,800 have been lent on notes at two our political opponents, points so strongly to and three years, to the two proprietors of the the necessity of preserving our harmony and Courier & Enquirer, with no better security strength. We are much mis:aken in the sterthan their two names, one as drawer, and the ling democracy of the ninth congressional dis. other as endorser ;-if it is true that $25,000/trict, if it does not speak in a voice of thunder, bave been lent to the proprietors of the Na- against all attempts at disorganization, whether tional Intelligencer, upon their note at a long by open enemies or pretended friends. dáte, endorsed by an irresponsible person, (a clerk in their office,) those same individuals al The Globe denies that Mr. Kendall copied the time of the discount, owing a large sum on Governor Poindexter's letter to the late Secrenotes which had been placed among "debts tary of the Navy. The present Secretary has bad and doubtful ;" if it is true that a discount said that it was not copied by him, or any of to a large amount, and under similar circum- bis clerks. By whom then was it copied? Who