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etuate the old atoffi^aTPffl*

Hnen are to#avft>the represcB wirfch they are fairlyentitled, he must discafdl the existing basis and adopt one more equitable. Tie tone of hU proclamation is §o deoidedly in ,vor of a policy of freedom for the State, that

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nc W/lfKKKKWBp •rt, detailing bis own litary services, is soon to bo before the pub"Wc forbear comments till then. Hnt he chosen to embody in it a private letter tten by him iu 1862 to President Lincoln; S, as this is complete in itself, and is herc■with laid before our readers, we proceed to

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seated from the Proclamation of Freedom* Gea. Banks's order most be regarded in thjf fight of an extension of the Emancipation polionj and in anticipation of the action of the Coi*

The tjsaHfications of voters at the fcecti «■ an dearly defined, and the registrations the Military Governor and the several XT\ tmu iiitiiuii is confirmed and approved, the latter are meant Free-State associations, wfceh we recently gave an account, the a: Sarery Unionists are to have control of awvement to a certain extent.

It is announced that the basis of represent ties in the Constitutional Convention is to The .matter is one of. such that ire wish Gen. Bonks Had open! declared hi* intention. Under the Constitution li02 the basis of representation was the total J ition in each parish, and the result was the country parishes wherein lay the large and of which the negro population was in excess of the whites, were practically MtroDed by the planters and sent a minority of representative* to the Legislature, basis were now to be adopted there is tUt Hear thstthe Free State Party, which reckons odoobtedry among it* voters a majority, of {hose entitled to vote at all, ~TT be outnumbered in the Convenes* by tha alaveholding interest that.'Still •javaiMa the country parish ea. Ko one doubts New-Orleans will go for Emancipation. , tinier the old apportionment, the Parish of

vea.

to the Unfontlaa received a sudden tf the proclamation of Gen. Banks. An election ^■Btdered on the 22d of February for Governor fjktd other State officers, who are to be installed i the 4th of March; an election on a day not Bed ia to .fee held for members of CongTes3; uti i election of delegates to a constitutional co: L it announced on the first Monday

i Proclamation, however, goes further t! to set in motion the machinery of S ^Government. It is declared that the fun mental law of the State is martial law, and virtue of ii all p« :* of the Constitution and laws of Louisiana which recognize, regulate or. telate to Slavery are annulled, because "inoon- [speak of it

attest with the present condition of publio \, Gen. McClelliin had been aUackcd before

i Richmond, hia right wing as.-ailed, Jfftnicd,

aSair* and inapplicable to any class of persons

now existing within its limits." Inasmuch asilbroken, and crushed back on Ms main body, oonauierable portions of Louisiana were ex*r»*ich remained inactive and hnrmle.F* throughfont, unfler his orders; and now, without allow MM his army to measure its strength with the BJebclfoe, ho burned and destroyed several Millioii-' worth of munitions, provisions, railroad&c, and commenced a 'iliuik nfiveraent' to the bank of the .Tame. Arrived Ihbre, it was assailed by the Rebels in force, standing at ljp~, gave them asevere thrash? Why it could not »OAd should not rather e done this in its position before Richmond, th its field-works on one side nud the Chicka-1 ny on the other, saving the Millions' worth j property which its flight compelled if to deiy, and the thousands of wounded whom it directed to abandon to the tender mercies tho enemy, we cannot yet learn; wo may sibly be wiser if wo can live to get through iSGeueTol's Report. But, having at length iched a'place of safety at Harrison's Landing, JiEjj^the James, Gen. MeClellan, on tho 7th of j .luly, l&tJ2, addressed a letter to rretidunt Lincoln, wherein ho says: . /''.''The time has come when tho Government, most dctorminu upon a civil anil nuliLiry policy cov.iriafr tho whole ground of our national tr'otiMo. Tho r ?potitlMloVterniininjr, dpclarinir, and nupuortlng teh oivil mry policy, and of direotinir tho whoie course rial amiiru iu regard to tho Rebellion, must now Ire assumed u:;d oxere.hied by yon, or our cause will be *t. Tho ConstitntloVtrivr-s you power sufficient even tho present ternbir eiiircnoy. Tils Kebellion bat A*n«ned tho character of war; as such it should be leurded, and it should be conducted upon the highest cnnciples known to Christian elvilirtition. It*li.»uldl be u war looking to tho subiuiritt ion of the po» , State on any event. It should not bo at all a war,; ,H)pulntiou, but niritinst armed forces and polit'

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nonT' Had Tie evinced a vindictive, cruel,
vehpiful 'spirit I Hud he even hinted at the
Abolition of Slavery. On the contrary, had he
not jnst overruled, then Superseded, Gen. Fre-
'lont, because of his Emancipation order in
.'issoi
Thi

the Got-> fear evidently is that an election held on tl

Committee held on the 13th inst They vri take part in the ensuing elections, recogniak the duty of endeavoring to place the propi men in office, but frankly stating tkat, in the judgment, a Convention to frame a new Const tution should have first been called.

basis proscribed by the old Constitution me defeat the object of restoring Louisiana to tl Union a free and loyal State.

Banks. Mejor-Oenera! Commanding the D issue b

Whereat, N. P. Banks. Ma

fnrtmeut of the Gulf, did, on
roclarnetion inviting the loj

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_ 12th Jm _

. loyal citizens of L

ble on the 'J2d of February. 1864, in order to l
the election of »evenexecutive officers, vi*: 1
Lieut.-Governor; 3d, Secretary of State; 4
Attorney-General: 6th, Superintendent off
1 th, Auditor of Public Account*;

Therefore be it retoUed. That thla Free State General Cor mittee, not relinquishing Ha Judgment that the only tro» pat to reconatructlon Is a Convention to frame a Dear Constitute before any election for State officer! i and not renouncing 1 lawful claim to hay* Slavery aboliahed immediately withoi the' l"

eleven or twelve States, made war on the Union. They had, nearly,] a year before, decreed the confiscation of all the property of Unionists within their reach, and had mercilessly enforced that decree. They i had used slaves by thousands to erect fortiflcar tions and mount guns, and had armed and drilled two regiments of blacks at New-Orleans alonel to fight against the Union. They habitually sheltered and concealed Rebel soldiers serving as soouts, spies, and guerrillas. The slaveholding caste (of courso with individual exceptions), alike in the loyal and the Rebel States, was at that moment implacably hostile to the Union and doing its utmost to subvert and destroy it. Yet Gen. MoClellan admonishes the President that the property of these venomous traitors must in no case be confiscates, nor must Shivery be 'forcibly abolished.' Why not?

Why should Gen. MoClellan have thought of all this Just on the back of his disastrous repulse from before Richmond? Why but that his own heart told him, "This rosewater style of soothing the Rebellion has proved a failure? Ttie'loyal States cannot endure it much longer. Uia President, with all jdg^gentuckjjire

ttices, is Outgrowing it. You must hulj^Mm, Tarnation of the 8th of December, 1863,

~ Free-Htat* Oeneral Committee.

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the Civil Government of Louisiana; but, n<
nizing the patriotic duty of endeavoring to place in office me
whoae opiniona are in harmony with the want* of Louiaiasi
and the spirit of the age, will take pert In the election;

Reetired further. That the Free-State Union men of Lonlei ana are hereby respectfully recommended to appoint delegate to a Nominating Convention, to propose caniBdetea for sal seven eaecntlve offlcera, to be held in N<:w-Orlesns cs Mm day, the first day of February, 1864, at Si o'clock p. m., In th Committee room, oomer of Camp and Common street, in Uii

Cl/5«soised fvrfher, Th«t we respectfully recommend that th.
representation in said Convention shall be as follows, vis: I
delegates from each ward of the City of New-Orleans; 5 dela
sates from that part of the Parish of Orleans on ths right benl
of the river; ffem the Parish of Jefferson, 6 delsgstes; an<
from each of the other Parishes of the Stat* a* follows: St
John the Baptist. 1; St. Charl**, 1; St Jsmes, 1; St. Bernard
1; Plaquemines, 1: Lafourche, 3; Terebonue, t1 Ascension, I
I St. Mary, 1; 8t Martin, l\ Iberville, Ji East Ilaton Rouge, 3
West Baton Boug*, li St Tammany, li Ajatunption, 3: La
fayt'tte, ».
&eeotved. That no delei

>s he will repudiate it and try a 'sterner policy." Twas not this that prompted that i

■r, we know not what ~ould have pelled it. M' in.* *

Gen. MeClellan has been, is, and will be, th« favwite commander of our forces of every open sympathizer with the Slaveholders' Rebellion. Whoever in tho loyal States hopes that'Jeff. J>,r. i. iimy yot triumph over our armies insist*) tthat MeClellitn is the man of all men to com\immd them. Whoever holds that we onprht not "to subdue the Rebels insists that we should (have done much better had MeClellan been f retained in command. These, we can underi stand; but the partisans of -MeClellan who do'*' vote for Judge Woodward, Gov. Seymour, mid (Vallandigham, are too deep for us. Can it be |that they^comprehend themselves T

it* to that Convention he *dmUte<

ar, lies'; and the oath of Free-Star* General Committee. _ t n ,Qt

antil be has taken the oath prose ribed by the President's Proc, - and th* *ath of thr

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ACTS

OF

THE LEGISLATURE

OF THE

STATE OF MICHIGAN

• PASSED AT THE ANNUAL SESSION OF 1847:
WITH AN

APPENDIX,

CONTAINING THE

TREASURER'S ANNUAL REPORT, &C.

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LIST OF ACTS

PASSSED BY THE LEGISATURE OF 1847.

e Title Pago.

1. An act to provide for the payment of members and officers of

the legislature, approved January IS, 1847, 1

2. An act to give immediate force to section 37 of chapter 154 of

the revised statutes, approved January 19, 1847, 2

3. An act to authorize the assessment and collection of certain tax

es in the township of Woodhull, in the county of Shiawas-
see, approved January 28th, 1847, 2

4. An act authorizing any person to construct lines of electric tele

graph in the state of Michigan, approved January 28, 1847, 4

5. An act to incorporate the Port Huron and Lake Michigan Rail

Road Company, approved January 30, 1847, 5

6. An act to amend the charter of the city of Detroit, as to the

time of making assessments, approved January 30, 1847, 20

7. An act to extend the time for the collection of certain taxes for

the year eighteen hundred and forty-six, in the city of De-
troit, approved January 30, 1847, 20

8. An act to extend the time for the collection of certain taxes for

the year eighteen hundred and forty-six in the county of Sa-
ginaw, also, in the township of Vienna, in the county of Ge-
nesee and in the township of La Salle, in the county of
Monroe, approved January 30, 1847, 21

9. An act to extend the time for the collection and return of taxes

in the township of Marshall, in the county of Calhoun, approved January 30, 1847, " 22

10. An act to change the name of Rhoda Zeolida Critchett, approv

ed February 1, 1847, 23

11. An act to extend the time for the collection of taxes for the year

eighteen hundred and forty-six, in the township of Pittsford, county of Hillsdale, approved February 1, 1847, 24

12. An act to authorize the common council of the village of Adrian

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