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received about the same majority Mr. Andrew did for Governor. Nearly all of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives were of the Republican party. The newly elected Legislature met on the first Wednesday in January, 1861. Hon. William Claflin, of Newton, was chosen President of the Senate, and Stephen N. Gifford, Esq., of Duxbury, clerk. Hon. John A. Goodwin, of Lowell, was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives, and William Stowe, Esq., of Springfield, clerk. On assuming the duties of President of the Senate, Mr. Claflin made a brief address, in the course of which he said,— While we meet under circumstances auspicious in our own State, a deep agitation pervades other parts of our country, causing every true patriot to feel the greatest anxiety. Disunion is attempted in some States, because, as is alleged, laws have been passed in others contrary to the Constitution of the United States. Massachusetts is accused of unfaithfulness in this matter in
eated, did not change his purpose nor daunt his spirit. He never doubted that a change of policy would soon be adopted at Washington, and that the war would be carried on with might and vigor. Foreseeing that it would be a long war, he determined that the State should be placed in a condition to sustain her part with all the resources of men and money at her command. Accordingly, he called an extra session of the Legislature, which met at the State House on Tuesday, the 14th of May. Mr. Claflin, in calling the Senate to order, referred to the extraordinary events which had transpired since the adjournment, and urged upon the Senate the importance of meeting them in a proper spirit. To this end, let us act our part faithfully, that those who placed in our hands these great trusts may not be disappointed, and we, in coming time, may have the proud consciousness of having done our duty. Speaker Goodwin congratulated the House that the Old Bay State had so nobly sustained her he
ng over, Governor Andrew determined not again to be a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. On the 13th of September, he addressed the following letter to William Claflin, chairman of the Republican State Committee:— My purpose was made public at the beginning of the present year to retire from office at its close. But iecretaries, among whom were several of the representative men of the party. Alexander H. Bullock, of Worcester, was unanimously nominated for Governor, and William Claflin, of Newton, for Lieutenant-Governor. Henry S. Briggs, of Pittsfield, was nominated for Auditor; Jacob H. Loud, of Plymouth, for Treasurer; Chester I. Reed, ofthampton, for Secretary of State. In the afternoon, speeches were made by Hon. Charles Sumner, Benjamin F. Butler, Mr. Bullock, the nominee for Governor, and Mr. Claflin, the nominee for Lieutenant-Governor, and a series of patriotic resolutions were reported by William S. Robinson, of Malden, chairman of the Committee on Resolu