September 3, 1864

Macomb Eagle

The Nominations.

            We returned from Chicago on time to announce the result of the labors of the Democratic national comvention. Geo. B. McClellan received 202 ½ votes for President on the first ballot, and Thos. H. Seymour 23 ½ votes. On motion of Mr. Vallandigham the nomination of McClellan was made unanimous.   Geo. H. Pendleton of Ohio was nominated for Vice President on the second ballot. That’s the ticket, on the platform to be found in this paper. Rally to it and save the Republic. All round it is satisfactory and will be accepted and endorsed by an overwhelming majority of the people.

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An Awful Summons.

            On the occasion of the funeral service at the burial of Bishop General Polk at Atlanta, the venerable Bishop Elliott delivered an address. Its conclusion was thus: At the close of his deeply interesting remarks, Bishop Elliott descended from the pulpit and turning his face to the North, said in the most solemn and impressive tones. “In the name of my Episcopal office; in the name of the blood that, like that of Abel calleth aloud from the ground for vengeance on those who lend the sanction of the church of this crusade against religion; in the name of desolated homes and blackened roof-trees of desecrated churches, of altars profaned and the Holy Sacrament tramped in the mire; in the name and by the authority of God, and by the enchanting spell-word evoked from the presence of the martyred dead – in his name who closes for this hour the list of prelates murdered, I summon such of the Episcopal Bishops and Clergy of the North, as have urged on this war, to meet me and their victims, alive and dead at the Judgment Bar of Almighty God, there to answer! – And may God have mercy upon them in that day!”

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            → Among the crimes charged upon the king of Great Britain, by Jefferson, Franklin, and the great men of the revolution, was “that he had affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power.” From the midst of reeking corruption at Washington, Abraham Lincoln directs his military officers to disregard the process of our civil courts, and to spurn civil authority. To resist such tyranny our fathers fought out the revolution. So vital to liberty did they deem this point that eight of the states which originally made up this Union, declared in their constitutions “that the military power should in all cases, and at all times be held in exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.” The question must now be met. Will our people stand up for the liberties our fathers gained?

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Platform of the Democratic Party.

            Resolved. That in the future, as in the past, we will adhere with unswerving fidelity to the union under the constitution as the only solid foundation of our strength, security and happiness of the people, and as a framework of government equality conducive to the welfare and prosperity of all the states, both northern and southern.

Resolved, That this convention does explicitly declare, as the sense of the American people, that after four years of failure to restore the union by the experiment of war, during which, under the pretence of a military necessity or war power higher than the constitution, the constitution itself has been disregarded in every part, and public liberty and private right alike trodden down and the material prosperity of the country impaired. Justice, humanity, liberty, and the public welfare demand that immediate efforts be made for a cessation of hostilities, with a view to an ultimate convention of the states, or other peaceable means to the end that at the earliest possible moment peace may be restored on the basis of the Federal States.

Resolved, That the direct interference of the military authorities of the United States in the recent elections in Maryland and Delaware, was a shameful violation of the constitution, and a repetition of such acts in the approaching election will be held as revolutionary, and resisted with all the means and power under our control.

Resolved, That the aim and object of the Democratic party is to preserve the Federal Union and the rights of the States unimpaired; and they hereby declare that they consider the administrative usurpation of extraordinary and dangerous powers not delegated by the constitution – the subversion of the civil by the military law in States not in insurrection; the arbitrary military arrest, imprisonment, trial and sentence of American citizens in the states where civil law exists in full force; the suppression of freedom of speech and of press; the denial of the right of asylum; the employment of unusual test oaths; and the interference with and denial of the right of the people to bear arms in their defense, is calculated to prevent a restoration of the union and the perpetuation of government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed.

Resolved, That the shameful disregard of the administration to it its duty, in respect to our fellow citizens who are now and long have been, prisoners of war in a suffering condition, deserves the severest reprobation on the score alike of public policy and common humanity.

Resolved, That the sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily and earnestly extended to the soldiery of our army, who are, and have been, in the field under the flag of their country; and, in the event of its attaining power, they will receive all the care, protection, and regard that the brave soldiers of the republic have so nobly earned.

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            → The mortal remains of Col. Carter Van Vleck arrived at this place on Wednesday, and were buried on the next day. Our absence during the week must be our apology for the absence of a poor though sincere tribute to the memory of the deceased.

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            → Patrick Noonan died suddenly Wednesday last. He was a private in comp. C 90th Regiment, was severely wounded last winter, and returned home last week, recovered from his wound, but disabled from further service. His disease was cholera morbus.

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            Returned. – Dr. W. G. Nesbit has returned from his trip up the Mississippi, and will be happy to serve his old and new friends who may want their “dental arrangements” attended to. Office at the former place.

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            → Strander & Co. are now receiving their fall stock of boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc. They have the latest style of hats and caps, and also will sell them at lower figures than any other house in town. Call around and see how well they can suit you in any article of goods in their line.

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            → Another huge circus is advertised for Macomb on the 10th inst. A great parade of actors, clowns, wild beasts, and other attractions, is spread before the public, and wonderful things are promised, all for the small sum of fifty cents in greenbacks.

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            The Model of Ancient Jerusalem. – There is now on exhibition in Campbell’s Hall, a most surprising and ingenious work of art, being composed of more than ten thousand pieces of wood & c.; representing the Mount of Olives, Zion, Calvary, Moriah; also Valleys of Jehosaphat, Hibbem, Kedron, Tophet, and the whole city with its walls, gates, towers, palaces, and the Temple covered with gold. – Arrangements will be made so that Sunday Schools will be admitted on Monday at reduced rates. Let all go and see it.

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