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From The Constitution, April 3, 1861 (volume 24, number 1214)


Connecticut sustains the Government

Glorious Republican Victory ! !

Buckingham Re-Elected !


The election throughout the State has resulted most gloriously for the republicans.  Lincoln’s administration is triumphantly sustained.  Gov. Buckingham is re-elected by over one thousand majority against 531 last year.  All the republican state ticket is elected, and there will be a strong republican majority in both branches of the Legislature.

In the First Congressional district Loomis is elected by a majority of 127, against 65 two years ago.

Burnham, in the Third district, is elected by about 1800 majority against about 600 last.

Very few returns have come in from the Fourth, Ferry’s, district.  The Courant says “we feel confident of his election.”

The Senate will stand probably 14 republicans to 7 democrats, the same as last year.

The Election in Middletown

The election in this town yesterday passed off quietly.  Owing to the admirable provisions of the new registry law there was no delay of contention at the polls, and the voting proceeded expeditiously and without disturbance.  As was expected the town went democratic, but by a greatly reduced majority.  The republicans worked well.  They did their duty manfully, and they have the satisfaction of knowing that they have not worked in vain.  A year ago the democratic majority in Middletown on the vote for Governor was 293.  This year it is only 251, a republican gain of 44! Well done, republicans of Middletown!  The day is not far distant when you will fully redeem the town from democratic rule.  The vote stood on representatives

Rep Dem.
Horace D. Hall 685 E. A. Russell 969
Henry Cornwell 686 Chas. Hubbard 964 


On the state ticket the following is the vote :–

Buckingham 716 Loomis 967
Douglas 713 Hazard 961
Dean 715 Stevens 968
Trumbull 715 Kingsbury 969
Cutler 715 Taylor 968


Hon. Benj. Douglas

We congratulate our fellow townsman, Mr. Douglas, in his election to the important office of Lieut. Governor of the State.  The most strenuous efforts were made here by his political opponents to defeat him; but the result has shown that Mr. Douglas has the entire confidence of the republicans of his own town as well as of this state.

Fort Sumter

Notwithstanding the urgency of the newspapers to obtain information with regard to Fort Sumter, nothing has yet been revealed of the President’s intentions.  No order has yet been issued for its evacuation, though it is generally believed that the order will be issued before long.

Hard Times

The times are becoming unquestionably “hard,” and there are not a few who predict that they will be a good deal harder before they are any easier.  That depends upon circumstances.  The causes which are producing the present stagnation in business are purely political.  A revolution is in progress, the powers of our own government appear to be paralized [sic], and nobody can predict what will be the state of the nation six months hence.  For aught that anybody knows we may then be in the midst of a bloody civil war.  It is this uncertainty which now obstructs business and represses enterprise.  There is no want of provisions in the country: they never were more plenty.  As to money there is a superfluity of it.  Never has there been so much coin in the New York banks as there is now.  A few days ago, they reported about forty millions of specie in their vaults. Thus the materials for prosperity and for enterprise are rich about us, and all that seems to be wanting is the restoration of public confidence in the stability and strength of the national government.  Restore tranquility to the country and business will at once revive.

Foreign News

The most interesting foreign news of the week is the seizure by Spain of San Domingo of which she has taken armed possession.  This is a bold and unscrupulous step, and evidently shows that Spain has further designs in that quarter.  She has now a fine navy afloat, and has a full treasury, and may yet astonish the world with an unexpected display of power.  This seizure of San Domingo would hardly have been done if our government had been in a condition to look out for anybody but itself.

The Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria’s mother, is dead.  The London Times is quite furious over the Morrill tariff.

The citadel of Messina had surrendered to the Sardinians.

Sleighing in April

This morning there is about a foot of snow on the ground, and still snowing hard.  It is fair sleighing.

Freshet in the River

There is quite a rise in the river, the water being about seven feet above low water mark.

The Proceeds

From the festival held at McDonough Hall last Wednesday evening by the colored people amounted to sixty dollars.

Chapin in Middletown

Rev. Dr. Chapin of New York lectured in this city a year ago on “Woman and her Work.”  The lecture was regarded as one of the best of the course, but his lecture delivered in New York, Boston, and elsewhere the present season on “Man and his Work” is universally regarded as superior.  It is pointed, pithy, humorous and practical, and portions of it very eloquent.

At the request of some of his admirers in this city he will give it in McDonough Hall on Friday evening of this week, commencing at 7 ½ o’clock.

Ticket 25 cents each, may be had at the bookstores.


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