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[579] President, of Private Alfred C. Lawrence, and beg leave to congratulate you upon the successful issue of your application.

On the 1st of November, the United-States consul at Halifax wrote to Secretary Seward, that it was secretly asserted by secessionists at that place, that plans had been formed, and would be carried into execution, by rebels and their allies, to set fire to the principal cities in the Northern States on the day of the presidential election, which was near at hand. Upon the receipt of this information, Secretary Seward wrote to the Governor, inclosing him a copy of the letter which he had received, which the Governor communicated to the mayors of the several cities of the Commonwealth, of which the following is a transcript:—

In view of the information suggested in the telegram to the Secretary of State of the United States, of which the following is a copy, I would very respectfully but urgently advise the utmost care, and the precaution of additional watchfulness and safeguard against fire; not only on election day, but also during the approaching winter. I do not doubt the importance of such measures, nor the existence of dangers which render them needful.

We are not aware that the plan of the incendiaries, if seriously entertained was ever carried into effect in New England, although there were abortive attempts to destroy the city of New York.

On the 19th of October, Edward Everett, in Faneuil Hall, made one of his most brilliant Union speeches, which was published in pamphlet form: a copy of which Mr. Everett sent to Governor Andrew, who, on the 5th of November, acknowledged its receipt in a letter from which we make the following extract:—

It might hardly seem becoming in me to attempt to declare how deeply I feel the weight and value of the repeated contributions of your voice and pen, during the present struggle, for the instruction and encouragement of the people. I may be allowed, perhaps, to confess how much in my own hours of care they have contributed to alleviate anxiety, and inspire hope, and increase the profound respect with which I am your obliged friend and obedient servant.

One of the most brilliant naval engagements of the war was

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