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Doc. 41 Boston resolutions, adopted at a meeting held in Faneuil Hall, September 9, 1861.

The resolutions were presented by Wm. C. Williamson, Esq.

Resolved, That, in the noble words of Joseph Holt of Kentucky, “What we now need is a patriotism, which, obliterating all party lines and entombing all party issues, says to the President of the United States: “Here are our lives and our estates, use them freely, use them boldly, but use them successfully; for looking upon the graves of our fathers, and upon the cradles of our children, we have sworn that though all things else should perish, this country and this Union shall stand.””

Resolved, That in the language of our own General Butler, in this crisis, “there must be no compromise, no yielding; nothing but the strong arm, until the glorious flag of the Union floats over every inch of territory that ever belonged to the United States of America. We must have the whole of this country under one government, and we have but one duty — to pour out blood and treasure, the first like water, the last like sand, until that is accomplished.”

Resolved, In the words of Archbishop Hughes: “It only remains to see whether the Government is what it calls itself, the Government of the United States, or merely the Government of a fraction thereof, and that fraction measured out to us by Southern Commissioners, who could not show a legitimate title to the commission which they propose to execute.”

Resolved, That the sentiment of every true man is the sentiment of Daniel Webster: “When the standard of the Union is raised and waved over my head, the standard which Washington planted on the ramparts of the Constitution, God forbid that I should inquire whom the people have commissioned to unfurl it and bear it up. I only ask in what manner, as an humble individual, I can best discharge my duty in defending it.”

Resolved, In the words of Andrew Jackson: “The Federal Union must and shall be preserved.”

The following communications were read at the meeting.


Letter from Gen. Butler.

Lowell, September 9, 1861.
Dear Sir: I am most unexpectedly called away by public duties, so that I cannot participate, as I had intended, in the meeting at Faneuil [122] Hall. The great regret at not being permitted to unite with my fellow-citizens on that occasion is softened by the reflection that the loss is wholly mine. Personal presence could only have added one to the vast throng which will crowd the hall in support of the Union, good government, and the enforcement of the laws.

That I go for a vigorous prosecution of the war is best shown from the fact that I am gone.

Believe me, most truly yours,

Benj. F. Butler. To Hon. H. F. French and others, Committee.


Letter from Hon. Robert C. Winthrop.

Beverly, September 9, 1861.
Gentlemen: Your communication of the 6th inst., inviting me to act as one of the vice-presidents of the Union meeting at Faneuil Hall this evening, reached me at a late hour, and I have but a moment for replying to it.

Absence from the city will prevent me from being present on this occasion, but my name is at your service wherever you may be pleased to place it.

I should be sorry, indeed, to render myself responsible for the resolutions which I have not seen, or for speeches which I may not hear. The temper of the times gives utterance to many hard words, which might be better exchanged for hard blows. But to the general spirit in which your meeting has been called, I respond with my whole heart; and it would have given me peculiar pleasure to unite with you in welcoming the gallant Butler from the scene of an exploit which has done so much to revive the spirit of the people.

We may differ as to many things in the past. We may differ as to many things in the future. But we must act for the present. And for the present, there is but one course for us all. Our misguided brethren of the South have left us no alternative but to fight. Our Capital must be defended. Our flag must be sustained. The authority of the Government must be vindicated. The great experiment must be fairly and fully tried, of restoring the Union upon its old constitutional basis. And whatever is necessary for the accomplishment of these ends must be promptly and thoroughly done. We should not dare to enter Faneuil Hall again, and stand face to face with the portraits which adorn its walls, if we were to allow the old Union of our fathers to be dashed madly to pieces, without a struggle to save it.

God grant that the struggle may be successful, and that the rights of the North and the South may once more be found compatible with that condition of “unity, peace, and concord,” which belongs to us as a Christian people.

I thank you, gentlemen, for remembering me so kindly on this occasion, and remain respectfully and truly your friend and servant,



Letter from Hon. Emory Washburn.

Cambridge, Sept. 9, 1861.
Gentlemen: You have entire permission to make any use of my name you may think proper in promoting the objects of the proposed meeting in Faneuil Hall this evening. I hope, besides, to be personally present.

May we not hope that it will be followed by similar meetings by the people all over our Commonwealth and all over our common country?

If the mere election of our national rulers, the last autumn, was an occasion of sufficient importance to call out our citizens in frequent popular gatherings to aid and encourage the success of a party, how much higher is the appeal to them now, when it is not a party, but our country itself, with all its interests and hopes, that is at stake!

If any one is ready to charge upon our rulers mistakes in details of the policy of the Government, it is worse than folly to make these the grounds of weakening its support or embarrassing it in its struggle to maintain the integrity of the Union or the honor of the flag of our country. With a past before us, let us wait till the noble ship is safely moored before wasting time in cavilling about doubtful points of seamanship, or, by refusing to lend a hand, suffering her to drift upon the shoals and breakers that surround her.

Not doubting that old Faneuil Hall will again ring to-night with eloquence worthy of the grave ovation which calls the people together, and hoping to share with others the pleasure of listening to the distinguished gentlemen who are to address them,

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


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