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Present - Hon. John Mc Lean, Circuit Judge. do " Ross Wilkins, Dist. Judge. Francia Giltner vs. Charles T. Gorham and others. Por Plaintilí", Messrs Pratt and Norvell. For Uefendants, Messrs. Romeyn, Emmons, Cook, Wei.i.s and Clauk. This action was brought by the plaintiflf to obtain the value of fugitive Slaves, wliicli as plaintiff avers, escapee! from him in the State of Kenlucky and Hed to Marshall in the State of Michigan, that his agent pursued and overtook him at Marshall, and was there prevenled by tlie defendants from retaking and returning to the plaintifF the said fugitive slavos. The followtng are tliojurors ompannelled lo try the cause. Aiislin Chipman, William Moore, H. Rumsey, Sirel C. Lo Barron, Wm. Dunbar, Walter Fish, Ira C. Vaugn, Ja's. G. Wainvvright, Luke W. Whifcomb, Charles M. Humphrey, Martin H. Webb and Jonathan K. Wallace. The cause was opened by Mr. Norvell, af ter which the plainlifFs produced as a witness Francis Troutman.who tostified that lio resides in Bourbon county, Kcntucky, that he is acquainted wilh Francis Giltner the plaintifl in this cause - has known him from his infancy - he resides in Canoll county, Kentucky, is wilnesses' grandfather. In the year 1S43 the plaintiff was the owner of certain sl.ives, their names were Adam, Sarah, John, Benjamin Franklin, Cyrus, and Lucrnlia Crosswhite, witness knew the five named slavea, the older ones from his infaricy - the younger ones from their infancy. In the early part of August, 1843, witness came to plainiiff's residence and learned that the slavcij had escaped. Some few days after witness was then ernploycd by the plaintifF to pursue and retake tlic slaves - went in pursuit. of them but did not succeed in retaking them. In November, 184G, witness was employed by plaintiif to proeeed to Marshall in pursuit of the slaves. Vitness proceeded to Marshall, and arrived there about the 2Oth of December I and spent some days in Marshall. During his stay in Marshall, witness discovered four of the slaves. Witness tben wrpte to the plaintiff, directing bim to send some two or three men to assist him 'm recapturing the slavos. On the 2Gth of January, 1817, David Giltner. James S. Lee and Franklin Ford, arrived in Marshal!, to assist witness in arresting and carrying back the slaves to Kentucky. On the morning of the 27th, witness, in company with the above named individuáis, together with Mr. Dixon, the Deputy Sheriff of the counfy aC Calboun, r.rreed to the rosidence of the slaves, wliich was in the eastern part of the village of Marshall. They anived at the house just af ter dny-Iight. They saw Adam and John, two of thj slaves, coming out of the house - they endeavored to escape, btit were pursued, captured and brough back to the house- wilness fouiid all the slaves in the ! house. Witness then stated to the slaves that he had come to take them and Larry them before Esquire Shearman. Witness directed the slaves to get ready to follow him to the office of the Justice. Adam encjiiired of witness if it was his intention to take him back to Kentucky without s trial - witness replied no - that they should have a fair trial and the privilege of the best counsel he could obtain. Adam requesled the privilege of going out into the viüage to obtain counsel - witness permitted him to go in search of counsel in charge of Dixon. Aftr Adam's return, some white persons and several biacks came to the house. One of the biacks was Planter Moss, who forced liimself into the house, and pulled off his coat, saying to Adam - " don't leave, ] wil] stand by you." Adam went to his'bureau and look out of the drawcr a knife and a powder horn. Planter Moss took out a knife and menaced witness. Witness liad sent for a wagon, to transport the slaves U) the Justice's. While waiting, five persons came up - Harns and a boy, together with three biacks. Hackett, ono of' the biacks, was in advance, and came to the house, and asked witness wliat he was doing. Witness replied that he was doing what he had a right to do. Hackett attempted to go into the house - witness drew a pisto! and presented at Hackett, and told him to stand back. James Smilh, a black, came up, and inquired who the Kentuckians were that were kidnapping the Crosswhite family, witness was pointed out to him - Smith approached him with a club raised, ihreatening volence. Dixon took hold of Smith, another one hold of his stick and took him off. Tmmediately after this, Bergun, a colored man, came up and made a similar enquiry - throwing himself into some violent attitudes. and drew something from his pocket - witness thought it was a knife, but could not say - Dixon took him off. Charley Parker, a black, now came up with a gun and said he would lose his üfe before the Crosswhite famüy should be taken away. At this time there were on th ground sorne fifty or a hundred persons - whites and blacks, quite a propordon blacks. Tlioy were great ly excited - opprobrious epitheta wero used, and threats made against our Üves. Witness named the ownerof the elaves and his residence, also gave his own ame and residence, and said that he was going to take the slaves as the agent of the owner, ar.d, in accordanco with the laws. About this time, Mr, Comstock approached witness and asked witness what he was going to do wilh the Crosswhite family. Witness replied that he was going to take them to Kcntucky. Comstock replied, you see the excitement, and ynu cannot takc theai by legal moral or physical force, and you may as well know it first as last - and the sooncr you leavü the botter for you. After Mr. Comstock had made the remark last named, Mr. Gorliam took up the words, called the attention of the crowd, md offered a resolution in these words - "Resolved, That these Kentucky gentlemen can't take these slave?, hy legal, moral or phvsical force" - wliich resolution was passed by the crowd by acclamation. Witness after this resulution was passed, took out lus pocket book, and said to the crowd that he had como to tako (hc slavcs according to law, and he wished all those thal designed to interferí to give him their names. Before this, however, Mr. Gorham stated he came by the authority of public sentiment, and that public sentiment was above the law. Witness then demandcd of Gorham his name - he said Kis name was Charles T. Gorham, and directed witness to wnte ït down in capí tal letters, and beax itback to Kentncky, to the land of slavery, as a warning to others and a lesson to you. Comstock gave his name as Oliver Cromwell Comstock jr.,saying, put the junior on, as I do not wish rny father to answer for my sins. TCasterly gavo his name. - Hurd did not give his. Witness said in the hearing of the crowd, I want mi names but j those who are responsible and who intend to interfere with us in taking tlie slaves, and use violence and force in preventing their taking the slaves. The reply was, " you can't take them." - That reply was made by Gorham and Easterly. Mr. Cook came up about this time and 1 asked his name, he turned away. Somo one said, you can't catch a Yankee. All this occurred after the passing of the resolution. I then requested Mr. Dixon to summon those men who had given their names to assist in keeping the peace, until hc could get the slaves away. Thinks the crowd did not hear it. Mr. Dixon and my Kenturky friends gave it as their opinión that it would be of ne use to attempl to take the slaves. After this I attempted to offer a resolution, which was in this form - ' Resolved, that I as a pea'ícful citizen of Kentucky, be permitted peaceably to take the Crosswhitt; family beforo Esquire Shearman, to mnke proof of property, and take them lo Kentucky to the owner." - I offered the resolution to ascertain whether there was any one on my side, and whether it would be of any use to make further attcmpts to take the elaves. There was no response to the resolution. About that time Mr. Gorham, Hurd, and Comstock were standing near me. Gorham turned round and said to me, hold on and we will see whether we will permit you to take them to the magistrate's office. They moved off and appeared in consultation. I did not hear what. After this, Hurd offered a resolution, standing on a stone. The resolution was - " Resolved, That these Kentuckians leave town in two hours or they shall be arrested for kidnapping." This resolution received a largo vote. I then offered a lution that we adjourn to meet at two o'clock ; this afternoon. I3efore this a warrant was served on me for the assault on Hackett. The warrant was served on me severa! hours before Hurd offered liis i'Cíolution. Tliis was an efTort on tlie part of the deferv dants to suppress the excitemont. The defendants all manifestad great excitement, and Mr. Gorham great delermination. The defendants mamfested their opposition liv the language before repeated and the i lutions offered. The Court tben adjourned to eight o'clock on Tlmrsday moriung. June 29, 1848. The direct examination of Francis Troutnian resumed. Witness thinks that Comstock told Adam Crosswhite that lie need not give himself any uneasiness, as he should not be taken. Very soon after leaving the ground, and arriving at the Marshall House, a warrant was i served on witness, in connection with H. M. Dixon, Ford, Giltner and Lee. Officer told witness that he must appear before Justice Hobart. The officer then left. Soon after, i went before the Jus'.ice. A trial was coinmenced, : and continuad all the rest of the day, and i til 10 o'clock at night. The Court adjourned until 9 o'clock of the next day. All the testirnony on the part of the plaintifts was not concluded the first day. The next morning wc I met in court, and John and Benjamin Crosswhite were called for on the part of the defence, but were not produced. The court rendered a judgment against the defendants, for $100. Gorham was p rusent during the trial i and Hurd during a part of the time. On the morning of the second day, Gorharn approached witness in Esquire Hobart's office, before the cornmencement of the trial, and said to me, "your negroes have gone." I replied, they say so - and I would give $100 to have i them brought back. riorham oftered to enter I into a written contrrct with me, tliat if I would pay him 8200, he would have them brought back, and placed in the house where we found them; and that no white man should interfere with our taking them. After Consulting with my counsel I declined entering into the contract. There was great excitement during the trial. Planter Moss and Ja:s White were present, and partook in the excitement. There was a great crovvd. .Thcy applauded and made remarks. Witness appealed to the court to keep order. The court made the order. I left on the 29th January, for Kentucky. On the morninü; before I left, I saw Gorham and Hurd at the National Hotel, at Marshall. I had a eonversation with Gorham and Hurd. in the reading room of the National, and in the bar-room. The subject of conversation was in relation to a compromise. I remarked to Gorham that they hr.d got the advantage of me novv, but we would see in the end. Gorham remarked, we have. The negroes have gone ; we did not intend you eho'd have them, and you need not expect ever to get them again. I thinkthis was the substance of the conversation, but do not pretend lo give the languaga Adam Crosswhite was vvorthSöOO; Sarah $200 ; John, $700 ; Benjamin, $550 ; Cyrus, $500 ; Lucretia, 300. Thi would be their value in the interior - but where the plaiiuiff livcs they would not be as valuable. Queslion hij the. Court. - What was the spirit and mannerof the white defendants on their approaohing you on t'ie ground ] Aisiver. - That of deterrrr.nation to prevent our taking the slaves. Pl;iÍMtiíFdscontinued the snit agains' J. M. Easterly, one of the defendants. Wiincss cross cxamined. Witness proceeded directly frorn the plaintiff's, in Kentucky, to Marshall, only stopping somo two weeks Ln Northern Indiana. Arrived in Marshall the first time, about the 22d of December, and remained some two or three days. Made enquiries for a schoo!. Enquired of Col. Preston, and a son of Mr. Watrous and perhaps of others. Gave rayself odt as a school teacher ; - made enquiries about the schools. I permitted Adam Crosswhite to go in charge of Dixon to take counsel early in the morning and beföre the wagon came. Ford lof't to go after the wagon. Planter Moss came to the house before Ford Ir ft. When Adam went to drawer, he took sometiing out besides a powder horn - suppnscd it was a knife, as I saw the handie. Mr. Dixon told hitn to put those thmgs back. Think Planter Moss was in the room at one of the times ivhen the drawer was open - the drawer was opened twice. I saw Planter Mos9 pull eomething out of his pocket - thought it was a knife ; saw a handie, but whether of a knife, dirk, or whether s'unply a stick, can't say. This was while he was making threats, &c. He is a stout, heavv, short man - very fat, about as high as Mr Norvell (U. S. District Attorney.) Could not positively recollect whether Planter Moss came before Hackett came, or after. There were threats before Hackett came up. Does not recollect whether there was any white person there but Mr. Harris, when Hackett came up. The threats were made by blacks. Thinkt that Burgen took a knife from his pocket. There might be some twenty persorrs on the giound at this time. There were enquiries made, and some threats, and objections made to our taking the slaves ; but confined principally to the blacks. Don't know wlnit time of day this was. Moss came before Srnith and Burgen. Shortly aflcr these events, my attention was directed to the defendants, Gorham, Hurd and j Comstock. Cannot state what time of day this : was ;' thinks about ten o'clock. Gorham addressed me first. I think Mr. Comstock was nwt present at this time. When I was taking the names Comstock came up. I I ï'eque&ted those who were going to interiore with me, and were responsible, to give me their names. Gorham and Easterly were present, and within hearing when I called fortheir names. I did not see Comstock at that moment, but he gave his name about the same time, and in answer to the cali for the names. I made the cali in a loud tone of voice, so that all those around me might hear. The remarks which were stated in the direct examinaiion to have boen made by Gorham, -Comstock and Hurd, were made before the names were taken. Gorham made many j reDiarkS both before a.nd after. Th' nnmpa! were taken down before tbie resoljtions were offerecf. Gorham and Easterly's names were given : to me first - Comstook's afterwards ; but I do not recollecl distmctly how long after. I called for Mr. Cook's name, not because I heard or saw him do or say any thing on the ground, but Dixon informed me that he was oppojing our taking the slaves. Comstock made thf remarks to Adam, which were testified to on the direct examination, I shortly after he came on the ground, and before I took his name. At the time I took down the names. the slaveï were some of them there - the woman was, and I know that some others of them were there afier - I belicce that Adam was ' there after Comstock came on the ground, but' I am not positivo. Dixon accompamed me as a peace officer on to the ground. I sent Dixon back to Esq. ! Shearman, with a warrant for him to sign - he returned with the warrant signed by Esquire shearman, and I repeatedly directed Dixon to seize the slaves under the warrant. I think I saw several on the gronnd with clubs, I saw a negro on the ground on horseback with a gun, sword and dinner bell. - Gorham, Hurd, Easterly and Camp appeared i to be the leaders of the mob. The reason of considering Hurd a leader of the mob was his saying I could not have the slaves, and offerïng a resolution. I was ínter rupted before the defendants caine upon the ground. ] do not know when Hurd came upon the ground. When I directed üixon to seizc the slaves, I saw Hurd on the ground - Gorham then made the remark, " Hold uu." Wlien I directed Dixon to summon men to keep the peace, I supposed the Slaves were on the ground. (Question by Counsel) What induced you to lenve the door of tho house whcn you had the .slaves 1 I did not think the rest of the slaves' would leave while I liad Adam in custody of Dixon. Gorham directed me to write his name in cnpital letters while I was inside the yard and near the door. Adam had returned with Dixon befo re I took down the names. After the assaults litid been made and quite a number of slaves were colleoted, they were permitted to walk where they chose, I made no attempt to take the slaves after Adam returned with Dixon. I saw Dixon when he returned and Adam about the same time, I cannot say whether they camo back together. 1 saw John upon the ground after Adam returned - don't remember of seeing tho otlier boys after his return on the graund. (Question by Counsel) What caused you to i'ear that you could not take tiie slaves at the time of Adam's return 1 Individuals said I could not take thom, Mr. Gorham said I could not. take thom. None of the defendants used any threat of violence to me. I do nol recollect that any of the defendants but Goi'ham used any insulting epithet, he callod me a kidnapper, Soine others used epitlicts such as kul nappers, Snrac othera used epithets such as kidnappers, tyrants, &c. I have cal led Justice Hobart an abolitionist in consequence of his conduct on the trial. We were armed at the time of inaking the arrest of the slaves. Two six barrel pistols, somo single barrel pistols, sumo single pistol bowie-knives. Noca of the woapons were drawn except the pistol which I drrw on Hackct!. Giltner, my uncle, said tliat if we wcre tarred and feathcred, Kentucky would raiso a regiment and coine and burn the town. The affidavit shewn to witnoss was one made by Inm in Kentucky, to be presented to the Legislature of Kentucky. Easterly offered to compromiso the matter with witness - witness made no oft'er to compromise with him in relation to this suit. (Q,uestion by Counsel) Have you not wrote out a bistory of the evenls connected with the matter of tho trial ? After I had returned to Kenlucky made out a statement of the fucts as they occurred to my recollection, and submitted the same to my i Counsel in Kentucky and gave my Counsel hore. Mv Counsel has asked me questions here and he Ras committed it to paper. VVhcn we approaclied the house of Crosswhite the door was open, I do not recollect tliat there was any window on the side of the door. Direct examination resumed. The statement submitted to my counsel was a brief memorandum. Since my return counsel taken another statement, The statement whicli I made bflfore the Ky. Legislature, was made from my recellection. I had not my notes with me, I was sworn to the statements. Second Day's Proceedings Henry M. Dixon was now sworn on the part on the part of the plaintiff". Witness resides in Marshall - resided there in the winter of 1817 - is deputy sheriff of Calhoun county. Went on the morning of the 27th January, 1847, to the house of Crosswhite, in company with Troutman, Lee, Ford and Giltner. As we approached the house, Adam and John carne out of the house. They were taken and brought back into the house, and Troutman said, 1 have come aíter you to carry you back to Kentucky ; and he wantod thern to go with lnm before Esquire Shearman, and sec if'they could make proof of tlie plaintifPs property. They objected at first, hut subseuuently consented to go if Troutman woulu get a wagon. 1 routmnn sent alter a wagon. Adam then asked if Troutman would allow him counsel. Troutman said he would.. I then went out of the door ; Troutman called me back, saying Adam was arming himself. I went back, and saw Adam putting a powder horn in his pocket. Planter Moss there before was; he carne in ten minutes after we came ; immediaiely after, Hackett, Harris a boy of White's and some one else, camc to the house. Hackett atked, what are you doin here 1 Troutman refused to let Hackett go nU the house, and told hiin to sland back. They wre coming at this tune f rom all directions, whites and blacks. The next thing l recollect, Adam wanted me to go with him and see Êsq. Shearman. [ went with hun. Beföfe thi., hosvrvftr, Smilh, a black, came on the grounJ wilh a club in his hand, some four or six f'eet long, and asked where ëthe kidnappers were, that Hád drawn a pistol on Hackett. He made al Troutman ; I interfered, and took the club away f rom Smith Burgen, a black, made an assault u[)on Troutman, with a stone in his hand. I took hold of lnm and led hirn away. I then went with Adam ; was gone half an liour, and returned with him to the ground. - Adam took advice of Esq. Sheorman, and returned peaceably to the ground. At my return there were 100 to 150 people on the ground ; they appearod excited ; A. B. Cook approached me first, and enquired what was going on. I replied they were going to take the Crosswhites báelt to Kentucky. He said to me, hold on. There was a perfect state of oxcitement. The next I hcard was Troutman calling for names, sayiug he wanted none but what were responsible. Troulman asked Gorham if he was responsible. Gorluim gave him hisnamt-, and directed him to write it in capital letters, and to bear if. back lo Kentucky, the land of slavery, that they may take warmng by you. About lilis lime Troutman put a warrant into my hand, signed by Esq. Shoarman, and directed meto take the slaves ; I declined doing t. Had I a right to serve the warrant, I sho'd have done it with great reluctnnce, in consequence of the excitement. Troutman stated to the crowd that he was after the slaves fis tin' agent of Frailéis Giltncr of Carroll county, Kentucky ; that he had a right to take them under the constitution and laws of the United States. Gorham was present, and I believe Hurd. When Troutman made ihis statement, Gorham said, '' we don't care any thing about the act of Congress ; the dear people are the law, and we are the dear people ; you can't have the slaves." About this time, Troutman requested me to summon those men who were taking an active part, to keep tho peace, while he took the slaves down to Shearman's otlice. I summoncd Gorham, Hurd and Covery ; I tbink Cook - am notcertain; my impression is that I summoned them to keep the peace. Gorham called me a contemptible pUppy ; Hurd laughed I don't rocollect of speaking to Comstock but once ; he wislied to see the warrant. 1 heard Comstock give his name to Troutman; said his name was Oliver Oromwell Comstock, jr., Troutman asked him if he was responsible ; he replied, you may enqmre of my neighbors. - Tioutman said ho should hold them responsible, who nterfered with him. Court (uljourned. Friday, June 30, 1848. [Tesümony of Harvey M. Dixon, a witness on tho part of the plaintifT, resumed.] My attent.ion wasnext called toa rcsolution offorcd by Mr. Gorhani, in these wordfl : " Resolved, Tliat we will not suffer tliose lvcntuckians to take the Crosswhite family, by legal, moral or physical force." Mr. Troutman then oiïcred a resolution in these words : " Resolved, That I, as the agent uf Francis Giltner, of Carroll county, Kentucky, bo permitted peaccably to take Adam Crusswhito and family before Esq. Shearman, to mako proof of i'i-operty." This was unnnimously voted down. Gorham and Hurd wero on the ground at that time ; did not see Comstock on the ground at that time. Mr. Hurd then ofierèd a resolution in these words : " Resvlvtd, That these Kentucky gentlemen! (ifsucli they imy be callcd) loave lown, or tliey shail be arrested for trespass or lionscbreaking." Others added, " we will tar and f'eather ihem." Mr. Troutman then offered a resolution in these vvords : "Resolved, That we adjourn to meet liero at two n'clock, and you will find me on the ground." No vote was taken ; we thon left tho ground. The exritement was kept uj till the time that Mr. Hurd's resolution was ofFered. A criminal warrant had been put into my hands about 8 o'clock in the morning, ag-ainst Troutman, 1 had the warrant in my hands some two or three hours before leavin the ground. I immediately served the warrant on Troutman on receiving it. He wished to remain, sayingtliat he would consider himself in my custody. After 12 o'clock we went to the justice'e office. A warrant was served on myself and the Kentucky gentlemen, on a civil action, before the examination o" Troutman on the criminal warrant. We were brought before Justice Hobart, and tho trial on the civil warrant was continued till 12 o'clock at night, and adjourned over to next da}'. Troulman remaiiied n my custody till next day. The next moruing, on going to Juslice Hobart's office, I saw Oorham and Hurd in the office. I left the office a few moment; afier returning to the Jusüce's office, l heard Troutman say that he would give an hundred dollars if the slaves were back ; Gorhara said 1 1 liim, if you will give two hundred dollars wo wiil bring them back, and put them in the house, and every wliite man shall keep awav from them; if' you can take them you shal! have them. At the Marshall House, after leaving the ground, I saw Gorham and Hughes conversing ; Hurd was present; there was a great crowd, and much exiternent. I did not liear the conversation. On the morning of the 28th I saw at the National Hotel, in Marshall, Gorham and Hurd, Troutman and lns Kentucky fi-iends. Something was said abuut a settlement ; does not recollect what. Cross examined. - Witncss had livcd in Marshall since 1811 ; is generally acquainted with the inhabitants; there may be 30 or 40 grown up male negroos residing in Marshall ; they were nearly all on the ground. On the 26th of January, Troutman called upon me, and said he had some business f'or me, and asked me if I would do :t. I replied I wuuld. He wanted me to go and see where the Crosswhite family were, as he wanted to seize them as slaves. I went with an old tax Dook under my arm, and called upon several negro families, and enquired how rnany childi ren they had between the agos of four and sixtten ; said I was takinü the census of children - enquired for Crosswlnte's ; went there - olened my bookknowing that the old man co'd n? ither read nor write. I lold liim I wanted lo know how many children he had lo sehd to schooi ; fonnd out a bout the children, and relorted to Troutman. Troutman paid me five dollars fur my services. On the raorning of the 27íh, I went with Troutman and the Kentuckians to arrest tho slaves - saw Adam and John come out of the door - saw among the crowd during the morning one niggcr with on axe, one with a gun and one with a club - saw Rector, a white man with a club - did not see any others with clubs. Gorham put the resolntion lie offered, about their not taking the negroej by legal, moral or ihysical force - did not see Hurd and Comstock at that time. The rcsolution wal offered about an hour after the taking of the names. Gorham spoke in a loud tone. I heard it dutinctly. The slaves were about the crovvj at that time. They were going about wliere they pleased. The slaves were suiïeredto go about as they pleased after I returned with Crosswhite. The warrant from Shearman to arrest the colored persons, was put into my hands soon af'er my return with Crossivhitc. I did not attempt to make use of my warrant to arrest the slaves ; I knoio I did not. 1 did not state to any one that I intended to take the slaves under that warrant. 1 did not cali Upon the defendants or any one else to help me arrest the slaves. I calledupon Hard, Cook, Covert and Gorham to assist me in keeping the peace ; made the cali but once. I speak from recolleclion. I might have called upon them to help me in making the arrest of the slaves ; I will not be positive; I do not know but it was in answer to my demand to help take the slaves, that Gorham called me a contemptible puppy. I did not go there to assist in taking the slavos j had so lold Mr. Troutman. Wlien I called upon them to help me, Hurd laughed ; he was (juite gooJ nutured. Troutman gave them to understand that he CAdtC thcre as the agent of Francis Giltner, of Carroll county, Kentucky, and in accordanco with the act of Congress of 1793 : tliis was alter taking the names. Hurd madesome noise ; did not hear Coinstock say much. Hurd came on to the ground late ; do not know that the slaves were on the ground alter Hurd came on ; butsupposed they were. Direct resu?ued. - There was so much talking on the gi-ound that I could nut distinctly heaf unless 1 was near the speaker. I did not receive any abuse iroin ttie deleocf;uits on the ground - but since that I huve becn abused, and have been up to this titnc. Qorham and I have liad several flarc-ups. I tola him once that it' lio wou'd go out back, I woulii Jtammcr the rust off of kim. Troutman wantod me to go with him to tnUe tlio slaves, to protect him anti keep the peaee, (TO HE CONTIM'ED.) iy The Toronlo Examincr statos that the Niágara Suspension Bridge will rolably be ready for the passage of vehicles the present week. OF" Fredcriek A. Sawyer, of Louisiana, boen appoiuted by the President and Bwiale, Secretarv of the legatiou at Madrid, n place of Thomas C. Reynolds, recallcd. ÜIXLINED, - Senator Dodge, in a coiiirnurrcatión to the Washington Union, declines the nomination for the Vice Presider.r.y tendered to him t-v the f'i'uM ConveruioD,