Chicago, Feb. 2.
Senate Committee on Federal Relations yesterday reported that, with the earnest desire for the return of harmony among all our sister States, and out of respect to the Commonwealth
, the Governor
be requested to appoint five Commissioners to attend the Convention
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 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 article of that instrument.
The resolutions were adopted by a vote of 13 to 10--a strict party vote.
has declined the appointment of Commissioner
, and Judge Palmer
has been appointed in his stead.