Letter from a Virginian in the North.
The following extract from a Virginian gentleman residing in Philadelphia
, to his correspondent in this city, will be read with interest.
It will be seen that the Northern
people are getting ahead of our own Unionists
, in discovering that the Union
" Philadelphia, March 27, 1861.
"My Dear Sir:
Your favor of the 23d came promptly to hand.
You are in error, however, in supposing that the Northern
people are still laboring under the hallucination that the cotton States are still in the Union
They admit it — it is true reluctantly — and I believe a majority have come to the conclusion that a peaceable separation is the only course to be pursued in the present aspect of affairs.
Some of the leading politicians oppose it at present, but so soon as the patronage of the Government
is apportioned out among these cormorants, they will accept any terms offered them.
would pass a secession ordinance, and unite with the South
, the most stable prosperous, and powerful Government could be formed on the face of the globe.
"If the members of the Convention
knew the condition of things here and elsewhere in the North
as I know them, they would not hesitate an hour.
, the mother of statesmen, heroes and patriots, there was at me when your absent sons could point with proud satisfaction to you, as a model of honor, chivalry, and decision of character, but you have fallen from your proud estate into the lap of the moderate republicans.
Nothing but a withdrawal of the Border Slave States
will settle this question, and the sooner it is done the better."