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THE
NEVIS POST,
AND WEEKLY DESPATCH




Vol. 1. Deo, Reginae, et Populo. No. 34.


SiX Dollars per annum, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1837. [Payable 1/2 Yearly in advance.


^HE bub^cribei s have just
n-aeived 4E Brg * Clifton’ from


LONDON,

A well, se'eeted A tsar On mt tf
m @®»b₉
consisting of ,

Drills, Linen*, La m, Cheeks, Dowlas,
Ducksy Oznaburghs, GrandelWj Nan*
k«en*, Stripes, Huckabock, Diaper,
Fustians, Beverteens, CauUtons, Gast-
broons, Salempores, Flannels, Chubs,
Shirtings, Satteehs, Jeans, TVV Cl ths
and Covers,- Muslins, CwBcovs, Madras,
Pullicat and Bernal hapdksrchieG,
Victoria Gauze, and Nettrr ditt4 Ticks,
Threads, Tapes, Bobbins, Unnrellas,
Parasols, Looking Glasses, HandiSbad's,
Lamps, Cruet Stan -W, ^adoies/Bridl-s,
Halters, Martingales,” City ppr^ Girjdis,
•Gig aBil iLjISO: Vhips, , V M y ai,H.h3
lists and k lijK, Gin’'.
Boone? , Stocks, Braces, Lauu-XGeots.,
and A oiithk Stockings & Socks, Winner
and Breakfast sets, Hoes, Curry C\utLs
End Brush s, Locks of every description,
Carpenters aud Masotas Tool?.Knives and
Forks, Rastirs, Cofiia FurnitMt-e, Pump
and find Tacks, 4, 6, 8, 10, 2t), BOdy
and half Crown Nails, Spades, Shovels,
Glue, White Lead, Black, Green,
Yel’ow and Red Paints, Linseed «hd
Coceanut Oil, Turpentine, perfumery,
Stafionary, Tin Whip, Corks, Hams,
Butter, Cheese, Ling L'i-h, Basket Salt,
Mustard Salnd Oli, Curry Powder,
Fish Sauces Pickles, Preserved Fruits,
Candles 6s, Ws, and 12s Gats in 4bmhtl
b®28, Goat, Barley, Blacking, Loaf
Tea, Salts, Calon.ei, Seidiiiz
Powdery, and S.undry other articles too
numerous to mention.
DREW & MATTHEWS.
Nevis November 28,1837.


Editorial Romaik- concluded from 5th
Page.
We have been led to these
observations bv reflecting up-
on the very limited number
of our subscribers, and the
discouraging prospect by

which we are surrounded.—

i
I

Our atmosphere is gloomy,
nor can we discern a siGije
ray to illumine the dark and
dreary void—we trust however
that ere long, the inhabitants
of Nevis will be convinced;
that it is their interest to con-
tribute to our support ; and
that a sun will soon arise a-
boveour horizon—we Vould
hail the arrival of smh a
change with unfeigned isatis-
taction—we will take another
opportunity of reverCfig to


Since writing the above, the first November
Mails were received per Mail Boat which
arrived this morning—Our limits wid not
permit us to ky before our readers any
extract from the papers, we will seleci.iht
must interesting particulars for our next
impression—We have however great satis.,
fapiqn in announcing, that the repo t of
the Queen’s death, which had been
ci cuiaied heie a few days past, is unfo n i*
ed.


We have heard repeted complaints a-
gainst the irregularity wnich prevails st
the post office, and the carelessness of
those who are employed in that department
—persons calling for letters are seldom
fortunate enough to find any body to deli'
vei them—and it is not at ail impracticable
for any evil disposed person io enter the
Pest Office, and take out not only his
own letter ; but one which may perhaps
enclose an endorsed draft for any amount,
irected to a merchant in England—we
oipy hint at the practicability of the thing
—this is a serious evil asd requires the
immediate inteience of the Deputy Past
Master General, who in all probability is
unaquamlfd with r’s existence.


His Honour the President Admisistering

the Government waited on Mam a se’nigiit
upon His Excels ncy the Governor General
of Hi Danish Majesty’s Colonial poshes*
sions in the West Indies, at Bath House
where Mis Excellency had been domiciisd.
His Excellency had made one «r tnO
excursions uun the Counrty, and is stated
to have expressed himself highly pleased
with the island, i e was s e t med at Mount
Travers on Saturday evening las¹, by it's
hospitable owner, Psk r T. Huggins Ecq.
and lau evening at Old Government
House by His Honor the President.,^
His Excellency embarked this morning
under a saint® from Fort Charles—we
undetstand that i* is his mtemioo to proceed
to Sai Thomas in the Mail Boat.

The following announce-
mentofa⁴⁴ Abrriage in High
, I dfe,” appears in the Demerara
R oy«7 Gazelle , ,^f di s 18th.
instant:—
⁴⁴ Marriage-At St. George’s
Church, Prince Toby, of the
Coromantic Nations, to Prin-
cess Louisa, GramP daughter
of the late King of the Owhy-
hee N ation_Communicated.
The Communicator, in this
instance does not appear to
be 1 ial fcommunit ati ve enongh,
h^ does not tell us whether
the happy couple retired to
partake ol an elegant dejeune
a lajourcheite, al which koos-
koos fooToo, and fun-fun,
were provided in the utmost
abundance, or whether they
stole awaj to the Courantyne
to enjoy Otium enm dignitate
during the blissful honey
moon.— West Indian,



2.

THE NEVIS POST.

THE MARRIAGE BILL
AND
ITS OPERATION.


Our readers will find in our pa-
per of today a valuable document is-
sued by the Registrar of the dio„
cese of Exeter on the subject of the
new marriage law. It is a paper
drawn up with such great segacity
and talent, and at the same time,
with so much moderation and tem-
per, that we hope it will have its
due effect in exposing and defeating
the many frauds which are attempt-
ed in large towns, to hue incautious
persons into the contracting of what
is audaciously called a marriage
contract, in some of the lower con-
venticles which have been recent-
ly appropriated and set apart by a
certain class of sectaries of the most
vulgar description. Not, indeed,
that we are afraid that women, even
tolerably educated, and of decent
family feeling’s, will ba caught in
the snare of that discreditable act.
but there is a lower class of females
jnaid-servants, and country girls,
who to be guarded against the insi-
duousness which lurks under this
pew law. As to the superintending
officer, and the protection supposed
to be afforded by such a person,
his presence is a mere joke : then
as ths Dissenting Minister, his duty
in this affair not being recognized
by the legislature, does nt^U amount
to any thing wlndr affords the sha-
dow of a guard ; the first hedge
beggar might as well be called in
from the streets or lanes. Our at-
tention being called to this subject
we will venture to say that we write
with a deep and earnest solic'tude
for the chastity and well-being of
young Englishwomen of all descrip-
tions, and whilst we feel how much
the honor and dignity of womanhood
especially in the unmarried state,
are wounded by this mischevious
act, we cannot help raising our
warning voice to put all females up-
on their guard against the danger
they run, by yielding to th? facili-
ties which maybe afforded of form-
ing a loose and capricious union un-
der this lew in some wretched ho-
vel, and licensed (or as the case will
probably be in many instances,) un-
licensed marriage booth.
In holding forth this act to that
popular derision arid scorn to which
jt. is fast hastening amongst the mid-
»nd more orderly classes of soci-

ety, we have frequently spoken of
the registrar of these marriages being
the relieving officer of the district;
— and it was evidently the intention
of the framei s of this statute that the
duties af these officers should be u-
nited. We have heard a little of
the character of some of these re-
lieving officers, and from the state-
ments made as to their previous oc-
cupation, their habits of life, and
station in society, we have no hesi-
tation in saying, that this class of
persons, as at present constituted,
is not fit to be entrusted with the

solemn, the important, the delicate
duty of acting as the official autho-
rity in whose presence marriage is to
be solemnized. Can it be expected
that the decent, and orderly, and
chaste solemnity of the marriage ser-
vice will always be preserved, when
the relieving officer, or even his de-
puty, is toiact as the notary, and to
be-ihe chiuf agent at the marriage
ceremony? And when it is consi-
dered w has a re the habits of the low-
er order of dissenting teachers, we
must confess that we tremble at the
consequences »f countenancing their
presence even as strangers at these
wild and irregular ceremonies, and
of permitting them to be called upon
to pronounce a marriage blessing,
and to utter a marriage prayer.
Could anything be imagined more
disgusting than unholy and unchaste
thoughts ■ hr the”tHTTgu»ge of
religion? And will the extempore
prayers and effusions of a ranter’s
marriage be any thing, on such occa-
sions, but the vilest ribaldry? The
union between that sort of enthusi-
asm and sensuality is far closer than
thewoild imagines. If the present
law is to become a permanent part
of the marriage c»de of the country,
which we trust for the sake of de-
cency and rational morals it will not
become,__every meeting-house will
have its own rules (and we find jt is
hastening fast to inis point), and
every dissenting teacher his own

form of marriage. Sur ly it is easy
to foresee that the result can only be
this,— that the multiplicatiou of re_

ligious ceremonies will soon become
so great an evil, that persons will be
glad to be united by no other form of
Words than those which declare their
assent, and if ever the custom should
be extensively established of celebrat-
ing maiiiage without religious cerertonv
matrimony will then be considered as
having nothing religious in its character,

I but as degraded into a simple contract
of a merely civil nature, which bein*
solemnized in the presence of witnesses,
.might in like manner be dissolved.
Next to the mischief of contracting
marriages in this loose manner, there
will no doubt soon be demanded as a
corrective of their bad consequences, a
coi responding iacility of divorce. When
women are taken as wives in a way
which would scarcely be thought for-
mal enough to Seta furnished first floor,
the next feeling would be to get rid of
them upon some as short and summary
notice to quit. >In all countries to which
manners have become in some degree

corrupted by the unequal condition
which wealth and luxury produed, the
first effect of this national cerrupfion
has alwas been a disposition to relax
the sanctity of the marriage union, and
to give encouriigement to sensuality and
the bad passions by the facility of di-
vorce. It was go in the time of the
Jews, just previous to Christianity; it
was so, also, ia the time of the Romans;
and still more conspicuously so in the
time of the infamous French Republic.
And here we cannot but point out to Ih®
attention of on readers a memorable and
eloquent passage from the Memoirs of Na-
poleon, by Sit Waller Scott, almost pre-
cjsely upon thesame subject:—“ Intimate-
ly connected with these laws affecting
religion, during the ferocious rule of the
French anarchists (says Sir Walter), was
that which reduced the union of marriage,
•—the most sacied engagmem which human
beingscan form, and the permanence of
which leads most strongly to the consolida-
socie?y tir^he 8t«nS or a mere⁻
civil contract. If fields had set themselves
to work to discover a mode of most effec-
tually destroying whatever js venerable,
graceful, or permanent in domestic 'life,
of obtaining at the same time an assurance
that the mischief which it was their object
to create should be perpetuated from one
generation to another, they could not have
invented a more effectual plan than the
degradation cf marriage into a state of
mere licensed concubinage. Sophia
Arnoult, an actress, famous for the witty
things she said, described the republican
marriage as ⁴ the saerament of adultery,”’
Ooes the New Marriage Act deserve a more
lenient appellation ?—Bell's Weekly Mes*
senger, October 1.


FRANCE.


Paris, October, 12.
We have as yet no intelligence from the
army of its having reached Constantine,
but rumour, with hs thousand tongues, is
as usual busy, and each tongue with a
different story, J he most recent report
is, that the city has been surprised and
taken by one of the Arab Cheifs opposed
io the Bey, during th^ absence of



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3.

letter at his camp; but this, though it
comes, or is said to have come from Bona,
obtains no more credit than one previously
put forth by the Messenger, to the effect
that the campaign was likely to be ended
without the striking of^ blow, by the
capitulation of the Bev,a. the sight only
of the French force before/Ois capital. If
either of these rumours prove true, I can
only say all Puris will be very agreeably
sui priced.
Don Carins continued his retreat before
the success!J army of the Queen, and
avoided an action only by the rapidity ef
his Hight. 3he most interesting part or
ttfe news refer to the state of Don Carlos’s
health, which by concurrent accounts is
so deplorable, that his immediate dissolu~
lion would be no matter of surprise* The
influence upon his mind of hi# laterepeated
defeats, added to the fatigues of his rapid
movements, appear to have broken a con-
stitution acied upon by the monkish auste-
roties of which be is the constant slave,-
B.s death might be the means of preserving
the lives of thousands by terminating this
nriserable st d most cruel war, as, in the
present disastrous sutc of thecauses, it is
not anticipated that his son would be
encouraged by the Absolutists, who have
hitherto supplied the funds for carrying on
the contest, to coniinne a game which
appears so hopelessly lose.
The dismissal of the Tui kish Miimter,
Perteff Pacha does not appear to have
occasioned the least surplice among the
diplomatic cildes in Paris, havinâ‚– been
long anticipated. The Prussian Embassy,
with its extensive corps of employers,regu-
lar and irregular, has made no seciet of
the feelings entertainied at Si. Peterburgh
on thr^sabiect of the triumph obtained
by England over what they call the weak-
ness of the Porte, by the appointment of
this Minister, and the disgrace of his pre
decessor, insisted upon by Lord Ponsonby,
in consequence of the affair of Mr. Church-
ill. It is said that the Imperial Cabinet
has not only been loud in its denunciation
of the conduct ef Engi-nd in this matter to
the Forte, hut made strong efforts to in-
duce the Courts of Vienna, Benin, and
Pari#, to concur in the Russian view of the
transaction. A note dispatched to the
three Gevernments is quoted, dated some
months back, in which the policy of per-
mitiing a single allied power to exercise
such a stretch of authority over an Indepen-
dent State, so as to insist upon the dis-
missal of a Chief Minister, is severely
questioned, and argued upon as a precedent
completely fatal ro all freedom of action
in any Government permitting such an
interference. After a detailed acc unt of
the origin of the transaction in whies Mr.
Churchill’s aceident in wounding the boy
js depicted in a light calculated to justify
the violent proceedings of the Turkish
rabble, and the conduct of the infeiioi
Magistrates towards that gentleman, the
note, as 1 am informed, went oa to de
acnLc the conduct of the English Ministry

on the occasion, as an act ^fioss unwar-
rantable depotism, committed'/ the strong
against .he weak, and concluded by call-
in* upon the respective Courts, to whom
the note was addressed, ta protect the
Porte against the further exhibition ofsuch
tyranny en the part of B itain I This is
pretty v»dl known fiom Russia, whose
encroachments in every part of the globe,
when encroachments is possible, are as
notorious as the neontide sun.
It would, however, appear from the
return of Akif Effendi to office, that the
Russian in rigue# have been successful
in replacing ihe object of so much solici-
tude ; theugh whether their representati-
ons, made to the three grest Continemal
Courts, were attended with success or not.
I am unable to say, except as to France,
with whom they found little favour, from
vaiious reasons ef policy. Akif Effendi
was always highly favourable to the Rus-
sian alliance : and assuredly the warm ef-
forts made hy the Court of Nicholas to
reinstate him in office, will not. lesson his
attachment towards it.
One passage in the Russian note, above
alluded to, fs mentioned as having made
some impression, it was, in substano , a
species of vagumentum a® hominem, an
inquiry as to what would be the reply of
England, or France, or Austria, should
any foreign power presume lodeman > the
dismissal of their Minister of State far Fo-
reign Affair#, under similar circumstances.
It is stated from Constantinople, I observe
that the newly reinstated Minister is now
remarkably courteous towards Enghsmen
—the t me tor showing his real feeling#
has o piously not yet come ; when it does
—nous virrens I
Noiwithaianding the near approach of the
uw r-xd of th e P r fa cessM*r.y, w h fa h m i g h t
be expected to ooccasioo ssmehttie stir, a>.
least among the Court gossipers, and the
coming elections. Paris coutiniies tranquil
almost to dulness. The lengthy tirades of
the press, in favour of certain doctrines
of policy and against others, appear to in
tere#t no human being save the writers.
In the mean time the weather continues
beautiful ; the harvest has been abundant 1
the vineyards, which had suffered so little
by the sudden advance of wintry nights a.
beut a month ago, are again full of pro-
mise ; and, to crown all, commerce is
flourishing. Oa these terms even a
Frenchman may endures little tranquility
without much repining.

COURT CIRCULAR.
The design for the new Great Seal,
which has been approved of by Her Ma-
jesty in Council, has on the obverse an
equestrian statue of the Queen, attended
by a page, and has the fallowing
inscription round the border—“ Vic.
toria, Dei Giatia Britanniarum Regina,
Fidei Defensor.” On the reverie, the
Queen is seated on the throne in her Roy-
al Robes, and wearing the Crown ; in
her right hand is the sceptre, and in her ‘


left is the orb. Her Majesty is supported
by two female figures. Religion on one
side, and Justice on the other ; above is a
Gothic canopy, and at the bottom is a
shield of she Royal arms surmounted by
the imperial crown. An embossed border
of oak leaves and roses encircles the whole.
The design is by Mr. B. Wyon chief en-
graver of her Majesty’s Seals.

“school" BAZAAR. "

inhabitants of Nevis are
respectfully informed that a
Wesleyan School Bazaar
will he held in Charles-town, at the
residence of G. H. Lans, Esq. oq
the 22nd and 23rd instant, when
ribus kinds of useful and fancy arti-
cles will be exposed for Sale, the pro-
ceeds of which will be applied to
the support of the various School#
in the Island.
The hours of Sal* will be from
10 a. M. till 4 p. m. each day.



as


Charlestown :
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1837.

A meeting of the Legislature took
place oh Thursday last according to
appointment.
The wtit for the election of *
member for the Parish of St. John shew-
ed that the Hon. (reorgt Webbe was
duly returned, and that Gentleman
having taken the Oath, and subscribed
lite declaration, duly teok L s seat.
The minutes of the last day ’s proceed-
ings were read, and also divers Circular#
irons His Excellency Governor Cole-
dr oke. File Elective Fra chise Bill
having been read a second time at the
last meeting, was then forwarded io the
Board of Council.
Mr. Davoren, according to the order
of the day, moved the third reading of
the Smail Debt Bid,
Mr. Webbe addressed the Reuse on ,
the subject of tlvs bill—he pointed ent
that the Bill was susceptible of two or
three alterations ; the emoluments en-
joyed by the Officers of the Court, un-
der the former Bill, was absolutely at
the very lowest degree, which respect
far themselves ceuld allow them to re-
ceive, and expressed his surprise that
the Hon. House should have gone into
the subject in the absence of two of th*
officers of the Court, from whom the
House would have obtained all uecessa*
ry information.
Mr. Davoren then withdraw his mo-
tion.
Mr. L. Nicholson wished to know
before the motion was withdrawn wheth'f



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4.

the Chief Justice merely objected to the
fees of the Court, contained in the Bill.
The hon. gentleman explained that
he alluded as well to other matters.
The Bill was then ordered to stand
for the 1st order of the day at the next
meeting.
The Marriage bill was put to the 3rd
reading.—Mr. Webbe proposed an a-
mendment ta the last clause confirming
Marriages previously solemnized by
AVesleyan Missionaries, and giving to
the parties so married, and their issue,
the enjoyment of all civil rights as if
they had been married by Ministers of
the Established Church.
Mr. Davoren opposed the motion—he
thought the Bill should be limitted to
future marriages—he did not thi k that
marriages which had been solemnized
nine years ago should new be rendered
legal—the missiona’ies were not autho-
rised to solemnize marriage, and he
thought that a public officer should ab.
stain from performing a duty until he was
authorized by law to do so : it would
be hard to declare by enactment that
marriages performed nine years ago
should now be made valid when the law
was passed in 1828 prohibiting all hut
Clergymen fropi solemnizing marriages
between slaves; then was the time .that
the marriages which had been previously
solemnized by Dissenters should have
been made legal—he -egarded the amende
inent propus d by the bon. member as a
rewai d for crime—he regarded the
children of the previous marriages as
having been born out of wedlock,
and therefore could be deprived of
jio rights.
Mr. P. Huggins agieed with the
Honorable gentleman who proposed
that the.former marriage should he
rendered valid—and he thought
that the question might be settled
in a very few words—for he would
say ; let those past marriages be
considered valid, where the parties
stiii continue to live together, but
not in those instances where the par-
ties had separated.
Mr. Pemberton rose and address-
ed the house at some length on the
subject__he entered fully into all
the merits of the case and perfectly
coincided with the honorable and
learned proposer of the amendment
he observed, that when the par”
ties entered into the contract of mar-
riage, it must be presumed that they
intended to act honestly, it would
therefore be unfair to argue that the
parties did not consider themselves
properly married______he considered
that all the parties married by the
Missionaries were legally .-nd pro*
peily married; and he considered

^at the legislature would do an act
of great injustice if they sanctioned
the marriages of those persons who
had availed themselves of the doubts
which had subsequently arisen with
respect .to the former marriages per-
formed by Missionaries, and had
separated from I heir wives for the
immoral purpose of entering into a*
nother state of union___be thought
that those persons should not be al-
lowed to profit by their duMicP.y—
he argued that it was absolutely ne-
cessary that the important question
of the foa mer marriages should be
determined in .this BJi, and not left
to remain in doubt and i:r,c- rtainiy,
as .it was understood to have been
suggested at the last meeting- he
then read extracts from the letter
from the Missionary buciety io Lord
Glenelg on the subject, and proved
that Lord Glenelg was fully pos-
sessed of the fact of double marriages
when he addressed his Circular on
the subject of marriage to the Le„
gislature, a circumstance which was.
doubted and denied by honorable
gentlemen at the last meeting, lie
shewed that no fewer than 260
marriages had been solemnized by
Missionaries in less than half of the
Island previous to the year 1828
when missionaries ceased to solem-
nize marriages inconsequence of a
legislative enactment, and be con-
cluded by calling the attention of
the house to the circumstance, that
marriages performed by Ministers i
of the Established Church previous [
to 1328 would have, conferred up
greater benefit on the parties than
if the same had been solemnized by
missionaries, and he moved ai an
amendment that an additional clause
be inserted, which w.as to the same
purpose as the amendment which
had been proposed by Mr. Webbe.
Mr. L. Nicholson, would not
oppose the additional clause, but he
certainly would not consent to any
measure which would put another
religious denomination on a better
footing than his own Church, he
would support the established
Church in piefeience to any other
religions denomination.
Mr. Webbe again lose, and said
thet he had hoped to spare the
house die infliction of explanations
of points of law____be then clearly
described the legal condition of the
persons who had been married by
the m’ssionailes- he called to Jie
recollection of the honorable haute,

that in point of fact, the .Clergy of
the Established Church, did not
marry slaves at the time now in
qmstioi!, when Missionaries saw no
guilds to object to do so. He
thm\ shewed, that if the marriages
bet ^en slave > had been solemnized
by the Bench of Bishops, yet no
greater benefits or civil rights would
have been conferred, .on the partis in
fact that they were not capable of civil
rights at all^he explained that th@
mai riages which had been previously
petfoi med by the Missionaues were
not illegal, but only ii . ^n.ar—he went
back to Hie institution of marriage, and
referred to the lime v> ben marriages were
only governed by the common law
of I ngland. The Ecclesiastical
Courts never dared to assert that
mamiages performed by any other
than the ministers of the established
.Church were illegal—the present
manner of solemnizing marriages be-
came requisite in 1754 and not before—.
he concluded by entreating the house to
consider the .unhappy circumstances in
which so many parents and children
would be placed if they refused to ren-
der valid the former marriages.
Mr. Esdaile objected to the amend,
meat, he thought that the law of Eng-
land lately passed did not render the
previous marriages valid which were
solemnized in England______Be thought
that the next law proposed in thi^i
house would go to render .all children
legitimate which were born in any con-
diiicm. - ■ —'
Mr. Davoren then rose and acknow-
Bdged that he bad learnt much today
from what had fallen.fium the hon. and
learned Chief Justice, arid declared that
he would now be able to v»te differently
on this subject from the manner in which
he had previously intended to vote.
Mr. Pemberton rose again and request-
ed to withdraw his amendment, us the
learned Chief Justice’s was fully to the
same purpose.
Dr. Mills then required the Chief
Justices amendment to lie read ayain,
and it was accordingly read and agreed
to by the house,
Mr. VI abbe preposed that the fee for
licensing chapels should be reduced from
£10 to £6 currency.
' Mr, I . NJiolsun oppored the same,
rhe amendment was put and lost by
the Speaker’s casting cte.
The Bill having been finally agreed to
bv the house—a message was forward*
ed to the Conncil requiting a select con-
ference on the alteration in the Bill.
'fire Council in reply required a ge-
ne al conference on the subject.
Mr. Davoren having been appointed
to frame the Bills in the absence of the
Chief Justice undered his resignation
at the return ol that gentleman.
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Cktk of the house be allowed an -addi-
tional salary of £50 p»r anourn fur at
tending-on Commit tees—Tthis mothw was
understood to be opposed by Mr. L.
Nicholson, Dr. Mills, Mr. Josiah Ni-
cholson, Mr. P. Huggins, and M>“
Cottie and it was agreed that the put lie
resources were to® much depressed to
admit of any further burlhen as the pub
lie officers still bad a large demand fur
their salary of 1836, and there was no
probability of the same being liquidated,
and moreover, that a clerk of commit-
tee was a new office which was entirely
unnecessary, as it was generally under-
stood that 'Committees never transact-
ed business, but were only useful fur the
purpose of getting rid of the subjects,
which were submit ted to them.
Mr. Webbe stated that the clerk of
committee would be a new office, but
nevertheless, it would be desirable and
necessary to cna’e the office if the
committees really transacted business;
but speaking from past experience, he
would regard it as a phenomenon if they
did,.
Mr. Davoren in reply, spoke of in-
troducing a new Tax Bill for the pur-
pose of raising money to pay off the
public officers, and declared that a
clerk was absolutely necesssary to the
.Committees which really had doae.mueh
busineasdately, -o that they may truly be
said to have.exl.il ilted die phoenotnenon
alluded to.
After the subject had been further
discussed, the motion for additional salary
to be allowed to the tick was put and lost.
Du. Mi.Is moved -tUq the public w-
counts should be adverted for immedi-
ately after the 1st day of January next
ensuing.
The hour® went into a general confer-
ence with the Board on the subject of the
Marriage Bill.
The bouse having resumed, Mr. Dayo-
ren observed that the Vagrant Bill had
repeatedly been postponed on the evenings
of previous meetings, which was merely
owing to the late attendance of members—
be therefore pressed that all the business
of the day should be gone through before
the house adjourned, which would be
the only means of enforcing the early at-
tendance of members, he therefore moved
that the house should go into committee
of the whole house on the Vagrant Bill.
Mr. Josiah Nicholson moved in amend-
ment that the house do now adjourn.
Mr. Nicholsons motion having been
lost, the house resolved itself into Com-
mittee accordingly, and Mr. Josiah Ni-
cholson was chosen chairman.
After the first elans® ofth? vagrant bill
was read, Mr. Ensile moved that the
chairman do report progtess and leave
the f bair
-Mr. L. Nidiots-sn or psed the motion.
Tin motion vus lost on the division.

Afier the.reading of the second clause,
Mr. Speaker stated that, an bon. member
was ill—whereupon Mr. Webbe moved fur
the chairman to leave the chair, and that
the house should resume.
The house then adjourned on considor-
tion only of the sickness of the member’

In the absence of any Euro-
pean or Colonial intelligence
we take this opportunity of
directing the attention of our
readers to a subject of I he ut-
most importance^—It is our
intention to offer .a few re-
marks on the advantages
which result from the estab-
lishment of a free and inde-
pendand Press in a Communi-
ty, and we trust that these ob-
servations will have the effect
of convincing each of our
readers, of the absolute ne-
cessity which exists, for him
as a member of our Commu-
nity in which a Press is estab-
lished, to contribute accord-
ing to his means to it’s sup-
port.-—Our remarks will be
made in a calm and dispassi-
onate manner ; wg are not in-
clined to arouse any of those
feelings which we have re-
cently seen called into exer-.
cise.-—Our object is purely to
endeavour as distinctly as pos-
sible to point out to our read-
ers, the imperative duty im-
posed upon them as members
o f th i s Com m u n ity, to co n„
tribute all within their power
to the support of our estab-
lishment.
The subject of the Press
has so often employed the pen
of the ablest writers, that we
condeiveit unnecessary to en-
ter at length into it.—f‘It is
well known that a public press
independant and free, is one
of the greatest blessings a
people can er^oy”—it ope-

rates as a check upon the ar-
bitrary measures of those who
are placed m authority—it is
the safeguard ol the rights of
the people—-It is what the ce-
lebrated junil’s calls “ the
palladium of all civil and re.
ligous rights of freemen.”
Its sphere of influence is not
contracted, and it’s power is
felt by all.—In whatever
country this engine has been
established, the advantages
resulting from it’s operation,
have been felt. It is altogether
unnecessary for us to com-
ment upon this subject, none
we are of opin ion will attempt
to deny what we have advanc-
ed.
If therefore it be admitted
that the establishment of a
public newspaper in this Is-
land, would.be attended with
any salutary effect; does it
not follow that every individu-
al, who would derive any ad"
Vantage from it’s establish-
ment, should contribute alt
within his power to its sup^
port ? this however has not
been done, we have not re-
ceived. that encouragement
here which we anticipated.—
The number of our subscrib-
ers is far from being nume-
rous.— And why is it so ? we
are of opinion that something
like a public spirit among the
inhabitants of this Island, is
wanting, they have been too
long without a press among
them, for them justly to ap- ,
predate it’s value.—We hope
soon however, to see them
shake off lethargy and come
forward and contribute libe-
rally towards the support of
our establishment.
CcnUaued w first page.



6.

THE NEVIS POST.

KORY O’MOOO: A RO-
MANCE.

Samuel Lover, Esq.
The spirit of this pleasant
work i& essentially humorous.
It contains sad as well as live-
ly scenes—sentimental, as well
as' droll illustrations—but the
latter, in both cases, bear away
th® bell. In Rory O’Moore,’
the schemes of Hoche, and
Tone anol Madgett, furnish the
errand upo.n which young De
Lacy visits the Emerald Isle
to communicafe with the ” U-
nited Irishmen.*” He meets
with the trusty, warmhearted,
cunnin,«• hero of the' book, on
a stage coach—and, having
stood bis friend in a tongue
battle with a purseproud and
insolent fellow-traveller is
assisted, in a shower, ⁴⁴ by
the loan of a gridiron ” to sit
upon ! Let Rory tell how,
& wherefore he came oy it :—
“ ‘Why, thin, I’ll tell
you,’ said Rorey. H promis-
ed my mother to bring a pre-
sent to the priest of from
Dublin, and I could not make
up my mind rightly what to
get all the time I was there.
1 thought of a pair o’ top„
boots ; for indeed, his rever-
ence’s is none of the best, &
only you know them to be
top-boots, you would not take
them to be top~boots, bekase
the bottoms has put in so
often that the tops is worn
out inti rely, and is no more
like top-boots, than my bro-
gues. So I waint to a shop
in Dublin, and picked out
the purtiest pair o’ top-boots
I could see ; when I say purty,
I don’t man® a flourishin’


taarin’ pair, but sitch as was
fit for a priest, a respectable
pair o’ boots ; and with that,
I pulled out my good money
to pay for thim; whirs jist at
that minit, remembering the
ticks o’ the town, I be-
thought o’ myself, and says
I , ⁴ I suppose these are the
right thing ?’ says I to the
man—⁴ You can try them ?'
says I.—⁴ Pull them on you,’
says he.—⁴ Throth, an’l’d be
sorry,’ says I,—⁴ Why, ar’nt
you going to’wear them ? says
he.—⁴ Is it me ? says 1, ‘Me
ware top-boots ? Do you
think it’stakin’ leave of mv
sinsis 1 am ?’ says 1 -—⁶ Then
what do you want to buy them
for ?’ says he.—⁴ For his re-
verence Father Kinshela/
says 1. ⁴ Are they the right
sort for him?’—⁴ How should
J know his size V says he.—
‘ Oh, don’t be comm’ off that
wav,’ say⁸ I* *⁴ There’s no
sitch grea? difference between
priests anti lierTnailT!*
⁴⁴ 1 think you were very
right there,’ said the’ travel-
ler.
⁴⁴ ⁴ To be sure, sir. said
Rory ; ‘and it was only jist a
come off fo his own ignorance/
—⁴ Tell me his size/ says the
fellow, and 1’11 fit him,’—
⁴ He’s betune five and six fut,’
says 1 •—⁴ Most men are/ says
he, laughin? at me. He wa&
an impidint fellow____⁴ It’s not
the five, or six, but his two
feet 1 want to know the size
of/ says he. So 1 persaived
he was jeerin me, and says 1,
⁴ Why, thin, you respectful
vagabone o⁴ the vvorld, you
Dublin Jockeen ! do you
mane to insinivate that Father

Kinshela ever went barefutted
in his life, and with that I
could know the size of his lut/
says I ;⁴gand with that J threw
the boots in his face. ⁴ Take'
that,⁴ says 1, ⁴ you dirty thief
o⁴ the world I you impidint
vagabone of the world I you
citizen o⁴ the world !, And
with that 1 left the place,
* * *
⁴⁴ ⁴ It is their usual prac-
tice,⁴ said the traveller, tor
take measure of their custom
mers.
“ ⁴ Is it, thin
⁴⁴ ⁴ 1t really is/
⁴⁴ ⁴ See that now / said
hory, with an air of triumph
—‘ You would think that they
wor cleverer in the town than
m the counthry ; and they
ought to be so, by all accounts;
—hut in the regard of what 1
towld you,, you see we‘re be-*
before them intirelyd
⁴⁴ How so ?⁴’ said travel-
ler.
Arrah kbekase they never
troubled people in the counw
thry at all with takird their
measure; but you jist go to
a fair, and bring your fut a-
long with you, and somebody
else dhrives n cartful o⁴ bao-
goes into the place, and there
sarve yourself; and. so the
man gets- his money and you
gets your shoes, and every;
one’s plazed/ * *
⁴⁴ ⁴ But what I mane
where did 1 leave off tellin*
you about the present for the
priest ? wasn’t it at the boot- ¹
maker⁴s shop ?—yes that was
it. Well, sir, on lavino the
shop, as soon as I kem to my-
self, alther the fellow's im-
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was responsible, it would have
a great deal to answer for*—
and he laughed a power. 1
didn't know myself what be
meant, but that's what he
said.⁴
⁴⁴ ⁴ It was because you ask-
ed for a responsible stick,’
said the traveller.
⁴⁴ ⁴ And wouldn⁴nt 1 ,⁴ said
Rory,⁴ when it was for his
reverence 1 wanted it ? Why
wouldn't he have a nice look⁴
in,⁴ respectable, stick ?'
⁴⁴ ⁴ Certainly, said the tra-
veller.
⁴⁴ ⁴ Well I picked out one
that looked to likin—a good
substantial stick, with an ivo-
ry to it—-for 1 seen that the
gooTd-headed ones was so dear
1 could⁴nt come up to them ;
and so says 1, ⁴ Give me a
howld o'that,⁴ says 1—and 1
tuk a grip iv it. 1 never was
so surprised in my life.
1 thought to get a good
brave handful of a solid- stick,
but. my dear, it was well
it didn't Uy out o‘ my
hand a⁴most it was so light.
Phew Is says 1, ⁴ what sort
of a stick is this ?' '1 tell you
it⁴s not a stick, but a cane,⁴
says he, ⁴ Faith ? 1 believe
you,⁴ says 1. ⁴You see how
oood & lioht^as if there could
be any good in life in a stick
that wasn't heavy, and could
sthrect a good blow’. ⁴ls it
jokin' you are ?⁴ says 1 —
' Dont you feel it yourself ?‘
⁴ says he.^Thyoth 1 can harcL
⁴ ly feel it at all, says 1.
⁴ Sure that⁴ the beauty of it,⁴
says he. ⁴ Ihink ⁴o the ig-
norant vagabond !„~to call a
stick a beauty that was as light
a⁴most as a bulrush ! ⁴ And
sb you can hardly feel it F ’

what was the next best tiling
1 could get for his reverence ;
and with that, while 1 was
thinkin⁴ about it, 1 see a very
respectable old gintieman
2'oin⁴ bv, with the most beau-
tiful stick in his hand 1 ever
set my eyes on, and a goolden
head to it that was worth its
weight in gold ; and it gev
him such an ilinent look alto-
o
gether, that says 1 to myself,
¹ 1 t's the very thing for Father
Kinshela , if 1 could get sitch
another., And so 1 wint
by, and at last, in a sthreet
they called Dame Sthreet—
and by the same to-ken, 1
didn't know why they called
it Dame Sthreet till 1 ax'd ;
and was told they called it
Dame Sthreet bekase ihe la-
dies were so fond o' walkin⁴
there ;_and lovely craythurs
they wor ’ and 1 can't believe
that the town is such an un-
wholesome place to live in, for
most o⁴ the ladies 1 seen there
had the most beautifuf rosy
cheeks I ever clapt my eyes
upon—and the beautiful row"
ling⁴ eyes o⁴ them ! ^eU, it
was in Dame Sthreet, as 1
was say in⁴, that I kem to a
shop where there was a power
o' stick⁴s, and so Z wint in
:and looked at tbim; and a
man in the place kem to me
and ax'd me if / wanted a cane?
tfNo,⁴ says Z, ⁴I don⁴t want a
cane ; it⁴s stick 1 want,⁴ says
7. ⁴ A cane you manef says
he. ⁴ No,⁴ says I, ⁶ it⁴s stick⁵
r—for I was determined to
have no cane⁵ but to stick to
the stick__⁴ Here's a nate one,
savs he. ⁴ 7 don't want znate
one.⁴ says Z, ⁴ but a responsible
one,⁴ says L ⁴ Faith !⁴ says
â–  if an Zrishmai/s stick

says he, grinning.⁴ ⁴Yis in~
deed,⁴ says 1 ; 'and what's
worse, 1 don't think 1 could
make any one else feel it eL
th er.⁴ ' Oh 1 you want a
stick to bate people with F
says he. 'To be sure,⁴ says
1 ; ‘sure that's the use of a
stick.⁴_⁴To knock the sinsis
out o⁴ people F says he grin-
nin⁴ again. 'Sartinly,' says
1, 'if they're saucy⁴—looking⁴
hard at him at the same time.
⁴ Well, these is only walkin-
sticks,⁴ says he. 'Throth,
you maj say ri^m^-sticks,
says 1, 'for you dare'nt stand
before any one with sich a
thraneen as that in your fist.⁴
⁴ Well, pick out the heaviest
o⁴ them you plaze,⁴ says
he ; take your choice., So Z
wint pokin' and rummagin,
among thim, and, if you be"
Heve me, there wasn't a stick
in the whole shop worth kick
in the shins^devil a one ?'
⁴⁴ ⁴ But why did you require
such a heavy stick for the
priest ?'
•'⁴ Bekase there is not a
man in the parish wants it
more,⁴ said Rory.
⁴⁴ ⁴ Is he so quarrelsome,
then ? said the traveller.
⁴⁴ ‘No, but the greatest o⁴
⁷ . -
pacemakers,⁴ said Rory.
⁴⁴ ' Then what does he want
the heavy stick for ?'
⁴⁴ ⁴ For wallopin, his flock,
to be sure,⁴ said Rory.
⁴⁴ ⁴ Walloping !’ said the
traveller, choaking with laugh-
ter.
⁴⁴ ⁴ Oh ’ you may laugh t,⁴
said Rory,⁴ but ⁴ pon my sowl!
you wouldn't lagub ifyou wor
under his hand, for he has a
brave heavy one, God bless
him and spare him tons F





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POETS’ CORNER*

On the Death of a beloved child.

The child is dead which was beloved
By those who knew it’s worth ;
Beneath the hand of death she bowed
Her head down hi the dust..

The child is dead nor can it’s friends
Restrain the starting tear ;
When mem’ry to the grave decends,
And fancy Lizzy’s there.

O weak, weak mortals weep not so,
Take comfort and subside
The grief that fills our h arts with woe;
Aad knows that Chris’, hath died.

The son of two revolving' years
And few months, scaracsly past
Yet she must leave you, and the cares
Of life i and breathe her last.

Tho’ hut an infant, yet she’d Jov«
To hear of Jesu’s way ;
Her knees in innocence she’d bow⁷.
In humble prayer and praise.

To hsar her little infant tongue.
Lisping the saviour’s name ;
Dear Jesus, suffer me to come
To heaven ; with the to reign.


And now she’s gone ! the dark, dark grave
Conceals her from thy view ;
No more the joys which once she gave,
Must now encircle you.

Tho’ dead on enrtb,inheaven she lives
With God and holy Saints
Her life, her sufferings and ker death
Must hush our sad c®mplaints.
M. A.


“ ‘And what is all this pallbping f< r?
“ ‘Why, sir whin we have a bit ®f a
fight, for fun, nr the regular faction one,
at the fair, his reverence sometimes hears
of it and comes av course.’
“ ‘Good God 1’ said the traveller in real
astonishment, ‘ does the priest join she
battie ?’
“ ‘ No, no, no, sir ! I see you’re
quite a sthranger in the counthry. The
priest join it 1 — Oh 1’ by no manes. B it
he come» and stops it ; and av coorse,
wallops thim all around before him, and
disperse thim—scatter thim like chaff be
fore the wind ; and its the best ©’sticks he
requires for that same.’
“ ‘But might he not have his heavy
stick on purpose for that purpose, and
make use of a lighter one on other occasi-
ens?’
“ ‘As for that matther,sir’ , said Rory,
there’s knowin’ the minit he might want
it, for he is often necessiale I to have re-
course to it. It might be, going through
the village, the public-house is too full
and in he goes a»d dhrives them out. Oh!
dt would delight your heart to seethe style

he clears a public house in, in no time
“ ‘But wouldn’t his speaking to them
answer the purpose as well ?’
“ ⁴ Ob no ! he doesn’t like to throw [
away his discoorse on thim ; and why '
hould he ?—he keeps that for the blessed i
ahhar on Sunday, which is a fitter place
for it ; besides he does not like to be se-
vare oh us.?
“ ‘ Severe !’ said the traveller in sur-

’prise, ‘ why hasn’t you said that he thrash-
es von round on all occasion* ?
“ ‘ Yis, sir ; but what ®’ that ?—sure
that’ nothin’ to his tongue — his word*; is
like swoords or razhnrs, I may say , we’re
use to a Irek of a stick every day,, but not-
to sich language as his reverence sometimes
’furthers us with whin we displeaze him.
Obit’s terrible, so it is to have the weight
of his tongue on you 1 Throth ! I’d rather
let him hate me from this till to-morrow,
than have one angry word with him.’
“‘ I see, then, he must have a heavy
stick said the traveller.

“‘To be sure he must, sir, at all
time;; and that was the raison I was so
particular in the shop ; and afiher spendin’
over an beer—would you b’lieveit ?—divil
a stick I co.uld get in the place for a child,
inc’ch less a man.
“ f But about the gridiron ;
“ ‘ Sure I’m idlin’ you about it,r said
Rory; ‘ wnly I’m f.oi come to it yet. Yau
see,’ coix'dnned he, 1 was so disgusted with
them shopkeepers in Dublin, that my
heart was fairly broke with their ignorance,
and 1 seen they knew nothin’ at all about
what t wanted, ^od so I came away with-
out any thin’ for his reverence, though it
was on my mind ail this day on the road ;
and cornin’ ihrooghYKe hTST Towt in tb»»
middle a’ the ruin, I though¹ of a gridiron.’
“ ‘ A very natural thing to ti?mk of in a
shower ofrain,’ said the traveller.

“‘No ’t wasn’t the rain made mt? think
of it—I think it was God put a gridiron io
my heart, sc-eio’ that'it was a present for
•he priest I intended ; and when i thought
ofit, it came into my head, afiher, that it
would be a fine thing to sit on, fur to keep
one out of the rain, that was minaiin’ mv
cordheroys on the tod o’ the coach ; so I
kept my eves out as we dhrove along, up
the street, and sure enough what should
I see at a shop half way down the town
bu» a gridiron hanging up at the door ! and
so I went hark to get it.’

“ ‘But isn’t a gridiron and odd presen' ?
—hasn’t his reverence one already ?’
“ ‘ He had, sir, before it was b>uk,—
but that’s what I remember’d, for I hap-
pened to he at his phee one day, siltin’
in the kitchen, when Molly was brillin’


some mate on it fi.r his reverence • and
when she just turned about to get a pinch
o’ salt to shake ovar it, the dog that was
in the place made a dart at the gridiron on
the fire, and threw it, down, an^ up he
whips the mate, before one of us could
stop him. With that Molly whips op the
gridiron* and says she, “ bad lock to you,
you disrespectful 6a»te! would noihiff*


serve yon but the priest’s dinner ?*’ and
she n ade a crack o’ the gridiron at him.
“As you have the mate, yon shall have
the gridiron too/’ says she; and with that
she gave him such a rap on ihe head with
i’. tbs? the bar# flew out of it,- and his
head wem through it, and twav he pulled
it out of her hands, and ran aiff- with th©
gridiron haugm** round his neck like a
necklace—and be went mad a’most with
it; for though a kettle to a dog's tail is
fiMh’ral, a gridiron round his'msck is very
surprisin' 'o hire? andaway be tauhered
over the country, till there wasn’t a last®
o’ the gridiron felt together.’’ r


“What a charming bou-
quet,” said a fascinating ladyᵣ
in Presence of the facetious B
-----n, who was holding a
nosegay of exotics. “ 1 aL
most adore flowers, my senses
become intoxicated with their
odour.” “ La, Aladam,” said
B., “ you don’t mean to say
you ever got drunk, on a
scent L’—(cent.

YELLOW FLINT CORN.
OW Landing from on board the
1 Smop , Fionrisam’ from Basseteer
Guadeloupe, N' for Sale hy the Subscriber.
GOO Bushels of te above,
fur CASH at 10s. Bushel.
G. UHLANS-

£|UST received per Schoo
net CLYDE, Flint, Master, vis
Antigua, Yellow CORN, FLOUR MEALv
in barrekj OATS in puncheons, Irish
BUTTER (Superior), CANDLES 10s.
and POTATOES in barrels.
JOHN L. ROBINS,.
Nov. 21, 1837.


^he subscribers have just
received per Schooner ‘ Mary’ from
London
Brown Stout in Hogsheads—Bottled do.
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Ale in do. do.—Brandy, Gin, Madeira,
and Fort Wine, Flour, Rice, Coffee,
Pepper, Sago and Patent Barley, S ap in
24, 36, & 1121b Boxes, Loaf Sugar,
ALSO
An assortment of Ladies and Girls
Boots and Shoes, Mens, Youths, and boys
do.do.do.
And on hand,
Old Port and Sherry Wine in bottle,
Beef, Pork, Ox Tongues, Rounds Beef#
Osts in puncheons, &c. &c. &c.
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