Meeting in Monument Square.
Shortly after four o'clock, the people, to the number of thousands, assembled in Monument Square, where a flag bearing the coat of arms of Maryland
was thrown to the breeze.
Dr. A. C. Robinson
appeared on the wall of the Court-House
and delivered an address to the assembled multitude, and was vociferously cheered.
As soon as Dr.
R. had concluded, Mayor Brown
appeared, and the people received him with tremendous cheering.
said he had come to tell the people something which he hoped would give satisfaction to all, and hoped nothing would be done to sully the good name of Baltimore
— that they would show to the country that they can maintain peace and order in their midst.
[Here were some indications of discontent.] He asked them to hear him for his cause.
They knew as well as he did the events of the day. No man deplored them more than he did. In doing what he had done, he had thought of the people of Baltimore
He did not believe in the call of the President
of the United States
, [cheers,] and he would not have responded to the call, though he knew that we are a part of the United States
He was a citizen of Maryland
, and he would protect his soil with his life.--He would do so, as would also his fellowcitizens.
That was where he stood.
Since the unhappy outbreak of the day he had conferred with Gov. Hicks
, and they had telegraphed to Washington
and to the North
to send no more troops through Maryland
, and they had received a response from the President
of the Philadelphia
and Baltimore Railroad, stating that he had ordered Mr. Crawford
to send the troops back, and he would allow no more to pass over the road without the consultation and advice of the authorities of Baltimore
and of the Governor
of the State
The authorities had telegraphed to send no more troops to Baltimore
He looked to men of all parties, and invoked them to forget all differences and act as brothers.
He had the satisfaction to inform the people that Gov. Hicks
co- operated in the efforts to prohibit any more troops passing over the soil of Maryland
. Gov. Hicks
thought, as the people and the Mayor
think, that it is folly and madness for one portion of this great nation to subjugate another portion.
It can never be done.
[Cheers.] If the North
cannot live with the South
, let us part in peace, and each section work out its destiny under the overruling providence of God.
He had received information from Secretary Chase
that he did not believe in the right of secession; no more did the speaker, but when the people were oppressed, he believed in the right of revolution.
said when independent, peaceful States determined to go out of the Union
, let them depart in peace.
He spoke of the reports of pistols and muskets, and deplored it. The Mayor
was frequently interrupted by applause.
said: Gentlemen and fellowcitizens of Baltimore
, I appear before you on this occasion with feelings of gratification to you who surround me, and to my fellowcitizens for cheering me as I approached you. It cannot be expected of me to make a speech to you at this late hour of the day, nor is it necessary, for I coincide in what your worthy Mayor
I came to your city on Wednesday, by accident, on private business, and was detained beyond the time I expected to remain.
There was some excitement, and I have the pleasure to say to you, after three conferences with your Mayor
, that we agreed, and I bow in submission to the people.
I don't intend to assume any of his prerogatives, but will co-operate with him. I am a Marylander, and I love my State, and I love the Union
, but I will suffer my right arm to be torn from my body before I will raise it to strike a sister State.
After the remarks of Gov. Hicks
, the meeting adjourned, and most of the people returned quietly to their homes.
the city at night.
At night crowds of people gathered about the corners of the streets and discussed the proceedings of the day, and there was a good deal of rejoicing at the enthusiasm which prevailed in the city.
There seemed to be a oneness of sentiment everywhere, and but one feeling seemed to animate the whole people.
There was but little disorder, but many people armed themselves and walked the streets with their arms in their hands.
About 9 o'clock a large crowd went down to the President
street depot and broke some of the windows and one of the doors, when one of the employees made his appearance.--They then demanded muskets which were said to be in the building, but were told that there were none there.
If the crowd would appoint a committee they could examine the building and satisfy themselves.
The committee was appointed, and satisfied that no arms were there, left.
A large portion of them then started towards Slemmer
's run, where it was rumored the volunteers had stopped.
addressed the people from the portico of Barnum's Hotel, under the flag of Maryland
was enthusiastically received, and he told them that Frederick county
would lend assistance to Baltimore
to the extent of their power.