Secession Era Editorials Project

Meeting in New York.

Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury [Democratic]

(4 February 1854)

On Monday night last, the meeting to denounce the Nebraska bill, about which there had been so much talk and preparation, came off. For days before, the streets were placarded, and posters stuck up, with all manner of catch-penny brevities emblazoned upon them. But it seems that it all failed to do more than gather together about eight hundred persons. The Herald speaks of the meeting as a failure, and stigmatizes it as an abolition demonstration. The Post, on the other hand, says that it was strongly anti- abolition. We regard this as a mere excuse. Letters were received and read from Messrs. SEWARD, CHASE, SUMNER, FISH and GIDDINGS, names certainly not of an anti-abolition character. The effort to couple friendship to the South with opposition to this bill, is too specious to deceive any one, and we expect to see abolition attempting now to cloak its head under the mantle of good faith, and cry aloud for the maintenance of pledges, while it presses forward its own wicked objects.


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