regiment, and to General Banks
, ‘when, overtaking the little slave girl on her way to freedom, he lifted her upon the national cannon.
In this act, the brightest, most touching, and most suggestive of the whole war, which art will hereafter rejoice to commemorate, our Massachusetts
General gave a lesson to the country.’
The Committee on Resolutions reported five in number: First, That Massachusetts
would support the Government
in the prosecution of the war. Second, That, as slavery was a principal support of the rebellion, slavery should be exterminated.
Third was complimentary to the valor of our soldiers, and expressed sympathy for those who had fallen.
The fourth was the same which had been introduced by Mr. Griffin
, complimentary to our Senators
in Congress, and favoring the re-election of Mr. Sumner
to the Senate by the Legislature to be elected in November.
The fifth indorsed in strong terms the State Administration
These resolutions were adopted, although considerable opposition was made to the one recommending Senator Sumner
The convention nominated Governor Andrew
and the old State officers for re-election by acclamation, with the exception of the Lieutenant-Governor
. Hon. John Nesmith
had declined to be again a candidate; and Joel Hayden
, of Williamsburg
, was nominated Lieutenant-Governor
in his stead, on the first ballot.
This completed the ticket, which was as follows: For Governor, John A. Andrew
, of Boston
; Lieutenant-Governor, Joel Hayden
, of Williamsburg
; Secretary of State, Oliver Warner
, of Northampton
; Treasurer, Henry K. Oliver
, of Salem
; Auditor, Levi Reed
, of Abington
; AttorneyGen-eral, Dwight Foster
, of Worcester
The Democratic party proper did not hold a convention to nominate candidates for State officers this year; but a convention was held in Faneuil Hall on the 7th of October, composed of Democrats and conservative Republicans, at which Brigadier-General Charles Devens, Jr.
, was nominated for Governor; Thomas F. Plunket
, of Adams
, for Lieutenant-Governor
; and Henry W. Paine
, of Cambridge
, for Attorney-General