Open letter from G.W. Hutchins of Tallahassee denouncing Robert B. Ker

Open letter from G.W. Hutchins of Tallahassee denouncing Robert B. Ker


To the Public.
Robert B. Ker!!

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In a Handbill issued on yesterday, by the individual
ose name heads this piece, the undersigned finds him
assailed in a most wanton and malicious manner,
and for no other reason than refusing to pollute the
colums of his Journal, in publishing a long tirade of
low, vulgar and abusive language, from the pen of this
Rev'd personage, against an honest man, the author of
a piece signed 'A Democratic Republican,' which appeared
on the 6th inst., and which piece, though objec-
ns were made to it, was nevertheless true to the leter.
It was couched in respectful terms, and was of
uch a nature as would not have been objected to, had
not been to prevent this man accusing me of trying
defeat his election, for it is well known that whilst
hers were up for the office, who would not disgrace it,
could never be elected. But he did not think so,
se as he knew himself to be, pitiful creature, he was
absorbed in the idea of being the leading candidate,
already was he boasting of his intentions in the
ate, -when lo! the Election was declared-and
that a fall was there my countrymen"-the people
ferred sending honorable men to represent them in
councils, and thus the poor Hero, was left at home
his glory.
But to ourself. After I had given up the author of
A Democratic Republican," I told him if he wished
reply to it, the columns of the paper were open to
m, expecting to receive an article fitting for the col-
mns of a newspaper. But intead [sic] of this-about two
ages of trash, more suited to the pen of a billingsgate
an a Divine as he has the audacity to to [sic] style himself,
and in which myself came in for a liberal share,
was handed me. Was it to be supposed I would publish
it? It was not an answer to "A Democratic Republican,"
for he well knew he could not, dare not answer
it-but was nothing more than as we have stated
above, vulgarity and scurrility, fraught with the basest
lies, and in fact such as could only be put forth from the
mouth of a cowardly dastard [sic]. The author of "A Democratic
Republica," is too well known in this community,
to be injured by anything that his low, ill-bred
wretch, may vomit forth against him. As regards the
ficentiousness [sic] of the Press, the days of which, this Prophet,
says he has numbered. I can but reply, it must
be owing to his publications, when he announced him
lf a candidate for the Senate, with the request, that
the title of Rev'd. (what a blot upon the church

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and society,) should be attached to his name, while
soliciting the suffrages of an enlightened public, to elevate
him to that office.
As a specimen of this self-made preacher's scholar
ship, this "active officer in the field," and "principal
in the principle Seminaries of Florida, we quote from
his handbill;"
O Tempora! - O Mores!"
O Turnips, Eggs, Mutton, Pole-Cats, Onions, Raccoons, &c.
O! Mice, Opossums, Rails, Elephants, Snakes."
Quite a Literary Genius-'A Principal of a Seminary.'
Here indeed is a pretty character, to represent the Middle
District of Florida, in her councils. What a Senator!
Wonder if he is not a Roman? If not, he must
be a pupil, of a certain would be Divine, who, some
years since, in one of the States, after assuming the
gown-but I must stop; as he says he expounds truth
I shall leave him to expound this.
Again. On last Evening I received a message from
this holy man, as the hands of a negro, (his reason I
presume, is, he could not find a white person who would
honor him thus much) requesting me to erase his name
from my list of Subscribers., and credit him with hand
bills, destroyed by me. I should here make an apology
to my subscribers for ever having allowed the name of
this worthless and contemptible being to be associated
with theirs, upon my books, but for the present, they
will excuse me. As for the credit he desires, I should
be glad to credit him with my just dues, but I fear, I
shall be paid in the same manner that he pays all other
debts, (no small amount either,) viz. In Promises!!
The public will pardon me for thus noticing this
object of pity and contempt; but a cowardly insult offered
to myself and family, prompted me to act as I
have done.
To his Reverence, I will but observe, if I should again
have occasion to notice him, it will be with something
better adapted to his feelings, an article, termed
a Cowhide, and which should have been well applied,
ere this, but he deeming prudence to be the better
part of valor, has kept himself close at home.
As I have here proved him a notorious Liar and Coward,
as such I publish him.

G. W. Hutchins
Tallahassee, Oct. 17, 1838.


State Library of Florida: Florida Collection, BR0016