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NEW YORK, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1865.
SINGLE COPIES TEN CENTS.
PER YEAR IN ADVANCE.
Entered according to Act
of Congress, in the Year 1865, by Harper & Brothers, in the Clerk's
of the District Court for the Southern District
of New York.
NOT QUITE IN VAIN.
How often in days
of our sore distress, When we
faint with an absolute weariness
Of endless labor and endless pain, The sickening thought in our
souls will rise, Clouding
with gloom even the brightest skies,
And chilling the pulse and filling the eyes
"We have lived—we have lived in vain!"
When the hearts we thought golden and trusted best
Prove but shriveling dross in
the fiery test
Which the Fates for all friendships ordain;
As we turn the false picture with face to the wall, Or veil the lost idol
with charity's pall,
How cold on the soul seems the whisper to fall—"We
have lived—we have lived in vain!"
When some prize of ambition, for years postponed,
Is at length attained, yet we feel unatoned
For the struggle that gave us the gain—Oh, spurning the dead-sea fruit we
sought, "Must it ever be thus?"
is the weary thought,
And again to our ears is the whisper brought
"We have lived—we have lived in vain!"
Oh friends! how rare in
this workaday life
Axe the prizes, it won, that are worth the strife,
The clangor, the dust, and the strain!
There is only one in the world below,
But one, that, whatever its price of woe,
Bids the soul in the veins to exultingly know That we have not lived in vain !
'Tis that moment unspeakable—best unsaid—When
blushingly downward the dear drooping head
To our breast for the first time we strain;
And the promise is given, not
in words, but in sighs, And the sweet, humid tenderness filling her
soul of my soul! If my love be a prize,
Then you have not
lived in vain;"
HON. CHARLES F. ADAMS.
THIS country has fresh reason to be proud of its
Minister in England—the Hon. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS. His part in the
remarkable correspondence which has recently taken place between him and Earl
RUSSELL places him side by side with his father and grandfather as a defender of
his country in the English court.
For CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS is the third member
of his family who has represented this country
in England. His grandfather,
JOHN ADAMS, was
the first American Minister to the Court of St. James. It was to him that KING
GEORGE THE THIRD delivered the famous apostrophe:
"I am, Sir, of all men in
England, as you may imagine, the sorriest to receive you here." This was in
1785. Thirty years later the son of JOHN ADAMS,
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, was sent
to England as our Minister, remaining at court two years. He took
with him his son, the present CHARLES F. ADAMS,
who was eight years old at the time they arrived in London, and went to an
English school. Report states that he took his first lessons in the art of
self-defense from some English fellow-pupils, whose
sarcastic flings at his country was more than the young Yankee could tolerate.
Mr. ADAMS has lived a quiet, unobtrusive life. In 1848 he was a delegate to the
famous Buffalo Convention, and was
chosen President of that body—a post of which he discharged the duties
with credit. He subsequently published the Life and Writings
of his grandfather, JOHN ADAMS—a work ,of great merit, which occupies a
standard place in our political literature. In 1859 he was elected to Congress.
He was not a prominent member of the House ; but
it is a curious fact, when considered in relation to his subsequent
efforts in support of the war, that from him came the first proposition for a
when the country was first threatened with civil war. He represented
Massachusetts in the famous perilous committee, and probably his was the most
finished speech delivered in Congress at this remark-able crisis in our national
Mr. ADAMS is now fifty-seven years of age, and has, it is said, a splendid
fortune, part of which he derived from his wife. His position for the past five
years has been one which demanded not only unusual sagacity but also an
extraordinary equanimity of temper. His great reward is, that his expressions of
confidence as to the success of his Government in the war for its
self-preservation have been so triumphantly justified.
EARL RUSSELL, better
known in history as Lord
JOHN RUSSELL, is the third son of JOHN, sixth Duke
of Bedford. His mother was the daughter of the fourth Viscount TORRINGTON. He
was born at Mayfair, August 18, 1792. After a preparatory course of study at
Sunbury and at Westminster School, he completed his scholastic education at the
University of Edinburgh, where he was for some
time the pupil of the metaphysician THOMAS BROWN
and of DUGALD STEWART. Under the tuition of the latter the liberal opinions
which came to him as a natural inheritance from his ancestors were doubtless
In 1813, after the formation of the Liverpool Ministry, Lord JOHN RUSSELL
entered Parliament as member from Tavistock. The Whigs at this
time possessed great influence, though not in office. One of the first "
hits" made by Lord JOHN was an eloquent speech on Foreign Treaties, which
immediately gave him a high place among Parliamentary orators. At the time of
the popular outbreaks in 1817 Lord
RUSSELL urged that, instead
harsh measures, timely concessions ought to be made to the people ; but his
advice was nut followed by the Government. He threw his whole soul into the
cause of Parliamentary Reform, and came at length to be the recognized leader in
the movement. He was a strong advocate of Catholic Emancipation, and an opponent
of Test and Corporation oaths. When WELLESLEY—the Duke of Wellington—came into
power, in 1828, Lord RUSSELL saw his long-cherished projects carried into
execution. Then came the excitement about the Reform Bill, in 1832. Then it was
that Lord Joust Ruse SELL arrived at the zenith of his glory.
During Lord MELBOURNE'S Administration
Lord RUSSELL became Home Secretary, and from 1835 to
1841 was the guiding spirit of the Whig party. He succeeded Sir ROBERT
PEEL as Prime Minister, and remained
at the helm until 1851. As often hap-pens, Lord RUSSELL while in office became
more conservative and cautious ; many of his supporters, and even Lord
PALMERSTON, fell away from him; and in 1852 Lord DERBY came into power. In
1859, under Lord PALMERSTON, Lord
RUSSELL be-came Minister of
Foreign Affairs. In July, 1861, he was raised to the peerage as Earl RUSSELL.
Earl RUSSELL has proved a very prudent, if not a very satisfactory Foreign
Minister. He has for-ever been protesting and menacing, but has always failed to
follow up his protests or menaces with any efficient action ; and although by
his caution he has kept England out of hot water during three important wars,
the English people would have been bet-ter satisfied if he had said less and
made fewer angry expostulations. We give elsewhere a resume of the recent
correspondence between Earl RUSSELL
and Mr. CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, in relation to claims made by our
England for injuries done by Anglo-Rebel
privateers during the rebellion.