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PARTISANSHIP AND THE LENIENCY
OF THE GOVERNMENT.
FroM the very •nature of our govern
ment, political partisanship is inevitable,
and so far from being= pernicious, it con
stitutes our chief safe=guard. Its sleep
less vigilance, its eager scrutiny into the
policy and character of tl men in power,
prevent the outrage of pub N ic rights, pre
serve comparative purity in the adminis
tration of affitirs, and promote the best
interests of the people. At all times it
has it abaSes, but its general - tendency is
toward'' permanent good. Remove its
guardianship for a lengthened period, and
unrestrained officials might drive the na
tion to the very brink, if not into the very
abyss, of ruin. •But partisanship should
always be subservient to patriotism.—
hen its self-love and aggrandizing spir
it-seek its ends outside of patriotism, it
becomes treason, and is none the less des
picable or dangerous that it does not
openly bear arms against the republic.
When our common country is threatened,
the test Of patriotism is simple. They
whose hands are • not • - with it are against
it, andtheleart that finds sympathy-with
its foes is of them. -The administration
represents the government, is the agent
selected by the people botany it forward.
Factious opposition to •the civil authori
ties is disloyalty. All opposition is not
necessarily so. - Our rulers may be un
wise, nay even unfaithful, and their mea-
Sures 'are then legitimate subjects of con
demnation. We should endeavor to cor
rect unwise or wicked measures; and re
move, in the proper manner, their with
_ors. This is not factious opposition; this
is a different-thing from Maligning public
functionaries, for the sake of selfish ad- -
vuncethent; from crippling their efforts so
as to make a popular sentiment against
them from an ill - success which is the con se
qaence of this very antagonism; from
- apologizing for treason ; from magnifying
the power and abilities, and Purity of
traitors ; and from underrating the state
manship and the generalship of the faith
ful. In the present hour of our country's
agony, partisanship is guilty of these high
crimes, and from the mean motive of
grasping the power of the Republic it is
paisuing just such a course as will-make
her powerless, and degrade the imperial
protectress of -the people into au:imbe
cile, drivelling; guardian of Slavery.
The President of the United States has
ceased to be the standard bearer of a
mere party, and holds aloft - before the
eyes of mankind the blessed banner that
symbolizes freedom to the whole, world.
Around him cluster the loyal citizens of
all parties—at his call, hundreds of thou
' sands of brave men of all political creeds
have gone ft,),r, th with their lives in their
•hands to suffer privations, exposures,
toils, cruel; wounds and death, to pre
serve our 3Mtiye land from destruction.
The partizan aiders iMd abettors of trea
son in their comfortable homes in the
North,. have mocked the valor of the
brave, have dishonored their graves, and
jeered at their honorable wounds. They
have refused them succor, as well as de
nied them sympathy, when struggling
"against fearful odds , --have discouraged
their friends who were willing to go to
their support:by enlisting—have bitterly
cried out against the draft that is meant
to re-fill the thinned rankiof the army—
have connived at desertion, and sheltered
deserters who have turned their backs
from the very faces of the foe—have es
tablished mercenary newspapers to vilify
and traduce the government, and have
been diligent on all occasions in attempt
ing to prejudice the poptdar mind in fa
vor of a dishonorable pealee. The favor
ite topic of their declamations is the:des
potism of the administration. The exile
of ai scurrilous traitor lending open com
fort' to the enemy is more horribleto
their minds than rebel barbarities to
fi.outherniloyAlists, their exquisite cruel
„patriot soldiers starving in loath-,
Lome prisons, or .tbe fiendish butcheries
at; Fort Pillaw. The restrictions upon
DOwspapera, which, give their aid to the
denioniao spirit of . mobs, to the creation
. panics; and the feeterlillg.of au influence
agni 'onr cause iliroad, are more to*lxs
lamented than Lee's invasion of our State
and his merciless imprisonment of our cid
tens. And the arrest and confinement of
plotters against the goVernment in our
very midst, is more alarming to theirsensi •
tive conceptions of liberty than the giant
despotism that threatened to bow the North
at its feet,. and plant the ensign of slavery
on the dome of the capital and call the
roll of its slaves at the base of Bunker
Hill Monument. And this howl against
the tyranny of the government is raised
and repeated by the class of men, who
enjoy all . the licentiousness of tongue and
pen—from men in the councils of the Na
tion down to pot-house brawleti whose',
only limitation of speech is the thickened
articulation of besotment.
Well these treacherous partizans know
that never was a governinent more leni
ent, more tolerant-Llenient and tolera3at ,
althost to afatal degree. Well they know.
that the North' is overrun with spies—
that rebel emissaries thread our roads,
sit with us at our tables, swarm about
oar armies, and hold positions in our
employment They traffic in our large
cities—obtain supplies, there for the use
of their rebellion, plot the capture: of
our vessels, and incite the rabble to re
volt and murder. , These inveighers
against the tyranny of the.government,
are not only weakening its power, but are
smoothing the pathway of spies. They
are creating an atmosphere in which - a
spy may breathe safTy, and affording him
facilities to further his mission. They
are doing still more, they constitute eVen
a rebel army of occupation in the North.
Without their co-operationithiswar would
have keen over--,the blood of thousands
saved—the nation rest:led and far ad
vanced on its career of prosperity and
glory. But, - thank God, the hour and
power of these wickeltreatures are draw
ing to'an end—they cannot prevent the
final suppression of the rebellion, and the
day is not now far distant when they will
wish that the swamps of the Chickahoni
my, the hills of Gettysbut, or the thick
-ets of the Wilderness could. conceal them
from the indignation of their countrymen
and the contempt of mankind.
The terms loyal and disloyal are of late
usage among us. Hitherto we have look
ed upon them as old world phrahes, bet
ter adapted to a state of society ruled by
a hereditary magistracy than to republi
can America. But now a newly awak
ened and profound sentiment in the breast
of the pefle has appropriated them, and
they are in as frequent use among us as
in old England itself.
We evidently mean something by them,
but what is meant is not always clear.
With some, loyalty is more a word to
-conceal than to express Itheir true senti
ments; with .others it is 4mly a name for
their own opinions as to the duty of the
government it the present crisis. All
are disloyal who* not agree with them..
There are others again, and they are gen
erally found among those who are sym
pathetic with treason and rebellion, who
speak of loyalty'ks if it was a legal mat
ter; and a man's - disloyalty was to be de
termined by.the letter of the law. This
is the most dangerous, because the most
plausible error on this subject; and•
through it thousands of goixt men have
become unconsciously disk The fa
natic, who measures a great sentiment he
has not heart to comprehend, by his own
contracted opinions, soon meets with de
seried Contempt. Bat it seems like wis
dom to say that „ " the Constitution and
the supreme law of the land.are the Only
measures of loyalty." The mistake of
such is that they . make loyalty a legal
virtue; they degrade this noble senti
ment, placing it on a level with allegiance.
'lt is in no sense a legal subject. The sa
preme law of the land no more tells us
what it is; than it defines what a virtuous,
an honest, or a brave man is. Loyalty
~stands on same footing with honesty,
patriotismand bravery; it is a moral
subject and lies in the field of right
sentiment. Law technically divides
obligations into two , classes', the im
perfelt and the perfect. -By the " im
perfect" it means most curiously those,
that are so spiritual and far-reaching, or
in other words so perfect that the clumsy
machinery of Law cannot reach 'them.
The "perfeet" -are those supeficial rela
tions that can, be reached by human testi
mony. Now .the deepest and strongest
sentiments of human nature and among
them we class fo - yaltyare those which the
law calls "imperfect." In-their source
and flow they are beyond legal control;
and the law can toneh them only when
their violation passes into some wrong
that can be reached by testimony. 'Thus
a man)nay be dishonest, bat the eivillaW
cannot .punish him until his dishonesty
passes ,into fraud,. and then, it condemns
only for the fraud; he - may be untruthful,
bat it is only when untruth passes into
slander or perjury that the law attempts
redress, and then for these , crimes, not
, for his untruthfulness. So it is with loy
alty. Civil laW can s •ede nothing with it
until it matures into treasonable practices,
and then, it is punished as treason, not
as disloyalty. When then a man, annoyed
with the suspicion that he is disloyal, de
fends himself by saying he is a true friend
_Oat** 4.4P.Ofmi, 444 e _B, 156.4
of the Constitution, and challenges the
law'-to lay' hold on him, he no, - more
establishes his innocence than does the
dishonest man. who points to the law, and
triumphantly asks where it condemns him
as a liar. Both of these things belong to
the moral department of life, and are to
be judged not-as the law tries deeds, but
as we all judge sentiments and feelings.
Loyalty is not born of the letter of the
law. It is what a man feels and does, for
his country and its honor, not as compell
ed, but of his own free. It is true
heart-felt devotion' to its , government
and to its cause. It does not measure
itself by the constitution or rend the limit
of its exertions in the laws. It is not
skilled in hiding from _duty under pre
tence of saving the constitution. It in
deed loves that document and would Sa
credly maintain it, but knows of some
thing better. Its noblest duties ; are not
written in the statute book. To tear
one's self from the embrace of Wife or
mother that we may stand for our gov
ernment amid the horrors of the battle
field, to bear wounds without complaint,
to be constant in disaster, to be nit dmmt
ed when armies reel bleeding from the field,
to give money, to minister in the hospital,
to encourage the soldier, to pray, to hope,
to wait for victory, to- die in the cause—
these are not constitutional duties; but
they are the natural unconstrained works
of true loyalty. A man maybe "consti
tutionally loyal," in other words keep his
allegiance, and yet ' be as disloyaras the
arch traitor himself. linnfortunately
there are many such to be found in
the North. With mean spirits unable to
rise above the trammels of party, they pro
-fess to see in the life and death struggle
of our country, nothing- more than the
policy of an administration. They have
no heart to rejoice in the victories of our
armies, no tears to lament their defeats.
Professing to deplore the mistakes of
those in power, they really feed upon them.
While the true heart of loyalty is slaw to
blame, full of forbearance and patient an
der miscarriages, these creatures are in
haste to accuse. They- condemn before
they know the truth and denounce what
they do not understand. They are full
of ini;ectives against' the mistake's of
government, but they have none to de
nounce the treason of our counctry's foes.
There is. no law to condemn such, but
there is a great and true sentiment in the
heart of the people which does brand
them as disloyal. Let this be their pun
ishment. Let them, like the liar and the
coward, live to be despised. Covered
with the infamy of having been 'false at
to their country in the hour of
peril, it will be punishment enough for
them to live and face the looks of those
who have suffered and foughkfor our de
THE PNION PARTY -MI ',SKIVES.
This interesting to observe how mast of
the leadhig Politicians of our country have
failed in their prophecies relative to the
position and principles of the Union Party
during the terrible ordeal now pending.
That many prophesies should have been
made is not at all singular. In the midst
of the life and death struggles, bfwbich,
during the last three years densely popu
lated States have confronted each other'
in bloody battle, and .the most peace
ful of our citens have been distracte . tl;lt
would indeed have been remarkable, if
the spirit of prophecy had not beco,Me
general, and if the signs 'Of the times had
not prompted a - general prediction of un
exampled confusion in our national
The leading statesmen of the old Whig
and Deniocratic parties despaired of the
permanency of the Union, and feared the
collision of arms between the North and
South.. In order to avert so sad a calam
ity, they were on several occasions indu
ced to yield to compromise when the'
measures then agitating the' public mind
should have - been fearlessly Met and set-'
tied according to the spirit, if not the let
ter of the constitution. These acts of
timidity instead of settling' dangerous
questions, produced political disorder iu
all parties, from which we believe have
grown up the different factious of fanatics - ,
whose extreme views have hurried on the
fearful bloody conflict that has , deluged
our land. When the gates of Janus were
unlocked and thrown open, and three years
of fratricidal war like a besom of destruc
tion, have swept their way across : the
South, desolating tho r mhole Nland, he was
a , bold man who ventured to predict a
harmonious,order of things to be restored
from this tempestuous confusion.
How often has'e our ears been greeted
with the intelligence that party lines ha:ve
been broken up, and that no party organ
izations were in existence, save and alone
for the purpose of vindicating the integ
rity of the Government and restoring the
Union. How often have we been told
that the Democratic party was national
in its doctrines, conservative in its ten
dencies, and loyal in its principles, and
that whilst the dark cloud of war hung
over our Mitional horiz on, its poWer should
be exercised for the preservation of Na
tional life; and yet in the face of all this,
influential' journals, the oracles of this
party, have been found advocating a dis
ruption of the Union, as the only practi
cable method of extricating ourselves
from the political entanglementsby which
we have been overcome,
In the nil,* of our troubles the ultra
orptis of all parties have : been busily en ,
gaged in exerting their influences and dis
seminating their pernicious doctrines. It
was an easy matter ror them to assert
their claims to attention and to- Wield an
influence in . public, opinion for a time.
Thiswe have all seen, and all are equally
glad that their existence, was brief, and
dieirdeath as sudden as their birth. -Ile
decay of factions is the greatest proof of
the stability of our government. and its
institutions. And now since the rebel)
lion has beemstripped of. its terrnrs, and
the supremacy of the government has
been fully vindicated, the landmarks 'of
duty and principle 'have. become more'
distinct to the minds of all, , except those
who are constitutionally incapable of
Universal freedom, the light of the Con
stitution, that,beacon of all true Ameri
can Statesmen, is now more than ever
recognized as the guide throulibour great
national difficulties. The eye of the na
tion is:directed to it, and with one voice
does the Union party, the party in pow
er, proclaim its advent. It should be a
source of gratifiifation every Republi
can, every well wisher of the nation,that
the doctrines of our party have triumphed
through this terrible struggle ; that fac
tions have ceased their blatant uproar,
and that the Union party has again the
opportunity,during the approachingYres
idential struggle, of confronting the dis
loyal elementg Of the nation, upon the
issues of social, political and •national ag
grandizement., In the 'merits of our po
litical Creed we have full confidence, re
lying as we 110- on the amount of truth
we can bring to sustain our cause.
Let no Union man be persuaded that
the f Principles for which lie haS all along
contended are. about to be abandoned by
the party during the :coming , campaign.
The' destiny of these principles has not
yet been completed, and to sacrifice . any
lof them at this time, would but ben, step
backwards and against the interests of
our country. The doctrineS of the Union
party are those of equitable and, Peaceful
• progress, Neither by vidleuce nor by
stagnation will they ever:propose to sue-'
teed ;, but by a firm decided and steady'
course, amid every variety of political and
social 'circumstances. , The institution of
slavery must be abolished, and - the States
in rebellion Sttbdued and brought back to
Weir allegiance, upon the basis of thefree
States 'of the North. A good and sub
stantial 'cireuhiting paper medium Must
be established.. A tariff sufficient to en
courage and protect the free labor of the
country must be enacted- These are the
doctrines of our party, and:When we are
'found untrne to these, untrue to American
interests, we shall admit the claims of
others to the possession of a purer patri
otism. Until then we shall not cease,
with all honesty of purpose, 'to propose
for popular acceptance those greatmeas
urea in defense of which We; are now ar
rayed, and :with reference to which we
are not divided. •
Commissrox. 2 --Surg.' Gen.
King, inliis_report to G 4. Curtin on the .
condition and coniforts 4 4thli Pennsyl
vania sick and wounded sliadiers in the
hospitals of the Arm: of!. the Potomac,
which he has recently kited, speaks thus
of the Christian Commission •
"Besides the seventeen'members of the Vol
unteer Aid Corps furnished from Pennsylvania,
the State was represented at Fredericksburg
by several medic4l gentlemen; vho went there
and rendered important' surgical aid under the
auspiCes of tIW Christian Commission, wilose
labor of love periormed by over two hundred
devoted and active delegates was justly regard
ed of inappreciable value,"
This is very high testimony, coming
from an observer of, the official position
ofDr. Kings and especially, as : he is emi
nentiS, , conscientious, and careful in his
,expressions. Whatever he endorses, and
whenever he thanks, are worthy of the
Confidence and support of the public.
FROM THE ANDFRSON 'CAVALRY.
Frain a private letter addreSsed to this office,
from W. II! H. Newman, of this county, .a
member of the Ap,derson Cavalry, at present
detailed iti the Provost Marshal's Office at Chat
tanooga, we take the following
"All goes at the front, as you have al
ready learned ,by telegraph. .Joe Johnston in
full retreat, and Sherman close behind him.
But Johnston is rather inferior to Bragg in rear
ward movements, leaving considerable, C. S. A.
property, behind hini. The sutlers are making
bit few sales' of tobacco, now,. as - the " boys."
are enibreing the " confiscation act" during
their onward movement through Georgia ;
finding large 'quantities of the "weed" which
"Joe" could not take along.
"Our adVance however, has been stubbornly
resisted, particularly at Rocky-faced Bridge
and Resaca; the former an exceeding strong
natural position, and the latter artificially un
proved.s Our loss has been heavy ; especially
among the officer, as they appear to have been
a special mark for the rebel sharpshooters and
singled out in every engagement. I presume
the casualties among field offteersosceeds any
other previous engagement in this army. •
' Though no, deaths have ocoured among the
leading commanders, Brig. GeneritlaVillich,
Manson and Kilpatrick badly wounded, Maj.
Gene. Hooker and Howard slightly, and still in
the field. The hospitals here are filled with
wounded; bat they receive every attention from,
members of that noble Christian Commission.
Among those wounded are several members
of Independent Battery R(WDowell's,) though
only one from Franklin county, whose name I
could not - learn.- Capt. S. M'Dowell is unin
jured. I have learned =thing of the 77th Regt.
- About 1006 prisoners of war been brought to
this, offre since the campaign opened, No
fears need be• entertained for the final triumph
of the ever victorious Army of the Cumberland.
The army mdved forward from Kingston,
Ga., on Monday morning, May 23d, with ten
days full rations, Ault to last twenty if necessary.
So perhaps ere this, they_ IN , II be confronting
Atlanta, as lhoyl are determined to keep time
With Grant and his gallant host.
. . SIIMMAET OF WA D E NE S. .
Maj. Gen. Carl Schurz ias be n placed in
command of.the eonvaleseent barr cks at Nash
villa. . ) . .. .
—Gen. Crooks, acconilngl,to a special dis;
patebto the Cirieinnati 4izette, as stilted on
*iodic.; r expedition. ~
despatch from Miisonri reports another
guerrilla .outrage. A'number ofUnion refugees
were captured and eighty men'and some women
—Roddy's Cavalry, commanded by CorJohri.'
son, was recently encountered by Col. Long, of
the S,eventeenth Army Corps, ilear,Holden,Ala."
-Johnson was killed and many prisoners taken.
—Secessionville, South Carolina, it is repor
ted by a rebel major - who came into Gen. But
ler's lines on- Saturday; has been captured by
our forces. Charleston is threatened, and the
rebel commander is said• to hare telegraphed,
—An Important announcement is made that
French Minister of Foreign Affairs has assured
Mr. Dayton that the iron-clads which were be-
ing built in Fiance for the - Rebels hive been sold
to,a neutral Poiver, and that the four Rebel,
clipper ships at Bordeaux, would not be deliver
ed to therm
. —The One.-hundred-and-thirty-second • Ohio
Militia Regithent, which arrived in Washington
a short time - since, voted, a •feW days ago, to
offer their services to go to the front and aid
Grant . in taking Richmond. Not a dissenting
vote was given.. Their offer was accepted, and
they left for the front.
is known by the Navy Department that
the - Rebels have ironelads, torpedo rafts, and
other infernal machines, which they intend to
'send down the James River againit our gun
boats. But our naval officers are well pre : -
pared for them, and there is no fear of the re
—A heavy force of Rebels is reported to be
within 55 miles of Duvall's Bluff, marching on
that place. They are supposed to number 15,
000. The Rebel Gen. Shelby captUred Darde
mile last Monday. - taking 200 prisoners- , After
the capture, he crossed, the Arkanifis River,
and it was supposed that lie intended to strike
the Little Rock Railroad. Jacksonport and
Batesville have beeniwacuated by. our forces.
:—The,garmora, Juliet and Prairie Bird re
cently engaged the Rebel batteries at Gaines's
Landing, and Succeeded in driving them away.
Marmaduke,' who is reported to be in command
of the Rebels, had taken twelve pieces of ar
tillery. He captured and bunted the steamer
Lebanon, and carried - the crew and passengers
off as prisoners.: The boats from the White
River report the Rebels to be thick, but jhe
boats t are not molested. •
—Henry B. Anthony- was on Thursday re
elected U. S. Senatbr ffoki 'Rhode Island.
—The Union men of Cambria county have .
nominated. A. A. Barker for Congress, Hon.
F,vfn Roberts for Assembly, and F. M. Flana
gan for Sheriff
—Messrs. Crave . = and Voorhees, copperhead
C'S. from India'nu, have declined to be can-,
didates for re-election. - Indiana don't seem to
be very healthy for copperheads as fbrmerly.
—Ail election was, held in the City and coun
ty of San Francisco, Cal., on the 17th ult., for
municipel officers, which resulted in amajority
of 4540 ter the People's - Union party, in a total
vote of 11,110. ,
—The : Democrats of Kentucky have elected
Delegates . for Chicago instructed for M'Clellan
for - President and Gov. Bramlette for Vice
President. They passed resolutions in favor of
the war, but opposed to hurting the rebels.
—The War Democrafs helda Convention at
Syracuse, New York, last week, at which Hon.
James T. Brady, Senator Conness, and Many
other Democrats , of National fame were pres
ent. hey declared in Favor of the re-election
of President Lincoln.
Butler county Col. JOhn M. Thompson,
tuba received the vote of that county for Con
gres's' in 1862, is again before the people for the
sane position. In• Armstrong co., Col. J, B.
Finlay; of Kittanning, who was an unsuccessful
candidate for nomination for Congress in that
county in 1862, is again before the, people. Hon'.
Thomas Williams has been recommended by
part of Alleghany in the same district.
the LOuisiana Convention, on the 11th,'
Mr, Thomas W. Wells, son of one of the great
est cotton and slaveowners. of Louisiana, rose
and• eloquently declared himself' in favor of
immediate and unconditional emancipation.—
He was. followed by Robert Taliaferro, son of
another noted planter, 'related to the aristocratic
Taliaferros of South Carolina andNirginia.—
This gentleman said: " am in favor of imme
diate emancipation, and of the education of the
negro. I was born in the interior of Louisiana,
and was never beyond the boundary of the State.
lam with Mr. Wells:" We find great encou
ragement and hope in instances like these.—
They show us the true spirit of the young and
new South advanced upon the ruins of the Old.
—Gen. Todd has been declared by the Con
gressional Committee on Elections entitled to
the seat of delegate from Daeotah.
—Brig. Gen. Andrew Porter, recently mue
tered out of service as 'Brig. General, has re
sigiied his position as Colonel in the regular
-A letter from Covington, Ky., says " the
proudest and happiest man in the Union at
present is the father of Gen. Grant, who resides
in our city."
--den. Sigel has been appointed by Gen.
Hunter to the command of the Reserve Divi
sion, which will comprise all of the tr . oops on
theßaltimore and Ohie Railroad. '
BY MAGNETIC TELEGBAPH,
EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE FRANKLIN REPOSITORY.
3y the Atlantic and Ohio Telegraph tine.--Otßos
at ShrYock's Book Store and R. R. Depot. , •
The Natiapal rnion Convention.'
- • • BAurntotg,June 7.
-Union Convention assegibleil
this morning at the. Front Btreet - ..Theatre,-in
the same building where four years ago the
Democratic - Convention hopelessly split upon
the rock of discord.
The - building has been tastefully decorated„
and fitted. nifor the occasion by the Oh coup.
nil of Baltimore. The galleries are festooned
with flags, and the entire stags thrown open,
There are nearly six hundred . delegates pres
ent, including many from remote territories:
Hon.E. D. Morgan, Chairman of the 11-titlark
al Committee, called. the convention:to order
atnoon, making ps brief address. He proposed
Rev. Dr. J. of
,Kentucky, aa tem
porary Chairman. The announcemenesos re
ceived with great -applause.
- Mr. King, and Randall, IVis., were
appointed to .'ciniduct the venerable divine to
the chair, whose appearance was greeted. with
long and continued applause. Three cheertii&
the old war horse of Reutncky were propo*
and given,- • . • , -
• As soon as silence was restored„Mr. Brook
inridge returned his thanks for the honor con
ferred upon him in a brief but eloquent speech,
explaining the considerations which had.induo
ed him to attend the Convention.
Mr. Stevens,Pa., movedithat if there were
any delegates here from States in seeession,the
names of the delegates be, sent in to be submit
ted to the':conmottp,e on credeutials;Withont
such states be not called. -
After considerable debate the motion to'call
the names of all the States prevailed, including
the Territories of Colorada, Neveda and Ne•
Fraika, as these were now forming- State .gui
erninents, and would cast their votes at the
next Presidential election.
On motion of - Mr. Lane, Kansas, an the
States except Missouri, which has sent two sets
of delegates, were called upon to name one
member for the committee on credentials.
On motion S. A. Slim, of Mass . P. H. Ditrr;
of N. Y.. and E. N. Briggs, of Cal., were ap
pointed. Seeretaritis to complete-the temporary
The States were again called to, name a coin,-
mittee to select permanent officers for the Con
On motion the Convention net appointed in
the same manner, a. committee on regulations.
Rev. J. 31.'K. Riley was introduced by the
chairman, rind invoked the Divine blessing on
the proceedings of the 'Convention.
Attack on Saturday night bythenebets
on Ilancoch , Wright and Smith—ite
pulsed Eyerwhere—Aloyemeutsi of
WASHINGTON', June 6, 7 A.M.
To .ifaj. Gen. Dix, Neu; York :—We have
despatches' from Gen. Grant's headquarters
down to 6 o'clock last evening, which states that
there had been ao fighting during the day.—
The' enemy made an attack on Saturday night
upon Hancock, Wright, and Smith. but were
eve rw here repulsed. Hancock lines are brought
within forty yards of rebel works. The rebels
were very busy on Saturday, constructing ea..'
trenchinents on tha West side of the Chicko
hominy at Bottom's Bridge, and toward evening
threw a party across to the East side.
- Despatch from Gen. Sherman dated yester
day afternoon June sth, 3.30 at Alato on a Creek,
states that . the enemy discovering us moving
round his right flank, abandoned his position
last night, and niarched.off. ,
McPherson is moving to-day fOr Aolivrorth-;
Thomas is on the direct Marietta road, and
Schofield on his right.
It has been raining hard 'for three days, and
the -roads are heavy. An examinatiod , of the
enemy's abandoned line of works here, sham.
an immense line of works, which I have turned
with less loss to ourselves, than we have inflicted
upon:them. Army supplies, forage, and provi
sions, are ample. . .
, E. M. STANToN, Sec'y - of War.
Arrival of the Penna. Reservtni at liar
risburg—Grand Reception. -
HARRISBLIIO, June 8.
The reception of the Pennsylvania Reserves
to-day, by the people of Harrisburg, will here.;
after constitute a pceasing-event in their history.
The corps arrived at nine o'clock this morning;
and were entertained by thc, military-authort
ties of the post, at , the soldier's rest, with a
splendid collation: The city authorities of Hay
risburg then ttinh.possession of the veterans,aud
in a formal manner conducted them through the
principal streets of the city to the front of the
State Capitol where they were formally receiv
ed by Gov. Curtin. During the progress of the
procession a-salute of 100 - guns was fired.from
Capitol Hill. The Governor and heads of de
partment, the city authorities, the First New
York Artillery, the lire department and civic
societies of Harrisburg, the U. S. officers on
duty at this post, the Judges of-the Court, with
an hnmetise concourse of citizens and strangers
joined in the procession. After the arrival of
the procession in front of the State Capitol, and
when the gallant Regerves were drawn up in
line, Gov. Curtin - addressed- them. Several
other speeches were made, after which the Re
serves were marchad to their quarters at Camp
Curtin. They will be paid off in a few days.
Movements of Grant as n d, Sherman,-.1.90
To Maj. Gen. Dix :—Dispaches have been
received from Gen. Grant'sleadquarters to-day,.
but they report only certain changes in the po
sition of corps and contemplated operations.
They state everything is - going on well. The
chief Quartermaster of the army reports a per
sonal inspection of the Depot ta White House,
and that it is in - a • most efficient state. All
needful supplies on hand and wagons•transporx
them easily to the army.
The wounded are being brought in and trans-.
ports are : not delayed a moment.
A dispntch from Gen. Sherman dated at 11
noon to-day, at Ackworth, Georgia., says, "I
am now on therailroad to Ackworth Station,
and have full possession forward to within one
mile of Marietta. All well. No other military .
intelligence to-day. • ,
EDION M. STANTON, Secretary of War.
—Hon. Joshua R. Giddings, for thelastthree
years the American Consul General at Montreal,
dropped dead at that place. on the 27th. On two
or three.former occasions, he suddenly fell from
similar attacks—an affection of the nervous sys
tem acting on the heart. Mr. Giddings was a
prominent Member of Congress, for manyyears
from the 'Western Reserve District, Ohio, and:
• wasene of the most determined enemies of the
aggressions of slavery. When there , were but
few who had the courage to, queston the de
mands of the slave power, Mr. Giddings boldly
met its every advance on freedom, and offer;
stood; altnost alone, like a lion in its way. He
was an honest man, and his integrity wasneves
questioned throughout his long official life.
—Maj. Gen. Freniont, according to the Wash
ington correspondent of the Neiv :York Herald s
has resigned his position in the army, and_
resignation has been accepted.