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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 4 0 Browse Search
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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
n that ward was eight thousand. It was, in fact, eight hundred, but he multiplied the eight hundred votes received by each representative by ten, although they were all voted for on the same ticket, and thus made a blunder. The mayor and board of aldermen were all Whigs, and half of them overseers in the mills. The ward officer offered to amend his return according to the facts. The aldermen refused to receive the amended return, but declared that counting eight thousand votes thrown in Ward Four where there were but eight hundred, destroyed the majority of votes by which the nine representatives were elected. They declared that their election was accordingly void, and ordered a new election of representatives on the fourth Monday. This election, if the Whigs should carry it, would give the State to that party, and destroy the hopes of the ten-hour men. This decision was reached some five days after the first election, and of course some eight or nine days before the followi
idge on Harlem River which is the Croton aqueduct. I have given you these details so that you may understand the nature of my preparations, and perhaps the details may be interesting and of use at some other time. I propose, unless ordered to the contrary by you, to land all my troops on the morning of election in the city. I apprehend that, if at all, there will be trouble then. I have information of several organizations that are being got ready under General Porter, Duryea, and Hubert Ward, disaffected officers, and others who are intending, if the elections are close, to try the question of inaugurating McClellan, and will attempt it, if at all, by trying how much of an emeute can be raised in New York City for that purpose. They propose to raise the price of gold so as to affect the necessaries of life and raise discontent and disturbance during the winter, declare then that they are cheated in the election by military interference and fraudulent ballots, and then inaugu