New York Times, “The Union Meeting at the Cooper Institute,” September 8, 1858

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“The Union Meeting at the Cooper Institute,” New York Times, September 8, 1858, p. 4: 3-4.
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THE UNION MEETING AT THE COOPER INSTITUTE. – The meeting on Monday evening, although respectably attended, must be considered to derive whatever importance it possesses from its relation to the political necessities of the day. It was not what could be called either “large or enthusiastic.” But those present were in some sort representative men, and the speakers were such as do not usually appear without being in earnest. If, therefore, the gathering, although moderate in numbers, was indicative in its spirit of the proclivities of the parties represented, its real significance may have been far greater than its size would imply.

The avowed object of the occasion was to concentrate the Republican and American vote upon a single ticket; and the time chosen for this effort, just in advance of the Syracuse Conventions. Influential men took part in that demonstration, who could be brought together by nothing short of an earnest purpose, and the speeches of Mr. EVARTS, Mr. BROWN and Mr. HOXIE evinced an unquestionable desire for union. But to-day the two State Conventions meet, and upon their action hangs the result. When that result is so near, it is better to wait than to speculate.

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