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Democratic Mass Meeting.

In pursuance of notice given, the democrats of Clay county had an enthusiastic meeting at Louisville, on the 17th inst., to express their feeling in regard to this abolition war, that his now almost destroyed the Union. Though the roads were almost impassable, such a gathering of loyal hearts were never before convened in the county. The meeting organized by placing H. R. Neff in the chair, and appointing Henry Hortenstine, secretary; and R. Taliaferro, and J. P. Hungate, a committee to prepare resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting. Speeches were made by the Hon. S. L. Bryan, and E. [unknown] Merritt, esq., of Salem. After the speaker had included, the following resolutions, reported b[unknown]e committee, were enthusiastically adopted:

WHEREAS, A terrible and unnatural civil war has been raging in our country for nearly two years, and the present administration have shown themselves to be imbecile, corrupt and tyrannical, and wholly incompetent to manage the affairs of the country in so terrible a cr[unknown]and,

WHEREAS, We have now arrived at a period in the history of this unnecessary war, when the people should speak out and declare their views; therefore,

Resolved, That the fundamental and the principles for action of all true Union and constitutional living men are embodied in the report of the committee on general relations, reported by that committee on the 4th in [unknown] our legislature, and we hereby solemnly declare that almost emphatically indorse the report of said committee in spirit and in letter, and pledge our united support to the principles therein set forth.

Resolved, That the democracy of our county yield a cheerful and willing obedience to the constitution of the United States, the state of Illinois, and the laws not in conflict therewith.

Resolved, That by the partisan county of the present administration, we are now forced to the conclusion that the present deplorable war, now waged against the south, is not nor has been for the restoration of the Union as it was, but for the abolition of slavery, and the wiping out state lines and the territorializing of the southern states.

Resolved, That the democracy and all conservative men have ever been unyieldingly opposed to such unconstitutional and unjust measures, and we here solemnly declare that, while we, as loyal citizens of the state of Illinois, are ever ready to support the present or any other administration, in its lawful and constitutional acts, we are not willing to render any further aid to a war converted into a crusade against the institution of any state, to an administration that openly, violates the constitution of the United States, and tramples under foot and desecrates the constitution of the different states.

Resolved, That our Union was formed by peaceful means. Now, that it is ruptured, we believe that war can never restore it, and that compromise and conciliation are the only weapons that can be successful.

Resolved, That we are in favor of an armistice, so that a convention of all the states can be convened to settle the matters in dispute, and we hereby call upon our legislature, when it meets next June, to appoint delegates to confer with and urge this upon the president of the United States.

Resolved, That we verily believe all matters in dispute can be satisfactorily adjusted to the people of both north and south in national convention of all the states, and that we call upon our legislature, when it meets in June next, to do their part in calling said convention at an early day to convene at Louisville, Ky., or some convenient place, and appoint delegates from the state of Illinois to attend said convention.

Resolved, That under no circumstances are we willing to submit to the illegal and arbitrary arrests of our citizens; that the writ of habeas corpus must be restored, the rights of citizens respected, and civil not military law be supreme, so long as civil law can be maintained; that we will protect and defend the constitution of the state of Illinois and the rights of her citizens against all and every violation, whether civil or military, from any quarter whatsoever.

Resolved, That we will not consent to be taxed to pay for the liberation of any negro slaves of any state, and will not submit to negroes, whether slaves or free, being brought into the state of Illinois contrary to law.

Resolved, That we cordially indorse the conduct of our legislature in its proceedings, and that we hereby pledge ourselves to stand by the constitutional proceedings of the majority of that body at all hazards, and that we fully indorse the proceedings of the democratic meetings held in Springfield on the 5th and 6th of January last.

Resolved, That we cannot find terms sufficiently strong to denounce the abolition secessionists of our legislature, who for partisan purposes, absented themselves from the halls of legislation, thus inaugurating revolution, clogging the wheels of government and destroying the legitimate action of the constitution and legal majority of the people in the proper exercise of their rightful authority, and we herby declare these members of the abolition party, as guilty of a contempt of the will of the people, and as liable to punishment.

Resolved, That the thanks of the people are due to the brave and gallant soldiers of Illinois, who have gone forth to battle for the Union and the constitution, and who have so nobly and gloriously maintained the honor of Illinois on so many a hard fought battlefield; and, that we will rejoice at their speedy return to their homes and their friends under the auspices of the Union once more restored.

Resolved, That we most earnestly recommend to our fellow-citizens every where to strictly observe and well and truly keep all their lawful and constitutional obligations, not only as a matter of long cherished duty and safety to all, but that they may not be humiliated in history with having been guilty of the crimes they so strenously condemn in others.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the democratic papers of this state, and the Missouri Republican and Cincinnati Enquirer.