- The people of the towns -- the press -- the pulpit -- Edward Everett -- Fletcher Webster offers to raise a Regiment -- the Sunday meeting in Statestreet -- Mr. Webster's speech -- meeting in the Music Hall -- speech ofWendell Phillips -- meeting in Chester Park -- speeches of Edward Everettand Benjamin F. Hallett -- meeting under the Washington Elm in Cambridge -- Ex-Governor Banks, George S. Hillard, and others -- letters received bythe Governor -- extracts -- reception of the dead bodies of the killed inBaltimore -- Mr. Crowninshield goes abroad to buy arms -- Ex-Governorboutwell sent to Washington -- letter of John M. Forbes to Mr. Felton -- letter to General Wool -- to Rev. Dr. Stearns -- to Robert M. Mason -- offer of a Ship-load of ice -- purchase of the Cambridge -- provisions sentto Fortress Monroe and Washington -- Governor to President Lincoln -- Attorney-General Foster -- the ladies of Cambridge -- call for three Yearsvolunteers -- letter of John M. Forbes -- letters received by the Adjutant-General -- extracts -- letters from Dr. Luther V. Bell and Richard H. Dana, Jr. -- Ex-Governor Boutwell arrives at Washington -- letters to the Governor -- State of affairs at Washington -- letter from Mr. Foster -- cipher telegram -- Judge Hoar at Washington -- letters to the Governor -- the War Department will accept no more troops -- Charles R. Lowell, Jr., Massachusettsagent at Washington -- his instructions -- letter of Governor to Dr. Howe -- appointed to examine the condition of the regiments -- his report -- Colonel Prescott -- letters of the Governor and General Butler -- slavery.
The people of Massachusetts were deeply moved by the departure of the three months men, and the attack made upon the Sixth Regiment at Baltimore. Meetings were held in city and town. Speeches were made by the most distinguished orators in the State. In some of the towns, the people were called together by the ringing of church-bells, and in others by the town-crier. The meetings generally were opened with prayer; and the oldest and most venerable of the inhabitants were seated on the platform. The veterans of the Revolution had passed away, and the seats which they would have filled were occupied by the surviving soldiers of the War of 1812. Addresses were made by clergymen, lawyers, and by young men, to whom the