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BY S. X BOW.
CLEARFIELD, PA., WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1864.
VOL; 10.-NO. 45.
SPECIAL ' EL.ECTIOM
WHEREAS, the Governor of the Common
wealth of Pennsylvania, under the great
Seal of the state, haa issued the following .writ
of .Election :
TO Edward Perks, Esq , Sheriff of the county of
Clearfield, sends Greeting :
WHEREAS, A Joint Resolution proposing cer
tain amendmeu'8 to the Constitution of this Com
monwealth, which are as follow.!, vii :
"There shall be an additional section to the
third article of the Constitution, to be designa
ted as section four as follows :
"Ejection 4. Whenever any of the qualified e
Jectors ot this Commonwealth shall be in any act
ual military service, under a requisition from the
Presided of the United States, or by authority
of this Commonwealth, such electors may exer
cise the right of suffrage in all elections by the
citizens, under such regulations as are or shall be
prescribed by law. as fully as if they were pres
ent at their u.sual pluce of elections.
'There shall be two additional Sections to the
Eleventh Article of the Constitution, to be desig
nated as Sections eight and nine, as follows :
'Section 8. No bill shall be parsed by the Leg
islature containing more than one subject, which
hall be clearly expressed in the title, except ap
"Section 9. No bill shall be passed by the Leg
islature, granting any powers or pr! ileges:in any
case where the authority to grant sucu powers,
or privileges, has been, or may hereafter be. con
ferred upon the Courts of this Commonwealth. "
has been agreed by a majority of the members
elected to each House of the Legislature, at to
euceessive e?Rions of the same.
AND WHEREAS, It is provided in the Tenth
Article of the said Constitution, that nny amend
ments so agreed upon, shall be submitted to the
people in such manner, and at such time, at least
three months after being so agreed to by the two
houses, as the Legislature shall prescribe ; uch
suhmis9ien to be in such manner and form, that
the people may vote for or against each amend
ment seperate and distinctly :
AND WHEREAS, By an Act of the General As
sembly of his Commonwealth, passed the twon-ty-thirtl
day of April, Anno Domini one thousand
eitfbt hundred and sixty four, it is provided
ioatfof the purpose of asoertainicg the sense of
the people of this Commonwealth, in regard to
the adoption or rejection of said auiunJutcuu, or i
eitnerot mem. the Oovcrnor of this Commoti
ttralth shall issue a writ of Klrction. directed to
Hch and every SLerifTuf this CoinuiouneaUh.
co.nmandtug them to give notice in the usual
aianner, in not less than two Newspapers in each
city or county : Provided, That so many ate pub-.
inhetl thereto, and by at least tu-u-priuted Imnd
biJla in each Election District, of every city and
county where no Newspaper is published, tlialuu
vlfction w ill be held in each of tho townships,
boroughs, wards, precincts and districts therein,
on the FIRST TUESDAY Oi' Al'VoT. in the
jtarof our Lord, one thousand eight hundred
.nd sisty four. for the purpose of deciding upon
tiiH approval and ratification, or rejection, of the
sii amendments, which said election shall be u
pend, held and closed upon the day last'aforo--aid.
at the places ai.d w ithin the hours, at and
within which, the (jeueral Elections of this Cotii
uiouwealtL are directed to be opened, held trnd
NOW THEREFORE. In obedlecce to the re
quirements of the Tenth Article of lim Couititu
tion, and in accordance with the true intent and
meaning of the said act of the (.i-neral Assembly
of this Cjmmonwealth. I, A. G. CLKTf.N, Govern
or of the said Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
io 'usae this writ; coioinandiug and reouirin
oo. the said Edward Perks, Sheriff of the said
county, to give notice in the usuj.1 manner and as
by Law required, that an election n il! be held aa
cording to the terms of the Constitution
iS!0L8 of the Act of the General Assembly afore
said, in each of the townships, boroughs, wards,
precincts and districts therein, on the Ut t Tues
day of August, in the year of our Lord cue thou
soci eight hundred and sixty-four, for the pur
pose of deciding upon the approval and ratitiea
"r njfetion, of the said ameizduteut-'.
' , Given under my hand and the Great
I eal of the Stato, at llarri.--burg, th is
vO"" Twenty-first day of Jure, in the year
cf our Lcrd one thousand eight hundred and six
ty four, and of the Commonwealth the ehty
'ijjlith. iiy the Governor: ELI SLtFc.;"
."Secretary of the Commonwealth.
THEREFORE, I.Edward Perks, High Sheriff
of Clearfield county. Vo hereby give IVhlio No
to the Electors of the county of Clearfield . that
sspecial Elnciiuu will be held on tho ti.cTb ts
l iT op Ar;rT next, being the ecom day of lu
ianth. at the same time and plaees tisti iiy law
.or holding the General and townsliiji tlcitiju. in
M county in accordance with
"An At Preribirg the time and mnnni-'f of sub
a,!ttir,g to the people, 'or their approval and ratifl
citiou, or n-jection, the proposed amendments
ta the Constitution
WHEREAS, A j.iint resolution. rroDosiiic per.
'am amendment to the constitution of this coin
luonvti-alth has been agreed to by n majority of
tie Bjeuibors elected to each house of the leiaU
;or. at two htict'es.'ive itfssions of the same? the
nrwton commencing on the tir-t Tuesday or
iiiuiry. in tne year ot our Lord one thousand
:?nt hondreu and sixty-three, and the second
ioD cmninpnc-in on the first Tuesday of Jan
uary in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
taoilred and sixty-four :
t.AjiD Wbrkeas, It is provided ia the tenth ar
'sfteof the constitution, that' any amendment, so
-d upon, shall be submitted "to the peoplo. in
ch manner, and such times.at least three mouths
wr being so agreed to by the two houses, as the
:iniatttre shall prescribe, such submission to be
'& such manner, and form, 1 3 at the people mav
tor. or against, each amendment. separately.
.i'ECTIOM 1. Be it
-i.iucujr , tnereiore.
p""f fitprenentntives of th Common
forii ',l ""act,'i 'h 'tht authority of the jame. That
le Purpose of ascertaining the sense of the
Pple of this commonwealth, in regard to the a-
i"ion. or rejection, of said amendments, or ei-
,i ... luen, the governor of this eommopwealth
..." '8n a writ of election directed to each, and
,l " '"enffot this commonwealth, commanding
L-V08'78 notice, ia tho usual manner, in not
ty p newspapers in each city, and coun
,1 ' .lTovi'lrd, That so many are published
Jh ?' ad by at ieMt two Printed handbills, iu
he ' ,10n district, of every city and county.
,p,rf"!Do newspaper is publisbcd.that an election
c;' , heJ'J- 'n each of the townships, wards, pre
IT 80(1 districts, therein, on the first Tuesday
' zhtP jin ,he yer pfor Lord one thousand
4ijin ed "na "ixty-fnr. for. the purpose of
"iectin8 a?n tho "PP10"! nd ratiBcation, or
ieotio n 8aid BI,,eDdments ; which said
iieaYi Penei neId, and closed, upon
hoUaforsaM-atthe P'cs,' and within
Goo. Jw t- nd wtnin. which the general elec-
1 closed ; and u 8haU be e dpty of
fcnshS;. V epeotor"' ftnd e'etks, of each of said
'titA JlSh8' wards, precincts, and dis-
reeeiv u i,. ..u .1 . .
Mid. n,l l j j . . ... .. .
.. .. : "-ire. ar rn nts
election, tickets, not
tir"v rin, 5 - Pr,Dted. or partly written and
"!Wif.f edfrom each of the qualified voters
tthi-m ?' w my offer tho eame. d t d
Provi,1J!ilbo''r boe.tobefor that pur
hn L. by ths Proper officers ; which tick-
uir., re,Pectiely, loblled,' on the out
414 "ThiTt mendraent,f' "8e?ond Amendment,"
lUatoiAmendmei,t'"d thsl who ar fa- :
wia toMlmenU, or any of them, way
Hti proposea amenaments,
express their approval thereof by voting, each, as
many separate, written or printed, or partly writ
ten and partly printed ballots, or tickets, as
there are amendments approved by them, con
taining. on the inside thereof, the words, 1A
gainst the Amendment ;" the electors, voMng for,
or against, the first amendment, shall be
considered as voting for, or against, the first pro
posed fourth section to article three of the constitu
tion, extending the right ot suffrage to soldiers ;
electors. voting for. or against, the second amend
ment, shall be considered as voting for.or against,
the proposed eighth section to article eleven of the
constitution; and electors. voting tor. or against. the
third ameodmcnt.shall be considered as voting for,
or against, the proposed ninth section to article e
leven of the constitution.
fcjpcTioai 'I. That the election, on the said pro
posed amendments, shall, in all respects, be con
ducted as the general eleotious, of this common
wealth, are now conducted; and it shall bo the
duty of the return judges, of the respective coun
ties, and districts, thereof, first having carefully
nscertained the number of votes given for, or a
gainst, each of said amendments, in the manner
aforesaid, to make out duplicate returns thereof,
expressed in words, at length, and not in figures,
only ; one of which returns, so made, shall be
lodged in the prothonotary's office, of the court of
common pleas, of the proper county, and the oth-'
er sealed, and directed, to the secretary of the
commonwealth, and by and of said judges deposit
ed, forthwith, in tho most convenient post office,
upon which, postage shall be prepaid, at the ex
pense i-f the proper county.
Section 3. That it shall be the duty of the sec
retary of the commonwealth, on the twenty third
day of August tiexr, before four o'clock, past
nun .nan. to deliver to tee speaker ot tu senate,
or the speaker d tue tiouse of Representatives,
th returns of the said election . from the several
comities of the commonwealth ; and the tame
shall, on the same day. a. 1 hour, be opened, and
published, in tlio presence of the members of the
Senate, and liouse of itepresetatives ; and the
dumber of the votes given for, and against, said
ainandiriHnts. respectively," shall be csrefully
summed up. and ascertained. ud duplicate certi
ficate, of tue result, shall be signed bv the soca'c-
era of the two bouses. Une of .-aid certitientes
be dolivertd to the secretary of the commonwealth
who shall cause the same to bo recorded and filed
in hi ofiioe, and the other ot said certificates
shall be delivered to the governor, who shall forth
with i.'suchis proclamation, declaring whether the
said amendments, or either of tbem, have been
approved, and ratified, by a maiority of the qual
ities! voters, of this st ate. voting thereon ; Provi
rtV., That if. for any cause, 4 quorum of either
house of the legislature, shall not be present, at
tho day, and hour, above mentioned, then the
said votes shall Oe opened, in the presence of such
members, cf said bouses, as shall be present;
and in ease of the absence of the speaker, of
either of said houses, the said certificates shall be
signed by the speaker present ; or. in case of the
absence of both speakers, the chief clerks.of both
bouies. or either of thorn , in case of the absence
of one of said clerks.
Skctio.n -. That the several duties required
be performed by theheri ITs, commissioners, con
stable?, judges, inspeetors. and all other officers,
whatever, in. and about, the general elections of
this commonwealth, shall be perform eoW by such
ollicers, in, and about, the election herein provi
ded for; and nil peiifias, bother officers, or
others. hhalHie Pablo to tho same punishment, for
th neglect of any t'uty, the commissiou of any
offence, at, iu. or about, the said election, as they
would, for tho Denied of like duty, or the 00m
misiion of like offence, at, in, or about, the gener
al :feoticMis of this commonwealth.
-llKNttv C. Joiinsov. Sfeaker of House of Rep.
John P Pes.net, speaker of the .Senate.
Approved The twenty-third day of April. An
no Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty
four. A. G CURTIN.
The electors of theeounty of CiearfiolJ will take
notice that tho said special flection will bo held
at the following places viz:
At 'he Louse 01 Samuel M. SinttU for Ceccaria
At the house of Ascph "His for Cell township
At the house of James Uioom, .Sea., for l5ioom
Atihe house of Edward Albert for the township
At the house of ci. Hoover for the township
At tho 1 ublic house of 11. W. Moore for Brady
At the house of John Youiig for the township of
At the s;hoohouse near Aiiuon Rorabaugh's for
the township of Cheat.
At the court house for the Dorouh of Clearfield.
At the house of Jacob Mauror for the township
At the house of I. lilooui, doe'd, fortius Bor
ough of Curwensville.
At Centre school house for tho town'p of Decatur
At the house ot ihouias IS. Davis tor tho town
ship of Ferguson.
At the house of John I. Bundy for the township
ox r ox..
At Congress XI i 11 school house for tho township
At tho public school bouse for the township of
At the house of Jacob Ilubler for tho township
At the school house in Janesville for the town
ship of Gueliuh.
At the house of J.Wilson tor the twn'p of Huston
At tho schooi house iu Aiisonvillc tor the town
ship of Jordan. '
At the house of IS. 1). Hall 4 Co. for the town
ship of Karthaus.
At the Turkey Hill School house for the town
ship of Knox.
At the court bouse in the Borough of Clearfled
tor l.awrenee township.
At tht public school house for the borouzb of
T Jumoer city.
At the house formerly occupied by Thomas Ky
ler for the township of'Morris.
At the public school house for the Borough of
At the house formerly of Wm. V. Anderson for
the township of l enu.
At the nouse of I. Bloom, deo'd. in thaEarouirh
vi vui n cost liic 1 ui m. mo lOWIlSUip
At the house of It. W. Moore for the township
At the house of Thomas Henderson for the town
ship of Woodward. .
NOTICE IS FURTHER HEREBY G IVEX, That
all persons, except Justices of the Peace, who
shall hold any office or appointment of trust, un
der the government of the tnited Mates or of
this fctate, or of any incorporated district, weth
er a commissioned officer or otherwise, a subor
dinate officer r agent, who is or shall be em
p oyed under the Lcgiclative, Executive, or Judi
cial .Departments of this State or United States,
or any city or incorpoated district, and also that
every member of Congress and of the State Legis
lature, or of the common or select council of any
city, or commissioner of any incorporated dis
trict, are bv law incapable of holding or exer
cising, at the same time, the office or apoint
ment of Judge. Inspector, or'Clerk of any elec
tion of this Commonwealth.
And the Return Judges of the respective dis
tricts aforesaid are requested to meet at the Court
House, in the Borough of Clearfield, on the First
Friday next after the said First Tuesday "of Au
gust, then and there to do those things required
of them by law.
GIVEN under my hand and seal, at Clearfield,
this Twenty-ninth day of Jane, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four,
and of the Independence of the United States the
eighty-eighth - EDWARD PERKS, Sheriff.
A HUNDEED TEASS HENCE.
All ye loyal freomen give ear to my song.
Come listen a-while, I'll not keep you long.
Concerning these croakers about great expense,
They'll all be forgotten a hundred years hence.
There's V'al. of Ohio, with Cox and a Pugh,
Who're sorely afflicted with secession, too.
They would not vote one dollar for Union defence,
And hey'Il be forgotten ere twenty years hence.
There are Seymours and Woodses all joined in a
For the spread of the slave trade over the land ;
To be friends of slaveholders they speak much
But they'll be forgotten a hundred years hence.
And George B. McClellan, the copperhead god,
Who is at their service by wink or by nod.
He once, to be loyal, made a great pretense,
But ho'll be forgotten a hundred years hence.
These Cops cry for peace and the rights of the
Then hurrah for the war with the very same mouth ;
They set up McClellan astride of this fence ;
It will all be forgotten a hundred years hence.
Success to the champion that's now at the holm,
May he all the foes of our land overwhelm,
Suppress all rebellion no matter from wbenoe ;
lie will be remembered a hundred years hence.
All honor to army and nnvy so bold.
In every old State they have now a foothold ;
Our tories at home are all in suspense,
They'll not be forgotten a hundred years hence.
The following is a calculation of the nam
ber of books, verses, letters, fcc, contained
in the Old and .New Testaments. They are
worth reading and preserving :
Old Testament. Number of book:
chapters, 92(J; verses, 3;,2I4 ; words, 592,
4u'.l ; letters, 2.728, 10i.
The middle book is Proverbs.
Th-i mid lie chanter Job xxix.
rin if 1 11 ,i j-i. ,
ino .iiune vere would oe z Lnromcles
xx, 17, if there was a verse more, and verse
18, if there was a verse less.
The word and occurs 35,543 times.
The wotd J KIIOVAU .occurs 0.855 timjt?s.
The shortest verso is 1 Chronicles i. 25.
The 21st verse of the 7th chanter of'Kzra
contains all the letters of the alphabet.
The Ii)th of the 2 Kings and the 37th
chapter are alike.
A ey Testament. Xutnber of books, 27;
chapters, 200 ; verses, 7,000 ; words
268 : letters, 82S.5.S0. , - , ' .
Ths middle book is 2 Thossalonian3.
Tho middle chapter is Romans xiiiif there
was a chapter more.
The middle verse is John xi 35. "
Old and New Tsta. ien'TS. umber
of books, 00 : chapters, 1.IS9; verses, 40,
274 ; words, 773.'.'07 letters. 3,550.080.
lhe middie chapter, and least iu the Bi
ble, is the II 7th Psalm.
The middle verse is P-a!m cxviii, S.
Anecdote of Dr. Bethune.
. A friend writes us from Florence a good
story about the late Dr. Bethune, which we
must .-hare with our readers. Two English
clergymen were calling on him in Florence,
and tho conversation turnimr unon the war
in the United States, one of them said to
the ('-jetor :
ou nee I a king in your country, sir?"
"A kins?" replied the doctor, "'do you
know how there come to be a king?"
'"Well," said the clergyman, "(Jod gave
hint to the Jews in His anger."
'"Vei," rerpouded thu doctor, ' aud do
yo i know who was the first king ?"
'"Saul, of course," said the clergyman.
"iV-V' rejoined the doctor, "and Saul
was a driver of asses the only beings that
"But," said the clertrvman, airain. "one
of the oifices ol Christ was that of a king."
"True," rejoined the doctor, with great
animation and dignity, "and the man who
usurps thai oiKce. does in the State what
the Itjpe of Rom's does in the Church l"
The advocates of royalty, on this, subsided,
0 says our informant, who heard the whole.
Con fjrega tionaJ i.it.
A Decision was on Saturday rendered by
Judge LJetts, in the United States District
Court, denning the powers of collectors un
der the Internal Kevenue law. Tt was, on
motion, brought by Barnard Carples and
others, represented as manufacturers, to re
strain the Collector of the Fourth District
from enforcing the collection of a tax of 10,
632 against the property of the plaintiff.
The motion was resisted by the United
States District Attorney, and denied by
ni ' g Betts, who ruled in the first place
that the redress sought must be through ap
peal : second, that it was not permissible to
the judiciary to restrain the executive branch
of the government. The motion for injunc
tion was therefore denied.
A terrible drought prevails in Texas and
in Louisiana, 1 he prairies are so baked and
so" cracked into fissures that horseback trav
el is dangerous and wheels impossible. Cat
tle are dying in great numbers because the
springs, creeks, bayous and rivers are dried.
A recent traveler by the gult coast savs that
he passed thousands of carcasses of cattle
which had come to the sea shore and drank
salt water until they died. The effect of
this upon the rebel supplies from Texas can
be easily seen. They depend upon Texas
for their beef.
Specimens of petroleum have been obtain
ed trora coal oil wells at Canon city, Colora
do territory, which are said to be nearly as
white as the oil taken from our Pennsylva
nia wells. The.productiveness of the works
is not precisely stated, but it is believed
tha6nenough oil will be got from the vicini
ty of Canon city to supply the entire terri
Prentice savs that at the end of the war,
the Federal officers will have the delight of
tiangmg on the necks of their wives and
sweethearts. The rebel leaders "may have
to be content t0 hang on their own. "
The Micawbar Democracy.
Mr. Wilkins Micawbar is again in diffi
culty. It is really surprising that this esti
mable gentleman cannot be appreciated
that he can neither succeed in the coal, the
brewery, or the banking business. His
mis: ortunes compel a kind of sympathy,
for if there is anything sad to see it is this
spectacle of a man going through the world
perpetually waiting for "something to turn
up. ' Mr. Micawbar is now in a npculiar
trouble. He is really A Fallen Tower. II 3
cannot find a candidate he cannot borrow
.. ..!.. 1 . .
1'iuutu in ire cannot even get a conven
tion. What is to be done ? lie purposed
going to Chicago, aud Mr. Vallandigham,
his next best friend, undertook the perils
of a journey from Canada to Ohio, entering
Hamilton in a dramatic way, in the hope
ot giving life and fire to the Chicago Con
vention. Even that has failed. Vallan
digham finds himself in a state of sin and
misery in I)a3'ton despised by one party,
distrusted by his own friends, and very sad
indeed because no one will put him under
arrest If he had only been arrested t here
might have been a riot, a great trouble,
I raucn excitement, and an opportunity at
Chicago for Mr. Micawbar. Then there
were hopes of Mr. McClellan.. This Micaw
bcr ot warriors was iust the man for rh Mi. i
cawber Democracy. He managed war very
much as his great original managed his fi
nances, and with much the same result. He
got into difficulties on the Peninsula, and
had to come home. Why should he not be
made a candidate for the Presidency ? He
was popular throughout the South. He
was respected by the rebels. He had never
said a word to injure the feelings of the
most sensitive Southern gentleman. He
had managed a large army so that as little
injury as possible would be done to the re
bellion. He was precisely the man for
Ch icago. A Micawber party cotdd do no
better than nominate a Micawber cantain :
and so men believed. Mr. Micawber does
not think so. He wants to wait a little Ion
ger. This man Grant has ruined whatever
reputation as a military man McClellan uiav
have ever gained. Mr. Micawber is, there
fore, in difficulties again. He concludes not
to go to Chicago, but to wait two months
longer and sec if something will not possibly
1 be issue therefore stands rremont and
Cochrane on the one hand. Lincoln and
Johnson on the other. As Fremout and
Cochraue represent nothing but a small,
miserable faction, we may virtually say that
Lincoln and Johnson are alone in the be d.
They have no rivals, Their enemies virtu
ally surrender the fight. These enemies say
that they have examined the record or .Lin
coln and Johnson the administration of
the army and navy, the career ol the for
mer as President, and of the latter as Gov
ernor and Senator, the platform upon which
they stand, and the principles they repre
sentand they find it impossible to name a
candidate to oppose thern, or to construct a
platform in opposition that can in any way
commatt'4 the confidence of the people. In
other words, this great Copperhead combi
nation bows down before the willwf the peo
ple. Filled with enmity and hatred, desir
ing above all things the overthrow of the
country and the Administration, it is afraid
to take the field on ground of its own choos-
.v. 1 l it
ing, 10 accept me challenge we have given
It is afraid to say tiow what principles it
believes or what man i deems proper to re
pent those pr.nciples. We find the conven
tion in Illinois refusing to adopt any resolu
tions but one endorsing Va'landighani. It
prefers to wait until the Chicago Convention
meets and determines a policy. In other
words, the Democracy in Illinois, and. in
deed, in must parts ot the country, do not
Know what to believe untu they are instruct
ed by 31 r. Vallandigham and a company of
gentlemen at Chicago. They have a word
of sympathy for a banished traitor, but they
have no word of sympathy for our cause ;
no voice, sentiment, or opinion on any is.ue
involved in our war for a harassed and suff
ering country. A great contest has been
raging for years ; thousands of men have
been slain ; deeds that history will dwell
upon for ages to come are being performed,
and jet this Democratic party has no word
io say of approval or disapproval. It is si
lent, and not only so. but silent under the
suspicion of cowardice. Why does it not
speak? It cannot be out of sympathy for
the war. or from a desire to do nothing that
may embarrass the prosecution of the war,
for these men have no sympathy for our
cause or our country. They are time-servers,
trimmers, camp-followers, men who
liaug around the baggage-trains until the
battle is over, and join the victorious party
to plunder the dead. Whether Cassio kill
Koderigo, or Koderigo kill Cassio, or eaeh
do kill the other, every way works to their
gain. They are perfectly content to nomi
nate Grant if he takes liichmond, or to take
as rank a submissionist as Seymour ot Con
necticut, or Wood of New York, if liich
mond, should not be taken. With these it
is neither peace nor war, but a political vic
tory. As we have said, so that they can
plunder the dead it matters little who wins
is it not humiliating to see a great party
so reduced and abandoned that we can find
no term but a fanatic creation of fictiou
whereby to describe it ? Where is the Dem
ocratic party of other days; proud and defi
ant in the consciousness of principle: first
in the fray, with its banner aloft like the
banner of Percy, and its motto Ksperanee'
always in the fiout ? How have the migh
ty fallen ! Like the banner of the Percy,
the standard of the Democracy has long
since been shattered and torn, and trailed
in the dust. The carrion crows have made
it their rookery, and where brave and good
men were once proud to follow, adventur
ers and banditti now presume to lead. Phil
adelphia lres. t ' ' ' -
; That's superiority, where. the majority,
not the minority, have the authority.
THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS.
LETTER OF COMMITTEE.
Hon. Abraham Lincoln Sir: The
National Union Convention, which assem
bled in Baltimore on June 7, 1664, has in
structed us to miorm you that you were
nominated with enthusiastic unanimity for '
the Presidency of the United States for "four I
years from the 4th of March next !
i he resolutions of the convention, which
we have already had the pleasure of placing
in your hands, are a full and clear statement
of the principles which inspired its action,
and which, we believe, the great body of
the Union men in the country heartily ap
prove, nether those resolutions expre
the national gratitude to our soldiers and
sailors; or the national scorn of com promise
with rebels, and consequent dishonor; or
the patriotic duty of union and success ;
whether they approve the Proclamation of
Emancipation, the constitutional amend-
ment, the employment of former .slaves as
Union soldiers, or the solemn obligation of
uie urovernment promptly to redress the
wrongs ot every soldier ot the Union, of
whatevercolor or race ; whether they declare
the inviolability of the pledged faith ot the
nation, or offer the national hospitality to
the oppressed of every land, or urtre the
union by railroad of the Atlantic and Pacific
ocean."? ; whether they recommend public e
conomy and vigorous taxation, or assert the
fixed popular opposition to tlte establish
ment by armed force of foreign monarchies
in the immediate neighborhood of the Uni
ted States, or declare that those only are
worthy of official trust who approve unre-
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serveuiy me views and policy indicated in
the resolutions they were equally hailed
with the heartiness ot profound conviction.
Believing with you, sir, that this i3 the
people's war lor the maintenance of a gov
ernment which you have justly described as
"of the people, by the people, for the peo
ple," we are very sure that you will be clad
to know, not only frooLthe resolutions them
selves, but from the singular harmony and
enthusiasm with which they were adopted,
how warm is the popular welcome of every
measure in the prosecution of the war,
which is as vigorous, unmistakable and un
faltering as the national purpose itself. Xo
right, for instance, is so precious and sacred
to the American heart as that of personal
liberty. Its violation is regarded with just,
instant, and universal Jealousy. Yet in this
hour of peril every faithful citizen concedes
that, for the sake of national existence and
the common welfare, individual liberty may,
as the Constitution provides in ease of re
bellion, be sometimes summarily constrain
ed, asking only with painful anxiety that in
every instance, and to the least detail, that
absolutely necessary power shall not be has
tily or unwisely exercised.
We believe, sir, that the honest will of
the Union men of the country was never
more truly represented than in thi? conven
tion, lheir purpose we believe to be the
overthrow of armed rebels in the field, and
the security of perfect peace and union bv
liberty and justice under the Constitution.
lnat these results are to be achieved amid
cruel perplexities, they are fully aware. That
they are to be reached only through cordial
unanimity of counsel, is unJeniable. That
good men may sometimes differ as to the
means and the time, they know. That in
the conduct of all human affairs the hijhe-.t
duty is to determine, in the angry conflict of
passion, how much good may be practically
accomplished, is their sincere pursuasioti.
They have watched your official course.
therefore, with unnagcinff attention : and
amid the bitter taunts of eager friends and
tne lierce denunciation ot enemies, now
moving too fast for some, now tot slowly for
others, they have seen you throughout this
tremendous contest patient, sagacious. faith
ful, just; leaning upon the heart of the
people, and satisfied to be moved by its
It is lor this reason that, Jong before the
convention met, the popular instinct had
plainly indicated you as its candidate ; and
the convention, therefore, merely recorded
the popular will. Your character and ca
reer prove your unswerving fidelity to the
cardinal principles of American liberty and
of the American.Constitution. In the name
of that liberty and Constitution, sir. we
earnestly request your acceptance of this
nomination ; reverently commending our be
loved country, and you, its Chief Magistrate,
with all its brave sons who, on sea and land,
are faithfully defending the good old Amer
ican cause of equal rignts, to the blessing of
Almighty God. ..
We are, sir, very respectfully, your friends
and fellow citizens,
Wm. Denmson, Ohio, Chairman.
Uind thirty-one others, Committee.)
REPLY. OF MS. LINCOLN.
Ex Ecrn ve Ma nsiov , Wash 1 n 'tn, J u ne 27.
I Ion. II mi. Dennison and others, a (Jnr,t-
friiittee of tie Union Conventinxn :
Gentlemen: lour letter of the 14th
inst. , formally notifying me that I have been
nominated by the Convention vou represent
for the Presidency of the United States for j
lour years troru the 4th ot March next, has
been received. The nomination is grateful
ly accepted, as the resolutions of the con
vention called the platform are heartily
While the resolution in regard to the sup
planting of Republican Government upon
the Western Continent is fullv concurred in.
there might be misunderstanding were I not I
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uj aav mat, me position 01 tne government
in relation to the action of France in Mexi
co, as assumed through the State Depart
ment and indorsed by the Convention, a
mong the measures and acts of the Execu
tive, will be faithfully maintained so long as
the etate of facts shall leave that position
penetrable and applicable.: -''?:
I am especially gratified that the soldier
and the seameo were not- forgotten by thj
convention, as they forever must and will ba
remembered by the grateful ctjiirrtry for
whose salvation they devote their lives.
Thanking you tor the kind and compli-.
1 mentary terms iu which you have commu
nicated the nomination and other proceed
i ins of the Convention, 1 subscribe myself,
i 1 our obedient servant, - A. LINCOLN'.
ITEMS OF WAE NEWS.
Geu Hunter's movements in South-western
Virginia have been carried out on a
grand scale, and have been highly successful,
notwithstanding Lee's eiforti to overtake
and defeat hiui. It is known in official
quarters that Gen. Hunter has adhered to
the Virginia and Tenne.-see Railroad with a
j consternation at L'vuchburg that -the rebels
j of that ieiniiy wiii never forget. While
I one portion of his forces was "engaged in
! tearing tip the railroads, the otHer portion
j fought the enemy. Hebe! accounts agree
j that the damage" done by' Gen. Hunter's
i forces was vrv pvti nov-A !'! w
pertinacity unparat.eioa. lie produced a"
1 tle scene of desolation and ruin in tho
; neigh b
ighborhood of Lynchburg is positively
appalling.' All available supplies tor the
rebel army were destroyed, and grain, cattle
and other stock .confiscated. . After leaving
Lynchburg, Gen. Hunter pushed on west-
erly to Liberty, on the same road, destroy-':
ing the Big and Little river railroad bridges, -the
rails and sleepers on the road, and rebel
f-upplies. From there he moved along the
same road to Salem, where he .destroyed a
large number of bridges, including the rail
road bridges over the branches of the Stan
ton river. At this point he turned north
ward, passing Fincastle, and, at last accounts
his command was out of the reach, of anv
forces sent again him by Lee. He has per
formed a great work. He has not done it,
of course, without hard fighting and losing ;
some men ; but he has done his work ana
done it well. ;
An army correspondent gives further in- t
teresting details of the attack by the rebel -eighteeji-gun
battery upon Gen. Smith's
Eighteenth Corps 011 F iiay morning, June
24th. The cannonade is said t3 have been
one of the heaviest of the campaign, and -
the impression on people at a distance waa '
that a terrible battle was in progress. The
enemy wasted a large amount ot ammuni
tion m a concentrated but- harmless fire Up--on
our troops and batteries. ; The ball open
ed at about 6.30 o'clock, a. in., and closed
at about nine. Our own batteries during ' ',
this time were not " siient, but replied in a '
spirited style. While this artillery fire was ;
raging, a charge was made on a position of..
Gen. jstannard's division, (formerly General ,
Brook's, ) of the Eighteenth corps, by Hay- "
good's brigade of rebels. About four hun- '
dred of them succeeded in entering our
front line of rifle pits a mere, picket lin,
our skirmisheis retiring to the mam breast
work of the front line of battle. While .
these were coming in our troops did not fire '
from the fear that they might hit our own J
men. The rebels, encouraged by this, ad
vanced boldly towards our entrenchments, -.,
but the moment our skirmishers had all gone
in, a volley was immediately fired into the
ranks of the enemy, and mowed them down r'
feartully. Their progress was all at once "
stopped, and to retreat was as much out of
the question 'as to advance. While placed
in this dilemma our men continued firing
rapidly upon them. They made signs of a
desire to surrender, which was not at first
perceived, but as soon as their wish was as
certained, firing wax discontinued and they
received a cordial invitation to come in.
The number of prisoners taken wasone hun
dred and sixty-six, and thirty-six wounded
were brought off the ground. The remain
der of the four hundred must Lave been ei
ther killed or too badly wounded to get a
way, a the men captured say none went
back. Many of ihe prisoners appeared to
be rather pleased than sad at the lot which
had befallen them. One, a sergeant, ex- .
claimed fervently, ns he jumped into our
I entrenchments. "Thank God. I'm a white 3
man again, a rather emphatic way of an
nouncing that he considered himself releas- -ed
from slavery in becoming a prisoner.
Another one. a Captain, expressed the
opinion that the entile brigade to which he J
belonged would come in if they could do so :"
without being fired upon. It is worthy of. ;
remark that these men appear to be chiefly .
South Carolinians, and judging by the. feel
ings they 1 express, one would infer that the '
State which inaugurated the war was ready -to
cry "hold, enough," but these men are
of the poorer class, and their views and
feelings are entirely distinct from- those of
the wealthy oligarchy who" rule them, and ,
wield them for the accomplishment of their '
own aims by combining a system of the most
thameless mendacity with a rigorous exer- .
cise of power. Some of the .prisoners ta- . 1
ken this morning say they have been told -constantly
that the Yankees, if successful, '.
will reduce them to a condition almost worse J
than that of the slaves, compelling them to "
work for seven pence a day, or whatever
they may f-ee fit to give. I was particular- .
ly struck by the naturalness and evident sin
cerity of the reply made by.a wounded reb
el to some one who inquired whether he
came into the army on his .own inclination.
"No. indeed," he answeren, "I ought to m ;
at home ploughing corn this very hour." "
The look of care in his eye as he said thw ,l
betrayed ' anxious thoughts of his distant ,
wife and children, and the crops he had ".1
planted wilting under the hot sun for want u
of his culture.
The Opinion of a War Democrat.
Hon. James T. Bra-ly,theweil-known Dem- ;
ocratic lawyer of New York, in a late speech: I ,
uttered the following just sentiment: "Much -! 1
has been said. ' too, about usurpations of " T
power; but where far history will you find a' '-
war against rebellion,, conducted with such :
moderation?". .The copperhead paper do r .,
not seem to be in a hurry to respond to C kis V
question of a War Democrat. - - -
Whatever you ditlike, study.