American patriot. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1814-1817, December 17, 1814, Image 2

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Copy of a letter from Com. M:Donough
to the secretary of the Navy,
U. 8. ship Eagle,
Chacy, Nov. 6, 1814.
I have the honor to inform you that a-
bout six tons of 8 inch shells have been ta-
ken. outof the lake by us at this place,
‘e received the Message of the Which were thus secreted by the enemy
of this commenwesith to thie in his late iucursion into this country.
ure Of the measures recommend-
A transport sloop has also been recently
Fe attention of that body, are some of raised at Isleda Motte, which was sunk by
ry importance and necessity. Among
1 are : aevision of the militia system:
the enemy loaded with their naval stores
and various instruments of war. On weigh-
he utsiforming of the militia, when cal- ing the powder taken on board the enemy’s
into actual service.—The raising im-
diately, a few regiments of state troops
r the defence of the state, to serve during
ar; and also, the expediency of making
such provisions for the Banks within this
commonwealth, as will reader those jnsti-
tutions secure from the embarrasments:
which the necessity of stopping payments
ih specie, has wnayoidably exposed them to.
“The first and {ast of which recommenda-
tions, we think, are subjcts highly worihy
of iegisiative notice, and ought not to be ne-
The President of the United States, has
issued a proclamation, recommending
THURSDAY, the 12th day of January, to
. be observed by christians of all denomina
tions as a day of Fasting, Humiliation and
Prayer. : :
The editor of the Federal Republican
speaking of the heart-appaling intelligence
communicated by secretary Dallas,
in his letter to the committee of
Ways and Means, of the emuarrased con-
condition of the treasury, makes the follow-
ing bold and singular remark : ¢ Unless,”
says he, « something miraculous occurs,
we have no hope of congress cver meeting
after the 4th, of March, if it is not dissolved
Mu. Eraily of the senate, read in his place
a bill for repealing the FOUR DOLLAR
LAW. Itis stated as a general opinion,
vhat it will pass both houses.
"Daniel Parker, late chief clerk of the
war department, has been appointed adju-
tant and inspector General of the Army.
‘The Lancaster Riflemen, the’ Washing-
ton Riflemen, the Chester cotnty Riflemen,
and the Lancaster Phalanx, arrived in this
place on the 6th instant, from Baltimore.
| Lanc. Journal.
We have seen a letter fiom one of our
Commissioners at Ghent, and fave been
permitted to copy the following senfence :
« We shall make peace if Great Britain
is disposed to make it. Heretofore the
war was ours ; if it it continues hereafter
it will be hers”
A. Y. Com. Adv.
A capt Tsaacs has arrived &t a southern
port from Nassau, N. P. and informs that
an ex pedition'was fittipg out at that place
for the purpose of attacking New Orleans,
and that all the vessels of an easy draft of
water had been taken up at 64, per ton, to
complete the expedition.
“William Jones resigned the office of Se.
¢retary of the Navy, according to his pre-
vious determination, on the first of this
wionth. His successor is not yet named.
The French government has already com-
menced the preliminary proceedings for
re-occupying the settlements in india to be
testored by the recent treaty of peace. M.
Desbassayns, the principle commissione,
appointed to execute this re-occupation,
was in London the latter end of September,
cugaged in making the necessary arrange-
ments with the directors of the East India
The presuylent of the United States has
conferred upon capt. Samucl Miller, of the
United States’ Marines, in consequence of
his gallantry and good conduct on the 24th
of Aurast in the action at Bladensburg,
gae brevet rank of Major,
sqoadron, we find 17,000 pounds, with shot
in proportion, besides much fixed ammu-
I have the honor to be,
Sir, very respectfully,
Your humble servant,
Hon. Wm. Jones,
Secretary of the navy.
About twenty minutes past 7 o’clock, en
Monday week last, a slight shock of an
earthquake was felt Albany.
Providence, (R I) Dec. 1.
The shock of an Earthquake was very
sensibly felt in this town on Monday even-
ing last, between 7 or 8 o'clock. It was
felt in the neighboring towns and much
more sensibly in Boston than here.
About twenty minutes past 7 o'clock,
last evening, a severe shock of an earth-
quake was felt in this town; its course ap-
peared to be in a northeasterly direction,
and its duration about 20 seconds.
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We learn that our army under Major
General Jackson, about 4000 strong, enters
ed Pensacola, with very little loss, on the
7th ultimo. The details of the affair have
not yet reached us, owing to the failure of
the mails.
We have heard it said, and perhaps cor-
rectly, that orders had been issued some
days ago by government FORBIDDING
THIS EXPEDITION ; which, hawever,
if so issued, will not reach the army until
long after it will have abandoned the place,
if, as the private accounts intimate, it be
General Jackson's design immediately to
Nat. IxTEL.
Nashville, Nov. 22.
We have just learned that General Jack-
son, entered Pensacela on the 7th inst.
without opposition, and on the next day
the enemy blew up the Barancas, about 7
miles below.
From respectable private sources of in-
formation (says the Baltimore Federal Ga-
zette) we have reason to believe that the
prospect of a peace being concluded in the
course of the winter, by our Commission-
ers at Ghent, is highly probable. At the
time of the Chauncey’s sailing, it was pub-
lickly and confidently spoken of at Ghent,
that a peace would soon be concluded.
New-York, Dec. i0.
Commodore Chauncey and General
Winder, arrived in this city yesterday
morning, in the steam-boat Fulton frem
Caatskilt. They brought nothing new ei-
¢her from the Northern or Western fron-
tier. At Sacketts harber there is no ex-
pectation of an attask from the encmy; and
such, we understand, are the preparations
of defence, that no fears are entertained as
to the result, in case an attack should be
The town of Monte Video, in South Ame-
rica, was taken from the Royalists on the
23d of june. The fall of Monte Video is
considered the death blow to the monarchi-
cal system in South America.
Nat. IxTEL.
Washington City, Dec. 10,
Has passed the Senate of the United
AS ARR ne TY - Re he
presentatives to-day. and we hope its fate
will be speedily decided, to relieve ail im-
portant fiscal arrangements and pecuniary
transactions from the suspence in which
they are held during its pendency. We
need not repeat, what we have so often said
that we hope it will become a law,
Nviciran MiLLer is chosen Governor
of North Carolina for the ensuing year.
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Passed a resolution proposing an amend-
ment to the constitution of the United
States, to elect Senators in Congress for
four years instead of six.
Extract of a letter received in Balti-
more {rom a Gentleman in St. Barts, dated
‘Nov. 12.
» Ad. Cochrane is collecting troops from
the different garrisons in the English
Islands, said to be destined against New
Washington, Dec. 9.
From the Richmond papers and other
sources, we learn that a large British force
consisting of ene 74, five frigates, and a num-
ber of schooners and barges, containing it
was estimated; about 2000 troops, suddenly
entered the Rappahannock on the 30th ult.
and ascended that riveras high as the Tap-
pahannock, where they anchored and fired
some upon the town. The latest informa.
"tion from thence states that the town was
almost wholly destroyed, and that the ene-
my had advanced about five miles above
Tappahannock. The purpose of the enemy
appears to. be,as heretofore, to steal ne-
groes, stock tobacco, &c. plunder the hou-
ses within their reach, and burn what they
cannot carry off. A considerable number of
doy § me y Bbw
militia troops are m the vicinity, and others
are hastening thither from various quarters
- 60.0 have marched from Richmond. A suffi
cient number we doubt not, have ere this
reached the scene of action to repel the in-
cendiaries. Major general Scott, passed
through this city three days ago to fort
Washington, and has since. we learn, cros-
sed the Potomac on his way tothe Rappa-
hannock by
The enemy we learn have decended the
River Rappahanock. Accounts from there
state their ascent from there was marked
by a conduct every way worthy of the infa.
mous Cockburn, plundering and burning on
both shores, almost every thing within their
reach. Their conduct at Tappahannock
was scarcely exceeded at Hampton for its
brutality and wanton destruction of proper-
ty. They have laid in ashes the court
house, prison, collector’s office, clerk’s of-
fice, and a large ware house, and scarcely
a building escaped plunder or damage.
It appears likewise by letters published
in the Alexandria Herald, that the n-groes
who joined the enemy were armed by them
and turned into the town with licence to
cummit any excess ; and, what could not
have been believed of Cockburn himself,
had he shown himself capable of every vil-
lainy. They broke into the family vauit
of col. Ritchie, and ransacked the ashes
of the dead. « Five coffins,” says a letter,
It will be read in the House of Re«
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© Doorkeeper, Henry Garlock,
Christian Gleim, printer of the
and bills.
House of Representatives.
~ Speaker, Jacob Holgate,
Clerk, Samuel D. Franks,
Assistant, George B Porter,
Sergeant at Arms, John Benjamin,
Doorkeeper, James Taylor,
James Peacock, printer of the Journal in
the English language.
C. J. Heutter, printer of the Journal in
the German language.
Wm. Greer, printer of the bills.
Thi: day the two houses of the legisla-
ture, met in convention, in the chamber of
the house of representatives, and proceeds
ed to elect a senator to represent this state
in the senate of the United States, for the
ensuing six years. The votes were for:
Jonathan Roberts 84 votes, ’ ;
Samuel Sitgreaves 3° votes,
Jared Ingersoll 1 vote.
The President of the convention then de=
clared Jonathan Roberts duly elected, and
the convention dissolved.
Evans offered the following reso,
lution. s
Kesolved, That a committee be appoint-
ed to inquire into the expediency of amend-
ing the laws for taking the acknowledge-
ment of deeds, and of remedying the defects
in the forms which have heretofore been
practised in taking the acknowledgement
of deeds by husband and wife, for the con-
veyance of lands of the wife.
Mr. Evans remarked that he offered this
resolution in consequence of a decision of
the supreme court 3; where a husband and
wife had joined in conveyance of the hus-
band’s laid, and the wife, afier the hus-
band’s death, was declared entitled to her
dower, the conveyance not having an ac-
kno:7ledgment by the wife, agreeably to
the act of the 24th February 1770.
The resolution was referred to Evans
Regart and Weston. :
December 14,
Mr. Powell offeied the following resolu-
- Resolved, ‘That a committee be appoint-
ed to inquire into the necessity, if any, of
a further stay of execution, when bank
notes may be refused to be taken in pay=
. ment, and report their opinion to the house:
Referred to the committee on banks,
rei $B C——
Decembeer 14,
The bill to which the following debate
relates, repeals the act of the 7th February
1814, which allowed the members 4 dollars
aday. It gives to the speaker of each
house, from the commencement of the pre-
sent session of the legislature three dollars
a day-and the members two dollars.
In committee of the whole the debate
took place, on motion of Mr Weaver to in-
troduce a section, repealing the act fixing
the salaries of the Land officers, &c. pas- :
sed 1813 ; the act allowing travelling ex.
penses to the Presidents and judges of (he
courts of Common Pleas ; and the act raig-
ing commissioners’ wages passed in 1814.
When the reporter entered, bi
Mr. Burnside was observing that the sa,
« were opencd, their cscutcheons torn off larics of public officers were not too high,
and cast away, and their mouldering con.
Could it be supposed that a man would de,
oe v 1 3 Te o
tents mutijated and left exposed ; the plea ote his time and talents to the public ser
was the hope of plunder.”
cman COMIPENSation.
Harrisburg, Dec, 13.
Speaker, John Tod.
Cierk, Joseph A. M:iimsey,
Assistant, Samuel Conrad,
Sergeant at Armas, William Vy ison,
vice, in the prime of life, without a libereg
The public officers were
obliged, for the'most part, to reside at the
seat of government, and considering the
price of house rent and the articles of I} ¢
ing, could not but live at considerable ex-
pense. Beside this they had their children
to educate and support.
£38 to the wages of the associate judges.
they were not worth saying any thing a-
bout. Their milage was trifling. The coun-
ty commissnoners were in about the same
situation. It vas certain no commission-
er could ride to the county town, and keep
himself and horse under two dollars a day.
If they could save \ Wy thing, their money.