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ecently received written notification which satisfied me that the President of the United States was disposed to confer, informally, with unofficial agents that might be sent by me, with a view to the restoration of peace, I requested the Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter and the Hon. John A. Campbell to proceed through our lines, and to hold conference with Mr. Lincoln, or such persons as he might depute to represent him. "I herewith submit, for the information of Congrenforce this amendment by appropriate legislation. "Of all the correspondence that preceded the conference herein mentioned, and leading to the same, you have heretofore been informed. "Very respectfully, "Your obedient servants, "Alexander H. Stephens. "R. M. T. Hunter, "J. A. Campbell. General Breckinridge Secretary of War. The appointment by the President of General John C. Breckinridge-as Secretary of War, was on yesterday confirmed by the unanimous vote of the Confedera
m to illustrate in the future the fame of the past, we will sustain their efforts by every means and resource at our command. "Resolved, That in this presence, and in the face of the world, reverently invoking thereto the aid of Almighty God, we renew our resolve to maintain our liberties and independence; and to this we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." After the adoption of the foregoing preamble and resolutions, loud calls were made for Vice- President A. H. Stephens, Hons. G. A. Henry, of Tennessee; Hunter, of Virginia; Oldham, of Texas, and Rev. Dr. Duncan, of Richmond. The two latter responded in appropriate speeches, of about twenty minutes each; after which the meeting adjourned with three hearty cheers for each of the speakers. Last night's. experience fully demonstrated the absurdity of attempting to hold the great mass meeting of Thursday in this building, or, indeed, in any building. It is safe to say that thousands of people
recent interview, in Hampton Roads, with Messrs. Stephens, Hunter and Campbell. It fills three or re to meet and informally confer with Messrs, Stephens, Hunter and Campbell, on the basis of my lettarmistice in consequence of the presence of Mr. Stephens and others within our lines. The troops arn Richmond. Very respectfully, yours, Alex. H. Stephens, R. M. T. Hunter, J. A. Campbell. Eckert, under his written instructions, and Mr. Stephens and party, has ended, I will state confidenat I am convinced, upon conversation with Messrs. Stephens and Hunter, that their intentions are gooof that end. Very respectfully yours, Alex. H. Stephens, R. M. T. Hunter, John A. Campbell.essed. Very respectfully, yours, &c., Alex. H. Stephens, J. A. Campbell, R. M. T. Hunter. rning of February 3, the three gentlemen, Messrs. Stephens, Hunter and Campbell, came aboard o camp of Lieutenant-General Grant that Alexander H. Stephens, R. M. T. Hunter and John A. Campbell [5 more...]
nt, and the report which comes to us from the rebel papers, two things are evident: First, that Mr. Lincoln demanded of the rebels unqualified submission; second, that the President would enter into no negotiations with either the rebel Government or any single rebel State. Mr. Lincoln is silent on this point; but it is positively asserted by Davis and the rebel agents. If the President had desired peace sincerely he should have brushed away the cobwebs, and come at once to the point with Stephens. As the matter now stands, the end must be by resort to the sword. He referred to the cheers of the soldiers when the peace commissioners passed through the lines as showing the spirit of the soldiers and the people in favor of peace. It required no inconsiderable courage on the part of Mr. Lincoln to throw off the importunate radicals here and meet the rebel agents; for this the President deserves credit, and he has my thanks for holding the conference. It was what I desired and asked
From Georgia. New York, December 12. --The steamer Herman Livingston, from Savannah 9th instant, has arrived. Hon. Alexander H. Stephens peremptorily declines the candidacy for the United States Senate. Hon. C. J. Jenkins, recently elected Governor of Georgia, sent a communication to the Legislature on the 8th instant declining the inauguration at present. Nothing is said in the proclamation about the election of Governor. The Savannah Herald contains Provisional Governor Johnson's message to the Legislature, in which he entreats them to bring forward their prejudices and animosities and offer them as a sacrifice on the altar of our common country, that we may once more present the happy spectacle of brothers. The House of Representatives has instructed the Judiciary Committee to report a bill securing to persons of color the right of property, the right to sue and be sued, and to testify in the courts.
Prentice's opinion of A. H. Stephens. --The Louisville Journal, which opposed secession from the beginning, and was a thoroughly Union paper throughout the war, has the magnanimity to speak as follows concerning the ex-Vice President of the Confederate States: "Mr. Stephens is one of nature's noblemen; and from our heart of hearts we believe that every throb of his soul is in favor of the Union, of his country, and of his whole country. "Mr. Stephens ought to be in the Senate ofrts we believe that every throb of his soul is in favor of the Union, of his country, and of his whole country. "Mr. Stephens ought to be in the Senate of the United States. Let Congress repeal the test oath and receive into its body again with acclamations the great and good Georgian, one of the noblest Romans of this or any other country. Oh, we do abhor that narrow spirit and that short-sighted policy that keep from the councils of the Republic such a man as Alexander H. Stephens."
The whereabouts of Stephens. --We have private information from a source entitled to all confidence in the matter of the whereabouts and intentions of James Stephens, Head Centre of the Brotherhood in Ireland, which warrant us in saying it is not now probable that he will visit this country for some time to come. We may add, that at the time the latest account of him left the other side he was "all right."--New York News.
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