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When drooping pleasure , turns to grief, ..kudtrembliug faith is changed to fear, The murmuring wind, the quivering leaf Shall softly tell us, Thou art near! On Thee we fling our burdening woe, 0 Love Divine, forever dear, Content to suffer, while we know, Living and dying, Thou art near! T,,u aintertsting(‘-,sl.lttclj. Front the Lancaster Inquirer.] LABOR AND CONTENTMENT BY JAMES FONDA "Oh while ye feel 'as hard to toil And labor all day through, Remember it is harder still To have no work to do." Labor has ben the lot of the human family since the fall of Adam. The decree has gone forth to the four quarters of the globe that man must labor and earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. To some it may appear hard that they should toil all their days; yet, it is well we should have physical labor, as it improves our health, employs our mind, and prepares us for the rest beyond the grave. As the tempest lost mariner who struggles manfully with the raging element, hails with a beating heart the haven of rest, and .re joices in that rest in proportion to the exer tion it cost him to gain it. Then fellow la borer whether at the sacred desk, the anvil, or in the field—wherever you may stand, girt thine armor on and faint not, for he who runs will win the prize— " We , were not meant to pl2d along the earth, Strange to ourselves, and to our fellows strange; We were not meant to struggle from our birth, To skulk and creep, and in mean pathways range— Act with stern truth, large faith, due loving will, Up and be doing, God is with us still." How many we Fee who, instead of manfully braving the storm of adversity, stop to mur mur at their low estate, and spend their life in sighing for wealth and bewailing the fate that made one man rich and the other poor. The golden coffer and a useless life, they look upon as the meed of their desires, forgetful of the poet's beauteous strains : "Whom call we gay? that honor has been long The boast of mere pretenders to the mune; The innocent are gay—the lark is gay, That dons his feathers, saturate with dew, Beneath the rosy clouds, while yet the beams Of day-spring overshot his humble rest The peasant, too, a witness of his song, 'Himself a songster is as gay as he; But save me from the gayety of those Whose headaches nail them to a noon-day bed ; And save me too from theirs, whose haggard eyes, Flase desperation and betray their pangs, For property stripped off by cruel chance; From gayety that fills the bones with pain, The mouth with blasphemy, the heart with woe." Riches though regarded as the means of enabling the possessor to live in elegance and luxury and even in voluptuousness, cannot treat happiness; the appetite soon becomes satiated, the senses are weakened, disease comes on, and the millionaire, amidst all his wealth, lives only in splendid misery. Dis tinction has more pain than pleasure, it is en vious distrustful and jealous. Power when possessed demands busy watchfulness to keep it, and if lost is the cause of the most acute pain. Wealth, power and distinction are not the promoters of happiness. But happiness will be found in the knowledge and obedience to the laws of nature, which create health both physical and spiritual. It will be found in obeying the propensity to act in some one of the many vocations that surround us, and which tends to secure our self-respect and peace of mind, and tends also to the common good. Yet even in that there may be found sorrows and trials, but we should remember that the thunder cloud that throws a gloom over the earth, will soon pass away, and the sun above shine forth as bright as ever— After winter comes the summer, after night returns the day ; After storm, the cairn returning, drives the threatening clouds away The farmer sows Ms seeds, and when the harrerst comes he goes forth to reap, and be hold his crops have failed, yet he does not despair ; he' sows again and again—is disap pointed, yet he is not discouraged—he hopes on, and sows again and going forth he finds `ample returns for his labor. The clergyman who day after day, and month alter month, warns the impenitent to flee from eternal misery, sees the same hearers, hardening their hearts still he hopes, and at length finds the sinner has yielded to divine grace. Whether a man is a merchant, a mechanic or a farmer, he will find that loss as well as gain, trouble as well as pleasure, will attend his steps—there is trouble for all both rich and poor; iti heralds our approach in• the world, it meets us at the threshold of life, and dogs us on our journey through, yet it is our duty to fight against it, nor is the effort with out its reward. The seaman loves the lark that nobly braves the hurricane, and proud ly out-rides the storm, and Heaven loves as well as helps those who help themselves. When the Crucified ascended to his Father, his Disciples -e,tood gazing upward with va cant looks until aroused by angelic' voices saying, "ye men' of Gallilee, why stand ye here gazing afar in the heavens ?" or, in other words,;why stand ye hare idle, go forth to the field and labor. We are all God's stew a pis, do not . stand idly by gazing in the $1 50 75 50 WILLIAX LEWIS, VOL. XV. heavens which will work no miracles and drop no manuna. When Elisha had lost the advantage of Elijah's instructions and gui dance, h did not sit down despondingly and mournfully enquire where is Elijah my friend, my father, and my guide, .hut he took the prophet's mantle and smote the waves of Jor don, exclaiming " where is the Lord God of Elijah." We are commanded to labor. The Bible says, " He that does not work shall not eat," a commandment. which seems to have been held sacred by a tribe of Indians called Gym nasophes, who had a great aversion to sloth and idleness. When the tables were spead for their repast, the assembled youth were asked by their masters in what -useful task they had employed from the hour of sunrise. One perhaps represented himself as having been an arbitrator, and succeeded by his pru dent management in com promising a difference between friends, a second had been paying obedience to a parents' commands, a third had made some discovery by his own appli cation, or learned something by anothers ' in structions ; but he who had done nothing to deserve a 'dinner was turned out doors with out one. • The man who sits idly down and says God made nature beautiful, and man cannot im prove it. forgets that without man's industry the world would be desolate. About three hundred and fifty years ago this now beauti ful continent was a vast wilderness. Chris topher Columbus by his perseverance and in dustry braved the perils of the deep and found a world,*then emigrants left the old world and found a home on the Western continent.— Bancroft records the fact that the first emi grants to the mother colonies of this continent were all working people, and thus the ham lets soon became villages and towns, and -towns cities, and now the western continent stands unrivalled by its older sister— "God made the country, Man made the town." • Thus we owe all our prosperity to the in dustry of a few humble men. True we often judge of men by their splendor and not by this mode of their actions. When Alexander the Great demanded of a pirate whom he had taken, "By what right he infested the seas?" " By the same right," replied he, "that Alex ander enslaves the world ; but I am called a robber because I have only one small vessel, and he styled a conqueror because he com mands great fleets and armies." Men of weak minds and narrow prejudices, are too much inclined to look to the outward show with more respect than they do to the better qualities of heart and mind. There is more credit due to the man whose energy of mind and character has raised him from an ob scure station' to one of dignity, than to him who derives all his dignity from his ancestors and added nothing to that which he had ob tained by the accidents of birth. A poor man laboring in his humble sphere, living on the coarsest fare because he will not ask for more than sustenance requires, and lead ing a quiet, cheerful life through his joys in daty and trust in God, is one whom God will surely bless—the servant is as sure of his re ward as the master. Nearly a century ago, Mrs. Montague wrote, " I would not every day tell my footman, if I kept one, that the whole fraternity were a pack of scoundrals, that lieing and stealing were inseparable qualities from their cloths. I should myself be very happy if they con fined themselves to innocent lies, and would only steal candle ends. On the contrary, I would say in their presence that birth and money were accidents of fortune, that no man was to be seriously despised for wanting them, that an honest and faithful servant was a character of more value than an insolent and corrupt Tor& That the real distinction between man and man lay in his integrity, which in one shape or another generally met with its reward in this world, and could not fail of giving the highest pleasure by a con sciousness of virtue, which every man feels that is so happy as to possess it. The most interesting and useful memoirs with which we are furnished by the pen of biography are not always those of the most distinguished public characters. Every star in the heaysns, though in appearance quite small, is as the sun in size and in glory, no less spacious, no less luminous than the radi ant source of day. The greatest of Roman satirists has said that " Virtue is the only and true nobility." The world is disposed to echo and applaud the sentiment, but yet to act as though birth and fortune were better and more estimable attractions of true nobility.— This is no reason, however, why the hum ble should bury their talents— He has not lived in vain, Who by his life hath taught What zeal unfired, can gain To one fixed purpose. If we are raised abcve the brute creation, if we are undeniably of a more excellent kind we must be made for a different purpose.— We cannot have the faculties with which they - are not furnished, but in order to lead a life different from them, and when our Life is not such, when it is but a round of eating, drink ing and sleeping as theirs, when by our idle ness we .are almost on a level with them, both as to all sense of duty and all knowledge that we possess, our time must - have been grivously misemployed. There is no surer token of its having been so than that we have done little to adyance ourselves above the herd, when, the Creator has endowed us with a capacity so far superior— "lt is the tho abject property of moat That, living parcel of the common mass, And destitute of means to raise themselves, They sink and settle lower than they need They know not what it is to feel within A comprehensive faculty. that grasps Great purposes with ease, that turns and wields Almost without an effort plans to vast For their conception, which they cannot more. "We all complain," says the philosopher Seneca, "of the shortness of time and yet have much more than we know what do with. Wit of our life is spent either in doing noth ing at all, in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doingnothing that we oughtto do. We are always complaining that our days are few,and acting as though there could be no end to them." Every one should endeavor to make himself as useful as possible, though you may be humble, fear not, for a little that a righteous man bath is better than the riches of many wicked, for the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord up holdeth the righteous. He that made the sun above us, also made the grass on which we walk, and He who watches the sparrows fall, will watch over His people—the hum blest need not repine : Through waves, and clouds, and storms lle gently clears the way, Wait there his time, so shall the night Soon end in joyous day. - Be contented with what you have—a use ful life is before you, " fight a good fight, fin ish your course, keep the faith." Then com plain no longer of your hardships and trial, but labor with your might that you may gar ner your harvest for the year of Jubilee. Romance of a Poor Young Man. It is strange what wonders may be accom plished, by industry and perseverance, in a few short years. A few years ago Tomkins was at home with "the old man," agricultu rally engaged in the Spring, Summer and Fall, and walking a mile to school in the Winter. At that time he wore thick cow hide boots, his hair was long, ragged and yellow, and his clothes were vulgar home spun. He had heard of the city, and now and then had a golden dream about it, but had never visited it, and had never seen any of its luxuries and refinements, save on one Sunday, when a party of high-toned young drunkards from the town raced past his fath er's door. Having frequently read that the city "gets all its smart men from the country," Tom kins obtained the old man's consent to go thither. He went, and during the first year of his residence in town he pursued various avocations of menial character. But he kept steadily onward, and atlength received a third rate clerkship in a retail store. An agreeable change now took place in Tomkins' personal appearance. He wore checkered pantaloons, and there was some thing almost supernaturally elegant about his. necktie. By herculean efforts and considera ble nil he made his hair " roll under" behind and "frizzle up" before. Standing before the glass. he would wonder if the old man and the neighbors would know him now. He made new acquaintances fast. He forgot his old friends, Bill Jones, the Hobbs boys, the Browns, and the other boys of the neighbor hood. He forgot all the sweet things he had said and all the promises he had made to Sarah Jane, out there in the Peasley woods, which joined the old man's farm. But— which was ever so much better, he got acquain ted with the gay and brilliant blades who were identified, as he was, with the retail trade. He also got acquainted with the Miss Batkinses, the Miss Flipkinses, the Miss Mur kinses, 445 c. He was gay, was Tomkins. He mastered billiards, be drove livery horses at a furious rate in the suburbs, and he got genteelly drunk every Saturday night. He knew the names of all the fancy drinks, of all the swift horses and the swifter women; and he chuck led to think how very much more he knew than those low fellows out there in the old man's neighborhood. He read the titles of many books, but nev er looked beyond them. These titles he would gaze at very profoundly in Old Bat kills' parlor, while waiting for the young la dies, who were going out with him, to dress. But—to his credit be it said—he read the Eastern " literary" papers, and much good they must have done him. He was subjected to a great trial otte day last summer. A solitary horseman stopped in front of Biggs, Jiggs & Co.'s, and wanted to know "if his Jeems worked there ?" That solitary horseman was old Tomkins. The person he inquired for was the gay and dashing young fellow we have been writing about. Now, Old Tomkins was quite a man at home. The neighbors, in fact, rather looked up to old Tomkins. But the idea of his presuming to come up to the city on that infernal old mare, in that everlasting old swallow-tailed coat, and that old hat, and above all those scandalous home-made panta loons, was actually frightful. So James thought. But he had to grin and bear it ; had to take the old fellow home to his board ing-house, where he made such awkward mis takes that Alfred Jinkins and Miss Larkins came very near choking themselves laughing at him. James was right glad when the "old cuss" went home. Tomkins grows more and more elegant ev ery day. The . neighbors certainly would not know him now. His appearance is perfectly splendid. Only think of it Let the poor and un couth young men in the country especially think of it! When James Tomkins first came to the city he was awkward and penni less. Now look at him ! Gaze on the illus trious young man. He dresses beautifully, can bow charmingly, can talk exquisitely for hours about nothing, and owes about every tailor, shomaker, billiard-marker, and livery stable-keeper in town I It can thus be seen what a poor young man from the country can do in the city if he chooses, and how many of them do it! But the Romance of a Poor Young Man does not always end here. We wish it did. A crash—a pillaged money-drawer—flight of Tomkins-,—his capture by the police—trial —e.onviotion--penitentiary-•—broken—hearted old father and mother—and the chorus of "I told you so," by the neighbors.—Cleveland Plain. Dealer... Can it be said with truth that we are children of forefathers, when Moses plainly tells us that Joshua was the son of Nun? Four things come not back : the bro ken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity. " Sonny dear, you have a very dirty face." " Can't help it man, dad's a black Republican." ' HUNTINGDON, PA., JUNE 20, 1860. OM -PERSEVERE.- Great Men Always Know Each Other. When Mr. Clay visited Hopkinsville, Ken tucky, the first year of the administration of John Quincy Adams, to defend himself against the charge of bargain, intrigue, and corruption, he was called upon by his friends at a large and spacious saloon. Dr. H., then of that place, and a great friend of Mr. Clay, was by his side, presenting him to his nu merous friends as they came forward. Pres ently the Doctor saw the tall form of the ec centric Governor Pittsur enter the door of the saloon. Instantly, he embraced the op portunity to point him out to Mr. Clay, and then whispered to him : " That tall man at the door is Governor Pittsur, of Pond River, a most worthy friend of yours, whom you must know without an introduction ; and you must be certain, before be leaves, to wish that he may never have another invasion of squirrels." Thus posted, Mr. Clay stood his ground in the centre of the saloon, whilst the Governor, unconscious of the innocent trick, approach ed him by degrees, and saying as he came— " Don't introduce me to Mr. Clay; he will know me and I shall know him, for great men always know each other on sight." The Governor, looking everywhere, but in the right place, asked, as he passed on : " Where is the god-like man ?" and saying, " I shall know him on sight, for great men like us never fail to know each other. I beg of you, gentlemen, not to introduce us, we shall know each other. You say he is in this room; good—l shall find him !" And away he stalked toward the place where Mr. Clay stood. " How are you, Governor Pittsur, of Pond River ? lam rejoiced to see you." " Hear that 1" said the Governor ; " didn't I tell you he would know me ? Yes, yes, gentlemen he is the greatest man that lives 1" After cordially shaking hands, and telling a few of his happy jokeS, Mr. Clay said " My dear Governor, I wish that you may live a thousand years, that health may abound throughout your wide domain, and that you may never have another invasion of the squir rels." "Bless me 1" said the Governor, "did you hear that ? How did he know that my peo ple lost their entire crop of corn last year by squirrels? Bless my soul, he knows every thing I Wonderful 1 wonderful I I always told you he was the greatest man in the world ; didn't I, boys?" And the Governor left in a state of perfect admiration of the great statesman.—Harper's Magazine. SOME CHANCE FOR THE YOUNG.—Ever since the days of Solomon, those who are incapable of governing children, by reason of example and good teaching, have quoted with admira tion the remark of that sage, to " spare the rod spoils the child." Parents who cannot properly govern themselves find this a con venient pretext, when angered, for using the only force which they possess, in the absence of intellectual and moral power. Teachers, too, have found it less taxing to their brain to stimulate the mental faculties with a rod than to rouse the dormant nature of the child by proper appeals to its ambition. Even, courts of law, following precedent rather than common sense, have, universally, almost, up held the practice of corporeal punishment, forgetting that the best way to preserve self respect, the foundation of all character, is not to mirage it by degrading punishment. Sol mon's precept has always been a favorite maxim with the bench, and it has decided that teachers are in the position of parents, and have a right to punish a pupil corporeal ly. As long established as this principle has been, there are many who dispute its justice and its propriety, and at last we have a Judge in New Orleans who openly and totally op pugns it. In a suit brought against a teacher for damages for inflicting corporeal punish. ment on a child, the Judge held that the teacher is not in the position of a parent in respect to a pupil, and cannot inflict corpo real punishment without rendering himself liable. He has his remedy, if a pupil is dis obedient and cannot be brought to submission by other means, and may expel him from the school. Even the parent himself is restricted in the. power to be exercised over a child, and cannot cruelly use it. The jury took the Jtidge's dictum as good law, and gave a ver dict of damages, though it was proven that the punishment was not excessive in its char acter. If this comes to be law, teachers and parents will have to learn first how to control their tempers, and, therefore, be better able to exercise proper control over those whose moral and intellectual government is under their charge.—Harrisburg Telegraph. OLD SAWS NEW SET.-"A burden which one chooses is not felt." We once chose a burdensome hat which in spite of our voli tion, tr - as "felt." "A weak watch invites a vigilant foe."— Yes—and the "foe" in question is the watch repairer, who is always on the look-out for weak watches. "A fop is the tailor's friend and his own foe." Not always. Sometimes he is his own friend and the tailor's foe. 'PA penny saved is twice earned." Then it isn't worth saving. "Ask thy purse what thou shouldst buy." We asked ours, the other day, what we should buy. But Echo, most perversely, didn't an .ewer "buy." "Custom invariably lessens admiration."— Not Invariably. Ask the shop-keepers. "Business is the salt of life. Very likely. But who wants salt for a perpetual diet ? "Better be alone than in bad company.",-- True, but, unfortunately, many persons are never in so bad company as when they are alone, "Debt is the worst kind of poverty." Not exactly. There are people so poor that they can't get into debt. Debt to them would be property instead of poverty. Franklin, on hearing the remark that what was lost on earth went to the moon, ob served that there must be a deal of good ad vice accumulated there. r Letter of Acceptance of Hon. John Bell. DEAR. SIR:—It has become my agreeable duty, as the presiding officer of the National Union Convention, which terminated its ses sion in this city last evening, to inform you that you have received the nomination of that body as its candidate for the office of Presi dent of the United States. After a frank in terchange of sentiment, in which the merits of all the distinguished candidates presented for our consideration were canvassed in the most friendly spirit, the Convention resolved with entire unanimity and great enthusiasm to place your name before the American peo ple as the chosen representative of its princi ples of constitutional liberty and union.— With a just appreciation of your moderation and justice, your uniform support of wise and beneficent measures of legislation, your firm ness, and heroic resistance of the repeal of the Missouri compromise, and all kindred measures calculated to engender sectional discord, and your life-long devotion to the union, harmony and prosperity of these States, it was declared with one accord, that you are the man for the crisis ; and that, with your hon ored name inscribed on our banner, an earnest appeal shall be made to the people to rally for the preservation of our national institutions. We feel, one and all, that your election to the Presidency would ensure the integrity of our government, restore the peace of the Union, and afford an unfailing guarantee for the supremacy of the Constitution and the laws. I have the honor to be, with high respect, your obedient servent, WASHINGTON HUNT. To the HoN. JOHN BELL. Dear Sir :—Official information of my nom ination to the Presidency by the National Union Convention, of which you were the presiding officer, was communicated to me by your letter of the 11th instant, at Philadel phia, on the eve of my departure with my family for my place of residence in Tennes see. and, diffident as I was of my worthiness, I did not hesitate to signify my intention to accept the position assigned to me by that distinguished and patriotic body. But for convenience, and under a sense of the propri ety of acting in so grave a matter with great er deliberation, I concluded, as I informed you at the time, by a private note, to defer a for mal acceptance until after my arrival at home. Now that I bare had all the leisure that I could desire for reflection upon the circum stances which the nomination was made, the purity of the motives and the lofty spirit of patriotism by which the Convention was an imated, as evinced in all its proceedings, I can appreciate more justly the honor done me by the nomination ; and, though it might have been more fortunate for the country had it fallen upon some one of the many dis tinguished statesman whose names were brought to the notice of the Convention, rath er than myself, I accept it, with all its possi ble responsibilities. Whatever may be the issue of the ensuing canvass, as fbr myself, I shall ever regard it as a proud distinction— one worth a life-long effort to attain—to be pronounced worthy to receive the highest of fice in the Government at such a time as.the present, and by such a Convention as that which recently met in Baltimore—a Conven tion far less imposing by the number of its members, large as it was, than by their high character. In it were men venerable alike for their age and their public services, who could not have been called from their volun tary retirement from public life but by the strongest sense of patriotic duty; others, thoug still in the prime of life, ranking with the first men of the country by honors and distinctions already acquired in high official positions, both State and national ; many of them statesman worthy to fill the highest of fice in the Government ; a still greater num ber occupying the highest rank in their re spective professional pursuits ; others dis tinguished by their intelligence and well earned influence in various walks of private life, and all animated and united by one spirit and one purpose—the result of a strong conviction that our political system, under the operation of a complication of disorders, is rapidly approaching a crisis when a speedy change must take place, indicating, as in diseases of the physical body, recovery or death. The Convention, in discarding the use of platforms, exacts no pledges from those whom they deem worthy of the highest trusts under the Government; wisely considering that the surest guarantee of a man's future useful ness and fidelity to the great interests of the country in any official station to which he may be chosen, is to be found in his past his tory connected with the public service. The pledge implied in my acceptance of the nom ination of the National Union Convention is, that should I be elected I will not depart from the spirit and tenor of my past course, and the obligation to keep this pledge de rives a double force from the consideration that none is required from him. You, sir, in your letter containing the offi cial announcement of my nomination, have been pleased to ascribe to me the merit of and justice in my past public career. You have likewise given me credit for a uniform support of all wise and beneficent measures of legislation, for a firm resistance to all measures calculated to engender sectional discord, and for a life-long devotion to the union, harmony and prosperity of these States. Whether your personal partiality has led you to overstate my merits as a public man or not in your enumeration of them, you have presented a summary—a basis of all sound American statesmanship : It may be objec ted that nothing is said in this summary, in express terms, of the obligations imposed by the Constitution, but the duty to respect and observe them is clearly implied, for without Editor and Proprietor. Vlio ft. WASHINGTON HUNT TO JOHN BELL. BALTIMORE, May 11, 1860 JOHN BELL TO WASHINGTON HUNT. NASHVILLE, May 21, 1860 due observance in the conduct of the Govern ment, of the Constitution, its restrictions and requirements, fairly interpreted in accor dance with its spirit and objects,. there can be no end to sectional discord—no secaritzr for the harmony of the Union. I have not the vanity to assatae that in ray past connection with the public service I have exemplified the course of a sound Amer ican statesman ;; but if I have deserved the favorable view- taken of it in your letter, I may hope, by a faithful adherence to the maxims by which I have heretofore been guided, not altogether to disappoint the con fidence and expectations of those who have placed me in my present relation to the pub lic • and if, under Providence, I should be called to preside over , the affairs of this great country as the executive chief of the Govern ment, the only further pledge I feel called upon to make is, that to the utmost of my and with whatever strength of will can command, all the powers and influence belonging to my official station shall be em ployed and directed for the promotion of all the great objects for which the Government was instituted, but more especially for the maintenance of the Constitution and the Union against all opposing influence and ten dencies. I cannot conclude this letter without ex pressing my high gratification at the nomina tion to the second office under the Govern ment '"of that eminently gifted and distin guished statesman of Massachusetts, Edward Everett, a gentleman held by general consent to be altogether worthy of the first. Tendering my grateful acknowledgements for the kind and complimentary remarks with which you were pleased to accompany the communication of my nomination. I am, dear sir, with the highest respect, your obedient NO. 52. servant, JOHN BELL. To the Hon. WASHINGTON HUNT. Letters of Acceptance of Messrs. Lin coln and El'amlin. The following is the correspondence between the officers of the Republican National Con vention and the candidates thereof for Presit dent and, Vice-President : CHICAGO, May 18, 1860. To the Hon. .aram Lincoln of SIR :—The representatives of the Republi can party of the United States, assembled in convention at Chicago, have, this day, by an unanimous vote, selected you as the Republi can candidate for the office of President of the United States, to be supported at the next election, and the undersigned were appointed a committee of the convention to apprise you of this nomination, and respectfully to request that you will accept it. A declaration of the principles and sentiments adopted by the convention accompanies this communication, In the performance of this agreeable duty we take leave to add our confident assurence.s that the nomination of the Chicago conven tion will be ratified by the suffrages of the people. We have the honor to be, with great re spent and regard, your friends and fellow-cit, kens, GEO. AsminN, of Massachusetts. President of the Convention, SPRINGFIELD, 111., May 23, 1860. Hon. Geo. Ashinun, President of the Repubil can _National Convention .! SIR :—I accept the nomination tendered me by the convention over which you preside, awl of which I am formally apprised in the letter of yourself and others, acting as a com mittee of the convention, for that purpose. The declaration of principles and send ments, which accompanies your letter,.meets my approval ; and it shall he my care not to violate, or disregard it, in any part. Imploring the assistance of Divine Provit denee, and with due regard to the views and feelings of all who were represented in the convention, to the rights of all the States and territories, and people of the nation, to the inviolability of the constitution, and the per petual union, harmony and prosperity of all, I mu most luippy to co-operate for the practi cal success of the principles declared by the convention. Your obliged friend and fellow-citizen, ABRAHAM' LINCOLN. A similar letter was sent to the nominee for the Vice-Pesidency, to which the follow ing is the reply:— Gravri.ratEN :—Your official COMMUEica,tion of the 18th inst., informing me that the rep resentatives of the Republican party of the United States, assembled at Chicago, on that day, had, by a unanimous vote, selected me as their candidate for the office of 'Vice Pres dent of the United States, has been received, together with the resolutions adopted by the convention as its declaration of principles. Those resolutions enunciate clearly and forcibly the principles which unite us, and the objects proposed to be accomplished. They address themselves to all, and there is neither necessity nor propriety in my enter ing upon a discussion of any of them. They have the approval of my judgment, and in any action of mine will be faithfully and cordi, ally sustained. I am profoundly grateful to those with whom it is my pride and pleasure politically to co-operate, for the nomination so unexpec tedly conferred; and I desire to tender through you, to the members of tfi'e convention, my sincere thanks for the confidence thus reposed in me. Should the nomination, which I now accept, be ratified by the people, and the du, ties devolve upon me of presiding over the Senate of the United States, it will be my earnest endeavor faithfully to discharge them with a just regard for the rights of all. It is to be observed, in connection with the doings of the Republican Convention, that a paramount object with us is to preserve the normal condition of our territorial domain as homes for free men. The able advocate and defender of Republican principles, whom you have nominated for the highest place that can gratify the ambition of man, comes from a State which has been made what it is by spec cial action in that respect of the wise and good men who founded our institutions. The rights of free labor have there been vindica ted and maintained. The thrift and enter, prise which so distinguish Illinois, one of the most flourishing States of the glorious West, we would see seemed to all the territories of the Union, and restore peace and harmony to the whole country, by bringing back the Gov, ernment to what it was under the wise and patriotic men who created it. If the Repubt, licans shall succeed in that object, as they hope to, they will be held in grateful remem brance by the busy and teeming millierp Of future ages. I am, very truly yours, 11. lima tax. Hon. GEORGE ASEL AWN, President of the Con vention, and others of the committee. -The "Minute Men of '56," an organi. zation of rather an extensive character, met in Ppiladelphia, last week, and resolved unan, imously to support Messrs. Bell and Everett for President and Vice President, The or, ganization is pledged to the support of thg Union and the Constitution, WAsEcmGTox, May 30.