Union demonstration at Metropolitan Hall.
A small hand-bill was circulated late yesterday evening, notifying the public of a meeting of the Union
and Conservative men of Richmond
, at 7 1/2 o'clock, at Metropolitan Hall.
Addresses were promised from Messrs.Geo. W. Summers
, John B. Baldwin
, Timothy Rives
, John M. Botts
, and Geo. W. Brent
.--Though no publication was made in the newspapers, the Hall
was crowded, at the hour named, with a large and enthusiastic assemblage of respectable and staid citizens.
The meeting was called to order by John H. Gilmer
, who introduced to the meeting Maj. Jubal A. Early
, Delegate to the Convention
from Franklin county
, who delivered a spirited and able address, replate with sentiments of devotion to "the Union
, the Constitution
and the laws," and opposition to secession and disunion.
He was followed by Waitman P. Willey
, of Montagalla county, George W. Berne
, of Alexandria
, and Marmaduke Johnson
, of Richmond
, all of whom pursued the same line of argument as the first speaker, and were earnestly and heartily cheered.
The meeting broke up about half-past 10 o'clock. The chairman apologized for the absence of the various speakers, who had been announced to speak and were not present, on account of deficiency of notice.
It was announced, in the course of the evening, that a grand Union meeting would be held next Tuesday night, at the African Church.
A number of ladies were present at the meeting last night, which may be considered a most decided success in the way of an impromptu demonstration in favor of the existing order of things.