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“This traducer alludes to Mr. Barker’s connection with the Bank of Washington and Warren, in the State of New York. That bank failed, after which Mr. Barker paid all its debts—a portion after his residence here, from his new earnings.
“Among the numerous falsehoods of the man Dostie, he asserts that Mr. Barker was connected with the Marble Manufacturing Bank, in New York, and its infamous proprietor, “Malapar.” Mr. Barker never had any connection with either, or an account with that institution.
“There was a vile conspiracy in 1826 among certain Wall street gamblers and political aspirants to injure the fair fame of Mr. Barker, who hurled defiance at them in open court, and fought the battle successfully before he had read law.
“His Satanic Majesty has got them nearly all—only two or three have thus far escaped his vigilance. He will soon have the rest, with some additions from New Orleans, without the dishonor of meeting in single combat a man without position in society,
JACOB BARKER.” “NEW ORLEANs, August 3, 1864.
“To the Editor of the True Delta:
“‘One” Jacob Barker having commenced and continued a most unwarrantable and scurrillous attack upon me through the columns of the New Orleans Times, I have been compelled, in self-defence, to reply to him through the columns of your valuable paper; and as he has again resorted to reply in similar language, though informing the public that he should not, I also am under the necessity of again requesting you to insert the following, which I trust will, for the future, silence the barker and render his bite harmless: “ He will soon have the rest, with some addition from
New Orleans, without the dishonor of meeting in single combat a man without position in society.—Jacob Barker. . “And pray, Jacob Barker, what position have you always held in society ? “Hast thou not all thy life been an associate of stock gamblers, cheats and swindlers, and the chief of ‘wild cat' banking houses 2 Hast thou not followed to the letter the advice of the Quaker mother to her son, “make money, honestly if thee can, but my son make money !’ “Thou knowest, Jacob, that thou hast made money; but, Jacob, hast thou made it honestly P Let us see “Does Jacob Barker remember a certain book published in 1846, by Crook & Co., of Boston, entitled “The Life and Times of Martin Van Buren o' If he does, he will recollect the following extracts: “Page 38.—Warren Bank, a moneyed corporation, of two years standing, which the notorious stock jobber, Jacob Barker, has bought from the speculators who got it up. Barker could issue its bills at his Exchange Bank, New York, to mechanics and traders, who could find it no easy task to go North to Sandy Hill to get them cashed. With brokers and bankers he expected to hold his own. “Jacob Barker being the sole, or almost sole, proprie. tor of the real ‘wild cat bank.” “Page 42.—In a card issued through the Evening Post, February, 1825, Barker said that $200,000 of the stock had been received from the debtors of the bank. Why was this done, when it was well known that the stock was worthless? Who beside Barker had $200,000
to pay in 2 Was it in this way that the scourities for double its circulation went 2 If so, what could be a baser cheat 2 Stock was no payment of debts due the bank till its obligations to the public were met, and after that only its cash value in the market.
Page 169.—Copy of a letter from Benj. F. Butler to Lorenzo Hoyt, Esq., Albany:
“NEw York, Oct. 1, 1826. Dear Sir :-Mr. Henry has gone home with an intention of preparing himself in the case of the Bank of Plattsburgh against Levi Platt, Wells and others, (the account case). I wish you would therefore * * * * I have but a moment and few details of the trial (Jacob Barker and others for a conspiracy to defraud). Must refer you to the papers. They bring down the details to yesterday at 1 o'clock. In the afternoon and evening we had a fine time of it, and when the court adjourned
last night the case was left remarkably well for us. * * * Mr. Barker has done wonders. Truly yours, . “B. F. BUTLER.
“In another letter from Benj. F. Butler to Jesse Hoyt, dated Sandy Hill, November 16, 1819, and published on pages 161 and 162, are the following extracts:
“You are right in supposing that the late catastrophe (for I consider it the end of that drama) in the Exchange Bank, is a very common misfortune; to me especially it is a great one. I had cheerfully suffered the depreciation of our paper, that Mr. B. (Barker) might in the meantime bend all his efforts to the Exchange Bank, and in the resumption of payment then, hoped for the most auspicious result. The matter is past mending, and no doubt it is all for the best. We continue, paying daily in a small way, more to relieve the suffering community than for any other purpose. The credit of the paper is very bad in this country.
“Some of them, I hear, have the kindness and condescension to compassionate and pity me, while others consider me full as bad as Jacob Barker, which in these days is considered a pretty severe specimen of invective and reproach. ‘So be it !” “What does Jacob Barker think of these proofs 2 More extracts of a similar nature from this and other books of auld lang syne can be produced at any moment, but, for the present, I forbear. “And now let me review “this man’s’ oath, which he refers to and publishes in the Times of yesterday:
“DEPARTMENT of THE GULF, PRovost Court. | NEw ORLEANs, L.A., July 19, 1862. “Jacob Barker has taken the oath required by General Order No. 41 for a citizen of U. S. A. “Witness : Major JosłPH M. BELL, Provost Judge. “C. W. WooDBURY, Deputy Clerk.
“He says: ‘He demands proof. Here it is.” Yes, “here it is,’ Jacob, and just the proof I wished for. General Order No. 41 says:
“All acts, doings, deeds, instruments, records or certificates, certified or attested by, and transactions done, performed or made by any of the persons above described, from and after the fifteenth of June instant, who shall not have taken and subscribed such oath, are void and of no effect.
“This oath, Jacob Barker, you took on the 19th day of July, one month and four days beyond the time specified, thus making it “void and of no effect.”
“General Order No. 76 then came to the relief of Jacob Barker and “such men.” Ten minutes before the time expired rendering this oath null and void, you appeared before the Provost Marshal at the City Hall, raised your right hand and swore allegiance to the United States—to save your property from confiscation, I suppose. This was the oath I referred to, Jacob : “There was a vile conspiracy in 1826 among certain Wall street gamblers and political aspirants to injure
the fair fame of Mr. Barker, who hurled defiance at them in open court, and fought the battle successfully before
he had read law. “His Satanic Majesty has got them nearly all—only two or three have thus far escaped his vigilance. He will soon have the rest, with some additions from New Orleans, without the dishonor of meeting in single combat a man without position in society.—Jacob Barker. “Who can Jacob Barker be referring to, except his venerable self? “Oh, Jacob, Jacob, thy hairs are gray with the whitening frosts of nearly a hundred winters, yet thou retainest thy wickedness in spite of thy advanced age, and appear to think that his Satanic Majesty ceases to exist except in the person of thy august self. Oh, fie, Jacob Barker. “A. P. DOSTIE.” Said a friend to Dr. Dostie, in referring to the above correspondence. “You have not reverenced old age in your attacks upon Mr. Barker.” In reply, he said, “Mr. Barker is not too aged to strengthen treason and despotism. I shall never retain a vindictive feeling against any man—but a principle that aims to crush republican Liberty, I shall oppose.”