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less, and the whole newspaper press of refuted. The gentleman referred to is the country was either against him, or known here, by his passports and other wholly indifferent. Had he been on credentials, as John Bratish Eliovich, trial in a court of justice, any lawyer late a general in the service of her would have defended him, — nay, for most Catholic Majesty, the Queen of that matter, he might have defended Spain, and is now an American citihimself. But if he entered the field as zen. a writer, alone against a host, vol. “He states - and he bids me trust umes would have to be written, — and confidently to the character of your who would publish them, — who read Excellency for an early reply – that in them?
1828 he was at Rio Janeiro; that inThat I might bring the matter to stead of' running away,' as reported, issue at once, knowing well, and from with a large amount of funds belonging long experience, that, when people are to his uncle, Christopher Bratish, he accused through the newspaper press left Rio Janeiro in consequence of beof our country, they are always be- ing appointed by the Emperor, Dom lieved to be guilty until they have es- Pedro, Brazilian Consul to Austria, tablished their innocence, I sent a com- with the approbation and consent of munication to the Portland Advertiser your Excellency, manifested by a reguof October 15, 1839, with my name, lar passport, granted by your Excellencharging upon Mr. Henry Mcllvaine cy's legation. and Colonel John Stille, Jr. all that I “ The friends of General Bratish in afterwards repeated with more dis- this region are nulnerous and respecttinctness and solemnity in “The New able, and they beg your Excellency's World,” for which I was then writ- reply to the following questions:ing (and from which I withdrew in “Is the statement above made by consequence of what I then regarded General Bratish true ? as unfairness toward General Bratish “And if your Excellency would be so on the part of my coadjutors, Messrs. kind as to say whether, in your opinion, Park Benjamin and Epes Sargent), and there can be any foundation for the arraigning both Mcllvaine and Stille, story respecting the large amount of as conspirators and libellers.
money' said to have been carried off One day, while this controversy was by General Bratish, when he is reportraging, the General called upon me, ed to have run away from Rio Janeiro, and begged me, for my own satisfaction, your Excellency would gladly oblige, to inquire of Baron de Mareschal, the not only the undersigned, but a number Austrian Minister, respecting certain of other persons deeply interested in charges that had just appeared against the character of General Bratish. him. I consented, and immediately “Meanwhile, I am with respect your despatched the following letter to the Excellency's most obedient servant, care of my friend, the Honorable George Evans, our Representative in “PORTLAND, ME., April, 1840," Congress, requesting him to see the
“That your Excellency may know Baron for me.
who has taken this liberty, the under“ To His ExceLLENCY GENERAL BARON
signed begs leave to refer you to the DE MARESCHAL, Envoy Extraordinary
Hon. George Evans, Henry Clay, Danand Minister Plenipotentiary from his
iel Webster, General Scott, or to any Majesty the Emperor of Austria.
member of Congress from the North“ The undersioned is led to apply to ern or Middle States." your Excellency in behalf of a gentle. Through some oversight in the man here, who has been assailed by a transcribing, the full date of this letter great variety of newspaper slanders, does not appear; but I soon received most of which have been triumphantly the following from Mr. Evans :
House of REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON, which made a pamphlet of forty-eight
large octavo pages, with the document“MY DEAR SIR,-Your favor of , ary evidence in small print, General enclosing letter for General Mareschal Bratish was at my elbow; and one was duly received, and I immediately evening, after I had read over to him despatched a messenger to deliver it to what I had written, I happened to say the General, with a note in your behalf. that I was exceedingly sorry for the Yesterday the General called upon me loss of his orders and decorations in to say that he felt constrained, from Canada, — they would have been such various circumstances, to decline a re- a corroboration of his story. ply to it. He wishes you to under- “ Lost!” said he, “they are not lost." stand that he does this with entire re- “Where are they?" spect for yourself, whom he should be " In the bank, with some other valuvery happy personally to oblige. He ables.” said, if the information you seek was “In the bank! When can you get desirable for any personal or private them for me?". purposes of your own, -- such as, for “To-morrow, when the bank is instance, if any alliance was in contem- open.” plation with any of your friends, - he Shall I confess the truth ? So sudshould feel bound to give you a reply. den and so startling was this declaraBut he does not think that he ought to tion, after what I had seen in the pabe drawn into a newspaper discussion, pers about the loss of these badges and or to become the subject of comment orders in Canada, that I began, for the or remark in such a matter. He wished first time, to have uncomfortable susme to explain his feelings, and hopes picions. But, sure enough, the next you will not impute his declining to day he brought them all to me, together any want of regard for you, and that with the original contract entered into you will appreciate the motives which between Colonel De Lacy Evans (afgovern him. I am not at liberty to de- terward General Evans) and General tail a conversation I held with him on Bratish, with the approbation of Alva, the general subject of your letter. He the Spanish Ambassador at the Court did not show it to me, though he spoke of St. James, whereby it was provided of its contents.
that “ John Bratish Eliovich, Esquire, “Very faithfully yours,
K. C. C., V. S. S., V. L. H., &c., &c.," “Geo. EVANS." should enjoy the rank, pay, and emolu
ments of a Major-General in the AuxilVery adroit and very diplomatic, to iary Legion then raising for the Queen be sure, on the part of the Baron; but of Spain. This document, signed by surely he might have answered yes or Colonel De Lacy Evans and Carbonel, no to the first question, without com- and approved by Alva, styled him “Mamitting himself. And why not show jor-General John Bratish Eliovich, K. my letter to Mr. Evans ? Taking the C. C., V. L. H., &c., &c.," and bore the ground he did, however, he forced me signature of General Bratish, whereto the following conclusion, namely, by his identity was established ; and that he could not answer No, and was the decorations and orders put into afraid, for reasons of state, perhaps, to my hands were the following: “Knight answer Yes.
Commander of Christ," the “ Tower And now, what was to be done ? and Sword” of Portugal, the "SavShould I prepare a memoir, setting iour" of Greece, and the South Star" forth all these charges, with such refu- of Brazil. tations and such explanations as had Here, certainly, was pretty strong occurred, and appeal to the public. confirmation; and yet on this very There seemed to be no other way left. evening, my wife, who sat where she While I was preparing this memoir, could see all the changes of his countenance while I was writing the memoir “Very well,” – taking out my watch, and occasionally asking a question with- _“I will wait fifteen, and my friend out looking up, saw enough to satisfy here will stay with me, and be a wither that Bratish was making a fool of ness." her husband, and, the moment his back Away went the General, and, to my was turned, expressed her astonish- amazement, I must acknowledge, withment that a man of sense - meaning in the fifteen minutes he returned, me -- could be so easily imposed up bringing with him a cigar-box containon. So much for the instinct of a wo- ing about five hundred dollars in bills man ; but more of this hereafter.
and specie, which I counted. Not long after this, the General Here was a narrow escape, - a matrushed into my office in a paroxysm ter of life or death to him, certainly, if of rage, — the only time I ever saw him not to me. But where had he got the disturbed. His honor had been ques- money? He was very poor, judging tioned, and by whom, of all the world ? by appearances. The lecturing was Why, — would I believe it ? — by his over for a time, and there was no field friend, Colonel Bouchette! Upon fur- for conjecture. To this hour the whole ther inquiry, I found that he had re- affair is a mystery. Unlikely as it was ceived a draft from his sister, which had that he should have obtained it from to pass through a secret channel to him, his sister, there seemed to be no lest their estates should be confiscated other explanation possible. in Hungary; that, after two or three Other perplexing and contradictory disappointments, he had succeeded in evidence for and against the General getting it cashed here without endan- began to appear. I never saw him on gering a certain friend in New York; horseback but once, and then I was that on mentioning the circumstance to frightened for him. As a general, he Colonel Bouchette, who had counselled ought, of course, to know how to ride. him not to attempt the negotiation As a native Hungarian, he must have here, that gentleman had laughed in been born to the saddle, if not in it. his face ; whereupon the General turned Nevertheless, I trembled for him, though his back on him, and hurried off to my the creature he had mounted was far office. A friend was with me at the from being either vicious or spirited; time. “Ach, mein Freund !” said the and then, too, when he tried waltzing, General, as he finished the story, "he he reminded me, and others I am afraid, doubted my word, he questioned my of “the man a-mowing." honor, he asked to see the money; but On the other hand, he was well-bred I refused to show him the money, “I and self-possessed, full of accurate inwas indignant, outraged; but I have formation, and never obtrusive. And it here,- here!” slapping his breastbere I am reminded of another singupocket, “and I am ready to show it to lar circumstance, which went far in you." I declined; he persisted; un confirmation of the story he told. He til at last, afraid of the impression he gave J. S. Buckingham, Esq., M. P., might make upon my friend Winslow, whom I had known in London as the who was present, I consented. But he Oriental traveller, a letter to me, in only talked the louder and the faster, which he speaks of him as a member without producing the money; and of the British-Polish Committee in Lonwhen I grew serious, and insisted on don, - thereby endangering the whole seeing it, he acknowledged that he had superstructure he had been rearing n't it with him!
with so much care. Mr. Buckingham “ Where is it, sir?" said I.
wrote me from New York, but failed to 6 At my lodgings."
see me. “And how long will it take you to Worn out and wellnigh discouraged produce it?"
by these persecutions, the General now “Ten minutes."
left us, and went to New York, from
which place he wrote me, under date of be assured it is a honorable a very October 9, 1840, as follows. I give his honorable employment. My next for own orthography, to show that, although the South wia Havanna or New York acquainted with our language to such or New Orleans will inform you of the a degree that he was able to lecture in rest.” it, as Kossuth did, and to speak it with Accompanying this letter was a slip uncommon readiness, he must have from one of the large New York dailearnt it by car, like many others with lies confirming his story, and reportwhich he was familiar enough for ordi- ing the resolutions passed at a great nary purposes.
public meeting, of which A. Sarony “One of my last occupation upon was President and Chairman, John American soil is one of a painful, and Bratish, Vice-President, and George at the same times pleasant nature, to Sonne, Secretary. “ The call of the wit, to address you, my noble, my chiv- meeting was read and adopted,” says alerouse, my excellent friend. My God the report, "when General Bratish revard you and may he for the benefit addressed the assemblage in the Engof mankind scater many such persons lish, French, and German languages, trought the world - it would prevent in the most patriotic and eloquent manmisantropy and it would serve as the ner. His speech was received with best antidote against crimes and decep- enthusiastic and repeated applause." tions, persecutions and sufferings. O And here for a long season wę lost could you know all what I suffered in sight of the General, though two or my eventful life, you would indead be- three circumstances occurred, each live that no romance is equal to reality. trivial in itself, but all tending to give But - basta --- God is great and merci- a new aspect to the affair. Just before ful, and I never yit and I hope never he left us, we had a small party at will find occassion to doubt the wunda- our house, where, among other amuseful ways of his mercy. .... Perhaps ments, a game called “ The Four Eleno times since I cam to America, I ments" was introduced. When it was had occassion for more patience than all over, and our visitors were gone, a during the first days of my arrival in costly handkerchief, with a lace borN. Y. Harshed by law, cut by some der, was not to be found. It had been friends, findig once more by European last seen in the hands of General Branew a change in Greece, with my funds tish. Having no idea that, if he had low, I began indeed to feel bitterly my pocketed it by mistake, it would not sad fate — when by one of this suden be returned, we waited patiently, fricks which I offen prouve that man very patiently, — supposing he might must never despair all changed quit have thrown aside his company dresscasualy it was raported to the German coat without examining the pockets, Association that I am her - immedi- and that when he put it on again ately I was invited to ther mittings, the the handkerchief would be forthcomFrench Lafayette Club followed suit, ing, of course. But no, - nothing was and yesterday evning your humble ser- heard of it, until one evening at a lecvant was by acclamation apointed Vice ture my wife suddenly caught my arm, President of the General Union of all and, pointing to a white handkerchief the forign assotiations of the city of the General was flourishing within New York (the German Tepcanoe Club reach, said, “There's Aunt Mary's 30 pers. excepted). ....
handkerchief, now!" — "Nonsense, my “I am very sorry that I cannot tell dear!” – “ It is, I tell you; I can see you where I go — I sail in the cliper where he has ripped off the lace." armed brig Fairfield for the West I thought her beside herself; but still India unter very avantageouse cir- — why the sudden substitution of a cumstances a eccelent pay rang and large red Spitalfields for the white emoluments you may guess the rest handkerchief?“ Perhaps,” said I to
my wife, — "perhaps the handkerchief "At last my family begin to underwas not marked, and he did not know stand how much they did wrong me where to find the owner.” –“But it and I have the pleasure to enclose you was marked, and he knows the owner a letter of my yungest brother, which as well as you do," was the reply. Of is now at the house of Messrs. Toniola course, I had nothing more to say; and brothers, a volunteer partner, to learn so I laughed the exhibition off, as a the english. .... sort of pas de mouchoir, like that which “Mr. Josua Dodge, late Special brought Forrest into a controversy with Agent of the U. S. in Germany, is Macready.
returning in one or two days to AmerAnd then something else happened. ica; this gentleman in consequence I missed the only copy I had in of his mission crossed and recrossed the world of “Niagara and Goldau," all Germany and Belgium. I met him which he had borrowed of me and in Germany; he was present at Stuttreturned, with emphasis ; and many gard in a most critical moment, when, months after he had disappeared, I denunced by the Germanic Federareceived a volume of poems from the tion in the name of Austria) I was heart of Germany, entitled, “ Der Hei- in iminent peril. He acted as a true mathgruss, Eine Pfingstgabe von Ma- American, boldly stepped forward, thilde von Tabouillot, geborene Gies- asked the way and the werfore and ter," published at Wesel, 1840, with a united with my firmness, the American letter from the lady herself, thanking passports where respected, and Mr. me with great warmth and earnestness Dodge succeded to get an official acfor my pamphlet in defence of General knowledgment that nothing was known Bratish. Putting that and that to- against my moral character, and they gether, I began to have a suspicion took refuge upon some little irreguthat my copy of “Niagara and Goldau" larity in the passport. .... He, my had been presented to the authoress friends and my family wished very by my friend, the General, — perhaps much that I should at lease for some in the name of the author.
times rethurn to America (pour reson Yet more. While these little inci- bien juste) but the recollection is too dents were accumulating and seething bitter yet. . . . . Several Americans and simmering, I received a letter from are now visiting my sister and her Louis Bratish, in beautiful French, dat- husband in Belgium - among them ed Birmingham, 7th October, 1841, in Mr. Bishop of Cont. and Mr. Rowly, which he thanked me most heartily for C. S. of N. Y. - What would I give to what I had done as the friend of his see J. N and his amable family!.... brother, “ John Bratish," — withholding “My address is Monsieur Le Genthe “General," — and begging me to eral Bratish (Eliovich), raccommandé à consider it as coming from the family; Mons. Latard, Vervois Belgique. and about the same time, another let. “P. S. Great excitement at Lonter, and the last I ever received, from don. The Morning Chronicle is out the General himself. It was dated upon me for having done I don't know “ Torrington House, near London, 12th what in North America and Germany. October, 1841," and contained the fol- All fidle-stik. I send you the paper lowing passages :
to see how eassy John Bull is gulled. “I cannot account for the very ex- I could send you some important news. traordinary silence in speite of all my Attention!!! keep your powder dray!” request that you would at leas be so Nothing more was heard of our kind as to inform me if you realy don't mysterious General until a letter fell wish to hear more from me. I know into my hands, purporting to be written your Hart too well not to be persuaded by his brother Luigi. It was in choice that it must be some mistake or some Italian, and dated Birmingham, 16th intrigue.
April, 1842, charging the “ Caro Fra.