rd, and Calhoun parties, with the personal adherents of De Witt Clinton, aided by a shamefully false and preposterous outcry that he had obtained the Presidency by a bargain with Mr. Clay, succeeded in returning an Opposition Congress in the middle of his term, and at its close to put in General Jackson over him by a large majority.
The character of this man Jackson we had studied pretty thoroughly and without prejudice.
His fatal duel with Dickinson about a horse-race; his pistoling Colonel Benton in the streets of Nashville; his forcing his way through the Indian country with his drove of negroes in defiance of the express order of the Agent Dinsmore; his imprisonment of Judge Hall at New Orleans, long after the British had left that quarter, and when martial law ought long since to have been set aside; his irruption into Florida and capture of Spanish posts and officers without a shadow of authority to do so; his threats to cut off the ears of Senators who censured this conduct
re while his face was completely averted, would give assurance that he was no common man. Mr. Calhoun is one of the plainest men and certainly the dryest, hardest speaker I ever listened to. The flow of his ideas reminded me of a barrel filled with pebbles, each of which must find great difficulty in escaping from the very solidity and number of those pressing upon it and impeding its natural motion.
Mr. Calhoun, though far from being a handsome, is still a very remarkable personage; but Mr. Benton has the least intellectual countenance I ever saw on a senator.
Mr. Webster was not in his place. * * * * The best speech was that of Mr. Crittenden, of Kentucky; That man is not appreciated so highly as he should and must be. He has a rough readiness, a sterling good sense, a republican manner and feeling, and a vein of biting, though homely satire, which will yet raise him to distinction—in the National Councils.
Were Greeley and Co. making their fortune meanwhile?
Far from it. To edi
Poultney, Westhaven, Londonderry, Niagara, and the home of his parents in Pennsylvania, from all of which he wrote letters to the Tribune.
His letters from Washington, entitled Glances at the Senate, gave agreeable sketches of Calhoun, Preston, Benton, Evans, Crittenden, Wright, and others.
Silas Wright he thought the keenest logician in the Senate, the Ajax of plausibility, the Talleyrand of the forum.
Calhoun he described as the compactest speaker in the Senate; Preston, as the most forcible declaimer; Evans, as the most dexterous and diligent legislator; Benton, as an individual, gross and burly in person, of countenance most unintellectual, in manner pompous and inflated, in matter empty, in conceit a giant, in influence a cipher!
From Mount Vernon, Mr. Greeley wrote an interesting letter, chiefly descriptive.
It concluded thus:—Slowly, pensively, we turned our faces from the rest of the mighty dead to the turmoil of the restless living—from the solemn sublime repose of Mo
Surely his latest purchasers must despise their worn-out tool, and most heartily repent of their hard bargain.
Such mild openings as the following are not uncommon:
The Journal of Commerce is the most self-complacent and dogmatic of all possible newspapers.
The villain who makes this charge against me well knows that it is the basest falsehood.
We defy the Father of lies himself to crowd more stupendous falsehoods into a paragraph than this contains.
Mr. Benton! each of the above observations is a deliberate falsehood, and you are an unqualified villain!
The Express is surely the basest and paltriest of all possible journals.
Having been absent from the city for a few days, I perceive with a pleasurable surprise on my return that the Express has only perpetrated two new calumnies upon me of any consequence since Friday evening.
Ephraim, said a grave divine, taking his text from one of the prophets, is a cake not turned.