Baltimore, Dec. 21.
--A correspondence between Gov. Hicks
and A. R. Handy
, appears in the American
The latter inquires whether the Governor
will convene the Legislature for the purpose of co-operating with Mississippi
in measures necessary to defend the rights of the South
, and to form a new Confederacy?
The Governor replies at some length, that Maryland
is identified with the Southern States
in feeling, institutions and habits; that she is also conservative and devoted to the Union of the States under the Constitution
, and her people will use all honorable means to preserve and perpetuate it.--
He declares the sentiment of the people of his State is almost unanimous to uphold the Union
and maintain their rights under it.--They believe their rights will yet be admitted and secured, and that not until it is certain they will be respected no longer — not until every honorable, constitutional and lawful effort to secure them is exhausted, will they consent to any effort for its dissolution.
[The above dispatch was all received up to the hour of going to press this morning.]