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tion were to pass an Ordinance of Secession, he thought the organic law in respect to taxation ought to be changed. The mercantile class of the East, he contended, bore a proportion of the taxes more than equivalent to the taxes paid by the West, of which they so much complained. He was opposed to action upon the subject now. The Convention had no right to change the Constitution while Virginia remained in the Union.-- He believed, that in the event of withdrawal, every slaveholder in Eastern Virginia would willingly submit to an equalization of taxes. He decanted upon the law taxing the income of labor as unjust and oppressive. Mr. Caperton, of Monroe, alluded to the remark of the gentleman from Franklin, proposing to confide the subject to a committee, and postponing action thereupon to an adjourned session of the Convention. He conceived that such a course would show to the people of the North that we were involved in difficulty upon a domestic question, and consequently r
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Virginia manufacturing goods for the South. A good deal has been said about Virginia manufacturing goods for her Southern sisters; but as evidence that she does not do so to the extent that she might and could do, were she allowed the opportunity, may be mentioned the fact that a few days since a New York packet landed at our wharves, for shipment to Texas, a large number of common wagons, which had been made in the Empire city for parties in the Lone Star State. We have hundreds of unemployed mechanics, and these wagons could have been made here as well as in New York. Independent of this, a few days ago one of the New York steamer's landed a lot of gun-carriages and other warlike appliances consigned to the State of Virginia. First help yourself, then other people (seeing you don't want their aid) will help you.--"Sich is life."