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The Daily Dispatch: February 4, 1861., [Electronic resource], The Convention of States at Washington. (search)
Washington on the 4th inst. The second resolution says that the appointment of a Commissioner by the State of Illinois, in response to the invitation of the State of Virginia, is not an expression of opinion on the part of this State that any amendment to the Federal Constitution is required to secure the people of the slaveholding States adequate guarantees for security of their rights, nor an approval of the basis of the settlement of our difficulties, proposed by the State of Virginia, but is an expression of our willingness to unite with the State of Virginia in an earnest effort to adjust the present unhappy controversy in the spirit in which the ConstState of Virginia in an earnest effort to adjust the present unhappy controversy in the spirit in which the Constitution was originally formed, and consistent with its principles. The third resolves that the appropriate and constitutional method of considering and acting upon the grievances complained of by our sister States, would be by the call of a Convention for the amendment of the Constitution in the manner contemplated by the 5th
Mr. Botts in favor of secession. --The Virginia Guard, published at Clarksburg, Harrison county, Va., contains the following in its issue of the 1st February: 7"In a private letter of the 28th ult., the Hon. John M. Botts says: "'When Eastern Virginia goes out of the Union, I intend to take up my residence in Western Virginia, provided it constitutes a part of the United States.'" It will be seen by the extract above, that Mr. Botts, though running to-day as a Union candidate, is in fact a Secession candidate in disguise. fe 4--1t