From the 22 October 1871 issue of The New York Times.


Jeff. Davis, Lee and Wade Hampton in Baltimore.

A Baltimore correspondent of the Newport (R.I.) News writes as follows of the recent meeting of Ex-Confederates and others in the former city, at which WADE HAMPTON delivered an address on ROBERT E. LEE:

Last Thursday evening I attended a lecture delivered in Harmonia Hall by Gen. WADE HAMPTON, on the life and character of Gen. ROBERT E. LEE. Long before the hour for the lecture arrived the place was densely packed. Before the lecture Hon. REVERDY JOHNSON, from a side door, entered upon the stage in company with an elderly man of medium height; the people commenced loudly applauding, the gentleman bowed several times to the audience, which enkindled their enthusiasm, and cheer after cheer was given with a will. It was some time before the audience came to their senses. The cause of the uproar was no less a personage than JEFFERSON DAVIS, Ex-President of the Southern Confederacy. In a few minutes after HAMPTON entered, accompanied by some fifty prominent men of the city, and commenced his remarks. It was proved by his address as clearly as any demonstration in Euclid that Gen. LEE was the superior of NAPOLEON, WELLINGTON and all other Generals of modern times. This might have been endured without chafing, had the lecturer been thus content. Not satisfied, he commenced drawing comparison with our Generals; spoke of their inability and inferiority, with the exception of MCCLELLAN, whose name produced applause; he spoke of their uncivilized mode of warfare as a disgrace to any enlightened nation; of their prisoners being harshly treated in Northern prisons. Said he: “We have been defeated, but I would rather be thus conquered, than thus disgracefully victorious, having obtained a conquest by such detestable and inhuman method of warfare.” He asserted that LEE never had mroe than 45,000 men, and always conquered, though the enemy had three to his one; he never lost a battle, and the nearest he ever came to defeat was at Gettysburg, which was a drawn battle. It is impossible to describe the tumultuous applause which almost incessantly followed his remarks. The audience seemed wild with excitement. Bouquets were showered upon the stage in great confusion. Mr. DAVIS has located in Baltimore. Doubtless he finds himself more lionized here than further South. It is surprising that such an incendiary meeting should be tolerated so near the seat of the General Government. It is evident that Baltimore needs reconstructing.