“Democratic National Convention,” New York Times, March 17, 1860, p. 1: 1.
Charleston (SC) Mercury
New York Times
Democratic National Convention
Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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Democratic National Convention.
THE PROJECT OF ABANDONING CHARLESTON FOR BALTIMORE.
BALTIMORE, Friday, March 16.
The Committee of the National Democratic Committee are here, to-day, inquiring as to the capacity of the hotels, the terms for board, etc., with the view of having an informal meeting of the Democratic Convention at Charleston, and adjourning to this city. They say that Charleston will neither be able to accommodate nor to feed the many thousands who will congregate there. Our hotel keepers promise the Committee regular charges, with the well-known hospitality of our citizens to open their doors to all who cannot be accommodated at the hotels. The delegation from Illinois alone will number one thousand.
HOW THE NEWS IS RECEIVED AT CHARLESTON.
The Charleston Mercury, of the 10th inst., says:
“Quite a ferment was raised in our city, last evening, by the reception of telegraphic dispatches, hinting that the National Democratic Convention might not meet in this city after all. Dispatches of like tenor were received by several parties, one of which has been kindly placed at our disposal, and heads our telegraphic column this morning. We must be permitted to say that we consider it sheer moonshine. The Convention is called here by order of the last Convention, which met at Cincinnati, and not by any Committee, to whom merely the business details were committed; the hall has been engaged, and various delegations have given bonds for the fulfillment of certain contracts for board, Committee rooms, etc., and the Convention will meet in the Institute Hall, in this city. The gentleman who has volunteered to represent South Carolina on the National Democratic Executive Committee, will not strengthen his Convention friends in this city by joining in consideration for the removal of the Convention.
The following is the dispatch referred to by the Mercury:
WASHINGTON, D. C., March 13.
The Democratic National Committee is in session in this city. It is rumored that they are considering the propriety of transferring the National Democratic Convention from Charleston, in consequence of anticipated high charges for accommodations. Mr. ASHMORE, of South Carolina, is a member of the Committee, and fully concurs with his colleagues in their estimation of the necessity for a change.
WISE DELEGATES TO CHARLESTON
NORFOLK, Va., Friday, March 16.
The Democratic Convention for this District adjourned last night. J. J. KINDRED, of Southampton, and A. B. SMITH, of Portsmouth, were appointed delegates to Charleston. WM. DILLARD, of Surrey, and R. DILLARD, of Sussex, were chosen as alternates. The Convention unanimously expressed its preference for HENRY A. WISE for the Presidency.