4.--speech of Senator Seward, New York, Dec. 22.
Fellow-citizens: My friend, Mr. Evarts, I believe, is acting as Chairman of Committee here, or President, or something of that sort — I do not exactly understand what.
Coming a stranger as I do to the Astor House [laughter] I am put under duresse as soon as I get here, and am brought down from my own private room to this place.
That is all I know about myself or you either [laughter]; but I find you here, and Mr. Evarts with his mallet in his hand.
I suppose it means that he is something like a presiding officer or speaker, or something of that kind.
Mr. Draper has intimated to me that you're all Yankees, [A voice--Yes, we are, ] and I thought it as likely as not that you were.
Therefore, I suppose that I might as well set all doubt about myself at rest at once, and anticipate all your inquiries.
I left Auburn this morning at 9 o'clock, after breakfast; I got here at rather a late hour, for rather a late dinner.