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Doc. 89.--Jno. Bell and Edwin H. Ewing. Hon. John Bell spoke for about three-quarters of an hour, stating in effect that so far as present duties and responsibilities are concerned, the past is a sealed book. The time for action and unity of action in the South had arrived, and he was for standing by the South, and defending the South, all the South, against the unnecessary, aggressive, cruel, unjust, and wanton war which is being forced upon us. He recounted at some length the efforts which he had made in the past, and especially with the present Administration, to avert this war, and the hopes he had cherished for the preservation of peace; but those hopes had now vanished, and our duty was to defend ourselves and to make common cause with all our sister slaveholding States against a common invading foe. He advocated a strong and effective military league or union among all slaveholding States for the successful prosecution of the war. He declared that Tennessee had, in effec
nage upon Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee--he would not go so far as North Carolina--and upon Kentucky and Missouri. Those who accepted the gifts would form a nucleus of acquiescence in the powers that be, and in the next election, or the next but one, we should have Black Republican orators on every stump, and where would Virginia's safety be? There might be those who thought he was for throwing away the treasure of the Union. He would tell them that in the last election he voted for Bell and Everett, but did so upon the declaration that if the Charleston Convention had made a nomination he would have supported it. But that failed, and he had thought that the conservative portion of the people might rally to save the country. In this he was disappointed. For years he had endeavored to drive back the wave of Northern fanaticism, and to save the Union--and in connection herewith he read from one of his speeches in Congress, wherein he appealed for justice in behalf of the Sout
go into the Cabinet, or even serve the country at foreign Courts. The number of office seekers already in the city, especially from the West, is almost unprecedented since the establishment of the rule by General Jackson that "to the victors belong the spoils." We have usually had a crowded city on the eve of the inauguration, but judging from the crowds that are pouring in by every train they will be compelled to take to the hearth-rugs for sleeping accommodations. Last night ex-Senator Bell, of Tennessee, Messrs. Douglas, Guthrie and Rives, and Governor Hicks and others, urgently appealed to Mr. Lincoln to interpose his influence for a settlement of the pending difficulties. Their interview continued several hours. The Commissioners from the Southern Confederacy are expected to arrive here before the close of this week. They are accredited to the incoming Administration, and pending the efforts to negotiate nothing will be done calculated to disturb public peace.
as considered equivalent to its defeat. But the fact that the Committee on Federal Relations of the Virginia Convention had voted down Mr. Macfarland's resolution in regard to the collection of revenue in the seceded States, strengthened the nerves of the Black Republicans, and the Force bill will now, in all probability, be passed. Thus Virginia inaugurates civil war. Mr. James Barbour's vote in favor of coercion is the subject of much comment. It is both affirmed and denied that Mr. Jno. Bell, of Tennessee, has come on by invitation, to take a seat in the Cabinet. No new Cabinet appointments have been made since Lincoln's arrival. Reports favor Gideon Weller, Winter Davis, and Caleb Smith. Mr. Botts has not been mentioned. The Northern papers are very severe in their criticisms upon Hon. Mr. Jenkins, of your State, because of his letter to Postmaster General King. He is a "traitor, " "rebel," and all that. A truer son of Virginia does not live. He is "pure gold" on
cut, by eighty majority. Thornton Hunt, (son of Leigh Hunt,) recently on a visit to this country, is about to publish a book of his experiences while here. The carpenter shop of Alfred Taylor, at Lynchburg, Va., was destroyed by fire on the 4th inst. Loss $2,000. Hons. E. S. Martin and Fayette McMullen are stumping the 12th District of Virginia, for Congress. Miss Dix, the philanthropist, visited the public institutions of Nashville, Tenn., last week, with the wife of Hon. Jno. Bell. A little girl was badly frightened in Cleveland a few nights ago by seeing a "ghost," and has since died. At the municipal election in Staunton, Va., on the 3d inst., N. K. Trout was elected Mayor. John Happs was killed by Henry Rewland, over a game of "forty-fives" in New York, Monday. Among the gentlemen who congratulated Mrs. Yelverton on the issue of her trial, was Mr. Yelverton, Sen. It is rumored that the Duke of Newcastle will succeed Lord Canning as Gove
Letter from Hon. John Bell. A letter from Hon. Jno. Bell, of Tenn., to a mass meeting in Mississippi, is published.--He recounts the wrongs inflicted on the South by the success of a sectional party, but does not think Mr. Lincoln's election sufficient to dissolve the Confederacy, for the following reasons: 1. Mr. Lincoln, it is well known, does not hold extreme opinions on the subject of slavery. It is certain that he has expressed a decided opinion that the South has a constitutional right to demand the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, and that under certain circumstances he would feel it his duty not to oppose the admission of a new slave State into the Union. His declaration on this point is little satisfactory to the South; but neither that declaration nor the opinion expressed by him on the subject of the Fugitive Slave Law, is at all satisfactory to the extremists of his own party. Upon the whole, if Mr. Lincoln's public declarations on the subject
In the liquor business. --A few days ago eight barrels of liquor were received at the freight station in this city, one addressed to each of the following named persons: Step'n. A. Douglas, Herschell V. Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin, Jno. Bell, Edward Everett, John C. Breckinridge and Jes. Lane. Concord (N. H.) Statesman, Dec. 15.