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trary, I hope it will tend to encourage you to proceed, and pursue your project with such earnestness, that nothing but the bayonet will be found capable of stopping your career.
It was the fashion some years ago, and, with WEBSTer and some others, it is so still, to decry the mode of election in Great Britain and Ireland : but, let these half-fool, half-rogue rascals produce me, if they can, from amongst the members of all the British Parliaments, which have been called for a hundred years past, a list to equal the following: Lyon,
Baltimore Smith. M-Clenachan, I could mention some more, who do great honour to the system of universal suffrage ; but these names, together with the pretty little anecdotes relative to each, which will at once present themselves to the recollection of the reader, will, I trust, bę looked upon as sufficient for the present.
Mason the Senator, and Callender the Runaway. --My last paper contained an account of a democratic member of the House of Representatives : In this, I am about to give some anecdotes repecting a SENATOR.
Mason the Senator is the same man, who, contrary to his duty and his oath, made a premature disclosure of the contents of the British Treaty, with the evident intention of exciting a clamour against it, in order to prevent its final ratification. He has constantly, since that time, as well as before, been of the French faction, and has uniformniy
opposed opposed every measure calculated to protect the country against the infamous designs of the savage despots of Paris.
CALLENDER, on his arrival in America, boasted that he had escaped the gallows in Scotland, and that his comrades were then in Newgate awaiting their final doom. The wretch, with the encouragement of JEFFERSON and others, throve for a little while ; but his drunkenness, his rascality in every way, led him from den to den, and from misery to misery, till he, at last, took shelter under the disgraceful roof of the abandoned hireling editor of the AURORA: while in his employment, he buried a poor, abused, broken-hearted wife, who left behind her a family of ragged, half-starved children, to be sent to the poor bouse.
“ Birds of a feather flock together," and Cailender and Mason contracted such a friendship for each other, that they were inseparable while the Senator was in the city. The Senator went home, but still hankering after his companion, he sent an invitation for him to come and pass the summer season at his house in Virginia. He forgot, however, to send a horse, or any thing else, for the poor rascal to ride upon ; he was, therefore, like a true vagabond, obliged to tramp it.
The wretch has a most thief-like look; he is ragged, dirty, has a downcast with his eyes, leans his head towards one side, as if his neck had a stretch, and goes along working his shoulders up and down with evident signs of anger against the fieas and lice.
Notwithstanding his exterior, his munificent friend received him with all the affection of a brother; but being, soon after his arrival, found drunk in the neighbouring distillery, and the people judging him from his villainous look, suspected him to be a felon, who had made his escape from the wheelbarrow, on the Baltimore roads, and actually took him up on that suspicion, and conducted him before a magistrate, where the scupe-gallows declared his name, said he was a printer at Philadelphia (which was a lie), that he came into Virginia in consequence of an invitation from Sievens Thomson Mason, one of the Virginia Senators in Congress, and that he then resided at the Senator's house, where his papers were lodged.
In consequence of this declaration, CALLENDER was allowed till five o'clock to produce his testimonials ; and, at that hour, Mason appeared in his behalf, produced a certificate of his naturalization, and said he was a man of a good character !!!
An account of this affair was published in the Columbian Mirror, an excellent paper published at Alexandria; but this Mason did not like: shame, at last, came to his aid, but it came too late ; for it urged him to deny the account, and thereby only made it more generally known. He disclaimed his poor friend, positively insisted that he never appeared in his behalf; and, by this indiscreet step, gave his neighbours an opportunity of proclaiming him for an atrocious LIAR, in addition to his other qualifications, as will be seen by the following pieces from the Alexandria paper.
Mr. GIRD, • As some altercation has taken place in the « Mirror last week between General Mason and ' myself, as the author of a piece signed A. and as "I wish the whole to be brought under a single
view, I must request you to republish that piece, ' together with General Mason's reply; and the
enclosed certificates from gentlemen whose cha"racter will not suffer by a comparison with his. · From which it appears that my communication was strictly true, that Mr. Mason's assertions were
* utterly false; and the public will decide who best
merits the epithet of infamous scoundrel !' While • General Mason ceases to praise, my character will
not suffer ; nor will my feelings be hurt by any expressions which come from him. If the Brigadier can't brook the indignity of being pub
licly proved a liar, he shall receive full satisfacstion on application to
5 THOMAS Lewis. Leesburg, August 15th, 1798.' No. I.-We, the subscribers, magistrates for the county of Loudoun, being called on by one of the constables for the said county, to examine a person by him apprehended, on suspicion of having eloped from the wheelbarrow, on the
Baltimore roads, who, on his examination, denied ? being a runaway-said his name was James T. • Callender, lately from Philadelphia, printer of a
paper published in that city ; that he came from thence into this state (Virginia) at the particular request of General Mason, at whose house he
then resided ; that his papers were at General · Mason's, and that he (General Mason) would
give any satisfaction that might be required respecting his character.
JOSEPH SMITH.' Loudoun ssct. • The above certificate was sworn to, this 13th day of August, 1798, before
No. II.- We, the subscribers, being present · when a person apprehended on suspicion of being
a runaway from the wheelbarrow, on the Balti
more roads, was examined before the magistrates,
who said his name was James T. Callender, lately s from Philadelphia, and Printer. That he came
into the state of Virginia) at the particular re' quest of General S. T. Mason, at whose house he " then resided.
- John JACOBS,
JOHN M'CORMUCK, · JACOB. MOORE, "Thos. WILKINSON.'
« The above certificate was sworn
to by the * subscribers, before
SAMUEL MURRAY. August 13, 1798.'
« Time being allowed Callender to procure his papers, at five o'clock (the time appointed for • him to appear before the magistrates), Gen. S. · T. Mason appeared in his behalf: produced a ' certificate of his naturalization, and said he was a man of good character,
. PATRICK CAVAN.'
" Mr. GIRD, • Having seen, in your paper of September 1, 1798, an elaborate production of Stevens Thomson Mason, the FIGHTING and LYING brigadiergeneral of Loudoun county, marked with that species of language termed by dictionarians true
Billingsgate, I am induced to trouble you also. . As the magnanimous general has commenced in
that style, it may not be amiss to pursue it, though ' unfortunately I have no Callender to refresh my
memory. He (General Mason), in his vindication, has established, instead of invalidating,
every one of the charges brought against him as to ! his harbouring and making a bosom friend of the