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Washington Irving’s Contributions to the Corrector

Washington Irving’s Contributions to the Corrector

INTRODUCTION AND ATTRIBUTION BY Martin Roth
Copyright Date: 1968
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 144
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    Washington Irving’s Contributions to the Corrector
    Book Description:

    This volume makes available, for the first time in collected form, a series of sketches by Washington Irving which were published anonymously in a political newspaper, The Corrector, in 1804. The Corrector, a short-lived political sheet, was published in New York City by Washington Irving’s brother Peter Irving. While it has been assumed that Washington Irving contributed to the periodical, the present collection represents the first attempt to identify his contributions. The collection contains forty-five pieces by Washington Irving. In addition, Professor Roth provides a literary and historical background in a lengthy introduction, as well as annotations for each selection, giving the documentary evidence on which the attribution of authorship is based. Washington Irving’s sketches for The Corrector were written as campaign literature for Aaron Burr in the New York gubernatorial election of 1804. As Professor Roth points out, they are filled with low and indecent abuse, and they contradict accepted notions of Irving’s literary character. The view of Irving from the nineteenth century onward has been that of a gentle, genial, and dignified personality, and his excursions in low invective or slapstick have generally been dismissed as accidents or exceptions to his read nature. The editor places this body of Irving’s work in the perspective of traditional invective and traces its relationship to other comic and satiric writing of the eighteenth century.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6432-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[vi])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [vii]-2)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 3-42)

    That Washington Irving contributed a number of comic sketches to a political newspaper,The Corrector,in 1804, has been known for some time.¹ There has been no previous attempt to identify them, and that is of course curious, since these forty-five pieces constitute Irving’s second work. They fall within Irving’s period of burlesque comedy, the period that culminated inA History of New York,and under the stimulus of current concerns, particularly the renewed interest in non-satirical modes of comedy, this period is beginning to receive some of the attention it deserves. Irving’s comic writing is uneven in these pieces,...

  4. 1. “IT WOULD MAKE A PRETTY REGISTER . . .”
    (pp. 43-44)

    It would make a pretty register to run over the list of meetings, by whom Morgan Lewis has been nominated — to examine the pretensions, &c. of those who took the lead in them. See how many of them are of the associate families¹ — how many are office holders — how many are bank directors,² &c. &c. Admirable requisites to preside on such occasions.

    First would present the general meeting — Samuel Osgood,Chairman— James Fairlie,Secretary.OSGOOD, the well known “pious expounder,”³ is exactly calculated⁴ to fill the chair. Deliberation sits enthroned upon his leaden brow.⁵ There is nothing of hurry in...

  5. 2. CANDIDATE BOB.
    (pp. 44-47)

    Among all the family candidates for office I think BOB,¹ the standing candidate, one of the most accommodating. He is something like the parson’s text that would suit any sermon.² There is no office that can come amiss to BOB. He had a hard tussle with Joseph Surface³ for Sheriff and when the latter carried the day BOB shewed a considerable deal⁴ of generalship in his retreat.⁵ He left JOSEY in possession of the field, but also left him to bury the dead and take charge of the wounded. In plain English they thought that to lose the office would...

  6. 3. SYLVANUS AND DANIEL.
    (pp. 47-49)

    DANIEL — At the aristocratic meeting of the First Ward, I find Daniel chairman. Daniel is president of the Manhattan Bank,¹ and late Navy Agent — for both of which important and lucrative stations he was indebted to the friendship of Col. Burr. It is a fact that Mr.Burr has suffered more loss of popularity, has received more abuse his enemies, and given more displeasure to his friends, in consequence of his ill-judged partiality for Daniel than from any transaction of his life, prior to the attacks of the two associates Witt Clinton and Cheetham. Daniel has also a thousand times declared...

  7. 4. BEWARE OF IMPOSTERS!! TWENTY YEARS PRACTICE!!
    (pp. 49-51)
    JAMES CHEETHAM and QUACK DOCTOR

    Hason hand,at his shop No. 136 Pearl-street, a variety ofdrugsof his own invention, which he will dispose of at the lowest rates, as he wishes to sell off his stock. Among the number are his favorite soporific doses¹ entitled, VIEW, NARRATIVE, NINE LETTERS, &C² which are powerful promoters of sleep; if however, they are taken in too large quantities, they are apt to excite a nausea at the stomach. The patient will find it difficult to swallow them at first, they generally have to be crammed down the throat by force, and the patient beaten over...

  8. 5. COLONEL BLUBBER.
    (pp. 51-52)

    In the county of Suffolk on Long-Island, lives a man by the name H[untin]G;¹ an owner of whaling vessels and dealer inBlubber.This person like the animal from whom he gets his living, is large in bulk and has a huge head, with an extreme paucity of brains.²

    By some means he worked himself into the good opinion of Mr. Ezekiel Robins, who took him by the hand, and, against the judgment of his friends, brought him into political life and made him what he is.

    I find that H[unting], who ought to be in his seat in the...

  9. 6. MAJOR PURDY’S OBSEQUIES.
    (pp. 52-54)

    MUCH talk has been made of holding uponeJudge Purdy,² as a Senator for the southern district; therevolutionary servicesof this gallant wight certainly entitle him to a high grade in the aristocratic corps. The following account of anarrow escapemade during the war, may serve as an instance of his daring intrepidity, and hisperfect acquaintance with that accomplishment, so necessary to agreat general — the art of making agood retreat.³

    In a body of militia stationed near Croton, was the regiment to which Purdy belonged, in the capacity of a Major. An attack from the enemy...

  10. 7. ISAAC.
    (pp. 54-54)

    I am told that one of the prime supporters and instigators of Cheetham’s abusive publications, is the well-known Isaac. Let thismerciful manlook to it.

    I am in possession of the very bludgeon with which his poor german servant was beaten about the head. It was an amusing spectacle for those who are fond of bloody rights. Some milky souls would use a switch on those occasions, but,

    “He fudged it better from a quick

    Set hedge, to cut a knotted stick,

    With which he furiously laid on.”²...

  11. 8. BILLY LUSCIOUS.
    (pp. 54-57)

    As every movement of agreat manis interesting, I cannot but notice the important biography ofBilly Luscious² —“A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    This two legged creature being extremely desirous of notice, I shall steal a moment from tickling brutes of a higher grade, and endeavor to pierce through the “clouds and thick darkness”³ that involve hisobscurity.

    Like a cypher, when placed by himself, he isnaught,but thrown among more important figures he serves toswell a number.He does well enough to shout in the tatter-de-malion train of our political jugglers,⁴...

  12. 9. EPIGRAM.
    (pp. 57-57)

    On hearing a member of a certain noble family say,“that the name of L[ivingsto]n was itself a fortune.”¹

    A fortune, I grant, by this name is procur’d

    (It’s a name that is known very well)

    And dignity, honor, most high, are secur’d,

    But — where swindling is honor’d — inhell.²

    BRUSH....

  13. 10. FORTHE CORRECTOR.
    (pp. 58-59)

    C[heetha]M begins to think it is time he had some office given him the genuine republicans, for no man, says Jemmy, has done so much for the party as myself.

    Iwrote nine long letters against Col. Burr, which almost craz’d me to invent falsehoods and find words to express them. AfterwardsIpublished a pamphlet containing the accusations at large against the Vice-President.

    Iwas the first who stood forward in the good cause and dared assign myself as the author and inventor of these important charges.

    I was the manwho dared meet Aristides in single combat,¹ and...

  14. 11. A HORRID TALE.
    (pp. 59-60)

    “Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.”¹ Cheetham’s nine letters began to grow musty² on the shelves of his office.Jemmysaw it and sigh’d at the depravity of taste which would not convert each pamphlet into 50 cents. Strenuous how ever in the cause ofpatriotism,he determined that they should b sold “forbetter,forworse.”He pack’d them in bundles of a dozen each, and sent them to auction — where, strange to tell, each lo brought the enormous sum of 12 cents.

    “Such was the last end of poor Cock Robin”³

    AMEN!...

  15. 12. ARISTIDEAN GALLERY OF PORTRAITS.
    (pp. 60-62)

    The amateurs of the fine arts, will find in this collection a rich fund of amusement. The moralist may here contemplate the vanity and short lived greatness of an imbecile, arrogant and wicked faction.

    Is the portrait of Captain Skunk,¹ as he was dubbed by a wag of the day; it arose from the following circumstances: This gallant gentleman went once a privateering, and fell in with an enemy of equal force; they exchanged five broadsides; his antagonist behaved with cool bravery, and shewed a determination to continue the fight, although disabled in his lower timbers — Our hero took advantage...

  16. 13. CHUCKLEHEADED BOB.
    (pp. 62-63)

    I find that Bob, the family standing candidate for all offices, plumes himself¹ much on the tickling I gave him in my first number. One of his relations observed, that if Morgan Lewis succeeds, Bob intends to present himself “with his portrait at his side,” as drawn by that celebrated artist Toby Tickler, Esq. and claim, on the ground of being a persecuted patriot a choice of the offices then in possession of the family.

    This is a good idea of Bob, and I give him full credit for it. Indeed I have always observed that Bob is notdeficient...

  17. 14. THE CONGRESSIONAL FRACAS.
    (pp. 63-69)

    The following anecdote ofCheetham’s confederate, theworthyD[e] W[itt] C[linton], needs no testimony to support it. It is a “round unvarnished tale”¹ composed ofnotorious facts,all which, if necessary, can be clearly proved in acourt of justice.In relating it I shall forvarietysake avail myself alternately of prose and rhyme. I care not if either of them are very polished; it is thematter,not themannerI consult, and this is certain, the more despicable or barbarous my rhyme may prove, the more worthy will it be of theheroit celebrates.

    Theillustrious...

  18. 15. EBENEZER.
    (pp. 69-71)

    I have seen the man, nay, I know him. “But to say I know any good of him, were to say more than I know.”

    ThehonorableEbenezer, is a man whose folly renders him unfit for any thing, but to be the tool of a knave.¹ Ignorant, conceited, and empty, he would be utterly unworthy of my notice, were it not that through his “seven-fold shield of tough bull-hide”² I may perhaps hit some of his employers who shelter themselves behind the [text illegible] of his composition. I bear him no enmity Heaven forbid I should:

    “The lion preys...

  19. 16. PROMOTION.
    (pp. 71-74)

    Promotion is, I understand, the order of the day in the political families. Morgan has been a faithful laborer in the political vineyard.

    For some time he bore a flag in the federal army, in the station of attorney general, until brighter offers were made by the opposite legions. Like a certain revolutionary hero, his desertion was the result of cool and deliberatecalculation,and a seat on the bench of justice was his reward. He is now to be promoted to the post of commander in chief, a station to which his services in the cause (of the families)...

  20. 17. COMMUNICATION.
    (pp. 74-76)

    Dear Sir,

    OUR countrymen have been so frequently reproached by foreigners, not only with an insensibility to the merits and productions of literature, but with a total absence of the talents and genius requisite for the execution of any work of science, of taste, or imagination; that I feel a pride, grateful to the spirit of my patriotism, in announcing to the public, under your auspices, an undertaking which ought forever to silence the malignant calumnies of European critics.

    Mons. H. Carritat,Libraire and Bibliothecaire,at Fenelon’s Head, Broadway, has lately issued proposals for publishing by subscription “New and interesting...

  21. 18. THE COALITION.
    (pp. 76-77)

    AN OLD BALLAD, WITH A NEW APPLICATION.¹

    De Witt and Co. in dark divan,²

    With Livingstons were met;

    Diamond cut diamond was the word;

    Each spread his wily net.

    Each bowed, and in most friendly guise,

    Be-citizen’d the other;

    And giving the fraternal hug,

    Call’d him his loving brother.

    Each had his views and strove to catch

    The other in his gin;

    Bold Clinton wanted toget up,

    And Lewis toget in.³

    In Clinton’s eye was the chief judge

    “Ambition’s tow’ring ladder;”⁴

    And Morgan meant as a ballon,

    To use this mob-blown bladder.⁵

    ‘Twas thus deceiving and deceived,

    They...

  22. 19. TO TOBY TICKLER, ESQ.
    (pp. 77-84)

    Dear Toby,

    I HAVE heard with infinite pleasure, that the interest and attention of a generous public have been promptly excited and irresistably attracted by those learned labors of our countrymen, which,

    with your friendly assistance, I had the honor, in the former part of the week, of announcing to the world.

    The ingenious productions of our native authors, have been the only themes of conversation in all our polite assemblies since your notice of their publication; and the diversity of their several merits has afforded constant topics for discussion amongst men of judgment in science, and taste in criticism,...

  23. 20. DAVY.
    (pp. 84-85)

    Davy¹ is pretty well known as an officer of our harbor; an appointment which he solicited with all due humility, and in seeking which he crouched like a spaniel, to the friends of Mr. Burr for their assistance. He is better known as a little waspish, chatteringcreature,²that daily infests the Coffee-house.³ The light in which Davy is viewed, will be well understood by the following true story. I will not also call it aseriousone.

    Davy some days ago was sporting his limber tongue⁴ with more than customary venom and impertinence, when a Burrite remarked that insolence...

  24. 21. BOB AGAIN.
    (pp. 85-86)

    I don’t know how it happens, for I really bear Bob no ill-will, that he is continually popping in my way. He is a good natured harmless kind of a fellow, and I really wish he would not be so officious, for I have no time to make him appear ridiculous. But Bob will keep thrusting that CHUCKLE-HEAD of his in my way. I think however that after to day I must give Bob a resting spell, if he will but keep himself quiet. He has lately become aprinter’s devilto Cheetham, or I should not have molested him....

  25. 22. CHARACTERISTIC PORTRAITS.
    (pp. 86-88)

    No. 11. Scene, the Witches Cave. Enter Hecate and the Three Weird Sisters. This painting is the joint production of eminent artists. Hecate by D. W. C, the Witches by Messrs. L[e]w[i]s, R. and M. L [ivingsto] n.

    “By the pricking of my thumbs

    Something wicked this way comes.

    Why, how now, Hecate, you look angry.

    Hecate.Have I not reason? Beldames as you are,

    Saucy and overbold. How did you dare

    To trade and traffic with this bank–

    And I the mistress of your charms,

    The close contriver of all harms,

    Was never call’d to bear my part

    Or...

  26. 23. ISAAC.
    (pp. 88-89)

    Orthoëpy.¹Considerable diversity exists among ourliterati,respecting the true pronunciation of Aristides, whether the accent should be laid on the penultima or antepenult. “Who shall decide when doctors disagree.”² Ainsworth, Lempriere and Walker³ concur in accenting the penultima. Americaneruditiondisdains, however, an appeal to foreign umpires. Fortunately the citizens of New-York need not traverse the Atlantic for authorities; as our city can boast the most correct standard of pronunciation in the United States. A celebrated orthoëpist who lives, not many miles from Trinity Church, and nearly opposite an eminentpresidentofsoft-horned* pedigree, has effectively settled all doubts concerning...

  27. 24. COL. BLUBBER.
    (pp. 90-91)

    Col. Blubber that well known FAT-HEADED FOOL, has just gone down to Suffolk to electioneer. He had some weeks since arrived thus far on his expedition, but was recalled,by his masters,to aid in destroying the Merchants Bank, which was onepreciousbusiness of the last legislative session. His travels up were ludicrous enough, had I time to tell them. He was benighted and bestormed, and bewildered, the stage could not proceed – but Col. BLubber was onmeritoriousbusiness, that admitted not of delay. The Bank executioners were bellowing for assistance. Accordingly, Blubber, sought some other conveyance, and with...

  28. 25. THE OLD FOX AND THE OURANG-OUTRANG.
    (pp. 91-92)

    These twoknowingbeasts undertook an expedition on Saturday last, to attend a meeting, in the county of Queen’s.

    To avoid observation, the Old Fox proposed that they should be ferried across the river in a private boat; thiscunningexpedient was adopted, and the two worthies embarked in an old skiff that almost sunk beneath the load of hand-bills and wickedness it contained. Old Reynard, it is said, exhibited considerable alarm for the safety of his carcass, and endeavored to repeat his prayers as correctly as his memory would allow. The Ourang-Outang, however, sat perfectly at his ease, relying...

  29. 26. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT.
    (pp. 93-94)

    To be sung after the Election¹ The words by Mr. THOMAS THUMB. And set to Music by JOHN HORNER Esq.²

    The Government House.This is the House that George* built.Emoluments, Perquisites and Office.This is theMalt,that lay in the house that George built.

    Thefamily of Livingston.This is theRat,that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.

    Colonel Burr.This is theCat,that killed the rat, that eat the malt, that lay in the house that George built.

    Cheetham.This is theDog,that bark’d at the cat, that killed...

  30. 27. THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE BOOK OF RECORDS, RELATIVE TO MORGAN AND JOHN.
    (pp. 94-97)

    1. AND it came to pass in the days that Columbia was threatened with invasion by the troops of a foreign king, that Morgan was a student at law, and John¹ a vender of knee-buckles, hinges and screws.²

    2. And when the threats became serious, Morgan retired into the country, leaving his companions and his friends to fight the battle, but John for a time remained and became one of a committee of safety.

    3. And it happened in those days that the army of Columbia were in Canada, and sorely distressed for necessaries, which could not be procured without...

  31. 28. TO TOBY TICKLER, ESQ.
    (pp. 97-100)

    THOU graceless dog – thou impudent rascal; and canst thou ever have the audacity to look your old uncle in the face again, after playing him such an abominable prank.– But this I suppose is what you call quizzing the old fellow. Yet, perhaps I am too violent.– Well, well, publish this short account of my misfortunes, and I forgive you all: but have a care how you trespass again.

    You recollect, that last evening, when, after having told me a great many long rigmarole stories,² you finally prevailed upon me to attend the Clintonian meeting (for which the Lord forgive...

  32. 29. ORIGINAL PICTURES.
    (pp. 100-102)

    No. 7. Satan entering into the serpent. This piece is the joint production of D. W. C. and J[ame]s C[heetha]m.

    “Satan,

    With narrow search, and with inspection deep,

    Consider’d every creature, which of all

    Most opportune might serve his wiles, and found

    The serpent, vilest beast of all the field;

    Him, after long debate, irresolute Of thoughts revolved, his final sentence chose,

    Fit vessel, fittest imp of fraud, in whom

    To enter, and his dark designs to hide

    From sharpest sight.”¹

    Connoisseurs have remarked, that Mr. C[heetha]m in his representation of Satan, has softened down the ferocity and despair so...

  33. 30. FIVE CENTS REWARD.
    (pp. 103-103)

    The above reward will be given by the editor of this paper, to any man, woman or child, who gives information who Tully Robinson is.¹ Since his name appeared in the Citizen of yesterday, I have made diligent enquiry concerning this creature; and all I can ascertain is, that he is a bawling porter-house² blackguard, and that hehas a mother³.

    Since writing the above, I have been told, that Mr. Tully Robinson was for some time a paper-packer for Cheetham, and boardedin his family.Here are the men, fellow-citizens who are defaming Mr. Burr....

  34. 31. TO TOBY TICKLER, ESQ.
    (pp. 103-106)

    A VERY singular diary¹ was found under a dining table, about three weeks ago, by one of the latest guests, and handed to me with permission to shew it to whom I pleased. As the whole world will see it sooner or later (for I cannot keep it to myself) it may as well make its appearance in your very excellent paper. It seems to me to be altogether without connection; and written only for the amusement of its illustrious author,² is almost unintelligible to any one else. Publish the following extract as a specimen, and if it afford as...

  35. 32. TO TOBY TICKLER, ESQ.
    (pp. 106-111)

    Dear Cousin,

    The patronage which has been so liberally extended to the new and interesting performances of our native authors, has induced the proprietors to enlarge their plan beyond the limits of their first intention; and the candor and indulgence of a generous public has stimulated our learned countrymen to so beneficial an emulation in their labors, and to so extraordinary an exertion of their talents, that I am now enabled to present to you for publication, a catalogue of no less than ten numbers of a work undertaken with singular spirit and conducted with uncommon ability.

    The productions which...

  36. 33. “I AM PREPARING A PICKLE . . .”
    (pp. 111-111)

    I am preparing apicklein which I contemplate immersingPreserved Fishof Flushing.¹ This blubbering fellow, who has recently been imported into Queens’ county, is now with unparalleled impudence, attempting to govern, not only the town in which he resides, but the whole country. Mr. Fish, in his communications with certain gentlemen in this city, boasts much of the manner in which he carried the nomination of Mr. Riker, for congress. Let him beware that these vauntings² do not produce deserved contempt in the district in which he resides.–I am informed that the people are not perfectly satisfied...

  37. 34. TULLY MAGPIE.
    (pp. 111-112)

    In the last Corrector I observe a reward of five cents is offered to any person that will give information respecting Tully Robinson, the young man that at a late meeting of “one thousand” Lewisites “delivered an eloquent and animated speech on the perfidy of Mr. Burr,” in the course of which he observed “that Mr. Burr was asdesperatein private life, and as treacherous in public, as Cataline.” This was a pretty high sounding charge from the lips of a youth, and I do not wonder the Corrector is desirous of knowing what Mr. Robinson is, whence he...

  38. 35. “BILLY LUSCIOUS, IS INFORMED . . .”
    (pp. 112-112)

    Billy Luscious, is informed that I know of his late electioneering excursion–never was jack-ass so loaded, as this thick-sculled¹ traveller with scurrilous handbills. I know of his nocturnal adventure at Peekskill, and will promulgate hissombre²story, if he persists in his officious tricks.

    Quashe, “by any other name wouldsmellas sweet.”...

  39. 36. CHEETHAMANA.
    (pp. 113-114)

    CHEETHAM, the other night was tripping caught

    Forgive him, Sir — he’ll not repeat the fault.

    The best may err, misled by wine and youth,

    Poor C[heetha] m drank too hard; and told—the truth!

    Even thou, should generous wine o’ercome thy sense,

    May’st rashly stumble on the same offence.

    With pious whine, and hypocritic snivel,

    fathers said, “Tell truth,and shame the devil.”²

    A nobler way the Citizen is trying —

    He seeks to shame the devilby outlying!³

    How well De Witt, for different ends,

    Can marshal his obedient friends!

    When onlytime,he wants notsense,⁴

    Wortmanvents copious...

  40. 37. LETTER,TOM TICKLUM.
    (pp. 114-116)

    MR. TOBY TICKLER

    Sir – I find that your paper is productive of many good effects in this city, and among them, that of encouraging ingenious minds in the art of painting, sculpture, engraving &c. I have sent you a sketch of a caricature to be executed by a young artist in this city, as soon as a sufficient encouragement shall be procured.

    There is to be exhibited on a large royal wove sheet of paper, the office holders principally consisting of the two families, who form the aristocratic faction;– they are represented as being in the temple ofhonor and...

  41. 38. CITIZEN W.
    (pp. 116-117)

    This pretending ignoramus² is busying himself at the poll of the eighth ward, challenging persons whose votes he is conscious are indisputable, and insulting old inhabitants who served the country before his insignificant self was pupp’d. This creature is a mass of empty pretensions. He affects the name ofcitizenwithout practising or understanding the duties of one. He affects thenaturalistwithout being able to distinguish between astink-weedand atulip.He affects the man of letters, though his literary knowledge does not extend far beyond the primer, the almanack, and the American Citizen.³ He affects the devotee,⁴...

  42. 39. DAVY.
    (pp. 117-117)

    Davybrought up two mahogany votes in the second ward, with much pert¹ pomposity, as who should say I feel like a fool, but dare not shew it. The inspectors sent both of his African friends about their business, and cacklingDavywas lost amidst the shouts of laughter raised by surrounding Burrites.²...

  43. 40. OLD CUPID.
    (pp. 117-118)

    The ladies of New-York are particularly informed that I propose, in a day or two, as soon as ever the warmth of the weather will permit the experiment without danger of taking cold, to exhibit to their dear optics,¹ Old Cupid,² inpuris naturalibus;I shall not leave him even a wig to cover his pate;³ which I am sorry to inform them will be found on inspection to be quite bald, having been formerly scalped, with his own hand for the reward of five pounds sterling, the going price of scalps in the last war....

  44. 41. SCHUYLER.
    (pp. 118-118)

    This gimblet-eyed¹ jackanapes² is the sport and make-game of the fifth ward. The unblushing impudence with which he, and Maturin,and Bob, and the whole host of the family, electioneer for their own interest, has made them the laughing-stock and scorn of the city....

  45. 42. RARE FUN!!!
    (pp. 118-120)

    The aristocratic faction have spared no pains or manoeuvres to please the populace and attract them to the polls. The Clintonianmenagewas opened yesterday, and its collection of queer animals exhibited to the public in every ward. Monkey Dick being troubled with a lameness in one of his scrapers, was carried out to the seventh ward in a coach.¹ Here he peep’d out, and smirk’d and nodded, and bobb’d his head about like Punch in a puppet-box,² to the great amusement of spectators.

    The Ourang Outang was stationed at the eighth ward. He, however, was mute, and supported his...

  46. 43. THE DILEMMA.
    (pp. 120-122)

    The Old Fox and the Ourang Outang being completelysmoakedin theirtea-drinkingtransaction with Mr. Schmelzel,¹ they were for some time at a loss how to escape the laugh that was raised at their expence. These cunning creatures at length determined to get one of those shallow youths who serve as petty drudges in their party, to come forward in the business and divert the sneer of ridicule to his own character. For this honorable purpose the names of their young scape graces were well considered. Tully Magpie, thatson of his mother,²was first mentioned but immediately rejected....

  47. 44. “CHEETHAM HAD THE IMPUDENCE . . .”
    (pp. 122-122)

    Cheetham had the impudence to say yesterday in the Coffee-House, that the Federalists voted for Mr. Burr because he was a damn’d rascal.

    The miscreant made as rapid and as sneaking a retreat as he formerly did from Manchester, and was as fortunate in escaping a threshing now, as a stretching then.¹

    The insolence of this gallows-looking² renegade has the effect of bringing forward numbers of federal votes to the polls....

  48. 45. “FAT FERRIS . . .”
    (pp. 123-124)

    Fat Ferris wholards the lean earth¹in his electioneering scamperings to bring up negroes, is hereby informed, that I am preparing a suit of sails, George B—s sails for his service and perhaps shall add an anecdote or two belonging to his biography as inspector of meat and flour, and plaister of paris — so he may look out. I have my eye upon him. Shall I meet him to-day at Crook’s-Tavern. If I do, the sails come next....

  49. Index
    (pp. 127-130)