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ritories of the United Sts tes, and to hold therein, unmo- | Md.; E. W. Hubbard, Va.; R. R. Bridges, N. C.; B. P. Jested by any legislation whatever, their slave and other Perry, 8. C.; James B. Steadman, Ohio ; W. H. Carroi, property; and that this Convention recognizes the opnion Tenn. ; 8. 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. 0. Finch, lowa; 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 i Del. ; Isaac J. Stevens, Oregon ; G. L. 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 Conven- 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 ihat 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 ihen 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 amendinent 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 Beveral 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 representatives 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

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS. who sit here-the honorable gentleman who moved the amendment, the President, the Vice-Presidents of this body-all who sit here, are unfettered by any such Credentials presented their report, or rather re

On Thursday, the 21st, the Committee on 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. o. 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. H. Avaunt, and T. J. Hucston, are Understood! an apology for the broad declaration of a entitled to seats in this Convention as delegates from the naked invasion of the rights of freemen, Not that the State of Mississippi. members of this body thus admitted have denied the 2d. Resobed, 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 8d. Resoloed, 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. Jorthe 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 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, iu case either portion of said deleground 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. Resolved, 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 entitle to seats from mor's amendment, and by Messrs. Russell, of Va., Texas. Ewing, of l'enn, Loring, of Mass., Hunter, of Mo., 5th. Resoloed, 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 NewMr. 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 mo ning.

ted at Charleston as a delegate from the fifth congressOn the reasseinbling of the Convention, Mr. Church ional district of Massachusetts, is still entitled to said seat asked and obtained unaniinous 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. Resoloed, That R. A. Baker, D. C. Humphrey, sides, and whicli, if carried out, will terminate the con- John Forsyth, Wm. Jewett, 1. I. Seibles, S. C. Posey, troversy as to pending questions. The proposition which L. E. Parsons, Joseph C. 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 endraw the latter part of my resolutions, leaving only a titled to seats in the Convention as delegates from the simple resolution of reference to tbe Committee on Cre- State of Alabama. dentials. (Applause).

9th, Rosowed, That the delegation from the State of This proposition was accepted, and the resolution, as Georgia, of which H. L. Benning is chairman, be adth-3 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 committee, 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 oneC. 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 indR. I.; James Gallagher, Conn. ; Delos De Wolfe, N. Y. ; cated, that in said case the delegates present in the Con. A. K. Spear, N. J. ; II. M. Forth, Pa. ; W. 8. Gittings, vention be authorized to cast the full vote of said Stato.

Mr. Stevens, of Oregon.-I rise, Mr. President, to pre-sylvania, 17 ; Delaware, 2; Maryland, 51; Virginia, 14; sent the repo. t of a minority of the Committee on cre- North Carolina, 9; Arkansas, $; Missouri, 5; Tennessee, dentials, and I will proceed to read it;

10; Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 14; California, 4; Oregon,

3-1004 MINORITY REPORT.

NAYS-Maine, 51; New Hampshire, 41; Vermont, 3}; To the President of the Democratic National Conven- Massachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 31; 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, i; on Credent als, 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 4; Minnesota, 21–150. to seats refe red to them by the Convention, and to re- Maryland, $ vote 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 Mississip »i, which was adopted almost unanimously, al district of the State of Massachusetts.

250 to 24. 2. Resolved, That Johnson B. Gardy is entitled to a

The vote was then taken on the second resolution, seat in this convention as a delegate from the Sth Con- admitting the Soulé (Douglas) Delegates from Louisiana, gressional district of the State of Missouri.

which resulted-Ays, 153; Nays, 98— as follows: 8. Resolved, That James A. Bayard and William G. YEAS-Maine, 5$; New-Hampshire, 4t; Vermont, 41; Whiteley are entited to seats in this Convention as dele- Massachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 33; gates f om 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, 23 ; In: gates from the State of Arkansas.

diana, 18; Illinois, 11 ; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5; Iowa, 5. Resolved, That the delegation of which George W. 4; Minnesota, 21 –153. Bryan is chairman are entitled to seats in this Conven- Nays-Maine, 21; New-Hampshire, t; Vermont, }; tion from the State of Texas.

Massachusetts, 8; Connecticut, 21 ; New Jersey, 4; 6. Resowed, 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, 13; 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, ad. chairman are entitled to seats in this Convention as dele-mitting Col. Hindman and his colleagues (the original dele. gates from the State of Georgia.

9. Resolved, that the delegation from the State of gates) with power to cast two votes, and Mr. Hooper and Florida accredited to the Charleston Convention are in- vote ;: and providing that, if either set of delegates refuse

his colleagues (the contestants) with power to cast one 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 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 100+. 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., majority report, admitting the original delegation from

A vote was then taken on the fourth resolution of the D. S. GREGORY, Cal.

the State of Texas, which was adopted almost unaniIn the points of difference between the ma- mously. jority and minority reports of the Committee Bayard and Whiteley from Delaware. Adopted without di

A vote was next taken on the fifth resolution, admitting on 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, 138, nays, 111. Aaron V. Hughes, New-Hampshire.

Mr. Stuart, of Michigan, at this point, made motions to reMr. Gittings, of Maryland, presented still an-ble, it being understood that the motions were not to be

consider each vote taken, and to lay the same on the taother 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 Gardy, was then adopted-yeas, 1384, nays, 112. Committee on Credentials as relates to Massachusetts,

The eighth resolution, admitting the contesting delegates Missouri, Delaware, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and from Alabama, was next adopted. Yeas, 1485; Nays, Texas, be adopted.

101]. Resolved, That the delegation of which L. P. Walker

The question then being on the ninth and last resolution is chairman, be, and they are hereby, declared the only of the majority report, admitting both delegations frorn regularly authorized representatives of the State of 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, Chaiman of the main question was ordered, but, without the contest, and the resolution was lost—1061 to 145. The taking the vote, the Convention adjourned. original (seceding, delegation from Georgia, headed by 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 broughting upon the table the motion to reconsider the vote by the minority report proper—that of Mr. Ste 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 Crebeing put on the substitution of the whole dentials for those reported by the majority of said Com

mittee, minority report for the report of the majority, The question being then taken by States, the motion to the motion was lost, 100} to 150, as follows:

lay on the table was not agreed to-yeas, 1134; Nays, 1281

as fcllows: YeaS_Maine, 21; New-Hampshire, t; Vermont, 14; YEAS-Maine, 5t; New-Hampshire, 3; Vermont, 4}; Massachusetts, 8 ; Connecticut, 21; New-jersey, 4; PennMassachusetts, 5 ; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 3t; New

149.

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'ersey, 34; 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 2; Indiana, 13; Illinois, 11 ; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5; equality in the Union. The vote to-day has satisfied the Iowa, 4; Minnesota, 21-1134.

majority of the North Carolina delegates that, that being NAYS--Maine, 21; New-Hampshire, 2; Vermont, t; refused by our brethren of the Northern Democracy, North Massachusetts, 8; Connecticut, 27; New-York, 35; New. Carolina-Rip Van Winkle, as you may call her-can no Jersey, 34; Pennsylvania, 17 ; Delaware, 2; Maryland, longer remain in this Convention. The rights of sovereign 6; Virginia, 15; North Carolina, 9 ; Arkansas, $ ; Missouri, States and of gentlemen of the South have been denied by 44; Tennessee, 12 ; Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 13; Cali- majority of this body. We cannot act, as we conceive, fornia, 4; Oregon, - 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

WITHDRAWAL OF TENNESSEE. was sustained, and the question being taken by States, the motion to reconsider was rejected-103 to 149—as fol- Mr. Ewing, of Tennessee.--Mr. President, in behalf of lows:

the delegation from Tennessee, I beg leave to address this YEAS - Maine, 2} ; New Hampshire, 2 ; Vermont, 1; Mas- Convention upon this occasion, so important, and, to us, sachusetts, 8; Connecticut, 25; New-Jersey, 41; Pennsyl- so solemn in its consequences. The delegation from Tenvania, 17; Delaware, 2; Maryland, 6; Virginia, 15; North nessee have exhibited, so far as they knew how, every disCarolina, 9; Arkansas, t; Missouri, 44; Tennessee, 10; position to harmonize this Convention, and to bring its Kentucky, 10; Minnesota, 11 ; 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 proNaysMaine, 51; New-Hampshire, 3 ; Vermont, 4; Mas- position for compromise—something that would enable us sachusetts, 5; Rhode Island, 4; Connecticut, 31 ; New to armonize. They have a candidate who was dear to York, 35; New-Jersey, 24; Pennsylvania, 10; Maryland, them. They cast away his prospect for the sake of bar2; North Carolina, 1; Arkansas, t; Missouri, 44; Ten- mony. They have yielded all that they can. They have nessee, 2; Kentucky, 2; Ohio, 23 ; Indiana, 13; Illinois, endeavored, with all their power, to accomplish the result 11; Michigan, 6; Wisconsin, 5'; Iowa, 4; Minnesota, 27 they came here for; but they fear that the result is not to

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 preried 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 no 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 inorning.

reasonable hope, I will detain the Convention but a very brief time. I

A PORTION OF MARYLAND WITHDRAWS. understand that the action of this Convention upon the 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 directo 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 inovement, 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, hav- 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 no 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, shaking hands with meinbers of various delegations as

Mr. Glass, of Virginia, declined any further they passed along.

participation in the proceedings of the ConvenMr. 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.

Mr. Watterson, of Tennessee, declined to

withdraw. WITHDRAWAL OF NORTH CAROLINA. Mr. Lander, of North Carolina.--Mr. President, painful

CALIFORNIA WITHDRAWS-AN EXCITEMENT. as the duty is, it is, nevertheless, my duty to announce Mr. Smith, of California, said: While I cannot say here, as a representative of the delegates from North Caro- with the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. Jones) that my lina, that a very large majority of them are compelled to Democracy dates back to that time of which I have no re retire permanently from this Convention on account of the collection, yet I can say that it is unspotted as the vault unjust action, as we conceive, that has this day been per- of heaven. California is here with melancholy facepetr:ted 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' weeping over the downfall and the destruction of the Democratic party. (Applause and laughter.) Yev, sir, the ciare that we will not participate in the meantime in the destruction of the Democratic party, consummated by deliberations of this Convention, nor hold ourselves or assassins now grinning upon this floor. (Loud cries of constituents bound by its action, but leave both at full order," ;"*" order," " put him out," and great confusion.) | liberty to act as future circumstances may dictate.

N. W. WILLIAMSON,

W. BRADLEY,
DELAWARE WITHDRAWS.

G. A. CALDWELL,

SAMUEL B. FIELD, Mr. Saulsbury did not desire to occupy the attention of

Thos. J. YOUNG. the Convention but for a moment. The delegates from his Resolved, That the Chairman of our delegation be State had done all in their power to promote the harmony instructed to inform the Convention in our behalf that, in and unity of this Convention, and it was their purpose to the present condition of that body, we deem it inconsistcontinue to do so. I am, however, instructed by the ent with our duty to ourselves and our constituents to delegation to announce that they desire to be excused participate further in its deliberations. Our reasons for from voting on any further ballots or votes, unless cir- so doing will be given to the Democracy of Kentucky. cumstances should alter this determination. It is our JNO, DISHMAN,

L. GREEN, desire to be left free to act or not act, their desire being J. S. KENDALL,

R. M JOHNSON, to leave the question open for the consideration of their Jus. B. BECK,

CAL BUTLER, constituents after their return home.

D. W QUARLES,

R. NICKEE, Mr. Steele, of North Carolina, briefly addressed the COLBERT Cacil,

JAMES G. LEACH. Convention, stating that he, for the present, at least, should not retire.

Mr. Reed, of Ky., spoke briefly in defense of After explanations and debate, the motion "Shall the the course of the nine delegates from that State, main question be now put."(to go into nomination of can; who remained with the Convention. didates for President and Vice-President) was carried, and the Convention adjourned.

MISSOURI DEFINES HER POSITION.
KENTUCKY WITHDRAWS IN PART.

Mr. Clark, of Missouri, announced as the reOn Saturday (232), Mr. Caldwell, of Kentucky, in be- sult of a consultation of a portion of the Mis

The circumstances in which we (the Kentucky Dele- souri delegation, that two of that delegation gation) are placed are exceedingly einbarrassing, and we had decided to withdraw from the Convention. have not therefore been enabled to come to an entirely Mr. Hill, of N. C., who had refused to retire harmonious.conclusion. The result is, however, that nine with bis colleagues on the previous day, now of the delegates of Kentucky remain in the Convention. (applause.) There are ten delegates who withdraw from announced his intention of withdrawing. the Convention.

Mr. Cessna, of Pennsylvania, called for the The exact character of their withdrawal is set forth in a vote upon his resolution to proceed to nominate single par:graph, with their names appended, which I desire the Secretary to read before I sit down. There are candidates for President and Vice-President. five others--completing the delegation-who desire for

MR. CUSHING RESIGNS THE CHAIR. the present to suspend their connection with the action of this Convention. I will add here, that there may be

Mr. Cushing resigned his post as presiding no misunderstanding, that I myself am one of those five, and we have also signed a short paper, which I shall also officer, in a brief speech, and left the chair. 1sk the Secretary to read to the Convention.

Gov. Tod, of Ohio, immediately assumed the I am requested by those who withdraw from the con: chair, and was greeted with enthusiastic and vention, and by those who suspend their action for the present with the Convention, to say that it is their wish

After order was restored, he

hearty cheers. thai their seats in this con jention shall not be filled or said: Wccupied by any others; a.id that no one shall claim the right to cast their votes. The right of those remaining in

As the present presiding officer of this Convention by the Convention to cast their individual vote, is not by us

common consent of my brother Vice-Presidents, with

When I announce questioned in any degree. But we enter our protest great diffidence I assume the chair. against any one casting our vote.

to you that for thirty-four years I have stood up in that I will ask the Secretary to read the papers I have indi. district so long misrepresented by Joshua R. Giddings, faled, and also one which a gentleman of our delegation with the Democratic banner in my hand (applause), has handed me, which he desires to be read. I ask that know that I shall receive the good wishes of this Conventhe three papers be read.

tion, at least, for the discharge of the duties of the chair.

If there are no privileged questions intervening, the The first paper read was signed James G. Secretary will proceed with the call of the States. I.each, the writer of which animadverted in

MASSACHUSETTS DESIRES A HEARING. rather strong terms upon the action of the Convention, in the matter of the admission and Mr. Butler, of Mass., addressed the chair, and desired

Objection was made by Mr. rejection of delegates froin certain States. The to present a protest.

Cavanaugh, of Minnesota, and the States were called on communication was regarded as disrespectful to the question of proceeding to a vote for President. the Convention, and, on motion of Mr. Payne, when Massachusetts was called, Mr. Butler said : Mr. of Ohio, it was returned to the writer. The President, I have the instruction of a majority of the

delegation from Massachusetts to present a written proSecretary then read the other two communica- test. I will send it to the Chair to have it read. (Calls tions from the Kentucky delegation as follows : to order.). And further, with your leave, I desire to say

what I think will be pleasant to this Convention. Firsi, To the Hon. Caleb Cushing, President of the National that, while a majority of the delegation from MassachuDemocratic Convention, assembled in the city of setts do not purpose further to participate in the doings Baltimore;

of this Convention, we desire to part, if we may, to meet The Democratic Convention for the State of Kentucky, you as friends and Democrats again. We desire to pait held in the city of Frankfort, on the 9th day of January, in the same spirit of manly courtesy with which we came 106, among others, adopted the following resolution : together. Therefore, if you will allow me, instead of

Resolved, That we pledge the Democracy of Kentucky reading to you a long document, I will state, within parto an honest and industrious support of the nominee of liamentary usage, exactly the reasons why we take the the Charleston Convention,

step we do. Since the adoption of this resolution, and the assembling Thanking the Convention for their courtesy, allow me of this Convention, events have transpired not then con. to say that though we have protested against the action templated, notwithstanding which we have labored dili- of this body excluding the delegates, although we a.t not gently to preserve the harmony and unity of said Con- satisfied with that actionvention; but discord and disintegration have prevailed We have not discussed the question, Mr. President, to such an extent that we feel that our efforts cannot whether the action of the Convention, in excluding cer: accomplish this end.

tain delegates, could be any reason for withdrawal We Therefore, without intending to vacate our seats, or to now put our withdrawal before you, upon the simple Join or participate in any other Convention or organiza- ground, among others, that there has been a withdrawal tion in this city, and with the intention of again co- in part of a majority of the States, and further (and that, operating with this Convention, should its unity and perhaps, more personal to myself), upon the ground that barmony be restored by any future event, we now de-'I will not sit in a Convention where the African slave

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trade-which is piracy by the laws of my country-is ap- tion of the Cincinnati Platform, that, during the existence pornugly advocated. (Hitat sensation.)

of the Territorial Governments, the measure of restricA portion of ihe Massachusetts delegation here retired. tion, whatever it may be, imposed by the Federal Consti Mr. Stevens, of Massachusetts, sa.u-I am not ready tution on the power of the Territoria Legislature over the at this mowent to cast the vote of Massachusetts, the subject of the domestic relations, as the same has been, or delegatiou being in consultation as to their rights.

shall hereafter bé, finally determined by the Supreme Court The call proceeded, the chairman of each Con- of the United States, should be respected by all good citivention maning i speech on delivering the vote branch of the General Government.

zens, and enforced with promptness and fidelity by every oi lii8 bille; and Mr. Stevens tinally stated that, althouga a portion of the Massachusetts delega- tion, and this resolution was adopted, with only

Mr. Payne, of Obio, moved the previous ques. tion but withdrawal, he was instructed by his

two dissenting votes. remaining coileagues to cast the entire vote of the State.

THE DECEDERS' CONVENTIOX. ar. Russell, of New York, withdrew the name The delegates who had withdrawn from the of Horatio Seymour as a candidate. The fol- Convention at the Front-Street Theater, tolowing is the result of the ballouligs for Presi-gether with the delegations from Louisiana and deut:

Alabama, who were refused admission to that Convention, met at the Maryland Institute on Saturday the 28th of June. I wenty-one States were represented either by full or partial delegacions. The States not represented at all were Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine,

Michigan, New-Hampshire, New.Jersey, Ohio, Maine..

Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. New-Haupsure.. 5

The Hon. Caleb Cushing, of Massachusetts, 5 5

was chosen to preside, assisted by vice-preMissachusetts....10

sidents and secretaries. knode island.... 4 3; 33

The Convention adopted a rule requiring a New-ok. .85

vote of two-thirds of all the delegates present New-Jersey

to nominate candidates for President and VicePennsylvania ...10

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President; also that each delegate cast the vote Virg.ua. 15 3

to which he is entitled, and that each State cast No.th Carolina.

only the number of votes to which it is entitled Louisiana.

by its actual representation in the Convention. Arkausas

The delegates froin South Carolina and Missouri.. 45

Florida accredited to the Richmond Convenheniucky

tion, were invited to take seats in this." 23

A committee of five, of which Mr. Caleb Indiana

Cusbing was chairman, was appointed to adIlmois.

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dress the Democracy of the Union upon the

principles which have governed the Convention lowa...

in making the nominations, and in vindication Minnesota. 25

of the principles of the party. The Convention Total.... .1733 10 1814 also decided that the

Democratic On the first ballot, Henry A. Wise, of Virginia, received National Convention be held at Philadelphia. sa vote from Maryland; Bocock, of Va., received 1 vote Mr. Avery, of N. C., chairman of Committee from Virginia; Daniel s. Dickinson, vote frou Virginia; on Resolutions, reported, with the unanimous

On the announcement of the first balot, Mr. Church, of sanction of the Committee, the Platform reNew-York, offered the following:

ported by the majority of the Platform ComResolved unanimously, That Stephen A. Douglas, of mittee at Charleston, and rejected by the Con. the votes given in this Convention, is hereby declared, in ac- vention, (see page 30) which was unanimously cordance with the rules governing this body, and in accordo adopted. ance with the uniform customs and rules of foriner Demo

The Convention adopted a resolution incratic National Conventions, the regular nominee of the Democratic party of the United States, for the office of structing the National Committee not to issue President of the United States.

tickets of admission to their next National ConMr. Jones, of Pennsylvania, raised the point of order, vention in any case where there is a bona fide that the resolution proposed practically to rescind a rule

contestant. of the Convention (requiring two-thirds of a full Convention, 202 votes, to nominate), and could not, under the The Convention then proceeded to ballot for rules, be adopted without one day's notice.

a candidate for President; and John C. BreckinThe Chair ruled that the resolution was in order, and after a lengthy and animated debate it was withdrawn till ridge, of Ky., received the unanimous vote of after another ballot should be taken. When the result of the delegates present as follows : the second ballot had been announced, Mr. Church's re- | Vermont... Florida... 8 Tennessee.....

gt solution was called up again and passed.

Massachusetts. 8 Alabama. 9 Kentucky.

Louisiana. 6 Minnesota.... Benj. Fitzpatrick, of Alabama, was nominated New-York

7 California..

Pennsylvania.. 4 Mississippi for Vice-President, receiving 1982 votes, and Maryland...... 4 Texas. 4 Oregón.. 3 Mr. William C. Alexander, of N. J., 1. [Mr. Virginia.......11: Arkansas......

100 Fitzpatrick declined the nomination two days North Carolina. 81 Missouri.. afterward, and the National Committee supplied

Georgia.......10 the vacancy, by the nomination of Herschel V.

For Vice-President Gen. Joseph Lane, of Johnson, of Georgia].

Oregon, received the unanimous vote of the

Anal Gov. Wickliffe, of Louisiana, offered the following resolu

Convention (105), on the first ballot. tion as an addition to the Platform adopted at Charleston

then, after listening to a speech from Mr. Yancy, Resobged, That in its accordance with the interpreta the Convention adjourned sine die.

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