own internal affairs through a provincial Committee of Safety and subordinate executive committees, appointed in every county, parish, or hundred.
It directed the enrolment of forty companies of minute-men, authorized the emission of over $500,000 in bills of credit, and extended the franchise to all freemen having a visible estate of £ 210, without any distinction as to religious belief.
The convention fully resolved to sustain Massachusetts, and meet force by force if necessary.
Gen. B. F. Butler was in Philadelphia on April 19, 1861, when he first heard of the assault on Massachusetts troop in Baltimore.
He had orders to go to Washington through Baltimore.
It was evident that he could not do so without trouble, and he took counsel with (Gen. Robert Patterson, the commander of the Department of Washington.
He also consulted Commodore Dupont, commander of the navy-yard there, and it was agreed that the troops under General Butler should go from Perryville, on the Susquehanna,