Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, April 1, 1836, Page 1

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not t ii i: r: i, o k y o v c a: s a k ; n ft t t if k v k i. v a ke o f n o ai k. BY II. U. STACY . FKM)A, A 1? El Mb 1, 1830. VOBv. IXNo. 005. 17 I ov THE WIDOWS ailTE. HT nOBEHT JIONTOOMEKY, A inl'l I lif pompon crowd Of rich ntloicri', cime n humble film ; A widow, met k ns poieny dudi nuko Her rliililirn ! wiih 11 look of (ail conlcnt Ilcr mile uilliin llie Ire.isure-heiip she cast Then, liiiiiilly lis bashful twilighl. stole From oul tlie Temple. But lier lowly gift Was witnessed by an Eje uliosc merry Ucus In motive, nil dial consecrates n deed To goodness : lie lilr-ssed die widow's mile Beyond die gifts abounding wraith bestowed, Thus is it, Lord ! nidi dice ; die heart is thine, Anil nil the world nf hidden action tlieto Woihsin thy fight, like waxes beneath iheetin, Conspicuous ! and 11 thousand namekvs nets That lurk in lowly secrecy, nnJdie Unnoticed, like ilia trodden (lowers dial fill Beneath a proud man's foot, to thee are known, And written with a sunbeam in the Hook Of Life, where mercy (ills the biiglilcst page ! The Saviour's JVight nf Prvjer. He ought Eolitudc.hc shrunk frnni observation; in fact almost the only enjoyment which he seemed really to love.wns his lonely ramble nt midnight, for rest and prayer. He Fpent whole nights thus, wc arc told And it is not surprising, tlint after the healed crowds nnd exhausting labors of the day, lie should love to retire to silence end seclusion, ti enjoy the cool nnd balmy air, the refreshing FtilhiijfF, nnd all 1 lie beauties and glories nf midnight, nmotip the folitudcs nf t tic 0 alii lea" hills ; to find there happy communion with his Father, and to gather fresli strength for the labors and trials, that yet remained. IV have not ilwscn j;ie. Christ taught Ins disciples that divine influence upon the hearts of men was e.-scntial to their re ticntanoe nnd salvation. ) n hnvn not chosen me,' Faid he, '1 have chosen you What a occlarntion ! How solitary it mails the Saviour in the world he had come to redeem. More than thirty years he had 'firlniminrr nfTerfi nf rnroneilifitinn nnd Wn. and now. on the last niirlit of ii is .'rrputidcd b? 'nvetcrstc foe., already l-t- . . I I.... i iiy sini io iiieui, nnu wnn iiui u itw tra n! lihorlv ritmntnintr. hp irMhers on- itcly Imi twelve friends that he may have ...n lr.1 --ml inlnii' mil li I t w,.n. nnH Iif t' nmntirr Inn tliniicnml nnnmino Jirttl r not chnien him ; he had chosen them. lie stood nlono. after all : the only example o' independent, original holiness The nni. vcrsal reign of ungodliness and -in, hod been broken only where he had rhmcn in dividuals to be saved, and trained them, by his own power, to moral fruitfulncss and beauty. Idea nf the Divinity. Banish all material ideas of a Deity, end do not let your imagi nation Ft niggle to find in way upward to Fome material heaven, with indefinite and idle conceptions of u monarch Fcntcd on a throne. The striking and beautiful rneta pliore of the Bible never were intended to give us this idea. God is n Spirit, it tnys in its most emphatic tone. Where ho sets, there only can wo sou him. He is the wide spread omnipresent power, which is. every whore employed but winch we can never see, and never know, except m far ns'hu thall manifest himself by his doings. Cnii.nni:N. Early, active, and steady employment l the way to bring up clul dn.'ii well. No matter at what occupation rr tin te h.nv laborious, so Inn ;f ' the tit 1 11 tl is eniolnycd as long ni attention it durcted to proper objects of business bad examples nud bad company arc nvoided. Five or six years of a young man's lime thus closely occupied, will confirm him in habits of industry : and his own resources of mind and body, his own inquiry and enterprise will advance him honorably and prosperously in life. A rich father should always heir his child when he proves his obilities to help himself, and no sooner- Wc have no nobility, nor titled families, nor aristocratic distinctions; yet how fro quenlly do we find an indulgent rich father who, from humble life, has raised himself in the world, indulging his ton in extrava fjont and' idle habits giving him money to spend in gaiety and fashion at the raco course, the hotel, or tho billiard room under the delusion that lie never will want, nnd that he must merit an ample fortune. What is tho result? Idleness begets vice, difeipation follows, and loss nf health, of fortune and character, is the inevitable re sult. A rich man instead of giving his son a few hundred now and tnen for what arc called his contingent expenses, and under th falcious idea that he must make an ap pemnee liko a gentleman, ibould ay him : 'For every thousand dollar you earn by entcrptizj nud industry. ) will ndd a tlinu-and safely invested for yon, to be used at that advanced period of life when you knuw the value of ni'iney, and arc en- tilled to en-e nnd comit.r . The very fa' cility which young men have fur obtaining money lead ihein into ruinous extravagance and when from design or accident, their means ere checked, they resort to crime to lurnish them the sources of enjoyment. llrandy und water and cigars a fast trotting hntEe a pocket book with hank notes, gaming and late hours are the rocks on which arc shipwrecked many bright hopes and alluring prospects the fond anticipations of good parents, and the realization of anxiously desired lilessinc's. MR. 15IGEL.0WS SKRMON. Plie Election Sermon of the Rev. An- nnciv IlifiEi.otv of Taunton, is one of the most able discourses, that has been pro nounced fur many years, and on reading it wc marked a few extracts, fur publication have been deferred by the press of other matter. In reference to the attempts of a certain class of the community to excite the prejudice of the poor against tho rich the au'.hur remarks: Boston Palladium. "I cannot leave this topic without adver ting to a feature of unfairness charged upon our Fystcnis of Legislation. Our laws are said to operate uiirqually. A class pnlmcal seers has risen up in our times, who pretend to have spied out this blemish though tliey leave unexplained how it chances to escape the penetration of ante cedent examiners. Their notable discovery purports to ub this: I hat our laws are chk'flv contrivances for tho benefit, of tho rich, to the aggravated grievance and dam age of the poor; that they are the off spring ofs cruel conspiracy to exalt the one and depress the other; that ihey are the ministers of a stern and jealous monopoly perversely acting upon the maxim, "that whosoever hath to him shall ho given, and who--nover hath not, from him shall bo taken away even thnt which he hath." 'lint who are I lie riclir Men nurung from the mixed multitude thrown up from the indicriniinato classes ol society. Lvcry walk ol lite leads naiurallv on, or it open into innumerable hy-palh--. which conduct to rase, or conipoli'iice. or niliiience. In dustry, intelligence, frugality and upright' ncss are e er sure of a fair recompense L"gislaiiou influences wealth not wealth, lf il jt njii. U is llie object uf the former 10 n id the general acquisition of properly, nut, of course, by narrow ing and s hulling up, but digtiing open and multiplying its springs fjr t ho accommodation of all. Such policy is dictated by sound interest, confur mably to the homely but curnmnn-sense nnngc, that every man. to be a good citizen mutt have a tlnkc in the hedge. A needy and starving population, 011 the other hand, having nothing to loe. would never fear the consequences of public turmoils and insurrection''." " The most conclusive evidence of the efficacy of our laws, is the crlaiNom" picture ol" content nud prusperousncss spread a- broad over the cominun'Uv : tho means of social comfort so liberally provided and dis pensed ; the rapid accumulation nnd unmo lested Fccurily of the gains of honest toil and enlerpii-e; the many institutions, so blessed and bles'ing 111 their character and influence nourished into being by the self same spirit winch produced our combined system of law and government ; the miilti form associations for the relief of human need and enduring, whether moral or phy sical. teeming on every hand ; innumerable instrumentalities for tho encouragement of the diversified 'arts winch make for peace,' establishments opened up for the dissemiN nation of knowledge, tlie promolion ol science, the disperMon of the bUssings of religion ; our nMninnrics and lycrutn. our schools nnd colleges, our churches and tem ples; Oh, these arc the living witnesses these the elu-lering fruits of the wHilnm, piety and patriotism of our fathers, which dislil thf richest lr i'"aiet' on their tneino rv, and shed a grnei 11111 glory over New Kuglatid. WHat though wo boast no yinc clad, laughing fhores, like the sunny re- ions of poclic song some fairy ' land of the rose and Hie myrtle, where nature wantons in exhaustless fertility, and pours fur Ii bur ripened stnriM ili'dinnlul ol'lho aid of man? Ours is n soil which kindly repays the toils of culture; and human skill and painstaking exertion have developed ro ni gard resources; and beauty nnd luxuriance have been made to duck our rugged lulls and wu have drawn " from the abundance of tho sens, and the treasures hid in the sands." What though we boast no classic fields, no long-drawn lino of storied gener ations, no pomp of heraldry nor race of Kings? Wo can look back with pride on an honored lineage, deduced from a pious ancestry, and ennobled by Pilgrim blood. Wo can turn to a history brief but crowded, brightened with deeds of lofty heroism and virtues of pure and spotless excellence. Wo can point to n Binning roll ot names themselves tho titles of a deathless renown which children's children will revere and blnzon, and " Set them down with gold on Luting pillars." The influence of New F.ngland through out I he nation, is depicted in the following eloquent passage : " Every man is emulous to overtop his follows. Every grade ol lilo down in Uiu poorest and humblest, is pressing upon the Hkirts. ami Ftrivinir for an equality per linn to sornct nil'' more, on the score 01 wenlth and privilege with that next above tol Expenditures are suited not lo the standard nf one's means, nor yet of one's raliom1 wants but the meauro of other tnen s hursi'mcnts. Difference in tho length"! purse by no means produces alwayi 11 pro portionate difference in tho oulgoc. To remedy the inconvenience! so surely 10 toi low, even where the darker feelings of envy and sullen ill will may nni do iiiuui- cd, a passion for wealth inordinately cherished. Man is in haste to grow rich- lie hears of sudden and blllliant iieqtn-otiotH of property, and covets like fortunes for himself. Small gams no longer comein him. Frugality, or a wise and prudent thrift, he unhappily despises. He embarks cnpital, pawns credit, and in a luckless hour launches lortli on the tea 01 specula tion. All is nut to hazard, lie is afloat on trencherous piemen whore fur one chance of making it prosperous venture, he is exposed to fearful odds. Highblow in, hope nnu commence, lie sports awnue 11 e wanton boys in summer s"ns ;' hut rnon th" sky darkens n tempest lowers the deep braves and swells the port is far distant s canvass flutters to the n-ing breeze he Fkims awhile along the curling waves hut a fiercer blast cumes rushing on sud denly it falls, ond whelms his bark, his hopes, his all." 1 "No man in his senses can seriously be lieve that all distinction? of privileges mid possessions can he melted down in mio promiscuous mass, to continue so under any compuU-ory state of civilized society. The plan of a community ot goods lias been tried over and over again, nnd resulted in disastrous failure. If in name or form. the system has ever maintained its gronni! beyond the hour ofi'.s unpromising birth. it has only been 111 some petty societies, the regulation ol winch could not fur a moment exist among tho complicated rcla tinns ol populous states. The experiment was made, under the best auspices of which it was susceptible in the infancy of our own Commonwealth. Lands in fee were withheld from all the original settlers Every thing was then common. The avails of husbandry and the products of the fish eries were thrown into n general Ftoc'c, from which supplies of food and other nc ccssarie.) were again issued like rations in a garrison. The consequence was, thai as the idle were sure lo he fed if bread there was from the public storehouse, they wore little nnxious to contribute their share of toil and exertion to meet the com mon exigencies; nnd the industrious wero overtasked for the purpose of furnishing the requisite sutliciency. Same improve ment was made when, three years after the settlement nt Plymouth, acre lots were as signed to colonists in usufruct ; and more, when four years later, these lots were ex tended to sections of twenty ncres. The absolute property I herein continued lo In some lime longer withhold-'shut out by rig orous interdict ; nor was it till every con trivance was resort d to, short of 1 ho one inevitable though long deprecated is-ue, that the whole policy was abandoned. U"al estate was then created; full title lo possessions were granted; lands dislri butcd in clear severalty :-trndo was thrown to the fair rivalry of all ; and every man's, gains were guaranteed for his sole, exclu sive behoof and disposal. And what fol lowed? Spurs were at once put to rnter prize. Rusincss no longer languished. Useful occupations multiplied and tluiirili ed. The hum nf cheerful industry rcsnun ded on all sides. The tide of wealth bngnn to set into the little, roleny--at first fed by scanty swelled by ampler streams, till it rills, thcnrolled at length its broad nnd si!, very current through the smiling land-cape, transmiting, like n second l'actolus, its very sands into gold." We publish to-day, as promised same days since a condensed view of tho character of II.Anrtno.N' If the reader docs not rise from its perusal with feelings of attachment and admiration of the man, we will be will ing to admit of our want of comprehension of those qualities in man, which endea,- him to Ins fellow men. It is from Judgo Il.n.i.'s Memoir. No one will deny he justice of the character, or doubt its truth. Pouhon CHARACTER OF GEN. HARRISON. We must nuw review some of the ground that we have passed over, for the purpose ot presenting in another point of view, the public services 1 1 1 1 lie distinguished individ ual, v hose eventful career has occupied our attention. Wo have tnoro than once ol- lulled to the integrity and disintercsteiiiiess of Geir Harrison ; wo have noticed Ins pa triotism anil devoleilnesss to his country; and we now propose lo oiler some proofs of the display of these qualities in addition lo the evidence afforded by his public acts. Wo have neon that Gen. Hanson never contemplated the military service- ns a permanent profession. When the first war for independence had terminated by the victory of Wayne, nnd the delivery of the Rritish posln in the north-west, lie threw aside the habiliments nf a soldier nud ac cepted a civil office. Ho passed from mm grade to another, enjoying successfully the coinfiilence of the eldr Adams. Jefferson, and Madison, and of the people of Ohio and Indiana. As Gnvcrnor of Indiana, and suprcintendent nf Indian nflairs. for thir teen years, largo sums of money passed through his hands, to bo dispurscd at his discretion, and subjected to few of the checks which are now provided, tinder the admirable arrangement of office.-, nt Wash ington, Ho gave no security; nor had the government any other guarantee fur Hie faithful application of those funds, hut his prudence ami honesty. That he was true to his trust, is obvious from tho fact, thai he remained poor, nud did nol become the debtor of tho government- Humado 110 speculation upon the public money or lands. In tho expedition of Tippecanoe, ho led the militiu of Ins own territory, and a few volunteers from Kentucky, into the field, as governor of Indiana, and commander-in- chief, o ils inililia. The command that he I for nitorwi'ds held on the iiertwctcrnirronttor. was gift'ji mm nt the spontaneous call ot lb" weiltrn people. He did not seek the ollico lr the cinohiin 'tits of 11 gencal: hut, willingly led his fellow ci'izans to battle, sharing with tliem the la' r-. the danger s and ihlionors of war, and retiring with, them It private life when the contest ceas ed. As tomnmnder-in chief, he was subjee ted lo leavy expenses. His command was spread over fo wide a territory, that ho was obliged to travel inces'aullv and to enter tain a lirgesuit. Nearly all his operations wero curried on with militia and all the incasuri'S neces-ary to draw out these troops to the field, ot conciliate them white I there, and to retain Ihein in service, nbligeu him to mtr nam an extensive intercourse wilh inllientinl t.znns, and to receive nnny.of Item nt his head quarters. Unlike the leadei ofregu'nr nrr.iy, who is provi ded with troops nnd supplies, und is it? dependent of the country, Gun. Harrison was placed in a kind of political relation to the people which required that he should possess their confidence and good will. It vas requisite therefore that ho should keep free quarters for the reception of fiicIi of his lellow-citizcns us visited him on busi ncFS, or come lo see their friends in the army. His expense so fur exceeded his pay, that he was obliged to sell a fine tract of land during the war to meet them; so that he tint rply exposed Ins life and gave his labors lo his country, but contributed a portion of his small estate to sustain her in onis of the darkest periods of her cxi-tence. lie had purchased from the government several fine tracts of land, in Indiana, on ihcOhioRiver.on which, under the system of the sale practised, only part of the pur chase money was paid. Tlie find payment became due while the General was on the frontier; and for want of money lo meet it the land was forfeited It is true that tin dor a subsequent law, he received back the sum he had actually paid in: but this was no compensation for I he loss of a body of fine land, which is now perhaps wnrlh licentii dollars per acre, and would have placed him in easy circumstances, could he have retained it. At the time that our distinguished friend was tliU3 devoting his private fortune to public service, sacrificing that which though small in value then would have risen with the rapid apprcciationofproperty in the west into an ample estate, he had liberty to draw on the L'oveintnent lo an unlimited amount and was daily pasinglargo sums of public money through Ins hands. During me war he drew on tho government for more than six hundred thousand dollars for public iiurnoEes. not n cent of winch was ever di ven. d to his own use: and a' the clo--e of his military service, there was on charge ngainst him on the books of the accounting nflicer.-at U a-lungiou, except 11 lew bun drrd dollars, which he had expended as secret service money. and which was prompt ly allowed by the President. Since the war, Gen?ral Harrison has been the principal, and almost the only, ropre sentatiyo nflhe military class of our citizens 111 the region in which ho lived; nnd the old soldiers crowded about him. The veterans who had served under Wayne, St. Clair, and others of the early commanders, came lo him lo present their claims for land ond for pensions. Those who had served in the late war under him came t'i him. of course, ns their next friend. Horn in Vir ginia nnd bred in the west' he was hnspita bin by nature, and by habit and the old soldier always found a welcome at his fire side. Not only were his expenses increased, but a vast deal of his time employed, in the duties of charity or frinilslup towards this deserving class of citizens. Some years ago, it was ascertained that a large body of land adjoining Cincinnati, nnd bordering on the Ohio, which had been -old long previously for a mere pittance, under an execution ngniiist the original pro prietor, ceuld not be held by tho titles de-1 rived from the purchasers, because the pro cording were irregular. The legal title was in General Harrison nnd another gen tleman, who were the heirs at law. Tlie hundreds of acres included in this tract would have constituted princely domains lor bulb these persons, and have nllordci! a wealthy inheritance for their descendants, had they chose.i to have insisted on their legal rights; and they could perhaps have done justice to the purchasers, by giving them a small portion ofthe whole for their equitable claims. Rut General Harrison is noline man who ever compromises between his honor and his interest; and immediately on being informed ofthe situation nf the property, ho procured the assent of his co heir and joined him in executing deeds in fecFimple to the purchasers, without claim ing any consideration for what he considered an act of duty, except a few hundred dollars being the difference between the actual val ue when sold, and the amount paid at the sheriff's sale- Included in tho tract, how ever, wero twelve acres, of the mo-,t valuable part, which were actually the property of Mr. Harrison, by donation from his father-in-law, and in his possession at tho time of the snlo under tho execution, and which were improperly included in the sa'e, in conscquonce ol Ins tille not appear ing nu record. This ho might have re tained both legally und equitably, bill such wos his nice regard for Ins reputation, and his scrupulous desire to do all the justice that others were disposed to claim of him, that he agreed to receive for this portion, as well astho other a small payment, which with the amount hr which it was struck offal tho sale, would make up what was supposed lo have been its valuu when sold. The last described portion thus relinquished is now worth 0110 hundred thousand dol lars. It is well known, that it has not been tin common for gentlemen holding high offices, to avail theunulves of their influence to pro vide for their relatives. A largo number uf tho members, of Congress, anil other high ' functionaries', have procured nppoinlmcnls their sons in the military academy nt West roint. or in the navy, by means of which Ihese young gentlemen are educated nnd provided for. nt an early ngo, at the cxpct'ic of the government. Many uf those wlm thus relievo Ihcmsolvoj ol the expens es of educating their own sons, are wealthy men. bcncral Harrison has had a numer ous family, mostly sons, and has never been wealthy. I lo has always, since his sou? have been old enough to bo educated, until very lately, held olliccs of high grade nnd influence, and could nt any tuna have pro cured Eiich a favor by asking for it. Hu had higher claims to such patronage than most men; his father was a distinguished patriot of the revolution he himself had fought through two wars one of his sons was married to tho daughter of thu lament- d G.'ii. Pike who fell in battle during tho hst war ; and tho children of this marriage became, by thu early death of their father. peniient on General lurrison. Hut lie educated his family nt his own expense. 1 1 is true, that moru than once, wlnlo in Uon gross, ho formed the intention of placing one of his sons at West Point, or in the an vy ; but finding th-; application from Ins own s'ate more numerous than could be complied with, he disintereslly waived his own claims in favor of his constituents, and procured appointments for their sons, in preference to Ins own. On one occasion when his straitened circumstances, and h'13 desire to place one of his sons in the mill tary profession, had induced him to resolve to ask an appointment for him at West Point, a poor neighbor brought to him fine boy, whom hu was wholly unable to ediicne, nnd bogged hun to place him nt West Point; the General look the son of his humble constitucn' under his patronage procured him a place in Hie military acaibi my, and Ins had the satisfaction of seeing bun been ne n valuable citizen, high in of flee in one ofthe western stales. In person General Harrison is tall and slender ; his countenance is expressive of tho vivacity and benevolence of his charac tor ; Ins fine dark eye is remarkable lor it keenness, fire, and intelligence. Althougl from early manhood he has never had the appearance of possessing a robust constilu lion, vet such has boon tho effect of an ac live life and temperate habits, that few men enjoy at I113 age so much bodily vigor, or moral energy. lie seldom or never par takes of ardent spirits, and does not habit uallv use even wine. Equally mndcraie in his diet, he is emphatically a temperate man. He is remarkably amiable in his social and domestic relations. Generous, kind and affectionate in Ins disposition mild and forbearing in his temper, plain, easy, anil unostentatious in Ins manners cheerful and nffiblo in his intercourse with his friends and with strangers easily nccossi ble to nil, and unbounded in his charities Warm in his affections, he has never been violent or vindictive in his enmities. Thosi who know him love him. and I113 enemies have only been such as have been created by his political relationsor by the operation of causes growing nut of party tooling. a long life of collisionwith men of every class frequently with the most fierce, tnr hiilont, and ungovernable, wo have knowledge of his having been engaged in personal hostilities, or in a duel : and such was the effect of his mild and gentlemanly example, that not a duel was fought in th north-western nrmv while he commanded Tho son of one of the signers ofthe Do claration of Independence, and reared tin der tho eve and influence ofthe founders of our government, ho early imbibed a deep reverence fur the constitution, which has been evinced in all his public acts through life. From the house of his father, the nuardian-liip of Robert. Morris, nnd the patronage of Washington, he passed into j the servicn of his country in the enmpan innslup of Wayne. St. Clair, and other il lustrious men, "of that noble band who laid the foundation of our liberty. In civil of. fice he became associated with Jefferson, Madison. Monroe, and other master spirits, who, while they were among the fathers of the constitution were also th" great kvlers ofthe democratic party. They professed the principles which had been distilled into his irind from early infancy, and which, in the mature reflcctiun of manhood, he con sidercd right, and he acted with the demo cratic party consistently and steadily. From early associations, therefore, as well ns from principle, he has retained through all vicissitudes oflifo an nrdent love and a deep reverence for the pure maxims ofthe revo lotion: and has been 111 tho habit of testing his political opinions by the constitution it self, and the cun'.cmporacous exposition ot its friMiiors. In civil office, and in military command, he was always just, moderate nnd firm; avoiding violent and arbitrary measures, and preferring to govern by persuasion and argument. The talents and attainments of General Harrison may bo estimited from his wri tings, his speeches and Ins acts. Tho mm who would deny to him a high order of in tellect, must be regardless of the evidence ofhiftory. For forty years his name lias been associated with the most important transactions of our country, nnd the proofs of liis intellectual endowments may be found on its records. The lawyer whose whole time has been devoted 10 the examination of a nartirular class of subjects may bo nble in embody his thoughts on n question of constitutional or municipal law with more I'tochtncal precision, nnd mould his language with greater art und sophistry. 1 lie train ed politician, whose energies have been de voted, with unceasing vigilance, to Ins own elevation, who has watched the temper of the times, and thu llucluiilinj: opinions of parties, may bo more expert in inak-ng or in seizing occasions to display his patriot ism or address. Jim Geo. Harri-on may be advantageously compared with any of his contemporaries as a man of abilities, and ns a sound nnd uble practical politician. His writings which nro numerous, speak for themselves; they arc distinguished by clearness and facility of composition. Few men write better or with greater rapidity. In the many high stations which hs has fil led, he has never bjen in the habit of cm ploying a secretary or any amanuensis, to write his letters, but has always performed this duty for himself. He is an annulled and ready speaker, fluent in language, plain but not graceful in manner. We iiave seldom seen any one so prompt or so happy tu an lemDoraneons address. His aptitudu and readiness in bringing the rcourcss of a highly cultivated mind to bear, without ap parent premeditation, upon any subject. which may bs presented, are singularly felicitous. It was this rare union of ability, courtesy. and moderation, that caused Gen. Harrison to be so much beloved by tho militia whom ho conimininil 111 tlie war. These were the qualities that won for him the friendship of 1 hi gllnti' nival hero of Erio, who wrote to hun in 1 .'! 1 3 , 'lou know what has been my opinion as to the future commander-in-chief of'tlie army. I pride myself not a lit tle, I assure you, on seeing my predictions so near Being verilied; yes, t iv dear fnond. I expect soon to hail you ns the chiof who lo redeem tlie honor of our arms at tho north.'1 The man whose character could extract such a compliment from tne modest and unassuming Perry himself a daring officer, a man of discernment, who, after a chieving one of the noblest victories that graced our annals, voluntarily accompanied Harrison to the field, and acted as his aid at the battle of the Thames tho man, wo ay, who could extract such n compliment from such a source, must have high merits. Another distinguished witness of the con Incl of Harrison Gen. McArthur. who had served under him, wrote to him in 1814: ' Vou, sir, stand tho highest with thu rnililia of this Stalb of any General in ihc service, and I am confidont that no mm can fight them to so great an advantage ; and I think their extreme solicitude may be tho moans of calling you to this fron tier." General Harrison himselfon being asked how ho minaged to gain the control which ho always swayed ovor the militia, answer ed, " By treating them with affection and kindness by always recollecting that they wero my fellow citizens, whose feelings I was bound to respect, and by sharing on every occasion the hardships which they were obliged to undergo." When Commodore Perry, forgetting his own recent daring, remonstrated with Gen. Harrison on his exposure of his own per son, in an nttack made by the Indians on the army, at Chatham, shortly before the action at tho Thames, and also in the bat tle ofthe Thames, the intrepid lender rc olied, that "it was necessary that a General 6hould set the example." Sin Waltbr Scott. Every persnn.the least acquainted wi'h the history or charac ter nf mis great man, knows that, in many strikin'g peculiarities, he stood alone ond unequalled. Whether wo conseder tho rrjfW or the aggregate amount of his wri tings, he foremost among those who have contributed to the literature of the world. The January number of Frazer's .Magazine contains a series of interesting remiuiscen. ccs relative to the last days of Sir Walter from which we glean a few interesting par ticulars. By iho failure of Constable di Co. in IG25, Scott, who had endorsed their paper to an unlimited extent, became liablo to the amount of IlO.OOOr. It was under these discouraging circumstances that he commenced the Herculean task of writing himself nut of debt, in which as is known he to far succeeded, lint at the time of Ins death the claims were reduced to one third, so that in live years ho actually earn ed more than forty thousand pound sterling. Tins result, however, was accomplished by nn intensity nnd constancy of labor, to which Ins previous efforts had been noih. ing; at the cost of all his accustomed a-mn-ements, by the sacrifice of bodily exer- ercise, and as trequent consequence of sleep. One of Constable's creditors, hold, ing a note endorsed by Walter Scott, neai ly rendered nugatory all the arrangement for the gradual settlement of the claims, by absolutely refusing to accept, even pro tempore, any part of his demand. All or . nothing was lis ultimatum. This Shylock nearly experienced ihe fate of his p'rolo typo, for his debt was set aside 011 the ground of tieiiary, and he was glad to ac cept any terms he could obtain. For his lift- of. Bonnpartf. which lie completed in one year. Sir Walter received l-l.OOOt. Among his nther most profitable undertak ings, was the ninv edition of Ins works nnd his contributions to Lirdner's Cyclopaedia. In some instances 500. were oflored linn for a few trifles lo be ittCmfd in annual. These facts go to account for a result which, ns it is unparalleled in the history of literature, can, witliout explanation, hardly be credited. ' Politeness in! Before the bat tle Yd" Fonlenny, the officers of the British column, on approaching within fifty paces ofthe French Guards, saluted Iheir oppo nents by taking nil' their hats: the French officers, stepping forth lo the front, re turned tho coiiiphmont ! Lord Charles Hay, a captain in thu English Guards, then advanced from the ranks, and cried, " Gon tlemen of tho French G uardj.firo !" Comp to d'Antorochn, a lieutenant of Grenadiers, replied, in a loud voice, " Gentlemen, firo yourselves we never firo first !" The British 11 iw poured in a firo so destructive, that nineteen officers of the French Guards ami eleven of tho Swiss fell before it : (100 men ofthe same corps wore killed or woun ded ; and the Swiss regiment of Courten, which hid joined the French Guards, wera ftnuihilated.

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