Sit ffluxltuj&tttic fflxtt lie NOT THE GiiORY OF CSAIt DUT THE WELFARE OF ROME. BY H. B. STACY. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER T, 1838. VOl XII No. 585 SATURDAY EVENING. BY N. r. WILLIS, 1 love to look on a ccno like tit is, Ofwikl nml eaielpss pity. And pertunde myself that I urn not old, And my locks are not jet gray, For it stirs the blood in 1111 old man's lienrt, , And it makes liia pubes fly, To catch llio llirill of a happy voice, And the light of u pleasant eye. J have walked (he world for four.scorc years And they pay thai I am old, And my heart is ripe fur (he i paper Death, And my years am well nigh told. It is very true it is very (rue I'm old, and "I 'bide my time :" But my lienrt will leap at :i scene like (his, And I half renew my prime. Play on, play on, I am wiih yon there, In the midjl of your merry ring ; I can feel the itwill of a cJariiif? jump, And I tie rush of the lireathlrea suing, 1 hide wilh you in the frngimu hay, And I whoop the smothered call, And my feet slip upon (he seedy floor, And 1 cue not for the fa 1 1. I am willing to die when my time shall come. And 1 shall lie glad to go ; For the woild al lea?i is aweary place, And my ptiNe is gelling low : But I lie grave is il.uk, and (lie heart will fail In treading it? glnoniv wajj And il wiles my heart from dreariness, l'o see (he young so gay. From die New-Yorker. THE FATAL WAGER. "Founded on facts Translated from the German. "A cold dreary night fur -t uilom said 'the host of tho Double Eagle, a he throw 'n faggot of wnnd upon the lire nrnund which were Heated a knot of students, filently smoking their meerschaums, while upon a tnble near at hand Flood a number of empty bottles and drinking cups, bear, ing evidence of their recent good cheer. The night was far advanced it was St. Mark's eve and they had been discussing iho numerous superstitions current among the peasantry concerning this hallowed time. There was a pause in the cnrivcrsu tion, and each sat seemingly absorbed in his own thoughts, which to judge from the grave aspect of their features were serious enough. So deeply were they buried in meditation, that none heeded the observn. lions of the landlord. It was toward the close of Aulumn, and the wind whistled eharp as it swept past the grozy old inn, giving token of the approach of stern vis aged Winter. "Well, Herman," said one of the stu dents laying neulo his pipe and moving n little from the fire, which now blazed "brightly since you have laughed at all the legends and superstitions which havo been related to. night and profn?s not to believe in the existenco of spirits good or bnd. yet there is one concerning which I would ask Your opinion. It i-- said that on tho eve of St. Mark's our. may see I ho shades of those who are to die within a 'hurl time pass into the church, by watching there at the hour of midnight." 'Merc stones to amuse children," re plied Herman. 'Yet did not Burgomeister declare that he saw, on the eve of St. Mark's, bb he wob returning home Into at night from Groshelm, a shadowy figure, (ho exact counterpart of himself, elide into the church as he passed it and did he not die a few months afterwards !" "Very true. IJerr Roeambort; but. you must recollect that old Wngrain was not esteemed the most temperate in Engle bach. And it is well known that on the occasion alluded to, he was returning from a merry-making, nnd it is but just to pre 6ume that his perceptive faculties could not have been in a very perfect stain. It is probable that he saw but his own shadow; by the moon, which I remember shone brightly that night nnd his disordered in tcllect and superstitious folly led him to imagine it a emrit. As to Ins death, which occurred so shortly after; it is my firm fteuet l not it had no more connection with SI, Mark's eve than than " (puzzled for jn sjmilcj "llian lire has with water." "Granting all yoti have said, still I think jit scmewhat Btrangc. Though I do not ,profess to bo superstitious, yet thoro is .uoniuuimg ueuutiim in mat ueiiol Hint lliero ,ro spiritsthose of our friends and kindred who watch over us in our sleeping hours, and hover around during the busy scenes a day, guarding us from evil who, when (he 6and of life has nearly run, assumed n visible shape, and beckon us from this wcarv world to realms of happiness and bliss." "All very fine, no doubt," said Herman smiling, "I dare say, Rosatnbnrt, ilwugk you do not profess to be superstitious, yoi nra you not fearful, as you pass tho old church to night on your way homo, of seeing your shade hovering about the ehurch ?" "It is well that your way lies not thilh cr," said Rosarnbort, rather nettled, "for wilh oil your smiling, 1 doubt whether you daro Irusl yoursell in its vicinity at the a. hour of midnight. Indeed, I will wutrer a dozen of mine liost'a choicest Burgundy that you daro not. "Dnno, Rosambcrt, done ! Gentlemen," Hid Herman, addressing his brother stu dents, "hear you this wager. Egad, we'll mute a niirht of it! Now KoBoinbert, 1 will do more on tho faith of thy Burgundy I will outer (he old miser's vault, con. corning which there arc so many mysteri ous talcs; nnd t-hould I meet with n spirit, I'll speak to it though it blast me." The tomb is in a delipated Mnto. and the en trance is easy. Tho wager shall be deci ded this very night." "Excellent! excellent!" exclaimed Ro sambcrt ; "and that we may know that you have been t hero, take this poinard, and stick it into a coffin." Placing his dagger in his bosom, he gaily turning to his friend, and said with a smile. "Now I am ready be sure you havo tho Burgundy uncorked on my return !" He left the inn, nnd as ho wended his way through tho village, now buried in repose, the solemn silence that reigned around dissipated his gaiety, and his tho'ts took a more serious tone. He felt as if he had acted wrong in having indulged in unseemly levity on so serious a subject ; and then the many terror-inspiring tales respecting the old miser, to whoso tomb he was journeying came rushing upon his mind causing him almost to repent his foolish hardihood; but to return without attaining his object, would occasion the ridicule of his friends, and he dreaded being stigmati zed as a vain boaster and coward. He therefore pushed quickly on, and in a short time reached the old church, which stood at the extremity of the village. He clam bered over the low paling that surrounded the venerable building, and stood "in the back ground ol life," as Richter denomi nates the grave yard. All was silent save the wind, which sighed mournfully through the linden trees, scattering the seared leaves far arid wide The night was dark, tho sky overspread wilh murky clouds, which sped rapidly along like giant spirits of air, revealing hero and there a twinkling star. A feeling of awe canio over him ns he stealthily glided along the tomb-stones; and as he ncared the miser's burial place, the hour of midnight tolled loudly from the turret clock, breaking through tho solemn stillness like the knell of death. Ho started at the sound, and almost quaked witli fear. Bui as the lasts stroke dhd away, he sum moned his loitering resolution, and drawing forth the dagger, rushed down the steps of the vault, nnd with a convulsive shudder, stuck it into a damp and mouldy cofiin, which returned n sound as it the skeleton within it had fallen asunder, and tho bones rattled against the coffin sides. Terrified and agitated, Herman attempted to tush from the vault, but he was held fat by some invisible agency, and uttering a faint cry fell senseless In the ground. "What can possibly detain Ilormnn?" said Rosambert to his fellow students. "It is now an hour since he departed, nnd he should have returned ere this. I hope no evil has befallen him." Another hour elapsed and still he came not. At last it wa9 proposed that they should seek him. A lantern was procured, and after proceeding at n rapid pace, they arrived at the church yard, nnd descended tho gloomy vault, they discovered the body of the illfated Herman, lying upon his face across the Ihroshhold. the extremity of his gown fastened to the coffin by theponiard. It would seem that in his fear nnd agitn tion, his hand became entangled in the folds of his gown and the dagger pinned it to the coffin, nnd imagining he had fallen into the hands of demons or spirits, he sank lifeless to the ground. He was rais cd and tho expression of terror upon his countenance was truly horrible. His eyes seemed starting from their sockets his lip were lirmlv compres-ed and his hair stood bristling upon his head. He was conveyed to the inn wilh all possible despatch, whore efforts were made lo resuscitate him. but in vain. The fright had been too much for him ho was dead Cauoht. "Live Yankees," although they may come under tho name and denom. ination of "green horns." arc not apt to get trapped by customs which to them are novel and singular, They generally take the wiso precaution to "look before they leap," or what amounts to pretly much the same thing, are cnrcful to "follow euit." But tho fox wiih all his cunning, occasion ally finds himself in n "peculiarly unpleas axfix " Evry one remembers the story about Davy Crockett's being taken in by the "frozen victuals" but here is one that is "a leetle grain slicker" than that. It is usual at Conzen's Hotel, in N. York, to pass around finger glasses after dinner, each glass containing a slicn of lemon. A Johnny Raw, who had stuffed himself to his entire satisfaction, having one of these "new notions'1 handed lo him not doubting the disposition to bo made of it immedi ately "wet his whistle" with tho contents. Finding no particular flavor about it, he squealed out at the top of his voice, "hullo Uozzons! your leeu is up top, nut your lemonade is dreadful moan !" When ho had delivered himself of his exclamation, casting a furtive glance about tho table, to Ins great dismay and mortiticalion ho dis covered that ho had made a "false move," and the wav he looked red and felt small was fun to those who witnessed tho scone, but dea'.h to him. An amusing story is told of a Iravelcr, who encountered a remarkably scanty din ner at Cheltenham for which he was charg. ed enormously, when he threatened that tho landlord should havo cause lo rcmcm. her this oxtortion as long as lie lived. Ac cordingly, wherever tho gentleman wan dered over tho world, he disguised his handwriting and directed a double letter to the hotel. Tho contents were always the following : " I shall nover forgot tho excellent dinner you gavo mo on tho 2fJlh ol August." Flio nnrortunato landlord was at Inst nearly ruined, and oven from China, this pertinacious correspondent con trived to forward his usual epistle. AMERICAN INSTITUTE. KMJVENTII ANNUAL FAIR. Tuts celebration of American Industry and the Arts will bo opened lo visiters on Monday, the 15th day of October next, nt 10 o'clock, A. M. Articles intended for competition for premium must bo delivered on Friday or Saturday previous, viz., tho 12th or 13th of October. Choice produc tions from every department of industry, whether of agriculture, manufactures, or the arts, as well as all kinds of machines, models, &c, will be appropriate for cxhibi. tion and competition for premium. To provide the requisite accommodations for the grand display which the notices al ready received decidedly indicate. Niblo's entire Garden has been engaged, embracing a part of the promenade, never before oc cupied by the Institute, with extra room one hundred feet in length and twenty-five in width. A powerful steam engine will be provided, which will afford a continued moving exhibition of machinery. The lib erality of the public enabled the managers of the last two fairs to bestow in premiums, exclusive of diplomas, sixty gold medals, ond two hundred and sixty silver medals, in addition lo other not inconsiderable rewards in money. Prompted by a desiro to increase the in terest awakened in agriculture, particular, ly in the culture of silk, n number of potri otic individuals have volunteered to add to the means of the present managers, in or der to enable them to extend more liberal bounties, and promote among the silk cul turists of our country a fresh spirit of emu lation. This laudable example wo hope the opulent and public spirited, who take an interest in other departments of produc tive industry, will follow by associating and contributing with similar high-minded mo tives. The enthusiasm with which former cele brations have been hailed, and Iho cheering influences already inspired by the approach ing one, notwithstanding all our severe business calamities, confer on them a character and value never before adequate ly appreciated, By means of these fairs, necessity, instead of depressing invention, has brought forth its mighty powers, and is developing its unbounded resources. Articles sold during the fair cannot be delivered until the close : and in order to enlarge the amount of sales, ond bring to fabricators nnd producers immediate bene fits, it is particularly desired that descrip tion should accompany each article, 6taling the price, by whom manufactured, designa ting particularly the place where they may be obtained. Tho uses and objects of each article, if not npparent, should also bo sta ted : such a description will facilitate the distribution of printed catalogues early in the first week of the fair, anil will no doubt swell the amount of sales. The public are invited to attend this an niversary celebration. Distinguished indi viduals, it is hoped, will be present, coun tenancing and inspiring as usual. Female delicacy, taste, and ingenuity, have never failed to imparl a crowning effect j and we trust they will, on the coining occasion, more than ever command admiration. Editors will oblige the Institute by giving tho above one or more gratiluous insert ions. For further particulars, address T. B. Wakeman, Cor. Sec'y., at the Repository of the American Institute. 107 Broadway, where specimens of manufactures, models, machines, Sic. are received free of expense, and exhibited daily. Bauon's Confession. Tho Rochester nailers of Ihn 16th nnd 17lli irwt. p.nntnin n short paper purporting to bo tho confession o; wciavius uaron, recently executed (or (he murder of Mr. Lvmnn, as follows I, Oct avius Baron, sentenced to die on to-morrow, 25lh of July for the murder of Wm. Lyman, do declare that Thomas Ben net and Leon Flnet are entirely innocent of any participation in the commission of this crime that they wore not necessary before or after tho fact they had no knowledge whatsoever of this murder but what ihey received in common with other citizens on the morning of my arrest. I make this solemn declaration for the purpose of repairing tho injury which those innocent persons may havo sustained from any previous confession of mino, and also of protecting them from punishment for a crime of which they are as innocent as any other citizen. I furthermore declaro.lest any other per son might be suspected or charged with a participation of this murder, that I had no accomplice in tho committing of it. About to appear before tho judgment seat of God, from whom, through the mer its of my Redeemer, I hope for mercy ; I irust that this my last dying confession will set aside all my previous confessions, and restore to liberty and society those now in dieted for the crime for which I am about to sufTer, and of which I alone am guilty. While, with a heart broken with sorrow for this and all my other sins, I am perfect ly resigned to the execution of this just sentence pronounced against me, I implor ingly intruat all young men to attend to the practical duties of tho Christian religion ; for. with tho neglect of these duties, in op
position to advico and frequent solicitation, commenced the unfortunate career which has led to tho commission of tho criino for which I am about In suffer. OCTAVE BARON. Methodism in Texas, We wcro actually astonished und at t lie same lime gratified, nt seeing in (ho Natchez Free Trader, a statement of die progress of icligion in Texas. The IMeihodisis almio havo in (hat country twenty societies nnd three hundred and twenty preachers, including ex elders and three exhnriers. One of their Mia. sionaries, (tho Kev. 11. Alexander has travelled ihis vcar in the course of his ciicuit, twenty two hundred miles on horse Lack, though exposed lo every privation and inclemency. The Freo Trader lifter giving tlio above particulars, bctloivs upon tho Methodist clergy sonic very richly merited encomiums. PHILOSOPHY ABOUT KLUCTIONS. The Loco Focon have becomo Philoso phers. Whatever mishap bcfals them, they put up with in stoical indifference. The loss of (ho gnat Stato of North Carolina, which gave Mr. Van Burcn its Electoral cote, "they expected," and they take tho loss as a matter of course. Having lost every thing in Louisiana, they thank their Loco Foco Deities, it is no worse, but all will bo riL'ht. "next timn " t Tfm,i,,.l, speaks by its riiousANns, "no matter," they say, for "that is a Federal State past re uompuoii iniiiann does not disturb them in the least. If they but make a gain of one solitary ncmbor in some Timbugboo, the v raise a shorn, nnd iii.,v fir,, I ,.inr enough" in the result. As iiiinois and Mis. souri como, though both of them have ever been 6trong Jackson and Van Burcn States, tho Loco Focos ore nuito nrnnnrrd fn vinlil them to us, with a "we expected it, and are not disappointed in tho least." On Al abama alone do they slump. That being a very hard money ; Siato, where a hard money uovornor signtd an Act of tho last hard money Legislature, postponing the resumption of specie payments till 1040, tho loss of it would break their hearts, and their Philosophy would fly at once. Mr. Van Buren too is n Philoennlinr dn. yond a doubt. He is frisking and Airliner like a young Boy, not an old one, ns he is, at tho White Sulnlmr R nrinrra irlmrn tlm neighbor of Virginia, the Great State of North Carolina, is pouring its Wliig artil Icrv into his cars. Tim lns nf Mifnn ti,o loss of Rhode Island, the loss of his own iNow York, tlio loss of Louisiana, ind Mis sissinni. the lots of tho Hmnt Wni ii.n caving away from under his feet of all the Jacksonism on which stood his empire, has not so mucii ouecteu mm, but tint he is "Smilinr?" Olid "frmcioils" nt iho Kririnrra As Antony in the luxurious toils of Clcopa- ira, so uoes our Ueau lirummel fondle away his hours, as others take from him his power. Vermont is to speak September 4th. Silas Wright, the Lieutenant of the North has been theiu with his Golden Calf, but if tho Green Mount&in Boys will not fall down and worship il, we shall ogain be told. "it is iust whnt wn nxnnnt " Dn the 10th ofScpiembsr, Maine is "called upon ut avenge nor murdered Uilloy," but if tho Loco Focos thorn ivnnl hnml Mm mil so loudly rung, the Loco Focos here will ten us, -we never expected to win " Pennsylvania thr ce voted for Gen. Jackson, and once for Van Buren, and never since the organization of our Party, gave us a Whig vote, an? yet if Pennsylvania should be OUrs. tllOV Mould rnnsirinr ir n mniinr of course," bit if not ours, they will make ine lanu ring icr a state saved al last. STANDING ARMY. Extract from the speech of Mr. Everett in the House, June 28, 1832, on the bill to increase the military establishment : Mr. Everett said he had made up his mind to vote for an increase of the army, asamended; but nnce he had heard the gentleman from Massachusetts, Mr. Grou nd, he was in doubt as to voting for any increase whateve. He was astonished to hear trom a son of New England the de claration that a v.ilitary police wns neces sary in any bordet state ut New England. He had beard a gentleman from New York (Mr Bronson) make the same declaration ns to his own Stale: he left that to the consideration of his colleagues ; but such an imputation cotring from New l-Jngland, and reflecting on the character of the state he represented, l,e felt himself bound to notice. Mr. Grcnncll disclaimed all imputation on the State of Vermont. Mr. E. said, true, he had not done so in terms, yet ho had said lhat a military po lice wns necessaryin that Stale j and what was tho inference? That the people could not be relied on fur the execution of the laws; that a militiry force was necessary to coerce them : this was the imputation he repelled. Tiint a temporary excitement should exist in some portions of the Slate was not extraordinary, from the causes which had given riso to it, yet tho excite ment was temporary and Hie efYect would bo tempnrary. The sober senso of the great mnjurity might always be relied upon for the execution of the lows. But sir, arc temporary excitements to be put down by an armed police by the bayonet .' Is ii to be the instrument to insure tho execu tion ol the laws ? If this is lobe tho mode adopted, if this is to be the system by which the laws aro to be executed, let the people know it. Attempt to put it in practice, and you will create an excitement more alarming than any that now exists. Your military police ! how mnny will you send among us? Will your hundred, your five hundred, or your five thousand, answer your purposo as a military police, to control public sentiment in Vermont ? If you send any, send your ten thousand. No, sir, tho spirit of tho Green Mountain boys will not brook a military police. Tho gentleman has no fear of nn American standing army. An American standing army is not a stand ing army of Americans. Of whom is your American standing army composed ? You have heard in this debato that five-sixths ol tho rank and filo are foreigners ; and these are to conslituto the military police for the people of Vermont. The pcoplo of Vermont will over be found ready and sufficient to insuro tho due execution of tho lows. If any unduu excitement should at at any time exist in a section of the State, tho patriotism and loyalty o other soclions might alwnys be rolled on. It would not be necessary to go even to Massachusetts for aid. And howevor extensive or strong may bo tho sympathies of the pcoplo of Vermont, ho would never consent to havo it put down by a military police, taken from the stand ing army. South Cauomna This high-minded and honorable Stato cannot possibly be transfercd to Martin Van Burcn j and yet ho says he has it it is in his hands his interest. The Columbian Tclcscono feels and speaks tho language of a true son of mat patriotic State. The delusion cannot lonrr rnniinnn a,i now wo put the question directly, will the State Of South Cnrnlinn. tlin ,lnlD; dissipated, permit itself, knowino-lv and of purpose, to fall into tho arms of Mr. Von Buren? This is tho onlv nllPRt inn Whom are wn in hn flolum,! ... ,3 ------ -w .......... I1IUI IU( Look to it, people of South Carolina. i o tnc ruttian dynosty orBlair, Benton, and Kendall To the cold blooded, coirih n,i nr. pulous politics of the New York Regency ; To the wild and lnwlc nrinrmin. '..( unbridled loco focoism 1 o tho "kitchen Cabinet" to tho Snnils party To that which Mr. Calhoun said had no principle of adhesion but a desire ol office. To the foulness of the Mrs. Eaton party. To the ferocity of tho Procla mat ion nnr. ty. "otho daring sveonhanev of the ing party. To the fraud and dupliciiv of those who betrayed us into the T opposed the compromise of 1833, and used us viuianon in iisJT. lo that profligate nnd prodigal party which at the last Bession borrowed twenty millions, to enable it to spend thirly-nine in patronage and influence. These are the people and the principles we are to be delivered over to. And under what circumstances of gross humiliation aro wo brought up to be sur rendered ! Saved as bv a Mirucr.E. A week or two ago a litlle 6on of Dr. Chadburne, of Concord, N. H. very earnestly urged his father to walk to the river with him, and, although the Dr. had not been there for several years, we belieyc, he consented at last to an. On arrivinrr nt ihn rivnr nnnn- site the State House, he saw a number of ooys m swimming; but still (he boy urged him to go to a placo more than half a mile further up the river, to which ho consented, ond when he approached the place, and was within twenty-five rods, ho saw two bovs running on a bank of snnd tlmt nm jectcd into the river; and presently he saw one 01 uie Doys go into the water, dis. appear, riso upon tho surface, and paddle a minute, and sink again ; this was repeated as ho annroachod the nlnnn; whn il.n nii, er boy showed signs of alarm at tho situa tion 01 nis piaymaie, which induced the Dr. to hostcn to the spot, and, just as the boy was sinking the third time, ho rushed into the water, having hastily thrown off his coat, and rescued the little bov fro m n flnnl h of ten feet of water when bin just alive. i :iv reuuer win guess tlio lir.'s feelings when he is told that this proved to bo the Dr. 's other son, who had conio to the river without his knowledge, and could not swim. Ho knew not the boy until he had drawn him from the water. The place was a mile from any house, and in a verv retired place. Concord (A. .) Courier.' Not vet done. By the Detroit Free Press, we learn lhat on Monday, the 1 3th lost., as some boxes of grent. weight were landed from the Bunker Hill, sienmer, at that port, one of them became accidentally broken, and revealed snmcthinjr that looked verv liko n oieeo nf linm.v nr,i.,-, i. 'Pi... officers broko open the box and discovered u amnion oi ueauiiiui worKinansliip. entirely new. from a manufactorv nt tho llier search was made, and two other simi lar pieces were tound, and have been ludg cd in (he public store. IMPRISONMENT FOR DEBT. CIRCULAR. Messrs. John N. Pomeroy-, Jo-'KI'II Cr.AItK, HAnnv Buadi.uv, Gentlemen : You arc awaro that the subject ol Imprisonment for debt has, of late, occupied a great 6haro ofpublic atten tion, and a serious effort is making to pro cure a repeal of the law authorising it. It is considered as a relic of barbarous ages, which the clearer light of civilization has shown lo bo unjustifiable. Tho practice is of injurious tendency lo Iho creditor, as well as the debtor. It tends to increase the amount of small credits, and greatly to en hance the cost in the collection of debts. A healthy credit is necessary to nn active and clcrprising business, bul thlsshould be based on tho property in the hands of the debtor. That credit which is produced by a reliance for payment on the body, bones, and blood of the debtor, is fallacious, injurious to the parties, and destructive of the public inter est. The Whigs have taken a decided slond in favor of abolishing tho hateful low. Resolutions to that effect havo boon adop ted at tho state, district, and county con ventions. At a meeting of tho Whigs of Burlington a similar resolution was passed, and I arn directed by tho meeting lo address a noto to you for the purposo of eliciting your opinion on that interesting topic, I am, Gentlemen, with respect, Your obedient servant. CHARLES ADAMS. Aug. 30, 1038. Burlington, Sept. 1st, 1838. Charles Adams, Esq. Sir Your note of the 30tli inst. on the subject of Imprisonment for Debt, was this moment placed in my hands. As I have never had but one opinion on that subject, and have ever been frank in tho expression of it, it cannot bo ncccssarv to renew thot expression, but for the satisfaction of those who are not within tho limits of my ac quaintance. I have ever looked upon tho low author ising the imprisonment of the honest debtor os a relic of barbarous times, and at war not only with huirnnity, but with every principle of sound policy. This subject has frequently been brought before our public meetings within the last year, and indeed for years past, and I hove never for. borne to express my hostility to the law. And I have no hesitation in snyino" that I shall not cense to use what little power I possess, within the limits of the constitu tion, to wipe so foul a blot from our statute book. Had time permitted I should havo been pleased to have said much more upon this important matter. Very respectfully, yours, JOHN N. POMEROY. C. Adams, Esq. Sm Yours of the 30th inst. is received, and in answer, I have to say that I am not so anxious to obtain an election as to mount a hobby for effect ; but as the subject of your letter is one of general interest, on which I have long had a decided opinion, I see no objection to my expressing it. I have done some little business, and trusted a great many persons ; but I cannot call to mind a single instance when an honest debtor was ever imprisoned on a debt of mine. I think it is wrong, and it has been my aim lo avoid it. I believe the credit and business of the country will be on n better end Eafer footing by abolishing all imprisonment, under such regulations as shall protect the creditor against frauds. With this limitation, any law abolishing imprisonment will meet my approbation, and receive my cordial support. 1 am, sir, &c. f.fi n JOSEPH CLARK. Milton, Aug. 31. 1838. Burlington, Sept. 3d, 1038. Sin On my return from tho south, I received your note of the 30th ultimo, addressed to Messrs. Pomeroy, Clark, ond myself, in pursuance of a resolutior of tho Whigs of Burlington, relating lo tho law of imprisonment for debt ; and I with pleasure reply that I consider the existing law authorizing the imprisonment of debtors, one that ought lo have been long ago repealed. Its operations arc most severe upon those who have been unfortu nate: and to immure o man within the walls of a prison, or to confine him within n limit of four square miles, for no other cause than being unable to pay his debts, is not in accordance with the spirit of liber ty, nor of our free institutions. At the last session of our legislature, a bill to nbolish imprisonment for debt was introduced, which, if passed without amend, nicnt, would have had a retrospective ac tion, including within its provisions debts already in existence, as well ns contracts thereafter to bo made. Such a bill I be lieved to be unconstitutional, and with that view I voted for its dismission: but when the bill came up in a constitutional shape, or in other words, with n proviso that it nhould operate on contracts only thai should bo theteafier made, I voted for the bill in every instance, ond did all in my power to procure its passage. For several years past I have had bnt one opinion on the subject ; that opinion is, that imprisonment for debt ought imme diately to be abolished: and in whatever situation I may hereafter bo placed, 1 shall use every effort to abolish it. I am very respectfully Your obedient servant, HARRY BRADLEY. Chari.es Adams, E-q In connection with tho above, it may not be improper to refer to the journals of iho legislature. In 1830 Mr Foiled intro duced a resolution instructing tho commit too to report a bill to abolish imprisonment for debt. On the question shall tho bill pu6s, iho yeas and nays were token yeas 88, nays 1(0, The name of Mr Follctt is among tho yeas, tho nnmes of JOHN SMITH ond WYLLYS LYMAN among the nays. Journal p. 143. Tho subject was again befnro the legisla ture last tall, nnd alter tho bill was anion, ded so as to toko affect on all contractu after the act, Mr Bradley's name is rccot ded in favor of the law.