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Civil War Harper's Weekly, January 28, 1865

This Harper's Weekly newspaper from the Civil War features unique news of the war, and fascinating illustrations. It covers some important events that occurred during the closing days of the War. This site features our entire collection of newspapers from the war for your perusal and study.

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60

HARPER'S WEEKLY.

[JANUARY 28, 1865.

EDWARD EVERETT.

EDWARD EVERETT, one of the most conservative of American statesmen, and the most accomplished of American orators, died, at his residence on Summer Street, Boston, of apoplexy, on the morning of the 15th inst. In an appropriate order, dated a few hours after his death, the Secretary of State, under the direction of the President, announced this important event, and instructed the several executive departments of the government to "cause appropriate honors to be rendered to the memory of the deceased, at home and abroad, wherever the national name and authority are acknowledged."

EDWARD EVERETT was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, April 11, 1794. He was the son of a New England clergyman, the Rev. OLIVER EVERETT, and was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom, the late ALEXANDER HILL EVERETT, is well known as having filled with credit many diplomatic positions under our government. Mr. EVERETT was graduated at Harvard College at the early age of seventeen. Two years after ward he was ordained as pastor of the Brattle Street Church, in Boston, filling the place left vacant by the brilliant and lamented BUCKMINSTER. At this early stage of his career he was greatly admired for the finish and elegance of his pulpit discourses. In his college course he had chiefly distinguished himself for his aptitude as a linguist. He had been tutor at the college before his clerical appointment, and before he was twenty-one he was offered the Eliot professorship of Greek literature at Harvard, and in order fully to qualify himself for the duties of that office he traveled in Europe. Four years were occupied in travel and study, and upon his return in 1819 he entered upon a career at Harvard which was memorable not only for the enthusiasm which Mr. EVERETT created in the students of that institution, hut also for the popular interest which his lectures on classic literature excited in Boston and its vicinity. For the live years following. he, in addition to his purely classical labors, conducted the North American Review.

Mr. EVERETT'S celebrated Phi Beta Kappa oration at Cambridge, in 1824, was the first of that long series of popular orations which have established his fame as the most elegant of American rhetoricians. On that occasion General LAFAYETTE was seated at his side upon the platform, and at the close of his address the speaker paid a graceful tribute to this distinguished compatriot of WASHINGTON.

Mr. EVERETT'S political life commenced with his election to Congress from the Middlesex District in 1824. He served in the House for ten years, and was during that period a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in the 20th Congress was made chairman of that committee. In 1834 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, an office which he held for four years. In 1840 he was appointed by President HARRISON as Minister of

the United States to the British Court. Upon his return, in 1845, he accepted the presidency of Harvard College, from which, after three years, he retired, and in 1852, upon the death of Mr. WEBSTER, was appointed Secretary of State. In 1853 he took his seat in the Senate, but, owing to his ill health, was obliged to resign. Since that time his efforts have been chiefly devoted to the collection of the fund for the purchase of Mount Vernon, for which he realized the sum of more than $100,000. His ardent devotion to the Union in the time of her greatest peril is held in the grateful remembrance of the American people. His last official act was the casting of his electoral vote for President Lincoln.

Mr. EVERETT was punctual and methodical in the performance of every official duty, sensitive in temperament, and reserved and courtly in manner. While he was a man of elegant taste, he was also eminently practical, though unfitted to the bustle and strife of actual life. The last speech which Mr. EVERETT made was at Fanneuil Hall, on the 9th inst., in behalf of the people of Savannah.   -

CHICAGO WATER-WORKS.

THE remarkable progress of Chicago during the last decade almost surpasses belief. In 1830 the city did not exist upon its present site there was a small wooden fort only, with two or three houses in the vicinity. Its population in 1837 was 4170, and was tripled in eight years. In 1860 the population numbered 109,260 ; in 1864 it was 169,353. We think that this progress has no parallel in history.

But notwithstanding this rapid growth it is only recently that means have been taken to supply the city satisfactorily with water. It has always depended on Lake Michigan for this supply ; and always during a stormy season the water was filled with sediment, and at other tittles the water had a flavor of the Chicago River, which receives the sewage of the city.

On the 17th of March, 1864, under the auspices of Messrs. DUNCAN & GOWEN, a tunnel was commenced which, passing under the lake, will convey to the city perfectly pure water.

The well, or shaft, of this tunnel is 68 feet in depth, and about 8 feet in diameter. The tunnel under the lake is 5 feet in diameter, or height rather, its shape being oval, and is bricked up as fast as dug. The work has already proceeded a considerable distance from the shaft. Next summer a water tight crib will be sunk out the lake, two miles from shore. The work of sinking the large iron tube will then be undertaken. As fast as the tube is sunk the earth will be removed from the interior, and when the depth of 68 feet is reached tunneling to meet the shore will begin. The object of this arrangement will be to secure a larger quantity of pure air. Mr. JOHN P. OFFERMAN has charge of the works.

THE LATE EDWARD EVERETT.

REAR VIEW OF THE HOWLETT HOUSE BATTERY, AS SEEN FROM OUR ADVANCE PICKET LINE.--[SEE PAGE 62.]

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