arrived last evening by the Norfolk
steamer, and proceeded to the Exchange Hotel
, and thence to the Richmond House
As soon as his arrival became known, a portion of his friends procured the First Regiment Band and gave him a serenade.
A very large crowd assembled, and Mr. Wise
responded to the determined call made upon him for a speech.
He said the Convention
ought to have been organized the first day before sundown.
He would not then give his views as to what the Convention
should do, but would express them before that body.
The South having kept the faith of her fathers, he would not desert her, but would fight the Black Republicans
in her defence.--He would not ay the destiny of Virginia
should be his destiny, though she was his first, best love.
acted as she ought to act, he was with her; but if she looked to the North
and sided with the aggressor, he was against the old mother.
He deprecated civil war, but counselled the most determined resistance to coercion.
The report that he had ever contemplated an invasion of Washington
, to prevent the inauguration of Lincoln
, he pronounced false and infamous; a report which had been made the pretext, by a poor, imbecile, jeremiad President
, and a petticoat Lieutenant General
, for filling the Federal Capital
with troops, both regular and irregular.--He was for the Union
and the Constitution
, but would not submit to a Northern Confederacy, which it was the object of the Black Republicans
to establish, against the Cotton States
He believed that Virginia
should make a demand on the General Government
to vacate the forts and arsenals, and stand as a mediator between the two sections.
A firm and decided position, at this time, would avert civil war, while a cowardly, tame submission would result in nothing but ruin and disaster.
We do not pretend to give more than a meagre outline of Mr. Wise
's remarks, as we had no facilities for reporting, and only write from memory.
He was repeatedly applauded by the crowd.