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The Daily Dispatch: February 4, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Convention of States at Washington. (search)
Union meeting. --In pursuance of a notice in the papers, that addresses would be delivered by the "Union" candidates for the State Convention, Metropolitan Hall was densely crowded on Saturday night by parties anxious to hear an expression of the views of the candidates in question. Hugh W. Fry, Sr., Esq., was called to the chair. The meeting, though large, was orderly in every respect, and was addressed, in the order named, by Messrs. Jno. H. Gilmer, Marmaduke Johnson, John M. Botts, and Wm. H. Macfarland, All of the candidates avowed their attachment to the Union if it could be preserved on fair terms. Mr. Botts' entree was the signal for a vigorous welcome. His address was the longest, and strongly characterized by, anti-secession sentiments. At a late hour the gathering adjourned. The meeting was quite enthusiastic, and every expression of attachment to the Federal Union was applauded.
ddress us and urge us to repudiate a man who, in the dark days of 1855, stood by us battling for our rights, fighting foremost in the fray, whilst Botts, Gilmer, Johnson and Macfarland were warring against us, coming even to our firesides, to deprive us and our children of the dearest and most inestimable right. Botts and Gilmer were sworn foes, and Johnson and Macfarland aided them by speaking in advocacy of their odious and intolerant doctrine. And but little more than a month ago, Mr. Macfarland presided at the Bell Electoral Dinner, where the following regular toast was drunk: "The Higher Law.--It is the law of the Perjurer. of the Robber, of the Jesuit, of the Assassin, and of the Traitors, John Brown and Wm. H. Seward. (Music — Rogue's March.)" Mr. Botts and Mr. Johnson were at this dinner, and figured extensively in the programme. Mr. Gilmer, a few years ago, in his zeal against Catholics, persecuted a Reverend Father of our Church, and used all his power and