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in their profession, that they publicły boast of haying it in their power to regulate Bank elections; if so, (and what is scarcely to be doubted, from the circuitous intercourse they have in the Banks) is it not higb time, that those of the Directors, unconnected in this infainous line, should trace out the channels and sources of their support and influence, too long practised, to the manifest injury of thousands, and even disgraceful and dangerous to the solidity of Government ?
“A CITIZEN.” 16th May, 1799."
“John PeARSON, “When I enter into controversy with you, or any one, who will take his neighbour's hogs; and who, when the owner meets him on the highway, and demands his property, will (in his official capacity of a Justice of the Peace, “ chosen by the good Whigs”) immediately assault and beat him, I consider niyself as not opposed on equal grounds. For drunkenness, and many other such like virtues, that cause ulcerated eyes, (that you, Pearson, are disfigured with either, from ******, or some other causes, which you are best able to inform, / I think, as well as many other of my fellow-citizens, the application
* Elliott the signer of this advertisement, was, at the time of his writing it, and is yet, a Justice of the Peace, in a village called DARLY, about seven miles from Philadelphia. PEARSON was also a Justice of the Peace, at the time, and is now (1800) a SENATOR of the State of Pennsylvania !!! A Democratical State, is like a boiling pot : the scum always swims on the top of it.
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of of mercury ought, as soon as possible, to be applied; for, the consequences may prove fatal. My character has never yet been so far discussed, as to have a pecuniary value set upon it; yours, in the highest courts of Pennsylvania, afrer a free and full discussion, has been determined to be worth seventeen pounds, ten shillings; and that too, by a good and lawful jury of your country, and to whom you had made the appeal. You were charged of being the advocate of slavery, the oppressor of the poor (don't cry, wipe your eyes, the medicine shall be given gratis, Pearson); yoų were charged with being the promoter of ricts, the devoted advocate of a faction, the violator of your oath of office, and a public example of intemperance to the youth.-After taking into consideration the additional claim for the loss of office, as well as charac. ter, the whole ended in a fine of seventeen pounds, ten shillingsa- To the aspersions of such a fellow, it is proper to reply, “ cease Viper, you bite against “ a File.”
.“ ISRAEL ELLIOTT.” “ Philadelphia, March 25th, 1797."
HARPER, the late member of Congress, has rendered himself somewhat famous in America, and, with the help of friends, in England also. His pamphlet, which made such a noise, shall be spoken of more fully hereafter ; aț present, I only mention it, in order to refer to a passage in the beginning of it, where he has the candour to confess, that he was, at the commencement of the French Revolution, a friend to that accursed event. This instance of candour was highly applauded by me, as well as by others; but, now that it is known, that he dared not deny his Jacobinism, and when it is
recollected, recollected, that he was upwards of thirty years old, when he actually petitioned to become a Jacobin, we may be allowed to doubt of his sincerity and candour.
The following letter, addressed to HARPER, by a French Jacobin of Charleston, will show that the gentleman was somewhat zealous in the cause. The Frenchman's language is truly ludicrous; but it conveys a truth very disgraceful to Harper, who seems to have been seduced from the Jacobin Club, by the good dinners, and gay parties of the merchants of Philadelphia. But, let us hear CITIZEN DESVERNEY,
“ CHARLESTON, (S. C.) Feb. 25, 1798. • DESVERNEY, native of France, un nom republi
cain, fidelle to his country, Citizen of Amerique, and Gunsmith in Charleston, prays to demand two or three questions of
Rob. G, HARPER, Member of Congress.
“ I have seen the poisonous venom of your printed letter, by your criminal attempt like a scorpion without his sting, to wound my native country France, and her brave defenders, the Generals Moreau, Bonaparte, and all our brave armies. Why, you call them robbers, plunderers, celerats that make war on their enemy, invade his territory, not to make him sorry or give him repentance; but as you criminally say, to rob, to plunder, as one pirate, corsair, brigand. Ah! Ah! Ah!- You, one time with me, one member of the French jacobin Society, at the Hotel of Citizen Harris, in Charleston, on the bay.--Au diable soit telle perfidie, Ah! ah!
“ Make me one reponse, one answer, did not you enter as one member of the Jacobin, or French
Societe Patriotique in Charleston, in 1793 ; did you write one letter to that my societe, praying for the honor to be received as one member; that letter, was it, delivered to the President by one good republican ?-Yes, yes; I make answer for you, as you have the too much double face to make reponse for yourself. Yes, you write that letter in your writing hand. Les gens de loi, de loier, know your writing. Let any body come, judge, and see, if Desverney speak veritablement.
“Your letter is very bad French, translated by my friend, de cette sorte.”
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Patriotic Society of Charleston, 66 Circumstances have hindered me from applying sooner, for the participation of the honour and advantages which must result to the friends of liberty, from such a society as yours. Not being able to come myself, I have paid my hall upon the subject, and flatter' myself, that I shall meet your approbation, and obtain the honour of admission. He will bring you my good wishes and affection for you.
“ I am, with most perfect respect,
“ ROB. G. HARPER." “ To the Citizen President)
of the French Patriotic
Society." . The following is an Extract from the Journals of the
" 27th May, 1793. “ La Seance Ouverte. The society being open, Citizen Harper having made application to the so
ciety by letter, signifying his desire of being admitted a member, his letter was read agreeably to usage, and verification made, he was unanimously admitted.”
“After this, you entered the chamber, where we sat, you was presented to the President, and, after this, you was one Jacobin, imperieux in the club. Did you know, hear, and approve of our memorial to the head Jacobin Society at Paris, praying our Society at Charleston might be admitted to affiliation to that at Paris ? Do you know any thing of this memorial ? Make me one reponse for this. Where was you on the night of the 18th October, 1793 ? Were you in the Jacobin Club, elected Vice-President, in the absence of the President? Does not this appear on the journal of that night? Are you not an ingrate; because, after republican have been heaping such honours on you, for yourself have owned it was doing you great honour, yet you have entirely forgot the obligation and turned as violent an enemy to my country, as if you was un mercenaire, satellite of that scelerat, the Duke of Brunswick. Is not this double face in you now to turn ci-devant patriot of France, and vomit upon us and our country such malignite, as if you was un venale instrument of the malice of our confederate enemies. Has any one of the French Society proved himself as a deserter from the cause of liberty, but you ? Have the other members of the club, whose names I shall mention, who you loved so sincerely, and called by the word Citizen? Did they change as you did ? Has citizen Peignier, the Hair-dresser, shewn a double face ? Has citizen Paris, our baker ; citizen Pencil, the tinman; citizens Anthony and sadler ; Dubard, the hair-dresser; Olman, the maker of patees, or cakes ; Audin, the scene-painter; Martin, the taylor ; Maziere, the barber, and citizen Sudie, the maker of segars