Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 18, Ed. 1, Friday, May 26, 1837 Page: 3 of 4
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halls would tell him that it is bad policy to create a rogue, or to
place confidence in him when created. Rest assured Mr. Speak-
er, take my word for it,v if evils do really threaten us from this
source, instead of looking to rogues for amelioration, it is best to
- place confidence in and rely upon our honest and virtuous citi-
i zens: Away then with this absurd vulgarism, this -loathsome
and abhorrent proposition, abhorrent alike to every dictate of
reason, and every principle of Tirtue.
In regard to the charter already granted, I would remark
in behalf of congress, that it was not obtained through ignorance,
or granted as a matter of right or favoritism, but solely as a mat-
ter of policy. In reply to those who have asked, how can we
who granted the other charter, refuse this, I reply, triumphantly
reply, that the other was granted as a matter of policy;. that hav-
ing already granted banking privileges to an amount adequate
to the wants of the people, that therefore the policy ceases to
exist, and therefore we refuse. Sir, it is worthy of remark, that
some who were loudest in condemning congress for granting the
late charter, are now foremost in urging us to grant tliisT What
does this mean? Is it a reflection upon our honesty or an insult
to our understanding. Do they mean to say, I know you are
corrupt, and wish to profit by your corruption, and draw wealth
from venal sources; or that 1 know you are fools and wish to pro-
fit by "your folly. If it was criminal or foolish to grant the first
charter, is it not equally so, to grant the second; and here let
me ask, what good patriot or honest man can ask of us a repeti-
tion of folly or crime. Sir, there have been some remarks made
on the policy of this measure that 1 conceive have sounded the
very base strings of stupidity, and to which I can never reply,
until I am lost to .respect for myself, for you, and for the house
over which you preside. Sir, ttierc is one man connected with
this affair, who on the subject of the late charter was boldest in
impugning the motives of members, and loudest in their condem-
nation, a man that I would under other circumstances feel
myself imperiously called on to have arraigned at the bar of this
house for trial and punishment. Sir, when gentlemens' audacity
leads them no fartherlhan to say that they have ten times as
much sense as I have, are ten times as handsome, and can speak
with ten times more ease and elegance and fluency, I complain
not; but when they wish to take lo themselves all the honesty,
and will not allow me honesty of motives, or rectitude of purpose,
I would tell them, were it beyond the portals of this house, that
in their throats, they lie. Sir, this is to be the popular theme of
denunciation: upon this hobby, little demagogues yet hope lo
ride into office. Already the press has manifested an awfulsquin-
ting towards imputation. I say to each and all, go on, let con-
gress have committees of investigation, let the thunders of the
press be hurled a.fc corrupt legislators, let them be blasted
even in the high places where they stand. I trust that thus far
in our legislative career and mure particularly in tis mailer,
we can invoke the strictest scrutiny and "defy the just ven-
geance of the Gods." Sir, what will the people of the United
States say, "when they learn that we have granted charters for
Banks, with such enormous capitals, and have conferred upon
them such extraordinary powers. Will not our foes laugh with
derision, and our friends hang their heads in mortification, when
they behold these fatal evidences of our total want of regard for
the true interests of our country, or our total want of the neces-
sary intelligence for the purposes of legislation and government.
I well remember that in 1816 when the proposition was before
the United Slates congress to charter the United States Bank
with a capital of 35 millions of dolktrs, that it was opposed by
some of the ablest politicians of that day, on the grounds that
the capital was greater than the wants of that country required,
a country that then numbered morelhan 9 millions of souls. Jf
that was too much for that country, how far are we transcending
all bounds. Already we have 11 millions chartered, and ten
more under consideratian, to say nothing of the petitions for
countless -thousands now in esse, that lie dormant in mambers
pockets awaiting the fate of this bill. If these petitions are to
be granted, where will all this end 1 "Sir, it will require no proph-
et, or the son of a prophet to tell." It will end, inevitably end,
in individual ruin,national disgrace and national bankruptcy.
Mr. Speaker, I have done: harrassed as I have been by
public cares and depressed by private sorrows, I have had but
little time to bestow on this subject. In conclusion I warn gen-
tlemen not blindly, madly and rashly to inflict evils upon their
country that will endure for almost an hundred years. I warn
them not to curse their posterity even unto the fifth generation.
I warn them not to sport with the faith of their country, tho' if
gentlemen are "lost to sense, and to reason lost," they may do
all this, but if they do it will be a triumph over our faith most
F solemnly pledged, a triumph over the best interest of our coun
try, and 1 pray God that in its ultimate consequences it may not
prove a triumph over the hopes of this infant and ill starred re-
public. The debate concluded in our next.
prosecute the war against us to the utmost extremity. Offensive war, then,
is the policy for Texas. Let our rifles bving peace.
The frigate Boston was off Matamoras on the 12th inst. The com-
mander had demanded the release of the captured vessels belonging to
citizens of the United States; and threatened to make reprisals if the
demand was refused.
An Indian was murdered a few miles from this place on the 23d,
a man by the name of Richard?, (from the Red Ltaids) who was charged
with the committing of the murder, has been apprehended, and the evi-
dence against him beinj perfectly satisfactory as to his guilt he has been
imprisoned to awar1 fe.s trial at the September term of the court.
General Felk Huston arrived in this city from the United States
on Saturday last.
Wc have inserted in this number a largo share of the proceedings
of the house of representatives, in order lo enable us in the next num-
ber to continue the proceedings of both houses of congress, in their rel
ative order with rejrard to time.
HOUSTON, FRIDAY, MAY 26, 1837.
We arf? authorized to announce Col. James C. Neill, asa candidate
for Major General of the militia. '
The publication of the congressional proceedings will oblige us' to
discontinue the colonization laws. Tlier-,nay be obtaiaed-in a pamph
let .at this office.
4, Booker and Mr. BDling have just arrived in this city from Mat-
timoros. They were captured on board the Jviffus Caesar, by the Mex-
ican fleet, and taken into Matamoros, from wlich place thev made their
escape on the 13lh inst. They state that the Independence was cap-
tured by two Mexican vessels, one the armed brig Libcratador. the oth-
er a schooner carrying 10 guns. The Independence gave them a run-
ning fight of 4 hours before she struck. The captain was severely
wounded, but neither the crew, passengers or vessel were injured. The
honorable Wm. Wharton was on board and remains with the prisoners
about one hundred in number,) in Matamoros. The honorable J. W.
Bunton and his family are also prisoners. The captive females are
boarding with an English lady in the city, and well treated, the males
are treated rather rudely. On the 2nd of April the French frigate Dido
manned by 513 men, arrived at Vera Cruz, bearing the Count of Bri-
tagne, rear admiral of the West India Squadron, who intended Wving
next morning for Mexico, the Xabadine was also in Vera Crzr The
General Teran, which the Natchez forced ashore, threw all her
guns and ammunition overboard and "walked over the bar," she js now
in he harbor ofMatamoros disarmed. The indians recently came with-
in a short distance of Matamoros and killed 31 of a company of 40 sol-
diers. Mr. Boling thinks 1000 of our soldiers could easily take the
city. There were but 1,500 soldiers under the command of Filisola at
Matamoros when thev left. President Bustamcnte declares that he will
The bill providing for the protection of the indian frontier, passed
the house of representatives on the morning of the 23d inst and imme-
diately received the signature of the president.
We loolrnow to the officers whose duty it will be to carry the law
into effect, to act with the decision, promptness and energy requisite to
ensure complete succosss.
vThe bill prohibiting gambling has passed both houses of congress.
The recent interesting debate which has arisen in the house of
representatives, relative to tile chartering of the Aransas and Red Ri-
ver Banking company, has furnished us with many important facts,
which prove satisfactorily that a very great change has taken placo in
the public sentiment upon banking charters, and particularly upon the
charter granted in December last to the "Texis rail-road and naviga
tion company." Many of the fjnnar advocates of this charter are now
inflexibly hostile to it, and discover a settled determination to exert their
whole power in either destroying it, or in some degree neutralizing the
evil cansequences which nviy result from its operations. Hence the
ardor manifested by them in upholding a banking charter, which under
other circumstances they would be foremost to oppose, their motives are
evidently honest and upright, the policy however of the measure pur-
sued by them must appear to every unprejudiced mind, very questiona-
ble. "Set a rogje to catch a igae," is not a gjod maxim, this is proved
by the fact that a wiser maxim "'never trust a rogue" induces the pru-
dent invariably toimploy an honest man to watch the rogue, set to catch
We had better resort to honest means in every instance if wc wish to
carry out an honest intention. Since then the honest intention of the
majority in the lower house is merely to undo the mistakes of the for-
mer act; wisdom dictates for the accomplishment of this object, a fair,
open, manly course. Strike directly at the evil itself. Since the
former error is already acknowledged, there can be no impropriety in
demanding an amendment of the obnoxious sections of this charter.
A few slight amendments will render it not only harmless, but leaving
to the company all the privileges designed by the respected and intelli-
gent grantees, will enable it to prove a powerful, and most efficient
auxiliary in conducting our political car on the high road of.prosperity.
This charter, even as it is, if continued in the hands of individuals sim-
ilar to those named in the body of the instrument, and the operations of
the institution conducted immediately under their superintendancc, would
undoubtedly prove benefrrial rather than injurious lo the interests of the
community in which it might be tolerated. Bat the certainty that its
direction will be entrusted to individuals whose rectitude of con-
duct and integrity, miy be at least questioned, renders the necessity of
an amendment of some of its sections obvious to every unbiassed and
discriminating mind. For instance, the privilege of "purchasing, hold-
ing and conveying any estate, real, personal or mixed," is not limited to
any particular amount; but thi3 company, if disposed, may purchase whole
counties. Again in section 2 "said company have the privilege cf con-
structing such branches to their main line, as they please," and this
privilege is unlimiten, these branches may be constructed to a:iy piace
and through any count)'. Again the proviso limiting the discount of
said company to "not more than three dollars to one os the capital' paid
zV appears to refer to the 5th section only, antj J.ijereXore said company
may probably discount five, dollars to one i'the capital stojk does not
exceed $5,000,000. Also, it is not stated v;hether the capital paid in,
shall be specie or other properly!!! What patriot can tolerate such an
institution? every honest man who has the true interest of his country
at heart is imperiously commanded by duty, to oppose these dangerous
rections, to the last extremity. Let then our representatives demand
their amendment, if this is denied, and the "'monster showing his teeth"
gives evident indications of his intention to do mischief, crush him, not
by another beast of prey, but by a general legislative enactment, which
wili prevent all banking institutions from preying on the community.
This can be done and the mighty voice of public opinion in sactioning
the measure will render it irresistible. .
Honest men supporting honest measures will always succeed in an
intelligent community, they may meet with violent, obstinate resistance
from mistaken or selfish men, they maybe styled demagogues, fools,
knaves or hirelings, but in vain, they may even know that corrupt men
are in their ranks, and be slandered en masse on that account, acting
from principle they will remain inflexible as pillars of granite, until
resistance gives way and falls powerless at their feet.
Such we trust will be the case with those who have just commen-
ced a ood work, their persevcrence must ensure success and although
the first instrument has proved faulty and unfit to accomplish the object.
A GENERAL BANKING LAW designed to benefit the whole
countrv, and always open to revision by the representatives of the peo-
ple will attain the end in view and prove a fruitful and enduring
source of national prosperit".
The passengers of the Wm. Bryan, stato that the Bank of Or-
leans ; City Bank; Bank of Louisianaa; Atchafalaya Bank; Mechanic and
Trading Bank; Carrollon Railroad Banking Co.; Canal Banking Com-
pany have stopped specie payment. The bills of these banks however
are still current in New Orleans.
Dissolution of Copartnership.
THE Copartnership heretofore existing between S. D. Jones & Co., Is this
day dissolved by mutual consent. A. P. Noland is authorized to receive
all demands due said firm, and receipt for tho same. Persons having claims
against said firm will please present them immediately.
May 25, 1837.
S. D.JONES & Co.
GENERAL LAND AGENCY.
HENSLEi' AND BUCHANAN offer their services to the citizens ofTexas
and of the United States, for selecting and locating lands and perfecting,
ot titles. Their attention will be devoted exclusively to the business of the
Agency; and their long residence in the country, and knowledge of its lands,
it is hoped, enables them to make such selections as will entitle them to the con
fidence of those who will favor them with their business. Persons in the United-
States, having friends who hac fallen in the cause of our country, will find it
much to their advantage to forward their claims to the Agency.
CHARGES For Selecting and Locating claims amounting toJ1280 acres'
and upwards, 6 1-4 cents per acre: claims of 640 acres, $50: claims of 320
acres, 32. '
AGENTS' IN TEXAS. Messrs. Gazlev & Birdsall, General Agents,
City o" Houston : Wm. T. Austi.v, Esi., Brazoria : Isaac L. Hill, Washington.
AGENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. Charles Botlek, Esq., New-
York : Major G. F. Lawrence, Cincinnati, O. : "James E. Davis, Esq.t Lexing-
References Hon. S. Rhodes Fisher, and Hon. Win. S. Fisher, City of
liuuiiuu . vui. xi u ... uiini , vui. .:.. iiui lull, lllillilguruu.. ,
Messrs. Gazley and Birdsall, Attorneys, city of Houston, are authorized tor
transact all bu3ines connected with our Agency. All communications (post-
paid) for the Agency, addressed to them will be strictly attended to.
HENSLEY & BUCHANAN, General Land Agents. .
May 25, 1837, tf
BY order of the Hon. George B. M'Kinstry, Judge oCProbatein and for the
county of Brazoria, will be sold to thehighest bidder at public auction'
on the premises, all that tract of land lying in Chocolate Bayou, belonging to.
the succession of Wm Harris, late of this county, deceased, containing, say
eight hundred and forty acres, together with all improvements thereon belong-
ing to the said succession, consisting of one undivided half of a saw and grist
mill, together with dwellings, out houses, &c. Also, a quantity of personal
property, consisting of oxen, wagon, tool, &c. ; all of which will be sold at six
months credit, the purchaser giving satisfactory personal security, with a judii.
cial lien on all the real estate sold. Sa'e to take place on Saturdaj-, the 13th
dav of Junt: next.
ABNER HARRIS, Adm'r.
Brazoria 9th May, 1837. 70-4t
LL persons indebted to the succession of William Harris, late of this
county, deceased, are requested to make immediate payment: those
navmg claims against sum estate, wm preseDi cnera uuiy auuienucuceu wiiuiu
the time prescribed by law, otherwise they will be barred recovery thereof. "
ABNER HARRIS, Adm'r.
Brazoria, 0th May. 1837. 70-4J
THE undesigned having been appointed Administrator of Wm. AtwelJ,
deceased, notifies all persons indebted to said estate to make immediate
payment, and those having claims to present them within the time prescribed
by law, or they will be ban ed.
C. B. BANISTER, Adm'r
Brazoria, Marcli IS, 1837. 70-3
jL persons are cautioned against trading or purchasing a note drawn by
C. ii. Banister, in favour of Turner and Swasey, of New Orleans, for the
sum of one thousand dollars, as thev have not complied with their contract. ,.
C. B. BANISTER. R
Erazoria, 17th March, 1837. 70-3 '
OR STANFf ELD JONES, a Valisse, left at this office.
Houston, iuayza, ici.
PROBATE COURT, April Term, 1837. "
NOTICE is hereby git en that a petition wa3 filed in the probate court, in
and for the county of JIarrisburg, at the April Term, by Tabitha liames
ilia3 Tabitha Hams, prajmg for a final sentlementoi the estate ot Jonn iiams,
deceased; and it was ordered and decreed ty the court, that unless good,cause
be 3hTwn to the satisfaction of the court at its regular session in June next, why
a final settlement should not be made, the prayer of the petitioner will be grant-
ed, and the said Tabitha Iiams, alias Tabitha Harris, will be discharged from
any further responsibility as administratrix thereof.
D. W. C. HARRIS, Clerk P. C.
INFOMATION WANTED. -
R. MILES G. STEPHENS went from Georgia to Texas about five,years
aeo. In the latter end of the year 1833 he was in Austin's colony. Any
niiorination from himself, if he be 3-et alive, or from any person who may have
been acquainted with him, if he be dead, Trill be -thankfully received by tho
subscriber, living at La Grange, Troup County, Georgia. rfir
WM. W. OSLIN;.
May 1st 1837. ,lt :
'Winy Bollars ' :.,
ILL be given for delivering to me on Bailey's Prairie, seven miles from
Columbia, a negro man named Joe, belonging; to the succession of tho
late Vrn. B.irret Travis, who took off- with him a Mexican and two horses,
saddles and bridles. Tbis negro was in "the Alamo with I113 master when it was
taken ; and was the only man from the colonies who was not put to death : he
is about twenty-five years of age, five feet ten or eleven inches high, very black
and good countenance: had on when he left, on the night of the 21st April u'lt.
a dark mixed sattinet round jacket and new white cotton pantaloons. One of
the houses taken is a bay, about 14 hands high very heavy built, with a blaze
in ills face, a bush- mane and tail, and a sore back; also the property of said
succession, the other horse is a chesnut sorrel, above 16 hands hich. The saddles
hire of the Spanish form, bnt of American manufacture, and oni- of them covered
with blue cloth, rorty dollars will be given lor Joe ana tne small Day norse,
(Shannon,) and ten dollars for the Mexican other horse and saddles and bridles.
If the runaways are taken more than one hundred miles from my residence,
I will pay all reasonable travelling expenses, in addition to the above reward,
JOHN R. JONES, Ex'r of W. B. Travis,
Bailey's Prairie, .May 21st, 1837. 70-3m tf
JLiL persons are forewarned from purchasing two promissory notes, paya-
ble to Joseph Sevier, dated 22d March, for four hundred and fifty dollars
each, as the conditions for -which those notes were eiven has not been complied
with by said Sevier, and cannot be unless he remains in Texas; and I shafl'not
pay those notes unless he first performs a certain contract, entered into" by'him,
of the same date.
Washington, May 18, 1837.
Strayed. or Stolesa,
FROM the subscriber, on Sunday the 7th inst., a middling size bay horse.
The horse was shod all rouVid, but one of the shoes of one of the hind feet
were off: the left hiud foot is white, and he has the scratches on both, but par-
ticularly on the ritrht foot. The aboe horse was seen with a Mexican named
Vajas, above Columbia, near the mound. It is supposed that the above Mexi-
can has stole him. A liberal reward will be paid to any person who will appre-
hend the above horse, and all necessary expenses will be paid on delivery to the
Brazoria, May 15, 1837.
PTHHE subscr her offers for
articles, viz :
0 boxe3 Claret wine,
3 " Madeira wine,
1 keg Port wiue,
3 " Sweet wine,
5 baskets Champagne,
15,000 Spanish Segars.
10 boxes Brown's Tobacco,
10 " Candies,
20 " Raisins,
15 ' fresh Prunes,
3 barrels Loaf Sugar,
1 bale Almonds,
5 sacks Coffee,
5 boxes mixed Pickles,
Also, a good assortment
Palm leaf Hats.
Harrisburg, May, 1837.
sale, at his store, low for cash, the following
3 boxes lemons
5 " Brandy,
3 boxes Imperial Tea,
5 Black Tea, "
5 barrels Cider, " c?m
3 baskets Table Oil, " ''
10 boxes Herring,
" 5 ' Beans,
5 " Black walnuts, &c.
10 barrels Mackcrelf 2 '
10 " Almonds, J
G boxes Brandy Cherries, . j
5 " Lemon Syrup,
of summer clothing, and dry goods. 30 dozen
J II. ASHBRIDGE: w
HALF A LEAGUE OF LAND FOR SALE.
I WISH to sell a half league of Land the other half belongs to Mr. Joba
Merry, who now resides at Houston, ai d who also wishes to selj. Thisleagagw
ot land is fronting on the river San Jacinto; part wooui.um unu pari prairies- .
,,,oii i..i 1 . 1. 1 4; Thp timber is of Hie largest erowtn
of oak, cypress, and pine. The prairie part i said to be equal to any prairie
l..j. ,iJli ' ' . mi . '.i. :. . n.ln.,KIi ne-tf ic emr It TUprrv' head
iana in tne lower country, inenuuouuuuuuivu, ,,-...... ..u, . j .
right was cleared by me on halves." MORGAN.
New Washington, May 20, 1837. oaw-3m tf
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