Posts Tagged ‘1805’

Leave the Devil a Drop

July 20, 2011


TO drink, or not to drink; that is the question;
Whether ’tis nobler that the body suffer
The parching burning, of outrageous thirst,
Or take a mug and put it to your mouth,
And, so by drinking end it? To drink — to thirst —
No more; and by a drink to say we end
The throat_ache, and the various tortures
Burning thirst is heir to, ’tis a consumation
Devoutly to be wished. To drink, to quaff,
To drink; perchance get drunk; aye, there’s the rub!
For in that draught, what spirit there may be,
When we have first drank off the foaming top,
Must give us pause. There’s the respect,
which makes us bear our thrift for so long time;
For who would bear the jeers and scoffs of men,
The tavern keeper’s bill, the bystander’s contumely,
The pangs of aching bones, and time’s delay,
The insolence of people, and the spurns
That those who are very drunk must always take,
When he himself might all those ills forego,
By drinking water?


NO plate had John and Joan to hoard,
Plain folk in humble plight,
One only tankard crown’d their board,
And that was filled each night;

Along whole inner bottom — stretch’d
In pride of chubby grace —
Some rude engraver’s hand had etch’d
A baby Angel’s face.

John swallow’d first a moderate sup;
But Joan was not like John;
For when her lips once touch’d the cup,
She swill’d till all was gone.

John often urg’d her to drink fair;
But she ne’er chang’d a jot;
She lov’d to see the Angel there,
And therefore — drain’d the pot.

When John found all remonstrance vain,
Another card he play’d;
And where the Angel stood so plain
He got a Dev’l pourtray’d.

John saw the horns, Joan saw the tail,
Yet Joan was stoutly quaff’d;
And ever, when she siez’d her ale,
She clear’d it at a draught —

John star’d with wonder petrefy’d,
His hair stood on his pate;
And “why dost guzzle now,” he cry’d,
“At this enormous rate?” —

“John,” she said, “am I to blame?
I can’t in conscience stop;
For then ‘twould be a burning shame,
To leave the Dev’l — a drop.”

The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Sep 25, 1805

Pity’s Tear

July 17, 2011

Image from We-News


WHEN Sorrow hangs the drooping head;
And Pain and Woe are near;
When all the hope and joy is fled,
How Sweet it Pity’s tear!

When friends desert, and foes assail,
When pride and scorn appear,
And innocence can nought avail,
How Sweet is Pity’s tear!

Oh, then, Sweet Pity, loveliest maid,
My wandering spirit cheer;
And when by foes or friends betray’d,
Oh Sooth me with a tear!

The Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Jun 19, 1805

The Evil Does Not Stop Here

May 1, 2010

[For the following correct and judicious remarks, we are indebted to the Editors of the Gazette of the United States. — In addition to the excessive fees herein enumerated, we may subjoin the official charges of the French Consuls in our ports; and, if we are not mistaken, those of the Danish, which are equally unjust and extravagant.] N. Pap.

They say history repeats itself.


Under the administration of General Washington, and that of Mr. Adams, our ears were perpetually stunned with democratic clamours against the government, on the score of our relations with foreign nations. As these democrats have now had the management of the government in their own hands for four years, it is incumbent on them to show in what one particular our affairs with foreign nations are better managed now than they were then. In the mean time we will point out several particulars in which our own citizens are at present absolutely oppressed and laid under contributions to fatten the minions of foreign powers, while our government tamely looks on and takes no concern in the business.

From sheer carelessness on the part of our government, or from something worse, the credibility of all kinds of American official papers, connected with commerce, such as bills of health, manifests, &c. has sunk so low in the estimation of foreign powers, that they have been induced to place agents of their own in all our seaport towns, to be supported at the expence of our merchants. To this imposition they compel us to submit, by suffering no American vessel to enter their ports, unless the truth and correctness of her papers are certified by their agent at the port from which she sails. —

Though this is sufficiently oppressive and injurious, the evil does not stop here. Even this guarantee of the veracity of the American government is not deemed satisfactory. An American vessel sailing from the port of Philadelphia when in perfect health, and having her bills of health in due form, certified by the Spanish consul, at the expence of the owner, on her arrival at Cadiz, though that city was then afflicted with disease, was not permitted to enter until she had performed a quarantine of 15 to 20 days. This inequitous exaction having taken place late in the season, has been the only cause that many of our vessels have been occluded from our ports by the ice, and driven to the West Indies.

In these remarks upon the conduct of foreign nations relative to American commerce, it is our duty to exempt the government of Great Britain from the charge of authorising these shameful and degrading contributions. — They place their Consuls in our seaport towns, and they pay them for their services. For signing certificates of health, &c. the British Consul neither receives nor demands any tribute.

The Portuguese Consul, for certifying both bills of health required by law, is authorised by his government to demand and receive of our merchants 2 dollars.
The Spanish Consul is in like manner authorised to levy a contribution of 2 dollars for each bill of health; and upon the cargo, 2 dollars for every separate article specified in the manifest so that on a cargo consisting of

????s,  Butter,
Corn,   Lard,
Flour,   Rice,
Wax,   Hams,
Fish,   Bread,

the owner must pay 20 dollars to the Spanish Consul for signing the manifest, and in the same proportion for any greater number of articles.

If our government could be prevailed upon to take the least interest in the commerce of the country, we might expect either that foreign governments would be prevented from thus levying taxes upon a part of our citizens for the support of their own officers, or es??tnar the Consuls in Spain, &c. ? aid be authorised to demand like privileges in the places to which they are sent.

There is still another particular in which our merchants are taxed by foreign governments, without any reciprocity on our part. Whenever an American vessel arrives at any port in Spain or Portugal, a guard, or customhouse officer is immediately put on board, where he remains during the time of quarantine and until the cargo is discharged, who, besides living on board, receives daily wages at the expense of the vessel; consequently, as we make no such demands of their vessels coming to our ports, we allow our merchants to be taxed for the purpose of defraying the expense of their custom house regulators. The length of time allo, which our vessels are detained in their ports is no small addition to the inequality of terms upon which commerce is carried on. — Here a foreign ship will be off ????ed in 10 or 20 days, in Spain an American vessel will be detained 40 or 50 days, including quarantine.

Let us now invite our democratic brethren to take a view of these notorious facts, thus briefly stated, and compare them with what they have so often said about the high national spirit of our government, which d????  setforth to be tributary to any nation under ?????. If this is not tribute, and levied too in the most humiliating form, we are unable to conjecture what would be the tribute. If a petty consul or commercial agent may be sent to each of our seaports, and authorized to levy contributions upon our citizens for his support, upon the same principle, a??b???? ?ors and their fate may be ????e?ssed to support themselves at our expence, and upon the same principle their ships of war, coming into our ports, may demand and take whatever supplies they may chose to want of provisions, military stores, or any thing else. Should they choose, however, to carry the principle into operation in its full extent, they will do well to confine their exactions to the merchants in which case they will have nothing to fear from the interference of our government.

The Adams Centinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Jan 30, 1805

**The quality of the digital image of this paper was very poor in spots, and I couldn’t figure out some of the words. Adding to the difficulty, during this time period, the “S” was printed like an “f” except at the end of a word.

Long Live Your Choice

February 28, 2009


The Sprig of Liberty.

In Lewistown, in this state, we have been informed that a majority of the people were so much displeased with the eleven senators, who voted for the acquittal of judges Shippen, Yeates and Smith, that they actually burnt them — in effigy. The 4th of March, was celebrated  at that place with much spirit, and some excellent toasts were drank on the occasion. The following extempore account of the proceedings on that day is taken from the Western Star,, published in Lewistown.

“To a Friend in the Country.

I promised, sir, to let you know,
How here the fourth of March would go,
Rejoic’d old Tom was Chief once more,
We all assembled just at four;
The spot we chose — a rifling ground,
The air with loud huzzas resound;
Our cannon tells the welcome news,
That Jefferson again we choose;
And echo pleased to hear its voice,
Re-echoes back, “Long live your choice!”

Our front, old Seventy-Six men led,
For scenes like this, they fought and bled;
With pleasure glistening in their eye,
They haild the Reign of Liberty.
Indignant at Oppressions name,
Their hearts soon caught the sacred name;
Their tongues assumed the martial strain,
And fought the Britons o’er again.
Thee patriots of a later date,
Who joined to save a sinking state,
When hovering dangers did combine,
To mark the black year Ninety-nine,
With pleasure celebrate the day;
Apostate Burr* has lost his sway.
Old Tommy’s health goes round again,
With Clinton, Washington, MKean;
The noted Eleven not forgot —-
(Poor Passmore left in gaol to rot.)

But still a few not more than ten,
Refused to show themselves like men
And citizens, but lurk’d behind,
And at the general good repined;
Brooding in gloomy melancholy;
The monuments of federal folly;
The satellites of that fall’n star,
Whom Fame disbanded from her car.

The night was spent in mirth and noise,
And loud huzzas of men and boys;
All swigg’d — none from their duty flunk;
And all were gay — though not quite drunk.”


*Although there is very strong reason for suspecting Mr. Burr, of apostacy, we believe it has never been fairly proven.

The Sprig Of Liberty (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 29, 1805


From the “Against the Grain” website:

In Pennsylvania, the feeling against the Common Law took shape, in 1802-1805, in the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice and judges of the Supreme Court, Edward Shippen, Jasper Yeates and Thomas Smith, charged with a single “arbitrary and unconstitutional act,” that of sentencing Thomas Passmore to jail for thirty days and imposing a $50 fine for a “supposed contempt,” the ground of the impeachment being that punishment for contempt of court was a piece of English Common Law barbarism, unsuited to this country and illegal)

Report of the Trial and Acquittal can be found on Google Books (click the link.)

Trial page graphics from the linked book.