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Otsego Herald

January 30, 2014

Governor's Address

From the Otsego Herald

For Saturday, Jan. 29, 1814

Compiled, with comments

The State of the State

“Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the Assembly,

The War: “It would have given me great satisfaction to have had it in my power to congratulate you on this occasion, upon the return of the advantages and blessings of peace. ... If the late proposition [by the British] has proceeded from a willingness to restore amity ... the impending conferences will, very probably eventuate propitiously. But we ought not to permit the hope of that result to lull us into fatal security; for it may be that we must ultimately depend upon an unanimous, vigorous and successful prosecution of the unavoidable contest in which we are involved ...

“It was not to be expected after so long a period of peace, that upon the first declaration of a war by the United States, a well organized and efficient army could immediately be brought into the field. There was little of the experience of the revolution remaining in the country; and to develop [sic] military talents and national resources, and to give them the most wise and beneficial direction, is the work of time ...

Navy and Army: “The navy has maintained, if not brightened, the luster of its antecedent character, surpassed by none recorded in the annals of history, and which have given splendor to the American name ... [Certain land actions] were honorable to our arms, and have exhibited traits of conduct and intrepidity in the army that justify high expectations. These gratifying events, it is true, have been followed by some disappointments and disasters ...

Invasion of Western New York: “The recent invasion by the enemy of the western frontier of this state, and the extraordinary surrender to him of the garrison and fort of Niagara, the burning of flourishing villages and settlements, the pillage of private property, and the massacre of peaceable inhabitants of that frontier, by a savage foe, are melancholy occurrences ... The conduct of the enemy during that invasion was marked by a disregard of the rules of civilized warfare, and by a malignant ferocity ...

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