The Southern Club in Liverpool.
On the 16th ult. a magnificent banquet, says the Liverpool Post
, was given by the Southern Club
is that city to a large number of conspicuous gentlemen, among whom were Mr. Beresford Hope
, M. P., and Mr. Spence
It is described as an elegant affair.
The President of the Club
is Victor Poutz
After the first toasts to the Queen
are member of the Royal
family, the main business of the evening began.
Our readers will be interested in the extracts which we give below
Mr. Beresford Hope
said: ‘I am not sentimental I am going to give you a toast, not sentiment.-- [Laughter.] Gentlemen, there is such a thing a cords of the Medes.
Assyrians, and the United States
[Laughter.] Now, in the leaves of this ambient history there was a thing used to come over the ocean, waited by the on the leaves of the Knickerbocker
and other journals, which was that we and the people on the other side of the ocean were one and the same people, speaking the same language, having the same Threatre, the same traditions, having the same Shakespeare
, the same Newtons
, the Pitts, and the Washingtons, at of whom were felt to be the common property of the English-speaking people.
That thought has deeply penetrated me; and when I can see a man born in any of the four quarters of the glebe where the English
language is spoken — where the English
pedigree can be traced — where English institution reign — when I see such a man as that stand out beyond his fellows, I say, "God speed our brother;" and if I can see a man who lives in so many lines of wisdom — great in many signs a greatness — great as a soldier; too modest to thrust his greatness forward — great in the council — great in debate — great with his pen — greatest of all will that calm and supreme wisdom, that sold time contempt for passing popularity [cheers.] on which greatness depends — which the father of the country must put on if he means to rear his progeny it lasting life — when I see such a man — when I know such a man is born of an English race — when I see that such a man speaks an English language — when I see the sentiment to which he gives expression, I say I hail such a man, if such a man there be living on the face of this earth.
[Cheers] And I say all Englishmen here must hail him too; but speaking in a mixed assembly of our one common people, who are somehow politically divided into two nations — and I believe that man is as England
is, only a fellow citizen of our great Anglo-Saxon
face, the representative of supreme authority — the idea of law and order, of Government and the centre of Confederate loyalty.
I say, then that man is the one whom we could all receive with all the love and honor and respect. [ therefore, without further prelude, give on the health of one whom, in this room, we all recognize, [cheers] one whom we hope, are many months are over, will exchange those active acts of authority and of diplomacy which heads of great States must exchange with each other.
[Cheers.] I give you "The health of His Excellency
, the President
of the Confederate States of America
. " [Loud cheering.]’
The toast was drank amid every demonstration of enthusiasm.
Then followed a toast to the memory of Stone
, which was offered by the President
of the Club
, accompanied by a brief and touching speech.
It was drunk "standing, and in solemn silence."
The next toast was to the "Army and Navy of the United Nations of the Southern States
and Great Britain
." This was responded to for the army by Capt. Bullock
proposed "The health of the guest of the evening, Mr. Beresford Hope
, " [Loud cheers,] in whose praise too much could not be said for the interest he had taken in the Confederate
cause when it was not smelled upon by other men.
Mr. Beresford Hope
, in responding, said he took up the cause of the Confederate States
because he found among other things a good, devotional, God-fearing, honest people, both men and women, while in the North
he saw greed, avarice, ambition, and unprincipled just of empire.
[Great cheering.] He had made his choice, and by his election he would stand.
[Renewed cheering.] --The cause had often seemed a losing one, but he had never lost heart, and if he might prophesy, as far as man could be allowed to prophesy, he would venture to say that the cause of the South
would be crowned with a glorious success.
gave "The health of the heroes-- the brave defenders of the city of Charleston
The toast was drunk amid rapturous applause.
, of Charleston
, responded, in a fervent and patriotic speech, in the course of which he declared that it might be in the designs of Providence
that the foot of the Yankee
should pollute the city of Charleston
; but that if it did, it was within his knowledge that never — never-- would the city yield until every man in it laid down his life blood in the ditch, and every woman was driven from the place at the point of the bayonet.