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she can look with no favor or sympathy upon any conduct on their part tending to precipitate upon her people the horrors of civil war.
It is the belief of this Convention that the sectional controversies which divide the people of the United States, if not originated, have been greatly aggravated by the management of politicians for the advancement of personal and party schemes.
They feel confident that if the people, North and South, can come to understand each other, they will find much withdrawal — the people of Virginia, without expressing any opinion upon the question of power, but in deference to the opinion of the Federal authorities, hereby declare their willingness to unite in conferring upon the Government of the United States the power, if it shall become necessary, to recognize the separate independence of the seceding States, and to make such treaties with them and to pass such laws as the separation may render proper.
7. In order to await the action of the