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The Daily Dispatch: November 20, 1860., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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and Virginia, he said: We see North Carolina proverbially slow in joining in this cause; but I fully believe she will be with you before long. If North Carolina is slow, she is sure, and when she makes a move she can be depended upon. A portion of that State, I believe, was the first to proclaim the separation of the then existing union with the mother country. If the citizens of North Carolina claimed, as they did, to be sons of the patriots who declared independence in 1775, at Mecklenberg, and did not follow South Carolina, they would give the lie to their fathers, and show themselves spurious progeny of noble sires. [Applause] I do not believe that North Carolina will take that position. As to Virginia, would to God I could give you a better account; but there are many reasons that do not influence you why the border States should hesitate before taking this step. He had pressed these matters upon his countrymen, but thousands were of the opinion that Virginia woul