Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the meeting at Norfolk.
Norfolk, Va.,Dec. 21st.
There was a meeting of the citizens at Ashland Hall last night, in response to a call issued by the Mayor
at the request of many citizens.
, on taking the Chair, stated the object of the meeting to be, to consider the present alarming state of our political affairs and the propriety of calling a State Convention.
He trusted that their deliberations would conduce to the welfare of the whole country.
Resolutions were drafted by a committee of six, selected equally from each party.
With the exception of the last, they were unanimously adopted.
The following is a summary of them: They consider
That the preservation of the Union is the first duty of Virginia and Virginians.
That the stability of the Government demands a final settlement of all questions between the North and South, in which settlement they will ask no more than right, nor submit to anything that is wrong.
That a Convention of the State should be called, by the decisions of which they are willingto abide.
That without discussing the right of secession either as a constitutional or a revolutionary right, they are opposed to coercion.
That concurrence of action among the Southern States is desirable, and that hasty action on the part of any State is to be deprecated.
That they believe the Union can be preserved, and therefore recommend a Convention of all the States, North and South, if matters cannot be otherwise adjusted.
The meeting was quite harmonious.