Boston, Jan. 5.
was inaugurated to-day, and delivered his inaugural message to the Legislature.
He submits a financial statement, showing that $377,000 are to be raised by a State tax to cover deficits in the income of previous years.
The aggregate amount of taxable property in the State
is $897,795,326, being an increase of about 50 per cent. in ten years.
The enrolled militia in the State
exceeds 155,000 men, while the active militia numbers about 5,600.
The Governor suggests that a larger number be placed on an active footing, so that the State
may be ready to contribute her share of force in any exigency of public danger The Governor favors the abolition of the death penalty, and a change in the statutes on marriage and divorce.
The Personal Liberty law he believed to be strictly constitutional, as the right of a person to reclaim an alleged fugitive must always be subordinate to the indefeasible right of every freeman to liberty.
He submits the subject to the wisdom of the Legislature.
The secession question he treats at some length to the effect that the people of Massachusetts
respond in the words of Jackson
, that "the Federal Union must and shall be preserved. "