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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 Virginia or any other State. Mr. French, of Waltham, favored the amendment, which was, in substance, that Massachusetts did not agree with Virginia that the Constitution required amendment to guarantee to each State its rights. Mr. Hyde, of Newton, opposed the amendment. He did not see any good reason why it should be adopted. He did not think Virginia needed to be told where Massachusetts stands to-day. Mr. Pierce, of Dorchester, did not want the matter forced through by outside infl
pril, ordered the Fourth Battalion of Infantry, under command of Major Thomas G. Stevenson, to garrison Fort Independence, where it remained until the 21st of May. On the 29th of April, the Second Battalion of Infantry, under command of Major Ralph W. Newton, was ordered to garrison Fort Warren, where it remained until the 1st of June. Major-General Samuel Andrews, of Boston, was ordered to take command of both forts, which position he held from the 1st of May until the 1st of June, when hee, Davis of Greenfield, Tyler of Boston, Coffin of Newburyport, Peirce of Dorchester, Peirce of New Bedford, Jewell of Boston, Gifford of Provincetown, Clark of Lowell, Kimball of Lynn, Merriam of Fitchburg, Bamfield of West Roxbury, and Hyde of Newton. Mr. Northend, of Essex, introduced a bill of eighteen sections, entitled a bill to provide for the disciplining and instruction of a military force. Petitions were presented of James W. White, and eighty others of Grafton, and of the commi
ds, as had been done under the half-pay system in the navy. Second, for the appointment, by the President, for each State which chose to adopt this system, of three commissioners, without pay, who should visit the troops, and invite each soldier to avail himself of this opportunity. In February, 1862, President Lincoln, upon the recommendation of Governor Andrew, appointed, as commissioners for Massachusetts; Henry Edwards, of Boston; Frank B. Fay, of Chelsea; and David Wilder, Jr., of Newton. They immediately proceeded to visit all the Massachusetts volunteers,—in the Army of the Potomac, under General McClellan; in the Shenandoah Valley, under General Banks; and at Warrenton, under General McDowell: and, when the Army of the Potomac moved to James River, they accompanied it to Fortress Monroe, and to Yorktown. Allotments were made by the First, Second, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fifteenth, Sixteenth, Eighteenth, Nineteenth, Twentieth, Twenty-second, and T
Judge Parker, of Cambridge, was the next speaker; and, in the course of his remarks, he took up the address drawn up and signed by the Governors of the loyal States, as agreed upon at Altoona, Pa., a few days preceding. He considered it a treasonable plotting of the Governors, and added, that, if they sought the removal of General McClellan, they met too late to dare to do this, as he was the commander of a victorious army, and it was too dangerous. At this point, Mr. Saltonstall, of Newton, stepped on the platform, and said, he held a letter in his hand from a friend in Baltimore, which stated that a formal proposition was made at Altoona to remove General McClellan from the command of the Army of Virginia. On being asked which of the Governors it was who had made the proposition, Mr. Saltonstall said that the letter was of a private nature, and he was not permitted to give all its contents; but the convention could well imagine who made the proposition. The meeting understo
for Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, headquarters at Nashville, Tenn. These agents were to be styled assistant provost-marshals of Massachusetts; they were to have the sole charge of recruiting men in their several departments, and were to report the names of the recruits to Colonel Day. The same order designated Colonel Charles R. Codman of Boston, Colonel D. Waldo Lincoln of Worcester, Colonel Charles H. Dalton of Boston, Major George L. Stearns of Medford, and David H. Mason, Esq., of Newton, as commissioners of recruitment, charged with the duty of promoting and securing the interests and rights of the cities, wards, and towns, in obtaining, apportioning, and crediting the men thus recruited. Joseph Ricketson, Esq., of New Bedford, was appointed secretary of this board. The order also provided, that any gentleman in the Commonwealth, who deposited $125 in the State treasury, could have a recruit placed to his credit, who should be called his representative recruit. It also p
nvention met in Worcester on the 15th of September, and organized by the choice of Mr. Gillett, of Westfield, for temporary chairman, who, on taking the chair, made a brief and eloquent address. The meeting was permanently organized by the choice of Charles Sumner for president, and a number of vice-presidents and secretaries, 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, of Taunton, for Attorney-General; and Oliver Warner, of Northampton, 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 Ma