Cheethem and his Tory Paper


from the Public Advertiser (New York), September 26, 1807.

CHEETHAM is frequently giving symptoms of being the successor of Cullen, alias Carpenter, as Cullen was the successor of Cobbett, alias Porcupine. Like him he is seeking to involve the United States in a quarrel with France for the benefit of England.

In his paper of Tuesday, Sept. 22, he has a long abusive piece against France, under the title of “Remarks” on the speech of the Arch Chancellor of France to the French Senate. This is a matter that Cheetham, as an adopted American Citizen, has no business with; and as a John Bull it is impertinence in him to come here to spew out his venom against France. But Cheetham cannot live without quarreling, nor write without abuse. He is a disgrace to the Republicans, whose principle is, to live in peace and friendship with all nations and not to interfere in the domestic concerns of any.

Cheetham seems to regret that peace is made on the continent of Europe, and he shews his spleen against it by the following round-about scurrilous paragraph:

“The people of France, says he, now breathe the air of peace under slavery closer, more systematic, military, and universal, (Cheetham knows nothing about it) than that with which they were overwhelmed previous to the beginning of the long continued calamity.” — This is spoken exactly in the character of a stupid prejudiced John Bull, who, shut up in his island and ignorant of the world supposes all nations slaves but themselves; whereas those at a distance can see that of all people enslaved by their governments, none are so much so as the people of England. Had Cheetham staid in England till this time he would have had to shoulder a musket and this would have been dreadful to him, for as all bullies are cowards, the smell of gunpowder would be as horrid to Cheetham as the scent of a skunk to other animals.

The danger to which the city of New York was exposed, by the continual abuse of France in such papers as Cullen’s, was, that the French government might be induced to consider the city of New York as a British Colony, such as it was during the revolutionary war, and exclude her from the commerce of the continent of Europe, as she has excluded Britain. Cheetham is following the footsteps of Cullen.

The French nation, under all its changes of government has always behaved in a civil and friendly manner to the United States. We have no cause of dispute with France. It was by the aid of France in men, money, and ships, that the revolution and independence of the United States were so completely established(1), and it is scarcely sufferable that a prejudiced and surly tempered John Bull should fix himself among us to abuse a friendly power.

September 25, 1807.

  1. Six thousand French troops under General Rochambeau, and thirty-one sail of the line under Admiral De Grass, assisted at the capture of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, which put an end to the war.