The North American from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 7, 1798 · 2
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The North American from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 2

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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■ ■■- ' 1 -« /, /.SHIXG7eX r LOTT£Rr t --Ne. I S - List or Prizes a*d Blanks. . tyjd Day's Drawing —December 18. "~ JVo.Utit. Ao. litis- ±\'o. Deli. No. Dolt. J«» JJ44J 45089 x V 537 6j 1 917 * 5413 x 79i * **9« 35* jr v < 950 * 57050 x 39J19 715 15370 * 403 X 857 * <i»7 J7« 44» 4«C49 ' a»9 jo >7894 660 567 x 345- 18477 * 897 <rj»» 946 19191 1 184JJ 573 * 7546 z 344 , 7*>« 9*3 7*» JIS * *9C3» 4*93 * * 9178 84s ISO 43344 *»4 10906 x 37* 347 lit 915 »'175 io * fll s x Vt i«C73 646 969 454°7 x ag 549 * . 788 30170 584 * tr ' 813 X s»io6 *7» * 585 X , 918 284 x 31864 X 78* ' " 11*5* 4»5_ 3 i00 4 4*687 X tE *79 470 3446* 847 to 38* *3079 3564' 47107 tb (91 x J7* x 36613 4813° pi ia»66 u 839 37337 «5 6 x _ 'm 960 4" f l6 j a 9«a x *4839' x 889 49988 x The cargo of the Weft-Indian from jj. Jamaica, landing at South Street wharf, , 136 hhds. and 300 barrel* ihoice Coffe* 0 98 Hhdt of pnme Sugar '' 49 Hbds. of Rum. fu fir fait By I, 'Peter Blight. „ vbo allooinaircaaaLi, 4*0,090 Lbi of Java Coffee > 800 Bags 3t>. Sugar Cloves and msec in boxes er A quantity of Hifpaiwoli Cocoa m Xed Port Wine ia pipes and hoglheads idadeire do. io pipes February 6 dltreotm to Bank of Pennsylvania. all fri AT a meeting of the Stockholders, held it the Bank on Friday, the td Fabruarj, 1798, purfuaat to pablic notice— ™ On mtnioti, Refolvad, That, this meeting be- fa± ing impreiTed with a dne.icnf* of the extraordina- tv ry services and attention of Samuel M. Fox, Esq. ] g , President of thiaßank, in the e»ec«tion of the du. , ties of his office ; which hare been much increased by the peculiar situation of the institution, at 111 the period of hia appointment; and ty the diffi- th catties oecjfioned in conlequence of the recent ca- y e lamity in this city ; —a committee of three gentle- f e men be appointed to prepare a piece of Plate, of a n value nut exceedingfive hundred dollars, with suitable emblems and devices, to be presented to Mr. Fox, in the name of the Stockholders, as, an eri- ru dence of the high fcnfe they entertain of his late J t official services. ,1, William T. Smith, Peter WikofF, and Charles Biddlc, Efqrs. were appointed a committee for the , na above purpose. br Ordered, that the preceding resolution be pub- be lilhed. be Extraft from the miantes. .l WILLIAM T. SMITH, Chairman. m Attrf— John Sitgheayes, Secretary. th ■ re 1 BALL. ty Mr. Francis relpe<3fully informs hia scholars, fee and the public in general, that his fourth praflifing Ball will be Thurfdayevemng the Bth inft a l] at the. new Aflcmbly Room, South Fourth j,e V 1 1 t- - 1 " --' Ladies tickets to be haJ by applying to the , tholars of Mr. Francis, or at bis bouse No. 70 North Eighth street. Gentlemen's tickets one W1 dollar each, to be had of Mt. Francis, at the pc Aaademy, or at his house. ar ' 'hit. Francis tikewife inform, the Subscribers to the Selefl Balls, that the last of the prefcnt fubfeription, will be on Tucfday the 13th. r Mr. Francis continues to take Scholars as afual. . " C< feb. S' V fc For Sale. 41 "■pHE Subscriber offers for sale the property now w JL occupied by him in the town of Weft-C'hefUr and county of Chester. It cpnCfls of a well finifhed e . two flory stone house, 43 feet frent, by abo*t 40 deep, jour rooms on a floor, with cieled garrets, and a cellar anderthe whole—A very good stone n Stable and Coach house—And a lot of Ground, ® three perches wide, by twenty perches depth. tl The house (lands on the Main street j its situation t . is high and very bandfome; the lot txtends to a . ( back street, on which the stable and coach house stand. The lot is in a high state of cultivation, " and there is in the yard a pump of excellent water, ll which has, at no time, bean known to fail. H ' The situation of the town is high, and remark- ably healthy—the country ; round it, fertile and beautiful. The terms of payment will made to suit th e par chafer. They, and the price, will be fettled, li apen application to Mr. Jonathan Sm-th, at no. c 140, South Third-street. Philadelphia, or to ROBERT FRAZER. * Febraary 5. mwftf . Freth Fruits and Wine. 1 _ ( Edward Dunant, ] Ho. 149, s#ut h Front-street, Has remaining of the cargo pr Jobanni, from Malaga — 99 kegs Raisins 1 l»3 Jars ) Rloom do. 125 Boxes \ ici ditto Muscatel do. ' , 15 kegs Figs »o qr caflts fine old Colemenar Wine A few pipes and hoglhaads of Cclalonia Wine, and Malaga and Mountain Wine in hhds and quarter caflts. He has also for Sale— A few packages of Madiafs and Calcutta goods, via. * Tickery —Humhutns Barh'ar Handkerchiefs Black andfoloured Taffities and Perfuns Bandannaes —Choppa Romalls—Pullicot hkf. Patna Chintz Likewise a few boxes of Spermaciti Candles, and bags of B'.lck Pepper. > Feb. >■ . 3t_ Prison Manufactory. FOR SALE, At the Prifoa of the City and County of Philadelphia, Cut Nails of all fixes, from jdy to oody Flooring Brads. Spriggs, fiddle and card Tacks Oakum and chipped Logwood Shoemakers and Sadler* Thread Also Sawed Marble, suitable for currier's tables, tomb and hem Hones, hearth*, chimney pieces, platforms, flabj.facli, wiadow !iJls,.c . All which may he had'on reafonabl. terms. Shoes made and Weaving done at (aid Prifoo at a modetare price. Ordcra froma difiance. dirf 51. <3 to Daniel Thoma*, agent for the ba attended to December *6. mth6o> - Xl}C ©ajttte. " , y * to PHILADELPHIA, hii WEDKE4DAY EVENING, FEBRUARY" 7. to| m tn< From the CoiUMBIAH CtKTINEI/. THE CONSTITUTIONAL IEST. ? r • , »-"■ MR. IBSSBU, | ' STATE SOVEREIGNTY, wasbnee a popular do&rine, and fame members of | former legiflatnrea, seemed to think it con- filled in the foveretfoty of the general court j 1 " cwr the state, and all its creditors, so far as to make void all state obligations howev- er faaftioned bylaw, if they should judge tj them to be unreasonable forgeting that • 1 the foweign people had formed a ctnflitution J to be a/«Ttz to legillators, and to guarantee the fame, had required an oath of the re- prefentatives and senators to " naintaia it" 0 —" To the ead it may be a government of laws, aad not of men," tbfr legtflative and judicial pawcrs were to be separate and diftinft from eaeh other ; but how can thi3 be if the ltgiflature is foverujn and can judge of its own contraAs ? 1$ sot the right of . . tfSc people to a trial by ajury, destroyed by - such an exchifive power in the legiftature > _f Is not this an exercise of the judicial power contrary to the plain letter and meaning th* conftitutioo ? Is not the judicial branch degraded by such assumption of poiv. . er in the legfflative branch of the govern- Bent ?—ls it Bot extremely dangerous to . r the equal rights and liberties of the citizens to have the greatest fafeguard in theconfti- c " tution, the judicial power (containing the all important right of trial by a jnry) in-J 0 fringed by the legiflativc branch ? If fa cap- °f ital a departure from the eonftitution is permitted, it will fooa be fanftioned by "U- ft foge." This precedent, may countenance "3 every future infraftion, whenever the legif- bt latnre may think it expedient to exercise JC the powers vested in the other branches of la the government. In this state, no doubt, ed the reprefentativea have meant well ; but the a£ people meant to have the eonftitution ob- It served, or they would not have made it, n ' and fanAioned it by an oath.—Therefore, tr "to the law, and to the testimony," is the at rule for the people and the legislatures. °- It is well known, that the cause by which at the ancient republics all perilhed, was their not being properly balanced with three n " branches, and the most numerous body ol bearing down the others. Such has ever he been the effeft of uncbarteted power, in ol the nsoft numerous branch of the govern- g' mcnt ; and the experience of paft'ages, and tl the present time, proves that fueh a fvue|- ei reign power will commit the wildest afts of m tyranny. Witness modern France ; and ly fee Georgia. th The cause is obvious ; a few men gener- ei ally govern, or lead the representative body w itl-tretubers '»er (" nuaacrons, and U fc the rtiling few adopt errors, ujc ngvu ui the citizens cannot by any means be fafe o! without the right of appeal to the judicial di < power for an explanation of the eonftitution fc and the laws ? di It is evident to all Americans, that a free f« government cannot eayfl without the foil si right of trial by e jury, how then does it tl come to pass that this right is not preferv- n ed { It is owing to ancient cuflom, was so be- r< fore the revolution, and the strange power of w ancient precedents seems to have been greater u with many men, than the new eonftitution. f] The people generally keep a watchful e eye over the executive branch, but appre- o hend lefa danger from the legislative, as its v members are numerous aAd proceed immedi- c •tely from themselves. In this country ii the executive power ia too weak, and liber- h ty is in danger from this ci rcumftance. But b is there not still greater danger that the ju- n dicial power may be so impaired as tolofe t its neceflary influence in the government ? h The legislature is more numerous, and na- c turally stronger, than the other two branch- f es, and nothing but the vigilance of the j people can prevent the balance being totally t , loft, and the lcgiflators becoming real ar'tfle- r crats in power. Did we not fee one branch 1 of the legislature of the Union contend for c the tontrou! of the executive power in mak- : ing treaties ?—Have we not seen some state c legislatures (besides Georgia) invade the jut dicial department ? The usurping brancS < will always pretend, "it is to secure the ( rights -of the people." The great princi- I t pie ia the eonftitution, which Separates the I three great powers in government, is evi- I dently founded in the highest wisdom ; in 1 such a " balanced government of laws," the three branches arc checlt upon each other ; —and not only honest men, but rogues (if such (hould ever chance to be in , t power) will guard against encroachments d on the department in which they are. But for the people Jo watch the executive and judicial powers only, is to guard a the litrfe gate of the citadel and leave the great great one open. CITIZENS. f. THE GHOST. Si An account of a remarkable effort to recover liberty, aad which may be depended _ 011 as a faft. Near the close of the month of July 1790, tie ship Broot, Samuel Oliver commander, left the Island of Antigua, on her pafiage ] to Europe. The veflel had not been many days at sea, before one of the seamen, on his watch, was alarmed with the appearance 1 of fomethiag, which he fancied to be no o. ther than a ghost: he eommunicated what lct he saw, or supposed he had seen, to his , rs ' messmate. c . A few nights had now pasTed ftnee tbeterror stricken sailor had divulged his tale,when 11 he, as well as his fellows on the watch, were ho alarmed by theCelf fame apparition: It moved, according to the account they gave to » the chief mate on the relief of the watc^ in flow pare all round Ac iorflc® ut , and after continuing sometime ', ed behind the windlafc. The mate: nie jj| to laugh at the account; nevertheless he had hi* fears ; and it wa« agreed on that hwpiett together with the boatswain anrf Cfveral other stout hearted fellows, should assist t e j watch to difeover, if possible, what it was j )01 which had so moch alarmed the greatest part , )ig of the ctew. The main deck was accord- ha( , ingly walked by tnefe heroes, night alter night, without the ghost making its appear- I ance. Having been upwards of twenty a } s lat sea, the weather in the night became boi - e j t tcrous ; the windsblew; the thunder roue t j e awfully, and the'lightning flalhed ternhcal- hi| ly vivid; all hands were called up l ° a ' tio the (hip by their labors ; and in the rniaic or their profeffional employ the ghost a/ain afl mada its appearance; and it was naw seen £. q] by the whole crew (the captain exc«pted) . j pa One of those employed on the quarter deck i t j Q rushed forwards towards the supposed phantorn ; and at the instant it seemed within his , grasp, a of lightning of the mod tre-1 # f | mendous fort covered it from his fig)* l: 1 his ; was seen by the men on the yards, who were reefing the 1 frveral fails, and who, one and j n idl, declared it could be no other than the devil, as he funk from the attempt of the | en sailor in a fla(h of fire. Several of the jg C sailors were positive it could be »o other , j l( . than the evil spirit, for reasons to them the mo ft fufficient; that they miffed their beef, j R their biscuit and their grog, whenever all fcc hands were called on deck; that they had a.- so heard could neither eat nor ; j, a drink ; and what confirmed them stronger q in their belief of it being no 'other than lu- cifer himfelf wa6, fiom its vamfhing the pre- j u ceding night, in a flame of fire ; and some j of them were not wanting to give it as their w opinion, that he had raised the dorm. f rl The affair of the gboft had now become he serious, and the mate accordingly determin- ve ed on acquainting the captain with the whole ti< business on the fcJllowing day : This being pe accordingly done, the captain heard the re- w lation with fhme and communicat- th ed the mysterious account to h.s passengers, a iking them at the fame time their advice. ; in It was agreed upon to walk the deck that < so night, and there form their opinion of the j L truth of the report: They began their march d( about ten, and continued it until the break i n< of day ; the ghost or devil did not appear ; i tl and bringing to mind what was said by some ! n< of our greatest poets, that the troubled fpi- j tt rits haunt our regioa but while darknef* and h; obfeurity fill the void, they retired to their c< beds, probably well fatisfied with the event C of their watch. The captain and paffea- it gers naw pat down the whole story as no o- o ther than the effeCt of imagination in the h erew : But the Bien were not to be thus a- p mused out of ar. opinion which they all firm- w ly believed; and they still persisted in what ri they had faidand seen: whatfervedto height- p en their credulity still more, was an event p Which had taken place but a few hours be- a r i_i ——j mmmUi w ►"wi'uamrt'oek*." This excited new curi- b ofity j and the captain, finding it woild be e difficult to prevail Wr their prejudices, offered"* reward to him or them who would o discover who or what this devil was. A t fellow who had, through the whole of this C lingular affair, appeared less alarmed than j the reft, was the firft to undertake the hufi» v ness ; and the others of the (hip's company f readily agreed to assist in the discovery. To f r work they went, when, after having moved \ • upwards of forty hogsheads ef sugar, the 1 spirit was difcoyered asleep in an empty wat[ rr butt: It was no other than a Negro man I . of about twenty year* of age, who, with a 1 i view of recovering bis liberty, had there fe- I - I creted himfelf. His story, when brought ■ into the cabin, was nearly as follows : That ' -! he belonged to a Mr. Alexander Coates, (hip 1 t | builder in the town of St. John's ; that his I - I master having ftnt him in a canoe to get i : I turtle grass, and put it on board this vessel, ? he accordingly didfo, and it being the dusk ■ of the evening when he delivered it, a tho't 1 - struck him, that such an opportunity would < : probably never offer again for his getting j to England; he therefore flipped down a - rope which was hanging over the stern, put l bis jacket into a canoe, and keeping hold r of the stern rape, cut hi* boat adrift, and - afceoded the vessel undiscovered. He now e crept into the fore hatchway, and got into - the hold, where, finding the empty watera calk, he took out it* head, end therein he e fccreted himfelf during the space of thirty i- three days, seven of which was while the e ship lay is St. John's harbor (during which i-1 time the canoe had been pickted up, and the n man given up as drowned), and twenty-fix " at sea. His manner of liviig was, when h the sailor* were all on deck* he would Jteal it out, and pick up" what he could find, and n I carry it to his tub; and also turnout at night ti when he thought all quiet,' to breathe the I refrefhing air. After the discovery he worki-1 ed as a seaman, having, previous to this trip rd made two voyages to Liverpool; and he was ie named by the sailors Jack Choft; an-! those I brave fellows seemed rather diverted than I hurt by the consternation he had thrown 1 them into. (N. T. paper) , J Frejh Fruit. 1 ed I • " I To-morrow morning will be landed, at )0, I Morris't Wharf, just above the Drawee bridge, the cargo of the fehooner Frede!ge rick (burg Packet, Captain Pearce from ny Malaga, viz. on I Bioom Raifir« m kegs i I Do. Do. in boxes Mufcatcl do. in do. ' I ' n bat I Almond kernel* in calks and boxes bis Soft Ihcll'd almonds in fack^ I Prunes in boxes j Grapes injar< Anchovies in kegs, &c. l en The whole of the at tides (hipp.d as of the firft ere I qualities. ov. I F«r Safe by ■ to Peter Kuhn. el- I i"Vvw ™ ' ' CONGRESS thi HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - lt v fia MONDAT —FEBRUAR* 5' (Concluded from jejl'rday s Gaz'tte.) pe Mr. S. Smith's te2;mony. When the house was balfoting he left his feat to take f# his letters from the letterbox; the houie his had not adjourned but the members *«ere pe in -conversation in different parts of the qu house. He passed by Mr. Lyon and the w< speaker who were in,converfation. riewas either reading or writing when his atten- q tion was called by a conversation behind j him; he heard something of the converfa- d( tion, and a question was asked Mv. Lyon as to an opposition in Vermont to the Ramp aft, and as if Mr. L. was to have brought M forward petitions against it. He did not t j £ i pay particular attention to all the convcila| tion, though it was loud enough ; something on ; was said by Mr. G. which he did not hear, u ; j but which occasioned a loud iaugh; he was w j ' afterwards informed this was the question W( ' about the wooden sword. Mr. Lvon ap- tQ ! peared to be addressing the fptaker and fay- hing to him that the members of Connecticut ' afted against the opinions of their conftitu-: £e l*nts: Mr. Brookes asked whether he had OI j gone through his diftri*. Mr. Lyon said fa| !he had and mentioned a few towns. Mr. Brooks jokingly observed that he had been n<; in the back ground as tie had frequently been before. Mr. Lyon obftrved on the ol bett:r information the people of Vefrtidnt ' had, compared with those of Connefticut. (jj On this Mr. Brookes good humouredly ob- w served, that they proved this by the great luminary they had sent. Mr. Lyon then ob- nc served that the members of Connecticut t j, would always be willing to accept of office* from 9000 dollars salary to Z 000. He heard Mr. Lyon in the course of the con- e< verfation fay, that the members of Connecticut did not speak the sentiments of the q people and he seemed to insinuate that they a( were willing to receive any office; that {j there were maViy democrats in Connefticut ; —then the speaker said, perhaps this might jj | induce him no longer to eonfefs he had t } I some Connefticut blosd in. his veins. Mr. w ! Lyon said, democrats in the manner he un- ( 1 derftood the word; Mr. Grifwold removed f £ 1 near Mr. Lyon. He (Mr. 1..) observed, ; that he had had to fight the people of Con- jj i nefticut in his awn diftrift who endeavoured ; r J to indispose the people towards him; but he had repelled their attempts and thought he £ could effeft a revolution in sentiment in t ] Connefticut and»change the representation; in which the speaker said he would fpaie {j one perhaps; he said perhaps he might, for his conduit was more conformable to the o- G pinion* of hi* constituents. But all this was said jocularly. While Mr. Lyon was n repeating some of those observations res- t ■ pelting the difference of opinion of the peo- a pie of Connecticut and Mr. G. said he would not r be able to change the opinion of the meanest hostler in the state. t Mr. Lyon then said he was of a different 1 opinion, and that if he went there he would t . be able to effeft what he said he could. Mr. { 1 G. then replied; when you do go there, 1 1 you had better take the wooden sword that t - was attached to you at— Mr. Lyon here ( r spit in his face, and Mr. Grifwold with s ) feemitig composure and great deliberation 1 1 wiped it. He, Mr. Stnith, then left the < : house. 1 1 Mr. Lyon asked, whether he heard the ■ i beginning of the conversation refpefting j 1 Vermont, and of hi* turning it from V<r raont to Canucfticut. ] t Mr. Smith—He heard a very few words, t with fomt indiltinift allulions, he did not ; p know who from, as if Mr. Lyon had somes thing to do with the oppodtion to the flamp , t aft in Vermont. , Mr. Brookes next gave his testimony. k He had heard part <<f the conversation bet tween Mr. Lyon and it relad ted to the conduft of the members of Cong ne£ticnt refpe£tiug the motion of the mema ber from Virginia. They spoke pretty it loud and the speaker checked them, by the d observation dated in his testimony. Mr. d Dana retired. A conversation took place w between Mr. Lyon and the speaker of o which he did not hear the beginning. About this time Mr. Grilwqld came and fat e down to his left. The conversation then y became louder and he heard the speaker ie and Mr. Lyon convert about the conduft h of the members fiom Connecticut. He ie~ stated, that on his return he had passed ix through some part of that state and had an :n opportunity of collecting the opinions of al the people of it. He said, that nine tenths id of the people of Connecticut differed in hit their sentiments from their representatives in ie this house. He said, that the members k- from that state did not fairly represent their ip as own interest, were looking for offices and ife that it was immaterial what the salary was, an and that whether 9000 or 1000 dollars they vn thought it still an objeft worth their attention. He observed he had lived many years = in Connecticut and wa3 well acquainted with the dispositions of the people of that (late ; that he had often to fight them in his own state, when they came to fee ( their relations at and that he Wa* always able to convince w " them that they were wrong ; that he had ' e " no doubt if he went to Connecticut and set 3fn up a (in which he understood he was concerned in Vermont ) he wfluld be able to ' turn out the whole representation ; he did not hear the exception of one member ; he did not pay veiy partienlar.atttention to it as it wa* said jestingly. ' I asked whether be had gone through mydiftriCt ; he said he had ; b,"t he bad no hopes of them. He then made a comparison between the firft light possessed by the of Vermont and those of Connecticut. I said jokingly, that the»Vermontefe proved their superiority by the great luminary ther had {eat ""V - " Mont and those of Conaedicv, * the more forcibly f rotn 3n the people of Conn^; cut , r , 2'uch enlightened as tl.of, c * r " fc Sate of the Union.' When Mr, Lyo'a spoke of - °/ Cor, !lc a; cllt> and M s whether he fought the* wi( .T> 1 f*ord, I looked at Mr. ]_y ' " his countenance had not /' peflcd bee ?2?fc.- q^T,/hcnlfhh w<dd, he does not hear you, or he , obfcrvaiion to mj. A little time e " G. moved his fpt and laying Lis h- Iy on the arm,of Mr. L. to draw 1 tiou, laid to hiOi, if you went in tr licit you would not bj able to ca lentimpots of the ' Mr. L. said he kneiV the people of t.cut, and that hp had a notion to go £4 set .up a pref, m that ft a , e and TJI on their °wn ground ; then Mr. G. contS ht, band on MK L' s 3rm , when he went into Conned,'cut to take tW wooden sword he got in th e W, or wor ," to that effeft, upon which Mr. \ f p ; t ; n his face. I observed Mr. & take ore step back, and ftiffcn Ins arm, f, that I exoected a blow would be the on? of his colleagues ftegt up to him Jn £ raid we bad better take time to cos&det 0? this ; I said, this is neither a proper time nor place, wnen Mr, G. and his 'W Jf walked away. Mr. Brookes com «- C obftrvmg that his testimony diff, -d f r: the speaker's only as a part _di(L -d Va® the whole, and that what he had was dated with perfeft accurac speaker, and of course he did aqt iisk it necessary to go as much into detail at therwife would have done. Mr. Macon. Did not Mr. L) that the people of Connecticut were c* • ed by thi printers? A. He said that the reprefenta.' Connefticut deceivtd their conrtitueiadminiftered opiates tp them; thaiv should go there he would nudecei*e,tiK. that only one fide was permitted to be publifhcd in Conne&icut; T do not know whether he said absolutely, that the printers would only publilh on one fide. » Mr. Harper. Did Mr. G. exprefehim. felf with anger or did he appear jetting? A. He spoke with the most perfect good humor. There was nothing in bis manner ' irritating. Mr. Clay. How often did you hear Mr. G. mention the wooden sword. I think 1 the speaker said three times. Mr. Speaker. I only heard ,t,he expref: fion twice. Mr. Brookes. Only twice; fit" ■ fitting, then when fta*ding by Mi ' Mr. Lyon. You said you knew 1 3 meant by the allusion to the wbode - then did you expedt that I could • allusion cooly ? , . . , miTWer ; this:»« - ' ' opinion; 20 different gentlemen v 6 received it in 20 different ways. • Mr. Lyon. Did you expeft fc'>* j*' terrupt the good humor or not. • A. This is not a proper qutftip. . i matter of opinion. However, I .-'ll . • serve in answer, that I, heard so n>u;h t . » the wooden sword, and of the con v' l of which the speaker fpdke, that . 0 e ered the aHufion as hot intended to h and if X bad thought that the cons n which have followed would have'folio wed,, I. e certainly would have caatipned , Mr, G. tiot to repeat the question: I did not expeft it e would have been resented, at least op th 4 S floor. r- Mr. Brent. From the knowledge yoa had of the circumftance4 of the story of th« 3, woqdea sword, did you fpppofe the gentle>t man from Vermont would bear allusions to its without being irritated ? This is a proper p question ; to which a plaia answer ought to be given. r. Messrs. and Otis contended the question was improper. Mr. Brent defend* *- ed its propriety. The chairman declared it 1- improper. _ f 1- Mr. Macon appealed from the dec r ' y the chair, on the ground that there ie order of the house, faying that tht r. man should determine on the propi -e queilions. The of was confirmed 58 to 35, and Mr. i- question was, confequeutly, not pal at Mr. Nicholas. Was not the circu ;n of the wooden sword, in the pubi * er and piivate converfatiens mentionei ft graceful to Mr. Lyon ? Ie A. I never did consider it as ver; ed ful. I did consider it as difgracefu mi Mr. Nicholas. Was it not m»nl of the publication, ori this fubje£t, alw hs a view of injuring Mr- Lyon, itj A. I was not the author of tho in cations, of course Ido not know w :rs viev/tbey were mad«. eir Mr. Nicholas. Did they not carry that eir appearance? nd A. Yes. . as, Mr. Gallatin. Had you any previous ey knowledge of Mr. Lyon's feeling oaths :n- fubjeft in question ? ars A. No previous knowledge whatuyer, ith Mr. Gallatin. When Mr. Grifvrold and e ; his colleague walked away, did the member o from Vermont Hay, and w*e there any o>bins verfation among the wituefies tue .a ice took place. , tad A. Mr. G. and bw cdl«g.«e.left wfet bar j and .I I Mere the house ; Mr- S P fa,ce ' vas also left the bar. and I said to Mr. L. w to remained ; 70U ,nto troub.e. He did answered, "he provoked me. I TtpheOire he would not do to rereoge provocations m Ui»- her P a Mr.' Gallatin. By my former aid I wMied to know whether tou '"emembfr:rc. Ed any thing which applied to the speak« the after the fatt occurred. out After foroe objedion to this question z* rly, j improper and irrevelant. ori- Mr. Speaker expressed his furpnze .nr| Penofylvani? did not *uilion to him, of the

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