From The Constitution, March 6, 1861 (volume 24, number 1210)

President Lincoln

Delivered his inaugural address and took the oath about noon on Monday.  Owing to the admirable arrangements of the police and military everything was orderly and quiet.

The first part of the inaugural was received in this city [Middletown] last night at 9 o’clock.  The remainder reached here between nine and ten this morning.  It is clear and decided in its tone.  There is no mistaking the intention of President Lincoln to maintain the laws and defend the property of the United States.  [Complete text of inaugural address printed.  Click here for more information.]

Congress, Feb. 26.

Senate.–Bills organizing the territories of Dacotah and Nevada, passed.

A com. of conference on the disagreeing with the amendment to the tariff was appointed.

The post route bill was taken up.

Amendment for arsenal at Texas stricken out.

House.–The volunteer bill was taken up.  Mr. Howard of Mich. advocated its passage.

Mr. Burnett asked if in enforcing this bill it was intended to re-enforce the Southern forts and re-capture the property.

Mr. Curtis would not reply in open session what it would be the duty of the country to do.

Mr. Simms, in his seat, said ‘murder.’

Mr. Curtis said murder came from the other side–acts of assassins were not from republicans.  Murderous acts against the government were by persons skulking in the executive chamber and in the Senate.

Army bill taken up.

Mr. Corwin moved to postpone bill to Thursday.  Motion prevailed, 100 against 74.

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South Carolina has proposed to buy Fort Sumter before taking possession of it.  Why didn’t she buy Fort Moultrie and Castle Pinckney, and the revenue cutter, and the custom house, and the armory, and the post office, before taking possession of them?

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Our State Ticket

The Republican State Ticket is this spring again headed by their veteran leader Wm. A. Buckingham, who is esteemed and honored by men of all political parties, a gentleman above reproach, and a worthy standard bearer of the Republicans of Connecticut.  He has been triumphantly elected three successive years, and there is no reason why his majority this spring should not be as high as it has ever been.

For Lieut. Governor the name of Hon. Benjamin Douglas of this city is presented for the suffrages of the people of this State.  A stronger man could not have been elected from this section.  Mr. Douglas is well known through Middlesex County and in all this region, and his nomination will add great strength to the ticket here.  Like Gov. Buckingham, Mr. Douglas is a man of the people–one whose interests have been identical with those of the workingmen of the State.  With them he must be popular, and from them he will undoubtedly receive an enthusiastic support. …

The River and the Boats

The warm weather we have had must have cleared away the ice above Hartford, and made navigation safe.  It is not probable that the New York boats will come up before the 15th.  The Granite State has been laid up for repairs for two months.  The City of Hartford has been running all winter between New York and New Haven.  There is now a rise in the river of about ten feet.

Warm

Last Sunday, thermometer about here ranged from 75 to 80 degrees in the shade.  Pretty warm for the third of March.

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Kit Carson, the famous hunter, guide and mountaineer, is living at Taos, New Mexico, as Indian agent to the Ute tribe of Indians ; his salary is $1500 per annum.  Kit is not a wealthy man ; his property is estimated at about $6000.  He keeps fifty or sixty cows, five hundred head of sheep, and several horses and ponies.  He married a Mexican lady, with whom he lives happily.

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