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r. Clay was induced to submit his Compromise Tariff, whereby one-tenth of the excess over twenty per cent. of each and every existing impost was to be taken off at the close of that year; another tenth two years thereafter; so proceeding until the 31st of June, 1842, when all duties should be reduced to a maximum of twenty per cent. This Compromise Tariff, being accepted and supported by Mr. Calhoun and the Nullifiers, was offered in the House, as a substitute for Mr. Verplanck's bill, by Mr. Letcher, of Kentucky (Mr. Clay's immediate representative and devoted friend), on the 25th of February; adopted and passed at once by a vote of 119 to 85; agreed to by the Senate; and became a law in the last hours of the session: General Jackson, though he openly condemned it as an unwise and untimely concession to rampant treason, not choosing to take the responsibility of vetoing, nor even of pocketing it, as he clearly might have done. South Carolina thereupon abandoned her Ordinance and att
ing this region. This bill being referred to the Committee on Territories, Mr. William A. Richardson, of Illinois, from said Committee, reported February 2, 1853. a bill organizing the Territory of Nebraska (covering the same district); which bill, being sent to the Committee of the Whole and considered therein, encountered a formidable and unexpected Southern opposition, and was reported February 10th. from said Committee with a recommendation that it be rejected. An attempt by Mr. John Letcher, of Virginia, to lay it on the table, was defeated by a call of the Yeas and Nays; when it was engrossed, read a third time, and passed: Yeas 98; Nays 43. The bill now went to the Senate, with ample notice that a pro-Slavery cabal had been secretly formed to resist the organization of a new Territory on soil consecrated to Free Labor, as this had solemnly been, until a counterpoise could be found or devised, through the partition of Texas or otherwise. It reached the Senate on the
itary Convention in Georgia votes to secede facilities to Disunion Houston Letcher Magofiln Conway C. F. Jackson Alex. H. Stephens S. C. Convention Ordinanome two years thereafter. Virginia had recently chosen for her Governor Mr. John Letcher, whose position was nearly as peculiar as Houston's. The genuine Southrons had long professed to be Democrats for Slavery's sake; Letcher, at heart, and formerly by open avowal, regarding human bondage as a blunder if not a crime, was pro-ed from the House of Representatives to the Governorship Vote for Governor: Letcher, Dem., 77,112; Goggin, Am., 71,543. by the election of 1859, he, as a life-lonUnion. Yet the result of the election had hardly transpired when his friend Gov. Letcher of Virginia, Mr. George N. Sanders, of Kentucky, who had been one of his bused together, and voted the State out of the Union! So, in Virginia, where Gov. Letcher had early and heartily entered into the counsels of the Disunionists, the Le
points at which such forces were mustering and drilling. The Peace Conference, or Congress, so called, was assembled on the unanimous invitation of the Legislature of Virginia, Adopted January 19, 1861. So early as Nov. 30, 1860, Gov. John Letcher, of Virginia, who, as a Douglas Democrat and former anti-Slavery man, was regarded as among the most moderate of Southern politicians, in answer to a Union letter from Rev. Lewis P. Clover, a Democrat of Springfield, Ill., had said: I nhown Gov. L.'s letter to Mr. Lincoln (who asked Mr. C., whether it was just to hold him responsible for the Personal Liberty bills, etc., which he had never favored), and trusting that the President elect would be found a friend to the South. Gov. Letcher responded (Dec. 25, 1860), saying: I regard the government as now doomed, beyond a contingency, to destruction. * * * I have lost all hope, as I see no disposition in the free States to adjust the controversy. We have just heard from Wash
eeded. The New England The New York Herald of December 9, 1860, has a Washington dispatch of the 8th relative to a caucus of Southern Senators then being held at the Capitol, which said: The current of opinion seems to set strongly in favor of a reconstruction of the Union, without the New England States. The latter States are supposed to be so fanatical in their views as to render it impossible that there should be any peace under a government to which they were parties. And Gov. Letcher, of Virginia, in his Message of January 7, 1861, after suggesting that a commission, to consist of two of our most intelligent, discreet, and experienced statesmen, should be appointed to visit the Legislatures of the Free States, to urge the repeal of the Personal Liberty bills which had been passed, said: In renewing the recommendation at this time, I annex a modification, and that is, that commissioners shall not be sent to either of the New England States. The occurrences of the
fired to celebrate the surrender of Fort Sumter. Confederate flags are everywhere displayed; while music and illuminations are the order of the evening. Gov. Letcher has just been serenaded. He made a non-committal speech. The streets are crowded with people, and the utmost enthusiasm and excitement prevails. Many at the themselves at the orders of our Government — and we have not yet heard that our Government has ordered them south. Yet, in the face of these notorious facts, Gov. Letcher responded to the President's call on Virginia for Militia to defend the capital in the following terms: I have only to say that the militia of Virginia wilaltimore, on the railroads to Philadelphia and Harrisburg, burned; thus shutting off Washington and the Government from all communication with the Northern, as Gov. Letcher and his backers had just excluded them from all intercourse with the Southern, States. The telegraphic communication westward was preserved, to enable the mas
s, so far as possible, kept secret until the 25th, when it was proclaimed by Gov. Letcher that the Convention had, on the preceding day, adopted the provisional Consteproach of imposture; and, as if to brush aside the last fig-leaf of disguise, Letcher, nine days thereafter, May 3d, 1861. issued a fresh proclamation, calling oywhere, were delighted with this application of the principle of secession. Gov. Letcher, in a Special Message, January 6th, 1862. treated it as one of the chief to this is ready and simple: President Lincoln and his Cabinet do not regard John Letcher as Governor of that State of Virginia which is a member of our Federal Unionn of the old and the formation of the new State. All this must be as plain to Letcher as to Lincoln. Those who hold that Letcher and his fellow-conspirators had a Letcher and his fellow-conspirators had a legal right to precipitate their State into treason, so as to bind her loyal, Union-loving citizens to follow and sustain them therein, will echo his lamentations; b
inaugurating civil war, by his Proclamation calling out 75,000 militia for the defense of the Federal metropolis, it may be proper to accumulate evidence on this head. Here is what Wm. H. Russell, The Times's correspondent, who was in the South when Sumter was reduced, records in his Diary, under the date of April 20th, 1861, just after dining at Charleston with W. H. Trescott, W. Porcher Miles, Gov. Manning, and other pioneers of Disunion: The Secessionists are in great delight over Gov. Letcher's proclamation, calling out troops and volunteers; and it is hinted that Washington will be attacked, and the nest of Black Republican vermin, which haunt the capital, be driven out. Vi. The North Carolina Convention--an error corrected. It is stated on page 348, that the North Carolina Convention, which ultimately passed an Ordinance of Secession, was the same which the people of that State originally elected to keep her in the Union, and decided should not meet. The fact appear
ting at, 125. Clinton, Miss., against Abolitionists, 128. Clover, Rev. L. P., letter to Gov. Letcher, 397. Cobb, Howell, of Ga., chosen Speaker, 203; 222; 253; resigns the control of the Treanj. Watkins, Comm'r to S. C., 100; 110. Lesesne, Mr., of S. C., favors cooperation, 333. Letcher, John, his politics, etc., 225: his peculiar position as Governor of Virginia, 340; hastes to jion of 1852, 222; withdrawal of delegates from the (Charleston Convention, 318; the position of Letcher as Governor, 340; State unable to secede, 348-9; population in 1860), 851; Convention of to ration, 495; allusion to her Disunion, 510; Convention between the State and the Confederacy, 516; Letcher calls out the militia to repel Federal invasion, 516-17; admitted into the Confederacy, and Gen; 480; population in 1860, 480; refuses to secede, etc., 518; Pierpont chosen Governor of, 519; Letcher's Message, 519; Federal troops enter the State; Porterfield's Address, 521; battle of Philippi,