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The certificate requested from the Register. sure of public policy? No, there is no difLing Clerk is enclosed.
ference, not even the shadow of a differReciprocating your friendly assurances, ence, between the principles entertaired by I remain, Sir, respectfully yours, him now, and those expressed by him in his
LEVY WOODBURY. address to the legislature when he was a candiHon. GEORGE POINDEXTER,
date for the Senate. His principles are the Of the Senate.
same-they remain unchanged. Why then is he hunted down by a venal press and a pack of
greedy office expectants. He has interposed Certificate from L. B. Hardin.
a barrier to the per al promotion of a few goNavy DEPARTMENT, April 16th, 1832.
vernment pets, men who love offices more Sır: Agreeably to the request contained in than they love their country. He has refused your letter of the 14th instant, received this to barter the local offices of the State for the morning, I have the honor to enclose to you, smiles of power. Helias arrested the impor. with the approbation of the Secretary of the tation of foreigners to fill those offices, the ob. Navy, a copy of the letter from the Hon. P. El. trusion of whom upon the State must be re. lis, of the 7th December last, which is the only garded as an insult to its dignity and a stigma document that appears on file in the Depart. upon its character. This is Mr. Poindexter's ment in favor of a young Mr. Adams, of Missis. crime, this is the head and front of his offendsippi, for a midshipman's warrant.
ing. Poindexter is to be put down to promote Very respectfully,
the selfish purposes of the magician, Van BuYour obedient servant,
He is to be put down that the other of L. B. HARDIN, fice bunters of other States may fakten upon
Registering Clerk. our Indian agencies, upon our land offices, and Hon. GEORGE POINDEXTER,
our post office, to the exclusion of our own · Of the Senate.
worthy and intelligent citizens.
But we are told that Mr. Poindexter has vio. WASHINGTON City, Dec. 7, 1831,
lated his pledges. What pledges? Did he Sir: The enclosad letter from Messrs. Wila the Executive will? Did he pledge bimself to
pledge himself to render a blind homage 10 kins & Walker, of Natchez, in favor of a young surrender his rexson, his lalents, his patriotism, man applying for a midshipman's warrant, I beg and the honor, the dignity, and the offices of leave to submit for your consideration. I would the Stare, to the keeping of selfish politicians, most cheerfully join those highly respectable who arrogate to themselves the right of dictatgentlemen in their recommendation of pr. ing to the party who have the Government in Alexander, if I had not previously promised to their hands? If such had been his pledges, apply for a warrant for the son of the late Mr. the State would have spurned his proffered Adams, of the Senate,
services with unmingled scorn. But these I have the honor to be, yours,
were not his pledges. His adılre.us to the LeA true copy of the original on file in the exposition of his principles respecting great
gislature contained a full avowal and a candid Navy Department. L. B. HARDIN,
measures of public policy. These pledges,
pledges of principle, he has faithfully redeemelle Registering Clerk.
But in that address not a word was said of his
adbesion to, or partialities for men.
implied pledge on his part, to support the ad. FROM THE VICKSBURG ADVOCATE. ministration in all things riglt-in all things We commend the letter from Mr. Poindex consistent with the honor and in crests of his ter, which we copy from the Mississippi Patriot, constituents and his country. Ad has be not to the serious and dispassionale consideration deemed this pledge tou! We defy the most of the public. It is a plain unvarnished tale, virulent of his calumniators to designate a viobespeaking the sentiments and feelings of our lation. What if he did vote for the rejection distinguished Senator, without equivocation or will not the people reject Van Buren for the disguise.
Vice Presidency. His conduct respecting the It seems from the movements at Washington importation of foreigners to fill our offices, has and in this State, that Mr. Poindexter is to be received the public approbation. Of what else abandoned and denounced. He is to be driv- is he accused? Nothing, Will the people of en in disgrace from the ranks of the party the State, then, the patriotic, intelligent, l'e. whose cause he has bitfierto espoused with so publican people of siississippi consent to much zeal, ability, and success--and for wliat have their Senator denounced and hunted We repeat the inquiry, we put it to candid down, 10 elevate Van Buren, “a pitiful, inmen of all parties to an intelligent and re, triguer, a selfis. calculator of chances," to the publican people, for what is Mr. Poindexter to Vice Presidency and then to the Presidency, be denounced? Has he neglecled the interests and to have the Federal offices of the State of the State? No, he has been their vigilant pounced upon by vultures from other Siates, guardian. Has he been a perfidious represen-, who make loud professioos of patriotism, but tative in regard to any great and leading mea- who only love their country for its offices?
FROY THE MISSISSIPPI PATRIOT.
conversation with a gentleman high in his conExtract of a letter to the Editor of the Mississip - fidence, and whose views I believed to be hon. pi Putriot, daled
est, who, at my request, communicated the
substance of that conversation to the President. WASHINGTON Citr, Feb. 25, 1832.
But these efforts, on my part, to avoid the con. Dear Sir-Thave received information through troversy, which had for a long time been brood. various respectable channels, that letters have ing in his mind, were wholly unavailing. His been written from this city to Mississippi, pur- hostile feelings towards me were strongly indi. porting to have the sanction of Gen. Jackson, cated, whenever my name was mentioned in his which placed me before my constituents in the presence, and his repeated expressions were altitude of an open enemy to kis administration. calculated to call forth corresponding feelings
These communications emmate from individu-in my mind towards him. But I extended to als near the pers in of the President, and I shall, bis frailties, in this respect, every indulgence therefore, consider them as his own. The fact which his age and past services entitled him to is distincily known, not only in the State which receive at my hands. Matters remained in this I represent, but to the whole American people, situation until the Senate acted on the nomina. that for a number of years preceding my ap- tion of Mr. Gwyn, who had been taken from pointment to the Sena e, 1 tad taken a dcep the Post Office Department here, without any interest in defending the character and promo- recommendation whatever, and sent him to Mis. ting the elevation of Gen. Jackson to the high sissippi to fill the office for which he was nomi. trust which he now enjoys. If, since that pe nated. The rejection of this man closed all inriod, my relations to this distinguished indivi- tercourse between myself and Gen. Jackson, dual have been changed, it must be ascribed to and his language became so extremely intempecauses over which i bad no control, and for rute and undignified, that it excited disgust and which I cannot be held responsible. To disa mortification among his best friends, who were buse the public mind, and io enable my fellow.compelled to listen to his course vituperation. citizens properly to appreciate my conduct, as This act of mine, which is universally ap. a Senator in Congress, and to judge fairly of the proved here by men of all parties, constitutes course pursued by Gen. Jackson, towards both the head and front of my offending; and I me and them, I submit to you for publication, should regret to believe that there dwelis with. in your newspaper, a candid summary of the in the State which has honored me with its events, which have led to an alienation of his confidence, one man acquain:ed with the sub. former professed friend hip for me, and which ject, who would so far degrade himself, as to le now secks to turn to my prejudice among submit to), or approve of, the indignity so often the people of Mississippi. I need not detail to repeated by the Chief Magistrate, by a total you, because it is already known, the circum- disregard of the rights of its citizens, and of stances under which he attempted, from time the practice uniformly observed towards every to time, to encroach on the acknowledged rights other State of the Union. It will be seen by of Mississippi, in common with all the other reference to the vote taken on this nomination States of the Union, to fill with her own citi- by ayes and noes, that one half of the Senators zejs, offices under the General Government, who voted against the nominee, are ranked located within her limits. My course was a among the most decided supporters of Gene. plain one; I resiste:1, as I was bound by the ral Jackson. Why are they not denounced for high obligation of duty, these attempts io de contumacy? These hunorable men could have grade my constituents, and place the State on no motive to interpose any objection to nori. a footing with a Territorial Government, on the nations made by the President, unless there ex. subject of appoint:nents.
isted the best reasons for doing so. They have 1 commenced my opposition in the mildest by their votes sustained and illustrated the pula forın practic;ble, and for some time indulged (rity of my conduct on the occasion; for had I the hope ibat the President would see his error, given just cause of offence by my opposition and retrace his Meps. But the hope was vain to this nomination, they are liable in an equal and illusory, for it is evident that from the mo- degree, for the high crime of having presumed pent i refused to lend myself to his purposes, to differ with the President on the subject of lle entertained the most bitter feelings against distributing throughout the Union the patronme, and formed the determination to denounce age of the Federal Government. My actions me at a convenient time, is he had done some as a Senator in Congress, are dictated by no of his most distinguished friends, for causes factious considerations; they rest on the firm which only existed in his imagination. Antici. basis of principle, and I am at all times prepared pating that some difficulties mignt arise, of an to justify them against the assaults of power, unpleasant character to me, during the present and the bickering, of disappointed aspiranis 10 session, and wishing to soothe the acerbity of office. No man knows better than General teroper which is so prominent a trait in the cha. Jackson, that on all great questions involving racier of General Jackson, I waiied on him in the interests of the nation, he has received from medistely after iny arrival in this city in No. me a candid and liberal support. But this was vember last, and endeavored by my depurtment not enough, without yielding my own judgment to conciliate him, and to reconcile him to the and affording my aid to advance the views of course which I found it my indispensable duty certain favorites, who endeavor to wield his tu pursue. Wil the saine object, I held a power and influence to subserve their own un
holy purposes. More importance seems to be opinions of the present state of things, and I attached to individual interests, than to great offer them to the serious consideration of my measures, connected with the highest destinies fejlow-citizens. Will they support a man who of the American people.
fixed on them the tariff of 1828, and who is A constituent of mine, a highly respectable prepared to sacrifice all the great interests of the gentleman, in conversation with the President country at the shrine of his personal ambition ? the other day, ask-d him, as a matter of favor, I feel confident that they will not. I close this to state his objections to my course in Congress, communication with an assurance, that altho' He ins'amıly adverted to those nominations and my past services to Gen. Jackson, and my sinmy opposizion to them, and applied to me the cere desire to support him in all things not for. most approbious epithets. Bui, said the gen. bidden by dury, have been forgotten and overtleman, as one of the constituents of Governor looked by him, when clothed with the power Poindexter, I wish you to mention any vote, which I contributed to give him, I shall steadi. which he has given against your administration, ly pursue that line of conduct which looks diof which you have a just right to complain: did recily to the welfare of my constituents, and he not support you at the last session of Con- the advancement of the glory and prosperity of gress, when, without that support, your mea- this great republic. sures would have failed? Sir, said the Presi. I am, Sir, with great respect, dent, I believe he voted with my friends on all
Your friend and fellow-citizen, important questions:-the Journals will show:
GEORGE POINDEXTER. “ Tell Mr. Poindexter that I thank him for his support, and for his generous defence of me on
FROM THE COLUMBIA TELESCOPE. the Seminole war. Notwithstanding these Our readers will find some strong remarks of declarations, which were forced from him by a
our correspondent “Onward,” in regard to the knowledge that the facts were undeniable, h language now frequently used in the northern permits huself to use language indecorous and States on the subject of disunion. For ourunbecoming any man who respects his honor, selves, we consider this question as altogether whenever he speaks of me. He cannot drive
premature and useless. We are about to apply me from my principles, which were formed on
a remedy, which, we believe, will make the great consideration and reflection, without re- Constitution all that it was intended to be by its ference to party or personal attachments, and wise founders, and render the Union still more which I shall er deavor, honestly and firmly, to strong. We are about to NULLIFY, and we adhere to through life, whatever may be the doubt not the full success of the operation. circumstances in which I am placed, or the re- Disunion will never be thought of by the State sponsibility which I may incur.
Rights and Nullification Party, until we have no It is evident that Gen. Jackson is fast de other means of avoiding slavery and ruin. clining, both in his body and mind, and lim Our northern brethren, however, insist on persuaded that his own fame, if not the good of bringing this question forward. See a few er." the country, ought 10 admonish him to relire al tracts from northern papers. the end of his presont term of service. This course, I am inclined to believe, he would have adopted, but for his known solicitude to intro
“Could not the middle, and eastern, and duce Martin Van Buren into the Presidential] western, and southwestern States, subsist withchair, as his successor , to this end all his ef out South Carolina? Does she form, or embrace furis, for some time past, have been directed, the last hope of civilized man ""' or has she and he now suffers his name to be placed be power over human destinies ? Can she destroy fore the American people for re-election, under the strength and prosperity of such commor. the belief, that before the expiration of ano. wealths as those of New England, as New York, ther term, the public mind can be prepared to Pennsylvania, or Ohio ?” sanction the pretentions of this New York in. triguer to the first office in the gift of the peo “The tariff has not yet been fairly before the ple. Strong exertions will be made to place House. When it does come, every possible efhim on the Jackson Ticket as Vice President fort will be made; every nerve essayed by the calculating on the known popularity of Gen. south to procure such a modification, or rather Jackson to sustain him, and in the event of his such a total repeal as would bring destruction success, on bis becoming President by some upon the western, middle, and northern States. casually which may create a vacancy in that of. We, therefore, cannot, will not yield our asfice, and devolve ibe trust on the Vice Presi
sent to such a suicidal policy. The times, whilst dent, under the constitutional provisions on that they call for the exercise of great discretion, call subject. This is the plan; and it remains to equally loud for decision and firmness of purto be seen whether the people of the south will pose, in sustaining the settled policy of the Gofasten this curse on themselves, to gratify the vernment, even at the hazard of the awful alwhim of a man whom they have heretofore de:ternative with which we are menaced." lighted to honor, but whose mind is enfeebled by age and debility, and who lends himself to a combination of the mos: corrupt and unprinci
« EXPLOSION OF A POPGUN ! pled men, who have ever aspired to control the “We copy the following most frightful artidestinies of the nation. These are my candid cle from the Charleston S. C. Nullifying Mercu
FROM TIE NATIONAL GAZETTE.
FROM THE VILLAGE RECORD.
FROM THE BALTIMORE PATRIOT.
ry, of the 26th March, which is intended, no separation, where then, we would ask, will be doubt
, to make the whole Union tremble! Here the field for the display of their wits? If they it is."
now require and actually get a protecting bounis such language as this to be applied to ty upon their industry, of from sixty to two South Carolina? Are we to be treated with taunt hundred and fifty per cent. levied on the south, and ridicule for endeavoring to save the Union, what will they do when this prodigal protection the Constitution, and the liberty of the whole is cut off? Do they imagine that, as a separate country?
confederacy, their wits will still enable them to In our own State, too, those who have here-enforce us to pay them tribute? It is hardly protofore claimed to themselves the name of Un-bable. But, besides, where are the markets ionists
, have now brought forward secession as for the products of their labor? Can they carry their remedy against unconstitutional oppres- them to Great Britain, France, Germany,or Russion. Nuckolls, Blair, Williams, &c. leaders of sia, and live by it? Every man knows, and none the Union party, who have so loudly clamored so well as themselyes, that they dare not atthat the Union was in danger, now actually pro- tempt it without meeting with inevitable loss pose to secede from it!
and ruin. Can they find a market in the East In this state of things, when our most sacred Indies, or in South America ? They dare not institutions are threatened by northern tariffiites. try it. The English are there before them, with on the one side, and South Carolina Unionists products so much better and cheaper than on the other, where is hope to be found for the theirs, that they will take good care never to Constitution and the Union? Where, but in the employ their wits in that way. Where, then, moderation and the firmness of the Nullifiers. is their market ? We answer emphatically, al. They alone can preserve the contederacy and most exclusively at the south. Deprive them the country, and they will do it. NULLIFI. of this, and you confine them to live on their CATION is now the only name under heaven fishing banks, and whatever of commerce their or upon earth whereby we may be saved. powerful competitor, Great Britain, might per
mit them by courtesy to enjoy ; or else to emi"LET THEM GO."
grate to the western wilds. And yet they exWe are not a little amazed at the taunting hibit the temerity and folly to say to the south, language resorted to in some of the northern “Let them go !" It is by and upon the south newspapers on the subject of a separation of that they have hitherto existed ; and yet, in the Union. In reference to a secession of the effect, say—let the south go~it is a burthen, south, the expression it seems, is becoming quite an eye-sore, a profitless incumbrance upon us ; familiar, “ let them go ;" and the editor of the and, moreover, by their slave institutions, &c., National Gazette, Mr. Walsh, in the profundity a disgrace to us into the bargain; therefore, of his wisdom, joins in this chorus of taunt and let them go !” defiance. Without expressing a single regret Well, let us suppose the Southern States do ourselves at this insulting bravado, in which we go,”' (an event to which it is possible they may well know they are too keen-sighted to be in be driven by their oppressors) what will then.be the least in earnest
, we cannot but express our the state of things? Instead of a protection of astonislıment at their utter ignorance of the spi- some two or three hundred per cent. on their rit of the south; and their stupidity and folly in industry in our market, as at present, let us supsupposing that such language is calculated in pose they find a heavy tariff upon their inferior any possible manner to dissuade, deter, or inti- manufactures and worthless notions, in favor of midate the south, or divert her from her high others every way better, and in favor of people
“Let them go!!!" more honest, and less hostile? What will their Indeed! and let us suppose they do go, who wito enable them to do in this conjunction will will have the greatest cause of regret? This is they then cry, " let them go?" No, my fellowa question that deserves inquiry. Are these citizens, they will not: the history of their conWiseacres so wofully ignorant of their own situ- dision and character is a plain one.
We know, tion as not to know who would be subjected to and they know well, that their condition withgreat, permanent, and overwhelming causes of out the South would indeed be impoverished repentance for such an event? They are not. and wretched; nor do they intend to let you ‘go.' Living in an inclement climate, on a sterile soil, It is the bully-ragging of cupidity in a state of already overpopulated, do they say to the southi desperation. They see that the stirrings of in good faith, “ Let them go ?"
republican virtue at the South is bringing their It is said that soon after the Revolution, some craft into danger; they perceive that the spoils of gentleman, commiserating the condition of the their robbery, more gainful to them than would Yankees, asked General Washington what be the mines of Potosi, are in jeopardy; and these people, in that inhospitable and batten they are exerting all their wits, and in all possiregion were to do? "Let them alone,” was his ble ways, to preserve and retain them.' We see reply, they will live by their wits.” He their wits taxed and exercised to the very utknew them well ; and God knows the prophecy most stretch, in Congress and out of Congress, has so far been most literally fulfilled." But let by cunning enactments, by persuasion, by argu•us suppose they do drive the squth by self-ment, by threatenings, and by bully-ragging, to legalized robbery, and plunder, and oppression, keep possession of their system of robbery; and to separate from them, should they, or would so far as these can be carried, rely on it, nothey not outwit themselves ? In the event of a thing will be left undone to frighten or cajole
and dignified purposes.
The boon they are contending for, is, to ciples, the elder Adams; and the son, for the them, a very great one; and so far as mere words like cause, was made to follow the fuotsteps of can insure success, they well know it is richly his father. worth them all.
In the dark hour of the infant Republic, But let South Carolina interpose her sove- when innovation and consolidation threatened, reign authority, and declare the act of Congress Virginia threw herself into the breach to save imposing a tariff null and void, (which being the country. The contest was tremendous; unconstitutional, is no law at all,) and thereby but her principles triumphed, and she secured place the tariff despots upon the exercise of 10 us for the time, 'Liberty-the Constitution Their wits to decide whether it will be most pro--Union." fitable to call a convention to settle the differ Virginia, in a greater degree, probably, than ence, and perpetuate the Union; or else, by any oiher State, has exercised an unrelenting force, to drive the south to a separation, and our political intolerance. So scrupulous à stickler lives on it, they will then evince wit enough to has she been for principle, that it has been pursue the right course for the preservation of made to control almost every office in the the Union. Let South Carolina pass an act of State. None save those of the true faith, could nullification, and we shall see that this is an ar- be permitted to sit at the communion table, gument that will address itself to their self-inte and excommunication was the inevitable fate rest; and when they are brought over to weigh of all dissenters. a question of this sort, all the world knows We would fain hope that the principles of which way they will decide. Arguments ad- the State are still unchanged. The people, dressed to their justice, to their republicanism, we believe, are unchanged. But it is truth to their national pride, we have had ample ex- to say, that portentous signs are now arising, perience are all futile, and impotent: but ad. which force us to believe that many who are dress their pecuniary interest, and make it their and have been influential in the State, are now interest to act right, and all is safe. Like free- willing and anxious to abandon the old princi. men, once show them that the act of their ma ples of Virginia, if there is a certainty of taking jority which legalises their more than Turkish the people along with them. There is an ef. plunderings, is a dead letter in South Carolina, fort making, nay, we might almost say, sucand shall not be enforced, and you will hear cessfully made, to merge all questions of polifrom them a very different song from that ofcy, politics, and principle, in the bumiliating 6 let them go.'
and degrading idolatry of men, and the conIt is now, we trust, no longer an act of trea- temptable and disgusting scramble for office. son at the south to “calculate the value of the These are the means by which the people are Union," and if so, we assert without fear of con- sought to be led astray. The temptation of tradiction, that whatever its value may be to office and emolument is held out to all wbo can other sections of the country, it is the very life be bought, and by the cry of persecution is blood and salvation of New England; and, with sought to touch the generous and unsuspect. out it, she cannot maintain an existence worthing. possessing: She knows it, notwithstanding her It is our duty fearlessly to admonish the bully-ragging taunt; and the moment you teach people of the dangers which await them, and her that she must either abandon the spoils of regardless of consequences, we will do it. As her robberies, or else give up the Union, you to the man who may be Vice President, it is will find her amongst the foremost and the loud certainly a matter of very little importance; he est for the call of a convention. Let South Ca- has neither patronage nor power. But as to rolina pass an act of nullification, and we shall the support of a man for Vice President who, soon hear who will be the first to cry, “let in all probability, will be the President of the them go."
ONWARD. United States, and thus obtain the falmost
boundless power and patronage of that office,
it is necessary—it is an imperious duty-for us MR. VAN BUREN.
to inquire whether or not his principles are in The question is now every where asked-- accordance with ours. None, then, but those Will Virginia take up Mr, Van Buren? Will perfectly regardless of recorded truih, can, or she embrace the fortunes of the man who has will say, that Mr. Van Buren is not the exact been hurled from his “bad eminence" by the antipode of the Virginia politics of '98. Then voice of the Senate; although he has usurped the question arises, will the people of Virginia the Patriol's all-atoning name," and presents suffer themselves insiduously to be drawn into him-elf now to the people as the great and the the support of their enemy by a few worshippersecuted statesman? "To this question we pers of men and office hunters? or, has the can give no positive answer, but our opinion is, State undergone an entire change, and are the that she will not.
people ready to abandon their own heretofore The boast of Vinginia heretofore has been, highly valued, and take up the New York, that she advocates principles, not men; and the system of principles.? moral influence arising from such a course, ena. bled her to exercise over her sister States an
PUBLIC MEETING. in Auence, which lias ruled the destinies of the Agreeably to previous notice, a number of Union. That influence drove from the Presi. the citizens of Greene county, Alabama, condency, for fois dereliction of her cherished prin- vened at the court house, iu Erie, on the 31st
FROM THE VIRGINIA TIMES.