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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1865, by Harper & Brothers, in
the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
JOHN T. HOFFMAN,
MAYOR-ELECT OF NEW YORK CITY.
IT is many years
since the city of New York has
chosen for her Chief Magistrate a man of the position
and reputation of JOHN T.
He is not
only a gentleman of high social position, but a
lawyer of distinction, a judge of eminent probity, a
representative by descent of some of the oldest New
York families, a citizen of unblemished reputation,
and (as will appear by our sketch) one of the few
New Yorkers who have received the unanimous
vote of the city for high and responsible office.
JOHN T. HOFFMAN
was born at Sing Sing, in
Westchester County, January
10, 1828, and is now
not quite thirty-eight years of age. His father,
ADRIAN KISSAM HOFFMAN,
M. D., is a distinguished physician, long resident and universally
respected and beloved in his county, and was the son of
PHILIP L. HOFFMAN and
HELENA KISSAM, his wife,
whose names are remembered with affection by our oldest citizens as among the
most valuable members of early society in New York, and the founders of many
public charities and benevolent works.
The other sons of PHILIP
L. HOFFMAN were Dr.
HOFFMAN, whose lamented death occurred only four years ago, and
CHARLES O. HOFFMAN, of
the firm of FELLOWS, HOFFMAN, &
CO., well-known merchants of New York.
The Mayor-Elect entered Union College, in the junior class, in 1813, but was
obliged to leave for a time on account
ill health. He graduated in 1846; studied law at Sing Sing with General
AARON WARD and Judge
and was admitted to the bar January 10, 1849, shortly after which he
removed to New York City and commenced the practice of law at 63 Wall Street.
His industrious habits, united with eminent ability in his profession insured
his success at the bar. His law partner, HON. W. H.
the bench of the Supreme Court, and
soon assumed the ermine also.
In 1860 he was nominated for the Recordship by Tammany
Hall, and elected by about 17,000
over the Mozart candidate,
and about 4000 over the Republican. On the bench the high order of his ability
became at once manifest, and his unflinching devotion to justice won him the
respect and esteem of all parties. In the trial of the celebrated riot cases in
1863 the firm and noble conduct of the Recorder was the subject of universal
approbation, and so highly was he regarded that in 1863 he was nominated by all
a small Democratic faction, and received 60,000 out of 64,000 votes—a
tribute of respect unparalleled in the modern history of this faction-cursed
There was a general regret that Judge
HOFFMAN should leave the bench he adorned; but his nomination for the
Mayoralty was made with the avowed object of defeating a notorious
"ring" politician, and to
do this no man so upright, unimpeachable, and universally popular was to be
found. Against his on own wishes he was placed in nomination, and he
boasts with good reason of his election, accomplished without the expenditure of
any money, against three candidates,
each of whom
was backed by large and
very liberally-scattered means.
Judge HOFFMAN married, in
1854, a daughter of HENRY
STARKWEATHER, of this city,
and resides in Fourth Avenue. His career has been brilliant and successful, and
he owes his honors, not to political favoritism, but to a popularity earned by
steadfast labor and untarnished honesty, united to
1 abilities of the highest order. He is a man of striking personal
appearance, with a fine face, keen piercing eye, and an erect, commanding
carriage. He is an accomplished literary scholar, a thorough gentleman, has
traveled extensively in this country and Europe, and his election may well be
esteemed an honor to the city.
THANKSGIVING AT FIVE POINTS.
FOR several years the children of
the Five Points Industrial School have had a Thanksgiving Dinner provided for
them by the Mission. The city presented no merrier scene on this year's
Thanksgiving Day than was afforded at this establishment.
Four hundred children, prettily
and tastefully dressed, went through their calisthenic exercises, under the
adroit leadership of a little German girl, with surprising grace of manner and
movement. One who was there thus describes the various exercises of the
The discipline of the children,
from the youngest to the more advanced in years, the oldest not exceeding ten
or twelve, was perfect in every way. Their little songs
and hymns were sung in admirable concert, and some of
their imitations, as that of a thunder-storm, their only
instruments being their hands and voices, were quite
an agreeable surprise to the
visitors, who applauded them
warmly. There was quite a number of colored children
who partook with equal zest in all the exercises, seeming
to excel in the fortissimo, as they displayed their glistening
teeth and shook their little woolly heads excitedly.
The enlivening little melody,
A Farmer I shall be,"
chorus of which was whistled jovially by the boys, received
much applause, as it deserved to do, and not less so that a
little fellow of a couple of years, who had his fingers in his
ears, for a new effect, forgot to stop in time, and sing out
lustily when all the rest had finished, "And a farner I
shall be." On being questioned where he would have his
farm, he modestly proposed the "Bowery." Another little
one about one year older proclaimed himself as "Slaving
Jim," whose father was killed at "Bully's Run." When
the Principal asked the children
who of them had lost a father
or a brother in the war,
two-thirds at least held up their hands. The
grand finale in the singing way
was the song of the Blacksmith, a
real live Smith, of four years old,
in scarlet jacket and rolled up
sleeves, doing the accompaniment
on an anvil with his hammer, keeping most accurate time, and
eliciting sparks innumerable and
unbounded applause. These exercises
over, the children marched
down to dinner in the basement,
led on by two manikin drummers
and a colored brigadier. At dinner
Mr. HALLADAY, the Superintendent,
presided, and the children
were waited upon by the officers
of the house and friends who had
left their own tables to kindly
volunteer at those of the little ones.
At four o'clock
the table was again
relaid for the indigent Italian children
and their friends or parents,
and after these the doors were
thrown open to all who hungered,
irrespective of age or sex. Over
two thousand received a
good Thanksgiving dinner."
The Five Points Mission, organized by a band of nobleminded Christian ladies in
the year 1850, and still under their efficient management, has become one of the
leading charities of the city. The average daily attendance of poor children
during the year was past two hundred and seventy-three. There is also a large
Sunday-school connected with the Mission which holds two sessions every Sabbath.
Seventeen hundred children have been taught in the schools of this institution
during the year. There are nineteen families living in the Mission buildings,
who, by the observance of the rules, form a community of singular order in the
midst of their evil surroundings.
THE JAMAICA MASSACRE.
is civilization ? and
in particular what is British
civilization? The full report
of the doings of the British
authorities in Jamaica furnish
a humiliating answer. How
humiliating, will be understood when it is known that
Englishmen themselves express their shame. " Deeds
have been done,"
"both by the insurgents and
by the authorities, the bare recital
of which makes the blood
tingle in our veins."
authorities in Jamaica
have put themselves upon a
level with the savage atrocities
which they undertook to
avenge by the summary
of two thousand negroes.
We have waited, before thus speaking on this subject, for a full disclosure of
the affair on both sides. What we give now to our readers is in connection with
our illustration of MORANT BAY,
On page 805, and is given on authority which
is purely English.
MORANT BAY, at the South-eastern
corner of Jamaica, washes a
poor district not much more
than twelve miles square,
within which there are negro
HON. JOHN T. HOFFMAN,
MAYOR-ELECT OF NEW YORK