rve with great strictness the fast of this holy season; to prepare themselves for the worthy reception of the sacraments of penance and the holy eucharist, at or before Christmas, and to give alms generously to the poor.
If in addition to these works of piety, we turn to God with our whole hearts in humility and confidence, we may hope that he will turn from his fierce anger and deliver us from the evils that threaten us.
Given at Providence, this 14th day of December, 1860.
Francis Patrick, Bishop of Hartford.
Shocking treatment of Southern slaves.
We clip the following from the Charleston (S. C.) Mercury:
Annual Christmas Exclusion.--It will be seen by reference to our shipping advertisements, that the steamer St. Mary's, E. Lafitte & Co., agents, will leave Savannah Packet wharf on Sunday afternoon, the 23d inst., for Wilmington, N. C., and return the afternoon following.
For many seasons one of the Messrs.
Lafitte & Co.'s steamers has been chartered, a