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Jan. 22. Sherrard Clemens of Va. made a strong Union speech in the House of Representatives to-day.--(Doc. 24.)
le them to leave — on motion, a committee was appointed to receive donations, and in ten minutes the subscription had reached over $21,000. What was still more important was the appointment of a large committee of the most influential capitalists, to use their exertions to secure an immediate taking of the $9,000,000 remaining of the Government loan.--(Doc. 66.) The President of the United States issued a proclamation, announcing the blockade of the Southern ports.--(Doc. 67.) Sherrard Clemens, a strong Union man, and late member of Congress for Richmond, Va., is held as a prisoner at Richmond. He is still firm in his loyalty to the Government and his opposition to rebellion.--Tribune, April 19. At Wilmington, Ohio, the first volunteer company, consisting of 125 men, organized to-day. Three thousand dollars were subscribed in one hour for the benefit of volunteers. Great enthusiasm. prevails, and the work goes bravely on in raising both men and money. Another comp
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 9: proceedings in Congress.--departure of conspirators. (search)
cis Adams, Thomas Corwin, and others in the House of Representatives, made powerful speeches against Mr. Crittenden's propositions, and in favor of universal freedom. One of the most remarkable passages in the great debate was the speech of Sherrard Clemens, of Western Virginia, who took such decided ground against the pretensions of the Oligarchy, that its representatives in Congress called him a traitor. With the most biting scorn, he thus referred to the conspirators in Congress:--Patriotisny event, be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts. With greater bitterness Mr. Clemens denounced the Abolitionists, and quoted from the writings and speeches of William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, in which they advocated a dissolution of the Union. All hail disunion I cried Phillips, in one of these. Sacrifice every t
Rebellion Record: Introduction., Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), Contents of Thie first volume. (search)
Gov. Pickens, and Reply,19 19.Alabama Ordinance of Secession,19 20.N. Y. State Resolutions,21 21.Capt. McGowan's Report of Star of the West,21 22.Georgia Ordinance of Secession,21 23.Jefferson Davis's Speech on leaving the Senate,22 24.Sherrard Clemens' Speech,22 25.London Times on Disunion Movement,25 26.Toombs to Mayor Wood, and Reply,26 27.Louisiana Secession Ordinance,26 28.The U. S. Cutter McClelland,27 29.The U. S. Mint at New Orleans,27 30.Texas Ordinance of Secession,27 31.S.To Arms! M. Perry Lowe,50 66.A Bugle Note, Emily , 50 67. Send them home Tenderly, G. W. Bungay,50 68.Song of Columbia's Daughters, E. D. Wright,51 69.The Major and His Men,51 70.Our National Flag, E. S. Smith,51 71.Western Virginia--Sherrard Clemens,52 72.The Ballad of Cockey's Field,52 73.The Call for Volunteers, G. W. Bungay,53 74.The Departure, W. C. Richards,53 75.April 15, 1861, W. H. Burleigh,61 76.To the American People, Bayard Taylor,61 77.Volunteered, Harper's Weekly,61
Sherrard Clemens, in his speech, on the 22d of January, treated the Republicans to a Democrat's opinion of that party, and paid his respects to the Abolitionists in strong terms of denunciation. When he attacked secession and showed his own section the disasters to them, and the loss consequent upon dissolution and the formatexpired, and upon an attempt to extend his time, a boisterous scene ensued, which at one time threatened a row. Martin of Virginia, and Rust of Arkansas, attacked Clemens bitterly, in violation of the rules and orders of the House. Martin said: Let him go on with his treason; we will teach the traitor when he gets to Virginia. Logan, of Illinois, replied: If his speech is treason, there is no man in Virginia who can answer it. Foulk, of Illinois, insisted upon Clemens going on. Rust and Hindman, of Arkansas, declared he should not, and upon an attempt being made to give him leave, first the Southern men very discourteously refused it. Their excited behavi
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), 71. Western Virginia on the seizure of Sherrard Clemens. (search)
71. Western Virginia on the seizure of Sherrard Clemens. A good sword and a trusty hand, A merry heart and true,-- The Richmond men shall understand What Wheeling lads can do. And have they fixed the where and when? And must our Clemens die? Here's twenty thousand mountain boys Will see the reason why! The West shall set this matter right, The West shall heeded be; Though Richmond jail had Moultrie's guns, We'd set our Clemens free. We'll cross the hills, a lively band, The James shall be no stay, All side by side, and hand to hand,-- And who shall bid us nay? And when we come to Ricrs and Stripes in view,-- Come forth, come forth, ye traitors all, To better men than you. Our Clemens, he's in keep and hold, Our Clemens, he may die: But here's twenty thousand freemen bold Will sye traitors all, To better men than you. Our Clemens, he's in keep and hold, Our Clemens, he may die: But here's twenty thousand freemen bold Will see the reason why! --Boston Transcript, April 22.
etter to London Times, Doc. 340; reply of the London Times, Doc. 341; London News on letter of, Doc. 342; anecdote of, P. 39 Clay, Henry, speech of, 1850, Int. 31; his birthday the anniversary of the battle of Fort Sumter, P. 78 Clemens, Sherrard, D. 15; anecdote of his speech, 22d January, P. 21; D. 32; poem on, P. 52; speech in the House of Representatives, Jan. 22d, 1861, Doc. 22 Clerke, T. W., Doc. 135 Cleveland, O., Union meeting at, D. 27 Cobb, Howell, elected y into, Doc. 296; address of the Central Committee to the people of, Doc. 325; General Morris' proclamation to the people of, Doc. 348; declaration of the people of, represented in convention in Wheeling, June 17, Doc. 403; on the seizure of Sherrard Clemens, P., 52 Weston and Williams, of Richmond, repudiate their debts, P. 43 Weston, S. H., Rev. Dr., preaches at Washington, P. 57; address to the officers and men of the Sixth Regiment N. Y. S. V., Doc. 366 Wetmore, Prosper M.,
Doc. 24.--Sherrard Clemens' speech. He thanked God that he was permitted, after a long sickness, to take his stand upon that floor in renovated health, at a time when his services might prove mold refer them to the words of Lloyd garrison, and demand what answer would be given to them. Mr. Clemens then referred to an article in the Liberator, which appeared a few days after the secession ow stands Massachusetts at this hour in reference to the Union?--in an attitude of hostility. Mr. Clemens then quoted from a. speech of Wendell Phillips, delivered in the Music Hall, at Boston, a fewund him he might at last find repose, so did he hail the little gleam of hope in the future. Mr. Clemens gave statistics of population and slavery in the Border States and in the Gulf States, for the, and have a new source of supply. That was, in fact, the real design of the coast States. Mr. Clemens, in proof of this, referred to all the Southern Conventions of late years, and cited the admi
ure in judgment, with a reputation that was national when we had a nation, and a favorite, at one time or another, with all parties. Such a nomination, the Chronicle says, would reconcile the feelings of our friends at the North, and also the Union men of the South. It then says: Disguise it as we may, the greatest danger to the new confederacy arises, not from without, not from the North, but from our own people. We have only to refer to recent speeches in Congress, such as those of Clemens, Etheridge, and Nelson, to show that the indications are growing stronger that organized if not armed opposition to the new order of things may arise in States or parts of Southern States not vitally interested in the Slavery question. Such discontent is to be allayed if possible. Our position has ever been that all the Southern States should unite in action, and we have advocated separate action and an independent State Government by Georgia only because we saw no hope for united actio
ons upon our rights, and the faithful observance by the Northern States of the requirements and guarantees of the Constitution. Let the business of redress be begun now and prosecuted to a final consummation. Let every effort be made and every means be exhausted to restore the Union back to what it was intended to be by its founders. It we fall in this, which I will not anticipate, then the interest, right, peace and honor of the South will require a dissolution of the Union. Hon. Sherrard Clemens, of Virginia, now in New Orleans, addresses a letter to his constituency in the Wheeling district, reiterating his determination to resign after his present term Speaking of the "question of the day," the writer says: As a border people, you have peculiar interest in the integrity of the Federal Government. The result of the recent Presidential election is made the pretext for an assault upon the Constitution, under the forms of which it has been decided. The hot and indece
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