From The Constitution, Wednesday, June 12, 1861 (volume 24, number 1224)
The Latest News
At Baltimore on Monday there was great activity in transporting war material from Washington Depot to the Northern Central Railroad.
A special to the Tribune says that ten thousand troops will be in Baltimore in less than 36 hours. The city is in a state of great excitement, and traitors are preparing to rise.
Major Gen. Banks took command in Baltimore on Monday.
It is stated that Mrs. Gen. Beauregard attended Henry Ward Beecher’s church on Sunday night.
The gratifying intelligence has been received by the N. York Post, that Mr. Adams, American minister to England, has obtained such assurances, in consultation with Lord John Russell, of the disposition of the Cabinet, as will prove abundantly satisfactory in this country.
Two Connecticut regiments, one New Hampshire and the N. Y. 9th proceeded by Rock Creek road, and three battalions of District of Columbia volunteers passed through Georgetown on Monday. Their destination is supposed to be at a point about 30 miles from Georgetown, and equally distant from Harper’s Ferry and Washington.
Col. Smith with a battalion of the 13th captured a thousand stand of arms, six field pieces and one sloop from the secessionists on the eastern shore of Maryland.
This gentleman once had a positive existence on this mundane sphere of ours. When Fort Sumter was beleaguered he was in Charleston ; but since then doubt and uncertainty have attended all the movements of the southern General. Nobody has known with any certainty where he was, or what he was doing, or he was intending to do. Jefferson Davis has been a positive fact all through. The public has known where he was, and what he has been at. But not so with Beauregard. It is not certain that he has been anywhere or has done anything for six weeks. Some impossible accounts have come to us of his being one day at Montgomery, and the next day at Memphis, and immediately after he was seen at Richmond. His celerity of movement is quite incomprehensible, and wholly impossible on the supposition that he is still compelled to move about on earth like other men. The last account stated that he was in Virginia and also at Charleston in Virginia. If he will condescend to stop awhile, the question of his corporeal existence will soon be satisfactorily settled. Our troops are on the way to Manasses [sic] Junction and will be delighted to meet Gen. Beauregard.
Re-Opening of the Slave Trade
There is not a shadow of a doubt that if the seceders succeed in this contest the slave trade will be re-opened. This has been stated over and over again by the leaders of public opinion in that section. We have in the Southern Literary Messenger for May, a literary journal published at Richmond, and which has an extensive circulation at the South, another announcement that the African slave trade will be re-opened if the South succeed in this contest. That journal says :
“It is in vain to separate in a moral point of view, and as a question of right and wrong, the slave trade from the holding of slaves. If it is proposed to hold slaves as a possession forever, the slave trade should be re-opened at once, otherwise materials will be stored up for an explosion that will put an end to the new Confederacy at no very distant period.”
England and France
English journals continue to speak of the United States in a tone decidedly unfriendly. Most of them evidently desire that the Union should be destroyed and that the country should be divided into two republics. They think it for their interest that it should be done, and therefore they hope it will be done. Without showing the least regard for honor or right, for law or justice, the English people consult only their own profit and loss account in this matter. Truly, they are little more than a “nation of shopkeepers.”
France appears in glorious contrast to England at this crisis. Although France depends upon the American supply of cotton for her extensive manufactories, and has just inaugurated a system of free trade directly opposed to the high tariff system of this country, yet the French Government has manifested strong and decided sympathies for the American Union in this struggle. The Emperor has repeatedly expressed an earnest hope that the Union may be preserved, and in his late interview with our minister, Mr. Dayton, who has just arrived in Paris, he manifested the most friendly feelings towards our Government.
The contrast between the sentiments of the two nations towards the United States is strikingly manifested by the fact that while a secession flag waves without rebuke in one of the most prominent ports of England, a southern vessel which attempted to enter a French port under the Confederate flag was stopped by the authorities and compelled to raise instead the stars and stripes.
Upwards of seven hundred slaves have escaped from Virginia within the past two weeks, and are now held by the government forces as contraband of war. Value to their owners several hundred thousand dollars.
All business was suspended in Chicago, Friday. The procession was two miles long and numbered 10,000 people, comprising the executive, military and municipal authorities, the fire department, the Masonic, mercantile and legal professions, union clubs, etc. Bishop Dugan delivered a brief and eloquent oration on the character of the deceased. During the passage of the procession, guns were fired and bells tolled.
Departure of the Fourth Regiment
The Fourth Regiment C. V., in which are two companies from Middletown broke up their encampment in Hartford yesterday, Monday, and went on board the steamer City of Hartford, Capt. Simpson, and the Granite State, Capt. King. They were escorted to the boats by the Putnam Phalanx, Governor’s Horse Guards, City Guard and Hill Guard. Before embarking, the regimental flag was presented by Lieut. Governor Douglas on the part of the State, and another flag was presented by Henry L. Miller, Esq., from the ladies of the Putnam Phalanx. On the march down from camp the soldiers suffered greatly from heat and several were sun struck.
The boats reached this city about half past five. At and around the steamboat dock thousands had assembled to greet the soldiers and bid adieu to friends. A cannon had been placed on the upper deck and another on Hubbard’s dock, both of which gave a good report of themselves. Only the City of Hartford, on board of which were the Middletown companies, stopped. Greetings were brief, a good deal of sadness was mingled with the enthusiasm. In about half an hour the lines were cast off and a “God speed” was uttered for the brave men who are going as it now appears direct to the battle field. The destination of the regiment is announced to be Harrisburg, and they will probably join the forces on the way to Harper’s Ferry. The boats were to land them at Jersey City whence they were to take the cars for the South.
Ladies Aid Society
Letters were received from the officers on their departure for Washington, expressing their hearty thanks for these kindnesses. Capt. Williams writes :
“Our men have expressed many and hearty thanks for these proofs of kindness on the part of the ladies of Middletown. I should think you might almost hear their ‘three cheers for the ladies of Middletown.’ I believe they will retain this gratitude through all the vicissitudes of the campaign, and we hope your regard will not lessen by the distance which must soon separate us.”
Miss Dix a lady widely known for her many acts of disinterested benevolence both in this country and abroad, having been appointed by the Sec. of War as Superintendent of the Nurses department of all the Military Hospitals, a few ladies of Middletown have prepared two boxes of Hospital stores, and forwarded them to her at Washington.
As these articles were prepared according to an official list furnished by the Medical Department, we enumerate some of them.
29 pairs slippers, 7 pr sheets, 27 bedquilts, 8 pr pillow cases, 3 dressing gowns, 33 towels, sewing material, sponges, oil silk, rubber cloth, wax tapers, cotton wadding & batting, saddler’s silk, broma, cocoa, chocolate, farina, corn starch, gelatin, barley, black tea, arrowroot, sherry wine, tellies, and many other articles suitable for the sick and convalescent.
In addition to these articles two trunks of bandages, lint, et cet et cet have been sent forward for the use of the Conn. regiments.
The annual commencement of Wesleyan University takes place next week on Thursday, at the Methodist church. The graduating class numbers twenty-seven.
Wednesday is devoted to the Alumni, who have a meeting in the morning. In the afternoon an Address will be delivered by Rev. N. P. Burton of Hartford. The Alumni Festival will be in the evening.
Previous to the election of Abraham Lincoln it was announced that Rev. and Hon. Henry W. Hilliard of Alabama would deliver an oration here during commencement week. Peculiar circumstances prevent Mr. Hilliard from fulfilling his appointment.
The double team attached to a carriage from the stable of Hayden & Loveland started off on a run on Saturday afternoon while the driver had left them a moment after depositing a passenger from the cars and went at a 2.40 pace through several streets. After astonishing the spectators with their agility they drew up in the south part of Main street without having done or suffered any damage. There was nobody in the carriage.
A New York paper announces that “business is so dull up at Hartford, that everybody is joining the church.” The fact is that Hartford people don’t go to New York as often as they used to, which has produced a great improvement in morals.
A rumor has been circulated in the newspapers to the effect that Queen Victoria is insane. A correspondent of the Boston Journal says very little hope is entertained of her recovery, that they talk of having her go to Germany, and there will probably be a regency. The story may go for what it is worth.
The report has obtained credence that Queen Victoria is insane and that there was some talk of a regency. It is probably all a hoax, for we read of her Majesty’s enjoying the Whitsuntide holidays as heartily as any of her subjects, at her favorite retreat in the Isle of Wight, and the royal family circle was made more pleasurable to one at least of the princesses by the presence of Prince Louis of Hesse.