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ster and General Harrison, the result becomes intensely dangerous. The two last have always stood ready for amalgama. tion at any moment. Identity of Federal sentiments produces a mutual sympathy, which would render such amalgamation both easy and natural. As to Judge White, it is now clearly proved by the permitted amalgamation of the Harrison and White ticket in Virginia, that however coyly he would have submitted to the caresses of the opposition at first, he is now considered by his friends as ready to yield himself up, soul and body, to the prostituted embraces of all sorts of associations, in order to defeat the election of Mr. Van Buren. No one of the candidates, Mr. Webster, General Harrison, or Judge White, ever expected, or now expects, to be elected by the people. Their only reliance is on the House of Representatives. If Judge White were to receive every vote, in every State in the Union where he has a ticket running, he could not be elected. It is evident, therefore, and his friends do not deny it, that he is running, not for an election by the people, but by the House. Now, it has long been a favorite principle of the Republican party, never to let such an election go before Congress. The contest between Mr. Jefferson and Burr, and the later defeat of Gen. Jackson before that body, had clearly shown the danger of sending it there. Not the least doubt can exist, that if Judge White were not now a candidate, Mr. Van Buren would be elected by the College of Electors. Here, then, is one of the bitter fruits of this division of the party. It is thereby compelled to give up an election by the People, and, forced by Judge White, to receive a President, whoever he may be, from the foul and filthy combinations of the liouse of Representatives. The Republican party, at this very moment, is deeply regretting the sacrifice of this very principle in her creed, and it adds not a little to her affliction, that the sacrifice is induced by one of her own formerly cherished and honored members ! Although even there she expects that Mr. Van Buren will probably be elected, yet she feels confident that the country cannot accept him from the hands of the House, with the same confident assurance of untarnished purity as if he had never gone there.
one fact steadily in the face, that, if it were not for the division made by Judge White, Mr. Van Buren would certainly be elected by the people over Gen. Harrison and Mr. Webster; that, in consequence of this division, all the attempts at an election next fall, will probably turn out a mere idle formality, an empty show-bringing no results except to show the people how impotent they are, and how easily Judge White, with the co-operation of Mr. Webster and Gen. Harrison, has divisted them of their rights, and transferred them to the trained and hackneyed politicians of Congress. All this is now known to and admitted by Judge White and his friends, and yet he shows no disposition to heal the breach he has made, by withdrawing from the contest as Judge M’Lead did, and thereby restore to the people their just authority and influence in the election. But if Judge White will persist in this co-operation with the two Federal candidates, to throw the election into the House of Representatives, where no sound-hearted Democrat ever desired to see it, it becomes you solemnly to consider whether you will continue to adhere to him under such circumstances. In sustaining him thus far, you have done all that State pride or personal attachment required at your hands. To go for him and with him further, is to sacrifice one of the oldest and best established principles of the Republican party. Those who called him out, did not require or expect you to go further. They themselves have declared that he ought to be dropped, whenever the safety of the party, or its principles, would be endangered by continuing to run him. Under this pledge and assurance given by “ the eleven,” every man in the State has a right now, before further mischief is done, to require and demand it of them to withdraw Judge White from this combination with the Federal candidates. Instead, however, of withdrawing him, and so redeeming their solemn pledges, the most distinguished one of them is now traversing the State, in order to convince you that it is well enough for this party to be divided—that it has become corrupt--that its head and leader has made this Republic an Elective Monarchy, and it is, therefore, high time to effect its overthrow and destruction!
This bold charge of corruption against the administration of it. It is the old charge made by David Crockett at the close of nearly every session of Congress in which he served, as an excuse for having voted with and sustained the opposition. But, in our opinion, it has as little truth as novelty. General Jackson has changed! Why, then, is it that every Bank man, and every Federalist, and every Nullifier, and every American System man in Arnerica, is still against him as much as ever? Can it be possible that Andrew Jackson can have become false to his party, false to his principles, and false to his country, and yet not have conciliated a single one of the various parties and interests leagued against him? No, fellow-citizens, the charge is false, and is only made to an insulted community, in order to cover the disgrace of their own defection.
We know the earnestness with which these modern seceders from the Republican ranks, insist on the total obliteration of all party distinction; their arguments on this point are based on the insulting idea, that there was nothing important or sincere in the mighty struggle which has been going on for nearly half a century between the two great political parties of this country. Nearly every old Federal doctrine has been revived, and others, more modern, but not less dangerous, have been contended for, during the last seven years of Jackson's administration. But the people of Tennessee have, however, united with their Republican brethren of other States, in sustaining the venerable representative of the Republican party in his noble resistance against all these abominable heresies. How is it then, that at the close of his administration, when all these antagonist principles stand out in open array, proudly boasting that they will prevail and triumph against his successor, how is it we ask, that these “no party" leaders can call upon you, at such a crisis, to abolish all party distinctions, to dismiss all your forces, to disband the vetern legions of Democracy and tamely surrender yourselves, without even terms of capitulation, into the hands of your enemies! We warn you not to confide in such advisers. They proclaim "peace among parties,” when they know there can be no honorable peace. They exhort you to disband and unarm, only that you may be an easy victim to Federal domination and misrule. They give
of the Bank, or to lead you, in triumphant mockery, through the camps of Nullification and Federalism, the degraded captives of your own credulity and folly. These enemies, against whose machinations we warn you, know well that General Jackson has not changed, and that Martin Van Buren stands bound, by repeated and public pledges, to carry out the measures and principles of his administration. These pledges they know he will redeem, and in that redemption they see their own discomfiture and ruin. On the other hand, they have seen repeated symptoms not to say proofs of Judge White's defection from Gen. Jackson and his administration, which encourage them in the belief, that in him they would not find so stern and inflexible an opponent as in Mr. Van Buren. Nay, more, the recent course of Judge White has excited high expectations, that from the obligations they may lay him under by their support, and from the hatred now excited between him and Gen. Jackson, they may presently claim him as common property of all their different factions-obedient to their will and subject to their direction. We would not have you to understand that we believe all these degraded expectations would ever be realized--for although we are opposed to his election, we cannot believe that he would ever become such a puppet in the hands of any set of wire-workers whatsoever. Still we do believe, that when he shall know and feel that he is indebted to these factions for his elevation, and without their continued aid he could not sustain himself in his new office, that the fear of disgrace, added to a sense of obligation, would exert a most unhappy influence over him. To suppose otherwise, is at open war with the known principles of human nature, and would exalt Judge White too high above the ordinary standard of human excellence.
We now wish to call your attention to the President's dictation. This is the watch-word of the White party in Tennessee. It is found in every conversation, and in every written essay, on the Presidential election. It is now used by the managers of the Tennessee press, to rouse the prejudices of a brave and jealous people, ever ready to resent the slightest encroachments
appoint over them a Roman Dictator, clothed with absolute authority, and you rouse into action every indignant feeling of their nature. Or tell such a people, that some great man of the nation has issued his commends or has sent forth his orders exacting obedience to his mandates, and you fill them at once with the deepest indignation. All this is well known to the managers aforesaid, and hence it is, that the cry of dictation has been raised, and vociferated from one end of the State to the other, against our heretofore respected and venerated Chief Magistrate. These adroit managers hope to excite the people to such a height of jealous indignation, as to draw off their attention from the investigation of the truth of the charges which they have preferred against the President, and thus, amidst a storm of calumny and detraction, silence the admonitions of one of the best and purest patriots that ever lived. If the people of Tennessee are jealous of encroachments on their rights, they are equally intelligent to detect the shallow artifices by which it is attempted to divert the noble and honorable frailties of their nature to the subserviency of party purposes.
We invite them, therefore, to suspend any momentary indignation into which the frequency and boldness of these charges may have thrown them, and temperately inquire whether it be true, that General Jackson is now attempting, or has ever attempted, to play the dictator over you. “ To dictate," means to declare or deliver to another with authority. “Dictation" is the act of so declaring and delivering with authority, and is very nearly the same in its import as the word command. Advice, counsel, admonition, are all totally distinct from dictation. The advice of a friend we may disapprove, the counsel of a parent we may reject, the admonition of the wise and great we may disregard; still we never speak of these as dictators, or as persons who intend or desire to enfore obedience to their suggestions. We continue to honor and respect them for their good intentions and kind feelings, but never look upon them as enemies on whom we should heap epithets of reproach and condemnation.
Now, in the light of these definitions, we invite the people