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belief that if something were not done in regard to the taxation of slave property, there would be a conflict — not between sections of the State--but a dire and irrepressible conflict between the laboring man and the slaveholder. He strongly maintained the loyalty of Western Virginia, and if a settlement could not be obtained, he would go for severing the Gordian knot which binds us to the Union; but he thought with a little time and patience the whole difficulty might be adjusted. Mr. Branch, of Petersburg, thought that slave property ought to be taxed according to its value to the owner in Virginia, not according to its value in Louisiana and Mississippi. if the Convention were to pass an Ordinance of Secession, he thought the organic law in respect to taxation ought to be changed. The mercantile class of the East, he contended, bore a proportion of the taxes more than equivalent to the taxes paid by the West, of which they so much complained. He was opposed to action upon
as already divided our country into opposing factions. --Pardon these reflections, suggested by the events of the last few days — taking up my pen to make a simple record, it has betrayed me into a slight application of the lessons taught us by the past. The result of the late voting shows a remarkable change in public sentiment, and this change is undoubtedly owing to the extreme policy of the leading powers. Petersburg has now, most emphatically, declared in favor of secession, and Mr. Branch will be enabled to see his way more clearly in this trying crisis. The vote was as large as any ever cast, with the exception of the late Presidential election, and this simple fact shows how general was the interest felt in this contest. Elated by their victory, the conquering party, numbering many hundreds, formed in procession on Friday evening, and marched through the streets with music and banners. During their march to the Richmond Depot, they were saluted by crowds at every t