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Ex-senator James Murray Mason

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Of (lic gcaerutioii of illustrioua YirginiMMi born ivntediataly after the euc! hrauguratton of the Federal govi 1 1 1 , and who tooi a pronüni u! pari in ill tin? Bevcrc strugglos of its moro maturo ycars, .Tamos lïnrray Mason, who died at his residence at Clarens, ncar Aloxaiulriu, Vi; Priday night, ibo of the loading ropreseni ; 1 í -.- b. Descended from :i fninily mon larily noted in the annale of tho OÍ3 Dominion, ho vas bom on Analoston Tsland, Fairfax ('our.iy, on the 3d of November, 170S. He was stadions, attentivo boy, and graduated with honors in 181 at the :i;o of 20, at tho University insylvania. Rotuming to Virginia, hc studied law :;i tho Coll I Uliam and Mary, nul obtainod ;i liconse (■' tisoinl820. Hc eottlod at 1.Vinc}ii':i1i-:ünmediateiy thcroafter, r.i whioh plací h: was quite Buccessful in 1!: ■ o]' his profes8ion. In 1S2( ho was eloctod tothi; Virginia House of Dolcgates, and twics re-eleotod. In 1833 )w. iras ohosen a Piesidentfal eïe-stor, and from 1831 to 1639 ropresented liis Btato in Cöngress. In 1641 he was electtd to the ün:tsd Stites Sênate, of which body ho conmembor initil tbc - of Virginio in 1881. Ho was ohairman of tho Ci oin Foroign Rolationa for a numbor of yoors, in which capaoity he i example of uncomprómising autocracy tu Mr. Sumnor, at the lattcr's first entranco upon public Kfc, by which Mr. Sunin r, as his sucecssor in the San spimsilile post, has gedulouslj moulded liiüiself. In Junuary, 1861, whsn tl)c Ti:. reeolutions were introducèd in Congrcss, proposing an cleetion of delogtttcs to i itntional eönvention to sottlc soolioiml difFercaces, Mr. Masen advocated snch a course npon the gremnd that the Union was oompletoly broken by tho action of tho ai States which had up to thnt tii, ir aeceded. His desire was to liiivo the indi pendones ofthe South pcaceiully aoknowfodged, and to this end bc urgod a ■ mee in the proposals of the I 'eaoe Conference. Upon tho secössion of hÍ3 nativo State ho wns appointed by the convention t int Virginia in the adjoumed soasionofthe Confederato (ongross, v,!;i,!i met at Richmond on tho 20th of July. His lona; familiarity with diplomacy 1 .Mr. D:.ivis to appoiiit hira envoj to Knglnnd from the rn government. Ho evadod the blockado and i Havana, where he wae joined by Mr. Slidell, who was ooercditod to the govornment of Franco. With thcir t'.vo socrotaries, Eustis and REacFarland, th y emburked on the th of November, 1861 on tlio English mail-steaiaer Tront, which was to convoy theiu to Ut. Thi whenoe thoy intended to re-embark for Kuropo. About noon on tho next day, whon tho stcamor was in a narrow part of the Bahama Cliannol, sho was hailod by the Unii añ Jacinto, oommanded by Captain Wiikes, who sent Lieutonant Fairfax and asquad ofmn to searob the vt l and 1 iko from her the Confedérate envoys and tJloir f.uite. Again&t the protest of Messrs. Mason and i )t that of' hor Majosty's representativi' on "board the Tivni, tb.ey woro rcraoved to the San Jacinto, wlxioh at once sailed for Boston harhor. On hor arrival tli prisoners -n-ere "transforred to Fort Warren, wliere th y ■ ontil their ::1 thrcatoning domand of tho British govemment. Mr. Mason at once proceoded to Eugland. He, hoiTOTcr, failed to secure any official recognition of his ovrn siatis as enToy fi'om ;i cl facto govornmont whose belligeroncyhad bcenrecognized. Tlioufrli not officially recei ved, Mr. Mason's larga roquaintance and reputatiou sooured 1iin oonsiderablo influence, if not at Court, at. least with those having influence there. After the close of tho war he retumod to tliis country and scttled qniotïy op his estáte, whcre he has remained up to the time of his doath, which occurred ai U o'cloo.k on Priday night. Ho had beon suffering for somo time pa;;', from nervoi;g dobility and hls death was not unoxpectcd. Ho leaves a wifo and daugater in straitened (;ircuTOst:mceF, his proporty at Wincbeatcr having been rep3atedly and triyóps ■n-iiösc Qatrea of rebellioñ outran their respect for private rights and the orumiiry proprieties of


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