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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Yankees in London observed the 26th of November as a day of thanksgiving. Business was suspended at the Yankee legation and consulates, and a grand banquet given at St. James's Hall, under the presidency of Robert J. Walker. The banquet was attended by Mr. Adams, the secretaries of the legation, and many prominent Yankees. Mr. Lincoln's proclamation was read, and Mr. Walker delivered an address on the rebellion and the prospects of its speedy suppression. A prayer was offered up by Stella Martin, a runaway negro, and a hymn was sung by the guests. A toast to the President was responded to by Mr. Adams, who noticed some of the objections urged against the proclamation, and pointed out the various causes for thankfulness which existed. He said that every American felt that this was the time of calamity, but it was to be regarded as much of a necessary evil as if it had been an earthquake or an inundation.--Under these circumstances all they could do was to apply themselves promp