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Warren Journal
Belvidere, Warren County, NJ

Note:  "Inst." means "instant", and refers to the current month.
"Ult." means "ultimo", which means "in the last month."

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May 19, 1853

        AN INSULT OT WHIGS OF N.J.--Horace Greeley proposes to send over an Editor from New York, to manage the Whig cause in New Jersey, "who cannot be bought."  This is as much as to say, the Whig Editors of New Jersey can be bought.  What has Mr. Brown, of the State Gazette, to say to this polite insinuation?  What an insult to the Whigs of New Jersey?  Mr. Greeley seems to think that all the Whig Editors have their price.  He is afraid to trust them.
        Will the Whigs of New Jersey avail themselves of Mr. Greeley's generous offer?  We should like well to see that fellow "who can't be bought," and notice the ear marks by which we shall be able hereafter to distinguish a Whig Editor who can't be bought, from those who are in the market for sale.--Monmouth Democrat.

June 23, 1853

        After the 1st of July, Dr. Swayze, Dentist, will be absent for two months, on account of professional engagements at Newton, N.J., and therefore those wishing his services before his return are requested to call as soon as convenient.  We are sorry to thus announce so long an absence of Dr. S., but we know his services are highly appreciated in his native county, where he was established for three years previous to his locating in this place, and his friends there still insist upon his making them a professional visit annually, and thus he wisely takes July and August to spend among the hills of New Jersey.--Boston Whig.

August 18, 1853

September 8, 1853:

Strange Doings In the New Jersey Lunatic Asylum!

     We have just been informed of a startling fact relative to the management of the New Jersey Lunatic Asylum, which is only the more singular because of the ominous silence of the Trenton papers in regard to it.
     We learn from a source of the utmost reliability that on Monday, the 29th ult., Mr. Jaques Quick, of Hunterdon County, N.J., was taken from the New Jersey Lunatic Asylum by a writ of habeas corpus, and brought before Hon. Stacy G. Potts, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court, at Trenton.  E. W. Scudder, Esq., appeared as his attorney, and Hon. W. L. Dayton was counsel with the Managers of the Institution.  Dr. Buttolph, the Superintendent of the Asylum, was called and examined under oath.  From the examination, it appeared that the patient, Quick, had been confined to the Asylum by his friends, for about ten months, for alleged insanity, caused by intemperance; but the Superintendent refused to swear that he believed him to be insane, and acknowledged that he had kept him there because his board was paid, and because he would not promise to obtain from intoxicating drinks upon being discharged.
     When this statement was made, Mr. Dayton, on the part of the managers, threw up the case, and the Judge very properly discharged the victimized patient.
     Mr. Quick is a wealthy farmer, unfortunately somewhat addicted to “potations deep,” but the secret of the affair is that, having made a will highly satisfactory to certain parties, he had, while in an angry mood, threatened to change it to their disadvantage.  The law, the fear of detection and the prospect of the gibbet restrained them from committing open, violent murder, but they managed to get their victim drunk, and in that state had him confined in the asylum, doubtless expecting the treatment he would there receive would eventually drive him mad, or that the fact of his supposed insanity would vitiate any after will, and leave them to control his property. – N.Y. Nat. Dem.

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