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Watts, Frederick 1719- Military officer; born in Wales, June 1, 1719; emigrated to the United States and settled in Cumberland county, Pa., in 1760. He served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant-colonel, and had command of the battalion that was assigned to Cumberland county. At the surrender of Fort Washington this division was captured. After his exchange he was made a justice of the peace; a representative in the Assembly in 1779; sub-lieutenant of Cumberland county in 1780; commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers in 1782; and was a member of the supreme executive council in 1787-90. He died on his farm on Juniata River, Oct. 3, 1795.
Feeling in Pennsylvania. --A large public meeting, presided over by the Hon. Frederick Watts, was held at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on the 22d ultimo, and strong conservative sentiments enunciated. Resolutions were unanimously adopted recognizing as building upon all the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court; recognizing as a constitutional right the existence of slavery in the South; declaring the surrender of fugitive slaves to be a duty under an inviolable contract, and denying that secession is either a natural right or a constitutional remedy.