Gentlemen: We have understood you will, next week, leave Washington
for your gallant native State of South Carolina
Although she is not now one of us, yet, by all the ties which should unite and bind one people to another, contending alike for honor, equality and justice, we cannot but feel that the cause of South Carolina
is our cause, and her destiny shall be our destiny.
Believing that, in so nobly defending the rights of your own State, you truly reflected the will of your people in a righteous cause, we desire to give you some evidence that we highly appreciate your noble efforts, and that you have served us. too, in serving your country, Virginia in time,
will surely stand, like South Carolina
, a free, sovereign, independent State, ready to unite with her Southern sisters to resist the Northern foes
that dare invade Southern soil.
In testimony of the high appreciation we entertain for the course pursued by you and your native State, we desire that you should join us at the festive board, on Wednesday evening, the 26th inst., at the Exchange Hotel
, in this city.
Washington, Dec. 24, 1860.
--I had the honor to receive your kind invitation to my colleagues and myself to join you at the festive board, on Wednesday evening, the 26th inst., at the Exchange Hotel
, in Richmond
, and I embrace the earliest opportunity to reply.
and Col. Ashmore
have returned to South Carolina
, and I am detained here by the illness of Mrs. McQueen
, which renders it impossible to accept the honor you tender, Nothing, I assure you, would give me more pleasure than to meet the citizens of your hospitable city and interchange views with them on the subject of our mutual interests and destiny.
In the great and momentous movement which our people have been able to make with unprecedented unanimity, after years of insult, robbery and patience, we have not been unmindful of the character and interests of your noble Old Dominion, whose warriors, statesmen and patriots have cast a lustre over her sisters identical in interest with her, and, in my judgment, soon to be identified with us in a common destiny, absolved from all ties with enemies who, in violation of every obligation which should have been sacred to the memory of a common ancestry, would murder our citizens, burn our houses, and poison even our women and children.
It is a source of unfeigned joy to me to believe, as I do, that "Virginia
yet in time will surely stand like South Carolina
, a free, sovereign and independent State, ready to unite with her Southern sisters."
I have never doubted what Virginia
would do when the alternatives present themselves to her intelligent and gallant people, to choose between an association with her sisters and the dominion of a people, who have chosen their leader upon the single idea that the African is equal to the Anglo-Saxon
, and with the purpose of placing our slaves on equality with ourselves and our friends of every condition!
and if we of South Carolina
have aided in your deliverance from tyranny and degradation, as you suppose, it will only the more assure us that we have performed our duty to ourselves and our sisters in taking the first decided step to preserve an inheritance left us by an ancestry whose spirit would forbid its being tarnished by assassins.
We, of South Carolina
, hope soon to great you in a Southern Confederacy, where white men shall rule our destinies, and from which we may transmit to our posterity the rights, privileges and honor left us by our ancestors.
Please accept my sincere regards and gratitude for the honor you have been pleased to tender.