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wife, who was a daughter of Gen. Schuyler, of Revolutionary fame. Alexander Hamilton; who was his uncle by marriage with another daughter of Gen. Schuyler, drew up the leases on which the Manor of Rensselaerwyck was rented. This manor extended twenty-four miles along the Hudson river, and twenty-four miles east and west. The deceased succeeded to the western half of the manor, the eastern half being left to William P. Van Rensselaer, the first born of the old patroon's second wife, Miss Patterson, of New Jersey. These lands were nearly all leased under perpetual leases, most of which were recently purchased by Colonel Walter S. Church, of this city. Probably the most valuable of the lands not thus encumbered are what is now known as the Lumber district, and the real estate near the city. The entail of the manorial property ceased with the death of his father. This will now be divided among the children, except twenty-five hundred acres between the Troy aud Shaker roads, north of the Manor House, in which he had a life estate, and which now reverts to his half-brother, William P. Van Rensselaer. The surviving children of the deceased are Margaret, wife of Wilmot Johnson, of New York; Cornelia, wife of Nathaniel Thayer, of New York; Catharine, widow of Mr. Berry, of New York; Justina, widow of Dr. Howard Townsend; Harriet, wife of Capt. Crosby, U. S. A., and Eugene, the only surviving son. The widow of the deceased, who was Miss Bayard, the daughter of a former distinguished merchant of New York, still survives him. Gen. Van Rensselaer never sought official honors. He lived a quiet and unobtrusive life; but he leaves behind him an enviable reputation for the sterling virtnes which distinguished the race from which he was descended. The Manor House was always the home of an elegant and refined hospitality. He was liberal in his benefactions, and dispensed his wealth freely to all charitable objects and to the church, of which he was for many years a prominent member.— Argvs.

Mr. Van Rensselaer never mingled in the active concerns of public business, with the interest that his father had manifested. The only public positions held by him were those of an alderman and of majorgeneral of this division of the military of the state, for some years previous to 1840. In the latter capacity he evinced much adaptability and skill, and his activity and zeal are well remembered by his compeers in life. His manners were quiet, social and unobtrusive. His friendships warm and active. He was liberal, generous and charitable.— Journal.

Funeral of Slejrfien Van Rensselaer. This funeral was very largely attended May 29, and the services were unusually impressive. The following were the bearers: Governeur Kenible, of Cold Spring; Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Esq., Hon. Erastus Corning, Harmon Pumpelly, Esq., H. H. Martin, Esq., Major Gen Jno. Tayler Cooper, Hon. John V. L. Pruyn, of Albany; Henry Burden, Esq., of Troy; Howard Boyd, Esq., Gen. S. V. R. Talcott, Charles Van Zandt, Esq., Col. John 0. Cole, of Albany. Officiating Clergymen: Rev. Drs. B. W. Clark, W. B. Sprague of Albany; Rev. Dr. Vermilye, of New York; Rev. Dr. Kennedy, of Troy.— Physicians: Thomas Hun, M. D., James P. Boyd, M. D.— Argus.

The remains were enclosed in a solid mahogany casket, covered with black broadcloth, ornamented with a narrow silver band forming a panel on each side, end and top. The plate was in solid silver in the form of a shield, bearing the following inscription in old English: "Stephen Van Rensselaer, born March 27th, 1789, died May 25th, 1868." At 3 o'clock the casket was brought down in the grand hall by four of the domestics acting as porters, and a prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Clark. The procession moved to the First Reformed Church in the following order in carriages: Porters, clergy, physicians, elders of the church, deacons, hearse, relatives, servants, friends. The clergy, physicians and bearers wore white linen scarfs, and the servants were clothed in black clothing and black kid gloves. The service at church consisted of reading portions of scripture by Dr. Kennedy, sermon by Dr. Vermilye, prayer by Dr. Clark, benediction by Dr. Sprague. The remains were conveyed to the family grounds in the Albany Cemetery. The attendants filled thirty carriages.— Argus.

28. A novel water fountain for public use was placed in front of the Exchange Building by John M.Crapo, for the accommodation of man and beast.

30. William McMurray died.

31. Eliza Wooley died, aged 70. Thomas Brown died, aged 69. John Ruddy died, aged 32. Theophilus Irwin died, at Conesville, aged 80.

June 1. The fire alarm telegraph was completed, and in successful

operation Mary H. Shepard died, aged 23. Mary Whalen died,

aged 55.

2. Elizabeth, wife of Henry Reed, died, aged 45. Julia A. Ostrander, daughter of the late Peter Van Loon, died, aged 56.

4. Parthenia Corde, widow of Ichabod L. Judson, died, aged 70. Levina Anson died, aged 83. Catharine, wife of John Moran died, aged 26. Harriet, wife of John Schworer, died, aged 81. John J. Daly died, aged 32. Michael Burns died, at Trenton, N. J., aged 35.

5. A house was blown down in Colonie street, by which Felix McCann was killed Louisa Charbonneau died, aged 85.

6. Samuel McCrea Smith died, aged 19.

7. Paul C. Barney died, aged 49. Mrs. Mary Mahan died, aged 76.

8. Neil Gallaher died, aged 35. Mrs. Mary Malone died, aged 75. Grace Parker died, aged 20.

9. The mayor and common council of Troy came down to witness the working of the new fire alarm, and were handsomely entertained by the city corporation Mrs. Catharine W. Myers died, aged 71.'

11. Mary Moran, wife of Daniel Sickles, died, aged 29. Warren S. Paine was killed in New York.

12. George L. Thomas died, aged 43.

13. Anniversary Sunday at St. Paul's; the rector, Rev. Mr. Reese, preached his fifth anniversary sermon; from which it appeared that the congregation numbered about 400 families, 300 communicants, and 450 Sunday school scholars; Mr. Lacy, superintendent. Upwards of $16,000

had been raised by the parish for various purposes The inmates of

the jail in Maiden Lane succeeded in perforating the rear wall, and were on the point of making their escape, when they were discovered and

secured Francis W. Simpson died, aged 39. Charles J. Engeldied,

aged 71.

15. Eliza, wife of Peter Hagadorn, died. Timothy Flannary died, aged 42. Gordon Davidson died, aged 25.

16. Giles K. Winne, county clerk, died, aged 66. He was one of the original members of the Burgesses Corps. Matthew Burton died, aged 85. In the full ripeness of years, and leaving behind him a record of his life as significant for its purity as its length, Matthew Burton was yestorday afternoon summoned from his stewardship upon earth to that sphere above where his existence, his labors, and his enjoyments shall be immortal. Though his very great age, eighty-five years, gave monition of death, the event happened with suddenness. Of late, and till within a few moments before his decease, he had possessed a reasonable share of that health that he has always been blessed with, and which, by reason of his pursuits and habits of life, he has enjoyed to a'degree of fruition beyond most men. But of a startling suddenness "the silver chord was loosened," and like a shock of corn fully grown, he was gathered in the granary of eternity. The deceased was born in Kinderhook, but he removed to this city in very early life and has ever since resided here. Unsuited by education or taste to a participation in the busy turmoil of public life, he devoted himself to the quiet pursuit of those duties, and sought enjoyment in those associations that grow out of the relations of family, the social circle and the church. Imbued with the patriotic spirit of the times he united in the organization of the Albany Republican Artillery company, and for some time remained an active and earnest member. Since the death of Col. Ira Jenkins he has been the sole survivor of its organization, and thus his death has severed the last living link that joined that venerable association to its founders. In the first Reformed Dutch church he has for many years been an attendant and communicant, and was for a period one of its elders. In that sphere he publicly exemplified that character of the sincere and earnest Christian that adorned his life in all its private and household relations. He leaves behind him four children, and several grandchildren of mature years, upon whom the example of his life has

not been lost.— Journal Edwin F. Quackenboss, formerly of Albany,

died at Brooklyn.

17. Lelia B. West, wife of Manton Marble, died.

19. The transept of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church was dedicated. The Rev. Cyrus D. Foss, of Brooklyn, delivered a discourse after which the Rev. Mr. Meredith, brother of the pastor and presiding, elder of this district, made a financial statement of the affairs of the society, which showed that the cost of the enterprise, including lots for church and parsonage, the foundation for nave, and the transept complete was 834,500, on which was an indebtedness of about §3,000, after selling their old church. He also stated the object now to be accomplished was to raise a subscription of $10,000 by the first week in August, or thereabouts, when the trustees would proceed to let a contract for inclosing the nave, for the sum of §14,000. The subscriptions during the day amounted to nearly §4,000. This is the last public subscription which the trustees will attempt. A moderate and manageable mortgage will complete the work. In the evening, the Rev. Robert E. Meredith, of the

Newark Conference, preached an appropriate sermon Duncan Mc

Kercher died, aged 80. William Carroll died, aged 29.

20. Elida Van Valkenburgh, wife of James A. McKown, died, aged 52. Daniel Mcintosh, Jr., died, aged 38.

21. Mary Sophia, wife of Robert Geer died, aged 30.
23. William Van Zandt died, aged 42.

25. Dennis Feehan died, aged 82. John Mahar died, aged 58.

26. The corner stone of a new mission chapel of the second Presbyterian church was laid on the corner of State and Snipe streets.

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27. Julia L. Norton, wife of Isaiah B. Young, died, at Cincinnati, aged 42. Mary Hogan died, aged 42.

28. Ann Connelly died, aged 54.

30. At a meeting of the common council, final action was taken on rebuilding upon the Centre Market lot, and $50,000 appropriated to the

purpose Henry Mix died, aged 58. He was superintendent of the

Horse rail road, and a useful and energetic man. His family were prominent in the first ward, and among the earliest settlers at the lower end of South Pearl street. He had been an efficient alderman of his ward. He dropped dead in the street, in apparent good health.

July 1. DeWitt C. Main died, aged 56.

2. Robert Hagan died, aged 31. James A. Read died, aged 60. Martin Rochaupt died, aged 65.

3. Ettie Tracy died, aged 23.

4. The heat was excessive, marking 103 in Broadway. In consequence there were numerous cases of sun stroke during the procession. It was

said to have been the. hottest Fourth of July known in forty years

David W. Springsteed died, aged 35.

5. The weather still warmer than the day previous, the thermometers that marked 103 on the 4th, were up to 104 to-day.

6. Peter Caqger was killed in New York, aged 56. The record of Mr. Cagger's life exhibits a series of happy antitheses. A Democrat of the Democrats, the bold, sagacious and widely known partisan, almost upon all occasions the sole daring manager of the interests of a great party, and the absolute controller of its fortunes and destiny, local, state and national; he was so happily constituted, as to attract without effort, in seasons of fierce political excitement, the most potential among those of antagonistic sentiment, and to number among his friends his most bitter politicial opponents. A Catholic of the Catholics, his very name a tradition and a household word among the people of his faith; largely identified with the early history of the old church in Albany; an intelligent, conscientious and faithful believer, he was at the same time the chosen confidant, the familiar friend, the trusted, most honored, and reliable adviser of many whose peculiar religious bias might have suggested other counsel and far different associations. To the young, to the middle-aged, his cotemporaries, and to the old, there was something so genial, so magnetic, and so inspiring about Peter Cagger, that the abrupt intelligence of his sudden and unlooked-for death will be clothed with additional pain. We might detail, if we chose, unnumbered instances of his kindness, his noble charities, the beautiful traits and Christian influences, which accompanied him through the years which providence has bestowed, and which will live before Heaven, and before men perhaps, when the record of the lawyer has faded and the memory of the politician is extinct. The poor, the widow, the orphan, the unprotected never appealed to him in vain; the tears of his own fatherless and bereaved family, will mingle, as it were, with a tide of grief from hidden sources, aud the hearts his own kind heart made happy, and the homes his liberality blessed, will keep hb memory bright when even the marble has crumbled upon his grave. Mr. Cagger was an Albanian by birth. His parents were natives of Ireland, where his father was somewhat extensively engaged in business. Previous to taking up their residence in Albany, the family remained for a brief period in New York city, and the remains of several of them are deposited in the Cathedral vaults of that city. Michael Cagger, the elder brother, was a youug man of great promise,of thoughtful philosophic mind, and attracted the attention of distinguished men who discovered in him unmistakable elements of future greatness. He died in the very prime of life. William Cagger, another brother, was for a time engaged in business in Albany, and afterwards in the New York custom house, in which position he died. Mr. Cagger married Maria Maher, daughter of James Maher, well known for a considerable period as State librarian, and in the war of 1812 as the gallant captain of the Irish Greens, a military company originating in Albany and which bore a prominent part in the famous conflict atSackett's Harbor. A daughter, the sole remaining issue of this marriage, survives him. A few years since, Mr. Cagger was united to a sister of the distinguished editor of the Argus. At an early period of life he was placed in the then celebrated law office of Reynolds & Woodruff. Even as clerk, his remarkable administrative capacity began to manifest itself, and the efficiency of his labors was occasionally recognized in the most handsome manner by the distinguished principals of that powerful firm. Mr. Cagger afterwards associated himself with Mr. Samuel Stevens, and the firm name of Stevens & Cagger became speedily potential in legal circles. After a successful practice of some years, Mr. Stevens, a very able man, and the peer of renowned lawyers in the legal arena, yielded to excessive labor; and shortly after his decease, a new legal firm, that of Hill, Cagger & Porter, was established, which will go down to posterity as one of the most remarkable combinations of ability and fitness for the several departments of a great law office, ever known in the annals of this state. The great intellect of Hill shone in the court of last resort, where his genius coruscated, and in which his profound learning and the unbending integrity of his character secured that reverence even of the bench; the commanding eloquence, the penetrating mind, the admirable sagacity of Porter took easy precedence of all others at nisi prius; and the extraordinary administrative talent of Cagger, ready at once and at a moment's beck for abstruse pleadings, for the minutiae of petty litigation with its inexhaustible fund of device and ingenuity; intuitively prepared for all combinations, of finance, of politics, and at home in important business negotiations, all these things combined to make this famous trio so constituted as if every requisite and possible demand had been foreseen and provided for. Alas! that time has broken the admirable compact which bound them together, and with us, and that the honored and revered survivor, Mr. Porter, will too soon hear in Europe the sad tidings of our great bereavement. It is somewhat remarkable, aud the observation will occur spontaneously to many, that, while the stern summons of the grave has thus reached one of the most prominent and influential leaders of the two great political parties, the other is prostrated with a severe illness, which has excited the gravest apprehensions of his friends. One in the maturity of life, ripe as a sheaf for the sickle, remains; the other, seemingly with many bright years still before him, is taken; and the parallel is more striking, that neither have ever held a single political office during a career of unexampled duration of public life. The loss of either must be regarded by the entire community as a great public bereavement.— Journal. Margaret E. Pacey, wife of John Branigan, died, aged 35. Margaret, wife of John Kinsella, died, aged 37. Mary, widow of Joseph Cooke, died in New York, aged 02. Capt. James Cook died, aged 50.

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