February 19, 1861; The New York Herald
Jefferson Davis, the President of the Southern confederacy, was duly inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama, yesterday. The spectacle is described as the grandest ever witnessed at the South. Mr. Davis delivered his inaugural address at one o. We print the document complete in our columns this morning. It is, perhaps, the most important paper presented to the American people since the publishment of the Declaration of Independence. It is a clear and candid exposition of the cause of the secessionists, both as regards the causes of secession and their relations in the future towards the States remaining in the Union. A return to the Union is regarded as not practicable nor desirable.
The Peace Convention at Washington had a long session yesterday. Several amendments to the Guthrie proposition, and a substitute therefore, were offered, but they were all rejected. This action is regarded as indicating that the Convention will sustain the Guthrie plan of adjustment as reported by the committee. The debate yesterday was mainly upon the Territorial question. Gov. Boutwell, of Massachusetts, made a strong anti-compromise speech. It is thought that the Convention may come to a vote tomorrow.
Mr. Lincoln, the President elect, and party, left Buffalo yesterday morning. Along the route from Buffalo to Albany he was greeted by the usual ovations. At Albany the reception was carried out according to the programme agreed upon. We publish in our columns this morning graphic description of the ceremonies, together with reports of the addresses delivered on the occasion. Mr. Lincoln will arrive in this city this afternoon, and will stop at the Astor House.
Mr. Hamlin, the Vice President elect, left his home in Maine, en route for Washington, yesterday. He will arrive in this city tomorrow.
In Congress yesterday a large number of petitions respecting the crisis were presented and referred. The Senate, at the expiration of the morning hour, took up the Tariff bill. An amendment to reduce the duty on books was rejected. An amendment levying a duty of four cents per pound on tea and half a cent on coffee, and reducing the duty on sugar, was [click to continue…]