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Foad for a Judge of the Supreme Court; then clapping spurs to his horse he raised a frightful war-hoop, and dashing through the midst of them, went off at full speed yelling wildly as he went, while the peaceable reapers stood in the utmost consternation. --He was so far overpowered with drink, that he immediately lost the nain road, and went off a great distance towards Miller's Run. His horse was nearly exhausted on his arrival at Mr. Aga's, where he dismounted, came into the house, asked for whiskey, pulled off his outside clothes, and began to draw his shirt from his bieeches. The women fled thinking him mad. The inen of the house were reaping in the field. He commanded an old sick man to go with him to the spring where sixteen buckets of water were thrown upon him. Then he ordered a tin of whiskey and another tin of milk, mixed them together, and drank off the whole. Told the old man he was a Judge of the Supreme Court. Threw himself upon a bed where he remained till next morning.

“ Finding himself out of the road, he enquired for Pittsburgh, and proceeded some distance on that rout; but afterwards mistaking his course, he turned towards Cannonsburgh. The burning sun awaked the unperspired whiskey of the preceding day, and brought back his fatal delirium. As he travelled on, people observed his frantic gestures and heard his incoherent ejaculations. · At length he overtook a boy on his way to fetch water for reapers in a neighbouring harvest field. He commanded the affrighted boy on the peril of his life to shew him the spring. There he stripped and laid himself over a large log. The boy poured more than twenty buckets of water upon him, while the Judge was cursing and damning him all the time--The boy was so agitated that he did not ob

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serve the shirt of the Judge, and trod great part of it into the mire as he passed between the spring and the log.-- When the judge arose, his shirt was scarcely visible and utterly unfit to put on. The boy ded. The judge had no other shirt, and was, therefore, compelled to seek the house, and there lie in bed till his shirt was washed and dried. While this process was going on, he drank plentifully of whiskey and milk; told the women of the house that he was a judge of the supreme court, higher in rank than Mr. Addison-that he would have Addison turned out, and most of the justices in the neighbourhood broke because they were enemies of Governor M*Kean.

At length the shift being ready, he prepared to leave the house; but when offering to pay for the trouble he had occasioned, his money was lost. Here a new scene of cursing and swearing ensued, until one of the children searching at the spring found the money where his clothes had been thrown off.

“ All these things being settled, the judge started for Pittsburgh, and on his way stopped at the tavern of Mr. Hamilton in Noblesburgh, to refresh himself. Here he acted over again his usual extravagances. Stripped himself, put on a woman's gown, and ordered the landlord to lead bin to water. The landlord did not understand him. The judge flew into a passion, damning and swearing dreadfully. The landlord was obliged to carry a vessel to the spring, and throw water upon him for more than a quarter of an hour. The whole village was convinced that the judge was out of his senses. Returning to the house with the gown upon him, he ordered egg-nogg to be made; upon tasting it, he swore and damned so horribly, that the whole family were terrified at his profaneness; and all this,

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merely because the egg-nogg had ‘not whiskey enough in it. He threatened to commit the tavern keeper and take away his license, because he did not keep accommodations proper for gentlemen. Seeing a sick child in the family, he told the mother that it would die in a few hours, unless she gave it raw bacon. Swore that nothing else would cure it. After much more wild frantic folly, he remounted and departed for Pittsburgh, where it is said he continued drunk for several days, under circumstances very aggravated and distressing; but they are not so well known to the writer as to be particularly specified.

“ The foregoing narrative would seem almost incredible to any person unacquainted with Mr. Brackenridge, yet it can be proved by the oaths of many witnesses. His cursing and swearing were shocking beyond any thing ever heard before. A person at Noblesburgh is willing to make oath that the judge d-d the landlord fifteen times while he was getting whiskey to make the egg-nogg stronger. When these things are done by a magistrate high in office, we cannot expect reformation or punishment of the profane and dissolute among us. Office is degraded, religion dishonoured, and sober virtue wounded, by such outrageous behaviour in a Judge. Wise men will see all the mischiefs which must follow the inad career of such an officer in the society, and good men will every where lament the affliction and misfortune which has befallen the state by the appointment of a man useless in point of industry and sense, and noxious beyond all calculations by his example.”

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END OF MISCELLANEOUS ANECDOTES.

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Of the misohiefs which American independence has produced in the world, that of seducing thousands upon thousands of ignorant Europeans from their homes, to die with hunger and sickness, in the woods and swamps of the United States, is not the least. I could fill a volume with the names of the miserable wretches who have been thus ruined in the space of a very few months. I could relate facts that would astonish any European ; but, aware of the prejudices that every thing a royalist can assert will have to encounter, I shall, on this, as on most other subjects, appeal to the republicans for evidence. Without further preface, I shall, therefore, insert, entire, a Charity Sermon, for the benefit of Poor Emigrants, preached, “ or “ rather prated,” by Dr. JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, in the University Hall in Philadelphia (all the Clergy, of all denominations, having refused him admission into their pulpits), on the 9th of February, 1797.

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