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t was natural that the blood should spout and the waters be discolored; but if the Union men stood firm, the whale would soon show the white of his belly. [Laughter.] He did not want to go home and tell his constituents that he got so frightened that he had to send men right off to Washington as hard as they could rip, to see what Mr. Lincoln was going to do. He opposed secession, opposed coercion, and believed that the course of Virginia, thus far, had stayed the hand of civil war. Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, was not among those referred to by the gentleman who had just taken his seat. He had come here with a view to make every honorable effort to adjust the difficulties, on condition that a policy of peace was to be preserved. Unusual events were now transpiring, and it was the duty of Virginia to make a respectful request of the President for information which would materially affect the future action of this Convention. He was opposed to an adjournment until the suspens
onsented; but it was renewed by Mr. Stuart, of Doddridge. Mr. Moore, of Rockbridge, nominated Hon. Geo. W. Summers, of the county of Kanawha. Mr. Summers asked him to withdraw the nomination, and it was done. Mr. Critcher, of Westmoreland, nominated Mr. Geo.Blow, of Norfolk city; but withdrew it at that gentleman's request. Mr. Stuart, of Doddridge, consented to withdraw the name of Mr. Brent; but being determined to have somebody to vote for, he successively nominated Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania; Mr. Price, of Greenbrier; Mr. Conrad, of Frederick; Mr. Branch, of Petersburg, and Mr. Moore, of Rockbridge, withdrawing them all at their request. Mr. Hughes then nominated Mr. Stuart, of Doddridge, but that gentleman declining the honor, his name was withdrawn. The vote was then taken, and Mr. Randolph was unanimously elected. The Commission therefore is composed of Messrs. Preston, Stuart, of Augusta, and Randolph. On motion of Mr. Patrick, of Kana