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Pittsylvania (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
nments on the face of the earth. That was sufficient for him, and he warmly urged the necessity of uniting the destiny of Virginia with the South. She had announced the inauguration of the Conference as her final effort, and that having failed, the first determination was to be looked upon as a joke, and now another final effort was to be made. The effect of such action he believed was to bring discredit on the Common wealth, and he felt bound to discountenance it. Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, next addressed the Committee. He did so with great reluctance, for he believed the people were impatient for action, and he would not unnecessarily protract this debate. He agreed with his friend who had just taken his seat, who had reiterated the sentiment of Burke, that the action of a statesman should be governed by surrounding circumstances; but believed that gentlemen on that side had departed from this rule. If the seceded States had acted on this principle, we would not now hav
Fort Bedford (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): article 1
rors, would be desolating the land. He deplored the election of Lincoln, but still he knew that with an overwhelming majority of the people of the country against him, he was powerless for harm. He thought it a remarkable fact that every fresh item of news that flashed over the telegraphic wires, looking to the preservation of peace, seemed to disappoint the precipitators. At that time, the gentlemen who are now for waiting were the most urgent for precipitate action. The gentleman from Bedford, (Mr. Goode,) who is now for waiting, was then among the most ardent advocates of haste. Mr. Goode desired to remind the gentleman that the 4th of March had come and gone. Mr. Tredway said he regretted that he had not also said that it had proved him to be a very bad prophet. He then went on to demonstrate that the moderation of Virginia thus far had saved the country from the horrors of civil war; and though he had been pointed at as a submissionist, he would ever be proud that
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): article 1
mergency, but distrusted the intelligence of the people in this respect. He was equally caustic in his references to the proposed adjournment and to the Border Conference.--The tendency of some of the Border States towards abolitionism was freely commented upon, and applied as an argument against their fitness to advise old Virginia what to do with her half million slaves. He hoped the Committee would open their eyes to the astounding fact that, in the proposed conference, Virginia and North Carolina would own one-half of all the slaves there represented; and that Virginia, owning one-third of the whole number, would be entitled to but one vote among the eight States in consultation.--This argument, he conceived, dispelled the claim of an identity of interest. If it was the intention of gentlemen to destroy the institution of slavery in Virginia, they would pursue precisely the policy laid down in the majority report. This report he criticised at length, maintaining that if this Co
Scottsville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): article 1
h. Mr. Southall, of Albemarle, rose to a privileged question. He said he received a few days ago a copy of the proceedings of a meeting held at Scottsville, in Albemarle county, and considered this the place for replying to an allusion to himself in one of the resolutions. He conceded the perfect right of any portion of the censure him for his course in the Convention, and instruct him to vote for an Ordinance of Secession, in accordance with the tendency of his campaign speech at Scottsville. Mr. Southall corrected the impression which had been sought to be created as to his course in the canvass, that he would go for secession unless the diffich he here indicated.--Upon this evidence he claimed that the charges against him were unjustifiable. He paid a compliment to the intelligence of the people of Scottsville, whose confidence he had enjoyed during the period of his political life; but in the late election he fell far short of a majority at that precinct, showing tha
at flashed over the telegraphic wires, looking to the preservation of peace, seemed to disappoint the precipitators. At that time, the gentlemen who are now for waiting were the most urgent for precipitate action. The gentleman from Bedford, (Mr. Goode,) who is now for waiting, was then among the most ardent advocates of haste. Mr. Goode desired to remind the gentleman that the 4th of March had come and gone. Mr. Tredway said he regretted that he had not also said that it had provedMr. Goode desired to remind the gentleman that the 4th of March had come and gone. Mr. Tredway said he regretted that he had not also said that it had proved him to be a very bad prophet. He then went on to demonstrate that the moderation of Virginia thus far had saved the country from the horrors of civil war; and though he had been pointed at as a submissionist, he would ever be proud that he was one of those who had stood by this glorious old Commonwealth in her efforts as a peace-maker. He acknowledged the fact that the Union was broken up; seven States had gone and established a government Mr. de facto, and it ought to be recognized. Had th
to be looked upon as a joke, and now another final effort was to be made. The effect of such action he believed was to bring discredit on the Common wealth, and he felt bound to discountenance it. Mr. Tredway, of Pittsylvania, next addressed the Committee. He did so with great reluctance, for he believed the people were impatient for action, and he would not unnecessarily protract this debate. He agreed with his friend who had just taken his seat, who had reiterated the sentiment of Burke, that the action of a statesman should be governed by surrounding circumstances; but believed that gentlemen on that side had departed from this rule. If the seceded States had acted on this principle, we would not now have been placed in the alarming position in which we now found ourselves. As a State-Rights man, he held the doctrine of peaceable secession; but it was to be exercised only under extraordinary circumstances — and no circumstances had yet occurred strong enough to justify i
James Barbour (search for this): article 1
hole, Mr. Southall in the chair, for the purpose of considering the report of the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Barbour, of Culpeper, took the floor, and resumed his remarks. He commenced with an allusion to the bankrupt condition ofes as they existed on the 1st day of January, closes his eyes to the events that have been transpiring around us. Mr. Barbour would go into no Free-Soil Government, separated from the seceded States. If they are brought back, it will have to ber in the Government at Washington. The former afforded complete protection and relief; and to sustain this position, Mr. Barbour produced abundant statistics of Southern trade, demonstrating the certainty of the revenue to accrue from the great st, with Virginia swinging on as an appendage. In proceeding to urge the policy of uniting with the seceded States, Mr. Barbour satirized with some keenness the course of those "statesmen" in the Convention who professed to know what Virginia oug
William H. Seward (search for this): article 1
with them. A National Convention to negotiate with the seceded States, for the protection of your interests, while you are on the side of the Northern States, covenanting with them for the protection of those interests! This was a Yankee trick in which he desired no part.--You were to sit, with folded arms, aloof from the seceded States, while the North was to negotiate a treaty with them for your protection. If we had to go through this probation, as the Committee of Twenty-One and Mr. Wm. H. Seward say we have to, extending through a period of one, two or three years, it was his opinion that we should wait in the house of our friends, instead of in the house of our enemies. The fact was recognized that the Union was dissolved, and he asked why there should be any fear in choosing between the two? Was there any danger to be apprehended in the Government at Montgomery? He thought there was great danger in the Government at Washington. The former afforded complete protection and
he members were present, and very few spectators. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Petigeur, of the Disciples' Church. Mr. Southall, of Albemarle, rose to a privileged question. He said he received a few days ago a copy of the proceedings of a meeti proper for them to possess themselves of full information previous to passing judgment. The resolutions were read by Mr. Southall. They censure him for his course in the Convention, and instruct him to vote for an Ordinance of Secession, in accordance with the tendency of his campaign speech at Scottsville. Mr. Southall corrected the impression which had been sought to be created as to his course in the canvass, that he would go for secession unless the difficulties were adjusted before t from the first. Committee of the whole. The Convention, according to order, went into Committee of the Whole, Mr. Southall in the chair, for the purpose of considering the report of the Committee on Federal Relations. Mr. Barbour, of Cu
J. J. Hall (search for this): article 1
Northern revenue need receive nothing from Virginia consumption. While the speaker was alluding to the position of Virginia towards the Federal Government, Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, asked if he knew what amount the State annually contributed to the support of that Government? According to Mr. Hall's estimate, Virginia was payingMr. Hall's estimate, Virginia was paying to the Northern Confederacy $6,000,000 per annum. Mr. Tredway desired to know the source of his information on this point. Mr. Hall said it was based upon official statements concerning import duties, and the pro rata tax upon slaves, and the amount which Virginia contributed by her consumption. Mr. Tredway repliedMr. Hall said it was based upon official statements concerning import duties, and the pro rata tax upon slaves, and the amount which Virginia contributed by her consumption. Mr. Tredway replied that the gentleman would do better to take facts as they were at present, instead of referring to the condition of affairs twelve or eighteen months ago.--Virginia was now paying scarcely anything. Mr. Tredway proceeded until the hour of recess, reviewing and commenting upon the present condition of affairs, and opposing the sec
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