New York, Saturday, Feb. 20,1864.
The Hon. N. G. Taylor, former Representative from East Tennessee:
Dear Sir,—The undersigned having been made aware of the important
mission with which you are charged, under the approbation of the Governor
of Tennessee, namely, the relief of the suffering Union men of that State,
are desirous that you should make a statement of your mission and of the
condition of that loyal but unfortunate population to the people of this
city, to the end that they may be enabled to participate in the wide move¬
ment which is now making to alleviate their sufferings.
They, therefore, earnestly desire that you will name a day when it will
be convenient for you to address a public meeting to be held in New York
for this purpose.
Respectfully, your obedient servants,
W. E. Dodge, Adrian Iselik,
Jonathan Stcrges, RoBr. B. Roosevelt,
Wm, T. Blodgett, Hiram Walbridge,
Peter Cooper, George Griswold,
George Opdyke, John C. Green,
Charles Butler, Morris Ketchum,
Wm. K. Strong, S. B. Chittenden,
John Austin Stevens, Jr.
New York, Monday, March 1, 1864,
Gentlemen,—I have the honor to own receipt of your kindly letter of
Feb. 20, inviting me to name an evening upon which I may address the
people of the city of New York upon the unhappy condition and suffer¬
ing of the Union men of East Tennessee, and solicit from your often taxed
but always generous liberality, some aid and relief to my unfortunate
neighbors and friends in that section.
I have just returned from a tour through the Eastern States, where I
have been received with the utmost kindness, and where my efforts have
met with success.
I will have the honor of addressing the citizens of New York on Thurs¬
day evening next, 10th inst., if agreeable to you.
Thanking you in the name of my countrymen for your kindness,
I have the honor to remain your obedient servant,
N. G. Taylor.
Messrs. W. E. Dodge, Jonathan Sturges, William T. Blodgett, Peter
Cooper, George Opdyke, and others.