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THE

GREAT UNION MEETING,

A T N E W H A V E N.

An earnest desire having been expressed by many of the citizens of New Haven, that the sentiments of the great mass of our people, in reference to the compromise or peace measures, recently passed by Congress, should be embodied in some tangible form and made public, as a matter of justice to themselves, and for the purpose of cheering the hearts and strengthening the hands of the friends of the Union in every part of our wide-spread and glorious confederacy, a number of preliminary meetings were held in the Common Council Chamber, a call for a great public meeting agreed upon, and all the necessary arrangements made efficiently to carry out the desired object. . On the evening of December 24, A. D. 1850, a large audience, composed of our most substantial citizens, assembled in BREwsTER's HALL, and though heretofore differing as widely from each other in their political views as in their pursuits, but one thought, one sentiment, one feeling prevailed—that of fidelity to the Constitution and its Compromises, and a faithful adherence to the Laws—while a single prayer for the perpetuity of the Union was wasted silently to Heaven. The voice of that Meeting is the voice of New Haven— it spoke the true sentiments of our citizens; and as it goes abroad through our State, breaking the stillness of the valleys, and echoing among the hills, we trust that answering voices will every where come back to us, declaring in no doubtful language that THE UNION MUST AND SHALL BE PRESERVED.

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