y the Navy Department to Mr. Griswold and his associates, as rapidly, at least, as the work progressed, and was certified to by the supervising agent of the Department; there being an interval of only fifteen or twenty days between each payment, as will be seen by the following from the official record:
1861.-November 15, first payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent$37,500
December 3, second payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
December 17, third payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
1862.-January 3, fourth payment, $50,000, less 25 per cent37,500
February 6, fifth payment, $50,000, less 25 cent37,500
March 3, sixth payment, $25,000, less 25 per cent18,750
March 14, last payment, reservations68,750
Save reservations, which were made in all cases of vessels built by contract, the last payment, on the completion of the battery, was on the 3d of March, and, as time was precious and pressing, she was hastily commissioned, officered, manned, supplied, and lef
The churches are crowded with thoughtful worshipers, prayers are earnest; there is something to pray for. It is a test of the God they worship — the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage is in their minds, and when the cloud is darkest they see light through the darkness.
The people are in deep earnest, every power is strained.
What a change one year has produced.
The real condition of the people before the war will be, perhaps, as well understood by the contrast with that of 1862 and succeeding years.
That this war has produced like effects with all other wars of principle is unquestioned.
The people of this country lived a century in the four years of war. The realities of life with its probabilities were taught them by a new teacher.
They learned the value of a stable government, the necessity that in its Constitution there must exist all power to perpetuate and preserve its life; that this continent can only be developed under a strong government, and made a saf