--The "Conservative Union National Convention" met in Philadelphia
on the 25th ult. It met in Independence Hall.
The committee proposed a series of resolutions, from which we select the following:
That this committee recommend to the people of the United States General George B. McClellan
as a candidate for the presidency, and Governor Wm. P. Campbell
, of Tenn.
, as a candidate for the vice presidency.
That as a basis of Union this committee recommend the Kentucky
platform, embodying the two-fold idea of support to the Government
in its contest with the rebellion and of opposition to all efforts to substitute the dogmas of radicalism for the principles of the Constitution
That the chairman of this committee is authorized to convene the members thereof, at the same time and place with other national committees, with the view of taking such further steps toward carrying this action into final effect as may be deemed fit and advisable.
That it is the permanent and single object of this committee to obtain a perfect unity and concert of action of every conservative element of the people of the United States
, and to bring back the Government
to the great principles of liberty upon which Washington
and his associates laid the Constitution
The The following is a part of his speech on taking the chair:
He alluded to the present rebellion and to the efforts made to crush it. He for one would do all in his power to put down an Administration which he believed was infringing upon the rights guaranteed by the Constitution
[Loud applause.] The speaker was no peace Democrat, and he deemed those men of the Democratic party who believed the difficulty with the South
could be settled without taking power from the leaders of the rebellion were in error; for he thought he perceived in the action of the conspirators not a desire to redress their grievances, but to destroy the Union
While heartily in favor of a prosecution of the war, for the suppression of the rebellion he would do all in his power to defeat an Administration which was subversive of the fundamental principles of the Government
Among the delegates was Gen. A. B. Norton
, who represented Texas
Preparations were made for organizing all over the country; and the members finally adjourned with three cheers for their candidate and three cheers for Independence Hall.