Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, September 22, 1846, Image 2

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Towanda, Wednesday. Sept. t 3, 1846.
Diniocratic County•Nominaflons. •
DAVID WILMOT, of Towanda.
GORDON P. MASON, of Monroe.
Fan nrrns.ww - rrrirts.
JOHN L. WEBB, of SnbiOldeld.
JOHN IL BLACK, of Wyolnaing.
_ Tow Aenrron,
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llieserria P.polON, nrcaday, Orlober 13th, IS-46.
Coincidence of Events.
One of the arguments deemed most conclii.ive
and invincible the whole oppi,itiob phalanx in
this district—Whigs panic, makers and disiirga
tisers, in their crusade against Mr. Wilmot, is the
fact that he alone of the entire delegation from the
State, in Congress, voted in favor of the new iariil
law. From this it is held that he cannot be right.
The Whigs of course count it heresy in any man
to vote against monopolies and exclusive privileges :
and panic makers and dioorganisers seize upon the
occasion' to denounce Mr. Wilmot as recreant to
the interests of Pennsylvania, because he had the
-firmness and independence to record his vote in op
position to the odious and oppressive tariff of 1512,
while every other Democrat from this State, adher
ed to the bill without repeal or modification. And
the abuse heaped upon Mr. Wilmot is out ahateilune
jot or tittle by the known and acknowledged fact,
that the sentiments he avowed on the door of Con
gress, were precisely those he proclaimed before his
constituents pending his election ; and his vote ex
actly as he had oft and repeatedly declared and
pledged himself he would vote. Oh no. No matter
how faithfully and fearlessly he has discharged his
duty; no matter for the interests of his constituents.
he voted alone, and it is believed by his enemies
that capital can be made out of this simple fact, to
prostrate hjm before the people. They set up the
cry of ruin, ruin, and the whole pack, "Tray, Blanch
and Sweetheart," echo the strain.
' We can point to a coincidence. If we remember
rightly, when the Bill passed Congress to re-charter
the United States Bank, in 1932, but one 601itary
Democrdt of the entire delegation front Pennsylva
nia voted against it. This was Mr. King, of York
comity; and no sooner was the fact known, than
the federal and Bank batteries were opened spun'
him. A persecution was waged and kept up for the
purpose not only of destroying Mr. King, but of
silencing all opposition to the arrogant claim:, of
the Monster Bank, equalled in virulence and feroci
ty, only by the assaults now waged upon Mr. Wil
The Bill was passed and vetoed by Gen. Jackson,
and then commenced the war of the Bank and the
money power upon one side, and the President and
the people on the other. None who then took part
in politics, have forgotten with what desperation
that war was waged, and long may it be remember
ed how gloriously it terminated.
Then, as now, the cry of ruin, nets, RIA.N, was
spread through the land. The business of the
Country was_ to be prostrated, manufactories were
to be stopped, wages reduced, and starvation was
to stalk abroad over the whole Coned States, unl
checked and insatiate. Unfortunately, the Bank
with her immense capital, had The power by sudden i
contraction, to accomplish partially what it had so
boldly and audaciously threatened. Her iron grasp
was felt wherever her power could be exerted, and
all who came within her reach were entwined with
in her Anacondiac folds. The timid were alarm
ed and fled—Me venial were pUrchased u , :th her gold—
presses were subsidized, and the whole united ma
chinery of Federalism and the money power were
put in motion to force the people to yield, to defeat
the man of their choice for President, and to com
pel an acquiescence with her selfish and unholy
demands. But the people were equal to the crisis.
They met the assault firmly, and withstood the
shock most gallantly. Shoulder to shoulder
breasted the storm, and rolled back the tide upon
their enemies', until they were as completely over
whelmed by the torrent of public opinion, as was
- the host of Pharoah by the waves of the Red Sea.—
Everywhere was the President's veto, and the vote
of Mr. King sustained by the senuments of the free
men of this Commonwealth, reflected from their
public meetings and their cohventions'ef,dclegates.
The result was, at the election, which immediately
succeeded, an overwhelming majority for General
Jackson. His, veto of the monster Bank Bill, and
the vote of Mr. King against its passage, were
triumphantly sustained. The country was saved.—
•The Bank it was that died."
Not unlike that cattiest, is the present. 'Ate Tariff
of 1842, admitted on all bands to be unequal in its
details, Operating unjustly and oppressively on the
great mass of the people—the poor and laboring
classes, by taxing heavily most of the articles ne
cessary for their comfort and the +ippon of their
families, for the benefit of the wealthy and haughty
capitalist;—forcing the poor to .contribute daily,
from the avails of his toil, to the already overflow
in: coffers of the wealthy manufacturer of those
articles—making the rich, richer and the poor, poor
er: and, when an effort is made by the true patriots
of the country to relieve the oppressed from the
cruel exactions of these parse-proud nabobs—rexac
lions tolerated by laws passed with a special regard
to their exclusive interests, we again see the
power of wealth and aristocracy arrayed against
justice and equal rights ; again we see the assaults
of men in high places, and of presses in the inter
l, ests of the money power, unscrupulously directed
\at evety one alio dares to advocate a reduction of
the - high duties to be paid to those who have their
millions invested in manufactories, yielding a
dividend of from 50 to 100 per cent. per annum;
and of all who voted for the repeal of that 14w, no
one has been more fiercely, unfeelingly and mali
ciously assailed than Mr. Wilmot, the representa
tive of this district. Federalism and money are
combined to crash him and defeat his election.—
His bold and manly effort against the odious tariff
of 1842, has aroused all the bitter wrath and oppo
sition of the same party and the same class of men
who assailed Gen. Jackson and Mr. King. for
their unbending opposition to the U. 8. Bank.—
But like them he wilt pass the ordeal, not only
unscathed, but like gold from the crucible, refined
by the fire of opposition. lie will he bore than ever
cndeared to the people by his noble et in sustain
ang their rights alainst the hand of the oppressor.
We have collected, in another part of oar paper,
from the few exchange, on our table, the sentiments
of the dentOciacy Of seveial Ono Yes, on - the subject'
of the recent 'tariff law,as eipiessed in their Oount e lr
conventions, showing most emphatically that ttic
position avowed and so ably maintained by 'SFr.
Wil:no: on the, lloorof . Congress, Will soon—if it
not already—tie-the popular iloetriti ofl'enn.vlva
nta. as it is certainly is of the Democratic party of
the Union„ It is the cause of the people against
die money power—of Truth. Justice and Equal
Rights again s t oppression and tyranny—and must
and a ill pi evad.
Gen. rat:on—his Communication and
Ills Claitra to Democracy.
We give plan- to the communication which appears
in stir paper to-Jay over the signature of W. Patton, as
a matter of favor to the General. at his own personal re
quest, not coneerlingr to hire in the least degree the tight
to the use our columns to defend himself before the party
which has so recently repudiated his pretended claims to
be considered a democrat. while all his actions and
sympathies arc essentialiy with the Whigs and disorgas
nisersof this county ; nor are we willing to have it un
derstood that we open our columns to a continual dis
cussion of the subject, or for any further communication
from Gen. P. or others who choose to drier wbh the De
mocratic party in the support of its measures or its-can
'blares. Our paper is, politically, devoted to the come
and interests of the Republican party of this county, and
its columns are open to members of that party ire the
discussion of great political questions. Federalists,
Whigs, disorganirrers and Panic makers. inust srek a
medium of promulgating their views, and denouncing
the measures and members of the Democratic party
elsewhere. They have an organ in the federal print of
this place, adruiraLly adapted to their purpose—and to
that let them resort- A few words in relation to the
communication and we will close the subject and allow
the General to follow in quiet in the arms of his chosen
companions, hoping in justice to them, if they receive
him into full fellowship, that he will do them better ser
vice than he tilia rendered to the Democratic party for
the last six years. -
We should be culpable indeed, to permit the state
ment: and allegations made by the General to go forth
unexplained and uncontradicted, when to our own per
sonal knowledge they are incorrect, untrue, and colehla
ted to mislead and deceive the people.
• In the first place, the General says there were only
come half a dozen voices proscribing MC. " Bow the
General could bare the hardihood to write•that sentence
and maintain any pretetisior,sto truth, we are at a him
to conceiver The meeting was a large turd highly re.
spectable one; respectable in numbers, in talent and
character, and more decider], efficient and energetic ac
tion is rarely witnessnd in a public assembly. The re
solution+ were adopted almost by acclamation, and with
great enthusiasm. The General and two or three others
toting against them. The resolutions were adopted
en sull,r, aed to lather the enthusiasm and applause
which followed acre cau-ed by the nnc refusing him
and Col. Bull admission into our ranks or not, be ought
to be able tit judge by the manifestations made in his
presence. The assertion that Mr. N% ilium was the um
ther of the resolution of which Gen. Patton complains,
is made upon Ala hOri 'yand upo n his own our
mire. We know it to be incorrect. We rl we know
it, and we speak advi•tdly, for we know who did write
it; and we are authorised by Mr. Wibrud to say. that
be nei:her penned nor dictated any of the resolutions
passed at the meeting.
But of all things contained in the CL!.ner.d's Corll/11U
Meation, n hat is most surprising is, that lie should at
tempt to deny or conceal the fact that in the Prestdcauel
campaign of 1911, his opinions were concealed front the
puhlic rye. We well remember, and with the most
unmitigated disgust, the equivocal position he occupied
at that time. We remember that in all the controvrr
ales with the Whigs, we were taunted with the remark
that we had n't got Gen. Patton to work for us any more.
We remember that Gen. Pittrin was often seen in pri
vate confab with some of the leading Whigs of this
Borough—as was 'generally believed advising, aiding and
abetting them in their schemes to defeat at least one cf
the demoetatie nominees,and break down the democratic
party. Well do we remember that in all the estimates
made upon the vote of the borough, Ger.. Patton was
never put Joan on the
. Demni rine side—generally ho
j to as counted doubtful; but boinetious, so well assured
were sonic of our Democrat c friends of his desertion to
the enemy, that his name was placed in the tanka uf the
Whigs. We know the Whigs did fur a time confident
ly calculate upon having fairly caught and secured him.
We remember more—we wish for the sake of the Gen
eral's political reputation. we had never had the occasion,
but we saw it ourselves. and the General dare not deny
it. We saw the General on the morning after the Pre
sidential election in this county, when the news had
b een received that the majority for Polk was less by
more than :ZOO than it had cast fur Shenk in October
previous, all life mil activity, his good natured counte
nance glowing with animation. We saw hint deposit
in the Post office a host of extras just issued from the
Federal Press of this place, full of exultation at the re
sult, and full of hope, not only that Penn.? lvatsti had
cast her ,vote for Clay, but that other states who were
yet to hold their elections would follow her example.—
We saw him depo-it these extras in the Post office, di
rected to prominent and leading Whigs in other states ;
and we recollect distinctly that the mail Was detained fire
more than an hour by the Whig Post master to enable
the General to get his-matters in. Yes, the mail itself
must be detained to enable General Patton to communi
cate to his Whig friends abroad the humiliating fact that
Bradford county had fallen elfin her majority over 2110;
that the influence of such a fact might have its effect in
places where elections were to come off in a few days
after. We recollect that pendingthe campaign of 1844,
a friend of Gen. P. advised him to take open and decided
ground for l'olk and Dallas—and that his reply was—
the Senate would be Whig, and if he was active against
Clay he 'would
. lose his place at Washington. Talk
about his support of James K. Polk! there are many
such, who always claim to be the supporters of a suc
cessful candidate, and had Henry Clay been elected,
Gen. Patton could with as much consistency have
claimed to have been one of his supporter., and eve Irate
no d.,n1,1 he would hare done it.
Gen. Patton, very ingeniously attempts to convey to
the public the impression, that all this opposition is in
consequence of his opinions on the question of the Tara.
But IliieviN begging the question, and as tar from the
truth as the East is from the West. We are well aware
that an honest difference of opinion may and does exist
on this subject, even among democrats, but we know of
no attempt ever having been made to proscribe men on
account of this difference of opinion. unless it exists and
is seen in the underhanded, anti•slemocratie maivevre re
cently consummated by the men with whom Gen. Pat
t acts, in gruing up sham meetings and appointing
spurious conferees to nominate a professed Democrat, for
Whigs to support, in opposition to the regular nominee
of the Democratic party fur Congress. Small indeed is
the consequence attached by the Democracy of Bradford
to Gen. Patton's opinions, but of his actions
while he claims to be a Democrat,. they have a right to
. . .
speak. Every member of the party who desires the
perpetuity of its principles and the success of its candi
vietas, will feel henna by orrery considemtionpfheAl?r• and
godi faith, when candidates are fairly pominalled,
ghre , to tfiele'ciinditlatt;s en open, end. heartY'
t As a member of the iiarty, each individual
trialll.its privi eges.. meld to participate in all iirnAttinteettilli
for its success. fiat who would tolerate the hypocrisy
and treachery of that member who would go into the
pritnaiy meeting. ind Itartiltifinte in thh'electitin - orDetes;
gates fur the purpose of making nominations, and as
soon as those nominationes are made, turn round and en ,
toe into a conspiracy with the common enemy to defeat
the candidates and break dowp, the, ergfinizati?nof
, the
party 40 which ha professed to Wong. 'None:
tAiPieDemocya e y n f,Lhadford complain of Gen. _Patton..
He claims to be a Democrat, and acting upon his privi
lege as such, he attendritl the meeting in this borOugh for
the choice of Delegates to- the County Convention.—
We heard of no complaint, nut even from ibe Getv ' eral
himselt of the Pioneer or result of that election. The
delegates so chosen, met iii Convention and unanimous
lyre-nominated Mr. lA'llinut fur Congress. Now if the
General has one shieluw of claim to being a deumrat,
he will of cum..e give to the nomination, so made, his
cheerful end entire support. But be refuses to do so;
and nut only does be refuse to vote for the candidate of
the democratic party, but he sets himself actively nt work
i to defeat his election and destroy the organization of the
party he pr01e...4 to helm]; to, and whom principles he
pretends to admire. What right has Gen. Patton to
complain! If he will not hold himself bound by the
rules and nominations of the Democratieparty, the par
ty will not permit him to sail under its colors. He re
pudiates his party, and turns pirate upon the broad sea.
of pelities; and the party owe it to themselves--to jUti
lice and good faith to its blends and members abroad, to
disown Lim and disavow the treason. As . 8 democrat
he aids in making nominations, and then under color of
his claim as a democrat, be aids m electing conferees to
make an opposing ticket—currying water on both shoul
ders, and crying good lord good devil—not knowing in
to whose Lends he may fall. Out upon such Democrats,
the fewer we have of them the better we are off.
The Line of Battle.
The plan of the battle, to he fought in this Congres
sional district on the gd Tuesday of October, between
the democracy on the one hand, and the regular - Whig
army, aided by the mai-contents and disorganisers on
the other, appears in the last Federal paper of thin place.
It seems the Whigs have determined to place their new
allies in front of the battle, with a promise, that at the
proper tune they will endeavor to flank the Democratic
ranks on the right and left. The Argus speaks for both
parties, and we raid in its columns, side by side the pros
ceeedings of certa.n meetings held by men cfaiming to
be conferees, to nominate a candidate for Congress.—
One set claiming to be D..mocratic, the other undisputed.
ly Whig—and Leith settling upon the same individualus
their candidate, li.bert G. White, of Toga county.
Of Mr. 'White we Ital,e nothing to say, further than to
express our regrets that be should lend himself a tool to
a lutist meagre and nil-eraiile faction in this county, for
the sole and only purpose of gratifying, their personal
malice and wreaking their vengeance upon the candidate
for Coneress placed in nomination by the unanimous
voice of the Demorrane tarty. Mr. White is an entire
stranger to us; but we have been taught to respect him
for the many gentlemanly quallies he is said to possess;
and we have no doubt could he but know who it is and
whdt it 1-, and what ore the motives fur bringing his
:.attic forward at this time, be would at once withdraw
and repudiate the wholB matter. That lie has lawn ill/-
p-rd upon and deceived, we have no doubt, and that he
will repent his credulity, arid despisa thoeycophanne who
are duping 'inn, When he sees and understands their
true ismition, is equally certain.
But, of the conferee', or rather those claiming to be
"Democratic," we have a few words for our readers.—
The regular Demo: ratio Conventions, of the counties of
Susquehanna, Bradford and Tiara held at the usual
time and place in the respective counties, selected con
ferees to meet at this place anthaaminate a candidate for,
Congress. In this county the conferees were unani
mous'y in-trotted for David Wilmot; in Susquehanna,
altlionah not unanimous for Mr. Wilmot, there was but
a small niatnrily oppowd to Lim; and in 'riot::, but five
of the winL,number of delegates. - The conferees so
chosen, in eutkrilitty with the wages of the part, ' and
unanimously a . reed upon Mr. Wilmot, whose name now
stands at the head at every Demurred: paper in the
We were warned by the Democratiii paper at Mont
ri se, that some half dozen disorganisers with the re
doubtable Col. I.u,k at their head, re'rred at a late hour,
after the Convention had closed its labors, to Col. Lusk's
off.ce, and there constituted theinseiscs a Convention
and appointed Mr.
,Lusk and some other person of equal
ly doubtful democracy, to meet conferees from the other
comities. In Bradford we know something of the
toadss opssirodi by which these spurious conferees were
manufactured. Col. D. M. Bull, the same who took
the Geld against Mr. Wilmot in 1844, and run on the
•• broad platform of the tariff of 1842;' and was beaten
near three thousand votes—called a meeting at the
Court House in this place, on Tuesday evening of last
week, for the purpose of denouncing Mr. Wilmot and'
his vote on the tariff bill. Although the meeting was
pretty fully attended, mostly by the friends of Me.
Wilmot from motives of curiosity, vet as Col. Bull had
rolled it for a special purpose, he was permitted to have
it all his own way. At the mine time, any and every
of his motions could have been voted down by more than
Nix to one. At that meeting Col. Bull nominated a
chairman, pronounced it carried, then a secretary, and
pronounced that carried, (although theliecretary elect did
not appear or offidate as such.) Col. Bull then called
on Gen. Patton to make a speech. and Gen. Patton did
make a speech. Col. Bull then called on Mr. Ward,
and Mr. Ward responded. At the close of Mr. Ward's '
speech, Col. Bull moved that Esq. Barstow and Maj.
Fisher be appointed conferees to meet conferees from
Susquehanna and Tioga counties to nominate a tariff
candidate for Congress. But this motion was not coat
nconded. It was however . put, and on the question, not
live voices were heard in response, and not one democrat
among them. Such is the manner in which the con
ferees—pretending to represent the wishes of the Demo-
crats of this county, were manufactured. No notice had
teen giVen that such was the purpose of the meeting.—
No portion of the Democratic party wished another set
of conferees, anti nobody but Col. Bull thought of malt
ing conferees at that meeting. The whole move was
piratical and disorganising from the beginning, The
Democrats of Bradford are true to their sister counties,
true to the regular nominations of the party, and true to
themselves. Hew the spurious conferees were made in
Tioga, we have not been informed; we have seen no
account of any meeting since their regular Convention,
and certain it is, that these self erristituted conferees can
claim no relationship to that body. The Democracy of
Tioga was heard in the voice of her regular Democratic
Convention, and from the nominations made by her
delegates and properly constituted conferees, she will
!levet swerve. We have an abiding faith in her truth
and patriotism; and we shall never, till wet see it, be
lieve that her sterling yeomanry can be seduced from her
political faith by the arrogant pretensions of recreant de
Such is thersonner in which these gentlemen, whose
. ,
names appear iwitheircaleral: papa!' as conferees , !blam
ed their tulthority - ; to speak for. the Idepaocratie
• . ,
against ila i nornittaition* regularly ;made.) Theiriapm
tionaWill hest appear try, referenda to Muir unit tea/.
W *
quote nuowthe Bradford Arguir,SOL,l9,
"Ate meeting of the democratic conferees for the 12th
Congressional District, composed of the counties of
renagueitanna, Bradford and Tioga, held at .1-Detnocnitie
Head Quarters," in Towanda, on the 16th Mat., ISA-AC
NUKE, Dig, of Tioga, was appointed Chiircnan, and
F. Luak Eaq„ of Susquehanna, Secretary. Where
upon, on motion of F. Lusk, David F. Barstow and
Frederick Fisher of Bradford, S. F. Wilson of Tioga,
and Waller Ohnsted of Susquehanna, were isppnirited
Camthitted to prepare a preamble arid Resottitioni - for
the consideration.of the Conference, After an interim,
by adjournment of one hour, the Committee reported as
Resolved, ,TlPtt we nominate R. GA WHITE, Esq.,
of Tioga county, to the office of Congressman froth this
district, and recommend his support at the approaching
[We omit the resolutions, except the one nominating
a candidate in opposition to the Deufueratic ticket.]
Mark the language—" At a meeting of the Democratic
confereea." Was there ever such impudence! These
men know the Democratic conferees had held their meet
ing a week before, and unanimously nominated Mr.
Wilmot;—they knew they were unauthorised to act
for any portion of the democratic party ; yet the first
line of their proceedings is framed purposely to deceive
the p forte and carry the belief that these were the regu.
hit Democratic conferees. Out upon such hypocrisy !
The place of meeting, " Democratic Head Quarters,"
we have no place in this Borough known by that name—
neither tavern, Hotel or Inn, and the very fact that they
have enveloped the place of their meeting in mystery,
leads us to believe they met in secret conclave at the
house of some mil-content near the lower end of the
Borough. The time of meeting, Sept. 16th, just one
day before the meeting of the Whig conferees. So
much for the.-e self-styled Democratic conferees. Now
for the Whig ratification of these proceedings.
We' quote again from the Bradford Argus, of the
same date.
Meeting of Whig Conferces—Thursday Morning
Towanda, Sept. 17, 18411.
"The followin‘ , Conferees were present—from
Susquehanna, Henry Brinker, George Walker—
from Tioga, Joel Parkhurst, J. N. Bache—from
Bradford, George Tracy, John C. Adams.
Joel Parkhurst was called to the chair, and John
C. Adams, Secretary•.
Whereas, we regard our party too weak to ren
der it probable that we could elect a Whig to Con
gress from this district; while we would much pre
fer one, we feel called upon under existing circum
stances, to lay aside all party considerations, and
act for the welfare of the interest of Pennsylvanta.
-Therefoie,-on motion all. Drinker, Esq. it was
Resolved, As tee are informed that Robert C. White
White, Esq., of Tioga, has been nominated as a can
didate for Congress, in opposition to David Wilmot,
by Conferees from Counties composing this C o n.
gresstunal district, and as we have every assurance
of Mr. White's soundness upon the subject of the
Taritf—as We deem it the most important question
to be acted upon in Congress, until the odious Bri.
hilt bill of 1516 is repeaA, and as we are ~ausfied
Mr. White would, if elected. act in concert with the
rest of the Pennsylvania Delegation in Congress,
in sustaining the interests of our state and nation,
tie deem it inexpedient to nominate a third man as
a candidate for the approaching Ci•ngressi,nial cam
A regular amalgamation of mal-contentg, panic ma
kers, disorganisers, Whigs, federalists and no•party
" Black spirits and white, blue PpiritA and grey,
Mingle. mingle, mingle, those %she may."
Democrats of Bradford, you have hero presented to you
the means employed and the men at work to destroy
your organization and defeat the candidates of your
choice. Men from your own ranks arc conspirinr, with
tl common enemy, who openly acknowledge their own
rty too weak to elect their own candidate, and that
..y have no other hope of defeating YOUrd, but through
t e aid and treachery of recreants (loin your ranks.-
1 b you believe the Whip would vote fur a man whose
• mocracy is unshaken and undoubted I Do you ne
ve they are any more reconciled to democratic prin
des now than heretofore I What new light has burst
on them, that they "deem it inexpedient to nominate
,third man I" Is it because they have no hope of elect
g a Whig, and have no choice among democrats!—
Do you believe the Whig party have "laid aside all
party considerations "—arid that they will rest quietly
during the pending canvass, and let the matter take its
own course; or do you believe they are acting in close
concert with disorganisers and renegades from the De
mocratic party, to defeat your candidate for Culigr'esag
and at the day of election will be found as one man in
support of the disiarganisers ticket. Such we tell you
will be the fact; and we cannot too earnestly call upon
you to arouse and to action. • We have no (ear for the
success of Mr. Wilmot ; but his friends should not rest tu
listless security—relying upon his acknowledged strength.
Our enerniesare reckless and untiring in their operations:
they have nothing to lose, but every thing to gain. 'lt
lo a death struggle on their part, and If the Democracy
but do their duty, its last gasp and expiring throe will
be made un Tuesday, October 13, t8•1G.
Communication from General Patton.
[For the Bradford Reporter.]
ME , l{ll5l. ,EDITOIt% been politically pro
scribed by a small portion of a public meeting held
in this Borough, on Wednesday evening last. (for
there was only some half a dOzen voices in favor of
the Resolution proscribing me) I deem it due to my
self and the public to state, the facts in relation ton.
It is well known that I have ever been decidedly
favorable to a Tariff that will give adequate protec
tion to the manufacturing and mining interests of
my native state, and no one knows that fact better
than Mr. Wilmot, the author, though not the mover,
of the resolution.
On Tuesday evening, a democratic meeting was
called by those opposed to the Tariff of 1816. I had
no band in getting it,up, and took no part in Its pro
ceedings, except to respond to a call made on me
to give my view- on the subject of the Tara, which
I consider a lod-al and not a political question, and
which Mr. Wilrhot himself, in a speech delivered at
Tioga Village, on the 26th of August last, said
"That this question of the Tarifwaa one upon which
there was an honest difference i t f opinion among De
mocrats, and he did not believe it right that any man
should be proscribed on ncrouni of his views upon that
sulject."—See report of his speech in the Tioga
My remarks were principally confined to the evil ef
fects df theTardl . of 1846 upon the interests of Penn
sylvania. and upon the people of this section of the
state, forming an integral portion of it. I avoided
all personalities, and did not even mention Mr. Wil
mot's name. The only portion of my remarks that
could be considered as having even a rembear
ing on politics, was my defence of Mr. P c, Mr.
Walker, and Mr. Buchanan, against an attar - made
upon them in a wing meeting a few evenings be
fore. I said I considered the attack upon Mr. Polk,
unjust because no better bill for Pennsylvania had
been offered to him fur his approval, and that I be
lieved if one more favorable to Pennsylvania had
been offered to him, he would have given it his offi
cial sanction as readily as he did this one, and that
the members of Congress alone were responsible
fur the act. That whatever Mr. :Bnchanan's opinion
might be inrelation to the act of 1942, I did not be
lieve be was in favor of the act of 1846, at least so
far as it affectetrthe interests of Pennsylvania. That
Mr. Walker's high order of talents and indefatigable
Industry, peculiarly fitted him for the difficult and
responsible station for which he had been selected.
That I knew him intimately, as we had been school
malesi6iethee, ( andlkiat. on coming toFtherin man ,
lioild, out earlygssociations 'had ripened gin)" iiwarlD.
friendshili; but, thati having left his' native. state,
(Peiresylitania) In early life, his subseqitent soutibi
eta assOciationa had paturally te4outh4
erg interests ;'and that so tar from es'erviitg cep
sure fars•lganirig-towards the local interests-witli
which he was identified as a southern man, I gave
him credit for it, and expressed a regret that some
of our- public men in. the 410 fill had not shown the
same natural inclination to northern interests, so
that mutual and equal concessions might thus have
brought those cootlicting interests to the true tne
dmm line of permanent adjustment. I did not say
that I was in favor of either- the act of 1842 or 1946,
butihat so far ale the interesmof Pennsylvania were
concerned: I cohsidereit thetiet of 18-12 preferable to
that oftB'4B„ and
- that I preferred , specific to ad cab , -
rem duties, wherever they were applicable, because
under :that, system there • was a beater security
against fraud upon the revenue.
At the meeting of Wednesday, I was publicly in
terrogated as to my intentions of supporting
the de
mocratic ticket, then Rimed, and that too, by J. M.
Bishop, intent the Secretaries of the meeting, who first
saw the light of Democracy through a canal contract,
while Mr.Wilmot was Clerkto the.Superiniendent,&
who until within a few years, was one of the bitterest
opponents the democratic party ever had. Waiving
exceptions to Ma catechising a demberat of a quar
ter of a century's standing, who never voted for any
but a 'democrat, and who has probably speht more
time and money in support of the cause, than any
other one man in the county, I frankly stated that I.
intended to support the whole ticket with the excep
tion of one candidate. This newly-fledged de 1110 C rat
then demanded of me, whetherl intended to vote fir
David Wilmot ! I emphatically said I would giveno
further pledges. My old and worthy friend. John
L. Webb, Esq., our present, candidate for the Legis
lature, probably remembering the gross injustice
done him by a similar proscription cm a former oc
casion, spoke somewhat touchingly of the many hard
battles he and I had fought together, shoulder to
shoulder, against the enemies of democracy, and
closed his remarks, by expressing a hope that my
name might be {qt out uf the proscriptive resolution.
A current of feeling seemed to be rising against the
resolution, when Mr. Wilmot got up, and charged
me with pursuing an equivocal course in regard to
the election of Mr. Polk, and ai , erted that th e v o ters
of this Borough. ot both parties, were in doubt as to
which way I should vote. I pronounced the charge
false, and as the witnesses were present, I challenged
him to produce a single individual, of either par
ty, who would sac that I ever uttered a word or ',en-
Price from which it could lie inferred that I hail any
intention of supporting Mr. Clay. As he coot,' find
no democrat who could bear him out, he then en
quired of Mr. Adams, a leading Whig ot the Bor.',
who was present, and lie prop - 1111y odd han that
none of the Whig party had entertained any hopes
of my voting for Mr. Clay. Thus publicly conVlCt
ed of the falsity of the ehame, lie nevertheless, per
sisted in urging my proscription.
The vote was taKert, :tint although not over half a
dozen voices were heard in its favor, the resolution
proscribing me is to Lm out to the publ:c as the ex
pre,ion of the democracy of Bradford county
Why did 11r. Wilmot select me as a viettni I.
proscription from ammer, the number of prominent
democrats of .this borough, who have ako de
inarcd their opposition to his views on toe Tardi !
W'lly unt prose rube C. 1.. Ward, Esq., who made a
speech at the name ineetitea, directly in i pie to los
speech in Congress !. Why not pro.cribe t t y t .l F.
Barstow, Esq., of the liorough, and Maj. Fisher, of
the Townsh.p, the democrauc conferees appointed
at the meetuu.t, to put to nomination a'l'arm demo
crat ut oppositmn to tutu! Why nor plaint:Jibe rue
democracy of every county in the state, out of
ronart .ssional district, for expre,slng 1.11.? Sallie
opinion !
The seeret of tIoN whole matter is, that Mr. Wil
mot stated at Waithituirlon city, that the COUr ,, '
at the late Presideatial eleatein was equivocal,
and that it was the (Millli/110 , 4N wish of the dem
ocratic party of his 4_ll , lnel, that I should be 1.12ut..C
-,il from Inv situation there, which by the way, he
had promised to Mr.'Gondrie . h. and having faded to
teL an expression ag,ainst me here last winter, noir
he I, etideavormg to I.l,olfildljlr polite opiiiion by
desperate means, to corroborate his take assertioh , .
and nowt:err to make me a it htppizi o ,7 post to
en tether il'llloCrats who are opfiomiti to his view's,
trio 0pp,,50.:4 re-elcetion.
Many men l iters of that meeting—yes, five time,
the number that toted a, proscribe me. ha e since
called on lee to expre.s their disapprobation of it,
and the c.mundanet of their friendly regards fin
ine, and among them Col. Sali.burv, the author of
the resolutions which preceded it ; who in ram, after
reading his own reNolution. in the meeting. declined
reading the proscriptive one. and handed it over to
a more pliable instillment of Mr. Wilmot to do ht.,
biddin T. He also assured me that he had no hand
in that resolution, and gave me a pressing invitation
to attend the 6tuithheid meeting, where lie assuied
me I u lu'd - rece,ce a hearty trek 0111 e.
thin hrzh-hai.ded vidation'of of the nio.t
acred princip!es of demoeraey—the liberty or
speech—one of the inherent and ilia! L , II aloe nehls
of fret.tmen—.l pro•crilitam worthy of the day, of
'he Eldri Adam:, and equalled only by Mr. Wilmot's
Vluilltit,U' of the liberty of the pre..., at hn lact elec
tion, Ihoid hut: accountable before ,the highest po
litical tribunal on earth, the so cercr:ru pettple.
Towanda, Sept. 21, 1812
—The steamship ilcliim, Capt. Page, arri
ved on the sth inst., at New Orleans, from Bra
zos Santiago, which place she left on the ad
inst. She brought several sick volunteers, and
some discharged soldiers.
A great riot among a company of Irish vol
unteers, and some others, took place on the
night 31st. at and encampment oppoSite Burl
ta. Guns were fired. and 15 or '2O men are
reported to have been killed or wounded. Be
sides the killed and wounded seen or known,
eiget or tgn are said to have been pushed from
e steamboat (lying by the shore) overboard,
and were drowned.
The Colonel of the Georgia regiment gallant
ly attempted, with sword and pistols in hand.
to quell the not. lie shot down one man, and
wouneded several others.
Col. Baker, of the 4th regiment Illinois vol
unteers, repaired to the scene, and ordered two
of his companies. A and C, to assist in duell
ing the tight, and went in person with. twenty
chosen men to the steamboat. lie comman
ded peace sa soon as he got on board, but was
attacked by the rioters, and had a desperate
conflict, in which he defended himself bravely
fur sometime against sa ords,bayonets and shot,
but was finally s hot in the neck;, the ball en
tering behind, passing out through his cheek or
GREAT FIRE is Ncw Yonx—Ntnto's THEA
TRE DEb - ranvEu.—Our beautiful, brilliant,
popular niblo's" is no more. The whole of
that extensive establishment—theatre, saloon,
garden, conservatory, the layge and beautiful
dwelling—all fell before the devouring element
between four and eight o'clock this morning,
and scarcely a vestige remains of any portion
of it.
The fire broke out about 4i o'clock in the
theatre, and from thence spread — rapidly to the
saloon and buildings South of the dwelling, on
Broadway—thus surrounding the dwelling by
a'sheet of flame, which its [parasitic brick walls
long resisted, but which finally fell with the
resi, an uuthstingui,hahle 111 344 of ruin.. The
dwelling, with the ground, belonged to the
great Van Itenssebier estate, The theatre and
other buildings were Niblo's, as were also the
property of the theatre, the furniture, &e., of
the dwelling, saloon. bar-rooms, &e. ❑is loos
is ruinous, esceetlitig the amount of tug: Ulan.
ranee, $lB,OOO, two fold,
We select the following resolutions from the p ro ,
ceedings of the Democratic Conventions of several
of the Counties, as expressive of the sentiments of
their Democracy. Other counties have spokes
similar language, but we have not the papers t er ,.
mi n i ng their proceedings where we :an lase,*
hands upon them. We recollect, however, M ercer
and Wyoming. Will it any longer be said thatch.
nth district stands alone I We mistake the si b
of the times greatly ; or she will be backed by erery
Democratic district in the state, before the elate o r
the next Congress.
R eso l ve d, That we cordially approv e of the
principles of the tariff of 184 G, regardira as
more equal, fair and just in all its featuresohaa
the tariff of 1812 ; at the same time pledg ing
ourselves for such reasonable moddiCation s a s
the great and leading interests of, our country
may front time to time require. True to ou r
principles oh political eqiiality,we cherish alike
all the interests o; our great and glorious Co rn•
monwealth, agricultural, manufacturing; nom
mercial and mechanic arts, and while we are
unwilling that any one of them shall be favor e d
at ihe expense of another ; we are in favo r of
each one having enough to amply secure n
from all danger.
Resolved. That it is the duty of the gmern,
went to extend, as far as practicable to do fa
by its revenue laws and all other means with.
iu itg putVer, fair and just- protection to all the
great interests of the whole Union, eruhraries
agricultural, manufactures, the mechanic am,
commerce, and naviwition ; that we believe the
1816, which reduces the taxes nn the nee
ressaries of life. such as sugar, salt, muslin,
hoop iron. chains, &n.. &e., and raises them
on the luxuries of life, is just, equitable, and
honest, because et places the farmer and the
mechanic upon an equal finning with the Man.
Itesolved, That the tarilr.of 1846 is entitled
to confidence, and a fair trial. It as the result
of the compromised jutlmeril of a majority of
the Unin, after a deliberate investigation of the
relation winch the great thlerestS of the rout.
try bear to each other. It is a tariff for reit.
nue, and remprawal protection. It equalizes
the hurthens iipou the people, by taxon_u all at.
tides adotriling to their actual Value. Tar du.
is on the raw material pliers the Farmer more
on au equality with the .Maitufacturer, and al.
forils •ufTotent protection to each.
That we ri:Jpec,re of the repeal or
modification of the iartlf of 1812„ ', realise a
was a huh tax upon the absolute ileeebSarirs
that entered into the daily consumption ut en ,
ry i.uutly. robbing the many to till the punts
of a few capitalists.
IZesolYrd. Thai NI. lim.t.ns, Vire Pres!.
dent of the I.:tilted Stairs, in his reecu i t
lied anti statesman-110. course in the I need
States Senate, I:mug : 11w eastina vote e n th e t a .
bill, exhibited a ‘frgree ofnitural :tannin,
which lies e:carcely: a p irallel to our legiplastue
records ; hr It as Fliown Ifiursrlf a aria of run
nerve. Wien beset by hungry spent:Jun:gar.
mandiz.tri. wit.. infest uor le , to, dive
domp his ditty to the us hub Ultltill,
devcluped in his adilres, to the Nen.durs on that
occasion—lnd the day is not far di-het v.1.r:1
that c. 1.11,11 01110 will he celebrated alen
of ihr pairtotio sere - Ives of Jackson, in remot.
toe desposits and .retoing the recharter of
the United States Bank.
Resolved, That we fully concur with atr
hrethren of ('pester county, that the Demo
racy of Pennsylvania are not to he bought byt
hank, or frighteried by a tariff panic; that the
intellagenee of her Democrats is adequate
solve the tariff. as it has done the currency
questioli, a id place sundry whro notions ming
the class of nris.ilete rdrn< ; that her vote teal
e4At in I S I I, upon the littlest and most aenur
ate of the vartons issues 01 the (hi.
nicer having been tinted hot inner—tin 1,910:
t.n 1 WP ow , proclaim 1.. nor politiral brethren ,
that, de. pite the manoitivers of serrrt or open
enemies—as Periuselvaniti always has here,
so Nt 111 she e true to ! airientrolun
Resolved. That in levying our i:npart the
tics lor revenue. we are in favor of esteudialt
fair and even litrei'al proteetion to our name
Lecturers ; and whenever, by untoward ler
boom, they are _deprived yf that protevtion, se
NI Ind ready to aid if/ rPll4lrl '0 the r.r,cr. "flot,
though we believe the tariff of IS-I.: whew).
J . l 4i and opressive by reason 01 its levyingli
ties it many eaves milieu-R.:ink• t o glt, vole
believe that the recent tariff aet of 1616 Ina
need alteration and correction. That herder.
some minor details of which we tlisippronr .
the great iron interest of our St:ite. in some.
not all, of its branches will not he sufficient : lr
protected. That the same is also trite
Bard to our anthracite coal, and that-the it•
terests and wishes of Pennsylvania replier:
the hands of the next Congre , is, that limt"
shall be remedied; and the democracy of Nenh'
ampton hereby pledge themselves that theirini
Iluence shall he honestly Verteed to accus•
plish this end.
Resolved. That the manufacturers owe':
to theinselves and the people to frown do"
all attempts to get 'up a false alarm of panic l ad
ruin, aad thus to unsettle the business ofttf
country ; arid in view of the filet that the grel :
mass of the people of Pennsylvania slind
to urge upon Congress the proper ed weer
ry legislation, it is their duty to treat the pee
ple and the subject fairly ; and any attempt )
derange the business of the community. wrq
press their operatives unnecessarily, (or 4. 9
sake of making political capital. is the suits
mode of forfeiting all their claims upen iherr
ertions and good will of their f e llow-cut: l . o 6
and to produce the - very state of `things 4:
they profess to deprecate."
k,;•Resnlved, That we approve of .hr reptmfr .
modification.of the larifof 18.1'2; beeassege,,
der the enormous bounties it offered toocolit
fists, it was building up aristocratic , Pr 1 lt 1 ; g 7 : 0
orders that are already controlling Our "
legislation. and if left to go on would 5000 or
trol our State elections. • rstii
" Resolved. That the tarijP7f I ' lll ' IS f , rt
(kit 10 a fair trial ; that it is curt intended t,
duce the wages of the operatives, but tnered l p
<lessen the enormous profits, ranging from
to 50 per cent., upon the capital invested,o4
the bill was matured after the most s eall , br s
investigation of the relation which the ' 4 l
great interesti of awricultute, c3nunerce