l of the military authority.
At the time appointed for the vote, Senator James M. Mason, author of the fugitive slave law, addressed a letter to the people.
declaring that the ordinance of secession absolved them from all allegiance to the United States; that they were bound to support the sacred pledge made to the Confederate States by the treaty of annexation, etc.
The Virginia convention had appointed ex-President John Tyler, W. Ballard Preston, S. M. D. Moore, James P. Holcombe, James C. Bruce, and Levi E. Harvie, commissioners to treat with Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States of America, for the annexation of Virginia to the Southern Confederacy. Mr. Stephens was clothed with full power to make a treaty to that effect.
It was then planned to seize the national capital; and at several places on his way towards Richmond, where he harangued the people, he raised the cry of on to Washington!
(q. v.) Troops were pressing towards that goal from the Sou