Meeting of citizens of Henrico.
--We gave on Monday a synopsis of the proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of Henrico
, who met at their Court-House, Saturday, to take into consideration the condition of the country, and insert to-day the resolutions adopted.--Dr. Z. S. McGruder
, county Delegate, who was called on to define his position in the present crisis, said he had voted for the Peace Conference as a final effort, and so far as he was able to judge, from the information before him, it had, to his deep regret, signally failed, and that if he were a member of the Convention
, with all the lights now before him, he would vote for Virginia
's resuming all power delegated by her to the Federal Government
; and that he was, if need be, in favor of Virginia
's assuming an independent position, supplicating to no section, North, South, East or West, and thereby have a voice in the formation of any new Confederacy.
The committee of seven appointed to draft resolutions for the meeting, reported the following as the action of a majority of said committee:
Whereas, a Black Republican Administration is now fully inaugurated, which not only gives us every reason to apprehend all the evils which must naturally flow from the application of their principles to the affairs of the Government
and the people, but threatens to exercise compulsive force against sovereign States, and thus to inaugurate war with all its horrors; and, whereas, all the efforts of the State of Virginia
to obtain satisfactory assurances and guarantees for the rights, the peace, and the safety of the slaveholding States, have signally failed, and, whereas, in our judgment, the time has come when Virginia
should determine whether she will unite with her friends or her enemies; Therefore.
Resolved. That the State of Virginia
should now resume the powers which she delegated to the General Government
, and unite her fortunes with those of her sister Southern States who have withdrawn from the Federal Union.
Resolved, That to this end we earnestly desire that the State Convention now in session should, without further delay, adopt an Ordinance of Secession, and call upon the other Border States to do likewise.
Resolved, That the delegate of Henrico county
in the State Convention be most respectfully requested to carry into effect our wishes, as herein expressed.
Jas. T. Redd
, submitted a minority report as a substitute for the resolutions embraced in the majority report, as follows:
Resolved, as the sense of this meeting, That the present interests and future peace and welfare of this State require that we dissolve our connection with the present Government of the United States
, and that this State resume her full and entire sovereignty.
Resolved, That while we do not formally instruct our delegate in the State Convention to vote for an Ordinance of immediate Secession, we would suggest to him that it is the earnest desire of this meeting, and, we believe, of a majority of the citizens of the county, that he take such action as will tend to reinvest our State with her full sovereignty.
Garland Hanes, Sr.
, of Henrico
, offered the following resolution as a substitute for the minority report, viz:
Resolved, That we, citizens of Henrico
, are perfectly willing to abide the decision of the State Convention, believing that the Old Dominion has rights in the Union
, and that they will protect and defend them.
The vote was then taken upon Mr. Haines
' resolution, which was defeated by a large majority, and Mr. Redd
's minority report was also lost.
The majority report of the Committee
passed by a large majority, several persons giving their votes against the resolutions.