Great meeting in New York.
The New York papers contain full reports of a large and enthusiastic meeting held in that city on Thursday evening, the 31st ult. We give the following condensation of the remarks made by one of the speakers:
Mozart Hall Ratification — interesting Speeches--Gen. M'Clellan
Declares that he Dare not fight on the Potomac
A large and enthusiastic meeting of the ‘"Mozart Hall"’ wing of the Democratic party of New York was held on Thursday evening to ratify the nominations of the party leaders.
, in the course of his remarks, observed:
This meeting to-night, this room filled to its utmost capacity with the freemen of their country, admonish me that as yet these people have not forgotten that they have right to guard and interest to protect, and that they live under a Constitution, and are under obedience to laws formed under that Constitution.
Thank God, gentlemen, we have yet a country to care for. We have yet a Constitution that is the supreme law of the land.
I believe that yet, although the aspect of things are dark enough, the principles of that party will bring this country out at its peril.
I am not prepared to say that they will restore this country to its prosperous condition before these troubles began; because I am not so blind as not to see that the termination of our present difficulty may be that our country may be left prostrate, loaded with debt, and desolate with the death of our loved ones who have gone to the wars to protect us.
I am not here to inquire into the causes of this war. I have the satisfaction of knowing that the great party to which I belong has never, been Abolitionist in its sentiments.
I have the satisfaction of knowing that no one of that great family has ever thought more of the black man than the white man.
None of us, gentlemen, not one, is responsible for the utterance and predominance of those sentiments which lie at the foundation of this great Secession movement.
I know that during the campaign of last fall, in this spot, and elsewhere all over the country we admonished those who have precipitated this country into its present perils, that if they carried into effect the principles that were uttered at Chicago
that civil war must necessarily follow.
But the spirit of Abolitionism seemed to prevail.
They said to us, ‘"Oh, they dare not fight."’ And a gang of men paraded these streets night after night, preceded by torch as; they were called ‘"Wide Awakes."’ In answer to these admonitions of the Democratic party they said to us, ‘"what if they do fight."’ ‘"We can whip the South
before the breakfast bell, and all creation after dinner."’ Gentlemen, where are these ‘"Wide Awakes"’ now?
Go search your army.
Go to the van of that army.
Go to the situations most exposed, and most dangerous.
Go to the Navy — and you will search in vain for any of those valorous ‘"Wide Awakes."’
I do not say this by way of discouragement.
If the war is necessary, and it is now upon us, in God's name let us prosecute it.--Instead of that, what is the spectacle?
What will be the history of the next six months?--We will commence with the glorious victory of Bethel
, from there we will go to Vienna
, and from there to Bull Run
, thence to Chickamacomac, and from there to the last place, the name or which I don't remember, and there you will find all these splendid victories that not only will make us renowned at home, but renowned abroad.
What did I hear to-day as coming from the Commander-in Chief
of the United States forces--from Gen. McClellan
That he dare not fight on the Potomac
So that we shall have no more battles, I trust, this fall.
We have now got in the field some five hundred thousand men, who have congregated about Washington
and vicinity, and this array has to be supported at an expense of two millions and a half a day, and yet we are to have no battles this fall.
Why? Because the Commander-in-Chief
said he dare not fight.
Now, gentlemen, what is the English
of all this?
Why, that this country will, in the first place, be placed under a heavier load of debt than any country on the face of the earth.
And in the next place, gentlemen, there is nothing more sure in my mind — the sun is not more certain to rise to-morrow — than that the independence and nationality of the Confederate States of America
will be recognized by England
and other European
nations in less than six months.