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Northern dates to the 2d of July have been received. There was great excitement in the New York gold market on the Gold opened at 245, and went up during the forenoon to 285! The Herald has an apology for this in a statement that there was no other apparent cause for the rise than the question of the appointment of a successor to Chase.

The announcement in the afternoon that Senator William Pitt Femenden had been nominated Secretary of the Treasury, and that his nomination had been confirmed by the Senate, and that Congress had repeated the gold kill, brought gold down to two hundred and twenty-five. This gold bill forbade the sale of gold, unless the party selling it had it actually in hand.

Hunter's expedition — he reports Himself all right.

Secretary Stanton telegraphs to General Dix, rom Washington, June 23rd, as follows:

The following dispatch has just been received from Gen. Homer:

‘ "I have the honor to report that our expedition has been extremely successful, inflicting great injury upon the enemy, and victorious in every engagement. Running shores of ammunition, and finding it impossible to collect supplies while in the presence of an enemy believed to be superior to our force in numbers, and constantly receiving reinforcements from Richmond and other points, I deemed it beat to withdraw, and have succeeded in doing so, without serious loss, to this point, where we have met abundant supplies of food and forage. A detailed report of our operation will be forwarded immediately. The command is in excellent heart and health, and ready, after a few days' rest, for service in any direction."

Sheridan's Losses on James river.

A correspondent of the New York World writes from headquarters Army of the Potomac, June 26, as follows:

‘ A report reached camp yesterday that Gen. Sheridan had a severe engagement with the enemy at a point on the James river ten miles below Caty Point, on Friday evening. No particulars are given, except that he succeeded in getting all his trains across in safety, suffering a loss in killed and wounded of about a thousand men.--Nothing is said as to the loss of the enemy in the fight, but with the large force under Gen. Sheridan, in addition to the aid of two gunboats, which were on hand to protect his crossing, it is believed they must have been punished severely. His arrival within our lines is anxiously looked for to-day.

’ The same correspondent writes:

‘ At many points on our line men are compelled to travel a mile for water, and then often have to dig eight or ten feet into the ground to obtain it, and that, too, in the hot sun and while they are supposed to be resting from duty. At no point has water been so scarce as here, and citizens report that it will be worse if rain does not come soon.

’ Quite a number of sick are in hospital from the eighteenth corps, principally on account of the not weather. The colored troops are the most healthy, having only had forty in the hospital in one division when it went into line of battle on Tuesday last.

The peace Movement — Northern Politics.

The Hamilton (Ohio) Telegraph says: ‘"Two-thirds of the Ohio delegates to Chicago, thus far elected, are peace men. We desire that Ohio should go solid for peace, and vote for no other than a peace man."’

The Cincinnati Enquirer says the peace men will evidently control the action of the Chicago Democratic Convention.

The 14th Ohio Congressional district selected Kenny and Estelle as delegates. They are both uncompromising peace men.

The following resolutions were passed:

Resolved, That we highly approve the manly courage and statesman like positions contained in the late speech of Alex Long, of Ohio.

Resolved, That delegates to the Democratic National Convention from this district are hereby instructed to use all honorable means to secure the nomination only of peace candidates, upon a peace platform, for President and Vice-President of the United States.

The Convention of Franklin (Ohio) district selected Hons Sam Medary and S S Cox, with similar resolutions.

The Illinois Democratic State Convention met at Springfield on the 17th, and nominated a full electoral ticket and appointed delegates to the National Convention.

A dispatch was read in Convention from the President of the District Convention, at Hamilton, Ohio, announcing the safe arrival there of Mr. Vallandigham.

The reading of the dispatch was followed by a wild outburst of cheers and enthusiasm.

A resolution was unanimously adopted declaring as follows:

‘ "That we pledge ourselves to stand by Ohio in protecting C. L. Vallandigham and her citizens under the constitution and laws."

’ The return of Vallandigham to Ohio was on his own responsibility. It is not known what, it any, executive action will be taken concerning him.

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