The 12th resolution of the Committee
on Federal Relations came up in the order of business, in Committee of the Whole, yesterday morning.
This resolution makes it an indispensable condition that a pacific shall be adopted towards the seceded States, that they shall not be subjected to Federal authority, that no attempt shall be made to reinforce the forts possessed by the United States
, or to recapture those within the seceded States, or exact payment of imposts, &c. An effort was made by the extreme Union men, headed by Mr. Carlile
, to strike out a material portion of the resolution, but it secured only seventeen votes.
A modification was made, however, drawing a distinction between forts, which Messrs. Summers
, and their friends, maintain are of "national" importance, (such as Fort Jefferson
on the Tortugas, and Fort Taylor
at Key West
,) and those which are situated inland.
The resolution, as thus amended, was adopted.
The 13th resolution was amended, on motion of Mr. Johnson
, of Richmond
, and passed in the following from:
In the opinion of this Convention, the people of Virginia
would regard any action of the Federal Government
or of the Confederated States
, tending to produce a collision of forces, pending efforts for the adjustment of existing difficulties, as unwise and injurious to the interests of both; and they would regard any such action on the part of either as leaving them free to determine their own future policy.
The 14th resolution was under consideration when the Committee
's ad valorem
hobby was discussed in Convention, but an adjournment was carried just at the time when the friends of the resolutions thought the vote was to be taken.