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the hardest times the people of this once happy country have known this side the War of Independence. I know not, indeed, of one single interest of Virginia that will not be wrecked by disunion. And, entertaining these energies, views, I do shrink with horror from the very idea of the secession of the State. I can never assent to the fatal measure. No I am for the Union yet. Call me submissionist or traitor, or what else you will, I am for the Union--as I said upon another occasion, while Hope's light flickers in the socket. In Daniel Webster's immortal words, Give me Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable. And if I may presume to tender an humble exhortation to my colleagues in this hall, I would say to them, as I said to a number of my respected constituents, who recently called on me for my views of the crisis that besets us--As Washington advised all his countrymen, cling fondly to the Union. Take every chance to save it. Conference with the Border States,