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ully upon some minds to condemn the national Administration, and to regard with distrust the men composing it. The riots in July also showed that there was a strong element of dissatisfaction among a portion of the more humble class of citizens. Such was the state of public feeling when the two great parties in the Commonwealth held their conventions to make State nominations in the fall of 1863. The Democratic Convention was held first. We give a brief abstract of its proceedings. Phineas Allen, of Pittsfield, was chosen temporary chairman. Judge J. G. Abbott, of Boston, being called upon, made a speech, and said,— I understand this convention to be the freest and broadest invitation to all men who agree with you and me in this dark hour, when we have arrived at the very brink of that abyss which the Defender of the Constitution prayed he might never behold,—the abyss of disunion, when States have been torn asunder, and the land drenched with fraternal blood. I mean to