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could, in such a hopeless alliance with the Black Republicans; for, if she could not protect herself from them (as experience has shown she could not) when all the Southern States were co-operating with her, she certainly can not do so after she shall have lost the aid of nine of them. Of necessity, therefore, as well as from affection. I hope — from pride and honor, she must go with the great body of the slave States. The only question, then, is, when shall she go? I say before the 4th of March, for the following reasons, viz: I. Because, if Virginia remains under the present Government until after Lincoln and Seward come into power, she will be involved in civil war, whether she submits to them or not. If she then refuses to submit, the war will be against her, as well as the other seceding States; and if she submits, it will be against the seceding States, and she will be compelled to take part in it, with the North, or with the South. I can not conceive that she can eve
hich I trust will be properly appreciated, I now retire from the canvass. I am unwilling to be to any extent instrumental in dividing the votes of those who believe in the necessity of the prompt and decisive action of Virginia in the present crisis, when such division may tend to the election of some one not sufficiently alive to the imminence of the danger by which we are surrounded. I trust the citizens of Henrico will concentrate their entire vote on some worthy citizen of their own county, who will not pursue that dilly-dally policy, so well calculated to deluge the fair plains of the South in the blood of civil strife. Above all things, do not send to the Convention one who believes that under Black Republican rule we shall be "in no worse condition than now," that "Virginia can resume her sovereignty as easily on the 4th of July"--when Lincoln will have entire control of every department of the General Government--"as on the 4th of March." Edward E. Orvis. ja 29--1t