Butler's reception and speech in New York.
The city of New York
, which had the trade of the South
so long, has honored Bey
with a public reception at the Academy of Music.
The stage was occupied by some hundreds of "said and wealthy citizens." About a quarter before eight o'clock, according to the New York reporters, General Butler
made his appearance.
He was led forward to the front of the stage by Mayor Opdyke
, and for several minutes the General
was kept bowing in response to a most flattering welcome, the vast audience rising to their feet and cheating him, while the ladies waved their handkerchiefs. "From pit to the ceiling the little perfumed squares of cambric waved like so many miniature flags, the men cheered, the band played 'Hail to the Chief
,' and the recipient of all this favor acknowledged it in a most graceful and self-possessed manner." The Mayor
made a speech of welcome, recounting Butler
's deeds of valor, but forgetting to mention Betuel. Of Order 23 he said:
But, sir, you shocked the sensibilities of Secessist and all its partisans in the outer world by that terrible decree called Order No. 28
That order, as I understand it, was simply intended to extend a salutary police arrangement which had long existed in New Orleans, so as to bring within its jurisdiction and restraint the improper conduct of those aristocratic dames who gloried in heaping insults on the soldiers of the Union
It had the desired effect.
It improved their manners and their modesty; for which, sir, I doubt not, they will in due time return you thanks instead of execrations, as now. The presence of our wives and daughters here to-night proves that the ladies of New York regard that far-famed order, both in its intention and effect, as proper and salutary.
replied in a speech of two hours. It was just such a speech as a bully and scoundrel might make while safe among his friends.
He gloried in his brutalities at New Orleans, and was applauded by his audience to his heart's content.
We make some extracts from his address:
When I left the Department of the Gulf Past down and deliberately put in the form of an address to the people of that department the executive acts I had done, and I said to them, "You know I have done these things." I have now waited more than three months, and I have yet to hear a dental from that department that these things were done [Cheers.] To that I can point as a justification of your (the Mayor
's) too flattering eulogy, and as an answer to every slander and every calumny uttered against me. The ladies of New Orleans know whether they were safe under my administration of the government of that city.
Has any one of them ever said she was not?
The men of New Orleans know whether life and property were safe.
Has any man ever said they were not?
The poor of New Orleans know whether they were fed upon the means taken from the rich rebels.
Has any man denied that?
[Cheers.] To that record I point.
It may be the only answer that I shall ever make to the calumnies that have been uttered against me and mine.
The Union--not as it was.
And now, my friends, I do not know but that I shall commit some heresy; but as a Democrat, and as an Andrew Jackson Democrat.
I say that I am not for the Union
as it was [Loud cheers.] I have the honor to say as a Democrat, and an Andrew Jackson Democrat, that I am not for the Union
to be again as it was. Understand me. I was for the Union
as it was, because I saw, or thought I saw, in the future the troubles which have burst upon us; but having undergone those troubles, having spent all the blood and treasure, I do not like to go back again and be "cheek and jowl" as we were before with South Carolina
, if I can help it. [Cheers.] Let no man misunderstand me; and I repeat it lest I might be misunderstood.
I do not mean to give up a single inch of the soil of South Carolina
If I had been alive at that time, and had the position and the ability, I would have dealt with South Carolina
did, and kept her in at all hazards.
But now she has gone out; and I will take care that when she comes in again she will come in better behaved.
[Laughter and cheers.] I will take care that she shall be no longer the firebrand of the Union
--aye, and that she shall enjoy, what her people never yet have enjoyed, the blessings of Republican form of government.
[Cheers] Therefore, in that view, I am not for the reconstruction of the Union
as it was. I have spent tears and blood enough on it, in conjunction with my fellow-citizens, to make it a little better.
It was good enough if it had been let alone.
The old house was good enough for me; but as they have pulled down the early part, I propose, when we rebuild it, to build it up with all the modern improvements.
What are the duties of foreign nations if these are alien enemies?
Central nations have no treaty of amity or alliance with them.
They are strangers to every neutral nation.
has no treaty with the rebels.
She has no relations — I mean open relations--[laughter]--with them — none that are recognized by the laws of nations.
She has treaties of amity and friendship with us. Let me illustrate.
Two friends of mine get into a fight; I am on equally good terms with both; I do not choose to take part with either; I treat them as belligerents and hold myself neutral.
That is the position of a nation where too equally friendly nations are at war. But again: I have a friend who is fighting with a stranger, with one of whom I know nothing that is good, and of whom I have seen nothing except that he would fight.
[laughter.] What is my duty to my friend in that case?
Is it to stand perfectly neutral?
That is not considered the part of a friend as between men, and is it the part of a friendly nation as between nations?
And yet our English friends profess to do no more than to stand perfectly neutral, although they have treaties of amity with us and none with the South
They say: ‘"Oh, we are going to be neutral; we will not sell you any arms, because we should have to do the same for the Confederate States
. "’ To that I answer: ‘"You have got treaties of amity and commerce with us by which you agree to trade with us, and you have got no such treaties with them.
Why not, then, trade with us?
Why not give us that rightful preference?"’
How the contest is to End.
There are but two ways in which this contest can be ended.
One is by re-revolutionizing a given portion of their territory and have them come and ask to be admitted into the Union
Another is to bring it all back, or that part of it which does not come back in the first way, bound to the triumphal car of victory.
[Cheers] There is no witchery about this.
This precise thing has been done in the case of West Virginia
She a ked to come back and has been received back, and she is the entering wedge of that series of States which will come back that way. But if they do not come back we are bound to subjugate them, and then they become territories of the United States
[cheers.] acquired by the force of arms, precisely as we acquired California
, precisely as we acquired Nevada
--not exactly as we acquired Texas
Is there any difficulty in reconstructing the Union
in that way?
Their case is — it the ladies will pardon me the illustration — like the case of a wife who has run away from her husband with another man and has divorced herself.
I cannot take her to my arms again until we go before the priest and be re-married.
I have the same feeling in the case of these people who have gone out. When they will repent and come back I am ready to receive them, but I am not ready until then.
Lord Lyons and the politicians.
He would not charge that the English Minister
had been tempering with our leading politicians, but our leading politicians had been tampering with him. When he saw that the other day every drop of blood in his veins boiled, and he should like then to have seen any of those leading politicians.
[Laughter] What kind of politicians were they?
[Voices-- "Copperheads," "waiters" "conservative politicians." [Laughter.] They could not be Democratic politicians.
Now, he would like to hear Andrew Jackson
say a few words to such politicians who now call themselves Democrats.
[A voice — He would hang them] No, he would not have the opportunity, he could not catch them.
[Loud laughter.] He described these men as descendants in a direct line from Judas Iscariot, into married with Benedict Arnold
[Applause, and cries of "Booby Brooks
," "Fernando Wood
," &c. A voice — He knows them all. Laughter.] He understood that there was a man in New York who professed not to know the meaning of the word loyalty--[Cries of "Wood
," and hisses]--but he would say that it was the duty of every man to be loyal to the Government
, to sustain it, and to pardon its errors if it commits any. The course of the Government
The mower mows or, though the adder may writhe and the copperhead crawl around the blade of the myths.
[Loud applause.] In conclusion, he had only to return his sincere thanks for the patient hearing which had been given to his remarks.
then resumed his seat amid thundering applause.