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After talking for four days, the Seceders' Con- f business, as they now come up for consideration before vention adjourned to meet in Richmond, Vir- you..
Prior to the adjournment of the Convention, two princk ginia, on the second Monday in June. Dele- pal subjects of action were before it. One, the adoption gates were present from the following States : 1 of the doctrinal resolutions constituting the platform of Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, the Conventior; the other, voting upon the question of
the nomination of a candidate for the Presidency. Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina,
In the course of the discussion on the adoption of a Virginia, Delaware.
platform, the Convention adopted a vote, the effect of which was to amend the report of the majority of the Committee on Platform by substituting the report of the
minority of that Committee; and after the adoption of THE SECEDERS AT RICHMOND.
that motion, and the substitution of the minority for the
majority report, a division was called for upon the According to adjournment, the Seceding
several resolutions constituting that platform, being five delegates met at Richmond, Va., on the 11th
in number. The 1st, 3d, 4th and 5th of those resolutions
were adopted by the Convention, and the 2d was rejected, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia,
After the vote on the adoption of the 1st, 3d, 4th and 5th
of those resolutions, a motion was made in each case to South Carolina, Florida, 2d Congressional Dis
reconsider the vote, and to lay that motion of reconsidtrict of Tennessee, and the 7th Electoral District eration upon the table. But neither of those motions to of Virginia. The Hon. John Erwin, of Alabama,
reconsider or to lay on the table was put, the putting of
those motions having been prevented by the intervention was chosen President, with several Vice-Presi-l of questions of privilege, and the ultimate vote competent dents and Secretaries. The Convention adopted in such case, to wit, on the adoption of the report of the the following resolutions, and on the 12th, at
majority as amended by the report of the minority, had
not been acted upon by the Convention. So that at the 12 o'clock, adjourned :
time when the Convention adjourned there remained Resolved. That as the delegation from States repre
pending before it these motions, to wit; To reconsider
the resolutions constituting the platform, and the ulterior sented in this Convention are assembled upon the basis of the platform recommended by a majority of the States
question of adopting the majority as amended by the
substitution of the minority report. Those questions, and at Charleston, which we indorse, we deem it unnecessary to take any further action on the subject at the present
those only, as the Chair understood the motions before time.
the Convention, were not acted upon prior to the adjourn. Resolved. That when this Convention adjourn it
ment. adjourn to meet in this city on Thursday, the 21st inst.;
After the disposition of the intervening questions of provided that the President of this Convention may call
| privilege, a motion was made by Mr. McCook, of Ohio, to it together at an earlier or a later day, if it be deemed
proceed to vote for candidates for President and Vice
President. Upon that motion, the Convention instructed necessary.
the Chair (not, as has been erroneously supposed, in the The Convention reassembled on the 21st; recess of the Convention, the Chair determining for the
Convention, but the Convention instructing the Chair) to but, without doing any business, adjourned to
make no declaration of a nomination except upon a vote the following day, and so continued to meet and equivalent to two-thirds in the Electoral College of the adjourn, awaiting the action of the Convention United States, and upon that balloting, no such vote be; Baltimore, till after the nomination of Breck
ing given, that order was, upon the motion of the gentle
man from Virginia (Mr, Russell), laid on the table, for the inridge and Lane; when such of the Delegates purpose of enabling him to propose a motion, which he as had not joined the Seceders in Baltimore, subsequently did, that the Convention adjourn from the adopted the candidates and platform of the
city of Charleston to the city of Baltimore, and with a
provision concerning the filling of vacancies embraced in Breckinridge party, and adjourned sine die.
the same resolution, which resolution the Secretary will please read,
The Secretary read the resolution as follows: THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVEN-\ adjourn to reassemble at Baltimore, Md., on Monday, the 18th
“Resolved, That when this Convention adjourns to-day, it TION AT BALTIMORE.
day of June, and that it be respectfully recommended to the
Democratic party of the several States, to make provision for In accordance with the adjournment at
supplying all vacancies in their respective delegates to this
Convention when it shall reassemble." Charleston, the National Democratic Convention The President. The Convention will thus perceive that reassembled at Baltimore, on Monday the 18th the orde
the order adopted by it provided, among other things, June, and held their sessions in the Front street
that it is respectfully recommended to the Democratic
party of the several States to make provisions for suptheatre.
plying all vacancies in their respectives delegation to this At eleven o'clock, President Cushing, who appeared on
Convention when it shall reassemble. What is the conthe platform, but did not take the chair, directed the Se.
struction of that resolution ?-what is the scope of its apcretary to call the roll of States in order to ascertain if
plication ?-is a question not for the Chair to determine the delegates were present.
or to suggest to the Convention, but for the Convention On the calling of the roll, the following States were
itself to determine.
However that may be, in the preparatory arrangements found to be fully represented : Maine, New Hampshire, for the present assembling of this Convention, there were Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New-York, New-addressed to the Chair the credentials of members elected, Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Ilinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Min
or purporting to be elected, affirmed and confirmed by
the original Conventions and accredited to this Conven. nesota, California, Oregon.
tion. In three of those cases, or perhaps four, the creConnecticut was represented in part, there being some dentials were authentic and complete, presenting no misunderstanding as to the hour of meeting, which had question of controverting delegates. In four others, to been fixed at 10 o'clock,
wit-the States of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and DeleTwo delegates were present from Delaware. When the State of South Carolina was called, the Chair applications the Chair was called to determine whether
ware-there were contesting applications. Upon those directed that only those States be called which were it possessed any power to determine prima facie memo present at the adjournment of the Convention at Charles bership of this Convention. That question was presented ton, consequently South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, in its most absolute and complete form in the case of were not called.
Arkansas and Texas, Mississippi, where there was no contest either through In consequence of a misapprehension as to the time, the also in the cases of Florida, Texas and Arkansas...10
irregularity of form or of competing delegations, and so President delayed calling the Convention to order till 12 o'clock, when he took the chair and said :
those four States, there being an apparent authenticity GENTLEMEN OF THE CONVENTION : Permit me, in the first
of commission, the Chair was called upon to determine
the naked, abstract question whether he had power, perplace, to congratulate you upon your being reassembled emptorily and preliminarily, to determine the prima facio here for the discharge of your important duties in the membership of alleged members of this Convention. The interests of the Democratic party of the United States: 1 Chair would gladly have satisfied himself that he had to and I beg leave, in the second place, to communicate to power, but upon examining the source of his power, to the Convention the state of the various branches of its
-Hamo Were / itself to
wt-the rules of the House of Representatives--he was Mr. Richardson, of Ill., douhted the announcement, unable to discern that he had any authority, even and asked that the vote be taken by States, which was prima facie, to scrutinize and canvass credentials, I ordered. although they were such as, upon their face, were free Mr. Brodhead, of Pa., stated that Mr. Church was from contest or controversy either of form or of substance, willing to withdraw his call for the previous question, and therefore he deemed is his duty to reserve the deter | The Chair decided that it was too late. mination of that question to be submitted to the Conven- Mr. Saulsbury, of Delaware, moved a recess to 4 P.X. tion. And in due time the Chair will present that ques. Lost: 781 to 1781. tion as one of privilege to this body.
Mr. Howard, of Tennessee.--I hold in my hand a respectGentlemen, the Convention is now in order for the ful communication from one of the States of this Union, transaction of business.
Mississippi, not now represented upon this floor, addressed
to the President of this Convention. I desire that it be The Address of the President was delivered read for the information of the Convention. in a clear, loud voice, with much emphasis, and The President. It can only be done by common consent, was listened to with close attention. The state
as the seconding the demand for the previous question is
now pending. ment of the position in which the business was | Cries of " object," "object," from various quarters, left at the time of the adjournment at Charles. The President-objection being made to reading this ton, created an evident sensation, inasmuch as it communication, the Secretary will proceed to call the roll indicated that, according to the opinion of the
of States upon the seconding the demand for the previous
question, Chair, the platform question, as well as the re The question being then taken by States upon secondsolution declaring that a vote equal to two-thirds ing the demand for the previous question, it was not
agreed to of the full electoral college to be necessary to
YEAs. - Maine, 6; New-Hampshire, 5; Vermont, 41; the nomination of a candidate for the Presi- Massachusetts, 4; Connecticut, 81; New-Jersey, 24; Penn dency, were each in a position to be again
sylvania, 91; Maryland, 2; Missouri, 21; Tennessee, 3; brought up for the action of the Convention.
Kentucky, i1; Ohio, 23; Indiana, 18; Ilinois, 11; Michl.
gan, 6; Wisconsin, 5; Iowa, 4 ; Minnesota, 27-1081 ADMISSION OF DELEGATES.
NAY8.-—-Maine, 2; Vermont, t; Massachusetts, 8t;
Rhode Island, 4: Connecticut, 2-one absent; New York, Mr. Howard, of Tennessee, offered the following 35; New-Jersey, 47; Pennsylvania, 161; Delaware, 2; resolution :
Maryland, 6; Virginia, 15; North Carolina, 10; Arkansas, Resolved, that the President of this Convention direct 1; Missouri, 61: Tennessee, 8; Kentucky, 101; Minde the Sergeant-at-Arne to issue tickets of admission to the sota, 11 ; California, 4; Oregon, 3–1401. delegates of the Convention as originally constituted and On calling the roll, the New York delegation asked per organized at Charleston.
mission to retire for consultation, and during the interim Mr. Cavanaugh, of Minnesota, moved to lay the reso there was an entire cessation of business. The vote of the lution on the table, and upon that motion called for a State as a unit was finally rendered against the call for the vote by States; but by request withdrew his motion to previous question. permit Mr. Sanford E. Church, of N, Y., to offer the fol- The question was then stated to be upon the amendment lowing, which was read for the information of the Con- | to the amendment. vention and created much excitement :
Mr. Gilmor, of Pennsylvania, offered the following Resoloed. That the credentials of all persons claiming amendment to Mr. Church's resolution: seats in this Convention made vacant by the secession Resoled, That the President of the Convention be di of delegates at Charleston be referred to the Committee rected to issue tickets of admission to seats in the Convenon Credentials, and said Committee is hereby instructed, tion, to the delegates from the States of Texas, Florida, as soon as practicable, to examine the same and report Mississippi, and Arkansas, in which States there are no the names of persons entitled to such seats, with the contesting delegations district-understanding, however, that every person ac- Without taking a vote on Mr. Gilmor's resolution, the cepting a seat in this Convention is bound in honor and Convention, on motion of Mr. Randall, of Pa., took a regood faith to abide by the action of this Convention and cess till 5 P.M. support its nominations.
When the Convention reassembled, the President said:
Mr. Randall, of Pennsylvania, has the floor upon an After a running debate on questions of order,
amendment moved by Mr. Gilmor, of Pennsylvania. in which Messrs. Cochrane, of N. Y., Saulsbury, Before proceeding in the debate, the Chair begs leave to of Del., Clark, of Mo., Montgomery, of Pa.,
state to the Convention that he has had placed in his hands
the credentials of gentlemen claiming seats in the ConvenCavanaugh, of Min., and the Chair participated.
tion, from the States of Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, FloMr. Church moved his resolution as an amendment to rida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, includthat offered by Mr. Howard, and upon that he called for ing in that enumeration the letter presented to the Conthe previous question.
vention, in his place, by Mr. Howard, of Tennessee, in be. Messrs. Gilmor and Randall rose to debate the ques- half of the gentlemen claiming seats from the State of tion, but the Chair ruled debate not in order.
Mississippi, and in addition to that, there has been adMr. Avery, of North Carolina.-I call for a division of dressed to the Chair, a communication from Mr. Chaffee, the question, so that the first question shall be upon claiming a seat from the State of Massachusetts. The Chair referring those credentials to the Committee, and the deems it his duty to communicate the fact to the Convensecond question upon the proposition to initiate test tion that those several documents have been placed in his oaths in the Democratic Convention. [Applause.] bands, to be presented at the proper time to the considera
The Chair could not entertain such a proposition at tion of the Convention. that time, as the previous question had been demanded. Mr. Gilmor, of Pennsylvania.- I have made a small adThe question was-Would the Convention second the dition to the amendment I offered this morning to the demand for the previous question ?
amendment of the gentleman from New York (Mr. Church). Mr. Russell, of Va.-I ask that this Convention will for the purpose of covering the cases mentioned by the allow me to make a friendly, candid and sincere appeal Chair just now. to the gentleman who made the call for the previous The amendment, as modified, was read as follows: question (Mr. Church, of New-York) to withdraw his Resoloed, That the President of the Convention be ad call.
thorized to issue tickets of admission to seats in this conThe President.-The Chair has no authority over that vention, to the delegates from the States of Arkansas, question,
Texas, Florida, and Mississippi, in which States there are Mr. Russell.-I ask the Chair to appeal to the g no contesting delegations, and that in those States, to wit: man to allow fair play in this Convention.
Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, where there Mr. Stuart, of Mich.-I insist that the Chair preserve are contesting delegations, á Committee on Credentials order.
shall be appointed, by the several delegations, to report The President. The gentleman from Virginia (Mr. upon said States. Russell) is not in order.
After discussing points of order, Mr. Clark, of Missouri. Mr. Russell.-If we are to be constrained to silence, I offered a substitute for Mr. Gilmor's amendment, which be gentlemen to consider the silence of Virginia as was read for the information of the Con somewhat ominous. (Applause and hisses.)
lows: The question was stated to be upon seconding the strike out the proviso in the amendment of Mr. Church, demand for the previous question. Being taken vioa of New-York, and add the following: DOCE,
Resobed, That the citiens of the several States of the The President stated that the noes appeared to ha | Union have an equal right to settle and remain in the Ter.
alle. no conte
ritories of the United States, and to hold therein, unmo- | Md.; E. W. Hubbard, Va.; R. R. Bridges, N. C.: B. F. Jested by any legislation whatever, their slave and other Perry, S. C.; James B. Steadman, Ohio ; W. H. Carrol property; and that this Convention recognizes the opinion | Tenn.; S. A. Hall, Ind. ; W. J. Allen, Ill. ; John M. of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dred Krum, Mo.; Benj. Follet, Mich.; D, O. Finch, Iowa: Scott case, as a true exposition of the Constitution in re- | P. H. Smith, Wis. ; H. H, Sibley, Minn.; J. H. Beverly. gard to the rights of the citizens of the several States and | Del. ; Isaac J. Stevens, Oregon; G. H. Morrow, Ken Territories of the United States, upon all subjects concern- tucky; D. S. Gregory, Cal. ing which it treats; and that the members of this Conyen-i A paper was presented from Mr. O'Fallon, of Missouri, tion pledge themselves, and require all others who may be who had acted at Charleston in the place of one of the authorized as delegates to make the same pledge, to sup- regularly appointed delegates from that State, but had port the Democratic candidates, fairly and in good faith, been refused a ticket in Baltimore, asking admission. nominated by this Convention according to the usages of His case was referred to the Committee on Credentials. the National Democratic Party.
The memorial of the contesting delegates from ArkanMr. Randall then took the floor and opposed the amend sas was also presented, and was handed to the Commit ment of Mr. Church, and favored that of Mr. Gilmor. tee on Credentials. And the Committee took a recess
The amendment of the gentleman from New York im till 5 P.M., at which time it reassembled, but, the Composes a condition upon the returning members of the mittee on Credentials not being ready to report, the several States that seceded at Charleston. I deny the Convention, without transacting any business, adjourned power of the Convention to impose any such condition. to 10 o'clock the following day, 20th, The right of their constituents is unqualified and The Convention met at the usual hour, on beyond the power of this Convention, to send their re- / presentatives to this body without condition and without Wednesday, the 20th, but, in consequence of the limitation. (Applause and hisses). It is an interference delay of the Committee on Credentials in reportwith the right of the constituents of seven seceding ing, no business was transacted. States to impose any qualification upon their representatives in this body. I deny its equity or its justice. We who sit here-the honorable gentleman who moved the
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS. amendment, the President, the Vice-Presidents of this On Thursday, the 21st, the Committee on body-all who sit here, are unfettered by any such
Credentials presented their report, or rather ree limitation or condition. (Applause.) What justice in imposing upon others the condition that they shall come ports, for there were three; the majority report in here as slaves, with the bands and the iron fetters | being presented by Mr. Krum, of Missouri, as about them, with no right to exercise their judgment or
follows: their patriotism, except as the majority of this body may choose to indicate? I deny the power or the right.
1st. Resolved. That George H. Gordon, E. Barksdale, The proposition has been put in the least offensive W. F. Barry, H. C. Chambers, Jos. R. Davis, Beverly Matshape.
thew, Charles Clarke, W. L. Featherston, P. F. Slidell, It is said in the amendment that it is " understood." C. G. Armistead, W. F. Avaunt, and T. J. Hucston, are Understood l an apology for the broad declaration of a entitled to seats in this Convention as delegates from tbe naked invasion of the rights of freemen, Not that the State of Mississippi. members of this body thus admitted have denied the 2d. Resowed, That Pierre Soulé, F. Cotterman, R. C. right, but it is understood that they are pledged to do Wickliffe, Michael Ryan, Maunsell White, Charles Bienwhat other members are not pledged to do to conform venala, Gustav Lenroy, J. C. Morse, A. S. Heron, N. D. to the decision of the majority. Mr. President and gen: Colburn, J. N. T. Richardson and J, L.Walker are entitled tlemen, I invoke you to look at the injustice of every to seats in this Convention as delegates from the State of such qualification-a qualification which no honorable | Louisiana. man, except under very peculiar circumstances, could 3d. Resolved, That R. W. Johnson, T. C. Hindman, J. ever submit to; a qualification which it is known that P. Johnson, Henry Carroll, J. Gould, and John A. Jor. the representatives of these seven seceding States will dan, be entitled to seats as Delegates from the State of never submit to. (Applause and hisses.) But, Mr. Pre Arkansas, with power to cast two votes, and that Thomas sident and brethren of the great Democratic family, / H. Bradley, M. Hooper, and D. C. Cross be also admitted sident and brethren of the greates of the Demo. I to seats as delegates from the same
w who are now contending for the success of the Demo to seats as delegates from the same State, with power to cratic cause, I ask you to halt, not simply upon the cast one vote; and, in case either portion of said dele
i d dele. ground of right and justice, but of policy. Not a mem gates shall refuse or neglect to take their said seats and ber of this body but knows that the representatives of to cast their said votes, the other portion of said delethose States will not give any such pledge (applause gates taking seats in this Convention shall be entitled to and hisses); that it is tantamount to a declaration of cast the entire three votes of said State. secession from the body. (Applause and hisses.)
4th. Resoloed, That J, M. Bryan, F. R. Lubbock, F. S. The debate was continued by Messrs. Richardson, of Stockdale, E. Green, H. R. Runnels, Wm. B. Ochiltree, Ill., Cochrane, of N. Y., Montgomery, of Pa., Merrick, M. W. Carey, Wm. H. Parrows, R. Ward, J. F. Crosby, B. of Ill., King, of Mo., and West of Ct., against Mr. Gil Burrows, and V. H. Manning are entitled to seats from mor's amendment, and by Messrs. Russell, of Va., i Texas. Ewing, of Tenn, Loring, of Mass., Hunter, of Mo., 5th. Resolved. That James A. Bayard and William G. Avery, of N. C., and Atkins, of Tenn., in favor. At last, Whiteley are entitled to seats from the county of New. Mr. Atkins moved the previous question, which was sus Castle, Del. tained, 233 to 181, and the Convention adjourned till 6th. Resolved, That K. S. Chaffee, who was duly admitTuesday morning.
ted at Charleston as a delegate from the fifth congressOn the reassembling of the Convention, Mr. Church ional district of Massachusetts, is still entitled to said seat asked and obtained unanimous consent to make a pro- in this Convention, and that B. F. Hallett, who has asposition which he thought would produce harmony. He sumed said seat, is not entitled thereto. said:
7th. Resoloed, That John O'Fallon, who was duly adUpon consultation with the gentleman (Mr. Gilmor, mitted at Charleston as a delegate from the eighth electowho moved that amendment to my amendment, we ral district of Missouri, is still entitled to said seat in this have agreed, if it meets the approbation of this Conven- Convention, and that Johnson B. Gardy, who has astion, for the purpose of harmonizing the action of this sumed said seat, is not entitled thereto.
Convention, to an arrangement alike honorable to both 8th. Resowed, That R. A. Baker, D. C. Humphrey. · sides, and which, if carried out, will terminate the con | John Forsyth, Wm. Jewett, I. I. Seibles, S. C. Posey, troversy as to pending questions. The proposition which L. E. Parsons, Joseph O. Bradley, Thomas B. Cooper, has been made and accepted is simply this: The gentle James Williams, C. H. Brynan, Daniel W. Weakley, man from Pennsylvania (Mr. Gilmor) is to withdraw his L. M. B. Martyr, John W. Howard, W. R. R. Wyatt, B. amendment to my amendment, and then I am to with- Hanson, Thos. M. Matthews, and Norbert M. Lord are eQdraw the latter part of my resolutions, leaving only a titled to seats in the Convention as delegates from the simple resolution of reference to the Committee on Cre- | State of Alabama. dentials. (Applause).
9th, Resowed, That the delegation from the State of This proposition was accepted, and the resolution, as Georgia, of which H. L. Benning is chairman, be ad. thus amended, was adopted without a division. Vacan. mitted to seats in the Convention, with power to cast one cies in the Committee on Credentials were filled, and the | half of the vote of said State, and that the delegation oommittee, as now constituted, consisted of the following from said State, of which Col. Gardner is chairman, be gentlemen :
also admitted to the Convention, with power to cast one. O. D. Jameson, Me.: A. P. Hughes, N. H.; Stephen half of the vote of said State ; and if either of said deleThomas, Vt.; Oliver Stevens, Mass.; George H. Brown, gations refuse or neglect to cast the vote as above indie R. I.; James Gallagher, Conn.; Delos De Wolfe, N. Y.; cated, that in said case the delegates present in the Con. A. R. Spear, N. J.; H. M. Forth, Pa.; W. S. Gittings, ' vention be authorized t9 cast tbe full vote of said Stato.
Mr. Stevens, of Oregon.-I rise, Mr. President, to pre-sylvania, 17 ; Delaware, 2; Maryland, 51; Virginia, 14; Bent the report of a minority of the Committee on cre- North Carolina, 9; Arkansas, t; Missouri, 5; Tennessee, dentials, and I will proceed to read it;
10; Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 11 ; California, 4; Oregon,
8–1001. MINORITY REPORT.
Nays-Maine, 57; New Hampshire, 41; Vermont, 81; To the President of the Democratic National Conden. Massachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 8t; tion:
New-York, 35; New Jersey, 3; Pennsylvania, 10; MarySir: We, the undersigned, members of the Committee land, 2 ; Virginia, 1; North Carolina, 1; Arkansas, 1: on Credentials, feel constrained to dissent from many of Missouri, 4; Tennessee, 1; Kentucky, 2 ; Ohio, 23; Inthe views and a large portion of the action of the major diana, 13; Illinois, 11; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5; Iowa, ity of the Committee in respect to the rights of delegates 14; Minnesota, 2-150. to seats referred to them by the Convention, and to re | Maryland, Ívote not voted; Tennessee, 1 vote not cast spectfully recommend the adoption of the following reso The question then recurred on adopting the majority lutions:
report. A division being called for, the vote was taken 1. Resolved, That B. F. Hallett is entitled to a seat in on the first resolution, admitting the original delegates this Convention, as a delegate from the 5th Congression. | from Mississippi, which was adopted almost unanimously, al district of the State of Massachusetts.
250 to 2. 2. Resolred, That Johnson B. Gardy is entitled to a The vote was then taken on the second resolution, Beat in this Convention as a delegate from the Sth Con- admitting the Soule (Douglas) Delegates from Louisiana, gressional district of the State of Missouri.
which resulted-Ays, 153; Nays, 93- as follows: 3. Resolved, That James A. Bayard and William G. YEAS-Maine, 53; New Hampshire, 41; Vermont, 41; Whiteley are entited to seats in this Convention as dele- / Massachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 8t; gates from the State of Delaware.
New-York, 35 ; New Jersey, 21; Pennsylvania, 10; Mary4. Resolved, That the delegation headed by R. W. land, 24; Virginia, 1; North Carolina, 2; Arkansas, t ; Johnson are entitled to seats in this Convention as dele- Missouri, 4; Tennessee, 2; Kentucky, 2; Ohio, 28; Ingates from the State of Arkansas.
diana, 18; Illinois, 11 ; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5; Iowa, 5. Resowed, That the delegation of which George W. 4; Minnesota, 21-158. Bryan is chairman are entitled to seats in this Conven Nays-Maine, 21; New-Hampshire, t; Vermont, t; tion from the State of Texas.
Massachusetts, 8; Connecticut, 23; New Jersey, 41; 6. Resolved. That the delegation of which John Tarle. | Pennsylvania, 17; Delaware, 2; Maryland, 54; Virginia, ton is chairman are entitled to seats in this convention
13; North Carolina, 8; Arkansas, t; Missouri, 5; Ten. as delegates from the State of Louisiana.
nessee, 10; Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 14; California, 7. Resolved, That the delegation of which L. P. Walker 4; Oregon, 3-98. is chairman are entitled to seats in this Convention as delegates from the State of Alabama.
So the second resolution was adopted. 8. That the delegation of which Henry L. Benning is
The question was then taken on the third resolution, adchairman are entitled to seats in this Convention as dele
mitting Col. Hindman and his colleagues (the original delegates from the State of Georgia.
gates) with power to cast two votes, and Mr. Hooper and 9. Resolved, That the delegation from the State of Florida accredited to the Charleston Convention are in
his colleagues (the contestants) with power to cast one
vote; and providing that, if either set of delegates refuse vited to take seats in this Convention and cast the vote
to take seats, the other shall be entitled to cast the whole of the State of Florida.
vote of the State, (Arkansas). The Committee presented an elaborately A division of the question being called for, the President argued report to sustain their resolutions, which I decided that the resolution was divisible.
The question was taken on the three several propositions, was signed by
viz. :-ist. The admission of the Hindman delegates, which I. I. STEVENS, Oregon, E. W. HUBBARD, Va., was adopted, 182 to 69. 2d. The admission of the Hooper
delegates, which was adopted, 150 to 1004. 3d. On the A. R. SPEER, N. J., R. R. BRIDGERS, N. C.,
giving power to one set to cast the whole vote if the other H. M. North, Penn., W. H. CARROLL, Tenn., set withdrew, which was adopted without a division, John H. BEWLEY, Del., Geo. H. MORROW, Ky,
A vote was then taken on the fourth resolution of the
majority report, admitting the original delegation from D. S. GREGORY, Cal.
the State of Texas, which was adopted almost unani. In the points of difference between the ma mously. jority and minority reports of the Committee
A vote was next taken on the fifth resolution, admitting
Bayard and Whiteley from Delaware. Adopted without dion Credentials, I concur in the conclusions of vision. the minority report in the cases of Georgia, The sixth resolution, giving R. L. Chaffee the seat in the Alabama, Missouri and Massachusetts.
Massachusetts delegation contested by Mr. Hallett, was
then adopted-yeas, 188, nays, lilt. Aaron V. HUGHES, New-Hampshire. Mr. Stuart, of Michigan, at this point, made motions to reMr. Gittings, of Maryland, presented still an
consider each vote taken, and to lay the same on the ta
ble, it being understood that the motions were not to be other report, concluding with the following put till votes on all the propositions had been taken. resolutions :
The seventh resolution, declaring J. O'Fallon entitled to
the seat in the Missouri delegation claimed by John B. Resolved, That so much of the majority report of the Ga
he Gardy, was then adopted-yeas, 1385, nays, 112. Committee on Credentials as relates to Massachusetts,
The eighth resolution, admitting the contesting delegates Missouri, Delaware, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and from
a and from Alabama, was next adopted.
Yeas, 1481; Nays, Texas, be adopted.
1014. Resolved, That the delegation of which L. P. Walker
er The question then being on the ninth and last resolution Is chairman, be, and they are hereby, declared the only of
of the majority report, admitting both delegations from regularly authorized representatives of the State of Genr
we 01 Georgia, and dividing the vote of the State between them, Alabama, and as such are entitled to seats in the with the provision that, if either refused to take seats, the National Democratic Convention.
remaining delegates cast the vote of the State. Mr. Stevens demanded the previous question, Before the vote was taken, Mr. Seward, of Georgia, prewhich was sustained by the Convention, and
sented a communication from Col. Gardner, Chairman of
the contesting delegates from Georgia, withdrawing from the main question was ordered, but, without the contest, and the resolution was lost-1067 to 145. The taking the vote, the Convention adjourned. original (seceding) delegation from Georgia, headed by When the Convention assembled on the ord When the Convention assembled on the 22d,
H, L. Benning, was subsequently admitted.
The President stated the next question to be upon layMr. Gittings withdrew his report, which brought ing upon the table the motion to reconsider the vote by the
which the Convention refused to substitute the resoluvens, of Oregon-first in order, and the question
tions reported by the minority of the Committee on Cre
dentials for those reported by the majority of said Combeing put on the substitution of the whole
mittee, minority report for the report of the majority, The question being then taken by States, the motion to the motion was lost, 1001 to 150, as follows: I lay on the table was not agreed to-yeas, 113}; Nays, 1284
-as follows: YRAS-Maine, 21; New Hampshire, t; Vermont, 14; Yeas-Maine, 5; New-Hampshire, 3; Vermont, 41; Massachusetts, 8; Connecticut, 24; New-Jersey, 4; Penn: Massachusetts, 6 ; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 31 ; New
Jersey, 8}; Pennsylvania, 10; Maryland, 2; North Caro- maintained and supported the Northern Democracy for the lina, 1; Arkansas, t; Missouri, 41; Kentucky, 2; Ohio, reason that they are willing to attribute to us in the South 23; Indiana, 13; Illinois, 11; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 6; equality in the Union. The vote to-day has satisfied the Iowa, 4; Minnesota, 2 118j.
majority of the North Carolina delegates that, that being Nays-Maine, 21; New-Hampshire, 2; Vermont, ti refused by our brethren of the Nortbern Democracy, Nortă Massachusetts, 6; Connecticut, 21; New-York, 86; New! Carolina-Rip Van Winkle, as you may call her--can no Jersey, 84; Pennsylvania, 17; Delaware, 2 : Maryland, longer remain in this Convention, The rights of sovereiga 6; Virginia, 15; North Carolina, 9 ; Arkansas,: Missouri, States and of gentlemen of the South have been denied by 40; Tennessee, 12; Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 13; Calle a majority of this body. We cannot act, as we conceive fornia, 4; Oregon, 8- 1881.
in view of this wrong. I use the word "wrong" with no When New-York was called, her delegates asked time intention to reflect upon those gentlemen of the North to consult, but finally gave her thirty-five votes against Carolina delegation who differ with me or with the majority the motion to lay upon the table, which, had it prevailed, of the delegation. For these reasons, without assigning would have precluded all further reconsideration of the any more, as I have no idea of inflicting a speech upon subject.
this Convention, who are in no state of preparation to reThe question recurred upon the motion to reconsider the ceive it, I announce that eight out of ten of the votes of vote rejecting the minority resolutions.
North Carolina ask to retire. Mr. Cessna, of Pa., moved the previous question, which was sustained, and the question being taken by States,
WITHDRAWAL OF TENNESSEE. the motion to 'reconsider was rejected -103 to 149-as foll Mr. Ewing, of Tennessee.-Mr. President, in behalf of lows:
the delegation from Tennessee, I beg leave to address the YEAS --Maine, 21; New Hampshire, 2; Vermont, 1; Mas-Convention upon this occasion, so important, and, to us, gachusetts, 8: Connecticut, 21; New Jersey, 41; Pennsyl. so solemn in its consequences. The delegation from Ten vania, 17; Delaware, 2; Maryland, 6; Virginia, 15; North nessee have exhibited, so far as they knew how, every dio Carolina, 9; Arkansas, £; Missouri, 44; Tennessee, 10; | position to harmonize this Convention, and to bring its Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 14 ; California, 4; Oregon, 3 labors to a happy result, They were the first, when the 103.
majority platform was not adopted, to seek for some proNAYS--Maine, 54 ; New-Hampshire, 8; Vermont, 4; Mas. position for compromise-something that would enable sachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 87; New to armonize. They have a candidate who was dear to York, 85; New Jersey, 27; Pennsylvania, 10; Maryland, them. They cast away his prospect for the sake of har. 9: North Carolina, 1; Arkansas, }; Missouri, 41; Ten- mony. They have yielded all that they can. They have nessee, 2; Kentucky, 2; Ohio, 23 ; Indiana, 18; Túinois, endeavored, with all their power, to accomplish the result 11; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5'; Iowa, 4; Minnesota, 2+ they came here for; but they fear that the result is not to 149.
be accomplished in a manner that can render a just and The several motions to lay on the table the question of proper account to their constituents. We have consulted reconsidering the votes by which each of the resolutions together, and, after anxious and long deliberation, without of the majority had been adopted, were then put and car- knowing exactly what phase this matter might finally pre ried in the affirmative, and the several delegates who had sent, we have not adopted any decisive rule for our action; been voted in were then admitted to seats.
but a large majority of our delegates some twenty to four
-have decided that, upon the result now obtained, we VIRGINIA WITHDRAWS.
shall ask leave of this Convention to retire, that we may Mr. Russell, of Virginia. - If it be the pleasure of your
consult and announce our final action. We shall take do
consult and announce ou self, Mr. President and the Convention, I will now make
further part in the deliberations of this Convention, unless the brief announcement of which I made mention this our minds should change; and of that I can offer you no morning.
reasonable hope. I will detain the Convention but a very brief time. I understand that the action of this Convention upon the
A PORTION OF MARYLAND WITHDRAWS. various questions arising out of the reports from the | Mr. Johnson, of Maryland.-Mr. President, I am author Committee on Credentials has become final, complete and ized by my colleagues to report the state of facts in regard Irrevocable. And it has become my duty now, by direc- to a portion of the Maryland delegation. Representing, tion of a large majority of the delegation from Virginia, in part, a district in Maryland upon which the first blood respectfully to inform this body that it is inconsistent of the irrepressible conflict was shed, a district which sent with their convictions of duty to participate longer in its fifteen men in midwinter to the rescue of Philadelphia deliberations. (Loud applause in the Convention and in and New Jersey, we are obliged now to take a step which the galleries, with loud cries from the galleries.)
dissolves our connection with you, and to bid you a final The disorder continued for some minutes, after which adieu. We have made all sacrifices for the grand old
Mr. Russell resumed-The delegates from Virginia, Democratic party, whose mission it has been to preserve who participate in this movement, have come to the con. the Constitution and to care for the Republic for more clusion which I have announced, after long, mature and than sixty years, until it now seems as if you were going anxious deliberation, and after, in their judgment, hay.to substitute a man in the place of principle. (Calls to ing exhausted all honorable efforts to obviate this neces-order.) I desire to be respectful. I desire to say that the sity. In addition to the facts which appear upon your action of the majority of the late Convention-a majority record, I desire the attention of this body long enough created by the operation of a technical unit rule imposed only to state that it is ascertained that the delegations upon the Convention contrary to Democratic precedent to which you, sir, under the order of this Convention, and usage-States have been disfranchised, and districts have just directed tickets to be issued-some of them at deprived of their rights, until, in our opinion, it is no longer least and all of them whom we regard as the representa consistent with our honor or our rights, or the rights of tives of the Democracy of their States-will decline to our constituents, to remain here. Cherishing deeply and join here in the deliberations of this body. For the rest, warmly the remembrance of the many gallant deeds you the reasons which impel us to take this important step have done for us in times past, hoping that hereafter po will be rendered to those to whom only we are responsi- occasion may ever occur to weaken this feeling, I now, on ble, the Democracy of the Old Dominion. To you, sir, behalf of the representatives of Maryland, tell you that and to the body over which you preside, I have only to in all future time, and in all future contests, our lot is cast say in addition that we bid you a respectful adieu. with the people of the South. Their God shall be our God,
The portion of the delegation from Virginia which re- and their country our country. (Applause.) tired then left their seats and proceeded out of the Hall,
Mr. Glass, of Virginia, declined any further shaking hands with members of various delegations as they passed along.
participation in the proceedings of the Conven. Mr. Moffatt, of Virginia—made a speech in
|tion, but did not indorse the action of his col defense of his course, and that of his colleagues leagues in withdrawing. who remained in the Convention.
Ár. Watterson, of Tennessee, declined to
withdraw. WITHDRAWAL OF NORTH CAROLINA. Mr. Lander, of North Carolina.-Mr. President, painfull CALIFORNIA WITHDRAWS-AN EXCITEMENT. as the duty is, it is, nevertheless, my duty to announce | Mr. Smith, of California, said : While I cannot ma here, as a representative of the delegates from North Caro- with the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Jones) that my Bina, that a very large majority of them are compelled to Democracy dates back to that time of which I have no reretire permanently from this Convention on account of the collection, yet I can say that it is unspotted as the vaun anjust action, as we conceive, that has this day been per of heaven. California is here with melancholy face petrated upon some of our sovereign States and fellow California is here with a lacerated heart, bleeding and citizens of the South. We of the South have heretofore' veeping over the downfall and the destruction of the De