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is it that is thus permitted to' examine and copy ri, 3. Total—302. The original publication af. the records of the Departments without the firms that there is a low which requires that the knowledge of those who are charged with them? appointments shall be apportioned to each State For ourselves we consider the publishing of in conformity to the number of their respective the letter as an immaterial matter; but' not so Representatives and Senators in Congress. the fact that unknown individuals have access There is no such law, and it will be seen that, to the records and files of the public depart- if such were the law, the statement of the Globe ments
, without the knowledge of those in whose that the appointment of young May prevented custody they are. If unknown individuals can the appointment of young Adams, is not true. thus obtain access to the files of the Depart- At the time of yonng May's appointment, there ments, what is to prevent such as may be so was not a single applicant from the state of disposed, from taking important vouchers from Mississippi; and an inspection of the blue-book the files? Who can doubt that he who would shows that the statement of the Globe is wholly tell a falsehood to answer party purposes, untrue. would, for money, steal important vouchers from the files? if the papers in the charge of The Globe of Monday, yndertakes to comthe Department are thus loosely kept, the re- pliment Mr. Plummer, of Mississippi, by say. putation of no man is safe. What officer will ing that he has opposed himself to the course feel secure hereafter?
of Governor Poindexter, and that he has been Again. We presume that Gov. Poindexter for some days past engaged in a war “of genedoes not care for the publication of his letter. ral abuse” upon the opposition. We have un-, He is not the man to conceal from his constitu- derstood, that no sooner had the matter relative ents, or any one else, what he has done. It is to Major Lewis's fraud upon the U. States been the falsehood which accompanies the publica- referred to the committee of which Mr. Plummer tion--it is the assertion that he had prejudiced is a member, than the kitchen cabinet set their the rights of his constituents, and that, by re- machinery into motion for the purpose of whipcommending young Mr. May, he had prevent- ping him into the harness. He was assailed here ed the appointment of young Adams, the son by the most flattering attentions; at a distance he of the late Senator.
was charged with having deserted the adminis. The Globe asserts that Judge Ellis applied (tration. We have not heard all Mr. Plummer's at "the department, in person, in behalf of remarks ; they have not been published, and young Adams, and was told that the place was we do not pretend to know what he has said, occupied by Mr. Poindexter's protege.” We but we have much mistaken his character, if have no authority for denying this assertion but the Globe has any authority for its statement, or our confident belief of its falsehood; but we if he feels flattered at the character of
genechallenge the Globe to make the assertion upon ral” abuse attributed to him. Mr. Plummer is the authority of either Mr. Woodbury or Judge disposed to sustain the administration. We Ellis. We'deny its truth, and challenge the shall be slow to believe that he has become the proof.
victim of the arts of Lewis, Kendall, & Co. But the Globe asserts that Gov. Poindexter has published Mr. Ellis's letter of the same cha At a respectable meeting of the citizens of racter as his own; Gov. Poindexter does not Rankin county, in the town of Brandon, on the complain at the publication of his letter--he 26th inst. (it being previously understood by complains, and he has a right to complain, of public notice throughout the county) for the the manner and purpose of its publication. The purpose of expressing the sentiments of the copy was obtained in violation of a rule of the people in relation to the course pursued by our departments
, and for the purpose of a false ac- Senator, George Poindexter, in the Senate of cusation before his constituents. That the party the United States, upon the subject of his vote making the charge, knew it to be untrue, ap- against Martin Van Buren, as Minister to Eng. pears from the artifice of sending his calumny land. Mr. R. Davidson, Esq. was unanimously to be first published in Mississippi. Why was called to the chair, and Robert Creswell apthis done? Who does not see that it was be- pointed Secretary; after which the object of cause the slanderer knew that, if, published sine meeting was briefly stated by Mr. Waterhere, it would be met and put down; and he, man.
A preamble and the following resolu. therefore, preferred that it should first appear tions were unanimously adopted: in Mississippi , where, he supposed, it would
Resolved, That we approve and will sus. perform its office before it returned to its tain the course pursued by our honorable Sena.
tor, George Poindexter, not only in relation to Upon a reference to the blue-book just pub- appointments to offices in this state, but in lished, we find that of the midshipmen now in withholding his advice and consent to the noservice, there are from the State of Maine 9; N. moination of Martin Van Buren as minister to Hampshire
, 8; Vermont, 5; Massachusetts, 14; England. That if the State of Mississippi is R. Island, 6; Connecticut, 7; N. York, 32; N. indebted to any man for a correct representaJersey, 19; Pennsylvania, 32; Delaware, 7; Mary- tion of her interest, in and out of Congress, it land, 30; Virginia, 61; N. Carolina, 15; South Ca. is due to George Poindexter. polina, 15; Georgia, 10; Ohio, 7; Indiana, 0; 11
Resolved, That we have entire confidence in linois
, 2; Kentucky, 10; Tennessee, 4; Missis- the patriotism and ability of our Senator, and sippi
, 1; Alabama, 0; Louisiana, 5; and Missou-Ithat we see no inconsistency in sustaining both
him and General Jackson, but that it is a con. the honesty of the former Secretary of War and test entirely between George Poindexter and 2d Auditor. I am glad to find that my repre." Martin Van Buren, the latter of whom from his sentative in Congress has so much honesty that character as a wily magician, and whose public when he sees an error or fraud, will speak of it course is directed to the single purpose of his without regard to party. There is another act own elevation, is unworthy the confidence of of Mr. Johnson's, much to be admired, that is, the people.
he has independently answered the call of the Resolved, that we concur in the nomination Hon. C. A. Wickliffe. Other gentlemen may of Messrs. Poindexter, Ellis, and Plummer, to be correct in declining an answer, but it seems attend the Baltimore Convention for the pur. to me, when men in high standing are charged pose of nominating from the republican ranks, with conspiring against an individual to
him a Vice President.
down, and for the object of promoting the Resolved, that the proceedings of this meet. views of a man whose standing for talents and ing be signed by the Chairman and Secretary, virtue are surpassed by none: I say when such and be published.
base calumnies are circulated, they should be RICHARD DAVIDSON, Chairman. thrown back on their proper authors.
ROBERT CRES WELL, Secretary. Major Eaton's standing was low cnough beMarch 24, 1832.
fore; his appeal to the public, last fall, contained so much incongruous matter; also the false .cer
tificate of his Rev. brother-in-law, was enough Extract of a letter to the editor, dated ty, Tennessee, April 9, 1831.
to cause every Tennessean to regret that he
ever was in the city of Washington; but this Gen. Green-Sir: Enclosed you will receive Chickasaw treaty is still worse; for suppose the the amount due you up to the first of January reservation to belong to the Indians, (which is next, and be assured that no money is paid by not conceded,) it certainly was the duty of Mame for any necessary or luxury of life, that 1 jor Eaton, as one of the commissioners, to have enjoy more than that I pay to an editor who made the best purchase he could for the United has refused tens of thousands, and thrown him. States, and not suffer his brother-in-law,' Wm. self on the virtue and intelligence of the peo- B. Lewis, to purchase it for the paltry sum of ple, rather than become the organ of a corrupt twenty cents per acre. party. I cannot venture an opinion who will Had any one have told me, four years ago, be the favorite candidate in this State for Vice that the present executive would have winked President, but I am constrained to believe there at such conduct, or suffered his feelings to beis too much virtue and intelligence here, to come enlisted in behalf of the most pure perthink of packing the great magician on the son on earth, so as to attempt to regulate the same ticket with General Jackson; for my part, private associations of the society at Washinghis letter of resignation as Secretary of State, ton, I should have thought it false, and I yet was of such a dark and ambigious à character believe if the old man could throw off twenty as to convince me that something was wrong years of his toilsome life, he would scorn to do about the man. It does seem to me that since what he is now daily performing. the publication of the proceedings of the Se This is an important crisis; the collision be. nate on his nomination, the facts alleged are tween the General and State Governments is sufficient to convince every friend to his coun- rather alarming-I hope, shortly, to see the try that he is unworthy this confidence; it is southern and western men, of talents, filling true, his Georgia champion, (Mr. Forsyth,) important offices in the Government, divest made a labored effort in the Senate to sustain themselves of prejudices and partialities for him, but to no purpose. One assertion of the men, and in one body rally around the constitugentleman, as in his published speech, particu- tion; aad say, to the General Government, we larly, arrested my attention; that is, “it is known have granted you certain privileges, and be. to every well informed man in this district that yond them you cannot go. Should the Gene Mr. Van Buren, by his admirable temper, his ral Government attempt to enforce the deci. conciliatory manners, and unwearied exertions, tion of the Supreme Court, in the case against kept the cabinet together, long after its discord. Georgia, I give it, as my opinion, that she will ant materials were so well ascertained that its be promptly met by every friend of the constidissolution, sooner or later was a matter of tution, and told that we, the States, know our licommon speculation."
berties; that we claim a jurisdiction within our We have the gentleman's word for it; I chartered limits; that we justly appreciate the should be glad of the proof; at present I attach liberty that our fathers so generously fought, about as much importance to this statement as I and bled, and procured for us, that we should do to his charge of a late Secretary repeating be unworthy the sons of freemen if we do not confidential conversations with the Chief Ma- maintain our rights against the constructive gistrate; which turned ou tot be as gross an im- powers, or usurpation of any Government. position as the Rev. F. S. Evans's false certifi That Congress has made treaties and passed cate.
laws repugnant to the constitution and liberty The Honorable Cave Johnson's remarks on of the States, I have no doubt; but what clause Mr, Everett's call respecting the Chickasaw in the constitution the venerable court could treaty, I think has opened the eyes of some of find to sustain its decision, I am not able to our Tennesseans, and caused them to doubt find; but in the articles of confederation I find
a clause, as I think, in direct opposition to wrong" Be it so; no honorable man will coin. their decision.
plain that he is not deemed a fit associate of a Art. 9, and part of 4th section, the United clan, who, like Esau, are ready to sell their States
, &c. shall have the right of regulating birth-right" for a mess of potlage.” It may, the trade, and managing all the affairs with the however, be useful to unmask the corrupt jun. Indians, tiot members of any of the States, pro- to, who thus ransack ihe public offices io find vided that the legislative right of any State materials for a newspaper paragraph, and to within its own limits be not infringed or violat- show the contemptible expedient to which ed.
they are driven in this war of extermination, Respectfully yours,
waged by the President on the independent action of his constitutional advisers. What is the
stupendous Case made out in the " Official” as COMMUNICATIONS, &c. the basis of its tirade against the Senator from
Mississippi? Wly, it is really too pitiful for To the Editor of the United States”
. Telegraph: serious animadversion, and can excite no other Six: Iliave the permission of Governor Poin. emotion than ineffable disgust in the bosom of dexter, to send you for publication in the Te. every intelligent man. Two honorable Sena. legraph, two letters, which have passed be. tors, on the 3d of March, 1831, recommended tween that gentleman and the Secretary of the William May, the son of one of the oldest and Navy.
most respectable citizens of Washington, for This correspondence, connected with the the important appointment of midshipman in editorial paragraph in the Globe of Friday last, the navy, and the Senator from Mississippi, not discloses some of the means which have been knowing that there was a single youth in that emplayed by the President, 10 withdraw public state, whose friends and relatives desired to confidence in Mississippi from that Senator, and place liim in that branch of the public service, to sustain himself against the effects of certain on that con lition, and none other, consented to innovations, which he has attempted to enforce adopt the amiable son of Doctor May, and thereon the knwwn rights of the people of that State, by increase the cliances of success in his appli. by the appointment of citizens of other States, cation!! These papers having been acted on by to fill offices located within her limits.
the late Secretary of the Navy, were no longer A more puerile and ridiculous effort to dis necessary to the Department, except for the furt and magnify an innocent transaction, in remote purpose of reference, should the friends volymg nothing worthy of public consideration, of the midshipman appointed, need them on was never made by the myrmidons of this ad. some fulure occasion; they were, according to ministration, in the wide range of their wicked-usage, put on file, and have been clandestinely ness and folly, than the miserable wailings of copied by some unauthorized person, having thie official organ, at the recommendation of access to the papers and records of the registhe Senator from Mississippi, in favor of an ami. tering clerk, and trans:nitted to a distant party able and interesting you h to be a midshipman newspaper, bribed by the agents of the adminisin the Navy of the United States. The act, tration to promulgate calumnies to the injury founded as it was in the best feelings of the hus of the Senator from Mississippi a nong his con. man heart, and calculated to injure no one, and stituents. Such are the wicked and unprinci. so entirely unimportant in its results, might pled means resorted to by the organized corps well have passed into forgelfulness, as one of around the President, to poison the public
occurrences in the life of a mind, and sustain a cause which cannot bear the public man, meriting no particular notice, either penetrating touch of rigid and candid investigaof approbation or censure. It seems, however, tion. This transaction would not of itself be that this small matter is not permitted to remain considered of sufficient weight to attract the on the files of the Navy Department, where it attention of any one, but connected with the properly belongeel, and from which it ought not purpose for which it has been promulgated by to have been taken, without the sanction of the the Government press, and the violation of the head of that department; but it is presented to sanctity of the Executive Departments, it as. the gaze of the American people by persons sumes an aspect more imposing, and ought, enjoying the confidence, and professing to therefore, to be brought before the people dispeak the opinions of the Chief Magistrate,
as a vested of the false coloring which bas been Scare charge against a recreont Senator, who given to it in the editorial article of the Globe. has had the temerity to "love Rome more
It will be seen by the letter of Mr. Wood. than Czsar," and to obey the honest convic. bury to Senator Poindexter, that these papers, tions of his own mind, in the discharge of the taken from the files of the Department,' at the high and responsible duties of his station. This head of which he has been placed by the Prewas an offence, not to be forgotten by the new sident, were copied by some person, without school of political jugglers, who pay their de his knowledge or permission ; and, also, that xations at the foo'stool of power
, and receive they were not furnished by any of his clerks. the reward of their servile adulations from the It becomes, then, a subject of serious inquiry, coffers of the nation; and the offender must be not as it respects this trifling matter, but as it ostricised as an unworthy member of the ortho- regards the great principle of official responsidox church, whose confession of faith consists bility,-- who is permitted in have free access of the regal maxim, that "the King can do no to the documents in the Navy Department, and
the most ordinary
to take copies of them for party purposes, with which has been attached to it by the Official out the knowledge or consent of the Secreta- Organ, and the singular facts which liave been ry? The publisher of the recommandation, disclosed, lead to developments and conclusigned "George Poindexter, William R. King," sions of no ordinary interest
. It may be ask. alleges that the endorsement thereon is in the ed, and for one, I should be glari to see the proper handwriting of Mr. Poindexler ; and it answer, are the Departments of the Government, follows, of course, that he must have had pos- hitherto held Lacred, now thrown open to subsession of the original. I do not hesitate to de serve the purposes of the partisan editors of clare my own conviction, that this privileged public journals, and their correspondents in person was no other than the famous, or rather in this city? Who can doubt that such is the infamous, Amos Kendall. The fact is 100 well faci, after the perusal of the letters here with known to be denied, that this individual, here. submitted ? The Secretary of the Navy, under tofore notorious as a partisan editor, and for his his own signature, denies that copies of the bitter hostility to Gen. Jackson, and whose papers taken from his office, and forwarded to treason 10 his benefactor was rewarded by his the editor of a party newspaper in Mississippi, appointment to the office of Fourth Auditor al were given by his sanction or furnished by any the commencement of the present Administra- clerk in his Department; is it not then clear, tion, holds a paramount place in the confidence that some unauthorized person had possession of the President; and it is undeniable, that no of these parers, and took the copies which bad head of any Department dare to refuse him co. been thus forwarded? There does not seem 10 pies of the records and papers in their offices, be a reasonable doubt on this subject, and can whenever he may deem the contents of them it, or will it be denied that Amos Kendall is the useful, either to prop the administration or confidential agent of the Executive, on whom denounce its opponents. Enjoying, as he does, is conferred the prerogative of searching the a salary.office, held at the will of the Presi- public archives for any paper which he may sident, he is the co-editor of the Globe, and judge it expedient to circulate through the va. corresponds with the affiliated presses in every rious presses in the Union, regardless of the quarter of the Union. His adjuncts and con. sanctity which ought to protect them from eve. temporaries in this crusade against ihe charac (ry eye, save only the officers to whom they are ter, public and private, of every honorable contided by law ? man, whose downtall is desired by the party in The object of the Globo is to shield the power, are numerous ; and I feel fully justified President from merited censure for liis nomi. in saying, that there is not, in the ranks of nation of Hays and Gwyn, citizens of Tennes. these underworkers, a single man whose previsee, to fill offices located within Mississippi, ous character and conduct would entitle him to which were rejected at the instance of Mr. Poille credence, as to any fact which it might be his dexter ; and for this purpose it is alleged that interest to misrepresent. There is indeed one the midshipman recommended by him was not individual near ihe President, whose liigbo and of that State, and that he was appointed over chivalric honor might redeem the errors and the head of a son of the late Senator Adams, follies into which bis friend and patron is led who had been recommended by his colleague, by had councils ; but, if I am not misinformed, Judge Ellis. The subterfuge is worthy of the he is not listened to. I have been thus expli- wreiched cause which it is intended to sustain. cit, to avoid all misapprehension in reference 'Tis false, as will appear on the face of the to the source of this muddy stream, which communication, that Mr. Poindexter placed the inundates the country, and generates an impure name of William May over the head of any ap. atmosphere, destructive to the health of the plicant from Mississippi. 'Tis false, that the bocy politic, and which, by ils pestilential in name of a son of the late Senator Adams was, fluence, ruptures the ties and relations of sucial at that time, or is now on the list of persons re. intercourse. To raise the curtain and expose commended for a midshipman's wariant; and to view the dramatis personce, who perform the this fact must have been well known to Amos various parts in this drama of political intrigue Kendall, when he wro e the article in the and munagement, would be sufficient to excite Glube, which lis christian brother of the Rich. feelings of honest indignation in the bosom of mond Enquirer has had the goodness to copy every higliminded and intelligent spectator for the benefit of his readers. The vouth of who might look on the disgusting scene. Wili Mississippi are generally educated for profes. a virt sous and enlightened people close their sional or agricultural pursuits; and it rarely eyes against truths which" demonstrate the happens that their parents or guardians wish duwnward course of the Government, and them to enter the navy; but when an instance blindly worship an idol who sits like an incu- has occurred of such an application, no difficulbus in the Executive chair, and, under the esofty has ever been experienced in obtaining the citement of passions and prejudices not to be warrant. There was none such at the time ontrolled, tolerates the servile miscreants, who William May was appointed; and if there had use his popular name to deceive them and over been, it was expressly excepted in the endorse. turn the proud edifice of liberty, erected by ment made by Mr. Poindexter, on the letter the wisdom of their ancestors! I hope not. of recommendation. Numerous midshipment
The occasion wirich has given rise to these have entered the navy at the instance of Senareflections, might well be deemed too insigni- tors and Representatives from the western ficaut to draw them forth; but the importance States, where such appointments are seldous
desireil, selected from other portions of the be used in my place in the Senate, which were Union, and placed to the account of those refused without the ceremony of a previous call States. One of these was but a short time from that body for such papers, you will readi. past appointed, on the recommendation of the ly perceive how much I ought to have been as. entire representation from Alabama ; and, in- tonished to find similar recommendatiuns to deed, the practice is so common, that it was those which had been refused me, published in never before brought to the notice of the pub a distant pariv newspaper. lic. A midshipman performs no duties which I trust, Sir, under these circumstances, you are located within Mississippi; and if the friends will recognise my right to ask of you, whether of the President imagine that this poor attemp a copy of a recommendation for a midshipman's to fulminate abuse against a Senator, wbo has warrant to William May, son of Dr. Frederick fearlessly vindicated the rights of his constitu. May, dated Senate Chamber, March 3d, 1831, ents, will justify or extenuate his total neglect addressed to the “Hon. John Branch, Secretaof the people of that State, whose claims to of. ry of the Navy," and signed “ George Poinfice have been postponed to subserve the in, dexter, William R. King," on which there is terests of a drunken nephew,and other partisans an endorsement under my own signature; and in Tennessee, they deceive themselves. also, a letter on the subject of an application of
The journals of the Senate will show that the like 'nature from Mississippi, dated “Wash. these nominations have been rejected by the ington City, December 7th, 1831," signed votes of those Senators who are most uniform "Powhattan Ellis,” were furnished by the Na. in their support of the administration. On ano vy Department by your order, or by any subor. ther occasion, these votes will be published to dinate officer of the Department, and if so, to verify the truth of this statement. But it seems whom? In making this application, I am actuthat Executive denunciation is reserved for ated solely by a desire to learn whether the him only, wbo was bound, by every sense of rule, which has been observed towards me, and duty, tw interpose his negative to such appointo other Senators whom I might name, in relation
to copies of letters recommending individuals The mystery which veils these foul transac- to office, is to be considered general, or special, tions, will
, at no distant day, be removed ; and whether a privilege, accorded to others, wher, the rays of truth will dissipate the cloud can be limited at the will of any Department of which conceals from observation the dark the Government, so as to promote individual deeds of a band of reckless conspirators. The views and party interests? i take this occasion reader cannot fail to perceive, by a candid pe. to assure you, that, as at present advised, I rusal of this communication, much for serious wholly discard the belief, that these copies have reflection, demonstrating the corruptions which been given with your knowledge, or by your pervaile the sereral Departments of the Go- order, entertaining as I do, and ever have done, vernment. This sinall matter, raised into im- for you, the highest respect, both personally portance by the political managers who sur- and politically. round the President, may furnish a clue to the I have the honor to be, operations which are in progress to retain pow.
With great respect, your obt, servant, er in the bands of those who now abuse it, by
G. POINDEXTER. the pros itution of the press, and the wanton To the Hon. Levi WOODBURY, violation of that confidence, which, under all
Secretary of the Navy. former administrations, has been reposed in the entire correspondence with the Secretaries who Letter from the Secretary of the Navy to Mr. are placed over the several Departments.
Poindexler. Viewing, with the deepest 'emotions of re. Navy DEPARTMENT, 12th April, 1832. gret, the present degraded state of our public Sir: Yours, of the 11ih instant, was received affairs, 1 am ready to exclaim, in the language this morning. of a celebrated political writer, applied to the
I have not seen the publications to which you court of a British Monarch, that "honor and allude; but in reply to your inquiries, have the honesty are no longer tickets of admission” to honor to state, that I do not recollect ever have the halls of the Chief Magistrate of the na-ing directed copies to be made of any of your tion.
FIAT JUSTITIA. recommendations for any person, or of ever beCopy of a letler from Mr. Poindexter to the Se.ing requested to furnish any; nor do I know
that such have been furnisliell by any clerk in cretary of the Navy.
this Department. In connexion with this anWASHINGTOX City, April 11th, 1832. swer, however, and as bearing on some gene. Sın. I have seen with soine surprise, copies ral remarks in your letter, it may be observed, of recommendations to which my name is ap- that whatever is the present practice in the pended, addressed to your predecessor, in fa. other Departments, or may have been the for. vor of certain applicants for appointments in mer practice in this Department, I have never the navy, published in a paper, edited by an of. felt justified, when applied in, in refusing perficer of this Government, at Clinton, Mississip- mission to any person to take copies of any pa. pi. I can have no possible objection to the pers whatever on the public files of this office, publication of the e recommendations, but hav- provided they contained nothing in its characing made frequent applications myself at the ter confidential or improper to be communi. Department, for copies of recommendations to cated.