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The Daily Dispatch: December 20, 1860., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Committee will dissolve and another be formed. Reuben Davis left the Committee last night, satisfied, as he told the House, that the Northern members were unwilling to yield anything to the South. A friend tells me he was in Warrenton a night or two ago, at a large party consisting exclusively of gentlemen, and that Robt. E. Scott, Esq., was the only one of the number who was not for instant disunion. Per contra, I hear of a public meeting last night in Fredericksburg, at which Mr. Elliott Braxton said that any Southern Senator or Member of Congress who deserted his post at this time ought to be shot the moment he crosses the Potomac. The House is now wrangling over Crawford's resolution, which affirms that the Constitution does recognize property in slaves; and I judge, from present appearances, that there is not a disposition on either side of the House to "face the music;" for this is the test question, an affirmation of which from the North must be had before any adjus