been inaugurated; taken wholly by surprise, the North was divided in sentiment; the loyal spirit of the country was not aroused.
It was thus an even question whether, on March 4, the whole machinery of the de facto government would not be in the hands of the revolutionists.
All depended on Virginia.
This is now forgotten; none the less, it is history.
The Virginia election was held on the 4th of February, the news of the secession of Texas—seventh in the line—having been received on the 2d.
Evidently, the action of Texas was carefully timed for effect.
Though over forty years ago, I well remember that day—gray, overcast, wintry—which succeeded the Virginia election.
Then living in Boston, a young man of twenty-five, I shared—as who did not?—in the common deep depression and intense anxiety.
It was as if a verdict was to be that day announced in a case involving fortune, honor, life even.
Too harassed for work, I remember abandoning my desk in the afternoon to seek reli