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Serenade To Hon. John J. Crittenden

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11 on. John J. Cnttendon rccoiveu the compliment of a serenade ;it Pétiladelpbia on Wednesday eveiiing, iu responso to which lie said : I thunk you, gentlemen, for this exexpressinn of your kinduess I am a strangcr to you, anil morely onjoying the hospitalities of your splendid city aa I pass on iny way. It is quito possible, in tliis timn of excitoment, tbat your euriosity may bo gratified in hearing wliat I tnaj bave to say in rolatiou to the oonditiou of our country I bave very little to s:iy. 'J'ho times ure sad, and full of excitement and diffieultj. The American people have swoni to exercise tlieir best wisdom and courage to rescue the couuiiy trom its danger, It is iii vain to oavil fi'id revile, and endoavor to trace baok this war to its cause, iind nssign a re aso n for what we see Ycterday the country wus pepspuroue and huppy. How md it is to every rcfleoting man to think that this s'.iouM not be our condition now ! War is a gieut calamity, but civil war is iufinitely more lamentable. It orinas with it sorrows, mischiefa, and griefs, even f we are victorious. If wc are victorious, we seo that it ia ovur the blood of our brothur; no matter wbat form our triutuph smy assume, it is not the Ipss the bhjod of brothers. At tlic saine time we huve a great duty to porform We must fight this war iu obedience to ajust. instinct to sustain the liberties' our .fatbers left uh. 'l'liis is the cause in which we set! so mnny brave heart engaged. I t-ay to my bretbreu in Congreas and out of it ; to you, my fellow citizens and ny (ellow-eitizens everyh re, th ,t I do not figUt becauso 1 hate the south. I love the soutb. [Ap dause.] I fibt beeause it is my duty to maiiitaiu the governmeut. [Cliecrs ] I iutend to do so. I houor the pride that I sec every where exhibited in behalf of the country. A the saino tiine.while I thall do aiiything the govermueut may requir thero have been acts which I do not like, and of which I may justly complain. In the prosocution of thia war improper things have been dona I do not reuder a blind obedience. Truth ii strong and r,iu-t pre.Tail, and ifc must make our cause trlumphant. We iio not inake war for the mere effusion of blond, or becado wc loyo it like a murderer. - I do not wage it in uatred; I desire the pregervation of tho governmfiit and thu ÜL-ion. [Applause ] The t'me will not permit, fellow-citizensi, nar will my con ditfon lilow me to say many wordn more Upon this subject Lr'L'8 of ''.'.o on ! ' ] I do not heliere the country will be cut down. I do not believe that this country, Y,hi'i risos like a mighty and majes tic column among the nationsof the p ist, 18 to bü rud 'ly tCrowii down and dustroy ed. I beüovc we have a future, and tbat this '"■tv will aive us Future ptirtnuneiioe snd greatiiees [oud applaaso, and ihree chet:rs for John J. CHttendêit] and that no matter what trials may befall our country, thore is st.íl L a Divinity that shapes our end?, rough how them how we nuiy. [Applause] If we have now and tliün fi nli-h rulers, we have a wisu peopie; and tho man who h:s not got understanding Oftougb to kuow when I1Í3 libartit'S aro trumplod upon, is not (it to live under the blessinga of a free governnient. I believe in the people. I believe their destiuy is in the hands of God ubove, ind that libert v shill be presorvtd. Our penple will do it. Allow me to thank you for your kindness. I am a stranger here. FUries of "We know you "] Let the Catiifiet and the Picsident do what they have determined. Judga them frankly and ühi'rallv, and uever fail to protest against any vioiation of the constitution [Applause] Nor let auy nieinberof the governrnerit transgress. - Pupl are very easily babitu:ited to oncniachipei.ts upon their iboities. ïhe siren soeg w;is fatal to the l.teners. A people fcbould not disrouard the cous'ituti- n and allow it to bo broken, They .should adise the governnient to change its cour-e. It is no uukindueps to make this request Justice is snre to make us succeed. Thatwbich I want to seus loave to our childi'en is a n:ino that Haalt i-ever dio, niid th it they s'ull i ot bo ashamed to own Nu pjople sU'iuld live lopg tmoagli t' make a boast ot' ihe great cllusio i of blond . A poopie wlio r ihHjaelves to bc abusad can nover ba czalted, We aro nol living oursejves. It' we vfére, wc wnuld have little to livo for. Wc are living for a great and frea ooantiy. We expeot th light oí' froedia and self goveniBjent to shiue foreror. - ■ Wedin't kuow what wc are in tiie siijht ot the worid. We live iu a peculiar are All is to h. lost or won. We are figbting bat les not of bate or vongfenco, hut upon the Ligheat principios ol' bonor; lor a causo, not for blood, but for iVoedoui and the institutitms of civiliz ition. - [Applauee.] That is what wo tight for, or the butilo is not wortli tho s.icriüoo. What man would be oontwH but v.i;h tho wbole country ? with this Had of the bravo and the home of the fice?'' the inheri'aric'1 tbat our fatbfirs gave us, aad the governnient that Washington buildcd ? [Applause.] Who would not strive to preserve tho in'cgi ity of tiio countiv that must remaiu one or be tho souroe of sorr.ow and strife for ages to oom ■ ? Let us unite like a bind of brothpr We r;an suecoed and will succeed, [Oroat applause] Let ua eay, like Homer, that it is not iu bate but for hoqur that tho ehiof-i rontètid We aro goiug to b s ivi.'il. Flistöry liall write the tale, and it is our duiy so to act that tlio tale will bc read vi lnut sh.inie by ur childran. - History wil! record our fato, whothor our country sliall sink down to oblivion, or i whethi r we are bravo and góod eqough I to i'aiso our niiÏBQ am ing the uatjons of the earth. [Applause.] GeiSlemen, tli:inl;ing you for yjUir kindness and the honor you du mo, 1 taïo my leiw.e aid bid you good night [Loud cheers for ' Mr. Grittenden, during wliiub the speaker retired ]


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