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and commerce would be revived, and harmony prevail in the country. He therefore thought it important that the policy should be known with certainty. He was in favor of trying the experiment, for if no specific information could be obtained, we should stand precisely where we stood now. He did not agree with the gentleman who preceded him (Mr. Carlile) that the course suggested would farther paralyze the interests of commerce, but would, on the contrary, tend towards their revival. Mr. Sheffey, of Smythe, alluded to the importance of the subject under discussion, and to the preparations for war, in which Virginia was interested as a member of the Union. If it was a foreign war, we had a right to know it. There was an ominous silence at the North, and nothing had come from that quarter to show that our action thus far had met with a response. If all the warlike preparations to which he had referred were intended to reinforce the forts or to subjugate the seceded States, or to
mbler, Jas. Barbour, Blakey, Bouldin, Branch, Cabell, Caperton, Cecil, Chambliss, Chapman, Coffman, Conn, Robt Y. Conrad, R. H. Cox, Critcher, Deskins, Echols, Fisher, Flournoy, Garland, Gillespie, Graham, Gregory, John Goodo, Jr., Hale, A. Hall, C. Hall, Hammond, Harvie, Holcombe, Hunton, Isbell, Kent, Kindred, Lawson, Leake, C. K. Mallory, Jas. B. Mallory, Marr, Miller, Montague, Morris, Morton, Neblett, Orrick, Parks, Preston, Randolph, Richardson, Robert E. Scott, Wm. C. Scott, Seawell, Sheffey, Slaughter, Speed, Staples, Strange, Sutherlin, Tayloe, Tredway, Waller, Wilson, and Wysor.--63. Nays.--Messrs. Janney, (President.) Armstrong, Aston, Baldwin, A. M. Barbour, Baylor, Berlin, Blow, Boggess, Brent, Burdett, Burley, Campbell, Carlile, Carter, Clemens, C. B. Conrad, Couch, Custis, Dent, Dorman, Early, French, Fugate, Gray, Goggin, E. B. Hall, Haymond, Hoge, Holladay, Hubbard, Hughes, Jackson. Peter C. Johnston, Lewis, McGrew, Marshall, Masters, Moffett, Moore, Osburn, Pat