st patrick’s day food and drink There whttp://www.advertisingmn.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6182&action=editas a genuine fear that Britain would eventually side with the Confederacy, or might even enter the American Civil War on the Confederate side. Writing from Paris, Hughes assured Secretary of State Seward that Britain would not be able to raise an army in Ireland to fight in America.
“In Ireland,” Hughes wrote, “a war against the United States will be very unpopular among the classes that furnished troops for the Crimea, India, and China.”
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Return to New York City
Hughes returned to the New York City, to a large welcome, in August 1862. He preached a sermon supporting the Union cause at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The text was printed in a number of newspapers, including the New York Times, which headlined it, “War Sermon by Archbishop Hughes.”
The archbishop’s health began to fail, and by early 1863 he was barely able to leave his residence. When the notorious New York Draft Riots broke out in July 1863, city leaders implored Hughes to make a statement. Hughes gave a speech from the balcony of his residence on Madison Avenue, blessing the crowd while urging compliance with the conscription acts. It’s believed his words helped defuse a horrible situation that could have gotten even worse.
By late 1863 all of New York followed stories of his failing health in the newspapers.
He struggled on until January 3, 1864.
The next day the New York Times published an obituary of Archbishop Hughes, and in subsequent days the newspaper published stories about the immense crowds that viewed his body in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
He was buried in a crypt at the cathedral. After the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue was completed, his body was transported to the new cathedral in 1883 and interred beneath its altar.