From The Constitution, Wednesday, May 22, 1861 (volume 24, number 1221)

The rebels are reported as increasing their fortifications in Maryland. The United States troops will not long tolerate these invasions of Maryland by Virginia.

Henry C. Beckwith is appointed surveyor of customs at Hartford.

Lieut. Conine of the Lexington Ky., Rifles, a graduate of West Point and an accomplished officer, who indignantly rejected the offer of a position in the rebel army, is a native of New Haven.

The Montgomery correspondent of the Columbus, Ga., Times says that Gen. Beauregard has been ordered to Norfolk, Va.

The North Carolina election, on the 13th, resulted in favor of the secessionists.

A Washington letter writer says:

The bulk of the Seventh will return to New York when the time of their thirty days is up. There is considerable feeling expressed against the regiment, on account of the short time of service for which they serve.

The schoolmaster is abroad in earnest at Cuba, N. Y.  In the company of volunteers at Elmira, from that town, are three printers, two lawyers, one doctor, and twenty-eight school teachers. When the war is over, the pedagogues should settle “away down South in Dixie,” and instill into the fire-eaters there obedience to constitutional law.

The Kentucky legislature have legalized the suspension of specie payment by the banks of that state, passed a resolution that Kentucky should maintain a strict neutrality, and approving the governor’s refusal to furnish troops to the federal government.

Gen. Beauregard was in Charleston last Friday.

General Scott has ordered the immediate occupation of Arlington Heights by heavy batteries.


Mr. Herbert, Superintendent of Mt. Vernon, says there is no foundation for the report that the remains of Washington have been removed from their resting place.

Mr. Breckinridge

It was reported last week that Mr. Vice President Breckinridge had openly declared for the Union and was to accept an appointment in Col. Anderson’s Kentucky regiment. This report has been contradicted by Mr. Breckinridge’s friends but not by himself. Possibly it is true. He may have changed his mind and done what his better judgment must have told him is for his interest.

Western Virginia

The people of Western Virginia, in convention at Wheeling, have determined that they will adhere to the Union and support the Government. Thirty-three counties were represented in the convention. These counties cover an area equal in extent to the states of Maryland and Delaware united. It was decided by the convention to await the result of the popular vote on the secession question, which is taken this week on Thursday, and the convention adjourned until the 11th of June.

Gen. Twiggs has a Personal Affair with President Buchanan

Gen. Twiggs considers Mr. Buchanan’s denunciation of him, just before he left Washington, as a personal affront. He, therefore, addressed a letter to Mr. Buchanan, after the latter had retired from office, dated East Pascagoula, March 30th, holding him personally responsible, in the following language:

‘Your usurped right to dismiss me from the army might be acquiesced in ; but you had no right to brand me as a traitor. This was personal, and I shall treat it as such, not through the papers, but in person. I shall, most assuredly, pay a visit to Lancaster, for the sole purpose of a personal interview with you. So, sir, prepare yourself. I am well assured that public opinion will sanction any course I may take with you.’

Old Point Comfort

It is announced that a portion of the Connecticut troops are going to Fortress Monroe, which is near Old Point Comfort. This latter spot is one of the most healthy and delightful places of summer resort on the Atlantic coast, and our Connecticut troops may thank their stars, for it is a piece of remarkably good luck, if they are sent there. Probably they will have something to do besides bathing, fishing and enjoying themselves ;  but if the matter had been left to their own choice, they could not have hit on a more desirable spot to spend the summer than at Old Point Comfort.

Another Great Day for Middletown

Three companies of volunteers, numbering about 225 men, have now gone from this city, which in proportion to population is a larger number than has been furnished by Hartford, New Haven, or any other town in the State. And the men who have gone from here are as fine a body of soldiers as are to be found in the army. On Thursday last, Capt. Williams’ company (Wesleyan Guard) and Capt. Clark’s company, (Union Guard) left town to join their regiment, the 4th of Connecticut Volunteers, now in camp at Hartford. Previous to leaving, a large

Farewell Meeting

Was held at McDonough Hall on Wednesday evening. This large hall was crowded at an early hour. Every seat and standing place was occupied. At a quarter to eight o’clock the meeting was called to order by Aug. Putnam, Esq., and Hon. Benj. Douglas was appointed chairman, and John M. Douglas Secretary. Speeches were made by Messrs. B. Douglas, A. B. Calef, M. Culver, Rev. Mr. Lynch, President Cummings, Capt. Williams, Mr. Osborn of the University, who is a member of the Wesleyan Guard, and by Rev. Mr. Woodruff. Every one of these speakers evidently felt that he had a subject to speak on and an audience to speak to. Never were more deeply felt and enthusiastic addresses delivered from any stage, pulpit of rostrum in Middletown. The responses from the audience were hearty and cheering ; and every body felt sure that the one hundred and fifty soldiers there assembled would do honor to the town from which they went, to the State, and to the cause which they were to defend. We would just say the Mr. Osborn not only made a capital speech, but he is the Valedicterian of his class which graduates next month. If he does not make his debut on the stage on Commencement day, he will probably do it with equal honor on some other stage. He will be heard from again. Music was furnished between each of the speeches by the Griffin band. The meeting broke up after a round of cheers soon after ten o’clock.


In Portland on Monday, a horse put his hoof through a lady’s hoop skirt, and to extricate it three men were required to hold the horse and two to hold the lady.

A kerosene oil lamp exploded at Cancisto, N. Y., on the 5th, and the blazing contents severely burned two daughters of Rev. Mr. Bronson, aged respectively 9 and 12 years. One of the girls died in half a day and the other in two days. …

A son of Mr. Nelson Carpenter, East Putnam, accidentally shot himself with a pistol on Saturday the 6th inst., and has since died. His age was fifteen.


The pony express has arrived at Fort Kearney, with San Francisco dates to the 8th.

The markets generally are very firm, the holders of goods believing that eastern shipments will be checked by the war.

Farmings’ Islands has been formally taken possession of by the English.

Whaling casualties are unusually frequent the past year. The ship Tamerlane, arrived at Honolulu, reports the total loss of the whaleship Metacomet, in January, on Navigator’s Island ; also the massacre of eight hundred foreigners at Auckland, by New Zealanders.