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He would, therefore, turn neither to the right nor to the left, but would march straight on, in the line of duty and of right, and leave the result to God. Mr. Bruce, of Halifax, next addressed the Committee. He said if he had been told three months ago that he would be in this presence, and discussing these subjects, he wou assure him that he never cried out crucify South Carolina; but had there been an attack upon her he would have fought side by side with him in her defence. Mr. Bruce went on to pay his respects to Messrs. Moore, of Rockbridge, and Baldwin, of Augusta, of whom he had little hope, and made humorous allusions which excited the mof a border war, in the event of secession, he thought had been greatly overrated. At this point, Mr. Morton, of Orange, moved that the Committee rise. Mr. Bruce felt some delicacy in regard to this proposal. His constituents would never forgive him for occupying two days in an exposition of his views. Mr. Morton in
ument against secession. Mr. Critcher, of Westmoreland, who made the presentation speech, read a poetical tribute from the ladies, the point of which was that woman deems Union right, and that it is man's duty to support her. While Col. Baldwin was making an eloquent reply, somebody in the gallery trod on a dog's appendage, and the fierce "bow wow — ki yi," for a time completely eclipsed the oratorical peroration to the stripes and stars. Another incident on Saturday transpired while Mr. Bruce, of Halifax, was making an argument in favor of secession. A troop of horsemen from Chesterfield passed by the building, the trumpeter blowing "Yankee Doodle" with all his might and main, which created some merriment on the Union side, but produced no visible effect elsewhere. The ladies "never tire" of going to the Convention. They remain with remarkable patience throughout the long sessions, and if any of them happen to lose a veil, or any other article of apparel or adornment, a
The Convention. A resolution was adopted on Saturday to meet at 10 o'clock A. M.; to take a recess at 2 o'clock, and meet again at 4 o'clock P. M. Secession resolutions, adopted by the people of Dinwiddie, Greene, Spotsylvania, and Culpeper, were presented by the delegates representing those counties. Mr. Baldwin finished his speech against secession and in favor of the majority report. He was followed by Mr. Bruce, of Halifax, who will conclude to-day. Mr. Hall, of Marion, continued his remarks in favor of an ad valorem tax upon slaves.--Mr. Dormay, of Rockbridge, introduced a resolution, which was laid on the table, recommending a license tax on Northern productions, in retaliation for the Personal Liberty bills in vogue in the Northern States.