iflfolentiflSto say deserves their grateful acknowledgments. JThey have also the effrontery to declare that aster examining ,thcir pockets though
sensible they fuffbr many local inconvenienciesfrom't
w'ith this slate, they are not
g?c. present able to npport.a new one; and that
of two evils they will toshoofethe least. "They
are alio weak enough to fuppole that unanimity
among the peoblc is in feme degree necefTary to
(fcvimportant a measure, and that oppreflion may
tend to make fuchftupid creatures as themlelves, a
littlo uneasy. Surely such people are " (lupidly
ignorant or incorrigibly obftinat ; with a witness!"
But thanks be praised their number is as sew as
aheir cause is bad. You have furWier to comfort
and encourage you, " That fevehal gentlemen
'1&Kb formerly opposed the measure, hatye, with
candour and public spirit fubmiUted to the
Eut to return to our questions, havenot eighteen months elapi'ed fiince the last election, when
a reparation was in any fenfeheld out ai a quefti-on- ?
Since which time, how many haves been d
to the 'number on our inhabitants n And is
no refpeft due to their opinioD of this ttueftion ?
Again, are there not as many, who, when the
question was first aggitated, were in faivor of the
fneafure, but who now oppose it, as there arc who
'have come over from the then oppofitfon ? Is my
'information be just they are more than sour forone.
But can you say, confiftantly witjn that weapon
Which is so "powerful in the handof an infant,"
(that the same reasons which originated the mea-surftillexiftmd have gained additional strength
Some of there it is true, still. and ever will exist,
but is it not equally trrrti that many reasons cxift-e- d
in savor of a fepaiation three, or sour years
which havenoW lost their force? Were there
Tiot laws then !in existence, which bore particularly hard on this Diftrift, which are since repealed? were we not then in polTefllon of valuable
Sunds, which are now entirely exhaufled ? Was
not .our circulating medium much more extensive
oc(lbiding to our number.? at that period, than ihe
present? and werewe'not then taught to believe
tthat the parent (late was no longer disposed to
protest, but rather to oppose us ? This we difed- -'
verto be a mifiepiefentation, and instead of afting
we find fhc is difpoied lo do
more for our protection than we at present are
able to do for ourselves : to which is it were not
ffor diflcminating false alarms" 1 would add that a
ffew and not a very
are become so obstinately ignorant" as to fufpeet some of having
sheir eyes so dazzled with " the bright prolpefts
which lie before them" that they rannot welldi-fcer- n
their country's true interest.
That you Sir, are of this latter description, I
:t9ill not undertake to say; to your own confciencc
X submit the serious inquiry; "but it mull be admitted" that a candid acknowledgement of the propriety and justice of the Cornplanter's reasoning
jand a cheerful fubmiffion of the matter to the co61
.uninfluenced decision of the people, would
have given you, a much better claim to " public
tconfidence" than the most skilful fubverficn of
plain, fimplc, and I will add, honed and benevolent (entiments. You are it seems so candid as not
'even "to wifti to interest the paffions" of your
:Readers : You have however ventured to brand-if- h
the barbarian Tommahawk over their heads
':V?hich I fuppofc will fall blunted and forever
from the enervated hands-o- f those bloody bar
barians, the moment your favorite scheme is
Then to be sure twill the happy time com
, 'mence vhen the Lion and the Lamb shall lie down
.together, and a young child Jhall lead them; when there
.Jball be nothing either external or internal to hurt
or offend this happy dominion.
But how could you be so unmercifully severe
on" poor Cornplanter, for, not (hewing "what
.time or what manner will befuited to the object"
of a Separation ? Pleafc to confidcr Mr. Popli-colthat Cornplanter does not pretend tothefpi-xito- f
prophecy , tho' he has been weakenongh to
submit both the time and manner to an indulgent Providence. Had he been in pofTefiion of
your, and your friends Telescope . he perhaps
.might havegained the "fair profpeft."
tile seems my "arguments are leveled against a
at any period: Had you not advanced
.this ail'ertion, I believe no other person, woufd
ave discovered the latent mischief especially as
J have proposed that we wait only a lew- - days
longer' until a. general concunence in the measure
and a free trade as necelfary to support our new
Government are obtained. But by what means
you know "that our choice of Reprefentativ'es
is confined to those who have business at Richhow you aic able without hesitation
to alfcrt that none but such will serve I must leave
for you to inform us. That "many general Laws '
iinay bear hard on this Diftrifl," and "that the meeting of out iegtflacm six hundred Miles distance
from our Countryareteal'grievanccs 1 have not
denied, I have already acknowledged : But is upon the1 whole, the evils jnftly'tobe seared are
more wejghty and numerous than those to be avoided, I hope I may be excused in concluding that
the measure for the present ought to be postponed.
However is upon a judiciousinquiry, which I
humbly conceive hnst not yet been made, it fliould
be sound to be the wish of a reasonable majority
I will most heartily concur
in the public determination.
since you lest this place wc have b'cen
daily expectation of seeing the Indians,
or having intelligence that they would not be here
but to this moment we are in a slate of utter uncertainty.
The last account from the mefTengers are of the
30th of Augtift. The Six Nations were then
come to the mouth of the Miami or Town River, and were to be met there by theWeftern Nations, what they have been about or what has
been the rufult of their Councils wc know nothing of, and lam peifuaded they have interrupted the communication, qi these men would certainly have sent in again.
Two men who I sent out since arc also detained,
at least they are now ten days beyond time, in which
oneof them was to have returned. v From thefceir-cumftancthere is in my opinion too much teafon
to sear they have hostile designs, and that the first
intimation of it will be a stroke upon some of the
Under these circumstances I find
vmyfelf in adifagreeable predicament.- - J have had
no reply from Vireinia to the application made to
the Governor which you was so obliging as to take
theca.e of forwarding,and which I also sent by post,
nor from Pennsylvania except that my letter had
been laid befoie the Legislature. and the inftrtic-tionsCongress are express to avoid hostilities
by every pofTible means.and lhould they now appear
to be inevitable, the season is advancing fofaftthat
operation;- could scarce be carried on to purpos- eIt is intolerably cmbarraffing. The stroke is it
falls at all Will probably fa 11 upon your country,
and you mould be prepared to resift it, and that
preparation may render more general measures practicable i this is all 1 can say at present I look
every moment for intelligence, having also
some indians-whfliould return in two
days, whatever it may be I will take the first
favorable opportunity to communicate it, and yet
promise myself the pleasure to pay. you a viOt be'
fore the Winter lets in.
With great iefpcl
I am" Dear Sir, your most
A. St. 'CLAIR.
From the COLUMBIAN HER4LD.
A Curious CASE, &c.
SUPPOSE that J am one 0 the number of one
hundred and one persons, and that one of them owe:
me the J'um of ene hundred pounds and that the remaining number have a demand on eachothe fpi
for a like sum of one hundred pounds ifuppofe
also that they dejire
is it can be contrived ) to pay
their debts. They having no other property
but 7I. each in money, to pay thelum of
ioot. with, thac they owe to each other; I could
manage the matter in such a manner so as to leave
each of them' 2L a piece in their pockets' could for-g'the lafl of then tktjum of 95. which he by
my method of settling these debtswouhl owe me, and
yet would get the sum of 500. for the debt that
was due to me by one of the hundred debtors Mj
method of proceeding Jbould be this, J would go to
the'perfon that owed me 100. and ask him for the
money,. and would tell him is he wotlld give me 5.
in caJJ) and an order for iooi .on the persentha: owed him lool. that I would take it for the debt he
law in said Cour tries are opened ;a ctmpe: erf ;
to pay one twentieth part tf the debt whuk e:H
person owes in money, and the remainderman
on one person that owes t)iem money, but no creditor fliould be compelled to iabe an order ou.a
person for a debt, unlefsthe person on whom the
order was to be drawn was able topayone tu
part of the order in money (or infuchpio.
perty and at such a price us the creditors fliould
approve oftaking;n lieu of money.and to give an
order on some ,6tber 'firmlar reTponfibte person for
This method would enable
persons in any Coun- -
tryiwho are in the fxtuation In point of circumftan.
ces which I have dejeribed) to.pay their debts by converting oitly one twentieth part oj their property 'i-t- o
cafl) to do it with, dnd
fonld (as in the caff X
haveflated) enable persons,--- ' in otherwise injonent
circumstances. to settle their affairs, and yet hive a
pittance lest for themftlves, (as in the case stated)
whereas, as in the cafe'in this slate) is a
property is feised and sold by the ftieriff, it is
pojed of at a prize by public auction that ruins the
debtor and prevents the treditors of the person so ruined getting twenty' fhilllngs in the pound or any
thing like it for the debts that are due them.
Is a pldn of this kind was to be adopted in thie
slate, aster a person had been paid in the via net
for a debt of
by twenty five persons in fucceffien
100 he fljould then be compelled
the last debtor, as he would then receive
100 debt that would be jettled
in this manner sill Country debtors, under the pain
of being deprived of the benefits of this plan or of
any inftalment law, should be obliged to appoint
agents in Charleston, to settle .their debtsfor then.
011 the plan proposed; a'ri
Office in that case JltuJ
where the .names of the agents vs
each country person fbavld
bcrciftered in an alphabetical order, agreeable tlthejur names of the debtort
Adlam Thomas, Coofe-creeThcmaj Stiles, No r.
Baker lyilliam Dor,chefter, William White No.
This mode would enable all country debts to be
settled with ease and expedition, such debtors as lived in town. Jbould settle their debts themj'elves
or gie notice at the befote mentioned office, what
person in town they had appointed to
from my house in Mercer .Coun-iotime lait winter a yellow bay
Mare with foal about thirteen hands
two or three inches high, one ear cropped, has a black streak down her rump
and remarkable large teats, branded
think in more than one place) with
an H, was formerly the property of
Mr.. Francis Havvley near Boonfborough,
where I expect (he has attempted
Whoever will dehve rher and her
colt is lhehas one,
on Howards Creek or to me;t
shall receive the above reward.
N Saturday the
8th Inft. between
and Capt. Youngs in Lexington, a pair
of Saddle-bacontaining shirts, stockings,
and other cloaths, together with some
papers which can be of ttfe to the owner
only. Any person who mall deliver the
above articles to Capt. Young in this
place, (hall have five Dollars reward, by
owed mewith which of courfs he ymld comply; I
would then ask the person on whom the order was .Lexington.Qcl. aot;i788. JAMES EROWN.
.drawn tagive me si. in money, and an order for 100I.
N.R. The deaths
with the initials
on the perjon that owed him 100I with which also
he would comply ; whichplan of proteed'mg'Iwould
came to the last person, to whom
J would say, is he would give me 5 or the ordxr
had on him that
would give it him up and fur'
be paid to any person, who will
give him the remaining sum of c5'. vithxwhicht
apprehend and deliver Negroe Ben
when he had complied,
Jbould have received in all
eloped the be(at the rate of 51. from each debtor) the jum'cf sod to .the subscriber.
in payment of the original debt of 100. that was ginning of this month.
Has a wise at
due to me, and JJjouldhave extinguijbedthe demand
probably lurks about'
Capt. Fowlers, and
of ioot. each, which the debtors had on each other.
that ne'2;liuourhooai or ,n tne v,r,nuy 01
By a plan of this kind the domestic debts of the inJAMES; WILKINSON.
habitants of this State and of other
JLexingten OS. jfoti 1788.
be settled with great (aj'e, invidei fht tc,UTtt 'of