88.--meeting of the New York Bar, April 22.
called the meeting to order, and nominated for presiding officer the Hon. Daniel P. Ingraham
, of the Supreme Court.
The motion was acceded to amid loud cheers.
Mr. Charles E. Whitehead
put in nomination the following list of Vice-Presidents
Hon. Samuel R. Betts
Hon. J. J. Roosevelt
Hon. John T. Hoffman
Hon. Thos. W. Clerke
Hon. C. P. Daly
Hon. Greene C. Bronson
Hon. Daniel Lord
William Allen Butler
put in nomination the following list of Secretaries
Hon. Chas. A. Peabody
E. W. Stoughton
These nominations were acceded to unanimously.
Three cheers were called for the Americana flag, and responded to enthusiastically.
said: In behalf of the Committee of Arrangements I offer the following resolutions for the consideration of the meeting.
I am admonished by the Committee
that I must make no speech.
The time for speeches has gone by. The time for action has arrived, [loud cheers,] and I am, therefore, instructed to call upon this meeting of intelligent and patriotic men to act, and not to talk.
I read the resolutions:
In all periods of the history of our people, the lawyer has been preeminently true to the cause of civil liberty, the supremacy of the law. and the integrity of constitutions; and it becomes the members of the profession, whether members of the Bench, practitioners at the Bar, or our students and clerks, to rally in the defense of our dearly cherished institutions, against the felonious assaults now made upon them.
And the members of the profession in the City of New York
, and those connected with them in the administration of justice, acknowledging the high obligations of fidelity to the Union
and the Constitution
, in every emergency and against every assault, and feeling the imperative call upon them in the impending crisis to take immediate and effective action as a profession, it is by them
, That an executive committee of fifteen be appointed to collect and receive subscriptions from the members of the profession and all connected with them, to be applied by them for the purposes of national defence and
in aid of those of our brethren who are or may be called into active service, or the families of those who fall or may be disabled in the service, and generally to do every act in behalf of the Bar that may be necessary to carry into effect the general purposes of this meeting.
, That we hold ourselves in readiness whenever requested, in behalf of any member of this Bar, who may be in service in the Army or Navy of the United States
, to assume and perform for his benefit any professional business he may have in charge, and without expense to him.
, That the members of the profession in the City of New York
will stand by the Union
, the Constitution
, and the supremacy of the laws, in every and any emergency; and to that they pledge their means and personal efforts, as well against aggression from abroad as against efforts at home; and they hold it to be their solemn duty in this emergency to cooperate with the public authorities, State and National, civil and military, in preserving peace and good order, in maintaining good government, in sustaining the Constitution
and the legal authorities of the land, in protecting the homes and firesides of our people.
, That we recognize in the contest in which we are engaged no parallel in the history of the world.
Aiming at no acquisition of territory, prompted by no ambition for distinction or power, and impelled by no angry passions, the people of the United States
are warring for freedom only against wanton aggressions upon all the institutions which have secured that freedom to us. In such a contest, where the wisdom of the past can afford us no adequate guide, it becomes the lawyer, regardless of the obscurity which so often settles upon moral courage amid the blaze of martial renown, to be firm, true, calm, and active in every emergency, and by a generous self-sacrifice evince at once the ardor and purity of his patriotism.
To such a line of conduct we dedicate ourselves, and invite our brethren throughout the State
to associate and cooperate with us.
David Dudley Field moved the adoption of the resolutions.
The Hon. Charles P. Kirkland
said: Before these resolutions are adopted I desire to say, six months since I lost my very dear eldest son. I have but two left, and the youngest 19 years of age. Both started yesterday for Washington
in the 71st Regiment.
The resolutions were adopted amid loud cheers.
Subscription papers were at once circulated in the audience, during which the President
announced the following gentlemen as the Executive Committee:
Hon. John W. Edmonds
Hon. Joseph S. Bosworth
Hon. Edwards Pierrepont
Luther R. Marsh
Wm. Allen Butler
Hon. Wm. H. Leonard
Hon. Henry Hilton
Dorman P. Eaton
Alex. Hamilton, Jr.
John T. C. Smidt
The work of receiving subscriptions then commenced in good earnest — the first sums subscribed being $500, and even these were increased in the latter part of the meeting, when the effort was made to bring the aggregate up to a stated amount.
The sums subscribed made an aggregate of over $25,000.
Throughout, the proceedings were characterized by the most noble feelings of patriotism; and many pleasant episodes occurred, a few of which are as follows:
The Hon. E. P. Cowles
stated that he had equipped a son in the First Regiment, but he desired to contribute in addition $100.
Mr. E. H. Owen
had sent a son to the war, and he desired to subscribe $100.
The Hon. John Slosson
said he had equipped his only son and sent him on to the field.
The firm of Schell
, & Hutchins
had contributed $500, to which he would add $100 for himself.
He had also three nephews in the service.
had equipped a nephew and an adopted son, who were now on their way to the scene of conflict.
In addition, he subscribed $350.
E. W. Chester
said he had not $500 to contribute, but his partner had gone with the 71st Regiment, leaving his wife and family to his care.
That should be his contribution.
The Hon. J. H. McCunn
, City Judge
, in addition to contributing $500 to help equip his own regiment, subscribed $100 to the fund of this meeting.
said that an Englishman desired to contribute his share, $100. He was Mr. Charles Edwards
A gentleman called attention to the fact that a military company was now being organized among the members of the Bar.
said he would revive the recollection that he was once Colonel
of a Regiment. [Three cheers for Col. Edmonds
were called for and responded to amid loud cheers and laughter.] He would only say that he was about to organize a regiment again, and those who were willing to join in such an organization for home consumption he would like to have remain when the meeting should adjourn.
[Applause.] He was 60 and odd years old, but in his ashes were glowing youthful fires.
Mr. Tom Bennett
said he was an Englishman; that he had been endeavoring to get his countrymen together, but had not succeeded.
Hie was now ready to join any other regiment and fight.
[Cheers for Bennett
said he had no means to contribute, but he was ready to shoulder his musket and go wherever he was required.
He had a large family, but he knew they would be taken care of. [Applause.] He had an only son, and he, too, was ready to unite with a regiment, to do his duty to his country.
said he had but limited means, but he gave $25 to the fund, and within a week should be in the field himself.
said that he had already fitted out three young men in Brooklyn
, would now contribute.
$25, and if it were necessary he would go himself.
The Hon. Stephen B. Cushing
, late Attorney-General
, said that a son and clerk he had already sent to the war, and his partner was about to leave as colonel of an entire regiment.
stated that Mr. Fullerton
had appropriated $500 for the support of the Newburgh Company
, which his nephew commanded, and he now added to this fund $100. (Loud cheers.)
Henry Freeman Lay, a law clerk, contributed $5, and announced that he had joined the Zouaves as a drummer.
subscribed $100. He wrote on a slip of paper, which was read to the meeting, that his feelings were too intense to permit him to speak; but before the end of the week he should be in Washington
ready to do whatever duty was assigned him.
said that a boy of 15 years, James Riley
, had enlisted as a drummer.
He subscribed $100 in his name.
said that on Saturday morning, to his great surprise, his partner, Mr. Mileham Hoffman
, son of Judge Hoffman
, walked out of their office to enlist for Washington
Mr. Chauncey Schaffer
, who had been attending an impromptu meeting in the adjoining Court-room, said: We have imposed fines for the cause to the amount of $1,000, and the work is going on. It affords me pleasure to say that more than a dozen names have been enrolled for active service among the young members of the profession, who, while disclaiming to be masters of the science, were positive that they had learned how to charge.
At this point, the contributions were announced to have reached $17,000.
A gentleman stated that intelligence had been received from Philadelphia
to the effect that the bar of that city had a meeting to-day, with the purpose of raising $20,000 on the spot.
It was determined at once that however astute “Philadelphia
lawyers” might be, New York lawyers would have to exceed their figure.
W. R. & S. H. Stafford
, it was announced, had sent two of their clerks to the field, and now added their contribution of $100.
Two young practitioners, both grandsons of Noah Webster
, Charles C. and W. W. Fowler
, contributed $25 each.
The subscription having reached near $20,000, it was suggested that the amount must be made to equal that of the merchants, and a new enthusiasm was aroused, and soon the amount reached over $25,000.
said that so far as the action of the merchants was concerned, he had been informed by Mr. Wm. G. Lambert
that the honored merchants of New York, as the result of the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, had written to the President
that they would furnish him with a hundred millions of dollars if it was necessary (loud cheers,) and that to sustain the Government
, they had pledged themselves as sacredly as had the Fathers of the Revolution.
It was announced, also, that Mr. Birney
, of the firm of Birney
, was also raising a regiment, and had been commissioned.
made a similar statement in reference to the Hon. Daniel E. Sickles
.--N. Y. Tribune
, April 23.