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Virginia State Convention.Eighteenth day. Wednesday, March 6, 1861. The Convention was called to order at 12 o'clock. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Hour, of the Presbyterian Church. the National difficulties. Mr. Osborn, of Jefferson, offered the following preamble and resolution: Whereas, the Government of the United States having been created and established for the purpose of forming a more perfect Union than existed under the articles of Confederation) and adopted by all of the original States, with ample provisions for amendments to the same; but without any for its disintegration: Therefore, Resolved. That a resort to State secession, or a resumption of the original rights of the States, by an ordinance of secession, is not only unauthorized by the letter and spirit of the Constitution, but is contrary to, and subversive of, the fundamental principles upon which it was founded; wholly at variance with the legitimate objects of its creation: and can on
of strong coercion proclivities, with serious doubts whether the Government will be able to gratify them. It is so clearly intended to admit of a double, or even of any possible interpretation, that many will content themselves with waiting for the progress of events, in the meanwhile, seeking in it for no meaning at all. It is neither candid nor statesmanlike; nor does it possess any essential of dignity or patriotism. It would have caused a Washington to mourn, and would have inspired Jefferson, Madison, or Jackson, with contempt. With regard to the ultimate projects of Mr. Lincoln, the public is no wiser than before. It is sincerely to be trusted that he is yet ignorant of them himself. [From the National Intelligencer.] Reserving for ourselves, in consequence of the late hour at which we were able to give it even a cursory perusal, an opportunity to examine its points with more deliberation, we may simply say, for the present, that it leavee to conservative citizens