Pennsylvania telegraph. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1864-1864, April 29, 1864, Image 2

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    ail l Ettegraft
Chairman of the rnion State-Central Cbm
It is with peculiar pleasure that we announce
the appointment of Geri. Simon Cameron, as
Chairman of the Union State Central Commit-.
tee. Aside from the peculiar fitness of Gen.
Cameron for the labors of this position—his
great acquaintance with the people of the
State—and his vast inflrience with the masses
--the fact of his willingness to serve as Chair
man of the Union State Central Committee,
may be accepted as the evidence of the vigor
with which the coming Presidential campaign
will be conducted in Pennsylvania.
The thion Stale Colivendoht
We have no room this afternoon, to print
an extended notice of the proceedings of the
Union State Convention. Suffice it to an
nounce that the utmost cordiality of feeling
and unanimity of sentiment prevailed,. from
its organization to the.close of its proceedings.-
It seemed to us that men never assembled
more determinedly to carry out the wishes of
those whom they represented. In the first
place, the endorsement of the State and Na
tional administration was accomplished amid
theutmost enthusiasm. Then followed a clear
announcement to proSeeute the war with the
slave holders to a glorious end—after which
the valor of our brave men in the field was
handsomely acknowledgedand finally the se
lection of a 'State Central Committee, . dele
gates and electors was made without the
least difficulty. The delegates to the Na
tional Convention will have less labor to
perform than any ever sent from this State to
a similar convention, as it will become merely
their duty to vote for the endorsement of the
National Administration and - the re-nomina
tion of Abraham Lincoln. Any compromise
to either of these, would earn for our dele
gates the curses and the scorn of the people
whom they would thus outrage.
Pennsylvania has now taken her poSition.
She is for the vindication of the national
_authority, the restoration of _ the national
Union, and the crushing out of treason by the
force of arms. She is opposed not merely to
treason, as it demonstrates itself in the.armed
efforts of, the southern people, but she is
pledged to wage eternal opposition to the
cause of rebellion, as it is lodged in the
curse of slavery. On this platform we must
survive or perish !
The Great Diesappokatiaent of the North
or* Sympathlieiri with Treason
The Northern wing of the Demooratic lead
ers who sympathize with treason, have almost
exhausted their plans and their purposes to
aid the Southern wing of the . _ Democratic
leaders who are, engaged in rebellion.. When
the slave-drivers organized rebellion, the lead
ers of the Northern Democracy insisted that
the Government had no-power to coerce a
State. But the people insisted that they had
the power to put. down rebellion by armed .
force, and accordingly rose en masse to accom.
plish the crushing out of treason. Then the
Democratic leader* insisted that the South had
constitutional rights which must be respected,
even while the Southern States were forming
an independent government, confessedly to
antagonize the national authority and repu
pndiate the national Constitution. Here,
again, the people established a rule which de-'
nied to traitors all constitutional rights.
Thus shifting from subterfuge to falsehood, the
Democratic leaders find themselves with their
last pitiful plea of complaining that the Govern
ment hesitates to enforce the Monroe doctrine
in reference to the affect'. in Mexico. We now
believe that the invasion of Mexico by France,
was and is merely a part of the plot entered
into by the Northern Democratic readers
with the enemies of the Union in the.
Old World, by which the Federal Govern
ment was to be embroiled in a fight with the
most powerful Governments in Europe. This
was the only aid which both parties could
give their Southern allies. But as the Fed
eral authorities have refused to fall into the
trap thus set, both the Northern Democratic
leaders and the tyrant who has invaded Mex
ico, have been disappointed. France cares
little for Mexico without the dismemberment
of the American Union; while the violation of
the Monroe doctrine' Would be fruitless of
(benefit to the Northern Democratic leaders,
unless it contributed the success of the
slave-holders' rebellion_ This is the triM
position of affairs. Hence the rage and disap
pointment of such journals as the Tory Organ.
They affect to mourn over the ruin, of an
Dinpire in Mexico, while, they pull their hair
and curse themselves at their failure to de
stroy the Republic of the United States.
A Soldiers' Home.
It has beeiCatiggeitellbir4laveral attic men
who served in the ranks of what were called
the emergency men, that the money due to
all such as these, be placed at the control of
the State, the same to be devoted to the erect .
tion and support of - a Soldiers' Home. It is
supposed that it will require $200,000 to pay
the emergency men. This sum, with the aid
which the State would give such an enterprise,
would be sufficient to endow such an 'institu
tion, and render it capable of doing much
good for the soldier. There will be many a
poor fellow-rendered unfit to care for himself
b y th e effects of the War - with the slavehold
ere' rebellion. In an institution such as has
been siaggested, Bach as these, with the pen
sione which they will get &Cm the Govern
ment, would be able to live comfortably.
Their pensions alone „Fill „„be inadequate to
suppOrt Only ' in : connection with
Soldiers'lionte can these poor fellows hope.
for future comfort; a3,d if such a retreat 'is
not afforded them, they will be compelled to
And a refuge in the ordinary charitable insti-
tutions open to the indigent. And when such
homes, only, are afforded to the brave defend
ers of the Government, the Republic will be
—As we have already written, we make
these suggestions at the solicitation of some
of the men who served during the emergency
last summer. It is'for others of the same
men_to give the plan a practical effect.
upport the Coternment and the Constitution
The Convention re-assembled at 3 r.
Mr. Joseph S Ely was.admitted to a seat in
place 6f a delegate from Bucks county, not
present. • ,
Dr. WORTHIWITON presented a report from
the committee on permanent organization.
The report, which was adopted, nominated
the following named gentlemen for officers of
the Convention :
Lytle J Hurst, John Fry, Henry E Wallace,
William A Simpson, Jacob S Serrill, M H
Shirk, M Howard Jenkins, Joseph Barnsley,
James L Mingle, Henry Stump, Dr R H Cory
ell, Edward Haliday. Dummer Lilly, Ira
Tripp, Stephen F Wilson, Franklin Bound,'
John J. Patterson, William Colder, David H
Cochran, George W Mehaffey, Alexander Un
derwood, George W Householder, A A Barker,
Dr Thomas St Clair, Lewis K Evans, John P
Penney, John S Furst, James L Graham,
Thomas Robinson, William Stewart, Perry
Devore, Hunter Orr and Dr J N Loughery.
-Samuel Alleman, John. H Stewart, Geo H
Moore, David L Barnes, Conrad F Shindel, L
F Fitch, H P Moody, - James B Ruple,William
Burgwin, Charles W Wiugard.
Sergeant-at-Anus—John G Martin.
Door Keepers—James Tubers, Joseph Rib
let, James M'Calla.
Messengers-,-James Walbridge, C T. Hep
burn. •
(The remarks of Mr. Lawrence on assuming
the' chair will be found on the first page.]
The Committee on Contested gdections
made a report, which was , adopted, declaring
that the contestants should not be admitted.
Col. Baum, of Fayette, offered the follow
ing resolution:
Resolved, That a Committee on Resolutions
of one delegate from each Congressional dis
trict be appointed by the chair, with instruc
tions to nominate Senatorial electors and
delegates at large to the National Convention.
Mr. Bartoxim.• moved to amend by substi
tuting the following:
Resolvecl„Thit a committee of one from
each Congressional district be appointed by
the delegates from the same, to report an
address • and resolutions expressive of the
views of this convention; to `report the names
of two eleetors'at large and one from each dis
trict, 'subject 'to the approval of this conven
tion, and that the electors thus selected be
required to giVe written pledges .to the State
Central Committee that in case of: Eeir election
they will Tote for the nominees of the-Balti
• more convention. •
Resolved, That the committee thus appointhd
be instructed by their respective delegates
to express their preference for the two electors
at large. , -
Mr. PENNEY thought that, it would be more
proper for the convention to vote directly
upon thequestion of Senatorial electors, and
leave the delegations froM each Congressional
district choose thelirespective' ongreSsional
elentOrs. That-being the -plan, we should not
give them ant instructions in reference to
supporting their preference for President.
Mr.. ALEXANDER, of Lancaster. It, has been
usualin all.oir State Conventions for the dele
gates to be balloted for ;in convention. If
either the original resolution or the substitute
be adopted, everything' we came here to' do
Will be put in the hands of a very small por
tion of this convention. •
Mr. B.ERgNER, on leave,,withdrew his amend
ment, and moved to amend the original reso
lution so as to provide that a committee of
seven be appointed to prepare an address and
submit resolutiona to the convention.
The amendinent being accepted, the 'reso
lution was adopted, and the President an
rionneed the committee, as follows:
Messrs. George Bergner., J. P. Penney, H.
E. Wallace, Stephen Wilson, Jacob Benin ;
John RoWe and James H. Campbell.
.Mr. BERGNE'R. Before we proceed to the
choice of-electors, I offer the following -reso
Resolved, That the delegates at large elected
by this convention are hereby instructed to
support 'the re-nomination of ABRAHAM
LINCOLN for - Bresident as a unit, and that
in the opinion. cif this convention a postpone
ment of the time - fixed for holding the Na
tional Convention would'be unwise and inju
diciateke4d*Ft one of the hardest blOws we
sin;i•lPibtiipon.thS. rebels will be: the car
_tali-Lb, of there-nomination and re-election of
Mr.` Zincoln.
21e resolution was unanimously adopted
Theeonvention then,.on motion of Mr. PEN
NEY, proceeded to the choice'of four delegates
at large to the National Convention, and two.
Senatorial electors.
On motion of .Mr. STEWART, of Mercer, the
convention resolved to receive nominations,
• Mr. Jami M. - HIRE:PATRICK; of Allegheny
nominated the_ Hon: Simon Cameron.
Mr. JOIIN W.-Fwmit, of Philadelphia; nom
inated Col. Wm. B. Mann,. of Philadelphia.
.Hon. Jets L. G-izeJr.Aat, of Allegheny, nom-.
inat4d Hon. Thomas M. Hove.
Dr. R. H. Coarram, of Behbylkill, nominat
ed Hon. James H. Campbell.
Mr. J,OBIL J. PATTERSON, of Juniata, nomi
naiad Col. A. K. M'Clure.
Capt. L136111S Rooxas;nominated the. Hon
Mr. &mum L. COOLEY. of Northampton,
nominated Hon. A. H. Reeder.
Mr. Em.„l4. Lontosrairzr, of Luzern, nom
inated W. W. Ketcham.
Hon. JACOB S..Sxae**•Ty Of Delaware, nom
inated Hon. Persifer Frazer Smith. .
. Mr. Z. T. Galt, of Berks, nominated Hon.
:William B. Kelley.
Mr. Jeuns S. Rumk.w„of Beaver, nominated
Hon. Thomas Cunningham.. !, - •
Hon. Dtarms..a T.77.*:Pkr, of .:Bradford, nom
inated the Hon. Gorge. Landon;
:CoL Forman, of Indiana; nomina
ted.the Hon.Darwin:Phelphs. •
*Mr. H. E. is my belief, and
the t. e .lig ., Q f, other friends of Judge Kelley,
that he would not desire to be a candidate.
Mr. GALS withdrew the =me of Judge
The committee then proceeded to ballot
viva cocc for delegates at large, with 111;1 1( 1-
lowing result:
Hon. Simon Cameron received 94 rot s
Col Wm. B. Mann 54
Hon. J. H. Campbell " 29 "
Hon. A. H. Reeder
Hon. Thos K Howe " 26 "
Hon. A. K. M'Clure • GI 79 ''
Ron. M. B. Lowry
Hon. W. W. Ketcham
Hon. P. Frazer Smith "
Hon. T.M. Cunningham "
Hon. George Landon !`. 13
HOn. Darwin Phelps " 4 "
Messrs. Cameron and M'Clure, having a
majority of the votes, were declared duly
The convention then proceeded to a second
ballot for the,purpose of completing the num
ber of delegates.
Mr. BarrAs withdrew the name of Mr.
Mr. LILLtY withdrew the name of Mr.
_Colonel Porrna withdrew the name of Mr.
Phelps. _
Hon. W. D. Bnows . , of Warren, reminded
the convention that the gentlemen elected
were from the eastern part a the State, and
that the west was entitled to the other two.
Mr. W4LLacu thought that the city of Phila
delphia was "some" in the State of Pennsyl
Mr. GRATT/ 1 5 , / thought that Allegheny county
was "some" when voting was to
.be done. The
two highest names remaining on the list were
Morrow B. Lowry, from the extreme north,
and Thomas M. Howe„ from the extreme west.
He hoped that they would be elected.
Mr. Bsowx said that Crawford and. Mercer
ought to have : a -voice in the.matter, and that
Messrs. Lowry and Howe shou!d. -be chosen.
,FRAZER. . 'Philadelphia gave more thin
one-half of the majority which . Andrew G.
Curtin received last year. We ask the election
of Wm. B. •Mann. '
Dr. Sr. CLAIn. Andrew •G. Curtin had a
larger majority west of the Alleghenies than
he had in the whole State.
Mr. GRAHAM. Allegheny county gave a
larger majority than any other county in the
Mr. FBkNCIS. Let us for once know "no
north, no south, no east, no west," but select
the best men—men who will vote every time
for Honest Abe. [Applause.).
Mr. 'town. Would it. not be well to know
no party and have a Union Democrat?
Mr. BERGNER. Such is Morrow B. Lowry.
Mr. TURRELL. I have a word to say for the
northern tier of counties—for those up beyond
the mountains in the beech woods. Begin
ning at. Susquehanna, my own county, and
going weitward, there is an unbroken line of
Republican , majorities the whole length of the
resulted as follows:
Hon. Morrow B. Lowry, received 80 votes
Hon. Thomasld. Howe, " 55
Col. Wm, B. Mann, " 41 ".
Hon. W. W. Ketcham, " 38
Hon. P. F. Smith, 23
Hon. A. H. Reeder, " 16 "
Hon. Thomas H. Campbell " 5
Hon. M. B. Lowry was declared duly elected.
The convention then proceeded to a thud
ballot in order to select a fourth delegate.
Mr. Paezzn. Inasmuch, sir, as the gentle
men elected are from,the central and western
parts of the State, I think that we do not-ask
too •much when we reqiiest one • delegate from
Philadelphia. •
Mr. GRAHAM. -Philadelphia.occasionally
does very Well, but Allegheny may always be
counted upon for a mykirity that Will smother
that of -Philadelphia, When in• rill her here glory.
Mr. 000 LET tvithre* the' , -name— of Mr.
-Mr. Lowovassr. We of Luzerne present
the name 'of a r -gentleman Who, we are proud
to say, knows 'no north-, no south, no east,
no west"—whose wholechexacter is a eulogy.
That gentleman is Winthrdp W.- Ketcham. 'lt
has not been his fortunelto=live either in Al
legheny or Philadelphia, brit he does live
where Itepublictuis work and spend their
.money:as.feadily and as_ freely -as gentlemen
living in those places. Although Luzerne or
dinarily goes against:the Republicans, yet we
rolled up 7,200 -votes <for=the Union candi
date last fall. Wehave.there to-work against
an element which, ,, other persons have not,
and we say thtit.our rights should not be ig
-nored when we give a Union vote equal to the
whole vote of-- some counties who claim a
standing here on account of their majority.
The main thing-should:be to get good, 'honest
men—men.of , enlarged views—men:whose po
litical characters are known, men who can do
their duty in the convention and do it well.
That man is Winthrop W. Ketcham. I be
lieve that the magnanimity of -this conven
tion will nor turn's deaf ear to the claims of
old Luzern. •
, Mr. Rifirnonomsw. I withdraw the name
of James H. Campbell from the list of nomi
nations. In doing so, I wish to endorse the
remarks of the gentleman from Luzerne. A
campaign in the `coal region is equal to a cam
paign on the banks of the Rappahannock.
Winthrop W. Ketcham has fought our battles
in that county, -and his path has not been
strewn with flowers; We of Schuylkill know
what it is to work for this cause. Those gen
tlemen who boast of their majorities have a
fine time of it: They have bands of music,
-flowers, ladies;'and everything that makes it
pleasant, but we have shillalahs, brickbats
and pistols., Amen who fights in such a cam
paign has aright to be on the floor of the Na
t ional Convention. [Tremendous. applause. ]
Mr. Frrcn. In old Susquehanna we are ac
customed not only to vote= but to work, and
we want to vote and work this fall for Old
Abe and-for men who will put him in nomina
tion. I can - endorse what has been said by
the gentleman from Schuylkill (Mr. Bartholo
mew) •in regard to Mr. •Ketcham, and the
manner in which he conducted our campaign.
In, his namez•we shall have an , element of
strength. -
Mr: Gnaw& I endorse most heartily
every word of eulogy that has been pronounced
upon Mr. Xetcham. He is a gentleman who
has gone to the contest in days gone by, and
has helped to gain victories which'havelcheer
ed our.bearts; but Lmust claim equal merit
for the gentleman whom we have presented
from Alleghdny, Thoilias M. Howe's name
stands high throughout the entire Common
wealth. No- stain • rests upon him. He is
always a gentleman, a christian and :a consist
ent Union Repnblican.
• Mr. Sultana, withdrew the name of Mr. P.
F.• Smith.
Mr. Gtwittr .Withdrew the name of. Mr.
resulted as.follows
Hon W W Ketcham received 91 votes
Col William B Maim 41.
.4Vhereupon Hop,'W W Ketcham was declar
ad duly elected. i • ,
Mr Joan H Orxvia, of Lehigh, offered> the
following resolution which, after being amend
ed so as to provide for the exemption of Phil
adelphia from its;operations, was adopted:
Resolvedi That the delegates from the dis
trict report a district elector, }wain case of
failure to agree, that the question.of elector
be the eonimittee oniesohitions.
The. ,couxention then adjourned till 7f
.o'clockAbis 3vening.
The cc,l4vg4tion reassembled- at 7i P i w.
Mr. STEWART, of Mercer, moved that the
, 1 delegates from the Congressional districts be
called upon in the numerical order of the
districts to present the name of an elector for
each district.
The-motion Was agreed to, and the follow
ing names compose the ticket
ars . a.roxtraL.
Morton M'Michael, Philadelphia.
- Thomas H Cunningham, Beaver county.
1-Robert P King, 13-Elias W
2-0. Morrison Coates, 14-Charles H Shriner,
3-Henry Bumm, 15-John Wister,
4-William H Kern, 16-David M'Conaughy,
6-Bartin H Jenks, 17-David W Woods;
6-Charles M Runk, 18-Isaac Benson,
7-Robert Parke, 19-John Patton,
8-Aaron Mull, 20-Samuel B Dick,
94ohn A Hiestand, 21-Everard Bierer,
10-Ifichard H Coryell, 22-John P Penney,
11-Edward Holiday, 23-Ebenez'r M'Junkin,
12-Charles F Reed, 24-John W Blanchard.
410 ~
38 "
11 "
Mr. Si Waal', *al', of Mercer, moved that a
State Central Committee, composed of one
member from each 'Senatorial district, be
appointed by the convention, the names to
be submitted by the:respective delegations.
Mr. KLIMPATRIU.K, ofAllegheny, suggested
that one member from each Senatorial dis
trict would make too small a committee. He
favored the appointment of a forger number.
Mr. TUrtaarL, of Susquehanna, moved to
amend the motion of Mr. Stewart by pro
viding for the selection of one member from
each county.
Mr. G. H. Moore, of Philadelphia, moved
to amend the amendment by adding, "except
Philadelphia, which shall appoint two - from
each Congressional district."
Mr. TIIRRELL accepted the amendment as a
modification of the proposition.
Mr. ROTAN, of Beaver, moved, as an amend
ment to the amendment, to strike out the
original motion, together with the amend
ment, and substitute the following:
Resolved, That the State Central Committee
shall consist of four members from the city
of Philadelphia, two from the county of Alle
gheny, two from the county of Lancaster, and
one from each of the remaining, counties of
the State, the chairman to be appointed by
the President of this convention, and that the
committee shall have power to supply vacan
cies in the State electoral ticket.
Mr. GRO. BERGNER stated that by reference
to, precedent, it would be found that Harris
hurg had always been represented on the
State Central Committee by two or threemem
hers. This representation was due to her as.
the capital of the State. He hoped that the
proposition of the gentleinan from Beaver
would be modified so as to give Dauphin
county two members, as well as Lancaster and
Mr. GALT, of Berks, urged that Berks county
was as much entitled to two members as Lan
caster comity.
Mr. BsOwN, of Warren, said that the ques
tion was not one of numbers or representa
tion, but simply, what will constitute the
most efficient committee? 'He thought that
the greatest efficiency would be obtained by
having in each'county one single head.
Mr. pa, of Philadelphia, contended that
Philadelphia should have two members from
each Congreasional district.
Mr. BRIAN modified his resolution so as
to provide that Philadelphia have two mem
bers from each Senatorial district, and the
counties of Allegheny, Lancaster, Dauphin
and Berks each two members.
Mr. STEWART, of Mercer, urged that the
object of the State Committee was not to at
, tend to all matters • •Of detail, but; merely to
exercise a general supervision- of the :opera
tions of the campaign. There mustneceswily
be many hicarcommittees, which'this conven
tion could not undertake to select;;. He urged
the adoption of the original motionpresented
by himself.
The resolution.of Mr. Rubin, as modified,
was adopted ; and in accordance therewith,
The following names were presented to con
stitute the State Centat Committee :
Ist dig% Phil'a, Jeremiah Nichols, Charles
David ICramer, William Et
, Kemble. , _
2d "
3d ~
" .George W Hamthersly, Ben
jasnin H.Brown.
Adams—David A I3nehler; Gettysburg.
Allegheny—John' M Rirkpatrick, J J. Sieb
enick, Pittsburg: '
Armstrong—John Ralston, Averton. .
Beaver—D L Imbrie,-Beaver.
Bedford—George NV - Hoop. Bedford.
B Tntion; Z T Galt, Reading.
Blair—Samuel M'Camant, Sabbath Rest.
Bucks—James B Lambert, Doylestown.
Bradford—Stephen Aland, 'l'owanda.
Butler—Charles C M'Candksa, Butler.
Cambria—A A Barker, Ebensburg.
Carbon--Charles-.Albiight, Manch Chunk.
Cameron—E P.Hackett,, Shippen.
Centre—Edmund Blanchard, Bellefonte.
Chester—Wm B Waddle, West Chester.
Clarion— B J Reed, Clarion.
Clearfield 2 S B Ito*, Clearfield.
Clinton-'Chas W Wingard, Lock Haven.
Columbia—Robert„F Clarke, Bloomsburg.
Crawford 2 Henry C Johnson, Meadilile.
Cumberland -
.jehn B. Parker, Carlisle.
Dauphin George Bergner,: John J Shoe
maker. Harrisburg. .
Delaware Sketchloy Morton, Oakdale.
Elk—Albert Willis, Ridgwaye
Erie—Samuel C Stanford, Waterfoid.
Fayette--Benj F Hellen, Uniontown.
Franklin—F-S Staumbaugh,Oharnbersbury
Fulton—M Edgar Reilk , "„ M'Connellsbnrg.
Greene—Geo E Armor, Naynesburg.
Huntingdon—G W Johnson, Huntingdon.
Indiana--F M Sinter, Indiana.
ffuniabi—JohnJ Patterson, Yitllntown.
Lancaster-0 Dickey, Lancaster city;
Peter Martin. Lincoln, Post Office.
Lebanon—T -Worth, Lebanon.
Lehigh—R, Clay, Hannuersley, Catasauqua.
Luzerne--S.P Longstreet; Wilkesbarre:
Lycomirig—Peter Herdic, Williamsport.
hi'Rean--Lucirta Ilogers, sp3ithOrt.
Mercer--Jas H Robinson, Afercer.
Mifflin—Alfred Marks, Lewistown.
Lawrence—Oliver G Hazen, New Castle.
Mdfiroe-L-lolift It'Stokes,'Strondsburg
Montgomery--Charles Kugler, Cabinet,
MontourDevid 'Roberts, Danville, ..
Northamplon—W .lif Armstrong, Easton.
Northumberland—Frarddin: Pound, Mil
- - ,
Perry—BenjaMi4 P
.g - unisgAi, New Bloom
, ,
B Sherman, Milford. -
Potter—D.o Larabee, Coudersport
Schuylkill—SethW Geer, Minersville.
Snyder—Moses' Specht, Beavertown.
Somerset—Eli B Haines, Somerset.
Susquehanna—p. Lathrop, Montrose.
Sullivan—Thomas J Ingram, Laporte.
Tioga—M H Cobb, Wellsboro.
Union--Samuel H Orwig, Lewisburg.
Venango—Peter McGough, Franklin.
Warren_—Wm D 13rown,.Warren.
Washington—Jos B B.uple, Washington.
Wayne---Henry M Seeley, Honesdale.-
Westmorland—John C Rankin, Harrison
Wyog4ug—Alfred TRoadArLoca.
"York—Silits Very, York. • • -
Oosnarrns. •
Mr. Przwazo, Potter."-I. hold in my
hand a:petition directed to the' presiding
officer, of ;this.. conieligon, ; .and_-awned by
;dharlea Id Neal; Kg - K
Niche , -
ing for the appointment of A. K. 3l'Clure, of
; Franklin county, as chairman of the State Cen
tral Committee. I ask that it be read.
' The petition was read.
The PRESIDENT. Of course, the chair bons
with great deference to the will, thus ex
pressed, of so large .a majority of the conven
tion. Tice ehair, without indictitlng what his
action may be, will say that - kr/. kl*Chire has
heretofore made a very efficient chairman of
the-State Committee. -
Mr. GEO. BERGNEP., from the Committee on
Reaolutions and- Address, submitted the fol
To the People of Penmsyiranea:
_ . In.presenting the name-of Abraham Lin
coln, for ie,election to the Presidency, to our
fellow-citiXelis of. Pennsybiania and of the
other loyal States, we are constrained by a
high filOxiscrof What is da lo the principle in
volved, briefly.te set forth the reasons which
impel us to this preference. In doing so, we
desire elpphatically:fo;stace that our ,ardent
purpotegtosecturetaarerelection of .the present
Chief Magistrate of the Union is controlled by
no hasty intention to neutralize the high claims
to patriotism of other statesmen mentioned
in connection with the same great office by
the Union. men of the country ;,.nor to have
it manifest, 'either, - that we are Controlled by
any selfish adherence to a mere man, in this
the hour of a free people's struggle for their
existence. The reasons which urge us to
advocate' the re-election of iilirahlun Pan
eolh, afe such as mild influence all patri
otic men in adopting measures that will best
subserve the safety and purity of the Govern
ment, the honor and glory of its people, with
their speedy triumph over the murderoug-eom
hinations of a wicked rebellion. The Admin
istration, in all its attitudes, presents the power
of the Government in all its might and ma
jesty. Whatever effects the one, must, more
or less, influence and impair the other. If the
Government should be defeated, the over
throw of the Administration must of course
follow. If the conspirators, who do the bid
ding of Jefferson Davis, triumph, necessarily
the bravo men who obey the summons
and enter in the fight f , r the Union,
under the general direction of the President of
the United States, must also be defeated, and
as they go down, the President ceases to be the
representative of national power: and as all
these perish, so, too, will all men who are now
• free andindependent, either be sacrificed to the
horrors of war, or be doomed to the still
greater horrors of slavery. From these alterna
tives there is no escape. Our political ene
mies have - so couched their battle cry as to
render most odious those who now represent
-the National authority; while ourarmed foes,
(the natural allies of those oppoied to us politi
cally) have schooled their followers in the same
prejudices. So closely are these identified,
even now it is boasted in the revolted States
as being only necessary for the success of rebel
lion, that the peace Democracy should succeed
in the loyal States; whits the peace Democracy
insist, as the basis ot their success, that the
rebellion intuit first become a military triumph.
This is not an assumption-of our own to make
an argument against our enemies. The history
of the whole course of the slaveholders' rebel
lion corroborates it on the one side, while the
career of those who sympathize with treason,
affirms it on the other. Hence the necessity of
so identifying the Administration with the
Government in the coming political contest, as
to mak, - a theniinseparablethe one as poten
tial as tho other—invincible against their com
bined enemies, North and South. This can
only be done by the re-nomination and re-election of
Abraham Lincoln. Until the rebellion is put
down, or at leaat until 'its armed force and
vigor are broken, there should be no change
in the Administration representing the Gov
ernment Obvious reasons impress us with the
imperhince of this position. A, change of men
would Anvolve a'change of measures; . so that
while the lord, States were undergoing such
a revniaidni. the States that are in rebellion
would be afforded time to gather new strength
wherewith possibly to overwhelm and destroy
the Govenainent- Campaigns then just pro
jectedwould be immediately countermanded
toappeaSe the rage of partizanrivalry. Lead
ers fairly tried would be reduced in command
to make room for the ambitious, incompetent
and useles imbecile. The depreciation of the
currency, eagerly aimed at, would then
be speedily accomplished. The ruin of the
• national credit, now treated as a jest, would
ihen be received as a reality, and mocked as a
denerving result Our diplomacy would be
come the channel of conveying to the nations
of the world the evidence. of our internal
broils and the facts of our national weakness.
And thus, with schism where the Union is
now, strong, and antagonisms where cordiality
now prevails, the general wreck of the Gov,
:ernment:Would Mark theiraprrident olumgein
its present administration, and the enslave
ment of a people who.are now free and inde
pendent- conclude the bleaklrecord of the na
tion's decline and fall. ' - - -
If a nation's safety is worth a party's noblest
efforts, then indeed have we, claiming to be
the loyal men of the land, and ready to sacri
fice all that is dear, or valuable, the noblest
incentives to labor for our political success.
Believing, as we do, that there is but one
principle of politics now animating the public
heart—and that principle involving the purity
of the government ti.M3. the freedom of the
governed-- r our duty becomes at once plain,
forcible and binding. In the performance of
this duty, we are asked to make no sacrifices.
On the contrary, we are invoked to contend
against the sacrifice of what is essentially ne
cessary for tbe permanency of theGoverionent.
We are asked to harmonize our political or
ganization, and to unite on a tried and faith
ful servant, in order that -the contest at the.
ballot-box, May 'be a victory worthy of the
emulation of our fellow-oitizens on the battle
field, a victory which will forever seal the
doom of treason in all the States. In the
contest for the Presidency we have
it fn our power materially to "aid those
who 'are earring 'on a struggle where
blood marks their progress and death
hovers over the combatants. If we succeed
in re-electing Abraham Lincoln, our brothers
in the field will triumph over the armed fqes
of the Government. I.f we. rev e lling the power
of the National Administration by endorsing
the national authorities lathe re-election of
Abraham LinciAn, ' rebellion must cease.—
Nothing is surer—nothing could be more de;
It is not necessary for us to go into a his
tory of the National Administration, in order
to make up a claim for the re-election of
Abraham Lincoln. With that claim resting
on the necessities of the Government, and
endorsed by the preferences of - the people,
any merit which the man may have of per
sonal virtue and unsullied reputation, sinks
into insignificance. And yet the American
people owe it to "themselves as well as to Abra
ham Lincoln, to acknowledge the: int/Ilene*
which his personal virtues have exercised on.
the conflictin which we are now engaged. That
influence has more than once dispelled the
grovelling - susPiCion of demagogue% and
.hushed-the angryjar of faction. The firm
ness of his rulelfas disarmed the Machinations
of the Northern sympathizerseith Southern
rebellion. The impartiality of his official
acts and constructions, have preserved the
Constitution he ba Support, pyre; and
the law_ he iv 4 phalged to enforceorroic4te ;
so= his: authoritgr extended and ha .
official power could 15e Wielded. ' In the first
tiugglefor s .liadeperidencte,7obiattheis could
not hive been prouder of Wiehington, than
are- w% -tin- this mar; strmggle- for . more
Perfect independence, proud of 'Abraham
1 Tfiirsin ~., -Act- futumwlU al2b4uxoe:the great-
ness and glory which cluster around bi z ,
in the present hour. And if we, nab
striving for equitable principle and a free
Government, can secure the services of
Abraham Lincoln in the Presidential chair.
for another term, we will be conferring the
greatest possible boon upon posterity, b y
securing the eternal perpetuation of a f ree
Government. To this end we invoke the ce.
operation of our fellow-citizens of this and th e
other loyal States. We ask all true w en t 3
join with us in securing, not the mere tritunpb
of a party, or the continuation of the rul e of
a man—but the success of a principle—the
dication of a heaven-born, God-inspired righ t
that the life of the Republic may be prolonged,
the hope of the world once more a minuted,
and the down-trodden of all countries and
climes filled with joy and gladness!
Resolved, That the vindication of the na
tional honor, and the enforcement of the Da.
tional authority, against the aggressions of
desperate and wicked conspiracy, are the
only objects which should now claim the at
tention of parties and engage the ettirts of
those who represent the government. U nt i l
that authcirity vlich is the supreme law
the land is recognized in all its borders, thene
cannot and dare not be any terms of peace
offered to traitors. Until peace ebeits
qualified and entire submission to then:Ai-T.2
authority, war must be waged while there
is an arm left to strike a blow, and a dollar in
the national treasury to subsist a soldier.
Resolved, That we heartily ender;‘, thr
policy of the National Administration, and
the means ,employed for the suppre , ,sion of
rebellion, the punishment of traitors at home a policy which, if earned olat
and abroad;
will end in the speedy triumph of our arms,
and the security and permanency of the Gov
Resolved, That we regard the re-nomination
and election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presi
dency as essential not only to the complete
overthrow of the slaveholders' rebellion, but
as necessary to the lull organization and ope
ration of that policy which alone can secure
the future peace and prosperit y o f a
restored Union. The purity of his character,
the liberality of his views, the independence
of his action, and the regard which he ever
manifests for justice and right, fit him pre
eminently for the direction of the affairs r!' the
nation, until its authority is recognized, re
ceived and respected in all the States of the
American Union.
Resolved, That, in response to the senti
ment of the loyal men of Pennsylvania, and
in justice to a tried and faithful public officer,
On thanks of this convention are hereby ten.
dered to Andrew G. Curtin, Governor of the
Commonwealth. His manly defence ci the
honor and dignity of the State, his unwaver
ing adherence to its credit, and his vigilant
care of its interests, have had their influence
alike upon the political character of its citi
zens, and the prosperity which now marks
their trade and enterprise, and demands a
people's highest admiration and applause.
Resolved, That the alacrity with which the
Governor of Pennsylvania has coati-flatted.
through the aid of our fellow citizens, to the
National defence. is in keeping with the char
acter of loyalty ever borne by the Keystone
State. Through the active energy of Governci
Curtin, Pennsylvania has had the satisfaction
of knowing that her State flag has floated in
almost every battle fought for the Union,
while no Commonwealth lias given more of its
material means in aid of the Government than
that which the wise and frugal measures ci
Andrew G. Curtin have enabled this State to
extend to the National Government.
Resolved, That the highest rewards of dui
nation axe due to the brave men who are now
in the field, periling their lives in a struggla
with a base and wicked conspiracy ; that we
will ever hold in• grateful recollection the
memory of those who have already perished
in the fight for the Union, and extend to those
who survive to return once more to their
homes, the honor which their valor has fairly
won, and the peaceful rest which their labors
so eminently deserve.
Resolved, That we thank the loyal mem
bers of the Legislature for the steady and per
sistent course with which they have maintained
the honor and credit of the Commonwealth,
and the stern patriotism with which they
also resisted the revolutionary schemes of tad
minorities in the Senate and Hausa. The.
attitude of the majority in both 'branches ot .
the Legislature on the interest question and
on the anfrimel . sisement of the soldier, was
controlled alike by a regard for economy and a
determination-to recognize in the defender;
of the Union citizens, deserving the highest
rank and franchises;` whale the course et
general legislation has been , rich at least as
to deserve for the Legislature doing the ses
sion about to close, our frank approval
Resolved, That the thanks of the whole
people are due to the gal nt men who are
now in the lead of our armies, and that we
hold ourselves in readiness, at a momenta
warning, to secondthe efforts of these to remd .
the summer campaign against treason. thz
final end 'of the struggle for 14:,o peace of ihs
country and the full recognition of the When
' ty of the Government in all the States.
The reading of the foregoing adare.A ded
resolutions was frequently interrupted by the
heartiest applause, end they were adopted
without q diSsegting voice, amid the wareitit
demoustratious of enthusiasm.
Eloquent speeches were then made Lc ilvn ,
M. B. Lowry. of Erie, Hon. A. K. 31CCIart ,
of Franklin, Wm. B. Mann, Esq., of Phi''•
delphin, Hon. Wayne McVeag,h, of Chs , ter
county, Hon. W.W. Ketcham, of Luzern COur ,
ty, Hon. Linn Bartholomew and James a
CampbeK, of Schuylkill county.
On motion of Mr. BERGNER, the thanks
the convention were tendered to the HOUEE-
Representatives for the lisp of their hall.
On motion of Mr. Tcannim, the thanks z:
the convention were tendered to its officer;
for the able manner in which they had dii
chargecktheir duties.
The cbnvention then adjourned.
On the 29th inst Mar S] LLA Horsra, aged 3 Y'l r `
3 months and 25 days. ' •
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address B. C. B. -
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Business, i. diwq/sed by mutual consent. from end .--
this date. THOMAS C. M.tcOOTF I-1.
THOMAS A. MAGela....
Harrisburg, April 28, ISM apn4l.2'
Thoinas V. MacDowell,
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MA mauler of Military Claims prozaP t lY
Aattended to, and claims collected amditstitieGaz_i_e;:
or State Governments; either fn" Graggrea,
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