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if that wont do, 100,000 shall ! Burgoyne
fulfilled his pledge — 10,000 men, besides tories
and Indians — he went through America, and
left his guns behind ; and the king lost one
hundred thousand lives, and one hundred mil-
lions of money — which anterior was a trifling

14. The next time Burgoyne came on to the
parliament floor, he said, I once thought the
Americans were in the wrong, but now I am
convinced that nothing but the overruling hand
of Providence could unite the hearts of three
millions of people so perseveringly to stand
or fall together, as what the Americans are.

15. Whoever believes in a superintending
Providence, and has correct information on
the discovery of America, the revolutionary
struggle, with the various concomitant circum-
stances attending, must acknowledge the Pro-
vidence of God on the subject, as attending
by an interfering hand.

16. There was no place in the old world
for "RATIONAL LIBERTY" to begin ;

17. For the people were kept in ignorance
and bound in the chains of despotism ; and
forbidden the proper liberty of speech and of
the press for free investigation, under severest
penalties !

18. Hence those persons of the clearest
heads and best hearts, possessing the most in-
dependency of mind and correct views of the
"RIGHTS OF MAN," felt the spirit of migra-
tion, and resolved to emigrate to the new
world — to enjoy the liberty to think and
speak, and to act and judge for themselves,
agreeably to the Creator's law of nature !

19. Hence the origin of those views of
rights, independence and union, in and during
the revolutionary struggle !

20. For to suppose that one man, living on
an island that will hardly make a dot on a
map, in a remote corner of the world, should
have more wisdom to govern 3,000,000 people,
3,00U miles oft", as not being capable of gov-
erning themselves — and all this by the ap-
pointment of God, is an' imposition on com-
mon sense !

21. The book of nature— the lofty moun-
tains — rivers—fresh inland seas, &c. declare
and exhibit as already exemplified socially,
that this quarter of the globe was to be the
beginning of a new theory and order of things,
for the regeneration and improvement of so-
ciety, in a natural, political, and spiritual
point of view, personally and morally ; as elu-
cidated in the declaration of Congress on the
4th of July, 1776.

22. But it is hard to shake off old prejudices
and long established habits ; therefore the
practice of the old world was somewhat intro-
duced here ! viz. law, religion, and that one
man may be the property of another ; which
principles found their way into most parts of
the old states, previous to the last data '76 ;
but progressively have subsequently been go-
ing down the hill, if not entirely out of date,
in some parts of the union.

23. The correct views of Penn, allowing
equal rights of conscience and the rights of
suffrage, according to merit by virtue and ta-
lent, should be eligible to posts of honor and
profit — believing in one God, with future re-
ward and punishment ; no other test being re-
quired as a qualification to office in all mat-
ters of opinion in religion. Lord Baltimore,
being actuated by more liberal views than
many of his cotemporaries, was an auxiliary
to liberal principles: and 107 years after be-
came a trait in our national character consti-

24. The Roman priest Ury, accused in the
negro plot at N. Y. was hung, and the law
interdicted their residing in the colony — so
Connecticut, previous to the late constitution
a few since years.

25. Searching people for witch marks, and
putting them to death, were some of the dregs
of superstition imported from the old world ;
and hanging people for difference o! opinion,
as exemplified to the poor Quakers al Boston.
Also, cutting off ears, whipping, banishing,
cropping and branding ; and even made it
penal to carry a man over a ferry, or to give
him meat, drink or lodging, or to tell him the

26. The associated ideas of the worshipper
and the worshipped cannot be separated —
hence the act that tolerates man to pay his de-



votion to his God> tolerates the Almighty to
receive it — despotism and blasphemy,

27. Law, religion in any shape or form will
persecute — it began with the image of Ne-
buchadnezzar, when the three Hebrew child-
ren were cast into the fire ; and under every
form and name, wherever it hath existed, there
has been no exception since. Hence man, in
relation to himself, is a democrat, but in rela-
tion to his neighbor he is a tyrant. Then let
his jaws and tushes be broken, and his nails
pulled out, and claws and paws cut off, to
keep the monster from the land.

28. Should the Catholic, Jew, Mahometan,
or Protestant, or Pagan, or any other, ism,
KILL their people for apostacy, i. e. RE-
FORMING, there would be an end of the
spread of truth ; but darkness and ignorance
must still continue to prevail, by suppressing
the spirit of inquiry, and the avenue of in-
formation to form correct judgment from pro-
per evidence, agreeably to the nature and fit-
ness of things.

29. Those gag laws, politically and eccle-
siastically, as well as in civil institutions, are
borrowed from the economy of the old world,
to maintain the Divine right of priests and
kings, for personal purposes of aggrandise-
ment; and should be viewed by the people of
this country, as the dregs of tyrannical cor-

30. Passing over the affairs of Lincoln and
Shaves, of Massachusetts ; also, the affair
of John Adams and the whiskey boys, there are
some things to come under notice each in their

31. Burrism on Blannerhassefs island, in
the river Ohio, to prevent being roughly hand-
led by the neighboring boys, who saw crook-
ed work too much — but B. was stopped by
the deputy Gov. of Mis. and spoiled the fun.

32. Gov. Bob. W s had his deputy Gov.

C Mead dismissed from office, to retaliate.

33. Took Burr into the bushes back of
Capt. Morah's garden, half a day; procured
him a horse and guide for Mobile, and sent
him off. Three days elapsed, then his excel-
lency kicked up a dust — $2,000 for Burr, —
when he must have had the proclamation of
Jefferson in his pocket — being 1'. M. connect-
ed with the arrival of the mail.

34. Burr taken up, carried to Richmond,
and the Great Judge dined, &c. &c. &c. with
him — which dissatisfied the public mind
which to appease he put Burr into a house
fitted up at the public expense, like a lord in
a palace, which gave greater uneasiness to the
discerning eye of the public mind, so he final-
ly put him in a light house. And when every
body seemed to think Burr would get clear,
the Judge held Bun to enormous bonds ; bul
when things began to be developed, and truth

to come out, then it was objected, that Blan-
nerhassefs island belonged to Ohio, and that
Burr must be tried there ; so the matter ap-
pears to be shammed off, with a bond of a
mere trifle, viz. S3, 000, which being forfeited,
his son-in-law paid, and Burr sails abroad
over the big pond.

35. But the subject was published — how 1
So as to screen most of his associates of
" standing high" in public estimation — with
much expense paid by Uncle Sam — with a
humbug and a sham to appease the public
mind. Yet the secret is kept within the veil,
and the Alpha and Omega, the officers of gov-
ernment, dared not present it to public view.
P'or Gen. Wilkinson and the British feet was
to have brought up the rear !

36. So when a certain Judge was indicted —
rule of the house — if acquitted on a majority
of the points, exempt from whole hence as
many trifling inuendoes as possible, and the
subject matter of defence published before-
hand, that condemnation would be unpopu-
lar ; and thus secure acquittance in the judg-
ment by the judges !

37. Milton's devil — it is better to reign in
hell, than to serve in heaven.

38. Hence said John, 1789 — "to have a
stable government, the chief magistrate must
be established for life, if not hereditary ; and
also the senate for life," &c. " to prevent the
rich people from being oppressed by the poor,"
and clerical expectation in the east was high ;
but being disappointed on the fall of John, and
the election of Thomas, then the crv was
raised, an infidel is going to burn the Bible.
And the very means which were used to keep
out Jeffersonism, that overthrowed tobacco
religion, was the very means of their own
downfall in the east, and cause of '•■Hartford
Convention," by the way of Henryism, <Scc.

39. The Governor of Vermont, Chittenden,
ordered men — by an overt act — where his pow-
er did not extend, viz. into York state, over
the militia at Plattsburg ; not but what he
knew better, but to provoke James Madison
to prosecute him. and so bring on a quarrel.

40. The old deacon, Governor Strong, of
.Massachusetts, pretends to Quakerism — i. e.
no fight — no fight! "Peace society," &c.
Yet obtains a law to protect Chittenden, in
his overt act, with all the physical strength
of that state : and the Governor of Connecti-
cut followed in train.

41. John Bull, while blockading the coast
from N. Y. to N. O. leaving N. E. exempt,
shows the mutual understanding between the
two parties.

42. The taxes extra over and above all the
rest, $144,000, to act independently.

43. Henry, supposing himself not well paid
for his services, delivered up his papers to



James for $50,000, and got swindled out of
$35,000 of it, by an impostor, who passed for
count Crillon, pretending to have a noble-
man's estate in France, when he had none !

44. John Bull, not knowing the treachery
of Henry, appointed him to an office worth
10,000 pounds per annum, which Henry lost
by acting premature.

45. At Williston, in Vermont, while one
was speaking on false swearing, by taking
the oath of office to support the Constitution
of U. S. and yet do all they could to give up
the ship, three men came in just then, one got
up, sat down, looked red, and then pale, much
agitated to appearance ; who was it, on in-
quiry, but old Governor Chittenden ! Surely
conscience speaks in the human breast.

46. Cox, who is said to have been a Me-
thodist preacher, set the Yazoo speculation
agate, by scheming and electioneering to elect
such men to the state legislature, as would
swindle the state, by selling the public land
for a mere song $500,000 ; which act was re-
pealed, and records burnt by the next session,
and some of the swindlers were killed, and
some fled away.

47. The land was sold to Congress for
$1,250,000 ; and the extinction of Indian titles
in the boundary of Georgia, when it could be
done reasonably and peaceably.

48. Now a leading faction in New Eng-
land, would fain have broken the Union, if the
fighting men would consent. For some are
like the ape, to use the cat's paw to pull out
the nuts from the fire ! So the demagogues of
the South, under pretext of Georgia claims,
but in fact, a different object in view.

49. The title of the Governor of Georgia,
"Commander in Chief of the ARMY and
NAVY of this State," &c.

50. Each State may govern the Militia, but
does not the army belong to the nation 1
And was not the naval or navy and mari-
time affairs in the Constitution delegated to
the United States ?

51. So the State of South Carolina still re-
tains the title of king in her digest or statute
book, with names or titles of the officers in
royalty. So that an uninformed person would
be put to their test whether Jonathan or John
Bull predominated.

52. Hence Georgia can plead, I have al-
ways retained my independence, as officially
exemplified in the Governor's title, And
Carolina, ' ; O king, live forever" — Marion and
Sumpter were rebels; and Green, Gates, Mor-
gan and Lincoln, yankees, compelled me, &c.
But we have not given up the ship, but are
your very humble servants, when calling for

53. Treason against the U. S. is almost im-
possible to prove to conviction ; but against

a state government, high treason from a small
act and death is the consequence.

54. The laws of the South on certain points
are a unit, like an understanding together,
same as Chittenden and those Hartford Con-
vention fclks and laws connected in N. E. as
above hinted. Surely Milton's devil is not
dead !

55. Big bugs at the big house speechifying,
to send home a great sound to their constitu-
ents, at the expense of the nation, $3,000 per
day — some threatening to split the Union;
and have the Indian question as a rallying
point, running out of the house at the time of
the reply ; then coming back with PISTOLS,
as though Congress Hall was a place to fight.
Fie ! Fie ! Fie ! Fie !

56. The affair of Miranda. The expedition
was fitted out by the British minister, $84,000
and two vessels were added by Admiral
Cochrane, then on the West India station ;
which vessels were taken by the Spaniards ;
and all the officers, young Americans, were
executed as being pirates ; though their object
was to revolutionize South America.

57. A prince of the royal blood was offered
to the U. S. as a seed for a beginning, suppos-
ing that other plants were improper to be em-
ployed for a chief magistrate to govern and

58. On the fall of Napoleon, the question
was agitated where this idea of liberty came
from, which so disturbed Europe, and took
them 20 years to put to rights. The reply
was, it came from America. — Then said the
"Holy Alliance," whilst America remains we
shall have our work to do over again ; there-
fore all people who claim the right of choosing
their own master, must be put down ; for no
government is legitimate, but that which is

59. Moreover there was an understanding
betwixt all the European potentates, that they
should give Jonathan no assistance in the
war; but Johh Bull might conquer U. S. if
he could; thus, with 1,000 ships then in com-
mission, and their disposable force on land,
" invinciblcs,"' felt as if they were Omnipotent ;
and so sanguine was their expectations, that
a viceroy, and governors were appointed ac-
cordingly, to officiate in the United States.

60. Here then, we may cleaily see their
views and feelings towards Americans ; and
thus the contrast is exhibited in a striking
manner, the difference betwixt " rational lib-
erty" 1 and the " divine rights' of priests and


61. England viewed the sages of the revo-
lution gone; and that she might encroach
little by little, until she could virtually govern
America; and the independence would only
exist nominally as an ideal thing. But Jona-

than said, I will bear for a while ; but for-
bearance may cease to be a virtue — therefore
what led to the war of the revolution, also did
lead to it again.

62. God sees not as man sees. Matters in
both wars turned out different in the sequel
from the anticipations and intentions of man,
by land and sea.

63. What cannot be accomplished by force,
must be done by fraud .'

64. The order of the Jesuits must be restor-
ed, and set to work in the U. S. of America ;
although they had been put down and ban-
ished from all countries where they had been
known to exist, as being dangerous to so-

65. For they are a kind of military order
of priesthood, composed of learned, cunning,
artful men ; capable of deep artful chicanery,
under every appearance, which opportunity
and circumstance might present to further the
object, and aid in the accomplishment of their
view s and design.

66. To subjugate the world to the Pope, and
virtually govern it themselves.

67. After being banished from the East In-
dies, China, Japan, &c, all the Catholic po-
tentates of Europe found it necessary to put
them down. Even in France, Spain, Por-
tugal, and the Pope's dominions not excepted.

68. The last attempt to establish their em-
pire, was in and among the natives of South
America, in the mountains and head waters of
La Plata and Chili ; but finally were routed,
recalled and driven from thence, as being dan-

- to the interest of Spain.

69. But now they are revived and restored
fur a different purpose, object and end.

70. The tools of the Hoi y Alliance, for an
unholy purpose !

71. Missionary societies, i. e. societies of
religion and politics, from the kings and no-
bles to the clergy and people; get all the
money possible, and thus let the revenues of
Church and State be appropriated to send men
to America, of the true faith, to convert


72. And thus do the great and pious and
holy work of the Lord.

73. But how shall this be done'? By
bening the Lord's orthodox party.

1. By generation; 2. by emigration; 3. by
education, and thus make proselytes, by
moulding and infusing into tin' tender mind
of heretic children, our sentiments and holy
religion ; so that their minds will be confused,
as to retain the shape, our mould will cast
them in, and they will be nothing else but

74. Learning of every grade and by every
means, both hymen and women, local anil
travelling; any way to fix the prejudice by

education ; for man is an imitative creature, a
creature of habit.

75. Splendid magnificent buildings, to excel
in the land by appearance, pomp and gran-
deur, thus attract the attention of the GREAT
FISH, and the less ones naturally follow in
train. Educate the children of the rich, and
the poor will follow of course.

76. Money constitutes POWER. Power
constitutes RIGHT. And right gains ascend-
ancy by flattering and inviting appearances.

77. When ascendancy i< obtained, ii musl
be kept by authority ; and this must be i

ed as of the highest rank, and hence of divine

78. Thus, to impress the mind witli a
dreadful awe, to excite obedience to our
rightful system of government, Church and
State, to avoid the most awful consequences
to soul and body, in time and eternity.

79. Let them know that they are in our
power ; and that ice have the power ; and
that we will use it too ; and also make them
feel it, if they do not obey.

80. The certainty of the punishment, is the
surest preventive of crime ; hence the advan-
tage of subterraneous vaults of strength, where
and whence none can carry and tell news and
tales, &c. Then men will fear and tremble
before our great Diana !

81. Underground of the large stupendous
buildings will be the proper place, where we
can have it under our own eye. and manage
affairs to our minds : and who will be the wiser
for our doings 1 or who shall make us afraid !

82. Now is our time, the 5th angel having
poured out his phial ; the kingdom of Napo-
leon is darkened, the Pope exists, but not with
the power of his predecessors ; hence now is
our time in this Babel of political darkness
and confusion, to avail ourselves of this op-
portunity, to set up and establish our empire,
before we are again put down and lose our
power forever.

83. The constitution of the U. S. beii
pressive in the negative againsl passing laws
to establish or to prohibit isms of any kind.
there WE may go and set up and establish
our empire, as an asylum for refuge; should
we fail in our attempt upon the old world, as
well as the new. we may retire to our scat
in peace.

84. Whilst the different denominations of
heretics are like the snarling dogs, growling
at each other, we, like the judicious, must go
on in silence and union, and get the bone of

85. Mrs. Fitzherbert, the consort of George
IV. is a Catholic. Women here rule. George
[II. went to church, we heard, but not so
heard of. about the .son. One who waited on
the king, George III. whilst he had his rea-



son, said, I will say nothing against the royal
family; because from them I get my bread ; —
but all the children but two were papistical,
imbibed from the old queen — mother to George
IV. She was buried with a kind of Romish
pompous, flambeau mode — when removed from
Kew palace to Windsor. The bishop of
Chester and others prayed for her and the
king's daughter after they were dead.

86. The register of 1818, with the kings
stump to it, mentions the name of the confessor
—"FAMILY CONFESSOR" to the royal
family — with the chaplains to the various
branches of the family royal, &c.

87. When the salary of the prince of Wales
was applied for a season to the benefit of his
creditors, who supplied him with pocket
money, but the Irish Catholics 1

88. When the revolution of France took
place, 6 or 7000 priests as refugees, took
shelter in England: and within 2.3 years after,
upwards of 900 Roman chapels were built in

89. The nobility (or no-ability) in England
have their domestic chaplains, nominally
called Protestant, but yet, are sent to France
to be privately ordained, to obtain the true
sanctity by order and succession.

90. When George IV. was crowned — all
the utensils were made new and in the Roman
style ; the CROSS on the crown, and staff of
gold, &c. &c. — it having been discovered, that
Charles II. had via of — villain Blood, stole the
jewels from the crown ; for which Blood was
knighted, with 500 per annum, by that
majesty, about 1665.

91. The old wills, deeds, leases, &c. which
involve the estates of the Protestants in Ire-
land, which were confiscated in the time ot
Charles, Cromwell, and William, and other
former reigns, are preserved clean and safe,
and transmitted down from mother to son,
with all the ancient boundaries, with the full
expectation, that one day those estates will re-
vert to their descendants, when the intruders
and heretics will be driven from the land.

92. The primate of Spain has called upon
all Catholic countries for a general crusade
against the heretics throughout the world.

93. Here then is ground to see where the
sinews, marrow, heart and strength lies — and
all that is wanting, in order to put it into
execution, is the removal of the sap head ; and
in lieu thereof put on a Jesuitical HEAD —
which might say — " I sit — a queen — am no
widow — and shall see no sorrow" — self,
self-security ! Boasted self-security.

94. On a scarlet beast — royalty — the Holy
Alliance — who sways the power that Buona-
parte once held in Europe ! — on his ruins

[ seated and established in a new form.

95. " Can think no evil" — " can do no

liarm' — of course " cannot err" — and there-
fore whatever is done must be right ; hence
must be infallible, of course.

96. The Judge constitutes the Court, and
the CLERGY constitute the CHURCH.

97. This is the doctrine of the day — for the
jury a r .d people are only the puppets of
others, a mere nothing but a name, and serv-
ants, as hewers of wood and drawers of
water, or a kind of nominal something lor a

98. The Jesuits owe no allegiance to our
government, nor are they bound to keep faith
with heretics; to the Roman Holy Father is
their accountability, and to THEIR OWN
HEAD! And about two millions of people
have they an ascendancy over in this land.

99. In the affair of Hogan and the Pope's
Legate, the Legislature of Pennsylvania dare
not act themselves ; there being 40,000 Cath-
olic voters in the state at that time.

100. Threats are given out, and anony-
mous letters — " can kill" — in order to strike
intimidation to the hearts of those — classical
and official men.

101. When Spain declared war in Europe,
the armies were put in motion in America the
same day — also, the massacre in Ireland and
at Paris, must have been both preconcerted
and in uniformity — a true understanding upon
the subject by all parties concerned on one

102. The common chat of Italy, that the
Jesuits will set up their empire in the United
States, &c.

103. The arbitrary power of Cromwell held

the priests responsiole***** not a prot-

estant was injured in his time.

104. U. S. not considered a "Christian na-
tion."' Why ! Because we have no law
religion, called national church — with the
name of Christ prostituted to it; and the
same recognised by law and government.

105. People need to be wide awake to
keep their own rights, and to enjoy their own
privileges ; but Wisdom and Innocency must
go together, not to do wrong.

106. Hence the propriety of the rule — as
ye would that others should do to you, do ye
even so to them ; for this was the law of
Moses, the spirit of the prophets, and the ex-

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