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In the above we have not included the five companies which joined the New-York Mozart Regiment in 1861, nor the recruits who entered the Ninety-ninth New-York Regiment, under Colonel Wardrop, formerly commanding the Massachusetts Third Regiment in the three months service in 1861, which, if added, would make the aggregate within a fraction of 160,000 men.

On the 5th of January, 1866, Governor Andrew delivered his valedictory address to the Legislature, in which he reviewed the action of Massachusetts in the war during his five years of administration. He fixes the amount expended for the war by the State, and paid out of her own treasury, at twenty-seven millions seven hundred and five thousand one hundred and nine dollars. This was exclusive of the expenditures of the cities and towns. She had paid promptly, and in gold, all interest on her bonds, and had kept faith with every public creditor.

The Governor then discussed at considerable length the posture of affairs in the rebel States, and the best mode of bringing those States again into harmony with the Union. The views which he expressed on these important topics were liberal and generous; and if they had been adopted by the country, and carried out in the spirit which he manifested, reconstruction would have been easy. He closes this able and statesman-like address as follows:—

In sympathy with the heart and hope of the nation, Massachusetts will abide by her faith. Undisturbed by the impatient, undismayed by delay, “with malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right,” she will persevere. Impartial, democratic, constitutional liberty is invincible; the rights of human nature are sacred, maintained by confessors and heroes and martyrs, reposing on the sure foundation of the commandments of God.

Through plots and counterplots;
Through gain and loss; through glory and disgrace;
Along the plains where passionate discord rears
Eternal Babel,—still the holy stream
Of human happiness glides on!

There is One above
Sways the harmonious mystery of the world.

Gentlemen, for all the favors, unmerited and unmeasured, which I have enjoyed from the people of Massachusetts; from the

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