become more so from year to year) a guarantee that their peculiar interests would not be sacrificed to sectional prejudices or fanaticism.
Perhaps it might be sufficient to have a Northern and a Southern Section in only one House
, leaving the other as it is at present.
7. Whatever plan, either of reconstruction or separation, might be adopted by the Convention
, should only become binding upon the States, after being ratified by three-fourths of the eleven Confederate States
, and also by three-fourths of the twenty-three United States
8. The suppression of hostilities for three months, and the turning of men's thoughts to plans for mutual benefit instead of mutual destruction, would be almost sure to open the eyes of both sections of the country to the enormous wickedness of the war, on one side or on both, and to result in its speedy termination.
This alone would be a great point gained, and would probably lead to a satisfactory arrangement of the main question at no distant day.--N. Y. Journal of Commerce
, August 3.