Editor’s Note: Due to lack of material, there will be no edition of the Macomb Journal this week.
June 13, 1863
The Democratic Mass Convention.
We hope to see a large number of the Democracy of old McDonough at the mass convention at Springfield, on the 17th. Hon. D. W. Voorhees, Hon. S. S. Cox, and others, have promised to attend the meeting. It will be the grandest and most largely attended meeting ever held in Illinois. The patriotism of the people will be exhibited in speeches and resolutions, and a voice will go up against the oppressors at Washington that will be heard and heeded. The people of McDonough county can take the train leaving Macomb at 2 o’clock P. M. and making close connection at Camp Point arrive at Springfield at 11 P. M., or stay all night at Camp Point and reach [obscured] fare. Let us make a strong demonstration in favor of the Constitution and our Union.
Letter from the Capital.
SPRINGFIELD, June 4th.
The session of the Legislature was fairly resumed to day. Tuesday and Wednesday there was no quorum of the Senate, and consequently no business could be done. The absentees were mostly republicans.
Seventeen bills were introduced into the Senate to day, and divers resolutions. The most important of the latter related to the attempted suppression of the Chicago Times, which were passed in the House yesterday by a vote of 46 to 18. They passed the Senate by 18 to 6. An effort to substitute a milk and water resolution was made by Mack of Kankakee, but it deservedly failed. During the debate Mr. Ward of Cook admitted that a “blunder” had been committed by Burnside, and he entreated the Democrats not to be in haste to pass their resolutions, but submit them to a committee and see if something could not be framed which the whole Senate could support. The republicans were unwilling to sustain the tyrranny of Burnside, but it was a humiliation to take position in favor of Constitutional rights.
The new member from the 4th district, Mr. Sparks made an able and forcible speech, in behalf of the right of free speech, free press and the duty of all citizens to maintain the constitution and laws. The Senator will take rank as one of the ablest men in the Senate.
The following are the resolutions of the General Assembly:
“WHEREAS, Information has reached this body that an order was issued on the 1st day of June, inst., by Major General Burnside, commander of this department for the suppression of the Chicago Times, a public newspaper, published in this State; and
WHEREAS, Such order is in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States and of this State and destructive of these God given principles, whose existence and recognition, for centuries before written Constitutions were, have made them as much part of our rights as the air we breathe or the life which sustains us. Be it therefore by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring there in) Resolved, That, we denounce the order which threatens an act so revolutionary and despotic, as contrary to liberty, destructive of good government, subversive of constitutional and natural rights, and if carried into effect we consider it equivalent to the overthrow of our form of government, and the establishment of a military despotism by its stead.
And here further resolved, That in view of and declaring the momentous consequences which must inevitably flow from such action, if justified and adhered to by the general government, we respectfully, yet firmly, demand the withdrawal of the order in question, and a disavowal thereof by those in power, as the only course which can be pursued to reassure our people that constitutional freedom so dear to our hearts, has not ceased to be.
And be it further resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, duly [obscured], be transmitted to the President of the United States, to Major General Burnside, and to the Governor of Illinois, whose attention is hereby called to this infringement of popular rights and invasion of the sovereignty of the State of Illinois.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5th. – The most important measure before the Senate today was the House bill appropriating $100,000 for the relief of the sick and wounded Illinois soldiers. The bill creates a board of commissioners, consisting of Chas. H. Lanphier, John T. Stuart, W. Turner and the Treasurer and Governor of the State, who shall appoints to proceed to points where wounded and sick soldiers are to be found and relieve them with money, clothing, food or whatever their necessities require. The bill received the vote of every senator present.
A resolution was adopted calling on the auditor, treasurer and secretary of State to inform the Senate the amount of their fees and perquisites from all sources. It is believed that the reports will show some interesting facts.
SPRINGFIELD, June 8. – “Things is workin” here as usual. The Legislature are dispatching their regular business, and discharging the duties which are incumbent upon them. The Governor, however, seems disposed to stop the enacting of all laws which do not please his exellency. He is now absent at Chicago, has been for a week, on a glorious “big drunk.” He is reported “sick,” but it is the “worm of the still” which afflicts him. He will probably keep drunk and keep away from Springfield until the adjournment of the Legislature. Then he will return and approve the bills which suit him, and the balance will be lost in his pocket. The Constitution of the State provides that the Governor shall reside at the capital, and in case of his absence or disability the Lieut. Governor shall act as Governor. But Yates, takes up his residence at Chicago and gets on a regular drunk, just at the commencement of an important session of the Legislature. He is neither here to attend to business, nor is he in a condition to attend to the duties of the Executive of this State. The Lieutenant Governor does not see the necessity of attending to the Governor’s business, and thus it is left undone. The inauguration of this kind of a revolution – of this kind of an at- [obscured] should be consummated – is in keeping with the general reputation of leaders. What they are powerless to accomplish in an honorable way, they will not scruple to attempt in a dishonorable manner. Time was when the Legislature was treated with the respect which is due to one of the departments of the Government; but the republican State offices seemed to have learned their manners in a different school, and make no scruple of showing how destitute they are not only of good breeding, but also a decent regard for their own positions.
This morning a resolution to adjourn sine die at 6 o’clock to day was passed; but the house very generously postponed its consideration till Saturday.
A resolution of Senator Lindsay, expressing a high appreciation of the stand taken by Judge Drummond, in the Chicago Times case, and applauding the revocation by the President of Burnside’s order, was adopted. The republicans squirmed like skinned eels, but they had to go on the rescind; and as the President can dispense more favors than Burnside, they all voted for the resolution. They “swore not loudly but deep.”
The House passed a bill to vacate the town of New Philadelphia.
Fourth of July.
The undersigned would respectfully give notice, through the columns of your paper, that we will meet at the Court House, in Macomb, on Monday the 15th inst., at 2 o’clock p. m., for the purpose of electing officers of the day and making the necessary arrangements for celebrating the Fourth of July. We invite all to attend the meeting, and more especially on the 4th, and let us have one regular old fashion day of celebrating our country and our Independence.
Thomas J. Beard, C. Chandler,
Adler & August, Jos. Boston,
Oven Gabbett, A. McLean,
J. W. Westfall.
→ Those wishing to buy choice fruits and flowers for fall planting can obtain them from G. W. Hoff of the Home Nurseries, who is now receiving orders at the Randolph House for the fall trade. Go buy some hyacinths and tulips for the garden and some pears for the orchard. If any of his customers loose plants he the loss with them.
→ The city council has removed J. W. Westfall and appointed Thos. Gillmore city weigher. Mr. Westfall has been a faithful and honest officer, giving a strict account of the receipts of his office. The law allows the city weigher one half of the proceeds of his office for his services; but, we are informed, that a very honest and patriotic (?) alderman, knowing well the stealing propensities of his party friends, proposed to allow the newly appointed officer the entire proceeds of his office, in order, we presume, that he might have no cause to act dishonestly.