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THE WHOLE "A RT OF GOVERNMENT CONSISTS IN THE ART OF BEING HONEST. j EFFERSON.
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY, PA., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1852.
Published by Theodore Scli'ocla.
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From the Daily JScics.
George W. Woodward.
Although we have never had any ex
alted opinion of the character or qualifi
cations as a political leader of the lion.
George AV. Woodward, the Locofoco can
didate for Judge of the Supreme Court,
c iiau ui;i uiuiui j iti,ia sutpuv;" uun
to ue an nigu-niiuuca ana uonora,oie man
who would scorn to do any of the dirty
work of the party, or to be guilty of any
act of doubtful propriety, even to advance
his own political iutcrests. It is howev
er now nnnnrp.nt, tli.if. wn iisttnk the man.
and that he is prc-emincntlv entitled to
the title and character of a political clem-
agogue of the worst kind. Connected
and associated with the Buchanan wing
of the'mis-called Democracy in tins Stat,
he has evidently become nervously alarm
ed at the apprehension that the anti-Du-
cananites will ply the same game towards
Avith a view to defeat him, and equally
well aware that " revenge is sweet," and
that those opposed to Buchanan now have
him and 31r. Hopkins in a position where
they can pay back, with compound inter-
est, those who made and connived at the
war against Seanght he has become a-
larmed at the doom which awaits hini and
Mr. Lanal Commissioner Candidate Hop-
Kins. -Lima tuuiuicu, uu uua mauu up rt
fp y J 1 1
his mmd to play the demago
and, in a fit of desparati
cortimgiy written a letter u certain Ajo-
coioco jcaaera at jruisourg, anu a- u is
the benefit of an insertion of it a
in our columns. It is as follows :
PiTTSDUKo, Sept. 14, 1S52.
Gentlemen: The official duties which
brought me to Pitleburg, keep, me (cnstant!y
engaged. Jsiv answer to your
therefore, be bnet.
From my earliest
moment I have be
supporter of the De
qually zealous opponent, so far as my politi-
be sustained by a motion which I made in the
Reform Convention of 1S37. That was sim-
ply a limitation of a motion made by Mr.
and my motion bavin" answered its purpose,
was withdrawn. The sin of intioducing
this subject into that bodv lies at the door of
a whig, and not at mine."
The npeech so often quoted against me, I
am not retponeible for. It wasintroduced in-
to Hie debates by a whig reporter, m viola-
tion of-the ru es of the bodv which required
him to submit ifi revS before public-
uon, and which he never did. I made one ob-
nervation explanatory of my amendment of
ThomaV motion, hut that Kpeech is not a fair
report of them. My other speeches were
submitted' for revision. This one I never saw
till the book was printed, aud I have never
ceaseu to conaemu 11.
During the session ofthe Con vention, name-
Jy.on the .lOlh of January, 18J9, a member
m debate alluded to the motion, not the speech,
as indicative of hostility to foreigner?-. 1
promptly denounced the imputation, there in
theface of .the .Convention, as I have.done ma-.
nj a tunej.nce as a gross misrepresentation.
See-debates ef the Convention, vol. 1U, pp.
Ihave retained the undiminished eonfidence
r the Democratic members of the Reform
Convention, several of whom were adopted
citizens, and all of them opposed to Nn'.iv ism.
Would this have been "'possible if the whig,
reports of my sayings and doings had been
trHc- .r t ;
The Native American Party itself is my 1
witness. Seven years ago I was the caucus
nominee for U. S. Senator. The County'of
Philadelphia wa"6 represented by Natives.
J'llPV ncLnf rnn ttrli'utlior t f tlnnfnJ l-i r t . r? .
votesj I wpuld fa6t; their measures for than-,
T .... t t J. l . t. . .
G'ng ithe naturalization, lawe,
canal commissioner, wmcn tnc iu- loss scruoulous I have no shield but the truth 1 1",, ti,o TJoform PonT-oTifinn Tlio ovidonoo hi.nr nress thrournout the entire btate. oomoo
anites were playing towards Mr. Sea- and my life, and relying on these, I can uf-! to susta;u th;s ci,arge js to be found in an What then does he mean by saying that m0bt 0f whomif not all, of the same par-
nt previous to nis acatn. iw u.iu, m suvim, iuiu ui u.u ; jfirftSS ;,sod bv him on the 6th of Sen- his resolution bavins answered its purpose , v fn wl,?oli fl.o .Tnrlirr, holon. thn id
Aware that the Cassites knaw full well Pe"Pie-. . ,u ! tembcr, 1851. and which he states, in the was withdrawn? Ilis remark is either , 0f ,im beins misreported. desicnedly or
who it was that originated and ppeyer- f IfJ-r;; .tr letter I am with ' foregoing letter of his, published in the : unmeaning twaddle, or he must mean that otherwise, is too improbable to be enter
inclv spread the charges against beaniiht . . . ' , nnrrUlmrfr 7tWn7 oF tlio QSil of Son. he onlv intended to sound the Whirrs, and 1 o;,,i k ;,rof;ol mul rJr o,!
plunged into an ettort to ralsity history, zation It was therefore whollv unueces- How does Judge Woodward
and to lie hiinseii straight out irom the sar for bim to makc so p0j5itive and so his Pittsburg letter, which we
charges made against him. tie ha ac- fnrmni nn ooVornf;nn fhat he i,n3 novor lished at leimth. meet the cl
a rare fpecimen ot demagoguism, tull ot been cbarged wjtb
uuu uiu anu uii cjjitsuuiauvij.-, uitu v; -VniTiCi'n OTani'
nntnnCA to nOTloo nnr, T-ili T 1 7 i mo r I In i i ... .
vouth to this prese;vt KeTorm Uonveutiou to exclude loreiirners conuning tne inquiry as aesigneu oy tne member ot his own party, wnereupon uio riression was he
en an earnest and hearty from the right ot suffrage, and with hav- mover or tne original resolution, Judge Judge interrupted xur. iiarle and explain- proposition as an
mocratic party, ami an e- m-r made a speech in support ot his reso-; voodward voluntarily, and ot his own ed, as he states. Admit all this, and we offered
j I--, -j 0-, cnargo ars to be louna in tne puonsneu , pruviou&iy laueu pmce to
of whatever opposed it 1 am not and never p b f fc Conveulionf Volume V. to the subject, or elicit sue
rn 1 ntiori ooiilrl rlor"nrnnl v no .r.rntirl v nil i
: .I Til:" u . 7:. ""'..jr.. Pages 443, 5, O, 7, &c. We have in our ; thrust his motion upon the C
been a whig, anlimason or an abolitionist. possesion the Debates of thc Convention, add to the duties ot the pro
and those who'doubtthe truth of thecharce tee thc labor of inquiring 1
j. uuuiao, a iiwi iiitiuu'-' wiii v-.i. """" proceeaing. but snail suomit enougn to ior u ihuihuhl van uuuut, auu wu may tne wuuge uenieu, wuen ;ur. xjutju luiei- Woodward; to bring iorwaru ins ijiuiu-(
ty, and was calculated to compel hw prty m.,je g0Qd tbe cbargC. Qn the 443d ! add, if he was an honest and truthful man red to it, that he was in favor of his own ' sition and to take away all obstruction to
(who were in majority in the Coin en t ton) to page of the yth volume of said debates, 1 who would rather compromise his pros- resolution, or entertained the hostile views it3 immediate consideration, he (Mr.;
u"!6 "e ,'"d!.lt.0r,.r .u' will be found the following resolution of-'. pects of an election than his personal lion- to foreigners which were proclaimed in Thomas would withdraw his own amend-
niuau iiiu iULiui utiiimii ui nit;
lufn and theytlircw every vote they TION OP THOSE COUNTRIES, and tlmt
VWSnl-andrdeeaaabout they are UNACQUAINTED WITH THE
of triumpHWcf-iheTrTory. - VALUE'OIT. THESE PRIVILEGES, and
You refer to statements in the Whigfpa- that, 'therefore,1 ihevDO NOT KNOW HOW
) pers of this city. One of them was shown to
I me a few days ,ago, in which was a garbled
1 extract from a letter written by me about a
. . . . , T .. J s .
i year ago, in Which I repelled the imputation
0f Nativism as distinctly as I deny it now.
"et tl,e editor told his readers that the letter
'contains an admission that my sentiments
i . : i. ,l - !,, r
J ere at that time adverse to the rights of
foreign bom citizens. A copy of the letter
, . , , p,i tchurtrh Ga-
mus misrepresented l) u.c l msnurgn v
' zctte, I send vou herewith in the Keystone of
J Sept. 23d, 5i
When men will allow their political pns-
! s'0"s to got the better of their veracity so far
: as to impel them to acts and assertions like
! this, it is easy enough to understand how
; and why I was misrepresented by a reporter
of the Convention whose motives for doinr so
t ctrnn ,,o fhoqp vh'Vh nrlnate'
uere. Just as strong as uiosc .n.cn aciuaie ,
Dolilical onoonents now.
, 1 11 , f T nnn.n,l 1 ,, A rtn
. -. .
liioiiiur auuyuiion, tiiai. i uyyvou .uu-i.
Campbell last fall, is as false as any oilier ox
U1C numerous llliesiaii.-iii:iua iui,i;iiuy iiiauv-
against me. I never opposed any nominee on
account of his birth or religion, and I sup
ported no nominee last fall more heartily than
' I did Judge Campbell.
It is with infinite reluctance I appear be
before the public at this time, even in self
defence. A candidate for a judicial office is,
perhaps, more than any other candidate, requir-
ed to await quietlv the decision of the people.
x tun no .iiaiuii. uo uuj ,11,411 u,., j
If industrious defamation can succeed in ;
representing me as having ever sustained any
noseu to me in poll
dispose-J to treat me fairly, and who will not j
descord to base annliauces to accomplish a '
,v piirp.)Se. guch men and presses com-
GEORGE W. WOODWARD. !
Tho first naraoranh of the above letter
js I1Jcre quibble, and might be pardon- J
abc jn a suiau pettifogger from whom
nothin(T better could be expected, but can-'
nofc j)C0rCgar(led otherwise than discred-
Uable jn oc8 who holds a seafc n be
SupremeBench.byExecutive appointment ;
d secks t tai :tbv an eiection tbcre. :
been anvthinrr but what in plain terms ;
m . bc CHUed a Locofoco.
noinf can on v he reo-arned. as thev '
i, - !
,..nwi rlrti,v,flAclir Infnnofl tn Hircilfr I,;.-:
past career, or in other words, throw dust !
tiuiw uuuuuv:jij juiuuuvjUi iv itJtuj iti-
in the eyes of the people and thereby mis-
lead and deceive them
But Judge Yoodward has been chars
cd with having offered a resolution in the
he evidences of the truth of tiiat;
i n .1 lii i'
can have thc opportunity of examining
them if they call at our office. We have '
not the required space to give the whole
f "t. . (
iereu by .ur. iuagee, irom rerry county,
Resolncd, That a Committee be appointed i
to inquire into the expediency of so amending!
le Constitution of Pennsylvania as to pre- j
vent the future emigration into this State of
ee persons of color, and lugitive slaves from
other states and J ernlories.
A motion was made to amend by offer-
ing to insert the vord foreigners, between
the words of and free. This motion was j
per,di wicre we are inforiued on page
J44 ofoiuQ 5 0f gaid Debates that
..Ir Woodward moved to amend the a-!
,tl,J .... ,t. ri0 4,i i
that the eaicominitblce !)C also j,lslruclcd to
inquire into the propriety of so amending the
Constitution, as to PREVENT any foreign-
era who may arrlve in llis State after u,e
4th of juIv 1841j pROM ACQUIRING
THE JtlGIiT TO VOTE OR TO HOLD
QFFICE THIS COMMONWEALTH''
ofc conttint witb submitting this prop-
. . - Jud Woodward followed it ip
.. ' f . . , r ; , . 1
with a speech, which we hnd m the same
volume ofthe Debates, pages 44G 7, and
from which we make the following choice
"Sir, I appreciate, as much as any man
living, the many political rights and privileges
which I, in common with the people of the
United States, am now enjoying ; and it is
my honest impression that WE DO BUT
SQUANDER THOSE PRIVILEGES in
conferring them upon every individual who
chosds locoine. and claim them. lie knew
. 1 - - t i. ..i f mlm nniA nninniir
us from foreign parts consist frequently of
O - r !.. f
tho VVOfiRT PART OF THE POPULA-
u f.Z 7' 7",: I know that very many of these emigrants nev- LU lu luai PUU
from indicial elections, but the terms or your . . J .. ; . . .. b . , u0 flnf cnbipof ( n w
, J, , ' ... otai r i er enioyed any political privileges themselv- to mat suujecc. vjn
,ca,c.uu ; J . I cs ial t,ey HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE his object to make them '
r.?. aT;;. kL5 "? J?," " K nl : OF THEM, AND LEAST OF ALL HAVE mark or back out?" As
r. J ;V i , 7 ,n V v - THEY ANY KNOWLEDGE of OUR .PEO- other subjects embraced
illihera orprosenpuve then he ject had not
anij a j?t' are nowenufs :i".iiiim Miinuc-i. t- .r in rifn m
1 Here are some prcssen huu many men op-, . had ex
" . !K( f l,l' I IS l If hKM'i I I Hi 11 'UI, fiiK.n.-
mand my respect. Against others wiio are tion ottered, and the speech made by nim ,ton, asinc i'eoaieb wuibuow, aim uy iue flcS- With such a corns ot renortcrs to'
. o I
rom the people. No person that we fourth ot Julv. 1841. comolain. forthev would a moment doubted, nor do we now, not-, alleires he had. To show that his obiect
gueoutng.it, linow of ever cbarffed him with bcinir a have had nearlv four years' notice that then withstanding the effort now made to repu- ,va, nof a3 be novv savSi to limit Mr.
?' kerate.y momber of the Native American organi-' iccre not to share in our political privileges." diate his own offspring by assailing the Thomas' motion, or to make the Whigs
- IVVr' 1 1 i ..a . 1 A. A.
rn tr . -r fTTi rn rTnif T.l?l- at.x I t.
ru valuxj incsai. i iiunii mai in mub
body, or soum other body of this State, or of
the United States, to inquire whether it is
not, right o frtan into execution, by
which foreigners should be prevented from
controlling our elections, and brow beating
nnr A mnriPfin niti7anc nt tnn rrlle "
Wn irnrolinnrl fho rihmrr pvt.r.ier, 13
- - " "w"
quite sufficient to satisfy any reasonable
mind as to what Judge Woodward s views
and feelings then were but we may as
well add another still more conclusive :
Judge Woodward continues :
"And what claim have foreigners from any
untry aye, sir, from any country which
ig lnniscnminaieiy on an, we are uausucu an asseruon DC reconciled witu'thnir nnlifol u
INJURY TO OUR 1NSTITU- truth? Neither Mr. Thorn as. nnr nnv nth- rt.:- ?i . - i !
'IONS ; and I believe that, if the time has er Whig in the Conventionhad said ot"
yet come, it will speedily come, when n , done anvt ,.:n(T wll- , - . .uua 1M iu.s, n ia,eay en- .
at x "n11-" """i:. ... ; k ..:r.. " : TD-vcjrnrTTT
j ting blSToLITICAL PRIVILEGES,
rriiiir fiif in ir 11 111 nisi 11 v us in iikTi i i i
. . , , , , ,.
hear of it at all, they hear of it as something
in which they have no participation. Is not
jjjj jjjg fact?
Kir, we all know tnat it is; we
PLE, OUR GOVERNMENT, OR OUR IN-
STITUTIONS. The acquirement of this
t r tilt'
I Of tills
knowledge is not the work of a day. They have
Woodward has been further
charged with having, no latter than last
V .. . . . . ..
fall, justified aud vindicated the rcsolu-
tember, 1851, and from which, as proof of
the charge, we make the following extract:
44 Whocould complain of my proposition 1
Certainly no foreigner then in the country,
nmje " his waV lo this country, none who
V',,I,d1t;,i010Sre lo come before the fourth ot
Ju y. 1 i , for none i of these were to be ex -
"J;aurivitt Nor COulc
' ? . '
i.llfC tk IIKJ CWUUIU UtULOl iu IriUlllt ttllUl llt
agaiust him, and refute or explain the o-
l I i ii 1 1 r 1 1 i-
wuicn x maue in me ieiorui onveuuon
in 1S37." and nrocecds to exnlain the
resolution offered by him as a mere limi
tation of an amendment proposed by Mr.
Thomas, of Chester. So far from this
being true, his resolution proposed to cz-.
tend the scope of inquiry. Instead of
accord, without a word of debate having
" 1 x .. 1 1 i. J " i. -xi i '
h a proposition.
nto the propri-
ety ol excluding ioreigners Irom the right
of suffrage. That he was in favor of such
a measure at that time no candid man
1- 1 1 x C :I l
or auu uuuruumi iur veiuviiy. lucre cuu
be no doubt he would himself say so.
But these considerations, it would seem,
bave but little effect upon his mind when
sucb a course might destroy bi3 political
pr0Spect:3. Devoid of that manly courage '
h tg tbe man of t fch and f
, f . j e i a x j
nor to made a frank and honest adtnis-
f.0I1 avow a,change opinion and give
reasons therefore he seeks to escape
f 10 dllcinma in whlch hls own "disere-
tl0n and ias Paced in, skulk-
iur out of it Tv a deliberate equivocation
and misrepresentation of his own acts.
IT... fTx x xl... zc J - :xl x
ijia uiiuib iu escaiiu ujus, u iiiiiuu vtuuuub
any attempt to shield himself by falsely
attributing the blame to those who are
innocent 01 it, might be.palliatcd and ex-
tomaKC an noncst comession anu give
the reasons for changing their opinions,
and he might therefore be excused, if not
justified; for shrinking from such an avow-
alj but when he seeks to shield his own fol-1
ly, as he now does, by an attempt to sad-
die the odium thereof upon the Whigs,
he is guiKy of a meanness whjch no lan-,
guage can too strongly portray. To at -
tempt such a thing is what we might ex -
pect from the notorious Rynders, and Lo -
i, t i r 1
coidcod ot that UK ; but we nave right
to expect better things from ono who as
pires to a seat upon tho Shprcido Bench.
"The sin of introducing this subject
into that body lies at the door, of a Whig,
not! mine," Bays Judge Woodward. This
uy coiiiurruir ilium caruiussiy anu niuiMiuiu- , , , . , . , .....w v.. .... uv- muo uusicu-
inately on every individual who may reside another a tempt at explanation which is ; resentcd without bringing the matter be-
Imrn for two or thrfio veara. become a natu- m the hlgllCSt degree discreditable. He fnr tV,o HonVonf ,nn nj1.,riiin flio lo.
ralized citizen, and then command lour offices! only designed to make the Whigs "come Jinquent officer dismissed, would require
xnere are vury many ui must: uiuiraiiLs wnu iu uic imnn. ui uaua uui
iviiutv liULiimy ui puiii.iv.ui piimcM in tutu ( iiiciijv. x uu uiuijv ui iiiiu ci a v u i v u uus nun i ,nns;ps;s
i , i. : . r n..i;;..i n.iMiiid , mn- t rrun .-. i. rti,n i . i
i uvvii uuuiuijr uciuiu mcjr ciingmic lu iine. xuat was me suojecc cmuraceu in tuo viudic
I fPI,r, ,,,rll ia niiLnnrn tr flmm or lT tlOV ' 1 1 1 , '
i a. nu nuiiu i. uB"nu ...., . ..w, i ovi iri n n i rp.sn iir.inn. nnri t no pnnr.so nt
tin crninnnv 111 rnmnwui w 1 iikt i ni'v ii;i vi
, Never having Iverwhelmiiig array ot testimony adduced sertions, Judge Woodward relers to vol.'order and stated that it could only be
"ina to the Native ' in its support? lie says the charge " is ' 10, pages 33-4 of the Debates of the Con- introduced bv moving to strike out Mr.
. his remarks on attempted to be sustained by a motion vention, to show that on the 10th of Janu- .Thomas' amendment, and adding his,
cused, if notjustiued. tie is known to be to say that he is not responsible- lie (toes , jr. Woodward fan! tnat ne nau iiol anuc
oPa nervous 'temperment. timid as a hare, not dare to say that thc speech was not ipated this morning that an opportunity would
and altogether devoid of that kind of man- made by him, or that he did not utter the be presented to him to introduce, this subject
ly courage, which would impel many men sentiments therein contained ; but would to the. notice of the convention; J
! 1 Tl nloin li1. Y rtl i .. 1. r.-1 I J TT I.
- " r"" ougnou, 13 luiseuoou. xiow
, hlS rf.oluti- He thrust
lfc upon the Convention of his own accord,
j " P' 1UU "avinS en ,
Pee which made it either necessary or
proper to offer such a proposition. He'
I OIll nm fnd tlif rtrvrrvf nm f - I I.
hnil nrt rlrmhf. Irn. Vinf,.n 1. t,..l.i C
! j ' T ' T-Si -r-
, doing, and on which, it is apparent from
he speech which he made, he had reflec -
ted and intended to speak. But he would
have us now believe that he only offered
. I 1 - " AWVV L1V1"1. II Aili I I 1 T I
u w wmw .M..g0lU luiS WIlCUUOU.tcr iJe wag an offi(,cr Qf fche ( Qnvon.
"to come to the mark or back out," and j
tbaf thev bavins chosen the lntfpr nmirsr.!
o .. .
i.r a. l " . 1 . i t.i
' , T.. " i com.Vca, anu tiicre -
1U1 1: mo jmuiuuuii )Y1UIU1 it 11. X1C10
n , i
UOIlie 10 Wliat
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all, ana needed no stratagem, to brincr
i. - xT 1- :i. i . v
.., ue cauuobreier
hat then was it
in the original
nronosition. or the amendments, but his,;. e n..,.t
n,vn fn ovpliifln fnrAiornnrs from vntlncr lio
. " -"""" -..v. " "
before been introduced or
the Convention. No Whig
pressed any such views, but, on the
contrary, when his own proposition was
.1 1,J? .1 ! J .1 1
, Drought iorwaru, n vuis uonounceu
one or two Whig members of the Conven-
finding that they were all oppossed to it,
he knew he could not carrv it and there -
fore withdrew it. Whether he was sin -
cerely in favor of such a proposition at
tuat time we leave to those who will take
thc trouble to rcad his speech to say.
1 Tbat be wag bonestly in favor of it and
! uttcrcd the honcst convictions of his own
t m;nd n0 nian jn tbe Convention then for
motives and the integrity of the liepoter
of the Convention. But more oi this here -
As some evidence in support of his as -
ary, 183S, some months after the time jie judgG Woodward's, to thc original reso
offercd the resolution, he disowned being intion. Had Judjre Woodward been op-
in favor of excluding foreigners from the
'right of suffrage. By reference to said
, Debates, it will be found, at the pages
designated by him, that reference was
made to his resolution by Mr. Earle, a
have no disposition to deny it, what does
. . t . i n 1 1 1 .
it prove it ouiy connrms me unarge u -
' gainst him.' Mr. Earle, a member of his
own party, and well known in this com-
munity as an honest, upright, and fair -
minded man, understood him to be in
( earnest, aud as having honestly and in
; good faith offered the resolution, or he
would not have referred to it. lrueitis,
i- i Tl x xl." -i-l
ms speecn. iut was mere auy umui
member in the Convention who rose, as is
the custom on such occasions, to corrobo-
rate his statement? Not one in the Con -
vention did so. They knew that he had
been driven from his position by the out-
b f iudination with wbicb his prop-
.. . i , A, 1 1
ositton was received by the pub ic press
in the State, and that he was skulking out
of the position then assumed by him Gl.au
to get rid ot the subject, they let his ex-
planation pass for what it was worth, but
took cood carenot to corroborate it by
any endorsement, of theirs.
Ti.. xl.. 1 .1- 1... i.:
nor Liiu bueecu iuauu uy uuu, iuiiuuou
by the official reporter of thc Convention,
and published in the debates of the Con-
ventiou, Judge ood ward now attempts
have us to inlcr-tnat no urn noi, uy y.ug
that he never revised it, that it is not a tair
report,, and that he has never ceased to
condemn it. To give the coloring of plau-
sibility to Ibis vague explanation, and
show a motive on the part ofthe reporter
' of the Convention to misrepresent him, he
shows . himself not only mean enough to
' assail the integrity of the reporter but re.
'sorts to a falsehood to fasten upon him
' that of whicli he ktfoWa him to be innocent,
. . . . 1 1
rHo says "it was 'introduced uy a nig
ropbrter," and follows up the assertion in
a jjubsoqueefc paragraph of his letter, when,
he refers to what he is pleased to denounce,
as misrepresentations on tho part of the
Whiff pre33 of his conduct, with the fol-'
ii uuu luuu ia aiiij)i f
inn rirtr tf
misrepresented by a reporter of the Cou-
yention, whose motives for doin- so were
just a3 stron as tbose which aetuate my
political opponents now." Without the
,nnnlv ,, tn th
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,.w.l,4. 1 . . 1. n i
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ne iirst takes the pains to state that he
was a Whi nd hen prates about his
; havin tbe amc motive to miarepresent
llim as Whi now ham Ifc matrs not
lia wi1!lf t1in nni;t;ne p
tion duly ch and Mti mdcr
' -.i:. . ' i
. resuoiiaiutnLv as sucn ouiciai lncuninent.-
. To suppose that Judge Woodward would
, n o-roofor niiinimf of orndnllf ,r fliori -mn
liut we are, fortunately for the
ation of truth, left to no such un-
tai" bU?IUbes or "nces lur o onn
i - 'c ir T i
' ASS was e stenographer to tbe Conven
fJo.. onii wnC ncotori lw rneCr AToir;..
ieyj Drake, Kingman, and Wheeler.
, "We know not what were Mr. Ass's noli-
lo i:ivo tifirmif foil liimcolf to Io flmc? ,,o
Come to the tics, but we do know that three of the as
there were no ' sistants. and nrobablv the fourth, wo.ro
.,,! cf.ni nw T.ooofoooa ATr AroKinior.
' fiUU VI LlJti dL0(Ulf
' Tr,,.;, i: -i rr :-i at.. t
is :l inns t, vh ri'inirrir. nun nnwn rn
luany 0f our public men as a Locofoco,
Mr. Kinsman is. we believe, now the
, Washington correspondent of the New
York Evening IJost. an out an out Loco
foc0- Mr. W heeler is also a congression
ai rcporter, but we do not hnow his poll
men for a sino-le moment.
t Hotitt if. ni Jmlrrn Woodward mnv. e-vr-
. piajn it away as ke may attempt to do,
there are other evidences to which we
-siiau now vefcrj which shows that he was
1 in earnest when he offered the resolution
and fchat nQ such es in view
as be stated wbcn Mr. Earle referred to
;f. snmft mnnth.s thereafter, and as he now
, corae to me mark, we need but refer to
, tbe 5th volume of debates, page 445.
i It will be there seen that the Chair ruled
' judf2;e Woodward's amendment out of
T)0sed to Mr. Thomas' proposition as he
uow states, he would have thereupon
moved to strike out Mr. Thomas' motion
and add bis own. Did he do so? Not he.
nis reply to the Chair was that "his im-
could substitute his own
amendmeut" to the one
bv Mr. Thomas. In plain .hug
ijsb bc was jn faVor of Mr. Thomas' a-
i - i ,t . i i 1 . .
. mendment, aud would not move to strise
jt out so as to enable him to offer his.
aii be wanted was to add his own to Mr.
. Thomas', and then the resolution would
lmve cxactlv suited him. "Mr. Thomas
then said" we quote Irom thc Journal
0f the Debates "that with a view to en-
able the gentleman from Luzerne (Mr
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mcnt." Tne amenumcnt oi a uugu n uuu-,
vard then came up, not as he now states,
t0 j,nit Mr. Thomas' motion, but as an ,
1 independent proposition of his own. Mr. !
ox a Whig member, from Somerset
county then look the floor, and denoun-
ce( the proposition in strong terms, con-
L , 1' . ' . , x,,x ;f
eluding with expressing a hope , that it(
vrould be voted down by a decided ma
jor1ty a hereupon Juagc A , ood ward
imide blS speech, from which we have a -
ready given several extracts; but we will
nw add a few to show that he made the
' proposition in ernest, and not for the pur
rted posc which he now alleges. These cx-
tracts are as follows, and may be found
ja Vol. G, pages 445,46, 47, 49, ofthe
i)ebates of the Convention:
. t r
- & aU, h it wa$ a subjcct.
which ,na- iccn 0n his mind for some lime
flJ ftaij ciaimcd his sccious considera-
j h(Jve iongfeu a desire, said Mr. W. that
somethiulr should be done in relation to it,
tmt the facts should he investigated, and
that some proper and efficient measures should
bo adopted, if, upun that investigation, it
should turn out that measures ot some Kind
were requisite. :
j confess lhal f etut-rtain doubts Whether this'
C0,iVeutinn has the power, to act, I am well
nwara 0f the nature ofthe provision in the
Constitution of (he United "States, and which
has been referred to by the gentlemen from
a . . a Z
tho county of Philadelphia, (Mr. Martin.jF
I would do nothiiir in contravention of that
provision; I merely wish that the question
should be referred to a committee, that they
may inquire whether this convention has tho
power to act at all in the premises; and if it
has the power, whether it would bc exped
ient to act. I am, however, surrounded by
many valued friends, whose opinions and
judgment I appreciate; and it appears that
they are unanimous in thinking that I should
withdraw it. T, therefore, yield my own
judgment to their's, and having explained
7ny vieios, I withdraw the amendment.
Here we have his motives, his views
aud his puoposes mirrored to us. Ho
had the subject "on his mind for a long
time," it had "claimed his serious atten
tion" many a sleepless night, and he had
"long felt a desire that something should
be done." Though he entertained doubt3
about the power of the Convention, to
insert such a provision in the Constitution,
he had "a strong feeling on the subject,"
but finding that many valued friends a
round him, who saw he was committing
political suicide, were " unanimous in
thinking" that he ahould withdraw it, he
yielded his "own judgment to theirs,"and
having had thc opportunity to "explain
his views," he would withdraw it. So far
from having made the whigs come up to
the mark or 'back out," as he now boasts,
the backing out was altogether on his part.
He it was, according to his own admis
sion, that ingloriously backed out at the
"unanimous" sucrirestion of his friends,
and, having thus backed out, when tho
subject was alluded to some months after
wards by Mr. Earle, he backed out still
further. This is the true state of the case,
and no one can truthfully gainsay it.
But the Journal of Debates furnishes
evidence iu relation to another point now
denied by Judge Woodward. The dis
cussion, as there recorded, furnishes proof
that he uttered thc sentiments in his
speech whicli it contains as published.
For proof of this we refer to volume 5,
pages 448, 45), 50. Mr. Cummin, a Dem
ocratic member, from Juuiata, made a,
speech, from which we extract the follow
ing: .Mr. Cummin, of Juniata county, rose and
said that he thought it was a very hard cise
that a member of this convention should in
troduce a proposition like tlmt brought for
ward by the gentleman from" Luzerne, (Mr.
Woodward) that he should support it by a,
strong argument agaist all foreigners, and
that he should then withdraw it, and thus cut
off all opportunity of replying to his elaborate
address. Such has been the course of the
gentleman from Luzerne. He had offered
hi3 amendment he had made a speech in ita
favor and he denied to other members the
privilege of showing that he was entirely
mistaken in his aristocratic argument.
Sir, (said Mr. C.,) the gentleman from Lu
zerne is the last man from whom I should
have expeteti an action of this kind. I would
have been glad that the gentleman would
have left the way open, for a short time at
least, that we might examine the subject in
relation to thc foreigners of this country,
from the time ofthe revolution down to this
day, and that we might demonstrate, even to
his satisfaction, that his speech contains one
of the most exclusive and aristocratic argu
ments ever submitted to a republican assemb
ly. , '
The whole tenor of the gentleman's argu
ment, went to cast reproach upon foreigners,
and to show that they were nol worthy to bo
Thc gentleman reasons rather out of the
book in one point, when he says, that tho
time is now come, when the United States
can do without foreigners that there is no
necessity for them that the people of the
United States are now able to tight their own
battles, and they can live safe and free with
out their presence. He is mistaken if he
supposes that he can find a justification, in
such reasoning as tins for the argument which
he has offered. Tin-re is no ground on which
it can be justified. I hope, therefore, that ho
will withdraw his amendment; aud that he
will makc on apology for what 1 regard as a
gross insult upon tiie Irish, and the other
foreign population of this State.
Mr. Woodward said, that he had not risen
for the purpose of making the apology called
fur by. tjie gentleman from Juniata county,
(Mr. Cummin;) for he (Mr. W.) knew well,
that, to an American assembly, no apology
could be necessary.
But Judge Woodward appeal to tho
Native American party as his witness,
and .he refers to a correspondence which
took place between him and the Nativo
members from Philadelphia county du
ring the Legislative session of 1815, when
he was a Locofoco caucus nominee for U.
S. Senator, and defeated in the election
by Gen. Cameron. He says that, in ro
ply to their inquiry if he would, if elected
by their votes, favor their measures for
changing the naturalization laws, he an
swered no, and that they thereupon voted
against him. Tt is a plain and well recog
nized principle of the law of evidence that
no parol evidence can be given of an in
strument of writing whore the instrument
itself can bo produced. Why doea not
the Judge append a copy of his answer
to the Native members to his Pitta
burg letter, and thus move all doubt as
to what he said to them ? We should
like to see it published; for it would be as
great a curiosity in, its way as his Native
speech, and would make it necessary for
him to write another letter ot" explanation
on another subject of public policy. We
too have some recollection of ( the letter
referred to hy the; Judge. , It was address
ed to Wiljijtju lioiHnsaead, Bq.,' a,'hicui
ber of the Legr-lafure u'btn 'fhe'eouty.