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have gone to war. This, however, our “ Jure can only be defeated by a refusal naval officers did not do. It has never
Government to desist been denied by our Government, that many “ from bostilities, or to comply with the natire Republicans were impressed by our " conditions expressed in the said Order. ollicers. It is notorious, that many of them “ Under the circumstances of your having liare beoa compelled to serve on board of " no powers to negociate, I must decline our ships; and, of course, that many have " entering into a detailed discussion of the been wounded or killed; or, at least, car- propositions which you have been directried from their country, their homes, their “ed to bring forward. I cannot, however, family, and their affairs
. Mr. Madison, " refrain on one single point from expressin his last specch to the Congress, states, “ing my surprise ; namely, that, as a con
, that “thoxsanils" of Native Republicans "dition, preliminary even to a suspension were thus impressed, before war was de- “ of hostilities, the Government of the clared by the Congress. The Congress, “ United States should have thought fit to at last, declared war; but the Presiilent," demand, that the British Government always anxious to avoid the calamities of " should desist from its ancient and accuswar, immediately proposed the renewal of “ tomed practice of impressing British seanegociations for peace. Mr. Russell, then “ men from the merchant ships of a foreign the Republican Moister in London, signi- “ State, simply on the assurance that a law fied to Lord Castlereagh, in August 1812, “ shall hereafter be passed, to prohibit the that he was authorised to stipulate for an employment of British seamen in the Armistice, to begin in sixty days, on the public or commercial service of that following conditions : “ That the Orders in “ State.-The British Government now, s 'nencil be repealer!, ad no illegal
no illegal" as heretofore, is ready to receive from " by nemaries be substituted for them; and “ the Government of the United States,
1; simile inruesiately given to dis- " and amicably to discuss, any proposition it,
it of **rsons from which professes to have in view either to
nyelhi 7 store the “ check abuse in exercise of the practice *, en oftti Chikesed Sots already im- “ of impressment, or to accomplish, by ** pressed; it being moreover well under- means less liable to vexation, the object “stood, that the British Government will“ for which impressment has hitherto been " assent to enter into ricfinitive
arrange- “ found necessary; but they cannot consent ments, as soon as may be, on these and “ to suspend the exercise of a right upon every other difference, by a Treaty, to be " which the naval strength of the empire
concluded, either at London or Wash- “ mainly depends, until they are fully con"ington, as on an impartial consideration " vinced that means can be devised, and S " of existing circumstances shall be deem- " will be adopted, hy which the object to
“ “ed most expedient. As an inducement“ be obtained by the exercise of that right “ to Great Britain to discontinue the prac- “ can be effectitally secured. I have the " tice of_impressment from Americans“ honour to be, Sir, your most obedient á vessels, I am authorised to give assurance
" humble Servant." " that a law shall be passed (to be reci- This offer, you will perceive, came from
proc:1), to prohibit the employment of the President. How false, then, is the 6 Citromh car. in 2. pobles or color-charge, that he went to war to assist Na
Trici Srstes.---It is polcon! If that had been true, he, of Winci.si 1,72 such 2!! 17:, 672- course, would have proposed no armistice.
more tot jous, iu He would have been anxious to avoid all treat Britain bur seamc'}, means of reconciliation. But, on the
petriive oi pressment, so de contrary, he is the first to make an effort rogatory to the sovereign attributes of the to put an end to the war; and, even in the “ United States, and so incompatible with case of impressment, to tender voluntarily * the personal rights of their citizens." a measure calculated to remove our ap
Lord Castiereagh's answer to this was prehensions on the score of our seamen. as follows:-“ From this statement you I do not know how an English Secretary of “ will perceive, that the view you have State may have been able to look a Repub* taken of this part of the subject is incor- lican Minister in the face, while the for. " rect; and that, in the present state of the mer was asserting, that the strength of erreiatimus between the two countries, the England mainly depended ou the exercise operation of the Order of the 23d of of the right of impressing its own subjects;
but, be that as it may, the President heret" British subjects in their service, and tendered a measure to render that impress- “ enforce the prohibition by suitable regament unnecessary, unless it was still meant “ lations and penalties, the motive for the to impress the Republicans.
“practice is taken away. It is in this mode The Republic having failed in this en-" that the President is willing to accommodeavour to restore peace, she made another“ date this important controversy with the attempt, the succeeding month, as will be “ British Government, and it cannot be conseen in the letter of Mr. Monroe to Sir “ceived on what ground the arrangement John B. Warren, and which letter it is of can be refused.--A suspension of the great importance now to peruse with at-" practice of impressment, pending the artention. After the opening of bis letter, mistice, scems to be a necessary consehe proceeds thus :-“I am instructed to “quence. It cannot be presumed, while “ inform you, that it will be very satisfac- “ the parties are engaged in a negociation “ tory to the President to meet the British" to adjust amicably this important differ6 Government in such arrangements as ence, that the United States would ad“ may terminate, without delay, the hosti“ mit the right, or acquiesce in the prac“ lities which now exist between the United“ tice, of the opposite party; or that Great “ States and Great Britain, on conditions“ Britain would be unwilling to restrain “ honourable to both nations.- At the “ her cruisers from a practice which would
moment of the declaration of war, the “ have the strongest tendency to defeat " President gave a signal proof of the at- “ the negociation. It is presumable that “tachment of the United States to peace." both parties would enter into a negocia, “ Instructions were given, at an early pe- « tion with a sincere desire to give it effect. “riod, to the late Charge d'Affaires of " For this purpose, it is necessary that a " the United States at London, to propose “ clear and distinct understanding be first " to the British Government an armistice,“ obtained between them, of the accommo
on conditions which, it was presumed, “ dation which each is prepared to make. “ would have been satisfactory. It has “ If the British Government is willing to “ been seen with regret, that- the proposi- “ snspend the practice of impressment from “ tion made by Mr. Monroe, particularly “ American vessels, on consideration that “ in regard to the important interest of “ the United States will exclude British
impressment, was rejected ; and that s seamen from their service, the regulation, none was offered through that channel, which this compromise should be car
basis which hostilities might “ ried into effect, would be solely the ob
As your Government has au- “ ject of this negociation. The armistice “ thorised you to propose a cessation of " would be of short duration. If the pare “ hostilities, and is doubtless aware of the "ties agree, peace would be the result. “important and salutary effect which a sa-" If the negociation failed, each would be “ tisfactory udjustment of this difference “ restored to its former state, and to all its “ cannot fail to have on the future rela-" pretensions, by recurring to war.-Lord * tions between the two countries, I in- " Castlereagh, in his note to Mr. Russell, is dulge the hope that it has, ere this, given - seems to have supposed, that, had the แ you full powers for the
propoperience has sufficiently evinced that no 66 sitions made to it, Great Britain would peace can be durable, unless this object" have suspended immediately the cxercise “ is provided for: it is presumed, there-" of a right on the mere assurance of this “ fore, that it is equally the interest of " Government, that a law would be after“ both countries to adjust it at this time.- "wards passed to prohibit the employment “ Without further discussing questions of " of Britishr seamen in the service of the “ right, the President is desirous to pro
“ United States, and that Great Britain u vide a remedy for the evils complained“ would have no agency in the regulation “ of o: both sides. The claim of the Bri- " to give effect to that proposition. Such “ tish Government is to take from the “ an idea was not in the contemplation of “ merchant vessels of other countries Bri- “ this Government, nor is to be reasonably “ tish subjects. In the practice, the Com-“ inferred from Mr. Russell's note : least, “ m:29ders of British ships of war often“ however, hy possibility, such an inference " take from the merchant vessels of the might be drawn from the instructions “ United States American citizens. If the" to Mr. Russell, and anxious that there “ United States prohibit the employment of “ should be no misunderstanding in the
65 acted on.
case, subsequent instructions were given once allowed, that we had a right to in“ to Mr. Russell
, with a view to obvinte press on board American ships. Was this every objection of the kind alluded to offer to be attributed to a wish to aid Na" As they bear date on the 27th of July, poleon? How execrable, then, has been " and were forwarded by the British the conduct of those who have been labour" packet Alphea, it is more than probable ing to make the people of England believe, " that they may have been received and 'that Mr. Madison went to war to aid Na
-I am happy to explain to polcon! What wretches must those be, you thus fully the views of my Govern- who have called him “ the tool of the fallen "ment on this important subject. The “ despot ?” what impudent men, those who “ President desires that the war which have accused him of attacking us in the "exists between our countries should be dark, like an assassin ? The man, who, " terminated on such conditions as may se- the other day, uttered that expressiov,
cure a solid and durable peace. To ac- ought to have had his lips smashed upon " complish this great object, it is neces- his teeth. Every effort, short of opening
sary that the intercst of impressment be the Republican ships to English press“ satisfactorily arranged. He is willing gang3, was, it appears to me, made by the 6 that Great Britain should be secured President to prevent the war, and to put
against the evils of which she complains. an end to the war after it was begun. 6. He seeks, on the other hand, that the It is asserted most roundly, in Lord “ citizens of the United States should be castlereagh's letter to Mr. Russell, that
protected against a practice, which, “ to impress British seamen from the mer" while it degrades the nation, deprives chant ships of a foreign State is the anci
66 “them of their right as freemen, takes “ent and accustomed practice of the British "them by force from their families and Government.” It has often been thus " their country, into a foreign service, to said, but never has been attempted to be "fight the battles of a foreign Power, per- proved. I have never read of any such haps against their own kindred and practice ; I have never heard of any such country. I abstain from entering, in practice ; and, I defy any one, to cite in this communication, into otlict grounds any book on the law of nations any
record • of differences. The Orders in Council of such a practice, or any maxim or prin
having bee: lepealed (with a reservation ciple to warrant it. I have thrown down, “ not impairing a corresponding right on this challenge fifty times, and it has never * the part of the United States), and no been taken up. But, we did not stop with
illegal blockades revived or instituted in this practice. We impressed Native Re“their stead, and an understanding being publicans. Mr. Madison says tlrat weim- * “ obtained on the subject of impressment, pressed thousands of them. The President “ in the mode herein proposed, the Presi- tenders us a law, to be agreed on by us " dent is willing to agree to a cessation well as him, to prevent our seamen from " of hostilities, with a view to arrange, by serving on board of the Republican ships;
treaty, in a more distinct and ample and this, even this, does not satisfy us.
manner, and to the satisfaction of both He wishes to put an end to the war in this "parties, every other subject of contro- way, even at a time when he is accused of
versy.--I will only add, that if there having declared it for the purpose of aiding “ be no objection to an accommodation of Napoleon ; and still the hirelings of the " the difference relating to impressment, London press call bin" the tool of Naposs in the mode proposed, other than the sus- leon;" wbile other miscreants accuse him “pension of the British claims to impress- of having attacked us in the dark, like an "ment during the armistice, there can be assassin. "none to proceeding, without the armistice, SECOND, the causes of the continuance of “ to an immediate discussion and arrange the War...But, how came the war not * ment of an article on that subject. This to cease when the war in Europe ceased? "great question being satisfactorily ad- This is the most interesting part of the "justed, the way will be open either for subject. The professed object of the war,
an armistice, or any other course leading on our part, was to make the Americans “ most conveniently and expeditiously to a submit to our practice of impressment, al“ generul pacification."
ledging that that practice was necessary to This off-r, too, was rejected! What the preservation of our maritime power, more was the President to do unless he, at on which our existence depended. Mr.
Madison tendered us the means of prevent | Monroe, in his instructions to the Commising our seamen from avoiding our service by sioners at Ghent, written in July and Auserving on board of American ships; but, gust, telling them, that it appears to the laying that aside, why did we not make President, that the war, on our part, has peace as soon as we had made peace with a new object. France? We were no longer in danger. But this proclamation of the Admiralty There existed no longer any reason
was not all that had a tendency to produce fear, that our men would take refuge on this opinion of our object. On the 21 of June, board of American ships. The European just after the issuing of this proclamation, peace had taken away all ground of quar- the London newspapers published whate rel. The Republic was always ready to they called a speech of Sir Joseph Yorke, treat. Her Ministers, or Commissioners, one of the Lords of the Admiralty, deliverwere in London soliciting audiences. And ed, as it was stated, in the House of Comyet the war continued, and, on our part, mons, the evening before. This document with more fury than ever, All danger to is of infinite importance, whether 15 was at an end. The French king was view it as coming from a Gentleman in restored; the Pope was re-established in office, or as to the time of its having been luis Chair of St. Peter; regular Govern- uttered, or, at least, published. It was in ment and the Inquisition were happily re- these memorable words, as published in the stored in Spain ; and, in short,
it social Courier
of the 2d June, 1814. " order and our holy religion," as John “ Sir J. Yorke observed, that although Bowles used to call them, were every
where one great enemy of this country, Bonabecome again in vogue.
parte, had been deposed, there was anoThis change took place in the months of " i her. gentleman whose DEPOSITION April and May last; and just as I was hug- was also necessary to our interest, he ging myself in the prospect of a speedy" meant Mr. President Madison, and with peace with America, out came a very ex- a view to THAT DEPOSITION « traordinary paper from the Admiralty. It " considerable naval force must be kept was an address to the fleets. It set out up, especially in the Atlantic. But as with expressing thanks to the sailors for “ to his Hon. Friend's opinion respecting their services in the glorious cause, which “ the reduction of the Navy, he wished it had just been crowned with such signal" to be considered that a number of shipsuccess; it then stated to them, that their ping were employed in conveying French
“ services would be wanted a little longer, in " prisoners to France, and bringing home order to carry on the war against America, our own countrymen.
So much for the which had been guilty of an unprovoked act" occupation of our navy on the home of aggression against our maritime rights; “ station. But from the Mediterranean and it concluded by observing, that, with “ for instance, several three deckers were the aid of the navy, there was no doubt" ordered home, and he could swear that but such a peace would be procured as “ nopracticable exertion would be remitted would tend to the “ LASTING TRAN-" to reduce the expence of our Naval De“QUILLITY OF THE CIVILIZED"partment."---This required, no interpre“ WORLD.” There was a great deal of ter. It lest no 100m for miscomprehension. meaning in these concluding words. Sup. It went, at once, to the point; and, though pose the war to have gained us an acknow- it might possibly have been a fabrication of ledgment of our right to send press-gangs the Newspaper Editors, it never was, at into American merchant ships on the high any time afterwards, stated to have been seas, what had that to do with “ the lasting such; and yet it was of quite importance " tranquillity of the civilized world.?” And enough to merit a contradiction, if it could why the word civilized? In short, this have received it. No wonder, then, that novel instrument was, in America, looked Mr. Madison thought, that we had found upon as a new declaration of war against out a new object for the war. It was high them; a declaration of war upon a new time for him to make this discovery, when ground. Jonathan, who heard so much be read in the English newspapers a report
. about our care for the “civilized world,” of the speech of a Lord of the Admiralty, when we began our war against the French stating, in an official way, that a strong Republic, did not fail to interpret these sig- naval force was still necessary with a view nificant words according to John Bowles's to THE DEPOSING of Mr. Madison. Dictionary. Accordingly we find Mr. This speccb, as I have often said, may
have been a fabrication ; but the publica" sistent with ourselves, we must in like
“ tion of it never was complained of in the
maintain the doctrine of NO House; the report was never contradicted “ PEACE WITH JAMES MADI. in the newspapers; and, at any rate, when 6 SON............ coupled with the Proclamation of the Ad- “Can we doubt, that a vigorous effort on miralty, Mr. Madison could not help look- part
will annihilate the power of a ing upon it as very nearly proof positive of faction, alike hostile to Britain, and fatal our Government's determination to depose" to America? Is not the time propitious him; that is to say, to destroy the Consti- " for WINNING AT LEAST THE tution of the Republic.
“ SOUNDER AND BETTER PART Besides, these documents went to Ame- “ OF THE AMERICANS TO AN rica accompanied with the menacing lan- “ UNION OF INTERESTS WITH guage of our press; or, at least, all that "THE COUNTRY FROM WHENCE part of the press which was most in vogue,
“ THEY SPRUNG?"... which was most cherished by the rich, and
Again, in the same which was looked upon as speaking the paper of a date a few months later :--"The voice of persons having great influence. “ill-organized association, is on the eve The prints of this description, the moment “ of dissolution;' and the world is speedily Napoleon was down, changed, all at once, "to be delivered of the mischievous extheir tone with regard to America. They ample of the existence of a Government had before talked of our maritime rights; “ FOUNDED ON DEMOCRATIC they had apologized for the war; they had “REBELLION."
6 called it a war of necessity; they had affected
I need insert no more.
This was the to lament that necessity; they had been ex- language of the favoured and patronised pressing their hopes of the return of peace part of the English press. It is impossible with our misled breihren in America. But no to efface these passages. They speak in sncner was Napoleon put down, than these language which can neither be misunderSante prints prociaimed the necessity of con- stood nor misrepresented. tinuing the war for the purpose of subduing In addition to these clear unequivocal the Republic; of bringing her to subjection; indications, we must not omit to bear in of putting down her Government; of bring- mind the article, which appeared in all our ing to an union with us a part, at least, of London prints, some weeks after the peace the States ; of rooting out her democratical of Paris, stating, that there was a secret principles. They declared, that no peace article in that treaty, pledging the Contiwas to be made with James Madison, whom vental Powers not to interfere in the war, they called a TRAITOR and a REBEL. or the dispute, between England and AmeBut obserởe well, that the main object con- rica. This was something very remarkstantly kept in view by these prints was able ; for the article was given as an exthe necessity of delivering the world of the tract from the Vienna Gazette. How EXAMPLE of the existence of a Go- could it get into that Gazette, which, all vernment founded on DETIOCRATIC | the world knows, contains notining disapsopii Tu zote al, r" d hundredth proved of by the Government? How could
is with insimees that i am here speak.. the article get there?' It related to a matin i would sil a large volume. I will, ter of very great importance. Uncommonly obesire, cutint myself with
pas- important it was. The editor, the mere &? Efron the: 1 17:28 perspaper of the last editor of a Paper at Vienna was not likely tcups focals of the month of April, 1814. to think much, or care much, about Ame
“ It is understood that part of our army rica, or her dispute. Why should he invent “ in France will be immediately trans- the story of such a secret article ? Be the * ferred to America, to FINISH the war cause of this article what it might, the ef" there with the same glory as in Europe, fect certainly was very great. The fact, " and to place the peace on a foundation which was taken for granted by the ene" equally firm and lasting."
mies of liberty here, encouraged them to .“ The American Government proceed in urging the continuance of the is, in point of fact, as much a tijranny war; they told the people, that there was “ (though we are far from saying it is so no danger now; that all the Powers of * horrible a one) as was that of Bonaparte: Europe were of one mind; that there was " and as we firmly urged the principle of no fear, in the present state of France, of
no peace with Bonaparte; so, to be con- her lending the Americans any assistance ;