American patriot. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1814-1817, December 30, 1815, Image 2

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    * “Satious fashgs:
* pond——and the firmest to despair; then
o# his mind's Lhe iaby-
sinths of sophistry ate unraye led: False-
bood and error shrink before his Hcid ex
positions—W file truth and justice, disen-
thralled and vindicated, stand conlest, even
to the strongest scepticism, and fo the
wmost powerful prejudice. Grave aud ex-
perienced senators, though differing from
him in policy, listen with delight while he
speaks, and pay the homage of unqualified
While 2 sun so splendid irradiates the
Federal hemisphere of New York, justice
requires us (0 acknowledge, that a lumina-
vy ‘no less glorious ascends the Democrat-
tek horizon, reflecting dignity and spicn-
dour upon that favourcd state. The name
ai CrisTox derives not move lustre from
¢he honours it has veceived, than it imparts
td the republick by the services it has per-
farmed —Should we affirm that De Wit
Clinton is possessed of a sound understand-
~ing~-a clear and discriminating judgment;
“hat he is wise in resolving—f{irm in put
pose, and steady in exccution ; of enlarged
and liberal views; the advocate of com-
merce and manufactures, and the friend of
agriculture, we should do injustice to his
&haracter, as the expressions are cold and
inadequate to convey 8 fair id-a of his mer
ft. Like his own liudson, his mind is
deep, strong and unceasingly active=~flow-
ing in fructifying streams, diffusing plea’
gure and usefulness throuchout the utmost
fimits of its influence. The gigantick plan
for uniting by a canal, the Lakes and the
Hudson, is an evidence of the magnitude
‘of his conceptions; and the noble ambition
. to build his fame upon the honourable bas-
is of his country’s wellare. The literature
of his native state is proud to own him
as its most active patron; while science
hails him as her | favourite son. He
“In a schollar and a ripe and good one,
i Rich is his mind in every art divine,
And through the paths of science has he trod,
The votary of wisdom.
In thie mild reign of peace, those great
_dccasicns seldom arise that give to a great
mind an opportunity to display its powers.
Every ordinary Pilot can manage the helm
“in fair weather and a gentle breeze. Itis
gyhen the tempest rages and the ocean rolls
billows to the Heavens——when
its angry
the torn sail flaps against the broken
_ shrouds, and the old scaman, milttering a
s himself to the mast=-
s omnipotence—di-
{calms the wild
w, and directs with
that may possibly
hasty prayer, lashe
that genius displays it
recta every eye to itscl
fears that unman the cre
coolness every measure
save the vessel from destruction.
During the late war, when the enemy was
collecting his forces from every quarter mn”
"to one mighty armament, (0 attack the
opulent and almost defenceless city of N.
York: when even the brave began to des-
arnidst the great and wise Clinton rose pre:
Ge In his aspect shone
Yhe inextinguishable spark which fires
The souls of patriots.
| Every heart collected fresh hope from
his counsel: Every hand gathered new
strength from his example. Beneath the
plastick influence of his direction, Avarice
forrot his gold--Pleasure his enjoyments
and Poverty his wants: Every citizen, from
the highest to the meanest, became ani-
services t
city: Fonifica
like the walls of Thebes to the sound of
Warriors scemed to
“Amphion’s lyre
spring from the earth lik
of Beetin; The city was not
¢ the arnied men
only saved
from capture—rthe victory was mote perfect;
ey £153 Cee
é * ? » - -
‘A late GLEAKER contuins an interesting
: refaarkd
King and Clinton. Some bf the Gleanes®
Femarks arc curious
d by the noble enthusiasm of their
leader: Thousands a day volunteered their
o work upon the defences of the
tions rose round the harbour.
cd oh thie ious peosnfs whom he sigs
ve the candidates, viz. Criwlord, Monica
What he says about Crawford is pretty]
He was in Congress many years
but we never heard of any thing good oF
bad he did there.
The first part of his remarks on Mui -
roc manifest some candor and liberality;
but he most faricitully and unaccountabiv
winds up by charging the capture and des
solation of Washington to the negligtnee
or misconduct of Mouroe.
Inthe summer of 1814 Gen. Winder
was eonemander of the district including
Washington ; and Armstrong was the se
cretary of war, and both were present at Its
captive, aud both had been there for
months preceding preparing and organiz
ing the district for defence against the cn-
emy. They, and they aléne, were respon
sibie for the safety of the capital. {hey
had unlimited controul over the regulars
and militia of the neighboring states. Yet
with unblushing effroutery the federalists
persist in charging the destruction W ash-
ington to Monroe and Madison. Madison
never professed to bea general ; he nevel
made pretentions to military skill jas pre
sident he entrusted the defence ofthe dis-
ict to Armstrong and Winder, two offi-
cers who ten possessed the undivided eon-
fidence of the nation. It is true he was a!
Bladdensburg--but it was then too Jate---
all wise and provident measures had beet
previously nésiected by the officers whose
special duty 1t was to annoy the enemy at
every siep from his landing At the tune
that Madison appeared at Bladensburg, all
was Jost ; had he possessed the military ge-
hins of a Wellington or a Ney, he could not
then have saved the capitcl considering tiie
monstrous blunders that had marked the
nrevious conduct of the commanding offi-
cers. .
What would the world have said if Mad-
ion, who probably never mustered a cot.
poral’s guard, bad undertaken to dircet old
and experienced military officers in the di-
rection of a battle? Suppose Castlereagh
of the Prince Regent bad appeared at Wa
terloo and given orders to Wellington ;
with what feelings of contempt and indig-
nation would ail mankind have viewed the
pccurience { x
It is silly inthe cxtreme to blame the
capture of Washington 10 the preskient,
but how rediculously absurd it is to blame
Munroe for that event! Munroe was the
secretary of Sate, and had ro more control
over a singic officer or private in (he avy
than the editor of the Gleaner or the Re-
publican would have had if they had been
But how happens it that the federalists
pass by Winder and Armstrong, and throw
the whole blame of tite bladdcushurg de-
feat on Monroe and Madison ¢ The rea.
son is plain; Winder is a federalist, and
Armstrong 1s out of office, sinking into ob
livion ; while Munree and Madison still
pbssess the confidence of the democrats
throughout the union.
¢ In bim (says the Gleuner,) we sce the
abié and enlightened minister advocating
‘he just crAMs of his country, and defends
ing the rights of our impressed seamen a-
gainst the insolent and cruel aggressions
of Great Britain” &c. &c. The cditor of
‘he Gleaner is a gentleman of enviable tal-
ents at a nursery tale, and as a politician is
seized with frequent fits of liberality. But
we very much doubt whether he would have
ventured to publish the {foregoing sentence
during the late war. And if he had been
bold enough to do so, we are well convine-
ed that vine in ten of his federal readers
would ha: o censured him for his honesty
and candor.
During the war the Massaehusctts legits-
lature and gov. Strong denicd the fact that
G. Britain impressed eur seamen, aud de-
impresscd American seamen, Iiish vaga-
nominated those whom democrats calld
bonds who had deserted their conttry,—
nine tenths of the federalists’ jusiificd Gilder of Mr Ii. Owings, and two other crim
divs, the same frichids and apologists ©if
» “le 5 we 2 : Fa A RRs
GL Britain, the sate oppesers ol the war}
and calumuintors of Andalian Sib ved,
ard state itis the ohict and distinguishing
merit of one of their candidates, that ¢ he
advocated the just crams of las country
against the cruel and insoltol aggressions
of GG. Britain.’
For federalisis to advocate the cicrionieE
King ou such grounds, requires aidegrees
of impudence at least equal to their zeal
for G. Britain during the wai.
The Gleaner speaks highly of the clo
quence of King, and his + perspicacious’
lashings’ It may be true : yet during his,
present senatorship we do noticcollect sees
ing any of his extraordinary speceuss, il Ac
made any.
The remarks on Clinton cxiibit ¢ a pow:
cv of fine writing.” Yet, amidst the <frue
ifving streams,’ sraging temnesis’ and be
cean roiling angry biliows to the heavens s’
notwithstanding the ¢toin sail flapping the
broken shrouds,’ the ¢ lashing to the mast ;
and ¢ Amphion’s lyre,” the meaning of the
paragraph may sill be discernetl. the
meaning, we {UES is to ascribe the spiri.-
cd aud patriotic exertions of New York du-
ving the war, to Clintons zeai in the cause
of his country. Part may be true.
But in speaking of the laudable spirit
which disunguisiied the generous and He
bie state of New York during the wir, it is
strange that the name of Tom#iins should
be oniitted, or that the result of his cueryy
and talents should be wholly ascribed to a-
nother, Among all the governot’s of the
states during fie war, Lone (with the ox
cepiion perhaps of Shelby) was move Gis.
tinguishedsor indefatigable activity anim
ting zcal, talent snd euCI ZY, than governor
Tompkins, His state, his couniry, itis
believed, will not forg=t him.
As the Gleaner praises Clinton in the
warinest and most exalted terms of Sup-
porting the war and his county in the late
contest, we should like lo know his senti-
ments on the conduct of Chittenden, Strong,
Griswold and Jones. 1fit has now become
with federalists a meritorious act 10 have
supported the war, we presume they will
hasten to express proper feelings towards
those who in the bour of trouble and difli-
culty advocated the cause of the enemy.
It is pot a little curious that Clinien, in
these rematks of the Gleaner, is calied a
democrat. Either Clinton isa democrat,
or heis not. If he 1s, then tlie federalists
in supporting his election, abandon their
professed principles and confess them to be
wrong HH he is not a democrat, then the
fudcralists pay a just homage to the excel
ence of democracy, by investing thelr tans
didate with its robes in order to give hm
currency ard popularity.
« Hypocrisy, detest her as we may,
¢ May claim this merit still=—1that suc ad-
«The worth of what she mimics with
sueh cave,
¢ And thus gives virtue indirect applause.”
gz 10 ED 0 We
that our commissioners have completed the
interruption and are on their return,
Fredericktown Dee. 16.
A Special Court.
trial of the Negroes concerned in the mur
Britain ih impressing American scamens
admitting the fact to be truc—* the thing
is right in itsclty’ said Harpers Pickarhng
told us that the British navy never did us
any essential injury—G. Britain, says dea-
con Strong, is ¢ the bulwark of our religiony
—s fighting the battles of the world’ —and
he war, said almost all the federalists, is
wicked and upjust. Yet now, when the
war is ended, when democracy and do
cratic principles have trivmphad over the
and REUSING article
under this head, with|
(cruel aud wselont aggromssici ®i eal]
other for sealing.
Haivwissvre Drcexpnk 23, 1815.
or 7 We understand that the celebrated
Ventiitoquist, John Rannic, will shortly
vistt this piacey witha view of
‘he curious with his astorishing powers.
Notice will Be givefi on is atlival,
gravity ng
- - vy v ' 4. 3 -
fain over Hatford colveastivig and do ®
“sc treason, herd come the same feder-|
Very late from EUROPE.
days trom Rotterdam,
We earn from the Nashville papers
boundary line in the Creek nation without
Has been ordered by the exccutive for
+ O———
New Vorg, December 23.
Yest iduy ariived at this Por, tee ship
Fame, Mix, in thirty-one days froin Hioue-
burg and tie big Falcon, Lewis, in 28
; Captain Lewis sail-
22d of November.
"4 Th x £ ot
Lae captain ol the Falcon li:
« Th aptain of the Falcon Lad made up a
file of London papers tothe 16th of Novena
Lery but unfor | 3
y unfortunately left tiem at his lodg«
ed the
inge. le lalorms, that Mone! thea, he
read an account of Mura’s havine b en
td ond shot, which is a configs
: : waen uithe
event 08 belore published, Lig a
Letters by the Fame, from Hombre
BT ; touts received,
GL, France asin a very distorha
HST IC GUICNCSS apparcit in mane
ol the pravisces, 1s represemted as merely
the result of the ave inspired by the pres
Seige of the large military force of the ale
lies, w bic 1s maintained 1 those. proyvings
6. ¥
; LONDON, Oct. 20,
a! mail from Holland arrived this niorns:
ng with the following inteliigence. ; ;
BERLIN, Oet. 19,
oe Tah, at four in the afierooon, his:
vajesty the king, to the joy of all his taithe
ful subjects, arrived at Potsdam in perieat
healt, aud was received in the most allt cur
tioaate manner. 3
Fs Soin their royal Highnesses the
i ae
-42y, TTINCE OF SSC Homberyg, and
ite, ict Lie won for Newmarket in tive
carriav es and four, at four o'clock and
breaktas:ed at Cliesterkcld, Tueie Rovad
Eris rie an fo]
: \ sday nextyon a tous
thiough England and Scotlund.
GLASGOW, Nov. 2.
The procecdings of the Chamber of Dee
puties are intercsung, in ro far us they fee
velope fore & moe their determined spire
it 10 purish promptly those who may he
guilty of sedition against the King, or the
Laws of the State. In the Chamber ‘o :
Peers « motion of thanks to the dake of 5
gotleme, [or his fate meritorious condues |
in the South of France, was titi eh
tertained and seemed to pass unanimously,
when Monsieur (the Duke of Angouieme’s
ather) moved to pass to the Oder of the
Day, as be coneetved his son bad done no
wove than his duty, which notion was ugres
CU 10.
London, Monday evening, half past seven,
No later Paris journals or letters from
that city have reached town than those
which came to band yesterday. The Jat-
rer, however the contents of which did not
transpire until to=day, are sufficient to show
the uisettled state of affaivs in France.
The peopie say that no man can, with any
degree of certainty, distinguish a friend
from an enemy. Matters with respect to
the Duke of Orleans have taken a different
turn to what was expucted—many thought
that, by means of negociations, his Serene
Highness would bave reached the chmax
of power in France—instead of whichy
things have heen pushed so far in his favour
as give offence ina high quarter, and
the result 1s, the Duke has retired to Brie
tain in disgust. : ;
LONDON, Nov. 1.
The Parliament, which by a Proclamatis.
om formerly pubiished, was to meet on
Tuesday the 1s of February, is, by anothegr
Proclamation, ordered to meet on Wednese
day the 171th of January.
Paris papers of Sunday last, the 19the
have arrived: but we have not yet received
those of the 27th and 28th. ¥We basten to
luy be fore our readers an ¢piiome of those
which hive come. The journal de Paris
stares, that the Hlotice of Veers on the 27th
by a majority of one hundred and twentye
thd “3
inals now in jails the one for a rape, the
The Court commences
its session on Wednesday nexy the 20th
ight voles to twenty nine adopted the pro-
icct of the iow relative to the measures of
general safety.
Wasim scron, December 23.
Capt. Stepnrx DECATUR, of the Nay
is apporhred by the President of the U.
States {with tic consent of the Scnite) to
ire a commissioner of the Navy Board, vice
Caption 1szac Hull vesigned :
Hanrispure. Dec. 26.1
Temporary Adi vinmen: = he Liopiga ;
ruse adjourned oa Friday last, to meat again
on Tuesday the 2d January.
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