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solves for the appointment of commissioners were, on motion of Mr. Davis, of Greenfield, taken from the orders of the day, and considered. He said the resolves met with his entire approbation. Mr. Slocum, of Grafton, said, with all respect for Virginia, he could not abide by her opinions, since they might desecrate the soil of Massachusetts to slavery; rather than that, said he, let blood come. He moved an amendment. Mr. Wallis, of Bolton, favored the amendment. Mr. Gifford, of Provincetown, opposed it, and favored the resolutions. He had no fears that Massachusetts would act at the bidding of 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
documents, should be referred. The motion was adopted: and the committee appointed on the part of the Senate were Messrs. Stone of Essex, Bonney of Middlesex, Northend of Essex, Rogers of Suffolk, Davis of Bristol, Walker of Middlesex, and Cole of Berkshire; on the part of the House, Messrs. Bullock of Worcester, Calhoun of Springfield, Branning of Lee, 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 commissioned officers of the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry (Colonel Webster), severally for an act to legalize the appropriations of cities and towns i
s. Five thousand more Enfield rifles had been contracted for in England; but the English Government had placed an interdict against the export of arms and munitions of war to this country, which prevented, for a time, the completion of the contract. The Governor also referred, at considerable length, to the coast defences of Massachusetts, and the exertions which he had made to have them placed in proper condition. Next to the harbor defences of Boston in importance was the harbor of Provincetown, at the end of Cape Cod, which was accessible in all weathers without a pilot, with excellent anchorage, in which whole navies might ride in safety. It was best adapted to be the base of naval operations. It was utterly undefended, and could easily be taken from us by the enemy. The Governor, in referring to other matters, not of a military character, speaks of the national cause; and as the result of the war, which is but the revolt of slavery, he regards its ultimate extinction as in
have gone to the Gulf. Semmes was reported as having an intention of coming into Massachusetts Bay. Suppose he makes such an impudent dash now, and comes into Provincetown, which he could easily do one of these moonlight nights. The writer then suggests to the Governor to telegraph to Washington to have one of the men-of-war at Charlestown sent to Provincetown. The letter has this indorsement:— The within copy of a letter I have received from George Winslow, Esq., a respectable and intelligent merchant of this city. I respectfully refer it to the Secretary of the Navy in connection with the telegram I have addressed to the Navy Department to-day. The Governor had telegraphed, on the receipt of Mr. Winslow's letter, to have a war-vessel sent to Provincetown. It may be regarded as one of the coincidences of the war, that the information in the above letter should have been conveyed to the Governor by Mr. Winslow, and that the Alabama should have been sunk by Commodore
bombproof quarters built by him, by the 15th of November. It has seven 32-pounder guns with casemate carriages. Fort Lee, at Salem, is almost finished. Four 8-inch Columbiads will be mounted there this month. Forts Pickering (Salem) and Sewell (Marblehead) will not be ready for their armament for several weeks. It is not likely that any thing heavier than 24 or 32-pounders can be got for these works. The quartermaster must provide quarters for the men. The battery at Long Point, Provincetown, will be finished by cold weather. It will be mounted with eight 32-pounders. The battery will be an open one, and the quartermaster must furnish quarters for the men. The works at Plymouth are just begun. The armament is unsettled, but probably will be five guns. This is all the information I have been able to gather respecting the forts and armaments. Major Blunt made a special report to General Totten about two weeks ago, showing the condition of the Boston works as to armam