NBC – 1840.07.25 – Orangemen – #124 – F12217

Mr. CHUBB, —

Sir, – Having read in the Courier of last Saturday some fiendish assertions of a person calling himself “ A Catholic,” but who, from the bitter irony of his lying production, should rather be termed an infidel – for his statements are false and rebellious, – and rebellion and lies belong to devils and infidels ; – I feel called upon to make a few remarks in reply to that effusion. Sure I am that there is not a worthy, enlightened, or liberal Catholic in this community who would not deprecate the author of such a flagitious and party-stirring production as the one alluded to. This infidel as I may call him, acknowledges to have seen a piece in the Courier, about two months ago, deprecating even the usual custom of our interring and dead ; – even the solemnity and silence of the grave, it would seem, cannot escape the malignity of this infuriated demon. He had wished to acknowledge the truth, he would have called himself the author of that unnoticed effusion ; – but what has he to do with truth ? – and since he attacks my house with his falsehoods, I wish to show to the public the whole truth.

The funeral referred to, took place as has been stated, to the no small annoyance, it seems, of this worthy, unhappy raver. I was absent from home at the time, but was happy to hear that my friends made themselves comfortable at my establishment.

On the 13th of July, a party of Freeholders and Freemen, together with old Orangemen to the number, in all, of seventy-four, assembled and dined at my house; and though in commemoration of a glorious victory obtained one hundred and fifty years previously, yet they all separated and left the room before one o’clock. The malicious disposition of this croaker, however, wishes to make it appear that all who were able went away at two o’clock, and that they behaved with impropriety in the streets ; whereas, it is well known, that had any of them been in the state which this nocturnal eavesdropper would have the public believe, or guilty of the charge alleged, he and his associate pimping spics would have taken advantage of the circumstances, and visited them with their usual charity and forbearance in such cases. The nightly ramifications of this well-known sharer shall be made public if he ever dares to attempt putting his [base] threats in execution – of opposing force to peace – or disaffection to loyalty ; – threats which well merit, for their author, a permanent situation in the Provincial Penitentiary, and which in better regulated communities would not go unpunished.

In conclusion, Sir, I would inform this infidel scribe, that I keep a House of Public Entertainment, and shall always be happy to accommodate such orderly and loyal men as were those whose conduct I had the satisfaction of witnessing on the 13th July, 1840.

JAMES NETHERY.
Church-street, July 23.