g of the 16th.
Its departure was witnessed by thousands of citizens.
Addresses were made by ex-Governor John H. Clifford and the Mayor of the city.
The following is an extract from Governor Clifford's speech:—
You, New-Bedford Guards,—guards of honor and safety to your fellow-citizens!
We know, that, when brought to the test, you will be justified and approved.
It was a severe trial to be summoned away in time of peace and prosperity; but it may be the discipline of a beneficent Providence, to remind us of our blessings, and that as a people we might show to the world whether we are worthy of liberty.
We remain: you go forth.
The ties of affection, the tenderness of mother, wife, sister, and friends, cluster around this hour.
All these ties you cheerfully yield to the call to patriot conflict and our country's welfare . . . . All bid you God-speed, even the families who are to be left alone; as the wife of one of you said this morning to the question if her husband was g