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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
are, in the city of Philadelphia, to counsel together on the state of public affairs. It was called by the Mayor, Alexander Henry, and was held on the 13th of December, 1860. Disunion — the separation of the States--seemed inevitable, the Mayor said in his proclamation, unless the loyal people, casting off the spirit of party, should, in a special manner, View in Independence Square. in this view, at the end of the avenue of trees is seen the Walnut Street front of the venerable State Rouse,in whose great hall the Declaration of Independence was discussed, adopted, and signed. avow their unfailing fidelity to the Union, and their abiding faith in the Constitution and laws. The meeting was opened with prayer by the thoroughly loyal Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of that diocese, Right Rev. Alonzo Potter, and was addressed by men of all parties. The tone of every speech was deprecatory of war; and nearly every one expressed a willingness to make every possible conce