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to be looked upon as a joke, and now another final effort was to be made. The effect of such action he believed was to bring discredit on the Common wealth, and he felt bound to discountenance it. Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, next addressed the Committee. He did so with great reluctance, for he believed the people were impatient for action, and he would not unnecessarily protract this debate. He agreed with his friend who had just taken his seat, who had reiterated the sentiment of Burke, that the action of a statesman should be governed by surrounding circumstances; but believed that gentlemen on that side had departed from this rule. If the seceded States had acted on this principle, we would not now have been placed in the alarming position in which we now found ourselves. As a State-Rights man, he held the doctrine of peaceable secession; but it was to be exercised only under extraordinary circumstances — and no circumstances had yet occurred strong enough to justify i