Washington, Jan. 28.
--The Boards of Trade of Milwaukee
paid their respects to-day to the President
, and to Senators Douglas
, and others.
In their interview with the President
, the latter said:
"If Mr. Lincoln
shall enjoy his accession to power as much as I shall my retirement from it, he will be a happy man."
, in the course of his conversation with the members of the two Boards, said:
"Heretofore the cry of 'Save the Union
' has been raised when the Union
was not in danger.
I tell you, my friends, that the question of slavery is not now to be taken into account.
We are to save the Union
, and then we will save all the rest that is worth saving.
, who was subsequently visited, said
"he was in Chicago
when there was not more than twelve houses there, and I procured the first appropriation for the improvement of Chicago harbor
Gentlemen, I am most happy to see you, and if I am ever to be a prisoner, I hope to be a prisoner in your hands."
The utmost cordiality was extended to the Western
visitors by the citizens.