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Death of Mr. Crittenden.

The late Northern news brings information of the death of poor old Mr. Crittenden.--When Macbeth was informed of the death of Lady Macbeth he said, "She should have died hereafter." We should reverse the remark in applying it to the deceased Kentuckian. He should have died heretofore. In two years he had lived down a pretty fair name and ruined a respectable standing among the second class of statesmen this side the Atlantic. He had to violated all his professions and proved so faithless to his declarations and pledges, made at every stage of the discussion of the Crittenden Compromise in 1800-'61, that he forfeited every claim to the respect and consideration of the people of the South, while he brought upon himself the contempt of those of the North. In the discussion of the Compromise he was treated with derision by the North. His ignoble submission to the Lincoln Government lowered him still further in their estimation. Bad men accept the benefit of base actions which, even among them, can ex no admiration. The spasmodic cut-rate on the subject of State rights which, under the head of self-reproach for his treachery, he occasionally let off in the Federal House of Representatives, if they commanded any attention whatever, only excited the amusement of the Black Republicans. His conspiracy with Garrett D Guthrie, and other, for the betrayal of his own State, will blacken his memory mere than anything else. The dtardly and kvish exding of organizing the Home Guard to protect Kentucky soil from invasion from all quarters — the purpose of which was afterwards developed by the unopposed admission of the Federal forces and the resistance to our's — was successful in sacrificing Kentucky, and placing her in a position fatal to her own reputation and her just and natural alliance and affections. The aged leader in a political strategy so nefarious might well personate his State in his own private relations. He reaped nothing but misery from the circumstances in which he placed himself. His own house was divided against itself, and not even the money he is said to have made from contracts with the Federal Government growing out of the war could console him for the loss of that peace of mind which comes only from good intentions and consistent and honest actions. With the South he has been long a dead man. Pity for him he had not been dead in fact even longer.

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