DECLARATION OF WAR.
The following preamble and resolutions which are beautiful in more respects than one, we copy from the Ithica Chronicle. They were adopted by the Ludlowville Artillery, at a company parade on the 1st inst:
Whereas we view with serious alarm the wide-spread evil of intemperance-assuming as it does the character of a merciless and desolating ENEMY-destroying not only the property, physical strength, and life, but also the moral worth and reputation of many of our most, valuable citizens; thereby bringing them under tribute and dragging them into disgraceful slavery and ruin:
And whereas, on occasions like the present, this enemy has, by his foul stratagems, lulled into security, and then shorn the locks of many of our citizens soldiers-so that, with all their imposing military appearance, when they have said,' We will go out, as at other times, to battle, they have found that their strength was most:
And whereas, in view of the progress of this enemy, and the manner in which he has intrenched [sic] himself throughout our country, we are of opinion that he is more dangerous to our free republican institutions, and liberties, than any foreign foe, therefore,
Resolved, Being mastered for military improvement and discipline, that we hereby wage a war of extermination against this common enemy, intemperance.
Resolved, As the Holy Scriptures are eminently calculated to promote the best interests of any people, and as, upon the Bible, rest the safety and prosperity of our republican government; that the amount, which a pernicious custom has almost compelled us to pay, on occasions like this, for ardent spirits, shall be given to the 'Female Bible Society of the town of Lansing.'
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In Amherst and some of the neighboring counties of Virginia, the drought has been so extensive, that forest trees of the largest growth have died. The oldest inhabitants do not recollect a season of similar severity.
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Extract of a letter from Capt. Thomas Anthony, dated.
CANTONMENT GIBSON,(A.T.) July 1
'General Chilly M'Intosh and twenty seven of our Creek Indians have been on a buffalo hunt; and after an absence of twenty days, returned with the meat of 24 buffaloes [sic], which they killed. They saw about 60 buffaloes [sic], and an immense number of deer whilst out, and would have killed more, but had not the means of bringing the meat home, every horse having as much as he could carry. A second party will go out next month, when they anticipate much sport.- All the Indians are delighted with this country, which is rich and well calculated for our people, who can live well by agriculture and hunting.- We have no fears of their suffering, as the crops look well. We shall have roasting ears of corn in two weeks, out of new ground cultivated since March last. We have some good gardens with cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, plenty of Irish and sweet potatoes, beans, peas, beets, watermellons [sic], 'c. Col Brearly will raise 1500 bushels of corn, which we planted since I have been here.'
'We have had a deputation of Delaware Indians amongst us, who claim to be the grand-father of all Indian tribes. I went to our Public Square with them, and held a talk. They presented beads and tobacco, which was received in ancient form; and received presents of the same articles in return. All this is right; and we do not anticipate difficulty with any of the Indian tribes. We shall avoid all alliances. This has been my advice to the Indians. There are, however, a number of Indians who do not respect the rights of any nation: that go upon a war expedition to gain the name and character of warriors, and will take any person's scalp, and run the risk of the consequences.'