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We copy the following at the request of Br. Barray. We know nothing of the subject matter of it; but we venture to guess—(the universal prerogative of a Yankee)—that, if Br. Ingalls had any personal application of his remark in view, both of these brethren greatly misapprehend and mistake each other. Br. Ingalls would certainly be the last man we should suspect of harboring feelings of envy. We always thought his bump of—we hardly know what the phrenologist terms it, but we set it down as—go-a-head-ative-nsts, was not sufficiently developed for his own good. But we may err.

My Own Matters.

It would appear from several sources, that there are those disposed to censure me for—the Lord knows what; save that I was appointed to deliver the occasional Sermon at the next session of (he New York State Convention. Was I to be blamed for that? It was none of my seeking—I cared nothing for the appointment—I would rather it had been conferred on some other individual. "But were you not one of the nominating committee?" I was. "You had a hand, then, in your own nomination." Not at all. A friend of mine, Lewis Seymour, Esq. of New York, also one of the Committee, expressed a desire that I should receive (he appointment alluded to, and so far insisted, that I finally consented to have my name appear, and withdrew from (he Committee. Was there any thing very wrong in this? Many seem to think so. And a certain young man in a recent No. of the N. Y. Union, evidently makes a thrust at me, when he very modestly, proffers his very sage advice, to nominating committees. Your blade was too short, Sir—it did not reach me. But would not the same weapon applied to yourself wound an itching for notoriety.

To spare the feelings of a few dear friends, who seem deeply grieved, I hereby "throw up" my appointment, and name Rev. H. B. Soule my substitute. I hope he will not decline; and, unless he does, I shall consider his consent given to my request. A. C. Barbat.

Fort Plain, July 29, 1843.

P. S.—For the information of all concerned, I would state, that there was no contest between Br. Goodrich and myself by way of determining which of our names should be presented in nomination. A. C. B.