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Public meeting in Danville.

--At a meeting of a portion of the citizens of Danville, Va., and of Caswell county, N. C., held in Danville, on the 30th November, 1861. Mayor William T. Clark was called to the chair, and C. W. Watkins appointed Secretary.

The object of the meeting having been explained by George W. Read, Esq., R. W. Lyles, Esq., moved that a committee of — be appointed to draft suitable resolutions for the action of the body.

The chairman appointed the following gentlemen to constitute said committee, viz: R. W. Lyles, B. G. Cobb, John W. Holland, Jas. C. Voss, Dan'l S. Price, G. T. Pace, William Rison, J. P. Atkinson, and E. J. Bell. The committee then retired for consignation.

During the absence of the committee, the meeting was addressed by George W. Read, Wm. D. Coleman, Wm. W. Flood and others. The committee then returned, and reported, through their chairman, the following preamble and resolutions, viz:

Whereas, the President of the Confederate States has recommended in his late message to Congress the construction of a railroad from Danville, Virginia, to Greensboro', North Carolina, as indispensable for the successful prosecution of the present war, we feel it our duty to express our readiness to do all in our power to secure said connexion: Therefore.

  1. 1. Resolved, That with our knowledge of the great advantage to be secured to the Government of the Confederate States in the prosecution of the war, by thus filling up the short gap between Danville and Greensboro', and in view of the cheapness with which it can be built, and seeing especially that, with this connexion, a continuous line of railroad will be secured through the middle of the Confederacy, so indispensable to the cause not only of Virginia and North Carolina, but of the entire South, we, the people of Danville, as well as a portion of the citizens of Caswell, pledge our undivided support to said connexion, and will contribute our substance as liberally as our means will allow.
  2. 2. Resolved, That Dan'l S. Price, A. G. Walters, B. G. Cobb, W. T. Sutherlin, W. B. Swann, A. S. Buford, William D. Colemac, Wm. W. Flood, Thomas B. Doe, and R. W. Lyles, be appointed a committee to memorialize the Legislature of Virginia, it need be, in order to obtain such amendments to existing charters, or to obtain a new charter, if necessary, to secure the early completion of the said connexion; and they are also requested to communicate with the authorities of North Carolina, and assure them of our readiness to do all in our power to further the great work in contemplation.
On motion, the preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted.

On motion,

Resolved, That the Danville, Richmond, (Va.,) Raleigh, and Greensboro', (N. C.) papers be requested to publish the proceedings of this meeting.

The meeting then adjourned.

Wm. T. Clark, Chm's.

C. W. Wateine, Rec'y,

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