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2 Jos. Caldwell, Ottumwa. M. Baker, Congdon.

3 Benj. Rector, Sidney. Geo. A. Hawley, Leon.

4 H. M. Hoxie, Des Moines.
Jacob Butler, Muscatine.
5 Thos. Seeley, Guthrie Centre.
C. C. Nourse, Des Moines.

6 Wm. M. Stone, Knoxville.
J. B. Grinnell, Grinnell.
7 Wm. A. Warren, Bellevue.
John W. Thompson, Davenport.

8 John Shane, Vinton. Wm. Smyth, Marion.

9 Wm. B. Allison, Dubuque. A. F. Brown, Cedar Falls. 10 Reuben Noble, McGregor.

E. G Bowdoin, Rockford. 11 W. P. Hepburn, Marshalltown. J. J. Brown, Eldora.

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Wm. A. Phillips, Lawrence.
W. W Ross, Topeka.

A. G. Proctor, Emporia.

John P. Hatterschiedt, Leavenworth.


O. W Irish, Nebraska City.

S. W. Elbert, Plattsmouth.
E. D. Webster, Omaha.

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The Hon. Edward D. Morgan of New York, Chairman of the National Republican Executive Committee, called the Convention to order, and read the call under which it had been summoned. He concluded by nominating the Hon. David Wilmot for temporary President. Mr. Wilmot, upon taking the chair, made a very positive anti-slavery speech. A committee on Permanent Organization was constituted as follows:

John R. Meredith, Omaha.
A. S Paddock, Fort Calhoun.
P. W. Witchcock, maha.

A delegate from Kentucky-Mr. the names of all the States be called.

Maine-Renssellaer Cram.
New Hampshire-Jacob Benton.
Vermont-Edward C. Redington.
Massachusetts-Timothy Davis.
Connecticut-E. K. Foster.
Rhode Island-Benedict Lapham.
New York-Palmer V. Kellogg.
New Jersey-Moses M. Webb.
Pennsylvania-J. N. Purviance.
Delaware-Lewes Thompson.
Maryland-Wm. E. Cole.
Virginia-Jacob Hornbrook.
Kentucky-Charles Hendley.
Ohio-Samuel Stokeley.


Geo. Harrington, Washington.
Joseph Gerhardt, Washington.
G. A. Hall, Washington.
J. A. Wyse, Washington.

President, I would suggest that [Applause.]

The Chair-Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi [great laughter], Louisiana, Alabama [laughter and hissing], Georgia, South Carolina [laughter], North Carolina. [Feeble hisses and much laughter.] I believe that includes the names of all the States.

The committee on Credentials was made up as follows:

Illinois-William Ross.

Michigan-Walter W. Murphy.
Wisconsin--John P. McGregor.
Iowa-James F. Wilson.
Minnesota-Simeon Smith.
Missouri-Allen Hammer.
Kansas-A. C. Wilder.
California-Samuel Bell.
Oregon-Grant Johnson.
Kentucky-Allen J Bristow.
Texas-M. S. C. Chandler.
Nebraska-O. H. Irish.
District of Columbia-Geo. A. Hall.

Indiana-John E. Cravens.
Illinois-Stephen T. Logan.
Michigan-Francis Quinn.
Wisconsin-H. L. Rann.
Iowa-C. F. Clarkson.
Minnesota--John McGuisick.
Missouri--James B. Gardenhire.
Kansas-Wm. A. Phillips.
Nebraska-John R. Meredith.
California-Chas. Watrous.
Oregon-Joel Burlingame.
Texas-D. C. Henderson.
District of Columbia-James A. White.

When the roll was called on this committee, three names were received with great applause-Greeley of "Oregon," Carl Schurz, and Francis P. Blair, Sen. Greeley had the greatest ovation, and though there is an impression to the contrary, those who know him well, know that

nobody is more fond of the breath of popular favor than the philosophic Horace.

The committee on Business was constituted as follows:

Maine-John L. Stephens.
New Hampshire-B. F. Martin.
Vermont-Edwin D. Mason.
Massachusetts-Saml. Hooper.
Connecticut--Geo. H. Noble.
Rhode Island--Nath. B. Durfee.
New York-A. B. James.
New Jersey-H. N. Congar.
Pennsylvania--Wm. D. Kelly.
Delaware--John C. Clark.
Maryland-Wm. P. Ewing.
Virginia--John G. Jenks.
Ohio--R. M. Corwine.
Kentucky--Louis M. Dembitz.

Indiana-Walter Marks.
Michigan-Austin Blair,
Illinois--Thos. A. Marshall,
Wisconsin-Elisha Morrow.
Minnesota-S. P. Jones.
Iowa--Reuben Noble.
Missouri--S. G. Letcher.
California-J. C. Hinckley.
Oregon-Eli Thayer.
Kansas-A. G. Proctor.

Nebraska-Samuel W. Elbert,
District of Columbia--Jos. Gerhardt.
Texas--G. Moyers.

The Convention had proceeded thus far with its business, when a communication, inviting the Convention to take an excursion on the lake, was received and accepted, and then indefinitely debated, much time being frittered away. The question as to whether it would be proper to constitute the committee on Platform, before a permanent organization was effected, was also discussed. Convention adjourned

until 5 P. M.


Upon reassembling, the report of the committee on Permanent Organization was in order and made. The Hon. Geo. Ashmun, the presiding officer, was escorted to his chair by Preston King and Carl Schurz, the one short and round as a barrel and fat as butter, the other tall and slender. The contrast was a curious one, and so palpable that the whole multitude saw it, and gave a tremendous cheer. Mr. Ashmun was speedily discovered to be an excellent presiding officer. His clear, full-toned voice was one refreshing to hear amid the clamors of a Convention. He is cool, clear-headed and executive, and will despatch business. He is a treasure to the Convention, and will lessen and shorten its labors. His speech was very good for the occasion, delivered with just warmth enough. He was animated, and yet his emotions did not get the better of him. In conclusion he referred, as if it were an undoubted fact, to the "brotherly kindness he had everywhere seen displayed. He had not heard a harsh word or unkind expression pass between delegates. Now, the gentleman must have kept very close, or his hearing is deplorably impaired. He certainly could not stay long among the Seward men at the Richmond House, without hearing unkind and profane expressions used respecting brother delegates of conservative notions. He would very frequently hear brother Greeley, for example, who is hated intensely by them, called a "d-d old ass." Indeed, that is a very mild specimen of the forms of expression used. Mr. Ashmun was, however, as nearly correct in his statement of the case, as Caleb Cushing was at Charleston in adjourning the Convention, in praising it for unexampled decorum. It is worthy of remark, that he had nothing directly to say of the "nigger." The Hon. David Wilmot had attended to that department sufficiently.

A gavel was presented in behalf of the mechanics of Chicago, by Mr. Judd, to the presiding officer. It was made of the oak of the flag-ship of Com. Perry, the Lawrence-"Don't give up the ship." Mr. Judd said:

There is a motto, too, adopted by that mechanic, which should be a motto for every Republican of this Convention-the motto borne upon the flag of the gallant Lawrence, "Don't give up the ship." [Great applause.] Mr. President, in presenting this to you, in addition to the motto furnished by the mechanic who manufactured this, as an evidence of his warmth and zeal in the Republican cause, I would recommend to this Convention to believe that the person who will be nominated here, can, when the election is over in November, send a despatch to Washington in the language of the gallant Perry, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours." [Terrific cheering.]

The committee on Resolutions was appointed:

Maine George F. Talbott.
New Hampshire-Amos Tuck.
Vermont-Ebenezer M. Briggs.
Massachusetts-George S. Boutwell.
Rhode Island-Benjamin T. Eames.
Connecticut-S. W. Kellogg.
New York-H. R. Selden.
New Jersey--Thos. H. Dudley.
Pennsylvania-William Jessup.
Delaware-N. B. Smith.
Maryland--F. P. Blair.
Virginia-Alfred Caldwell.
Ohio--Joseph H. Barrett.
Kentucky-George D. Blakey.

Indiana--Wm. T. Otto.
Michigan-Austin Blair.
Illinois-Gustavus Koner.
Wisconsin-Carl Schurz.
Minnesota-Stephen Miller.
Iowa-J. A. Kasson.
Missouri-Chas. L. Bernays.
California-F. P. Tracy.
Oregon-Horace Greeley.
Texas--H. A. Shaw.

D. of Columbia-G. A. Hall.
Nebraska-A. Sidney Gardner.
Kansas-John P. Hatterschiedt.

The Convention adjourned without transacting any further business. The question on which every thing turns is whether Seward can be nominated. His individuality is the pivot here, just as that of Douglas was at Charleston.

Horace Greeley and Eli Thayer have agreed upon the following resolution, which Greeley is at work to make one of the planks in the platform: *

Resolved, That holding of liberty to be the natural birthright of every human being, we maintain that slavery can only exist where it has been previously established by laws constitutionally enacted; and we are inflexibly opposed to its establishment in the Territories by legislative, executive, or judicial intervention.

The first part of this resolution is Greeley's, the latter part Thayer's. It is the nearest right of any platform resolution anywhere adopted or proposed, being nearest to real popular sovereignty, and Greeley thinks he can carry it through the Platform committee. It is called the Oregon Platform.

The scenes when the doors of that part of the Wigwam set apart for the masculine public in general, are opened, are highly exciting and

*Mr. Greeley did not accomplish his purpose regarding this resolution. But it will be found, upon examination of the Republican Platform, that it does not assert the duty of Congress to intervene in the Territories to exclude Slavery.

amusing. This afternoon the rush for places was tremendous. Three doors about twenty feet wide each, were simultaneously thrown open, and three torrents of men roared in, rushing headlong for front positions. The standing room, holding four thousand five hundred persons, was packed in about five minutes. The galleries, where only gentlemen accompanied by ladies are admitted, and which contains nearly three thousand persons, was already full. There was a great deal of fun, and some curious performances, in filling the galleries. Ladies to accompany gentlemen were in demand-school-girls were found on the street, and given a quarter each to see a gentleman safe in. Other girls, those of undoubted character (no doubt on the subject whatever), were much sought after as escorts. One of them being asked to take a gentleman to the gallery, and offered half a dollar for so doing, excused herself by saying she had already taken two men in at each of the three doors, and was afraid of arrest if she carried the enterprise any further. An Irish woman passing with a bundle of clothes under her arm was levied upon by an "irrepressible," and seeing him safely into the seats reserved for ladies and accompanying gentlemen, retired with her fee and bundle. Another " irrepressible sought out an Indian woman who was selling moccasins, and attempted to escort her in. This was a little too severe however. He was informed that she was no lady-and the point was argued with considerable vehemence. It was finally determined that a squaw was not a lady. The young Republican protested indignantly against the policeman's decision, claiming equal rights for all womankind.


The Republicans have all divided into two classes, the "irrepressibles and the "conservatives."


The favorite word in the Convention is "solemn." Every thing is solemn. In Charleston the favorite was "crisis." Here there is something every ten minutes found to be solemn. In Charleston there was a crisis nearly as often. I observed as many as twenty-three in one day.

A new ticket is talked of here to-night, and an informal meeting held in this house since I have been writing this letter, has given it an impetus. It is "Lincoln and Hickman.' This is now the ticket as against Seward and Cash. Clay.

The Ohio delegation continues so divided as to be without influence. If united it would have a formidable influence, and might throw the casting votes between candidates, holding the balance of power between the East and the West.


Chicago, May 17, 1860.

Masses of people poured into town last night and this morning, expecting the nomination to be made to-day, and desiring to be present. All adjectives might be fairly exhausted in describing the crowd. It is

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