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THE UNION LEAGUE CLUB.
cial, as well as professional stations of society. I had met them occasionally as members of the Union League, and was indebted to the co-operation and countenance of such friends of this country in arrangements and facilities prepared for my journey. Many of them had, without intercourse with myself, cherished a warm sympathy in the events of my progress. It was repeatedly suggested that a visit to the Union League Club, at their club rooms, would be gratifying. I expressed a readiness to attend, the only evening I had free, the 1st of October. In several papers of that morning a paragraph appeared, intimating to the members that such an arrangement had been made. I dined that day with one of the members, who escorted me to the “ Rooms." There were from a hundred to a hundred and fifty present. The club was called to order, and Jonathan Sturges, Esq., vice-president, in the absence of the president, then an invalid, took the chair. He introduced me, and then invited me to give some account of my
mission and impressions as I had passed through the States. I spoke about an hour, detailing my progress and describing my general reception. The chairman then requested the Rev. Asa D. Smith, D.D., President elect of Dartmouth College, to make the acknowledgments of the club to me. Dr. Smith's cordial personal friendship prompted many kind words in commendation of my services; and then, in the name of the members of the club, he assured me that there were present mercantile and professional gentlemen' of the most eminent firms and positions in the community; and that they were resolved, at the most costly sacrifice, to maintain the present conflict until rebellion and slavery were buried in the same tomb. The chairman rose and confirmed this sentiment by calling for three cheers, which were given with the most demonstrative effect. At the close, a resolution was presented to me, signed by chairman and secretary, in the following terms :
And words of sympathy, however deep and noble, must seem those of few and solitary men, when the message of our success or disaster shall be borne back by the “Florida,” or “ Alabama,” or ships that sail from Liverpool.
“With you may we strive for the things that make for peace. We stand together in the brotherhood of Christ. We rejoice in the communion of saints. In the union of that brotherhood, and with the prayer that we may work together in the elect purposes of that communion,
66. We are yours, “ E. Mulford, James Hoyt, F. A. Adams, Geo. B. Bacon, Jas. S. Bush, Geo. E. Horr, B. F. Barrett, John Crowell.'
“ The exercises were then closed by a fervent prayer of benediction from the Rev. Dr. Massie.”
At Orange Valley I received a telegraphic message, intimating that my friend Dr. Thompson had promised I would take a service in Jersey City on Sunday morning. I obeyed the summons, and, as I was expected, directed my discourse to the object of my mission, and offered the substance of my message to a large and patriotic assembly in the Congregational Tabernacle. I was here, as I had been in Orange Valley, most hospitably entertained. I shall remember the household kindnesses of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Bacon, and the Hon. Mr. Gregory and his numerous family. Once more I could not resist the importunities of the Rev. W. B. Brown and his friends in Newark, and, in compliance, attended at an immense congregation assembled there to honour my mission and hear my message. I consented the more readily to this additional service, as Newark is a city of more than 70,000 inhabitants, and New Jersey is widely leavened with sympathy toward the Southerns. Among them a large portion of its manufacturing trade was formerly conducted; and although accounts were repudiated at the beginning of the rebellion, who knows, if the rebel states were restored, but they would remember
THE VOICE OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY.
their friends and repay their losses ? When my
address was concluded, a response was presented in the following language :
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, October 2, 1863. “ REVEREND AND DEAR BROTHER,—Your mission to us as bearer of the 'Address to Ministers and Pastors of all denominations throughout the States of America,' founded upon addresses from ministers and pastors in France and Great Britain, is heartily welcomed, and its words of kindness and its spirit of true Christian sympathy are heartily reciprocated.
“ The high character of the gentlemen who are deputed to bear the address to us, on behalf of their brethren, alone entitle it to respectful consideration. But when we find affixed to the accompanying documents the signatures of 4000 ministers of all denominations in Great Britain, and 750 pastors in France, it comes with greatly-increased claims to our regard.
“ We thank you for your sympathy with us in the time of our trials, and hope and pray with you that the result of the struggle in which we are engaged may be the utter and final extinction of that great system of human bondage which has so long cursed our country and disgraced the Christianity of the age in which we live-the legitimate results of which have culminated in the present terrible conflict that convulses our beloved country. We agree with
you (using your own words) that no darker nor more dreary calamity could threaten any
nation or people on earth, than the successful establishment of a Republic, whose corner-stone is the slavery of the working man.'
“No language can adequately convey our detestation of the system in its causes and effects, and in all its relations, socially and politically. We confidently anticipate its speedy destruction as an inevitable incident of the war, and hail the expected result with joy, and bless and recognize God's hand in it.
“But our struggle is for the nation's life against a parricidal hand, and to maintain our existence as a people. We think, moreover, that our contest is the common cause of a true civilization and of humanity itself. Every vir
tuous and every pious principle of our bosoms is arrayed in this conflict, and we see no proper termination than that of the entire restoration of the integrity of the Union, and the complete vindication of the injured majesty of law. Our religion and our philanthropy mark out for us this clear line of conduct.
“We consider that on the issue of this contest depend the cause of human liberty everywhere, and obedience to Constitutional law, and interests that involve the whole family of man.
We have no fear, under God, of the final result. “ We thank
for the word of encouragement uttered in our ears, and for the assurance of the good wishes of the wise and virtuous of mankind. We joyfully join hands with our beloved Christian brethren of other nations in foreign lands, and unitedly pray that our peace with them may never be broken ; and in order to this, that we may ever cultivate right sentiments of international justice and comity, and feelings of mutual kindness and goodwill, and look forward to the time when a practical Christianity shall diffuse the blessings of peace everywhere, and the sceptre of Messiah be swayed over all the earth.
“ WILLIAM B. BROWN, of the Congregational Church and Secretary of the Meeting ; R. B. CAMPFIELD, Chairman; Robert Atkinson, North Baptist Church ; M. E. Ellison, of the Methodist Evangelical Church; J. T. Crane, of the Methodist Evangelical Church; Samuel Hutchings, of the Presbyterian Church; Henry Clay Fish, First Baptist Church; Samuel H. Hall, Pastor Presbyterian Church, Oswego, New York; E. A. Osborne, of the Presbyterian Church; J. Few Smith, Pastor Second Presbyterian Church ; James P. Wilson, Pastor of South Park Church ; Isaac MʻIlvaine, Chaplain; John Kitchill; S. S. Hughson, New York; Robert H. Tozer, Naples, New York; E. M. Griffith, of the Methodist Evangelical Church; Edgar M. Levy, Pastor of the South Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey, formerly of the State of Georgia; John C. Eccleston, Rector of Trinity Church, Newark; James M. Tuttle ; H. Harris; Benjamin C. Dutcher.”
My mission had been directed to ministers and pastors in the United States; but I had, in all the principal cities, seen gather round me gentlemen in commercial, and offi