Arrival of distinguished Kentuckians.
--Hon. John C. Breckinridge
, accompanied by Hon. Humphrey Marshall
, formerly member of the U. S. Congress and a gallant officer in the war with Mexico
, and Col. Wm. Preston
, late Minister
, arrived in this city yesterday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, by the Danville
A numerous crowd of citizens were awaiting their arrival at the depot, and as soon as it was ascertained that the distinguished gentlemen were in the cars, an enthusiastic cheer bade them welcome to Richmond
left the train on the side opposite the platform, and were thus to some extent deprived of the popular greeting; but Mr. Breckinridge
was conducted into the presence of the throng, where he was received with loud shouts.
The desire for a speech having been somewhat boisterously expressed, he said that in obedience to the request of his friends, he would simply thank them for this cordial welcome.
They would not expect him to make a speech then, nor perhaps at any other time; because the day for speaking was past, and the period for action had arrived.
Temporarily compelled to leave his home and seek refuge elsewhere, there was no spot on earth where he could go with better assurance of welcome than to Virginia
, whose history was so closely interwoven with patriotic associations, and whose soil was for generations the home of his forefathers.
This brief address was gracefully delivered, and after the applause had subsided, Mr. Breckinridge
and his companions entered a carriage and proceeded to the Spotswood Hotel