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[325] maintain discipline among troops, to protect your rights, and to govern and conduct according to the immutable laws of justice and truth.

It will be a proud page of our history, if we can do an act tending to restore peace and harmony to our distracted country. Cause the time to be hastened even one day, when peace, with its blessings, shall spread its broad mantle over our land.

I am here to represent a magnanimous Government — not a party. The door is wide open for the restoration of your civil rights. No man who has not committed an overt act of hostility has claimed the protection of the Government in vain.

The revolution is an indelible fact. Its broad marks will never be effaced. Its honors and its dishonors are already written. One of the most beautiful emblems adorning the National Capitol in the old House of Representatives is the genius of history, pen in hand, standing on a time-piece. Each event is recorded as the unceasing pointer moves, and the record stands for ever and ever. We cannot recall the past. The opposers of the Government say, Give us the Constitution as it was; a bereaved mother, with a broken heart, cries, Restore me my only son slaughtered on the battle-field! Both cries are in vain. The poet answers:

Look not mournfully into the past--
     It is gone.
Wisely improve the present--
     It is thine.
Go forward to meet the future with a manly heart.

The Constitution as it was has been violated, and the country disrupted, by treasonable hands. We have met together to-day to pick up its broken fragments, and happy shall we be if we are again capable of cementing together its most valuable parts. Happy, if under its reconstruction we can establish freedom, truth, and justice. Happy, if we can restore peace and concord.

An assembly of delegates from all portions of the State has been called to meet at Little Rock on the eighth day of January. It is proposed that this community be represented at that meeting, and you have been called together to deliberate and to elect delegates.

The eighth day of January awakens recollections that are dear to every American heart. May it again be made illustrious by the triumphs of peace as it has been by the triumphs of war.

The meeting was organized by the election of H. P. Coolidge and Lieutenant S. Baird, Secretaries.

On motion of Colonel Moore, it was ordered that a committee of five be appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting. And on the nomination of J. M. Hanks, Esq., Colonel W. F. Moore. Judge Sebastian, Major Jackson, J. C. O. Smith, and Arthur Thompson were elected such committee.

At his own request, Judge Sebastian was excused from serving on the committee, and W. L. Otie was elected to fill his place.

While the Committee were in consultation, the Chair invited a free and open expression of opinion from the citizens present, whereupon R. P. Sutton, Esq., H. P. Coolidge, J. F. Moore, and Colonel Noble were severally called upon, and entertained the audience with brief and pertinent remarks.

Mr. Hanks, from the Committee, reported a series of resolutions, as did also Major Jackson.

On motion of J. A. Butler, it was ordered that a committee of three be appointed to consider and harmonize the resolutions, so that only one set might be presented for the consideration of the meeting. The chair appointed as such committee Messrs. Butler, Hanks, and Jackson. After a brief consultation the Committee reported the following resolutions:

Whereas, The present condition of our once prosperous and happy State is such as requires the united efforts of all her citizens to effect its amelioration; and

Whereas, An opportunity is now presented to restore her to her former position in our glorious Union, and to put in full and successful operation the civil authority of our State; and

Whereas, A meeting of delegates from all parts of the State has been called to meet at Little Rock on the eighth instant, for the purpose of adopting the most proper and suitable measures for effecting the above-named objects; therefore,

Resolved, That we have learned with satisfaction that an opportunity is now presented of re-gaining our former position in the Union.

Resolved, That four delegates be appointed by this meeting, who shall attend the meeting of delegates to be held at Little Rock on the eighth instant, instructed to confer with their fellow-citizens, who shall then be present, as to the best means necessary to be adopted for putting in full and successful operation the civil machinery of our State, and securing our restoration to all our former rights and position in the Union.

Resolved, That we earnestly desire and request the Hon. J. K. Sebastian to take his seat in the United States Senate as one of the Senators from the State of Arkansas.

Resolved, That the State of Arkansas now is, and was in May, 1861, when the ordinance of secession was passed, a member of the United States of America.

Resolved,That we recognize as valid no power or authority which attempts to sever the political connection existing between any State and the United States.

The question being upon the adoption of the resolutions, the Rev. J. A. Butler was called out and advocated their adoption in a speech of an hour's duration, replete with patriotic sentiments, humor, sarcasm, and sound and convincing logic. After which the resolutions were adopted unanimously.

On motion of Mr. Morse, Mr. Butler was requested to furnish a copy of his speech for publication, which he kindly consented to do.

Upon the nomination of Colonel Moore, Rev. J. A. Butler, J. M. Hanks, Esq., J. B. Miles, and Hon. Josiah McKiel were elected delegates to the


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