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Otsego Herald

March 6, 2014

A futile patriotism


But [they say] this war is unjust. This charge has been refuted more than a thousand times. But that makes no difference; they can renew it. The right of Blockade, Orders in Council, and Imprisonment [of American sailors] are brought up, and all justified with greater obstinacy than in the British Parliament.

We are charged with driving the aborigines from their inheritances. It is but a short time since Mr. Jefferson was an object of ridicule, for his regard for the Indians and his disposition to civilize them. Now, that they are the allies of his Majesty, all hostility against them is evidence of a determination to exterminate them. Never was a charge more unfounded, cruel, or pernicious. We have used them as children. They had no ground of complaint against us. What good motive could have induced [the Governor of Massachusetts] to infuse into the minds of ... these Indians, that the United States are determined to drive them off. It will awake them to vengeance, and the innocent blood which may flow in consequence, may one day be required of us, who disseminate charges so groundless, and injurious.

COMMENT: John Holmes (1773-1843) was at the beginning of a long political career, which would lead him to become a member of Congress, and then for two terms a Senator from the newly created state of Maine. But now his was denouncing the opposition of the Federalist-controlled state of Massachusetts to the War of 1812, in a long speech (of which we have quoted only a few excerpts) that was widely reprinted and is, indeed, still in print (Library of Congress, “Three speeches of Mr. Holmes, in the Senate of Massachusetts. 1814”). Note: When I place the title of an article in quotation marks, I am taking it directly from the Otsego Herald.

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    July 31, 2014

  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

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    July 10, 2014

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    July 3, 2014

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    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

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    June 5, 2014

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    May 29, 2014