Richmond as the Confederate Capital.
--We understand there is considerable favor shown to our beautiful and advantageously situated city by the Provisional Congress, as the permanent Capital of our Southern Confederacy.
We say advantageously situated, for if Washington
was a suitable location for the Capital
of the United States
, we think that, as we cannot hold that city, the next best selection would be the Capital
, which has so many historical associations, and around which cluster so many National recollections.
For beauty and centrality of situation, facility, convenience of access, polished society, and perfect healthfulness — summer
— surely no city in our fair Southern land can vie with Richmond
There is no lack of suitable sites for a National Capitol, and there is abundance of accommodation for the deputies in Congress, and visitors on business or pleasure.
had nothing to recommend it as the seat of government, except, perhaps, that it stood midway between the Northern
and Southern States on the Atlantic coast
, which then composed the Confederacy
It has always been considered unhealthy in summer, and we are very much disposed to concur with our confreres of the Charleston Mercury
, in believing the odor of corruption hangs around it in too great measure to make us willing to start our pure and virgin Government in a city which has been so polluted, even could we obtain possession of it. There may be difficulties, indeed, in the way of ceding the jurisdiction to Congress of the necessary ‘"ten miles square,"’ but we trust they can be overcome, should the choice be made in our State.
At the same time, until we know precisely of what States our Confederacy will be composed, it is probable Congress will defer selecting a permanent seat of Government.
We think it quite likely that the Provisional Government
will temporarily remove to Richmond
, from reliable information which has reached us from Montgomery
, If this decision be arrived at, our State Executive and citizens of Richmond
will heartily welcome the distinguished gentlemen now administrating the Government
, and we are sure every facility will be afforded by our people to induce them to came and make their residence agreeable.
Even now, we learn that Richmond
will, in a few days, be the headquarters of the Confederate Army, it being announced that general officers to command the Southern
troops are about to be appointed and sent to Virginia
, to direct the movements of the Confederate