One of the resolutions "arraigned and denounced" the proclamation of the President emancipating the slaves, and this resolution was loudly cheered and adopted.
The first speaker — after a few remarks by the President — was the Hon. Horatio Seymour.
He declared that the events of the last few weeks had essentially changed the relationship of the Democratic party to the Government, and that that party was now the "master of the situation." An allusion in his speech to the Governor of Massachusetts brought down hisses for Governor Andrew, while another allusion to General McClellan brought down rounds of applause.
Mr. Seymour was followed in his speech by Mr. John Van Buren, who declared that he had never supported a candidate with more satisfaction than he should support Mr. Seymour.
Still he had, following the suggestion of an intelligent and sagacious editor, recently proposed, with Mr. Seymour's concurrence, that both candidates for the Governorship should withdraw in favor o