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Doc. 135. retirement of General Scott. Resolution of the New York Chamber of commerce.

At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, held November 7th, 1861, the following resolutions, introduced by Mr. Denning Duer, were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That the Chamber of Commerce, at this its first meeting after the retirement of Lieutenant-General Scott from the command of the army of the United States, desires to join its voice to that of the constituted authorities of the nation and of the people at large, in bearing testimony to the signal services of Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, and to his illustrious example as a man, a soldier, and a citizen, through a period of more than half a century.

In war always successful; in adverse circumstances never discouraged; in the moment of victory never unduly elated; provident of the blood of the soldiers, and steadily set against any self-aggrandizement at the cost of a single life unnecessarily hazarded; alike in peace and in war, respecting the sanctity of law and subordinating arms to the civil authority; he passed through his long career without a stain upon his name, or a departure from the character of an able, upright, Christian soldier and gentleman.

Once and again, when foreign war seemed to threaten our country, we have turned instinctively to the great soldier, as our mediator for peace, and never in vain; and now, when the crime of the age — the rebellion of the Southern States--broke out, he, whose warning voice in advance was fatally unheeded, stood forth, faithful among the faithless, and, with his great name and his strong arm, bearing aloft the flag of our Union, sprinkled in times past with his blood, and blazing all over with his exploits, he planted it on the dome of the Capitol, and, inaugurating the new President beneath its folds, rescued the nation from anarchy.

Later still, when baffled traitors, rushing to arms, beleaguered the capital with overwhelming forces, and the head of the nation called all loyal men to the rescue, Winfield Scott at Washington was our sword and buckler, and to [301] him flocked instantly thousands and tens of thousands of our countrymen.

And now, when the sublime uprising of the people has averted the danger, the glorious veteran, broken with the trials of war, asks permission to remit to young and able hands the chief command, and gracefully retires, crowned with every honor that a grateful country can bestow — faithful in all the past to one flag, one Constitution, one country, and the one great name of America.

The Chamber of Commerce deems it a privilege to express its sense of such eminent services, and to place upon its records this memorial of grateful appreciation.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, duly authenticated, be presented to Lieutenant-General Scott by a committee of this body.

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