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JUNE 4, 1864.]



(Previous Page) or that you painted the picture for the purpose of corrupting youth, the critic does not say. A man may say that I state what is not true ; but that is very different from calling me a liar. The question then still remains, whether a spectator looking at a picture, and thinking it to be false in art and dangerous in morals, may not publicly say so ?

If I print a book, and the reader, without any acquaintance with me or prejudice against me, thinks it sophistical, false, or immoral, may he not say so? May he not warn the public against what he conceives to be the debasing influence of my book, and hope that "this man" will write no more like it? May he not declare that my book is as bad as Mrs. APHRA BERN'S, and worthy to have been read in the stews of Corinth, if that is his opinion? He may indeed express himself in a very offensive way, but I can not fairly denounce his criticism, however false I may think it in substance and arrogant in expression, as a personal attack. Therefore you are wrong in thinking that I have approved an assault upon your moral character.

If you will allow me, I will add a few words upon the general subject which has occasioned this correspondence.

You speak of what I wrote as " an indorsement of this man's articles," meaning the Tribune criticism. Of course when you say this, you were not aware that in Harper's Weekly of the previous week I had expressed my dissent from the principle, so far as I understand it, of the criticisms in question, and also with many of their special verdicts. In that article I say of the picture of yours, which was so severely censured by the Tribune critic, "the Goat Revel of BEARD'S, instead of seeming to us too indecent to mention is not without a startling strain of Rabelaisque satire and warning." I do not, therefore, "indorse" the articles. I merely " indorse" the critic's right to express his opinion of any artist as an artist, just as I do yours to express your opinion of any critic as a critic. Then you deny that every man has a right to express his opinion publicly of subjects upon which he is totally ignorant. But do you really think that PTOLEMY had not the same right to say that the sun moved round the earth that COPERNICUS had to say that the earth moves round the sun ? How is the question of ignorance to be settled ? The Tribune critic says, virtually, that Mr. DURAND is ignorant of nature. Upon your principle, he ought to insist that Mr. DURAND has no right to paint. He also says that, if I like the pictures of certain artists, I know nothing of nature. Upon your principle, he ought to insist that I should not publicly express my opinion of those pictures, because they are subjects upon which I am totally ignorant. Certainly you can not mean that. If he should take that ground, I should reply that my admiration of KENSETT'S pictures, and of M'ENTEE'S, and of ELLIOTT'S, of HICK'S, of HENNESSY'S, of NAST'S, and of your own, might be very ignorant, but it was wholly sincere, and that I should not hesitate to proclaim it merely because a critic, whether he were an artist or not, thought me incapable of judging.

Indeed, must not every work of art in literature, painting, music, architecture, whatever it may be, take its chance? They are addressed to the human heart, and that will justify them, and winnow the chaff from the wheat. Besides, the balance of criticism of artists and authors is pretty fairly adjusted. If our heads are broken in the Round Table, for instance, they may be swathed with sweet spices in the Independent. If an " ignoramus" criticises us in the Tribune, a genial sympathy and intelligence may sparkle in the Evening Post. When you say that no person has a right to speak publicly of subjects of which he is ignorant, you seem to me to forget that then nobody's right to talk could ever be satisfactorily settled.

I cordially agree with you that criticisms of pictures would always be better if they were written by competent persons. And you remember that it was said of a certain picture also that it would have been better if the artist had taken more pains. I welcome the articles in the Tribune not because I agree with their judgments, for I do not, any more than I agree with RUSKIN that CLAUDE was a botcher ; nor because I commend their style, for it seems to me that the writer is much too absolute and dogmatic, and has an unfortunate knack of saying an unpleasant thing in an unpleasant way ; but I welcome them because they seem to me an able and honest, and, under the circumstances, even a heroic effort at serious criticism, and I am very sure that you and many other artists entirely misapprehend the spirit in which they are written. And now, will you allow me to end what is meant at least for a friendly letter by capping the last sentence in yours ? You say, " The true artist desires nothing more than just criticism." I fully believe it, and also that the true critic desires nothing more than to criticise justly.   Respectfully yours,




SENATE.—May 18. The House bill defining the pay of officers on the staff of the Lieutenant-General was passed. —The House bill, granting lands to the State of Iowa for railroad purposes was reported with amendments and passed.—The bill to expedite the public printing was passed, with an amendment suspending the printing of the report of the offers received and contracts made for carrying the mails.—May 19. Mr. Harding introduced a bill, which was passed, to amend the act of Congress, approved September, 1850, in relation to donations to settlers on the public lands in California.—Mr. Morrill, from the Committee of Conference on the disagreeing votes on the bill for an erection of a Territorial Government for Montana, made a report which recommends that the Senate recede from its amendment, striking out the words " Every free white inhabitant in the qualification for voters," and inserting " All citizens of the United States and those who have declared their intention to become such," etc. After considerable debate, in which Messrs. Morrill, Hale, Wade, Horton, and Sumner participated, the report of the Committee was adopted, 26 Yeas, 13 Nays.—The Pacific Railroad bill was then taken up as unfinished business, but no vote was taken.    May 20. A joint resolution was introduced by Mr. Wilson to authorize the President to call out men by draft for one year.—The bill authorizing a mail steamship service between the United States and Brazil was brought up, and after some discus-

sion laid over.—May 21. Beyond debating the Pacific Railroad bill, the Senate did nothing of importance.—May 23. The bill in relation to naval supplies, which was reported upon adversely by the Naval Committee, was taken up. Mr. Grimes proceeded to defend the bill against the report of the Naval Committee, showing the abuses of the old system and the need of a reform. Mr. Hale and others participated in the discussion, but no vote was taken. —Mr. Morgan introduced a bill that so much of the act for enrolling and calling out the national forces, and acts amendatory thereof, as authorize the discharge of any person from military service by reason of the payment of $300 for the procuration of a substitute or otherwise, be repealed. Provided that nothing contained in this act shall be construed to alter the provisions of the existing laws relative to persons actually furnishing substitutes.—The Pacific Railroad bill was then taken up, and, after a brief discussion, was passed.—May 24. Mr. Johnson introduced a bill granting lands to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from Lake Superior to Puget Sound.—The Brazil Mail Steamship bill was passed. —The House bill to appoint an additional supervising and two local inspectors of steamboats for collection in the District of East Tennessee was passed.—The internal Revenue bill was discussed at length on the clauses regulating the duties and salaries of officers to be appointed under the law. The amendments of the Finance Committee, which were verbal, were generally agreed to House.—May 18. Mr. Julian reported a bill, which was passed, providing for the issue of patents to bona fide holders of "floats" issued in pursuance of the act of Congress of 1862, relative to Spanish grants in Louisiana.—The House then proceeded to the consideration of the joint resolution heretofore reported from the Committee on Commerce, proposing such action as will insure more perfect reciprocity of trade between the United States and British North American Provinces. Mr. Elijah Ward addressed the House at length on the subject. Various amendments were made, but of no special importance, when the Committee rose, and the bill was reported to the House, but not finally acted upon.—May 19. The House passed the Senate bill amendatory of the act authorizing Nevada to form a State Government.—The House took up the Indian Appropriation bill. All the amendments of the Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union were concurred in, excepting one reducing the appropriation for the Sioux Indians of Minnesota from $150,000 to $50,000. The bill passed. A long and acrimonious personal debate then ensued, in which Messrs. Dawes, Loan, Julian, and Mallory participated.—Mr. Pike of Maine advocated, and Mr. Arnold of Illinois opposed, the abrogation of the Reciprocity Treaty. Without taking the question the House adjourned.--May 20. Mr. E. C. Ingersoll was introduced as the successor of the late Owen Lovejoy, qualified, and took his seat.—A resolution was offered by Mr. Holman that when the House adjourn it be until Monday, to give the members an opportunity to visit the wounded officers and soldiers, and administer to their wants, which was adopted. —The Committee of Conference on the disagreeing amendments to the bill establishing a Territorial Government for Montana made a report, which struck out the Senate's amendment to give the right of suffrage to colored persons. The report was concurred in by a vote of 102 to 26. —A bill was passed reimbursing Professor Ames for damages sustained by the burning of his buildings at Annandale, Virginia.—Mr. Cox asked leave to introduce a bill condemning the action of the authorities in the suspension of the New York World and the Journal of Commerce, which was objected to by Messrs. Washburne and Farnsworth.—May 23. SIr. Dawes reported a resolution that Messrs. Chandler, Segar, and Kitchen, whose claims to seats from Virginia have been rejected, be allowed mileage for one session, and monthly pay till the passage of the resolutions in their respective cases. Mr. Chandler's name was stricken out. The resolution, as thus amended, was adopted.—On motion of Mr. Coffroth it was resolved that, the Senate concurring, both Houses adjourn the session on the 6th of June at noon.—On motion of Mr. Arnold a resolution was adopted, instructing the Committee of the Judiciary to inquire whether any and what legislation is necessary to punish the forgery and publication of official documents, and also what legislation is necessary to punish those who, through the press or otherwise, give information, aid, and comfort to the rebels.—Mr. Pruyn asked leave, on behalf of his friends of the New York delegation, to offer a resolution, That the conduct of the Executive authority of the Government in closing the offices and suppressing the publication of the World and Journal of Commerce newspapers, in the city of New York, under the circumstances which have been placed before the public, was an act unwarranted in itself, dangerous to the cause of the Union, in violation of the Constitution, and subversive of the principles of civil liberty, and as such is hereby censured by this House. Objection being made, Mr. Pruyn moved a suspension of the rules in order that he might introduce the resolution, but the question was decided in the negative by the following vote : Yeas, 54; Nays, 79.—Mr. Stevens reported the joint explanatory resolution, which was passed, providing that the late law for the temporary increase in duties on imports shall take effect on the 30th instead of the 29th of April. All duties improperly paid to be refunded.—Mr. Stevens reported a bill to aid in the construction of a railroad and telegraph line from Lake Superior to Puget's Sound, by the northern route.—May 24. Mr. Dawes made a report that William Jayne is not, and that John J. Todd is, entitled to a seat as Delegate from Dakota.—The House took up the Senate's amendments to the National Currency or Bank bill, and concurred in several, disagreeing to others.—Mr. Patterson reported a bill to incorporate the Newsboys' Home, in the District of Columbia, which was passed.—The House resumed the consideration of the Reciprocity Treaty, and Mr. Davis made a speech against the propriety and expediency at this time of giving the notice for the termination of the treaty.


The movements of General Grant during last week were mainly strategic, though there was considerable fighting. On Wednesday, May I8, the Second Corps advanced against the enemy's right, driving him from two lines of his works and capturing several pieces of artillery. The cannonading was very heavy, but our forces held their ground, with an aggregate loss of one thousand. The Ninth Corps was also engaged on the enemy's left during the day, and succeeded in pushing back the enemy for some distance, but subsequently retired, having gained no considerable advantage.

On Thursday, 19th, every thing was quiet until evening, when an effort was made by Ewell's Corps to turn our right for the purpose of capturing our supply trains. All day long trains, loaded with ordnance and commissary stores, had been passing the point attacked, but fortunately none were within reach at the moment. Tyler's Division, supported by Birney's, were precipitated on the rebel column as impetuously as the nature of the ground permitted, and after a sharp skirmish the latter were driven from the ground with serious loss. The First Maine Heavy Artillery regiment, eighteen hundred strong, and fighting as infantry, charged on the rebel line gallantly, and swept every thing before them after a sharp contest. About 500 prisoners fell into our hands, besides 1250 killed and wounded. Our loss was 150 killed and 750 wounded and missing. Tyler's troops, who chiefly engaged the enemy, were just from Washington, and had never been under fire, but behaved with the greatest gallantry. General Meade gave a prompt recognition of their brave conduct in the following order, issued on Friday:

"The Major-General commanding desires to express his satisfaction with the good conduct of Tyler's Division, Kitching's Brigade of Heavy Artillery, in the affair of yesterday evening. The gallant manner in which these commands, the greater portion being for the first time under fire, met and checked a persistent corps of the enemy, led by one of its best generals, justifies the commendation in this special manner of troops who henceforward will be relied upon as were the tried veterans of the Second and Sixth Corps, at the same time engaged. By command of

"MAJOR-GENERAL MEADE." On Friday evening General Grant commenced a movement for the purpose of compelling Lee to abandon his position at Spottsylvania. Details of this movement are very properly suppressed, but it is known that up to Monday, 23d, it had gone forward successfully. Longstreet's Corps started south at 1 o'clock Friday night, an hour and a half after Hancock moved. Ewell's Corps followed Longstreet.

On Saturday General Hancock (Second Corps) reached Guinea's Station, and thence pushed forward to Bowling Green. At Guinea's Station they found some rebel cavalry with a battery of artillery, which they soon dispersed. Our cavalry pursued them, inflicting some loss, while that of our own was very light. At Milford, beyond Bowling Green, our advance met a considerable force of the enemy and drove them through the town. On Sunday night General Hancock had reached a point ten miles south of Bowling Green, on the line of the Mattapony. A bulletin of Secretary Stanton, issued on Tuesday night, says: "A dispatch from General Grant, dated at 11 o'clock Monday night, states that the army had moved from its position to the North Anna, following closely Lee's army. The Fifth and Sixth Corps marched by way of Harris's Store to Jericho Ford, and the Fifth Corps succeeded in effecting a crossing and getting position without much opposition. Shortly after, however, they were violently attacked, and handsomely repulsed the assault without much loss to us. We captured some prisoners."

Another dispatch, giving in detail the movements of our corps, and speaking of the rebel assault on Warren's position, says : " He was attacked with great vehemence. I have never heard more rapid or massive firing either of artillery or musketry. The attack resulted in a destructive repulse of the enemy."

At the position attacked by Hancock the rebels were intrenched, and in considerable force between the creek he had crossed and the river, and made a pertinacious resistance to his onset; but before dark he had forced them from their works and driven them across the stream. It Is also said that in these engagements the slaughter of the enemy was very great. Our losses were inconsiderable. The rebels charged against our artillery, and suffered especially from canister.

A dispatch from General Grant dated at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning, has also been received. It states that the enemy have fallen back from the North Anna, and we are in pursuit. Negroes who have come in say that Lee is falling back to Richmond.

Other official dispatches from head-quarters say that Warren, Burnside, and Hancock are pushing forward after the retreating army. Warren captured a good number of prisoners on Monday evening, but has not had time to count them or ascertain his loss.

Hancock is storming the rifle-pits this side of the river. On Monday evening he also took between 100 and 200 prisoners, and drove many rebels into the river, where they were drowned.

On the 23d, Secretary Stanton made the following official announcement in reference to the condition and movements of the Army of the Potomac : " Official reports of this Department show that within eight days after the great battle at Spotsylvania Court House, many thousand veteran troops have been forwarded to General Grant. The whole army has been amply supplied with full rations of subsistence. Upward of twenty thousand sick and wounded have been transported from the field of battle to the Washington hospitals, and placed under surgical care. Over eight thousand prisoners have been transported from the field to prison depots, and large amounts of artillery and other implements dais active campaign brought away. Several thousand fresh cavalry horses have been forwarded to the army, and the grand Army of the Potomac is now fully as strong in numbers, and better equipped, supplied, and furnished than when the campaign opened. Several thousand reinforcements have also been forwarded to other armies in the field, and ample supplies to all. During the same time over 30,000 volunteers for 100 days have been mustered into the service, clothed, armed, equipped, and transported to their respective positions.


General Butler, who at the close of last week's report had closed in around Fort Darling on the James River, was interrupted in his operations on Monday the l6th inst. by a fierce attack of the enemy, who had concentrated a strong force. In the early morning, under cover of a fog so dense as to limit vision to the distance of a few yards, the enemy fell upon the right of our line of battle with the force of an avalanche, completely crushing it backward, and turning our flank, as two days before we had turned theirs. Their advantage, however, was but temporary, for our veterans quickly recovered from the sudden shock, and drove their assailants back beyond the line of the attack. The fighting thus unceremoniously commenced, continued with more or less briskness throughout the day, and the losses on both sides were severe. Our loss is estimated at not less than 1500 to 2000 in killed, wounded, and missing. The day's operations resulted in our entire army being ordered to return from its advanced position, within 10 miles of Richmond, to the line of defense known as Bermuda Hundred, between the James and Appomattox rivers. Here the troops securely encamped, having buried their dead, and brought from the battlefield in perfect order their wounded and all their supplies. Heckman's brigade suffered very heavily, and General Heckman himself was captured. We took some 300 prisoners, but lost four guns. The enemy the next day appeared in front of General Butler's works, and heavy skirmishing was continued, with loss on both sides, during Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday night the enemy assaulted a line of rifle-pits along the centre of our entrenchments, but was repulsed. On Friday the attack was renewed, and our skirmishers were driven out of the pits after a desperate fight. The possession of the line thus lost being essential to our position, a determined effort to retake it was made by our forces, which was partially successful, the right of the line being reoccupied. During this engagement artillery was used on both sides, and the loss was heavy. We took a number of prisoners, among whom was Major-General Walker of South Carolina, who had temporary command of a brigade, and was dangerously wounded. On Friday night our troops, with a view of diverting the enemy, made an attack on the right, and on Saturday firing was continued from the batteries until 10 o'clock, after which it ceased, and the remainder of the day was occupied on both sides in erecting additional defense. On Sunday and Monday all was quiet, the enemy being engaged in burying their dead.

The purpose of the enemy in closing in upon General Butler is evidently to hold in check any movement of ours until they can re-establish railroad communication with Petersburg and North Carolina.

The enemy have refused to exchange General Heckman for General Walker.


General Kautz returned from his raid southward on the 17th. He destroyed the depots at Walthal Junction and Chester Station on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad; demolished a depot and large number of cars at the coal mines and Tomahawk Station on the Richmond and Danville road: burned a locomotive, train of cars, and railroad buildings at Powhatan on the same road; destroyed a large number of buildings and cars, with immense amounts of stores, on the line of the South Side road, and broke most effectually the line of the Petersburg and Weldon road. At all the stations where the expedition halted to destroy depots the railroad track was torn up for several miles on each side. Bridges were leveled not only on the railroads, but on several turnpikes.

There were large quantities of commissary stores all along the line of the road, which were rendered thoroughly useless for the Confederates.


General Sherman's campaign still goes forward successfully. The movements of his army may be summed up as follows: On the 9th of May General M'Pherson crossed Chattanooga Mountain through Snake Creek Gap, directly threatening the enemy's railroad communications from Dalton to Rome and Atlanta. Generals Schofield and Newton at the same time marched toward Dalton from the east, the remainder of the army skirmishing all along the line in order to divert the enemy's attention front their flanks. On the 10th M'Pherson established himself upon the railroad one mile south of Resaca, and Schofield and Newton fought without result on the left around the mouth of Buzzard Roost Gap. On the 11th there was heavy skirmishing, but no general engagement. On the 12th M'Pherson and Hooker were strengthened on the right by the Fourteenth Corps (Palmer's) and Newton's Division of the Fourth Corps; and the enemy's position having been discovered, on the 14th skirmishing began early in the morning and continued incessantly throughout the day all along the line. During the day Howard joined the army and our whole force was thus brought in line. In the afternoon

an attempt was made to break the enemy's centre, but did not succeed, though his outer works were taken and held for a time. Subsequently the rebels attempted to turn our left and heavy fighting ensued, in which we were worsted, though inflicting serious loss on the enemy. At the same moment a fierce conflict raged on our right, where Morgan L. Smith's and Osterhaus's Divisions, of Logan's Corps, with Sprague's Brigade, of Veatche's Division of the Sixteenth Corps, charged the line of rebel rifle-pits a little to the right of and in sight of Resaca, and intrepidly carried them. This was about seven P.M. An hour afterward the rebel leaders, massing a large force, attempted to regain possession of these works. Coming boldly up the long hill to the very foot of the works they seemed determined to retake them or perish; but they were met by a determination as stern as their own. After struggling desperately the rebel most was hurled down the hill, leaving its sides covered with wounded and dead. Our men continued to hold this work, which the rebels never regained.

On Sunday morning, 15th, firing commenced as usual, but nothing of particular importance occurred until about one P.M. At that time a determined charge was made by Hooker's corps, which now occupied our left—Palmer, Howard, and Schofield having been shifted toward the right to fill up the gap occasioned by Hooker's withdrawal the day before. The enemy were driven from a portion of their second lines, and Wood's brigade, of Butterfield's division, stormed a small fort and took a battery of four guns. The rebels, however, having massed on this part of the line very heavily the day before, our men were exposed to so deadly a fire from the inner works that they were compelled to withdraw. Part of them continued to hold the small fort and kept possession of the four rebel guns. Notwithstanding this repulse, our line was now advanced to what had been the that rebel line of works. Thus had we held our own in the centre and gained substantial and permanent advantage on both wings. For this, and other reasons, the enemy thought best to retire, and on Sunday night evacuated the place with his entire army, leaving only three guns and some stores of meat and corn behind. His ammunition and supply trains were burned.

Our losses in our operations in front of Resaca were six hundred killed, three thousand wounded, and four hundred missing. We killed and wounded two thousand of the enemy and took four thousand prisoners. Four of our Brigadier-Generals were wounded—Harker, slightly; Kilpatrick, painfully; Manson, seriously; Willich, it is feared, mortally. Three general officers of the rebels are known to have been killed.

Our trophies were one stand of colors and seven pieces of artillery.

On the 16th the pursuit of the enemy was commenced, the latter offering a feeble resistance. On the I8th Davis's Division of the Fourteenth Corps occupied Rome, scene twenty-five miles southwest of Resaca, and the rest of the army, rapidly pushing forward, on the 19th, took possession of Kingston, ten miles southeast of Rome, and Cassville, still south of Kingston, establishing itself in force on the line of the Etowah River, running nearly east and west, some distance below Kingston. Our forces were then rested, preparatory to other movements.


In the southwestern part of Virginia important successes have been achieved by Generals Crook and Averill, who fought three battles in the vicinity of Newbern, Pulaski County, with the forces under Generals Morgan, Sam Jones, and A. G. Jenkins, gaining a complete victory over the enemy, who lost six hundred killed and wounded, three hundred prisoners, and two guns. General A. G. Jenkins fell into our hands, mortally wounded. Our loss was four hundred killed and wounded. A large railroad bridge over New River, at Newbern, with several miles of track, was completely destroyed. By these operations the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad has been rendered entirely useless to the enemy.


A dispatch from Admiral Porter, dated "on board the flagship Black Hawk, mouth of Red River, May 16," states that the portion of the squadron above the falls at Alexandria have been released from their unpleasant position, owing to the indefatigable exertions of Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey, Acting Engineer of the Nineteenth Army Corps, who proposed and built a tree dam of 600 feet across the river at the lower falls, which enabled all the vessels to pass in safety, the back water of the Mississippi reaching Alexandria, and allowing them to pass over all the shoals and the obstructions planted by the enemy to a point of safety.

An unofficial report from Cairo, dated May 22, says that the army and gun-boats were all safe at the mouth of the Red River and Semmesport.

Our forces evacuated Alexandria last week and moved toward Sellsport. The officers of steamer Laurel Hill, which had arrived at New Orleans, state they distinctly heard cannonading from the direction our forces had taken. A portion of Alexandria was burning when the Laurel Hill left.


Several Federal gun-boats have reached Fredericksburg. The railroad from that point to Aquia Creek has been repaired, and trains are now running. Over 25,000 veteran troops have reached General Grant since the great engagement of the 12th. The losses in the Fifth Corps since the movement began are as follows: Killed, 1240 ; wounded, 11,570; missing, 1120; total, 13,930. Less missing there than in any other corps. The stragglers are estimated at about 12,000 in the whole army. Nearly all these, have been returned to the ranks.

An expedition recently sent up the St. John's River, Florida, captured 1000 head of cattle, some horses, and other valuable property.

General Banks has been ordered to report at New Orleans.

General Sigel has been removed from his command in the Shenandoah Valley, and Major-General Hunter placed in command of the Department of Western Virginia, including the Shenandoah.

The town of Tampa, on the west coast of Florida, and commanding Tampa Bay, has been captured by the Union forces.

It is now said to be certain that the enemy captured, in Arkansas, the whole of General Steele's train, consisting of 1200 wagons.

The rebel steamer Florida sailed from Bermuda on the 14th, after landing an officer who was sick, and steed to the northward. She reported having burned in New York ship from Callao about three weeks previous.

In the late capture of Yazoo City by General M'Arthur the rebels are said to have been badly worsted, and lost largely in killed and wounded. Between 20,000 and 30,000 bales of cotton are reported in the vicinity of Yazoo City.




A NAVAL engagement between the German and Danish war vessels was fought on the 3d instant off Heligstand. The Germans had one hundred and seventy men killed and wounded, and the Danes fifty-three wounded and one killed. The Danish ships were not injured. The German squadron was at Cuxhaven at the latest dates, and the Danes had sailed for Norway. It was thought in Vienna that the London Conference would arrange a peace, but elsewhere no such hope was entertained. The Ministers of Justice and Interior in Denmark had resigned, in consequence of the King having agreed to a suspension of the blockade. The fortifications of Fredericia were leveled by the Allies.


It was said that Russia had concentrated an army of sixty thousand men at the mouth of the Danube, that Austria had sent twenty-five thousand men to the frontier of Servia, and that the Turkish army in the Roumelia was to be increased to one hundred and fifty thousand.


The Emperor and Empress of Mexico touched at Madeira on the 29th of April, and sailed the same day for Vera Cruz.




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