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in-chief had promised the plunder of the can lines without seeing that they were city to his army. This is a matter which ONE LOATHSOME LIE. One would have even now concerns the honour of the thought that no person Britain-born British pame, for the statement is found would bave suffered himself to be ed on no light authority.
brought, even by the most pressing “ Mr Eaton, holding one of the high
necessity, to make any use whatever est offices in the general government of
of paper so ineffably foul; and what the United States, the present (1830)
are we to think of Mr Stuart, natusecretary of war to the American go.
rally a generous and honourable vernment at Washington, and the author
man, who publishes such filth in his of a life of General Jackson, expressly
“ work,” and manifestly believes that asserts, in that work, that Booty and , Beauty,' was the watch word of Sir Ed. It may be flung deservedly in the ward Pakenham's army in the battle of face of the British People ? the 8th. He thus writes : 'Let it be re- “Now we, the undersigned, serving in membered of that gallant but misguided that army, and actually present, and general, who has been so much deplored through whom all orders to the troops by the British nation, that to the cu- were promulgated, do, in justice to the pidity of his soldiers he promised the memory of that distinguished officer, who wealth of the city as a recompense for commanded, and led the attack, the whole their gallantry and desperation, while, tenor of whose life was marked by manwith brutal licentiousness, they were to liness of purpose, and integrity of view, revel in lawless indulgence, and triumph most unequivocally deny that any such uncontrolled over female innocence. promise was ever held out to the army, Scenes like these our nation, dishonoured or that the watch word asserted to have and insulted, had already witnessed at been given out, was ever issued ; and fur. Hampton and Havre de Grace, (allu ther, that such motives could never have ding to Sir G. Cockburn's expedition) actuated the man, who in the discharge but it was reserved for her yet to learn,
of his duty to his King and country so that an officer of high standing, polish- eminently upheld the character of a true ed, generous, and brave, should, to in British soldier. duce his soldiers to acts of daring valour, “That a refutation of the above calumpermit them, as a reward, to insult, in- nies not having before appeared, is solely jure, and debase those whom all man- to be attributed to their not having come kind, even savages, reverence and re- to the knowledge of the undersigned that spect. The history of Europe, since ci. they existed, until the work from which vilized warfare began, is challenged to they are taken was given to the public afford an instance of such gross depravi- in the present year, 1833. ty, such wanton outrage on the morals (Signed) John LamBERT, Lt.-General. and dignity of society. English writers
John KEANE, Lieut.-General. may deny the correctness of the charge;
W. THORNTON, Maj.-General. it certainly interests them to do so, but
Edw. BLAKENEY, Major-Gen. its authenticity is too well established to
Alex, Dickson, Colonel. admit a doubt, while its criminality is
Deputy Adjt.-Gen. Royal increased, from being the act of a people
Artillery." who hold themselves up to surrounding And how does Mr Stuart behave nations as examples of every thing that is on the appearance of this “ docucorrect and proper.
ment?” Is he covered with confu. “This charge does not rest upon Mrsion of face-bowed to the ground by Eaton's authority alone. It is mentioned a sense of self-humiliation-driven in all the American statements relative to hide his head in silence and obto this battle down to the present day. scurity, till the storm of indignation, Mr Timothy Flint, who has given a dc- blowing upon him from all quarters, tailed account of the campaign, repeats has subsided, and he and his base it in his geography and history of the
calumnies are alike forgotten? No. Western States,--and it also appears in the travels of Bernhard, Duke of Saxe
We hear him priding himself in the
exposure of the GREAT BIG AMERICAN Weimar, brother-in-law to the Duke of Clarence, (now King of Great Britain,)
SERPENT LIE, which he had imported published so late as 1828.”
in a broad British bottom, and let
loose to defile our soil with its fetid No gentleman-no man in Britain slime.
unless besotted by some strange “Where do you find that I have made Bet of sentiments beyond the power any charge against the British army, of our imagination even to conceive which was lately refuted by Sir John
could have looked at these Ameri. Lambert and his brother officers ?' Have
the goodness, sir! to read that part of my ly appealed, are unqualified. It appears narrative which relates to my recent from them, as well as from the notices correspondence with Sir John Lambert, which have appeared in the American and the other general officers who served newspapers of my correspondence with with him on the expedition to New Or. Sir John Lambert, that the report of the Jeans : and you will at once perceive, that plunder of New Orleans having been it contains no charge against the British promised by the Commander-in-chief to army, and that my authority is not at all the army, was implicitly believed, as well pledged for the accuracy of the fact stated in Europe as in America, until it was relating to Sir Edward Pakenham, the authoritatively contradicted by Sir John Commander-in-chief, alone. I have Lambert, in consequence of the notice only mentioned, that I was told at Nes which appeared in my book. My publiOrleans that the British Commander-in- cation, therefore, has been most useful in chief had promised the plunder of the eliciting the complete refutation of the city to his army.' I added, that 'this calumny, which otherwise might have was a matter which even yet concerned remained unknown in this country, until the honour of the British name'- I did the death of the other general officers who not say of the British army, because the were with the army had rendered a comcharge related to the single individual plete contradiction impossible. Mr Eaton. who was implicated. If I had known who was lately one of the Secretaries of that the statement made to me was true, State at Washington, seems first of all to or if I had given implicit credit to it, I have published it to the world ; but he is should not bave conceived myself called quite incapable of inventing such a story, upon to specify the authorities which led which may at the time have been believed me to publish this, any more than the on the authority of some deserter or other details respecting the battle. The worthless person attached to the army. authorities which I produced are un “Upon the whole, I have not seen doubtedly of the most respectable descrip- occasion to retract or cancel a single word tion; two of them American, and one of that I have written,” &c. them European ; the European autho- He publishes a self-evident lie of rity being that of the distinguished offi- the most loathsome kind, and all the cer Bernhard, Duke of Saxe Weimar,
mar; "authorities," who have told it, and
a brother-in-law of the King of Great the
then says, “my authority is not at all Britain, who now, I believe, commands
pledged for the accuracy of the fact!” the Dutch army, under the Prince of
What does he mean? How could Orange. It certainly did appear to me at the time, as it still does, that those
his authority be pledged for the acauthorities, not exclusively American,
curacy of a fact of wbich it was coupled with the information given to me
impossible he personally could know on the spot, rendered it imperative on any thing at all? He was probably me to mention that this statement was in the Parliament House, walking made to me at New Orleans, and that I about arm in arm with another of had not heard it contradicted; but I “ the most fair and liberal Whigs of might, bad I thought it necessary in or the age,” the day Pakenham was der to screen myself from the accusation said to have issued that nefarious of trusting to American authority, have watchword-snoring in his bed the confirmed it by even further evidence, morning Pakenham and two thouwbich proves its general belief in Europe sand other gallant spirits fell-many at the period when I was at New Or- of them to rise no more. His autholeans. Count Marbois, President of the ritu pledged, forsooth! All he could do Council of Ancients before the French he did to dishonour that gallant man Revolution, and who was afterwards one and his gallant troops-he collected of the Ministers of Louis XVIII., has, all the evidence that existed, and gave in his admirable History of Louisiana, it to the world without one word to published in 1828, I believe,) expressly
indicate that he had the slightest declared (at page 380,) ' that the pil
suspicion of the charge being the lage of New Orleans was announced to
Lie of all Lies. “If I had known that the army as a magnificent recompense for its dangers and toils. In fact, the
the statement made to me was true, or crops of cotton and other rich productions
if I had GIVEN IMPLICIT Credit to it, of these vast countries, were stowed at I should not have concerrea myse this city, it being the limit and entrepôt called upon to specify the authorities of the navigation of the Mississippi and which led me to publish this, any more Missouri.'
than the other details respecting the “ The expressions used by Marbois, battle.” Infatuated he was to puband the other writers to whom I former- lish it at all; but even he would not have dared to publish, without any known in this country, especial. tittle of proof, such an incredible ly considering the tainted source charge against such a man. Had whence it is supposed to have origi. he done so, he would have been nated? Or if the publication thereof set down as a madman. We do on insufficient evidence had not been not know what he means by im. justified on the plea of its alleged plicit credit; it is plain he does 'utility' in eliciting a complete refu. not understand the word implicit; tation; a plea, be it observed, which but that he did credit it is certain; is equally available for a description or, if he did not, never before of cases which Mr Stuart could not did any man publish to the world have had in his contemplation, when so foul a charge against the cha- he perused the words we have just racter of his country, without deign- quoted, and which, in fact, might ing to let that country know that with like force be urged in defence he disbelieved the slander on the or extenuation of the most wanton national honour and humanity, at and atrocious slanders ?” the very moment he was writing it, Unless we saw it there with our and during all the months that three own eyes now lying before us, we editions of his "work” were giving could not credit the attempt he it circulation at home and abroad. makes to deny that the charge affects And did it never occur to him, “one either the British people or the Bri. of the fairest and most liberal writers tish army! It only affects the chaof the age,” to write to any one of the racter of Sir Edward Pakenham! Dr Five British Officers who served un- Browne puts the absurdity of such a der Pakenham, communicating to notion in so strong a light, that it must him, or to them all, the hideous ca- now surely strike even Mr Stuart. lumny to which he “did not give im- “ But is it meant to be seriously plicit credit," that they might stifle maintained that Sir Edward Pakor strangle the ugly and decrepit enham's army' formed no part of monster, or if guilty, that the Truth the British army?'-or that the might go forth, and the whole British former could have been disgraced People be thenceforth justly num- without affecting the credit of the bered among Barbarians? No man latter ?-or that if such a watchof honour like Mr Stuart, could, word' had actually been given out till his mind was ruined by some it would not have implied a convicunimaginable Anti-British mental tion, on the part of the Commander. habit grown into an anomalous in-chief, that the ruffians under his disease, have circulated such a Lie, command were inaccessible to any without first ascertaining whether or other motive or stimulus than that not it was a Lie, from those Five supplied by the prospect of rioting Officers-or from some one of the in all the excesses of unrestrained hundred officers or thousand men rapine and licentiousness ?-or that still surviving, we hope, who served this would not have involved the under Pakenham. Nor can the ut- severest censure, nay the bitterest most lenity of judgment allow reproach on Sir Edward Pakenthe omission to be but the gross. ham's army' as well as its Generalest imprudence - it were either in-chief ?-or that, on such a supshocking injustice-reckless folly position, the latter would have been or stupid infatuation. Whatever it the single individual who was imwas it still is—for hear him nou. plicated ?' The issuing of such a "My publication has been most use. I watchword' would, under any ful! in eliciting the complete refuta. circumstances, have been highly cul. tion of the caluinny, which otherwise pable in a General-in-chief, because might have remained unknown in this grossly at variance with all the country, until the death of the other usages of civilized warfare; but if it general officers who were with the had actually been given out, it must army had rendered a complete con- either have been held as a gross insult tradiction impossible.” Dr Browne, and outrage to every officer and man the ingenious and learned editor of in the army, or it must have been the Caledonian Mercury, in an admis construed as probatio probata that rable article, well asks, “ Would " Sir Edward Pakenham's army' there have been any great harm if were, in point of discipline, no bet'the calumny' had remained un- ter than a horde of wild savages or red Indians, capable only of being might have to say in reply! Why, Mr moved by an appeal to the lowest Buchanan must have waited nearly and most brutal animal appetites. three months before venturing to say And in either case would it not have a word. What laughable arrogance ! inferred a reproach to the British Mr Buchanan is a man of remarkarmy?-in the one, that a Command- able talents and information--and an er-in-chief should have been found honour to the Press—and will not capable at once of violating the laws suffer bimself to be thus dictated to, of civilized warfare, insulting the and rated, like an inferior, by a character of his troops, and endea- man so far beneath him in intellect vouring to destroy the very disci. -and certainly not abore him in pline which it was his most sacred rank and station. He has borne the duty to maintain and enforce by reproof with singular good temper every means in his power?-in the but, to be sure, anger is not conother, that the army of a highly en- tempt. He had written not a word lightened and civilized nation should against Mr Stuart, to whom it is well have consisted of such abandoned known he is in all respects friendly; and detestable miscreants as to be he had merely expressed, with mildmoved to do their duty only by an ness, his belief that Major Pringle unlimited warrant, in the event of had rectified some errors in the success, to commit every crime “Three Years in North America." which is calculated to degrade and Yet his High Mightiness, the “ Great to brutalize human nature ?”
American Traveller,” in the final All the rest of his unfortunate sentence of his “ Refutation," or rafloundering is equally pitiable ther“ Exposure,” thus addresses and at last he attributes the ori. this highly respected gentleman. “I gin of this “universal belief” in have now, sir, shewn, by referring to America to“ some deserter or worth. a mass of evidence, especially to offiless person attached to the army!!" cial documents, more to be depended Mr Secretary Eaton-who must be a upon than the testimony of a single poor creature—had the information individual, whatever his rank in the from a “deserter or other worthless army may have been, how entirely person;" Timothy Flint - who erroneous are Major Pringle's statemust be an equally poor creature- ments, in every essential particular; had it from Eaton ; Count Marbois, and that the grievous accusation author of an “admirable History of against me, of having preferred unLouisiana,” and “one of the fairest founded charges against my countryand most liberal writers of the age" men, and upon American authority, is who must be a poor creature too- itself the most baseless of unfounded had it from Flint ; and so it passed calumnies. With respect to yourself, from one poor creature to another (whom I freely acquit of all intention -into what Mr Stuart calls “uni. to injure me, though I cannot exempt versal belief;" and he-in this affair you from the blame of rashness,) I hope the poorest creature of all-with- the lesson which this exposure has given out "pledging his own authority you, will lead you in future to adhere to the accuracy of the fact”-with- to that system of cautious management out “giving it implicit credit” for which your Journal has hitherto and without taking the trouble to been remarkable. I am, sir, ask any questions of the many
“ Your obedient servant, honourable British officers who
~ Jas. Stuarr." could have settled the matter at once-circulates three editions of Major Pringle deserves well of the calumpy here--and on five ho. the British army; and has shewn, nourable and distinguished men de- like many other military and naval claring it to be all a lie, draws him. men, that he can use the pen as well self proudly up, and exclaims, What as the sword. It is seldom that we a useful man am I!!
meddle, in this way, with military or And yet this very person reads a naval affairs; for we leave them to lecture to the Editor of The Edine that excellent monthly Magazine, burgh Evening Courant, on his rash- the United Service Journal, and to ness on presuming to give any opinion that excellent weekly paper, the on Major Pringle's letters, without United Service Gazette, edited by waiting to hear what he, Mr StuartMr Watts.
CONSPIRACY AGAINST MR SHEIL.
Me Hill, member for Hull, dur. not stomach such insolence, and “reing a visit to that town, some time in pudiated the accusation ” through October last, in a harangue to his other channels, in language which constituents, at the Cross-keys Inn, he who ran might read. Mr Hill's accused one, or more than one, of offer, wbich we have facetiously the Irish Members, of the most dis- called above “ polite and genegraceful duplicity in regard to the rous," and which many or most Coercion Bill. His speech was re- people, we remember at the time, ported in three Hull papers, the Hull gravely called “manly," was impu. Packet (an excellent paper), the dent in the extreme to the many Hull Advertiser, and the Hull Rockwho he knew were innocent, and uningham, and was, within a few weeks, just, and worse than upjust, in the ex. copied into every newspaperin Great treme, to the one or two who he Britain and Ireland. The three re- thought were guilty; and from first ports of the speech agreed in all that to last the part he played can now was essential — the charge being, that be regarded by no upright mind one or more of the Irish Members, but with disdain and disgust. Mr who voted publicly against the bill, Sheil from the first saw that he was urged Ministers in secret not to abate “ the Irish Member” accused of a single atom of its severity, as other- speaking with great violence against wise no man could live in Ireland. every part of the Bill, of voting The version of it given in the Exa. against every clause of it, and then miner, Nov. 10, 1833, and which is going to Ministers, and saying, embodied in the Report of the Com- « Don't bate one single atom of it;" mittee of Privileges, points very di- and who is Mr Hill, that he should rectly either to Mr O'Connell or have had the audacity to dream for Mr Sheil; and it soon became the a moment that Mr Sheil would congeneral belief-not that the latter descend to correspond with him by gentleman was the criminal-but letter about an accusation, made not that he was the person meant in against his honour as a gentleman, Mr Hill's startling accusation. The or his honesty as a man, but charging public was every day more and more him with being the basest of vilconfirmed in this belief by denial lains ? after denial, given in various modes, Had Mr Sheil so far forgotten him. by about nine-tenths of the Members self as to write to Mr Hill, no doubt to whom the charge could refer, he would have got the same answer without a syllable on the subject then, which he afterwards got from issuing from tongue or pen of Mr that fat and foolish Lord; and he Sheil, who had formerly been fa. would have been placed by the pubmous for other qualities than taci. lication of that answer in a pleasing turnity or retention, and shewn him- predicament in Tipperary. To vin. self prompt and forward to wither, dicate himself would for months with the fires of his written and oral have been utterly impossible; and eloquence, all rash assailants of his had he become a correspondent of political character.
the very considerate Member for Mr Hill, finding that he had made Hull, he would, as surely as he is a charge which implicated all the now alire, have been now deadIrish Members who had opposed the while his murder would have been Coercion Bill, publicly offered to let thought a sacrifice. We ask Mr Hill, every Irish Member, who chose to in his own belief, then, if such would ask him the question by letter, know not have been the almost inevitable by return of post whether or no he consequence of such a crime being was the alledged delinquent. We be- publicly charged against Mr Sheil ? lieve a good many of them availed But that gentleman smothered his themselves of this very polite and indignation till Parliament should regenerous offer, and received satis- assemble; and he knew that then he factory answers in the negative; could vindicate himself, and cover while other indignant patriots could his accusers, if not with shame, with