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Address of Mr. Sedden.

The African Church was filled to its utmost capacity last night, the Hon. Gas. A. Sedden, one of the Virginia Commissioners to the late Peace Congress, having been requested to address his fellow-citizens at that place in reference to the action of the Congress and its bearing on the South. He gave a lucid and detailed statement of its proceedings from first to last, ending in the adoption of the &Franklin substitute,& which latter, he argued, was no guarantee of the rights of the South, but rather deprived her of what she now had.

He said he must do the ultra Black Republicans of the Congress the justice to say that they were clear, frank, and explicit in the enunciation of their views, which, if carried out, must inevitably lead to the overthrow and utter disruption of all our domestic relations. The resolutions were subjected to an analysis that must have made them obnoxious to any man claiming to be a Southerner, and having a decent respect for the rights of his section.

His peroration was a rare specimen of forensic ability. He asked what must Virginia do? If she remained in the Union her people would be sorts, and subject to Yankee domination. Would the proud old State submit to the degradation. He thought not. If her people wanted any change for the better, they must urge her sovereign representatives to do their duty speedily. She could yet redeem herself in the eyes of her Southern sisters, who would welcome her with outstretched arms. As Virginia went, so would go the other Border States. She could not desert her offspring in this crisis. They would take position by her side, and follow her stately march as she stepped out from under Black Republican rule to the Southern fold. The speech met with an enthusiastic reception.

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