New York, March 9th, 1864.
Major-Genl. A. E. Burnside :
General—On the evening of Thursday, 10th inst, Hon. N. G. Taylor,
former Representative from East Tennessee, will address the citizens of
New York with an appeal for relief for that loyal but unfortunate section.
Many of our best citizens participate in this movement and are interested
in its success. Your recent command in that section, and your defence of
its soil from the rebel, invasion have indissolubly connected your name with
that of East Tennessee ; and it seems therefore particularly appropriate that
you should accede to the request which I have the honor to make in the
name of the gentlemen who have requested Mr. Taylor to deliver an ad¬
dress, namely, to preside over the meeting; and with your permission, I
will so announce.
Truly and respectfully,
Your friend and servant,
John Austin Stevens, Jr.
Pursuant to the foregoing correspondence, a meeting of the
citizens of New York was called at the Cooper Institute, on
Gen. W K. Strong, in a few introductory remarks, explained
the occasion of their disappointment, in the absence of Gen.
Burnside, as President of the meeting, and read the following
Fifth Avenue Hotel, March 10,1864.
John Austin Stevens, Jr., Esq.:
My Dear Sir,—On my return from New Haven this afternoon, I found
your kind note asking me to preside at the meeting to be addressed this
evening by the Hon. N. G. Taylor in behalf of the suffering people of
East Tennessee, and am very sorry that an important engagement in refer¬
ence to my official duties, will prevent me from being with you at the
opening of the meeting. It is possible that I may be able to join you dur¬
ing the evening. You know how much sympathy I have for the brave
and noble people of East Tennessee, and how much I admire their un¬
swerving loyalty—and how much I desire to see their present wants sup¬
plied by the more prosperous loyal sections. They deserve aid, and I am
sure they will receive it.
Thanking the gentlemen of the Committee for the honor done me by
asking me to preside at your meeting, I remain,
Very truly yours,
A. E. Burnside.