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The Daily Dispatch: February 11, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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r meridian appears in the rostrum a delegate of striking and prepossessing appearance, who suggests the name of Hon. R. W. Barnwell, of South Carolina, as temporary Chairman. This individual is the celebrated Judge Chilton, of Alabama. This first business movement as a premise to its successors was characterized by unanimity, and as the venerable Barn well appeared every heart leap with a new impulse. His first action was to open the meeting with prayer. This was accomplished by the Rev. Basil M. Manly, a former "Father in Israel" of your city. The scene was truly solemn and deeply impressive. The aged minister raised his clear, though feeble voice, to the Almighty in fervent appeal for the peace and prosperity of our land, and invoking the blessings of God upon the arduous labors of those who, under His Providence, had assembled together to throw off the galling yoke of tyranny, and to establish once more the ground-work of liberty and independence. As he proceeded, his aged t