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ent and Vice-President of the United States, 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 i
until you and Mr. Dawes shall have seen Colonel Fry and the Secretary of War. Please give your earliest attention to this subject. William Schouler, Adjutant-General. On this letter the Governor, in his own handwriting, made the following indorsement:— Read, approved, and the attention of Messrs. Alley and Dawes is specially called to this matter. All such affairs are immensely injurious to recruiting, and bring the service into popular disrepute. The following letter to William Stowe, Springfield, Jan. 14, by the Adjutant-General, gives the result of this correspondence. I am sorry to inform you that the Secretary of War will not change his decision. His Excellency received a telegram half an hour ago from Hon. John B. Alley, in which he says the Secretary will not allow the bounty to the recruits for the two companies of heavy artillery. I wish to know whether the men will stick, and run the risk of getting the bounty hereafter, which I have no doubt will be