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vote of eighty-nine to forty-five, a motion to submit an ordinance of secession to the popular vote.
Fort Sumter surrendered on April 13th, after thirty-four hours resistance; and on the 15th of April President Lincoln issued a proclamation, under the pretended authority of an act of Congress of 1795, calling on the Governors of the several States for militia-75,000 in the aggregate — to suppress certain combinations in the seceding States.
Governor Letcher, a sturdy patriot, replied on the 17th:
I have only to say that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington for any such use or purpose as they have in view.
Your object is to subjugate the Southern States, and a requisition made upon me for such an object — an object, in my judgment, not within the province of the Constitution or the act of 1795-will not be complied with.
You have chosen to inaugurate civil war, and, having done so, we will meet it in a spirit as determined as the Administra