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Doc. 3.--Wm. H. Russell's letters — on the battle of Bull Run. Washington, July 19, 1861. The army of the North is fairly moving at last, and all the contending voices of lawyers and disputants will speedily be silenced by the noise of the cannon. Let no one suppose that the war will be decided in one or two battles, or conclude from any present successes of the Federalists that they will not meet with stern opposition as they advance. The Confederates uniformly declared to me after their failure to take either Faneuil Hall or the Capitol, they would wait in Virginia and entice the Federalists into certain mysterious traps, where they would be destroyed to a man. There is great reliance placed on masked batteries in this war, and the country is favorable to their employment; but nothing can prove more completely the unsteady character of the troops than the reliance which is placed on the effects of such works, and, indeed, there is reason to think that there have been p
elieving in man's capacity for self-government, believed, therefore, in spite of so many failures, in the practicability of a republic. If this Government has gone down, asks the editor, what shall be its substitute? And he answers by saying that, as to the present generation, it seems their only resort must be to a constitutional monarchy. Hence you see the Senator and myself begin to agree in the proposition that the nature and character of the Government are to be changed. William Howard Russell, the celebrated correspondent of The London Times, spent some time in South Carolina, and he writes: From all quarters have come to my ears the echoes of the same voice; it may be feigned, but there is no discord in the note, and it sounds in wonderful strength and monotony all over the country. Shades of George III., of North, of Johnson, of all who contended against the great rebellion which tore these colonies from England, can you hear the chorus which rings through the St