one of the most illustrious citizens of the State
, as simple, direct, frank a gentleman as ever lived, had put his daughter forward to tell her plain story in the fewest and simplest words possible.
She said: ‘Governor and gentlemen, I left my husband and his comrades in Virginia
They have left their homes in Maryland
to fight for the South
, but they have no arms, and I have come to my native State to beg my own people to help us. Give arms to my husband and his comrades, so that he can help you!’
,’ said one of the council, old, venerable and gray-haired, slapping his thigh with a resounding blow, —‘Madam
, you shall have everything that this State can give.’
And the order was made then and there, on the spot, at the instant, that she should be supplied with five hundred Mississippi rifles and ten thousand cartridges, with necessary equipments.
This at the time when, in the language of the day, every cartridge was worth a dollar.
But her visit and her errand lighted the greatest enthusiasm among her fellow countrymen.
The constitutional convention of North Carolina
was then in session.
It was the most illustrious body of Carolinians that ever assembled.
The members of it called a meeting at night in the capitol
, under the leadership of Hon. Weldon H. Edwards
, president of the convention, Chief Justice Thomas Ruffin
of the supreme court of the State
, her father, Judge Saunders
, and others.
The meeting was held in the hall of the house of commons, was presided over by ex-Gov. Thomas S. Reid
and was attended with great enthusiasm.
The cause of the Marylanders was espoused with ardor, the meeting making a liberal contribution of money on the spot.
Hon. Kenneth Raynor
, ex-member of Congress, addressing the meeting, said:
‘If great events produce great men—so in the scene before us we have proof that great events produce great ’