The Revolution-- voice of the people.
The movements among the people of Virginia
are attracting attention through out the nation.
They are of the utmost importance.
They surpass in interest the Virginia Convention, as the position and composition of that body have been sometime ascertained, and have disappointed alike the true friends of the South
and the Lincoln
Abolitionists at the North
If no event forces that body into an act of boldness and independence, it will assuredly place Virginia
in an intermediate condition of passivity and contempt.
The organs of Lincoln
have already informed its leaders that they were not up to the mark of Northern expectations, and that their plan of adjustment would be indignantly rejected by the North
; that, notwithstanding all its gentle and affectionate language towards men ready to cut our throats and deluge our country with the blood of our people, all its studied a voidance of positive language, and its indefinite meaning as to the time Virginia
will "wait" for the answers of the Northern States
--notwithstanding all these indications of indecision and timidity, it would be treated with scorn and contempt and spat upon by the Northern
Yet the Convention
goes steadily forward with its plan and providing for the idle ceremony of a Border State Convention.
And thus is it wasting the money and the more precious time of the State
, while her Trade languishes, her Industry is paralyzed, and her people are suffering the severe consequences of a revolutionary condition of public affairs.
But the public mind is convinced that the appeal must be from the Convention
to the people, and to the people all are looking.
To the people we look with hope, and we will not be disappointed.
Such a revolution in public sentiment as has occurred in the last three months, in this State, is without precedent in the history of the country.
The fact, that country after country has spoken in primary assemblage upon such a momentous question as that which agitates the country, we may say, unanimously on one side of that question, is without parallel.
Can such a revolution fail to sweep the State
, and decide her course?
The indications cannot be mistaken, nor can the result be doubted.
The people cannot be bought — they will never submit — Virginians never,
Never will be Slaves!
We have noticed the counties, one after another, as they declared, with united voice, their determination.
Below we sketch the recent movements of some of our oldest and most respected communities.