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xclude the minority reports. Hence the Chair would proceed by the method of giving all a fair and equal opportunity of competing with the majority report. Mr. Conrad, of Frederick, (Chairman of the Committee on Federal Relations,) took the floor. He said the majority report was the result of a thorough and deliberate invests in part their power, shall be exerted for the purpose of subjugating the people of such States to the Federal authority." The Northern people (continued Mr. Conrad.) for the seventy years of our national existence, had given little attention to questions of constitutional right. The principle that any people have a right it forcibly. This alone would present the question in an extraordinary form — that he has no power to make peace, but has the right to make war. On this point Mr. Conrad made a constitutional argument, and spoke of the ingeniously devised bill in Congress for the collection of revenue outside of the ports of entry; but this bill
The Convention. A motion to take up Mr. Richardson's resolution of inquiry concerning the military strength of the Commonwealth, was yesterday voted down. Secession resolutions from the counties of Northampton, Mecklenburg, Pulaski, and Buckingham, were presented by the respective delegates, with suitable comments, and referred to the Committee on Federal Relations. The debate upon the committee's reports was opened by Mr. Conrad, of Frederick, in Committee of the Whole. He advocated the majority report, and made a strong argument in favor of the legal right of secession, but conceives it to be the duty of the Convention to make further efforts for the restoration of the Union. Mr. Randolph, of Richmond city, has the floor for to-day.