Springfield Old Soldier in Springfield, Illinois
1 Apr 1840

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Springfield Old Soldier (Newspaper) - April 01, 1840, Springfield, IllinoisS. Francis amp co n republics tire wot i publishers. Vol. 1.Springfield, Illinois april 1, 1840. No. 5. Meeting of old soldiers defence of Gen. Harrison against the calumnies of the government press a proposed meeting of All the old soldiers at. Spring void amp a. Meeting of old soldiers. Pursuant to public1 notice a meeting of cite Bens t f4sang Afton county who had served 98 soldiers under Gen. We. H. Harrk son in the late War with great Britain was 1 held in Springfield on saturday the 14th match 1040, which the following proceed Ings were had a on motion of or. John Todd Josiah b. Smith Esq. Was called to the chair and Gol. John Dawson was appointed Secretary. Col. Dawson then in a Brief add reas explained the objects of the meeting. He said that Gen. We. H. Harrison was now a candidate for presiden t of the United states and that charges most seriously affecting his Char Acter had been put in circulation by Bis opponents. Those men who had served under him knew that they wore false and that portion of them who resided in this co my had been called upon to give their evidence upon the subject. The Call had been responded to by Many of those who had served under him in a times that tried1 menus souls a notwithstanding the inc Emeney of the weather. There were a several others of their old companions in arms remembers of a convention now in session in this town who but Lor the duties imposed upon them by their fellow Citize Nai would hate been Here to have taken part in the pro it see Diris of this meeting. He hoped the meet Irig would at once proceed to business. At motion was a then made that a tie Hon. Stephen Logan be a invited to add Quot Ess the meeting. The motion was agreed to the invitation was accepted and judge Logan was waited upon to the chair. Judge Logan delivered a pertinent and Happy address he gave a succinct history of the life of Gen. Harrison. He adverted to the great and perilous services he had performed for the West and the country to the position be now occupied before the american people a he compared his Public services i the Council and the Field with those of his competitor for office he alluded to the slanders which had filled the government papers a against the Veteran of the West Ard he Call a i up those Vul Fri cum do vr.db�?~0_ to n u deserves withing at the hands of Iris countrymen but the deepest affection and the most abiding gratitude. He trusted that in the present Case the Maxim so often repeated by the Rie ods of despotic governments would not be realized that republics Are ungrateful. Judge Logan having Cota guided or Todd Aid he held in his hand an Anonymous weekly Handbill issued in this town purporting to be conducted by a a several democratic citizens a and which could not be exceeded for the virulence and falsehood with which it assailed the character of Gen. Harrison. In order to meet the slanders of that paper and to do just Nice to an old Soldier and a faithful Public servant he would submit a few resolutions for the consideration of this meeting composed As it was of individuals who could speak with personal knowledge of the facts referred to in those resolutions. He then re i and of tiered for the consideration of the meeting the fallowing resolutions a 1, resolved that in Gen. William Henry Mauri son we have the most abiding Confidence a we a Mew him to be a Bravo skilful and humane officer As a Man intelligent honest and capable and recommend him most cheerfully to 0ur4dlow�citizens As a suitable person to preside Over the destinies of ibis Republic and we pledge ourselves to use All honorable Means to secure his election 2. Resolved that we look upon the attempt Cowf making by the administration party to Quot secure the election of Martin Van Buren by printing and circulating falsehoods and slanders against the old Soldier and Long tried Patriot As not Only disgraceful but disgusting. 3d, resolved that we pledge ourselves one to another and to our brother soldiers throughout the Union that we will defend the character of Gem Harrison from the misrepresentations and falsehoods of his enemies come from where they May a we know he was slandered during the late War by the federalism and All those opposed to the policy of the our and we now recognize the same Mode of attack by the same party assuming a diff sent name. 4. Resolved that we invite our fellow sol Diers throughout the state who have served under Gen. Harrison to Mee of in convention at Springfield on the 4th Day of june , we cordially invite All the old soldiers who have served their country no matter under whom or at what place to participate with us at our meeting. 5, resolved that the doct Rine advanced by this administration for the first Lime in the history of this country that the government must take care of itself and the people of them selves a is u doctrine of the most degrading aristocracy and at War with the fundamental doctrines of republicanism As handed Down by our fathers. The resolutions were Imani Mowry adopted. On motion of col. Dawson resolved that the old soldiers present sign their names to the resolutions. Motion agreed to f and the names of All those present were signed to the resolutions Viz Josiah b. Smith Jaconia Langston Thos. Constant. Jacob Baker j. M. Cabiness Abel pics a Rell Andrew Kincaid James maxed James Jann Levi wan Eten David Riddle Abraham Sinnard j. T. Lord j. Sherrill. Dennis Forrest a. Reeves. J. Darniece j. Todd. James a. Wills John Dalzell t. M. Neale Henry Morgan. James m. Duncan. Benjamin Talbott John Dawson. Or. James q. Wills Felt gratified at meeting again with so Many of his old fellow soldiers. Like others he bad been with Gen. Harrison in the Days of pm Ril and glory to the West and like them he could give the lie to the slanders and falsehoods which had been put in circulation against him. He had seen him in Camp he had followed him in Battles and in those Days he never ii and him called a Coward or his military talents Gen. Harrison would never have received to lose important civil appointments which he held under Jefferson without his talents had been adequate to their duties. Or. that no Man in the nation. Was so Well calculated to fill the office of president of the United states with advantage 10 the country As general Harrison. Or. Todd said he would read from the publication to which he had before referred a passage from an article which was headed a a whig a question. Where was general Harrison a at the Battle of the thames a answer. In a reserved Corpse mid oot a of harm s he would now ask some of those soldiers who were at the Battle of the thames where was Gen. Harrison on that occasion capt. J. M. Cabin less raise evidently affected by those feelings of indignation which were Felt by the old soldiers and numerous citizens who were present. He said he would answer the base insinuation and hurl it Back into the pol Troon a Teeth who had uttered it. He was in the Battle of the thames a belonged to a spy company who were sent in Advance of the main army to ascertain the position and condition of the enemy a they advanced till they came upon them and then fell Back to their ppr or put is Jon in firm a a a if ? Jug Bev Papse Geo. Harrison and his aids a Toni in Advance of the army recon loitering the enemy. Capt. Cabiniss narrated Many incidents of the Battle. He witnessed on several occasions during its continuance. The fearless intrepidity of general Harrison and he concluded his interesting and forcible re arks by 6ay� Inge a when 1 hear a Man Call Gen. Harrison a Coward to say to myself poor fellow a you have no a courage of your two and no moral Gen. J. M. Duncan Aid of Gen. Dasha having been called upon remarked that he did not know whether it was necessary to answer the calumny just read. Vet tie would say that he was in the Battle of the thames. He saw Gen. Harrison frequently in the Battle a constantly dashing from Point to Point where his services were required until the Bat tie was won Gen. Duncan read from the same paper charges that the Battle want punned and the Victory obtained by col. Johnson. He referred to la cts in this matter and showed conclusively what was apparent to All who were present that this charge Vas equally untrue with it the first. It was contradicted by history., and by the concurrent testimony of the most distinguished officers present. Gen. D. Said he did not Rise to. a speech but to show the character of fhe opposition against Gen. Harrison. He knew him Tobe a Brave Soldier a an Able Genera anti statesman. Or Todd stated that the paper he had twice referred to contained another charge against Gen. Harrison which he wished an swered. It was that Gen. Harrison had permitted Gen. Winchester s army to be sacrificed at the River Raisin when it was in the Power of Gen. Harrison to have prevented it and called upon coi. Dawson who Ivas present and wounded to state what he knew. Col Dawson believed hat Gen. Harri son was As innocent of this charge As any individual living. He was at that unfortunate affair and belonged to Winchester s army. He gave an account of the position occupied by Gen. Winchester and Gen. Harrison that Gen. Winchester was Many Miles in Advance of Gen. Harrison and that contrary to Bis or Der Send his plans for the Campaign bad advanced to the River Raisin Boon As Gen. Harrison Beard of this unauthorised and rash movement lie despatched a regiment to sustain him which was unable to reach win Chester in time to be of service. He did not believe there was a particle of evidence to sustain the charge a and were it necessary from All the facts which had come under la is of it ser Vutison he would be willing to say upon i oath that Gen. Harrison was innocent of Winchester a defeat and that had his orders been obeyed that deplorable event would never have of cared. Or. Todd being called in Ithily corroborated the Statem Eui made by cob Dawson. He said he was with the troops under Gen. Winchester at the River Raisen. He went the rounds with the troops through Canada As a prisoner. He had never Beard a ? Lisp of the charge Here presented in those times. Gen. Winchester men were mostly kentuckians. Gen. Harrison had neither then or since deft their Confidence. He wished to hear a state ment frown or. Lord on the subject now under notice. Or. J. T. Lord said briefly that he was at the Battles of fort Meigs and the thames. He could fully verify the statements of capt. Cabiniss and Gen. Duncan in regard to the personal bravery of Gen. Harrison and could say that in those Battles Gen. Harrison appeared always to be present where his Servi Ces were needed without regarding danger to himself. That was All he had now to say a and thus much be could Sav with the utmost truth. The following Resolution was then offered resolved that the charges made against Gen. Harrison of alleged misconduct in the Battles of the thames and fort Meigs and in regard to the of a Gen. Winchester a troops at the River Raisin be referred to seps Arate committees a and that their reports be signed by the persons present and published. The Resolution was agreed to and the lol lowing gentlemen were appointed chairmen of the different committees on the Battle of the thames capt. J. M. Cabiniss. On the Battle of the Rev or raising col. John Dawson. On the Bartle of fort Meigs or. J. T. Lord. On motion it was resolved that or. John Todd Gen. James m. Duncan and Gen. Thomas m. Neale be a Central committee of correspondence for the state. On motion it was resolved that we give a Barbecue to the old soldiers of the state at our meeting in Springfield on the 4lh Day of june next. The Resolution was carried by acclamation. On motion it wag resolved that the old s,oldier9 recommend to the Harrison men of the state old and Young to meet with them on the occasion. The Resolution was carried by acclamation. On motion resolved that arrangements be made for procuring tents for the use of our expected visitors. The thanks of the meetings were then pm Logan for the address with f r1 a a pro Ceen frogs err Rry try a a a avg were it Levy a parsed with music by capt. Hough a baud which had kindly volunteered their services for the occasion. The meeting voted their thanks to the band for their politeness in meeting with the a Oid soldiers the proceedings of the meeting were direct Ted to be published in the old Soldier a and the Harrison papers in All parts if the state and in St. Louis and Louisville Jagt a requested to publish the same that All toe old Sou Diers of the state and the Harrison men both Young and old Maysee the inv Caiiou which is now extended to them. The chairman then invoked the old soldiers and the people to ome Forward and sustain the Veteran Soldier and statesman of the West and it so doing he believed they would sustain the Best interests of the country. The interest of the meeting was greatly increased by the presence of or. John Overst Reet a Soldier of the times of Washington. The meeting then adjourned. Josiah b. Smith chairman. Join Dawson Secretary. Gen. Harrison a political opinions his views on the slavery question. The assailants of Gen. Harrison have a hard task to perform. They do not put a single falsehood in circulation affecting his character which is not promptly nailed to the counter As base Coin. The following letter by Harrison written in 1822, will show what his views were upon the subject of slavery and what had always been his political principles. Let those who seek truth read it Cincinnati sept. >>6, a 8�2-, a sir in your last paper you recommended to the candidates at the ensuing election to publish their political creeds that the electors May have a fair Opportunity of choosing those whose sentiments Best accords with their own. I have Ever by sieved that every elector 1ms a right to make this Call upon these who offer their services to the people and that the candidates Are bound to answer it. 1 might it is True Avail myself of the kind exception which you make in favor of those who had an Opportunity of showing their political opinions by their conduct. But As i have no reason to dread the most minute investigation of my opinions and that my fellow citizens May be enabled to compare my actions with my professions i of Flor you the following outline of my political Creed which you May publish if you think it worthy of u. Place in your paper. This is More necessary at this time As some of my new friends have Terv kindly in various hand Bills and other Anonymous publications undertaken to make one for me which if a have a Correct knowledge of what i myself believe is not a very exact likeness of which i profess. I deem myself a Republican of what is called commonly called the old jeffersonian school and believe in the correctness of that interpretation of the Constitution which has been Gwen by the writings a a that enlightened statesman who was at the head of the party and others belonging to it particularly the celebrated resolutions of the Virginia legislature during the presidency of or. Adams. I deny therefore to the general government the exercise of any Power but what is Given expressively to it by the Constitution or what is essentially necessary to carry the Powers cd Pressey Given into effect. I. Believe that the charter Given to the Bank of the United states Vas unconstitutional it be my not one of those measures necessary to carry any of the expressly granted Powers into effect and whilst my votes in Congress will show that i will take any constitutional Means to revoke the charter my votes in the legislature Wili show that i am opposed to those which Are unconstitutional or violent and which will bring us into collision with the general government. I believe in the tendency of a Large Public debt to sap the foundations of the Constitution by creating a monies aristocracy whose views and interests must be m direct Quot hostility to the mass of the people. I deem it the duty therefore of the representatives of the people to Endeavor to extinguish it As soon As possible by making every retrenchment in the expenditures of the government that a proper performance of All the Public business will allow i believe it the right of the people to instruct a their representatives when elected and if he has sufficient evidence that tire instructions which May be Given him come from a majority of his constituents that he is bound to obey them unless lie considers that by doing it he would violate the Constitution in which Case 1 think it Wotila be his duty to resign and give them an Opportunity of electing another representative whose opinions would Accord with the r of Jim i believe i amp to. A Ste Quot Ersten. J. <5 the greatest Revfi Itiat we at present tie a and i believe it to be the duty of the n on slave holding states to offer to their sister states every inducement and offer them every facility to get rid of this curse. But i am equally convinced that upon constitutional grounds As Well As those of expediency and propriety All the measures for the accomplishment of the important object of emancipation must be begun and supported by the states holding slaves the Constitution having Given no Power to interfere in this Domestic concern without the consent of those most interested and every step which we May take without their concurrence will assuredly rivet the chains which Ivo wish to break. I believe that upon the preservation of the Union of the states depends the existence j of our civil and religious liberties and that a the Cement which binds it together is not o. Par cel of words upon paper or Parchment but the a brotherly love and regard which the citizens of the several states possess for each other. Des Troy this,8 and the Beautiful Fabrick reared and a a embellished by our ancestors will crumble into ruins. From its disjointed parts no Temple of i Liberty will again bereaved. Discord and wars will succeed to peace and Harmony barbarian i ism will again overspread the land or what is j scarcely better some kingly tyrant will promulgate the decrees of his will from the seat where a Washington and a Jefferson dispensed the Bles i sings of a Freo and equal government. I be 4�eve it therefore to be the duty of a repro a tentative to conciliate by every possible Means a the members of our great political family and always to Bear in mind that As the Union was i effected Only by a spirit of Concession and Mutual forbearance so Only it can be preserved. We. H. Harrison. In general him Sony so let Ier to Sherrod Williams in 1s36, he said that Elcas a Bank should be a shown to he necessary for conducting the affairs of the government he does not think one can be constitutionally Char the exp Clience of the last few years has settled it his matter most undoubtedly to the satisfy Dion of Gen. Liar Ron and the country. Neither our or people Cun Well Prosper without a National Bank duty on Salt. Or 1827, in the Senate of Theu states a Bill repealing in part the duty on imported Salt having been reported correctly engrossed the question was taken shall the Bill pass and decided in the affirmative yeas24, nays 21. Gen. Harrison the poor Many a Friend voted for the repeal and or. Van Barer a i against it

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