Newspaper Page Text
writi 1A s
.CORRIOL i bN-DENCE '
_Between the lion.ttnitiins Lir and the Com•
mitt°e of the Nationial allta=Masonic Cqn.
co. N. Y., Oct. 5, 1:S31-.
STR:—The Committee to whom that duty
- was - assigned by the late - National Antima.
sonic Cuoventißn, in -11altime-great
pleasure in transmitting to you, the enclosed
zesobition. • .
The Committee regard with exulting an
ticipation the speedy arrival of the period
when it will not, be necessary to vindicate
the motives, protect. the fame', - applaud the
firmness of the • assailants of, Freemasonry.
Entertaining the confident eipectation that
an institution anti-republican in its principles,
titles: and tendencies, selfish and exclusive in
its operations, destructive of equal rights and
the freedom of elections, subversive of the
- impartial-administration of justice, and em
inently dangerous in its control of the press,
must submit to inquiiy and fall -before the
omnipotence of public opinion: they believe
that the-advocates of its suppression will be
honored with the grateful plaudits of a free
and intelligent people. The public judg
ment will yet vindicate the motives, appre
ciate the patriotism, applaud - the firmness of
a distinguAW citizen, laboring to sustain
the prinpiples of freedom and independence
to which his illustrious. father pledged his
"life, his fortune, and his sacred !tenon"—
name eminently conspicuous in two of - the
most' honorable professions, connected with
distinguished public services, anti immortali
zed in attachment to the charter of our coml.
try's freedom, will derive additional lustre
from its eloquent and triumphant defence of
religion, liberty and law.
With the highest respect, we have the
honor to be your fellow-citizens,
,JOITN C. moims,
• itiltiLMAß DENNY,
JOSHUA V. GIBBINS.
To the Hon. Richard Ruah. .
In the Anti-Masonic Convention Baltimore,
Rath Sept. 1831.
Resolved unanimously, That a committee of
three members be appointed to express by , written
communication to tho honorable Richard Rush, of
Pennsylvania, the profound sense of-this Conven
tion of the
_patriotism, principle, and firmness
which dictated his eloquent exposition of the evilif
of Freemasonry, and their high appreciation of
the beneficial results which it can not fail to pro.
Mr. Morris, of New York; Mr. Denny, of Pa.;
and Mr. Gibbine, of Delaware; were appointed
MR. RUSH'S REPLY.
YORK, Pa. Oct. 15, 1831.
Gerrriamex:—l received yesterday your
letter of the sth inst. conveying to me a copy
of the resolution of the Anti-Masonic Con
vention at Baltimore, paised on the 28th of ,
last month, approving of the sentiments I
have expressed in relation to Freemasonry; li
atid, - I beg - to assure you, that lam grateful
ly Sensible to the honor of a vote of approba
tion by a body so distinguished;And that I
fully appreciate the very kind wilt; in which
you have been pleased to communicate it to
The eminent citizen whose name, by the
act of the same body, now stands at the head
of the Anti-Masonic cause, and whose pow
erfill and brilliant abilities, in conjunction
with his exalted worth, would shed lustre
upon any cause, has said with great candor,
that he once thought Masonry harinless.—
This hag itstobably been the - case with most
of us who view it so differently. For one, it
was mine. If any body had thought it worth
'while to ask my opinion of this institution,
-- betAirtheeame - auquainted with
brought• to light by the Morgan trials, the
last thing that'would have entered my mind
would - have - been to speak of it as fraught
with.-Aianger to the community. If the as
sertion had been made, that it was of power
sufh - cient to prostrate thala.ws of the land and
_live years keep them under foot, I should
have deemed the assertion altogether extra,
vagant, unsupported by any evidence afford
edby the past history of-the-Institution,-'er
any estimate that I had myself been able to
forth of its - nature. Once, - end only once;
had I been in a lodge, and then I saw noth
ing that could have led to any such conclu
eion. I knew also the high names that had
stood upon its rolls. But, in Warren's time
Franklin's time, in Washington's time,
and, as far as I know, up to the time when a
band of freemasons thought fit as an act of
merit under their code, deliberately and fe-.
robiously to murder a citizen because he re
' vealed-their secrets, we had never seen ma
sonry in contlet with TIM Laws, on an issue
fairly = made up between the two powers.—
That Meponr3r ass shown, itself the stronger
power of the. two in this conflict, I hold to be
now established by proof clear tuutirrefra
gable. It is only necessary that the proof
shofild be brought home to the people gen
erally,-to render it certaie that the institu
' tiai will be overthrown. Thousands of in
tellirnt and honorable men, heretofore
longing and still adhering to it, will abandon
it forerr and j1;111 in the work of its demo
The prospect , seems to brighten, that this
important--proofwill be made to reach the
public mind more effectually heeceforth than
it hen heretofore. The reason it has spread
with such comparative slowness hitherto
obvietisly is, that the Press has been largely
staked eriitst its, admission. True, with a
valiant tadependente of the displeasure of
amoottrjr, it would inform us that Morgan
biiett murdered by a gang of despartdoes
whg:tivt , e , Mtuitine4 there was no denying
tktti to'beljgaklnt it would add, under an,
' *Ong show o f justice and discrirnipatibn
,t J INsTrauTiox was innocent; and
would jou perA:cute aiersterrr
010), rtszstoestrr for the sake, of
the guilty; would you overset Christianity
because wicked deeds , were sometimes per
petted in its name?' This is the stale ditty
Which the Press has chatinted in homage to .
Masonry; forgetting that the conspiracy that
produced the murder of Morgan was the
work of the Lodges themselves; forgetting
that the crime was the directinevitable, re
sult of masonic' oaths and penalties; forget
„ that-the-reiterated attempts made and
still making to punish the crime, fail through
obstructions that masonry itself, Tux INNO
CENT INSITSCTION creates, viz:—the same
horrible oaths and penalties; forgetting that
seine of the-very "'DESPERADOES " who were
legally Convicted of haVing had a hand in the
crime;.though.they were not absolutely the
murderers; and sent to jail, have been upheld,
consoled, cherished, ,by Masonra—received
back again into the lodges vritiintsph, on
the term of their imprisonment being over.
Documents of incontestible authenticity to
prove all this and more upon masonry, in
connexion with this most aggravated and
audacious crime, are in full existence;--yet
the. general Press of the Union, with excep
tion the more honorable, because so rare,
keeps them back as of no importance, but
more through fear of offending freemasons
by their publication. Iknce, it is only those
whO have had an opportunity of reading an
timasonic newspapers or the proceedings of
antimasonic conventions, who can have any,
adequate conception of the real mischie •
freemasonry, as they are demonstrated by
theentire origin, progress and present state
of this case of complicated enormity; demon
strated by.facts derived from the grave pro
ceedings of courts of justice, or notoriously
exhibited to the public gaze. An institu
tion that can thus intimidate the Press by
its Wide spread influence after having sub
dued' the law by its direct power, is a public
evil surpassing any other that we experi
ence. The authority and dignity of the
civil magistracy, all the maxims of good
government, all the duties of good citizen
ship, demands its extirpation from the land.
My earnest though humble contributions
towards proclaiming the dangers of longer
tolerating such an institution, and endea
voring to show that the only peaceable and
effectual way of getting rid of its pervading
and inevitable influence is to vote it down
review With unmixed satia
ro deubili so, as it has brought me nu-
meus — iiiid gratifying test i mon ials of ap
probation from my fellow citizens. Amongst
' these, the unanimous resolution of th43al
- Convention that you have so cordial
ly made known to me takes a very high rank;
and 1 renew the expression of my gratitude
and thanks for so valued a mark of its favor.
1 remain, gentlemen, with great respect,
your most obedient and obliged servant,
To John C. Morris, Harmer Denny; and liable
V. Gibbons, Esquires.
MR. WIRT.—The New York Whig says, the
annexed pretty copious extract filial the letter of
the Washington Correspondent of the Journal of
Commerce, is interesting. It is written in that
elate spirit which betokens more than the mere
positions of the writer, confidence in the strength
of the new nomination, and which naturally
springs from the clear perception that the public
feeling has been happily hit.
The recent nomination of Mr. Wirt, as
you will already have perceived, is about
being widely discussed. Having come so
suddenly and so unexpectedly upon the na
tion, and from such a source; it - la - regarded
as an era in the canvass, and every one
whether Jackson man or Anti-Jackson man,
stops to inquire, what is to be its effect. The
-hesitation,--the curiosity,- theddubt,_ the ap,
prehension, very naturally refer to the char
acter and qualities of the man' himself.—
Had the Anti-Masonic Convention taken up
any -hackney man as their candidate, the
effect could in a moment be predicted: but
this untried, this new mini what will he do?
That is a question calculated to puzzle the
arithmetic of the politicians. , Were you
over familiar with the mystery of horse-m
-.61v-or -the-art-of-trying herses; by their
speed? Ha.veyou ever,known the sensation,
produced in a: club, and the betters against
the field, when at the very last moment of
enteringfor the next day, a man never heard
of before, approaches the table, lays - dOwn
his entrance money, and gives in the name
of a horse never before registered 3" Who is
he? what is he? who bred hint? who was
his sire? who his dame ? who trained him?
who enter% him? who basks him? did you
ever see him? has he been timoo how did
he measure? No one can answer. The next
nay, the wonchir is walked up to the judge's
stand; every eye is fixed open him. Ho is a
fine stately steed, with an eye of fire, and a I
step disdaining to touch he ground; a bone,
sinew and muscle, chall Inge 1 his coin
petitors; and at the tap of th er
do m, mounted
by a spirited, ambitious boy wi h whip and
spurs. The betters 'on the named nage
gainst the field run about, will you .draw?—
will-.you draw? what will you take to draw?
will you bet that. Virginia bay? Oh no, sirs; .
that was our chance. We . todk the odds of
the field against your . ,nag. Well, at the
last tap-of the drum, everrentered horse is
at the stand. Go! Off .they jump. 'ln a
feat oments the Virginia bay takes the
trac and at last comes ih, hand-id hand,
having distanced the field! - Well, who would
have supposed - ,I told you so, *iays one; .
I. knew so says another; I hurra'd says a
fence man; prodigious I - says, a courtier; the
"greatest and bestest:Peays a Pitch-tar-and....
turpentine Man. - Ht*za for - the winner;
'Maryland and. Virginia fbreVer t cries every
Aims./ I knew that Kentucky hoes" would
swamp; .that Tennessee nag carried too much
. "maligi infhancer and that, Carolini cot(
. , .
4 • .
100 liirithlalifial4sll• • - I wits a twayi wt.
that thiiisegiiiiatiay would win the iiiiiiiii"..
This Modicum . of anticipation may be
fully realited, for oughtut •know. Isee
clearly there isiiow-a new contingency; and
.it wilrdeperid 'hutch upon,the conduct heal!
0116 - opposed to the re-election of Gen.
Jackson, what the result shall be. We have
a recent demcinstration of .the power - and
effect of coalition. There is no Man in the
Jountry, who Aloes not know. that General
ackson defeated ~Mr. Adams, iwthe last.
Presidential election, by the power of a co
alition, whose elements are as incongruous
as oil, fire and water. And there is no man
in the country he does not readily 1 46 c. per
ceive, that the re-\ tion •of General Jack
son can only . he co:. avened by a concen
tration of all parties opposed to the course .
of his administration.
I have had, this day, a long and free con
versation with one of the most intelligent
and influential members of the' National
Anti-Masonic Convention, and I am more
and more confirmed in the soundness of the
view I first took of this new incident in the
presidential canvass; and 1 now -boldly pre
dict, that Mr. Clay cannot be elected with
out the co-operation of the Anti-Masonic
party; that Mr. Wirt 'gay be elected by the
aid of all Mr. Clay's friends; that Mr. Wirt
cannot retire from his acceptance of the
Anti-Masonic nomination; and that with it
he must be the strongest candidate in the
field opposed to Gen. Jackson.
oxtract of a letter from a friend, to the Editor of
the Albany Dienlug Journal, dated,
WINCIIEIiTER, (Va.) Oct. 17th, 1631.
"Mr. Wirt, though not born in this State,
was for a long time a resident of it, and in
it commenced his public life. Here he is
known as having been the favorite friend, and
associate ofJeflerson, and as having been of
the same school of politics with Jefferson,
Madison and Munroe—he is emphatically
the favorite of Virginia, and I doubt whether,
if a candidate had been selected with a spe
cial reference te his popularity in Virginia,
any one could have been found more so than
Mr. Wirt. General Jackson has been at
all times the demier resort, and not the choice
of the "Old Dominion." It was with reluct
ance that they ever supported him for the
high office of President of the United States
—a man whose only recommendation was
that he haditilled.afeithiaidred_British_sol—
diers, from behind some cotton bags. The
trafficking acts by which he gained his elec
tion—his degrading subserviency to Mr. Van
Buren, his r proved incompetency to carry on
the government, have disgusted the elevat
ed patriots of a State which has four times
filled: the Presidential Chair with men so
widely different from its present incumbent.
If the question is, as it probably will be, be-,
tween Mr. Wirt and General Jackson, it is
generally believed here, that the former will
carry the State by a respectable majority."
FOR WIRT AND. THE LAWS.
Bow it strikes in Tennessee.—First notice
of the Anti-Masonic Nomination in the Nash
"The reply of Mr. Wirt, to his nomina
tion as candidate for the office of President`of
the 'United States by the National Anti-Ma
sonic Convention, which we publish to-day,
is an ingenious, able and judicious document.
It is well calculated to meet the wishes of
the Anti-Masonic party, while it concili
ates the Masons, and asserts his own digni
ty and independence. His acceptance of the
nomination, under existing circumstances,
was natural. He had not been thought of
by any other party as a candidate for the
Chief Ma,gistracy, and though his prospects
of success at present may appear slight and
even desperate, it is not impossible, that by
prudent management, under the auspices of
a party so enthusiastic and persevering, he
may ultimately attain to the highest station
in eurz_wernment. He is unquestionably
a man oftalents, learning and discretion."
Supremacy of the Malonic Oath.
From the Norwich x (N.YA Telegraph. :•••
On our first page wiltrie found the pro
ceedings of our county convention on the
6th inst. accompanied by some remarks
thereon. We intentionally omitted there,
to mention, that the general convention was
addressed by Messrs. Farrell, Ely, and
Thorp, on the subject of freemasonry. They
pointed out its evils and the remedy for
them—took a rapid view of the success of
our party—spoke in terms of severe and
merited condemnation of the administration
of Enos T. Throop, and of its blasting ef
fects upon the prosperity of our citizens, and
exhorted all to perseverance, union and
zeal. Mr. Russel Waters, of Coventry, a
seceding mason, rose and made a statement
to the convention which caused a thrill of
horror to prevade the feelings of all. He
said—That some years since, he was called
into court to testify in a cause where one of
the parties was a brother mason: That lie
aid testify to "the Truth, the whole Truth
and nothing but the Truth;" That he was
afterwards called upon by masons in Coven ,
try, and masonically dealt with for so tes
tifying; they alleging.that he had sworn in
court to facts which had been MASONICALLY
communicated to him. That considerable
altercation took.place tietweep him and, the
masot*on 'the subject, some of them con
tencljne that his mAsoNie oath was para,
mount to oath iri` a mild' of jittitictrl!—L
That, to convince him that he had done
wrong in testifying as he had, they after
wards told him, (whether truly or falsely he
.did not know) that the matter had been pub.
noitted to, .a judge of the 73upreme .crt of
~this State, who was a.mason, arid- that the
judg dec ided that the:Latium:to oath Was
binding. .That all they could' hay did 'not
cortiippto . him that he had done wrong: And
6tmll thftt hefitur sus - wand fotsix menthe
by the nmsons "from the rights and privile;
geimf-masonry," for the testimony he had
given!—Mr. Waters is a responsible man.
, held the, office of Post Master in
' and the o ffi ce of Justice ' of the
Peace. We attach the fullest credit to his
statement, and leave if to the reflections of
- Anti-Masonic ---and- Masonic -
We present a few cases which show in
fixed .colors the "outrageous" character and
conduct OfAnti-Masons from the time they
were first discovered in the "infected dis
trict," down to their last act of audacity in
carrying the Vermont Election:
Outrage 1, Calling public attention to the
abduction of William Morgan.
2, ,Appointing a Committee of inquiry on
3, Entertaining suspicions against Ma
sons and Masonry.
4 ; Publishing these suspicions.
5, "Getting up" indictments against Ma
6, Proving their guilty.
7, Investigating the history, principles,
nature, and tendency of the Masonic lusti-
8, Proving it useless, dangerous, Anti-
Republican; and Anti-Christian.
9, Proving it vitally fidse in all its boast
fill pretentious, and demonstrating its histo
ry to be a ale; its religion, a solemn dock,
ery; its science a humbug; its charity, sel
fishness; its mysteries, mummery; and its
great adepts; "great fools."
10, Itesolvingin public meeting, to with
hold their vote from Masons!! •
11, Nominating Anti-Masons as condi :
dates for Office!!! .
12, Electing them! I !! •
The above is a hasty 'selection of the
"outrages" which Anti- NI asons have per
petrated and continue to perpetrate; but to
prevent mistakes, we think best to submit a
few specimens of the kind of "outrages"
which the Anti-Masons did not "get up,"
but which, undoubtedly have served them
as an apology for the commission of the a
trocities above recited:
1, The abduction of Morgan. •
2, The seizure of Miller.
4, AtteMpt to burn Miller's office.
5, MURDER. OF MORGAN.
6, Voting money from charity fUlld to
support and defend the guilty.
7, Holding convicts in full Masonic com
. 8, Secreting and carrying off witnesses.
9, Masonic witnesses refusing to testify.
10, Masonic witnesses -refusing to be
11, Masonic Jura Ofusing to convict
on positive proof.
12, Getting up sham investigations.
13, Publishing "forged handbills."
14, Perverting the course of justice.
15, Muzzling the Press.
We might extend the list, but we forbear.
Our object in making it is merely to show
the difference between Masonic and Anti.
Masonic "outrages."— Washington Coun
We have received from Lancaster-C0.,.
Pennsylvania, a handbill, offering a reward
for the apprehension of a person calling him . -
self William Lane, who under pretence of
being a - drover, awaiting the arrival of some
cattle, contrived to steal from Mr, Ferree,
of Maytown, a fine bay nutre with saddle
and bridle anti a quantity of money. Lane
is said to lie alieut . 35 years of age, - 5 feet 10
A creditable incident occurred in New-
York, on Monday morning, at the Conven:
tion. John Q. Adams—having,--upon—the
invitation of the Committee, appeared in the
Hall, was requested to take. a.seat •near the
President. Whea he had done so, the whole
body rose in compliment to this distinguished
BOOTS.—Mr. Jonas Aby, of Frederick
county, (Va.) has invented a machine for
cutting ourboots. It is so constructed that
from one to twenty pair may be cut at the
same stroke of the knife, and the principles
upon which it is based are so correct that any
person unacquainted with the businel3s, can
with the aid of this machine, cut out a pair
of boots as correctly as the most experienced
The election for Governor of Georgia
has resulted in the choice of • Mr. Lumpkin,
by a small majority over Mr. Gilmer, the
present incumbent. Some of the papers de
clare that, although the party to which Mr.
Gilmer was attached was stronger than that
of Mr. Lunapkin,:the unprovoked and gratu
itous crueltyof the former inwards the poor
and defenceless Indians, and his persecution .
of the Missionaries, had rendered him so ob
noxious to the religious and humane part' of
the population; that many of the friends of his
party voted against him. ,
In Woking over the New Orleans ship
news, in the latest papers,
we see that the
dmount of specie imported the last three
days. was about 200,000. It was brought
in sloops and schiioners ‘ which ply constantly
to various pdrts in Mexico, where specie is
the pripcipal article of export.
" MURbER.---Thite colored women were'
fitted ` on WOnesday morning by B,
Wl' ichArds, Esti..,?dayor; for the murder
of ti 't's wornans.maried Elizabeth Land.
to our' knowledge, are as krilows: - The hes;
band of one. of tkiiiiiiek gavo
evidence against his wife, ittaiidr* he 'Went
in the cellar where all the parties' were.eol
lected, in an alley somewhere in the upper'
part of the town; the white woman came to
the head of the stairs, where she.was. attaCk
ed by the coloured females, and_severely
beaten. The first outrage was commenced
about .eleven o'clock in the. morning -She
was beaten violently with a leather thong or
strap; and was three several times thrown
out upon the pavement from the Back door.
The noise caused by the striking of her
head upon the pavement, Waa distinctly heard
by a witnessl'on the opposite side of the
street. The deceased was accused by her
murderers of criminal intercourse with the
black person who gate in, his testimony a
gainst his wife, before the Mayor: All the
parties were grossly intoxicated.. Similiar
outrages have been made on the sanic
ionic many times previous. One of the co
loured women had repeatedly declared that
she would take her life. They all continued
beating the deceased at intervals, from 11 in
the morning, until twilight. The last time
she was taken up from the paVement, *here
she was thrown head foremost, no signs of
life where discovered. The prisoners are
now incarcerated, and awaiting their trial.
On Tuesday evening, at an adjourned
meeting of the Board ofTrusteen of the Uni
versity of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wm. 13. Horner
was unanimously elected Professor of Annto
niy in the Medical School of that Institution.
"THE SYSTEM."—At the Cliekore
Factory, near Springfield, there are about
14,000 spindles-in oporation, producing daily
11,000 yards of cloth, or 33 millions of
yards a year—consuming $440 worth of cot
ton per day, or about $130,000 a year. A
bout 800 hands are employed, 700 of whom
are females who earn from 12 to •21 dollars
a month. The village contains one thous
and (bur hundred souls, and is inhabited on
ly :by persons employed in the factories or
Here is the practical effect oldie System
in all its beauty. Wealth and happiness„
health and contentment, are shed every
where around. The farmer flourishes, for
a ready market is created for all surplus_pro
ductions right at hisilCoor.
A rapid circulation of value is the cense
queoce. Commerce is promoted in the le
githpate way, by furnishing something for it
to do. The mechanic finds ample employ
in the erection of new buildings,. tbe making
of leather, hats and shoes. And the profit,
where is it? It remains at home, swelling
the aggregate amount of wealth and increas
ing the means of complete independence of
ail foreign nations. And is this not worth
something? Such a system can never b
relinquished without also relinquishing all
desire to i ntaintainotir separate and independ
ent existence.—Bvialo Journal.
- Fact better than theory:• - -- -- =About eight
years ago a poor woman of this town was
left a widow with five young children to pro
'Vide for.—Her husband was a sailor and lost
in aSevere storm at sea. The wonou was
honeat and industrious, and after the death
of her husband, she tried to maintain her
self and family by making molasses candy,
carrying - it about the streets and selling it.
In thishnsineturtheTwo oldeit Children as
sistedther. They were seen at all seasons
going froin house to house, poorly clad and
as poorly fed. At 'length the woman was
compelled to throw herself upon the chari
ties of the benevolent, from whom, she re.
ceived considerable relief. Her condition
was also made known to the overseers of the
poor, who took care of her and her children
for some months. About this time a woolen
factory was erected in a neighboring town,
and put into successful operation. The
proprietors advemised for help; this woman
and her children were engaged as operatives,
and for the last three years they have re
ceived-an annual income of three hundred
dollars cash. This is only one instance a
mong hundreds of the kind that might be
named. What is the effect then of our
manufacturing establishments upon the poor)
This woman who was lately wandering a
bout our town with her children "in .forma
pauperis," is now receiving a handsome in-,
come and will continue in this prosperous
condition so long as she and hers conduct
well—and the town of Portsmouth pays a
tax less by two hundred dollars in conse
quence of the employment afforded to this
cola); by a woollen factory, which consti
tutes a mere fraction in the great American
System. Let all free trade abettors dwell
upon - those things, and bring them before
the public as they make theirfamingslieech.
es in concusses, conventions, &c.
Portsmouth (New Hampshire)Herald.
The Ebensburg Spy says:—yyrom the
information communicated to a meeting of
the Iron Masters, held at Bellefonte, on the
24th ult., it appeared that the following quan
tity of agricultural 'produce is annually con
tamed at the Iron Establishments in Centz*
- 29,260 bushels . orWheat,
53,303 bushels of Rye, •
20,172 - bushels of Corn, •
10,750 bushels of Potatool, . •
4,000 bushels of Oats, '•
. 84Q toas of Hay,
310,000 pounds of Pork,,
125,900, pounds of Beef.
• In addition to the above; which at- the
seal pr ices will amount to more than $80,00,0 ,
the `lron NEuiufhoterfes orthat county Or
home market to a'great variety and analunt
ofeheiarticleh sucl as cheese, butter, eggs
Ouit, 440:1 r•
0p . ..
.1. . •