I.--reply of the Governor of Maryland to the Commissioner from Mississippi.
State of Maryland, Executive Chamber, Annapolis, Dec. 19, 1860.
Sir: YourState of Maryland, Executive Chamber, Annapolis, Dec. 19, 1860.
Sir: Your letter of the 18th instant informs me that you have been appointed by the Governor of Mississippi, in pursuance of a resolution of her Legislature, a Commissioner to the State of Maryland, and that the occasion of your mission is in the present crisis in the national affairs of this country, and the danger which impends the saftes for the formation of a new Government along themselves.
The position of Maryland, as a small Southern Border State, renders the exercise of any power I may posausted — will they consent to any effort for its dissolution.
The people of Maryland are anxious that time be given, and an opportunity afforded, for a fair and ho steps as our duty and interest shall demand, and I do not doubt the people of Maryland are ready to go with the people of those States for weal or woe.
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