Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, March 6, 1840, Page 1

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NOT THE GLORY O F C ;E S A It BUT THE WELFARE OF ROME. UY II. B. STACY. FRIDAY, MARCH fl, 1840. VOL. XIII Xo. 663 WILLIAM HENRY IIAKRISON IN CONGRESS. Gun. Harrison took his scat as a mem ber of tlio House of Roprcscntatives on the opening of the Second Session of tlio Fourteenth Congress, (Dec. 2, i81G. On tho 3d, the Annual Message of thc President was received; on the 4th? oft the month the President's Message was' dissected, and on tho 5th the commit lecs upon its various subjects wcro an nounced, of ono of which (on the subject of the Militia) Gen. Harrison was ap pointed chairman. On the next day, boing the first day after the organization of the House, Gen. Harrison moved tho following resolu tion, in which the reader will perceive the germ of the provision afterwards niado for the surviving officers and soldiers of the Revolutionary war : "Resolved, That the Military Com- niitteo be instructed to report a bill " providing by law for the relief of such "of the officers and soldiers who, having "faithfully served in tho armies of the " United States, are now in distressed " circumstances, and who, not having rc " ceived wounds or disabilities whilst in " actual service, arc excluded from the " benefits of the pension laws." On presenting this resolution, Gen. Harrison said, "It had been bis nitcn " tion to offer with this resolution, some " observations upon tho matter to tho " House : but, understanding that this " was not considered wholly proper on " origininating a motion, he should re " serve his remarks for another stage of " the business. He did with the less rc " luctancc, since any remarks he should " have made would have been with a " view to enlist the feelings of the House, " and he felt, on reflection, convinced " that such remarks must be wholly un " necessary on this occasion, and that " THE HEART OP EVERY AMERICAN WOULD " ItC AT IN UNISON WITH THE OHJECT HE " had in view. He had made the reso " hition as broad as iossiblc, that it " might afford to the committee a choice of " the various modes of accomplishing tho " object proposed to be committed to " them. " The resolution thus moved having been modified on the suggestion of an expe rienced member of the House so as to leave it, according to usage, discretion ary with the committee to report by bill or otherwise, was agreed to without op position. Though nothing definitive in reference to this subject was done at this Session of Congress (the, two Houses having their hands full of other business of more im mediate urgency) it is plainly evident that it was this proposition which led the way to the provision for the survivors of tho Revolutionary war; a mcr. surc which circles the fame of this Repub lic with a glory the ancient Republics could not boast of, by exhibiting to the world the most beautiful example on re cord of a nation's gratitude. It was not until tho following Session of Congress that the first act on the sub ject was passed. . At the opening of that Session, Mr. Monroe, who also had ven eration for the principles and actors of the Revolution strongly impressed upon his charactor not the less strongly from his having been himself per sonally associated with its trials and its perils introduced the subject to Con gress in the following appropriate and ' touching terms, following very nearly, the reader will perceive, tho languago of Gen. Harrison's proposition at tho ( pre ceding Session of Congress : " In contemplating tho happy situation of tho United States, our attention is ' drawn, with peculiar interest, to the " surviving officers and soldiers of our " Revolutionary army, who so eminent 'ly contributed, by their service, to lay "its foundation. Most of those very ' meritorious citizens have paid tho debt " of Iiture, and gono to repose It is "behoved that, among tlio survivors, there aro some not provided for by ex " istine 'laws who aro reduced to indi- gencc, and even to rcaldistress. Thcso ' men have a claim on tho graiitudo of their country, and it will do honor to Uioir country to provide for them. Tio lapse ot a few years more, and tho op " portunity will be forever lost. Indeed, " so' long already has been tho interval, " that tho number to bo benefitted by any " provision which may bo mado will not " oo great. Of tho scloct committoo to which this part of tho Message was referred, Gen Harbison would doubtless have been mado Chairman, but that Gen. Bloom field, much his senior in years and in dato of service, a soldier of tho Revolu tion, (as well as of the war of 1812,) had come into Congress as a Representative from New Jersey, and it was almost a matter of course that tho matter should bo placed in, his charge. .With him wcro associated other Revolutionary worthies, C.olonctTAi .i.madge, of Connecticut, an experienced officer of 'the Rovolution, (also senior to Gen. II.) being next on the committee. This committee was not long in delib erating upon the measure ; for on the 12th of the same month in which it was ap pointed, the committee reported u bill to provide, again almost in tho terms of General Harrison's original proposition, for tho reliof of such officers and soldiers (and sailors) who have faithfully served, &c. and arc now "in reduced circumstan ces in life." In tho discussion of this bill General II. took an activo part, advocating, how ever, a just discrimination between actual service and the merely being mustered in the Army without serving any length of time. Sustaining this discrimination, he opposed an amendment proposing to allow tho proposed pension to " every officer or "soldier who served in any manner " during the Revolutionary war, and now surviving," arguing it as follows: " The amendment now nroDoscd. hn "said, went too far, because it would " embrace every one who had shouldered " a musket, even for .an hour, duriinr the i T? t . .i ,uiuiiuii,ii y war. iVS 10 lllOSO WHO "had seen serious service, so far from " having a claim to the meed oUibcrality, " the amendment would be but a measure " of justice, as no bounty had been accor " ded to them. Persons, however, cov "crcd with scars and borne down by " length of service in those days, ought " not to be confounded with those who " had been called out for an hour or a day. " Some athe militia, he thought, were " as well entitled to this pension as any " regulars, of whom the Jersey militia might 1)0 imrtictthirlv mentioned, lint " he wished to have the operation of the om limited to such as should have " served six months or more." This bill passed the House of Repre sentatives before Christmas Day, showing a marvellous despatch of business in the House of Representatives, in comparison with the usage in tho same body at tho present day, and, what is still more re markable, the yeas and nays were not even called upon its passage. Such was the good feeling then prevailing among th Members of the House, that the major ity would not expose to invidious imputa tion, by requiring a record of their names, those whose objections to the details of the bill might have induced them to vote against it. The bjll which passed tho House so promptly, did not so readily obtain tho assent of the Senate; but it finally passed that body towards the end of February following, (yeas 23, nays S,) and now stands on tho statute-book as the act of March 15, 1818, entitled " An act to providn for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary war." A few days after the transmission of this bill to the Senate, Gen. Harrison submitted tho following resolution : " Resolved, That a committee be ap " pointed jointly with sucli committee as " may bo appointed on tho part oi tlio " Senate, to consider and report what " measures it may be proper to adopt to " manifest tho public respect lor the mem " ory of General Tn.pnuus Kusciusko, " formerly an officer in tho service of the " United States, and tho unilorm and " distinguished friend of Liberty and the " Rights of Man." In this proposition tho ruling passion of tho mover, his enthusiastic admiration of tho principles of the Rovolution, and his zeal in behalf qflibcrity in general, and of tho rights of man, aro plainly developed. But it is to tho following speech, deliv ered on that occasion, extracted from the file of tlio National Intelligencer, that wo bespeak the particular attention of our readers : On presenting, tho abovo resolution, Gen. Harrison addressed tho House as follows ; The public pnpers havo announced nn event which i well calculated o cxciin ihc swnpaihy of every American bosom, Kosciusko, ihe martyr ol Liberty, it no more 1 We lire informed that lie died it Soleuic, in Prance, soma lime in October luil, " lit tmeing llm events of tlii great nun's life, uc find in hint lltnl consisicitcy of conduct which ts I tic moie to lie ndinired in it is so rnrcly to ha met wilh. He wild not ill one time tho friend of innn kind nnd nt tinoihcr llie insitumcnl of their op predion ; hut ho preserved throughout his whole career those noble principle which distinguished hint in its commencement which influenced him, ul tin eiirly period of his life, to lenve his country nud his friends, nud in itnuiltcr hemisphere (o fight for llm rights of humanity. Kosciusko win horn nd cduciiled in Poland, of ii noble mid distinguished family n country where the tllstindinns In society mi c perhaps cir rled to greater lengths than in 'any oilier. His Crentor had, however, endowed him wiih n soul cnpiible of rism? nhove the nnrrnw prejudice of ; cast, n hi I bic.iking tho shackles which u vicious education I. nil imposed on his mind. ' When very jnniig, he was informed by the voiro of Fume llnit llm standard of liberty been erected in America that an iimiltod and oppressed people had determined to bo fire, or perish in I lie tleinp(. Hi ardent nnd Rcncmns mind cancht. wilh cnihusiasni. llie bo If (lame, nml from that moment he became ihc devolcd soldier of libetty. " His rank in the American army afforded him no opportunity greatly to distinguish 'himself, lint ho was rem.irked throughout his service for all the qualities which adorn the Imniaii character. His heroic valor in llie fieM could only be equalled by his moderation nud affability in the walks of pri vate life. He w:h idolized by the soldiers lor bis bravery, and beloved and respected by the officers lor the goodness of his heart, and the great quali ties of his mind. " Contributing greatly, by his exertions, to the establishment of t lie independence of America, he might have rem.iined, anil shared llie blessings it dispensed, under the protection of it chief who loved and honored him, and in the bosom of u grateful and affectionate people, Kosciinko had, however, oilier views. It is not known that, tut I i I the period I inn speaking of, he hail funned any disiinct idea of what could, or indeed what ought to be dnne for his own, Hut in the Revolutionary war he drank deeply of the prin cip'es which it. In Ills conversations wilh the intelligent men of our country, he acquired new views of llie science of government nml the rights of man. He had seen, loo, that, to be fiee, it was only necessary that a nation should will il ; find, to be happy, it was only neress.ny that a nation should be free. And was ii not pos. sible to pioeure these blessings for Poland, llie country of his birth, winch had a claim to all his efforts, to all Ins services ? Thai iiuhappv nation groaned tinder a complication of evils which has scarcely a p.nallel in historj. The mass ol llie people were the abject slaves Of the nobles ; the nobles, torn into factious, weie ahernaiely the instruments and llie victims oftheir pnwciful and ambitions neighbors. By intrigue, con option, and lorce, some of iis lairest provinces had been sepa rated fiom ihe Republic, and the people, like beasts, transferred to foreign despols, who were again watching fur a favorable moment for a se cond dismemberment. To regenerate a people ihus debased, to obtain for a couiiliy thus ciicnmstnii ceil ihe blessings of liheny and independence, was a wnik of as much difficulty a danger. Hot, to a mind like Kosciusko's I lie difficulty and danger of nn enierprise served a stimulants to undertake it. " The annals ol ihcse times give us nn detailed account of the piogiesi of lv.-eiuko in accom plishing his gieat wnik, fiom llie period of his ie tin n from America to the adoption of llie new Consiiiulion of I'ohiiiil, in 1791. Tills interval, however, of appaieut inaction, was most usefully employed to illumine the menial daikncss which enveloped his countrymen. To siimul.iie the igno. rant and bigoiied peasantty with the hope of fiituie emancipation to leach a proud but gallant nobility that true glory is only to be found in the p ubs of dutv nnd patriotism interest I he most opposed, prejudices the most stubborn, nnd habits the most luveiernie; were reconciled, dissipated, and broken, by the ascendancy of his viriuts and example. The storm which ho had foreseen, and fur which he had been preparing, at leugih burst upon Poland. A feeble and unpopular Government bent before its fury, and nilnniiitd itself 10 the Ku.-sian tokeof the invailcr. Itul llie nation disdained 10 follow its example ; in their extremity cverv eye was turned on llie hero who had already fought their battles, iliu sage who had enlightened them, and the patriot who had set Ihe example of personal taciifices to accomplish the emancipation of the people. "Kosciusko was nnnntmouslv appointed general, issitno of Poland, wilh unlimited powers, until the enemy should be driven limit ihe country. On his virtue the nation teposed wilh the utmost conli dence ; and it is sonic consolation to reflect, amidst ihe general depravity of mankind, that two in stance, in the same nge, have occurred, wheie powers of this kind were employed so'ely for the puropsc for which they were given, " It is not my intention, sir, to follow ihe Polish Chief throughout the career of victory which, for a consideinblc time, crowned his efforts. Guided by his talents, nnd led by his valor, It is umlisci pi i tied, ill. aimed militia rliaiged with effect the veieian Itu-'sian and Piussian ; the mailed riiiras. sieia of l ho great Frederick, for llie fiist tune, broke and fled before the lighter ami moie nppio priaie cavalry of Poland. Hope filled the bieasis of the patriots. After a long uigln, llie dawn of nn apparently glorious ilav broke upon Poland, liui, to the ilircetniug eye of Kosciusko, i lie light which it idled was of that sickly and portentous appear ance, indicating a storm mute ilieadliil than that which he had tesisicd. "He prepared to meet it willi firmness, but with means entirely inadequate. To llie advantages of numbers, of tactics, of discipline, and iiiexliaus tible lesotuces, the combined despols had seemed a faction, in the beau of Poland. And, If that cnuntty can boast of having produced iis Washing. ton, il is tlisgraced aUo by giving birth to n second Arnold, The. day nt length came which was to decide the fate of a nation nnd n hern. Heaven, for wise pin poses, determined that il should he the last of Poliih liberty. It was dec'nlrd, indeed, before the battle cninmenrcd. The naitor Pouiski. who coven d uiih a ileinclimenl the advance of the Polish army, abandoned Ins position to the enemy, nnu rciraeted. "Konscnuko was astonished, lint not d'smnved. The disposition of his ai my would have done honor 10 Hannibal. Thesiicceding conflict was terrible. When the talents of the General could no longer direct the mingled mass of coiubailiinis, the arm of the warrior vas brought to Ilia aid or Ills soldiers, Ho pei formed prodigies of valor. The fabled prowess of Ajax in defending the (iraciun ships wan realized by tho Polish Jii'ro. Nor was he badly seconded by his troops. As long as his voice could guide, or his example lite their valor, they were iriesistible. In this unequal contest Kos. ciusko was long seen, and finally lost to their view. 'Hope fur a season bade the wnild farewell, And Fteedom shrieked when Koscimko fell.1 " Ho fell, covered wilh wounds, but still sur. vived. A Cossack would have pierced his breast, when an officer iutei posed, 'Suffer him to execute his purposo,' said the bleeding hero ; 'I inn ihe devoted soldier o my country, nud will not sur vive its libeities,' Tlio name of Kosciusko struck to the heart of the Tartar, like that of Muriut upon the Cimbrinn warrior. The uplifted weapon drop, ped from his hand. " Kosciusko u ns ronveved to ihe dungeons of Pclersburgh, and, to the eternal disgrace of the impress Catharine, she made him the object of tier vengeance, when lie coulu lie no longer the olt iecl of her feats, Dermoid generous sou realm ed him lo liberty. The remainder of his life hat been spent in virtuous inliremunl, Whilst in ihi situa tion in Fruuce, utiutiecduic Ululated of him which altnugly illustrates llie command which his virtues and his services had obtained over the minds of his coiiufruncn. 'I In ilia l.itri invasion of France, snme Polish regitnenis, in the service of Russia, passed through the village in which he lived. Some pillaging of llm habilanls brought Kosciusko from hit cottage. 'When 1 was a Polish soldier,' said he, mldies sing iho plunilcrers, 'the properly of lite peaceful cinzen was respected. ' 'And who art thou,' said nuollicer, 'who addressed us wilh this lone of nil thorily V 'I nut Kosciusko.' There was magic in die word. It ran from corps lo corps. The march was suspended. They gathered round him, and gazed with astonishment and awe upon the mighty iitin ho picenlcd. -Could it indeed bo their hero, whose fame was indentificd with that of their country 1 A thousand interesting reflections burst upon iheir minds ; they remembered his de votion to liberty, his triumphs, nnd his glorious fall. Their iron hearts were softened, nml the tear of scnsibilitv trickled down Iheir weather. beaien faces, We ran easily conceive, sir, would be the feelings of the hero himself in such n r.cno. His gieat heart must have heaved with emotion lo find himself once moie stiriounded by the companions of his glory ; and that he would hate been upon (he point ol saying to them. Behold your General, come once moie To load jou on lo laiirel'd victory, 'To fame, to freedom.' " The delusion could havo lasted but for a mo meat. He was himself, alas I a miserable crip, pie ; and, for them ! lhnyswere no longer the soU diets of liberty, but the instruments of nmbiiion mid tyranny. Overwhelmed with grief at there flection, hi! would retire to his cottage, lo mourn afiesli over the miseries of his country. " Such was the man, sir, for whose memory I nk from nn American Cougtcis a slight tribute of respect. Not, sir, to perpetuate his fame, but our gratiltule. Hi's fame will last as long as liberty lemaius upon the earth ; as long as a votary offers incense upon her nltar, the name of Kosciusko will be invoked. And if, by the common consent of tho wuild, a temple shall he erected to those who lendcied most service to mankind if the sta. too of our great countryman shall occupy the place of the Most Worthy, that of Kosciusko will be found by his side, nnd ihe wieath of laurel will be eniwin"d willi the palm of virtue lo adorn Ilia brow," It docs not at all detract from the merit of this admirable culogium on the charac ter of the gallant and true-hearted Pole, that Gcn.H.did not succeed inbis motion. It appeared, when the matter came to bo examined, that the proposed proceeding was against precedent, Congress having heretofore, in the case of native officers of equal rank to Koscicsko, declined adop ting similar measures, when proposed. But the Speech is on record, and no one can deprive its author of the merit of a production, of which any living orator might well be proud. FICANKLIX CO. MJE ET1IVG. In pursuanca of the noiice given for a meeting, to take into consideration the nominations made at the late National Convention, and to adopt such measures as should be thought expedient to promote the great objects of the Whig party, a large number of Whigs from this and tho adjoining counties met in the Congrega tional Meeting House, in St. Albans, Februrary 20th, 1840. With a view to organization, on motion of O. Stevens, Esq., the Hon. Bi:nj. Swift was chosen Chairman, pro tern. On motion, a Committee of five was appointed by tho Chair, to nominate the necessary officers of tho convention. Tlio Committee, after retiring, report ed the following, which was accepted : For 1'rcsidcnt, Hon. HEMAN ALLEN, late Mi nister to Chili. For Vice Presidents, Hon. Gno. Gri:i:n, Hon. Amherst Wu.i.ouoiiiiv, Jonathan Caiu-kntkr, Col. Aaron Burr, Bi:nj. Fav, and Elias Bingham. For Secretaries, II. E. Srymour and E. B. AViiiting. After the President had been conduct ed to the chair, by the Chairman, and the other officers present, had taken their seats, an appropriate supplication to the throne of Divine Grace was made by the ReV. WORTHINUTON S.MITII. Tlio President then rose, and addres sed the meeting, as follows : It is not without deep distrust, fellow citizens, of my own qualifications, that I accept the situation, which in your kind ness, you havo been pleased to assign me. To have been thus selected, to presido over the deliberations, of this respectable assembly, I shall over regard, as no com mon distinction ; and if in the fulfilment of its duties, I shall bo so fortunato, as to secure your approbation, every wish of my heart, will havo been fully accom plished. Tho solemn occasion of this mooting, fellow citizens, is tine of no ordinary character. Wo aro not assembled on this day, to celebrate any joyous ora in tho history of tho Republic!; ; but to mourn over tho abuses of its government, to con cert measures of roform, and, if possible, to bring it back, to its original purity. It is for this purpose, follow citizens, that I havo been induced, to leave a re tirement, in which, I had wig since ceas ed to mingle in political strife, and to unite, my huinblo ollbrls with yours, in tho attainment of so great, and so just a design. Wo complain follow citizens, that a system of misrule, commencing with tho administration of General Jackson, and followed up by, his successor, has unfortu nately, brought our beloved country, to tho very verge of ruin. On this fearful precipice wo now stand, and it may be the lust time for us, un.l tho peoplo of this Union to determine. which wo prefer, liberty or bondage. In the palmy days of the Ropublick, under tho mild rule of a Washington, a Jkiterson, a Madison, a Munroi:, and the Adamses, our beloved country was respected both at home and abroad ; and wo enjoyed throughout, a state of unex ampled prosperity. But, with tho reign of Gen. Jackson, what a sad blight has come over us 1 Instead of that certain protection, which the constitution and laws afford us, those sacred safeguards have been prostratcd,at the feet ofa tyrant: instead of that order and moral influence, so necessary to tho well being of all good government, those consecrated principles, have been uprooted and upturned ; a ge neral tendency to insubordination Itas ensued, and the very elements of society, have been neatly dissolved. Instead of a safe and sound currency, that in every part of our widely extended territory, in .Europe, in China, and South America, was equivalent to specie, we have nothing loft, but a confused depreciation. Our country is literally bleeding at'every pore; men of business arc prostrated in the earth, and all seem involved in one ge neral ruin. And, who, fellow citizens, have been tho miserable authors and abettors of this sad revulsion of our affairs 1 Mistake not, I entreat you, the cause. Until the as saults of general Jackson and Mr. Van Buren upon our monied institutions, did they not all fulfil their appropriate duties? Truth responds, an undeniable affirmative. Where then shall we look, for the cause of our sufferings, but in tho relentless-war, that for tho last ten years, has been too successfully waged, upon our system of credit 1 A system which has alone, ena bled enterprise to compote with capital, and reared tho superstructure of all our many and extended improvements. Vain and ineffectual then, would it bo, fellow citizens, to seek elsewhere, the source of evils. These successive administrations have up to this day, held the power, the ma jority in iflci own hands. They, there- lore, aro alone responsible lor the results, And, are we now to be told, fellow ci tizens, that the very system that has been handed down to us, by our best and wisest Statesman, and thus borne us, on the winsis of prosperity, is the cause of these mischiefs 1 Is our common sense, to be thus trifled with, thus insulted and im posed upon 1 Awav, with such paltry nonsense. Proclaim it to office holders, Xoofficc seclcers, and sychophants, but tell it not to men who know and respect then' rifjhts. The descendants of the Green Mountain Boys, I trust at least, will look beyond the confines oisuch narrow limits, for solution of the question. And what, fellow citizens, is now offer ed as a remedy of these evils ? Must I re peat the disgusting words An odious Sub treasury ! A scheme, that in contempt of all former legislation, places the whole monied interests of the country, in the power of the executive and irresponsible agents, and thus unites thcjJMrac and the sword ; a scheme that has already cost the government, not sixty thousand dollars, as stated in the last Presidential Message, but one million of dollars, as shown by authentic documents, besides the New York defalcations, of nearly two millions more ! Nay, a scheme, that has already reduced your property, fellow citizens, to a mere nominal value. Upon this thrice rejected scheme, the Van Buren dynasty, professing to obey the jwpular will, has staked its all, and returning to the charge, again, press it upon us with it zeal, becoming a better cause. It has already passed the or deal of the Senate, and unless it is arrest ed in tho House, well may we exclaim, " the days of tho Ilepublick are num bered. " " Was it for this, fellow citizens, that our ancestors so nobly fought and bled Nay, was it for this, tliatJM, their descendants, havo thus far struggled to maintain, tho rich inheritance oftheir toils? But, enough of this revolting spectacle. With joy and acclamation, let us turn, fellow citizens, to a brigthcr day, that already dawns in tho West. Yes, fellow citizens, The Campbells arc coming. " WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, the ralooniing spirit of our land who has adorned tho Gubernatorial Chair, your foreign diplomacy, and fought successfully your battles, through fatigue and danger, now stands before you, as tho great leader of REFORM. And who, lot us inquire, is to oppose such high pretentions 1 Fellow citizens, tho humiliating fact, can no longer bo concealed, it is Martin Van Buren I tho great fountain of all our miseries. A man, whoso whole life has been, a conti nuity of plots and underplots, for his own elevation who claims thu porformaiico of no public services, and whoso unre lonting measures, now threaten us with still greater dangers. Whilst our statesman and Hero, Gene ral Harrison, was at all hazards, holding in check, the destroying hand of tho ene my, at Fort Meigs and other places, and triumphantly carrying tho war into tho enemy's country at the Thames, whero was Mr. Van Buren, during that gloomy hour? Like tho recording Angel, would tlutt wo could drop u tear on the words, and blot them out forever. "Ac teas F" posing the war, and the re-election Mr. Madison ! It is impossible fellow citizens, that such aman, can again obtain tho suffragci of this enlightened people. Public opin ion, liKctnc "linger on the wail," aircatiy points to him, "depart thou, and make way for the one, whom " the people, will soon delight to honor." I car not then,fellow citizens : our catiso isjust, and wantsony ourunitcd exertions. It is already registered, I trust, beloro High Heaven, and there, fixing our hopes, let us confidently look, to a happy termination, ol all our sullenngs. On motion, a committee of fivo was then appointed by the President, to pre sent an address and resolutions for tho consideration of the convention, consist ing of the following gentleman : Benjamin Swift, Horace Eaton, James Davis, Joshua iJoaneranu LJco, W. iostcr. Tho Committee, by their Chairman. the Hon. B. Swift, reported an address and resolutions. The address having been read, on motion of Chas. Adams, L,sq., ol Burlington, was adopted by rising, unanimously. It will be found annexed to tho proceedings. The following resolutions were then severally taken up, and having been supported by Messrs. Chas. Adams, Wm. P. Briggs and Timothy Follett, of Chit tenden county, Augustus Young of Or leans comity, Orlando Stevens, Benjamin Swift, and David Fairchild, of this county, were unanimously adopted the first by rising : Resolved, That wo approve of tho nominated of Wm. II. Harriso'n, and John, as candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of tho United States, by the lato National Con vention, and pledge ourselves to support said nominees, with the same cordiality, and unanimity which charactized the members of said convention. Resolved, That thoao members of tho late National Convention, who approved of the nomination of General Harrison, and pledged him their cordial support, and yet from personal, or other considerations, preferred one of the other candidates pre sented to said Convention, have by thus surrendering such preference, set a noble example of patriotism, and love of princi ple, highly deserving of praise, and worthy of imitation. Resolved, That the present condition of the country and our hopes of prosperity for the future, demand a change in tho administration of the general government. Resolved, That the close and intiniato personal and political relations, lately formed between Mr Van Buren, and Mr Calhuon, the great champion of nullifica tion, and the settlement of their long sub sisting bitter feuds and animosities, is an additional proof of Mr. Van Buren's at tachment to southern principles, and of his hostility to the interests of the north. Resolved, That the long tried meas ures of the Government established by our wisest statesmen, and which have proved not only safe, but satisfactory to the peo ple, ought not to bo exchanged for new and untried experiments, or expedients. Resolved, That a neglect of the gov ernment to foster, protect and sustain tlic agricultural, and manufacturing interests of the country, is not " providing for tho ganeral welfare of the United States," and a plain departure from the provisions of the constitution. Resolved, That wo regard ihc interest of the people of Vermont in the Public Domain of too much importance, to bo bartered away by the President in ex change for the votes of the new States. Resolved, That the unanimity and enthusiasm by which the nominees of tho late National Convention aro sustained, alford an earnest of their success, and a return ofa majority of the peoplo to sound and correct principles. Win. Weston, Esq. of Burlington, offered, and supported by a spirited ad dress, the following, which was adopted unanimously : Resolved, That while we hold that tho United Stales are not bound to pay tho individual debts of tho States and ought not to assume them, yet, as no state has requested tho general government so to do, wo regard tho resolution of tho senato of tho United States not to assume such debts and report thereon of tho solect committee to whom tho resolution was referred, as uncalled for, unjust, nud inju rious to tho character and credit of tho states. On motion, Chas. Adams, Esq., it was unanimously Resolved, That tlio thanks of this meeting be given to tho Honorable Presi dent, for tho ablo, dignified, nnd impartial manner in which he lias presided over its deliberations, and that ho bo requested to furnish a copy of his eloquent address to this meeting for publication. Tho following was introduced by Jas per Curtis, and adopted : Resolved, That the county committoo bo requested to cause tho proceedings of this meeting, signed by its officers, to bo published in the "Franklin Messenger," and in such other whig journals as they may deem expedient. ilere the President, again addressed

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