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ments, and entangle cabinets ;-let even the broad- | at your over-sensitiveness ; it is a generous trait cast sprinkling among you of an alien element, a in you to be jealous of our love. But where is race (I will not name it) ever foremost in mischief any longer need of this young feeling? The lion among men, provoke as much hostility as possible grown may well afford to repose quietly, as we against you, on the one part, and the poor old do, in passive strength. Without conceding every mother-country on the other, still, America, still absurd claim, (for there are fools enow also among thy heart beats generously for England, and Eng- you,) without admitting every empty boast to be land still thinks tenderly of thee! For my own mere unvarnished truth, still there can be no poor part, I never meet a friend, thitherto unseen, doubt that you have gone ahead surprisingly; you who comes to me with the ipso facto recommen- are a great people and that's a fact; aye, and in dation that he is from Boston, New York, Phila- the words of certain sonnets, well known to some delphia, Washington, New Orleans, or Memphis, among you, I would addbut I seem to see in him a long-lost, long-loving,
Go on, go on, long-loved brother ; an exile from home, whose Young Hercules, thus travelling in might, grand object in life is then daily being realized, Boy Plato, filling all the west with light, (through the favor of Providence,) in re-visiting Thou new Themistocles, for enterprise, the hearth of his ancestors, and in discovering how Go on, and prosper, Acolyte of fate ! kindly and yearningly his kith and kin receive And, precious child, dear Ephraim, turn those him ; a son, once the wilful but generous-hearted eyes, youth who played truant from his father's house, For thee thy mother's yearning heart doth wait. (through the centrifugal force of unwise auster Whether or not man is capable of self-governities,) but now travelling back once more, by land ment, is, in part at least, a theological question, and by sea, over thousands of miles, in mature life, and we will not here discuss it; but certainly you eager to be recognized again as a child, and recon- seem to have got nearer to that ripeness of humanciled to us, his brethren.
ity than any other race in history. The republics There is yet a tenderer feeling in our minds of Greece and Rome come not near you for mod
We acknowledge that, in those old eration in prosperity; indeed, if it were not for times for which our great-grandfathers are answer certain mixtures of race among your millions—to able, and possibly sometimes since, in many mat- speak less enigmatically, if you were all Angloters, you were wronged and vexed and forced into Saxons—our misgivings as to an enduring repubrebellion ; we grant that the obstinacy of home-lic would, after such experience, be fewer. There government has much to answer for in its intrusive can be no hesitation in admitting that, as things harshnesses; we admit that our colonies, even are, you are the most prosperous, increasing and now, (and you once were first upon the list,) are improving people in the world; and England has treated with far too little wisdom, justice, or in a right to be proud of her old colony, and is glad dulgence ; therefore is it additionally pleasant to to claim you for her son. receive you graciously, when in some sort we
Many among you know, from sundry wideought to feel ashamed. As yet, Australia, Hin- spread ballads, that all this sort of talk is no new dostan, New Zealand, and even the West Indies word from me. And it may gratify you to and Canada, have no irremediable reason to com- hearken, for a minute, to a few notes from the plain of us, beyond transitional conditions, and many cordial responses, wasted over to me by your sundry inconveniences of time and distance; as thirty noble nations. One says, from Missisyet, we have no urgent cause to blush for our total
sippi : indifference to their welfare. The home-govern
We cannot dwell on England's page ment intends, at any rate, all things just and right;
Without a thrill of pride! although the various views of opposite parties may Her poets are our heritage, interpret these things differently ; neither is it at Her statesmen are our guide ; all an easy matter to please everybody. But with And barons, who, at Runnymede, you, Columbia! it must have been, nay, it was,
Stood firm, with shield and spear, far otherwise ; we must have been wrong and un
For England's right, then strewed the seed
Of Freedom's harvest here.
Join then the stripes, and stars, and cross, lin would never have been yours. So then, Amer
In one fraternal band, icans, we are in some sort your debtors as to rights Till Anglo-Saxon faith and laws of kindliness ; and it is a chastened pleasure thus Illumine every land ; to find you amiably seeking us out, and professing
And in broad day, the basking earth
Shall thank the King of heaven, to owe us many loves. Mutual faults, haste on
That dear Columbia, blessed birih, the one side, and harshness on the other, provoke
To England's lap was given. to mutual forgiveness ; therefore, we are all the more ready to receive you, and you to come over A fair poetess from Philadelphia, tenderly anto us. So be it-so be it.
swers thus :Yet further :-your progress, children, has at Aye, loving British brother! once gratified and astonished us. Let fools laugh
With quickening pulse we've heard
Your claim and your petition,
beat of our troops, following the sun and encircling So tenderly preferred ;
the earth, keeps up a continual strain of the marYour sympathetic feeling
tial airs of England !” We look-and, by this Has proved so strong a band, That we could sit beside you,
time, triumphally and gratefully, for our looking And weep upon your hand!
is not vain—we look for substantial service at the
hands of the best men of the Anglo-Saxon race, - Your claim, yes we confess it!
everywhere, from the Ganges to the Hudson, from Atlantic's wildest foam
Carolina to the Cape. And the reason where-
fore (humblest monoliteral !) I have ventured in And though she should regard us
my proper person, thus frankly to address you, is, Expatriate, self-exiled,
because, upon the unsought solicitation of those The reverence we bring her,
whose zeal has reared this standard, I have just And duty of a child !
accepted the honorable post of ambassador to you
ward. In this fair position, I desire to perform And thus cordially am I met by a New Yorker :
rather than to promise; more reasonably, because in
an adequate measure to fill up the duties of interHo! brother John, my heart of oak, national editor, must, in the present case, depend Your proffered hand I clasp,
very much upon the response which this call may With one as strong in battle stroke, As true in friendship’s grasp ;
elicit from America. Faithfulness, and kindliAnd trust me, John, as proud of you,
ness, and diligence, will be no more than intenAnd our old England home,
tional good properties, if they meet not your coAs ere we sought one out anew
operation to make them of importance. I invite This side the ocean's foam ;
you, then, Anglo-Saxon brothers on the transatYes-haply should a haughty foe
lantic shore, to rivet with me these links of interInvade our parent shore,
national friendliness ; I offer to you thus a worldTogether, John, our blood should flow, wide vehicle, for all that your best, and wisest, As it was wont of yore :
and most eloquent may have to tell us here; I Those brother banners, side by side, call upon you, in no mercantile, far less in any Again perchance would wave
factious, spirit, to close with the opportunity O'er warriors rallying in their pride, Their fatherland to save !
afforded you, through this medium, of intellectual
communion with all your British kindred. The And many more the like-quick, hearty, loving publisher will receive your literary contributions ; answers, full of English feeling, and of old coun- concerning which, the only stipulation is, that try patriotism, have oftentimes rewarded my poor they be, in every sense, good—to wit, high-prinpeace-making. Thanks, brothers, thanks! It is cipled, able, and legible—hieroglyphic writing a great deed, and a good, to have roused such must always rest uninterpreted, and obscurely renoble echoes ; it is a happy thing, and full of hap- main in its normal state of unreadableness. For py recompense.
all else, names of writers can be published or Whereunto, then, does all this word-spinning otherwise, as they may desire for themselves, but tend ? quoth Zoilus. Even to brotherly kindness, nothing will be received anonymously; parcels and Anglo-Saxon unity ; that is the moral. And must be paid ; and (to redeem our fine writing” now for an application of that moral, practically from this very mundane bathos)-good fame, and and personally, to both of us; to me that speak, good-doing all over the world will follow as a and to you that hear, my brothers.
reward to all our fellow-laborers. We shall be Know, then, that this same “Anglo-Saxon” extending peace on earth, and good will towards standard has lately been set up, in order to rally men. Who would not press forward to take rank round its staff all the children of our common among so blest a brotherhood, whose duty towards English family. A few gentlemen have under-their neighbor tends to glorify God in the highest? taken thus to plant it in London, the metropolis And this climax again brings me to add a word of our race, and thence to unfurl its broad heraldic or two as to our reasonable aims and ends. Let blazon throughout the world of our colonies and no man ridicule or malign these humble efforts to comrades. The object we propose is simple and overthrow prejudices, or to eradicate evils, by exunselfish ; Union, between all Christian men, who aggeratively suggesting that, to its full extent, speak our kindly mother tongue; and with that such success is possible. We think not to regenview to put forth, from time to time, a volume erate this wicked world, nor to bring about the such as this—of no mean character, we trust, in new birth of universal love throughout creation. any point of view—full of matters interesting and Mere man is not permitted to do that ; neither, important to us all. Its pages are open to the were the office his indeed, is this bad age the contributions of every honest and able pen, which season : so, let none discourage the effect of what can interpret wholesome thought in the language really can and may be done, by imputing preof old England. We expect the responsive bea- sumptuous impossibilities. Nowadays, however, con lights of genius and affection to welcome our as always, “ England expects every man to do his standard from every continent and island, from duty ;" even if he cannot work miracles, he must every sea and shore, where " the morning drum-energize for good, as much as may bo, in his own
small sphere ; but in wisdom he may sadly rest power-great in America as well as in Europe-to contented with the fact that this hard old world, promote between the English families on both sides as a mass, will be but little softer, little better, of the Atlantic the most hearty friendship. notwithstanding all his efforts.
I am sure that if you knew how much the Eng
It is quite con- lish press is really a “ power,” in its influence upon sistent with strenuous exertion in every good America, you would be careful never to print an cause, to acquiesce in the truth that now is “the idle word about us. Contemptuous or harsh exday of small things,” the scarce and scant gath- pressions rankle deep in many hearts, and are felt ering of first fruits,” the “here a little and there a as personal injuries from the people of England to little,” the modest attempt to do individual duties; the people here. And, above alį, even above the without proposing to anticipate the wide-world government itself, the Times is supposed to speak
with the voice of England. blessing of millennial perfection, or fanatically
And after all that has tried it, how abiding has yet to look for universal peace.
been our love and respect for the “old country!" Yet one topic more, and I have done. I had It was some time before we could cease calling it been led to hope that one among yourselves—in "home.” We are sensitive to what you say and particular a very able and eloquent diplomatist, do to us, for we desire your respect and good will (whom I do not name, solely because it is not above that of all Europe beside. And even when fair to praise a friend to his face)—would before we set our face as a flint against encroachments by this have acted upon the idea which our “ Anglo- ple in our anger, and think we are animated by the
you, we separate your government from your peoSaxon” has now for some time since embodied. same spirit which made you free and invincible. It tells well indeed for both mother and child to Thai this is the feeling of all Americans, I do find that the thought was unintentionally coinci- not say. Many prefer to represent England as an dent. The noblest hearts of America and Eng- encroaching, domineering nation ; and, instead of land were reciprocally yearning towards each finding its type, in good-natured, jolly " John-Bull," other; and (in spite of trifling outbreaks of ill- look for it in your Eighth Harry, "who never blood, as will sometimes occur in large communi- spared man in his wrath, or woman in his lust.”
But lies) the two nations, represented in their wisest now, in the melting tenderness of reconciliation, and
you may make us all of one mind ; and, just and their best, were preparing to extend the right while we are hurt by the attitude of France, hand of fellowship to welcome each the other over ancient ally," is a favorable time to lay a foundation the Atlantic. This was a good sign, and pro- upon which perpetual peace may be builded. And phetic of success ; and, during many months of although I rejoice in the “entente cordiale," and delay (in order to obviate forestallings) I once and have honored the King of the French for his suc
cessful labors to preserve peace so long; and alagain urged my eloquent friend to initiate the matter. Since, however, for a considerable time past, her influence should be able to prolong it for you
though I should think it great glory for America if this “ Anglo-Saxon” had commenced without me, after the death of the king, yet it seems to me imand that its appearance has been “ hailed with de- possible that with any other nation you can make light” by your Chrysostom in question, the deli- so strong an alliance, as with one which is bone of cacy which interfered with my personal coöpera- your bone. tion is fully satisfied, and all hesitation at an end.
The present governments of the two nations are It only remains for me to add how gladly any intercourse. "I should be glad to go beyond that,
disposed to promote a more intimate commercial “ New York International Magazine" will be and to come as near a union of strength and feeling welcomed, either as a tangent or a parallel — as could be effected, without our being entangled either in union with our columns, or as a friendly with your alliances and conquests, or losing any of but independent band elsewhere. Whether any the simplicity of our government. such enterprise has been determined on, I know Would that it were possible for your government not ; if it has, let it coöperate with us; if not, to rise above the points in dispute between the nalet all the good American blood which would have tions, and, strong in truth and conscious greatness,
say to ours, that, proud of being the mother of so circulated there, help to enrich our pages ; so, con- great a nation, England wishes to lay the foundation tending for the same objects—union, peace, and of perpetual peace and friendship, by removing all true fraternity-let us fight under one banner causes of anger and distrust, and so far from quara banner sacred to our race from the birth-day of relling about a desert on the Pacific, wishes to proits religion—the Golden Cross of Egbert's Anglo- mote between us and her American possessions as Saxon ! Cordially your friend,
much cordiality of intercourse and freedom of trade, MARTIN F. TUPPER
as if they were now, or were to become, parts of
the same family. Stipulating for a “ drawback” Albury, Guildford, May 30, 1849.
of all duties which America might impose, upon
goods intended for British America, and reserving Perhaps the most cordial answer which the editor of a right of free export through all our territories, the Living Age (speaking for one Anglo-Saxon) can give (you reciprocating all these privileges,) rot only 10 Mr. Tupper, is to print two letters which he wrote might you disregard the question of boundary on several years ago. We are ignorant of the fate of the one the Pacific, but you might suffer and sanction the sent to the Times ; that addressed to the British minister more intimate union which would grow up on the was acknowledged in the most gratifying terms.
Atlantic, and thus forever cut up by the roots the
Boston, 31 Jan., 1846. suspicions and jealousies by which only can an antiTo the Editor of the Times, London :
English party be unnaturally supported here. The tone and temper of some of your late articles By this process you might, for all useful purinduce me to hope ihat you will exert your great poses, get back your ancient colonies, and correct
not only the blunder of 1783 in retaining Canada as a
Near Boston, 11 February, 1846. hostile garrison near us, but the ten or twenty years To the Honorable Richard Packenham, Washington, older follies which made two nations out of one. D. C.
If you could do this you might make the changes, which probably must take place at all events, of not prevent me from expressing to you, the grat
Sir,—The fear of being thought intrusive shall great profit to you and to all the world ; instead ification with which I, yesterday, read the offer of leaving them to be accomplished through a long made by you, of submitting all differences between course of anger and suffering.
the United States and Great Britain, to a mixed Upon the removal of all doubt of you, we should commission—a Board, (implying perhaps permabe able to indulge our natural sympathy. We
nence.) should rejoice in your spread in Asia, and in your
By this mail I send to you some numbers of the probable growth in or near Brazil. We should no Living Age, and ask you to look at pp. 248 and longer be a house divided against itself, and the 296. When you see that what I had longed for, had Anglo-Saxon race would go on in the fulfilment of been actually proposed by you, you may imagine what would then plainly appear to be its mission, the delight with which my heart was expanded at the settlement, civilization, and Christianization of
your proposition, and the sinking of soul which the world. Apart from our desire to get rid of European in- Oregon barbors are to us, it was not less important
came over me at its rejection. Important as the terference, we have no other interest in extending to lay hold of such an opportunity to settle the our empire than the greater enjoyment of the two peace of both the English families forever, and advantages of our union — Peace and Free Trade. thereby to enable them to maintain the peace of the And these are the only advantages which you can world. It hardly enters into the thought of man to reap from your North American possessions. Our conceive of the strength which our reunion would trade is beiter for you than it would have been had give to the men who speak English, and who might we remained colonies.
then fill up the waste places of the whole world. The government of Protestant England may be
But although we mourn over the present failure able to make, gradually and quietly, the organic of your offer, let us not have to say, “Oh! fair changes which the “movement” requires. But occasion, now forever lost!" If Great Britain will that will hardly be done upon the continent of Eu- preserve the same temper and tone, it must be yet rope. And, perhaps, even so early as the death of accomplished. And even already, a hundred thousand the dexterous and sagacious King of the French, hearts, at least, beat more kindly toward England the trumpet will call to a desperate battle. When because of your offer. This is of more advantage that shall happen, you would be greatly strength to you than a year of victories. ened by having your own descendants in the position Valuable to you and to the world as the good unof strong neutrality and peace-makers, with understanding with France is, you may, by a few years doubted friendship and sympathy for you, rather of prudent gentleness and kindness, make a more than have us calculating the chances of that awful perfect and more enduring friendship with us. You time, and arguing that, as we must fight you sooner may knit together the broken bones. That you, sir, or later, it would be prudent to do it then.
may personally be the means, in the hand of ProviThe waters must soon or late break up in Ger-dence, of helping to place the two nations at the many and Italy, as well as in France, and what- head of all Christian people, is my prayer. ever triumphs may await England in the strife which
The President may have resources upon which he will be thrust upon her, it will be prudent for her relies for a settlement of the dispute. But this is to prepare this continent for her use and support not all that I hoped for. I should have rejoiced that when the waves shall dash over Europe.
its close had been so brought about, as to let our The people of America, and I hope the people of hearts knit to the “old country.' Great Britain, are now ripe for the constitution of a
These feelings are communicated to you, in the tribunal for the settlement of all present and future hope that you will believe that they are shared differences between them—whether their statesmen by a very large part of the American people, and are ready to carry this into effect remains to be seen, that you may be encouraged by this belief to Let us • bombard them with good measures." I
persevere in winning our hearts.” If so, you suggest the following
will not fail of success. Our government, I truly
believe, is desirous of peace—but even if not, it The United States to nominate five of our citi- could not go to war, or give you any reasonable prozens, to be approved by England, who shall for vocation to it, in the face of such correspondence.
I am, sir, with great respect, life hold the sacred office of members of this court,
Your humble servant, with ample provision for their support. Appoint
E. LITTELL. such men as Chancellor Kent, Bishop White, Justice Story, Horace Binney, John Jay. Let England do the same, and let the court select
From the N. Y. Commercial Advertiser. an umpire, in case of its equal division upon any question.
THE NIGHT ATTACK ON FORT ERIE. Let the place of holding these courts be alter The brief obituary notices of the late General nately in America and England—and all expenses Gaines, that have appeared in the newspapers, all be jointly paid by the two nations. The indirect influence of these ten men would speak of his defence of Fort Erie as one of the
most gallant acts in his long career. The followward off many occasions of ill will—and purify many ill humors—and thus prevent as many disputes ing spirited description of the achievement is taken as it would pronounce upon. And other nations from Mr. Silliman's clever little volume, “A Galwould from time to time leave their differences to it. lop among American Scenery," published some
AN AMERICAN. five or six years ago :
COURT OF NATIONS.
“ Here," said the major, we had thrown up to a moment. We had been engaged perhaps an our lines, making the defence as strong as practi- hour—perhaps three-when I heard in that bastion cable. The British had also erected formidable of the fort, a hundred feet from me, above the upworks about half a mile in front, (the forest inter- roar, a quick, furious struggle, as if of men engaged vening,) composed of a large stone battery on their in fierce dead fight; a clashing of bayonets and left, and two strong redoubts, from which they kept sharp pistol shots, mixt with heavy blows, and short, up an incessant discharge of shot and shells for sev- quick breathing, such as you may have heard men eral successive days, which was returned by us with make in violent exertion—in cutting wood with equal vigor. At length a shell from their batteries axes, or other severe manual labor. The conflict, blew up one of our small magazines, but with trifling though fierce, was short—the assailants were reinjury to the rest of our defences." They were ele- pelled. Those that gained a footing were bayvated with their success, and General Gaines received onetted, or thrown back over the parapet. In a few secret information that they intended to carry the moments I heard again the same fierce struggle, works by storm on the following night. “That and again followed the like result and stillness—if night,” said the major, “I shall not soon forget. stillness could be said to exist under continual roar It set in intensely dark and cloudy, extremely favor- of musketry and artillery. A third time it rose, able to the design of the enemy. Everything was sudden and desperate; it ceased, and presently a put in the fullest state of preparation to receive clear, loud voice rose high above the battle from them. The men, enthusiastically awaiting the attack, the bastion : "Stop firing in front there ; you are were ordered to lie on their arms. Extended along firing on your friends.' An instant cessation folthe lines, and manning the fort and bastion, our lowed. We were deceived. In another moment little army, in perfect silence, awaited their coming the voice of an officer, with startling energy, re
“ The forest had been cleared about three hundred plied : “Aye, aye, we 'll stop; give it them, men, yards in front of our works—beyond that were, as give it them!'-—and the firing, renewed, was conyou see, the woods. As the night wore on, we tinued with redoubled fury. The head of the centre listened with earnestness to every sound. A little column, composed of eight hundred picked men, after midnight we heard on the dry leaves the led by Lieutenant Colonel Drummond in person, stealthy sound of footsteps. We listened—they after three several assaults, had gained possession
A short, sharp challenge: Who of the bastion, and by that ruse endeavored to cause goes there?' issued from that further redoubt. The a cessation of the fire-a result that might have footsteps ceased, as if irresolute to advance or re- been fatal to us had not the deception been so soon cede, and all was still. Another quick challenge discerned. But the prize was of but little value, as a rattle of the musket, as it fell into the hollow of the bastion was commanded by the interior of the the hand-followed by the reply :—Picquet guard works, and the men, under cover of the walls of an forced in by the enemy's advance.'— Back, guard! adjoining barrack, poured into the gorge that led back to your post instantly, or we will fire upon from it a continual storm of musketry. The firing you,' said the stern voice of our commanding officer. continued with unabated fury. The enemy, repulsed The footsteps of the stragglers slowly receded, and with great loss in every attack, was unsuccessful on entire stillness again obtained. It was as profound every point save that bastion, the possession of as the darkness, not even the hum of an insect rose which they still retained—when I heard a groaning upon the ear. We laid our heads upon the ram- roll and shake of the earth, and instantly the bastion, parts, and listened with all our faculties. Perhaps bodies of men, timber, guns, earth, and stones, half an hour elapsed, when we imagined we heard were blown up in the air like a volcano, making the dead, heavy sound of a large body of men everything in the glare as clear as noonday. A de--tramp-tramp-tramp-advancing through the scending timber dashed one of my artillerymen to pitchy darkness. A few moments passed —å brisk, pieces within a foot of my shoulder. Profound scattering fire, and the picquets came in in beautiful darkness and silence followed. Naught but the order, under the brave subaltern in command. The groans of the wounded and dying were heard. As measured_tread of disciplined troops became ap- if by mutual consent the fighting ceased, and the parent. Every sense was stretched to the utmost enemy withdrew, repulsed on every side, save from in expectancy-every eye endeavored to fathom the the parapet which they purchased for their grave. darkness in front, when from Towson's battery, A large quantity of fixed ammunition had been that toward the river, glanced a volley of mus- placed in the lower part, and a stray wad falling ketry, and in another instant the whole line of upon it, had blown them all up together. My duty works, bastion, redoubt, and rampart, streamed forth required that I should immediately repair the bastion, one living sheet of flame. Two eighteens, mounted and most horrible was the sight-bodies burnt and where we stand, were filled to the muzzle with mutilated, some of them still pulsating with life, grape, cannister, and bags of musket bullets-im- among them Lieutenant Colonel Drummond, the agine their havoc. The enemy came on with loud leader of the attack. There he lay in the morning shouts and undaunted bravery. By the continued light stark and stiff, extended on the rampart, a glare of our discharges we could see dense, dark ball having passed through his breast. History masses of men, moving in columns to three separate mourns that his courage assumed the character of points of attack upon our works. Our artillery and ferocity. His war-cry of ' No quarter to the damned musketry poured upon them as they advanced, a Yankees,' his own death-warrant, was long rememcontinual stream of fire, rolling and glancing from bered against his countrymen. The enemy did not angles, bastions, and redoubts. Repulsed, they resume the attack, but retiring to their entrenched were re-formed by their officers, and brought again camp, strengthened their works and prepared to to the charge, to be again repulsed. At such times, make their approach by regular advances.'' hours fly like minutes. A life appears concentrated