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of the Union without delay, whether alone or not. My devotion to the Union is, as I have said, a thing of the past — and I here pledge myself, for weal or for woe, in life or in death, to stand by the State of my birth.--[Applause.] Gov. Gist--the Capital of the New Confederacy. A Columbia (S. C.) correspondent thus writes the New York Times: His Excellency, Gov. Gist, accompanied by his wife and daughter, paid a visit of inspection to the new State capitol, now in course oGov. Gist, accompanied by his wife and daughter, paid a visit of inspection to the new State capitol, now in course of erection, this morning, (Nov. 12th,) and I am told was highly pleased with all he saw.--After the inspection, I had the honor of an introduction to the Governor, and I must say I found him a most affable and amiable gentleman. He says that offers of volunteers are coming in from all quarters of the South, and that a distinguished officer of New York city has volunteered his command to assist in fighting the battles of South Carolina. As the State does not at present happen to be at war,
erty here is down to no price at all. The President's message will be sent in tomorrow. It is decidedly against secession. Secretary Cobb resigns on the pretext of business duties at home. The Republicans are willing to be magnanimous, but their magnanimity comes too late. South Carolina is going, beyond a shadow of doubt, and it is equally certain that the Gulf States will follow. Senator Hunter's letter to the Examiner, it is known here, argues strong for the Constitutional right of secession. He is willing to try to save the Union, but has little hope.--Virginia cannot remain neutral — she must side with the South. Mr. Pryor's triumph in Petersburg, and the offer of Gov. Gist to 1,300 troopers in Baltimore by Major Lee--a son of "Light Horse Harry" --create a profound sensation. There is no money in the Treasury. Government has deposited only the per diem for members, and can't and won't pay their mileage. The weather is bitter cold. Zed.
of secessionists than the wives of "submissionists." There was a meeting here last week to nominate delegates to the Convention, and night were appointed a committee to make nominations, and out of the eight, three were ministers. We have a rifle corps here of 70 men, and our representative, P. C. J. Weston, a rice planter, has made them a present of 100 Minnie rifles ($3,500) and a Whitworth gun, ($1,500.) besides smaller contributions. We have also an artillery company of 64 men, and Governor Gist has just sent them a battery of six guns; and three rice planters have sent them their checks for $200 a piece. Then we have a troop, called the Marion Light Troop, of 52 men, to which I belong. We had a present of $250 last week; and if we do have to fight we will be ready to do so. Our railroad is still pushing on, and will not stop. All other business is at a stand still. Personal liberty law in Vermont. The final action of the Vermont Legislature, before its adjournment o
pected, and they inferred that in Virginia, as in South Carolina, it might turn out that the people were ahead of the politicians. The news from Maryland is significant. A South Carolina delegate tells me that he saw a letter addressed to Gov. Gist by the Colonel of a regiment of horse, 1300 strong, and belonging to the city of Baltimore and its vicinity, pledging the entire force in aid of South Carolina in case the Federal Government attempts coercion after the State has seceded. The mmitted to the vote of the regiment and decided unanimously in favor of South Carolina. The regiment consists of volunteers, and has been raised within a few days for the express purpose of helping South Carolina. This letter certainly came to Gov. Gist, nor is there any doubt of its genuineness. It is useless to disguise facts. The people of the South are determined to bring matters to a conclusion of one sort or another, and that speedily. Will write you again on Monday. Zed.
et it be provided that it shall not take effect till the 4th of March next. It is said that Cobb, Thompson, Floyd, Jefferson Davis, and other Democratic chieftains, have yielded, and that a Mr. Trescot has been sent to make a solemn appeal to Governor Gist. Hearing of this, two prominent members of South Carolina, regarding the President's plan as, to use their own words, "a deep-laid conspiracy to prevent disunion," have telegraphed Governor Gist, and followed the telegram with a joint letterGovernor Gist, and followed the telegram with a joint letter, urging him to hold fast, and go out promptly.--Should South Carolina yield an inch, all other Southern States will yield an ell, and the Union will not be dissolved. Sumner says that Massachusetts is prepared to see South Carolina go out. Using the language of one of the Borgias, in speaking of an insurgent province of Italy, he said, "Let her fry in her own fat." He thinks the Gulf States will follow South Carolina, but that all the border States will stay in. In spite of the incle
Secession movement at the South. Warlike Preparations--Rev. Dr. Breckinridge--Miscellaneous Items, &c., &c. The mails from the South bring further "note of preparation." The Norfolk (Va. ) Argus is "credibly informed" that the various offers to Governor Gist, of South Carolina, of the personal services of Virginians, in case she should need them, already embrace bands comprising in the aggregate 16,000 men. The Montgomery (Ala.) Mail says twenty-five hogsheads of gunpowder, for the State of Alabama, was received there last week. The steamship Montgomery arrived at Savannah, Ga., a few days since, with 1,000 Sharpe's carbines and 40,000 conical balls, from Hartford, Ct., for the State of Georgia. A letter from the Rev. Dr. Breckinridge, the distinguished Presbyterian divine, of Kentucky, to a friend in New York State, is published. He thinks if the North insists on using the National Government to put down slavery — or if the South insists on using it to perpetuate an
the result. Mr. Hunter was willing to go farther for conciliation than his recent letter indicated. Mr. Brown advocated immediate secession as the only remedy. But Mr. Davis thought other means should be exhausted before proceeding to that extremity. Mr. Slidell was among the most ultra, and declared that Louisiana could not be restrained from taking position with the seceding States, even if her representatives in Congress were opposed to that policy. Mr. Iverson was not present. Mr. Buchanan is anxiously awaiting the result of a mission he sent to South Carolina on Thursday last, to induce Gov. Gist and the leading Disunionists not to attempt the seizure of the forts in Charleston harbor, until after the fourth of March. William H. Trescott, Assistant Secretary of State--a South Carolinian and secessionist — has been dispatched on this business, and, of course, carries with him an assurance that the President would not interfere to prevent South Carolina from going out.
Aid from Connecticut. --Governor Gist, of South Carolina, has received a letter from a gentleman in Connecticut enclosing a $1,000 check, with a request that it be invested in the new issue of South Carolina 6 per cent. stock, intended to raise funds for arming the State. The correspondence is published.
President then requested the Delegates (by previous decision) to step forward as they were called in the alphabetical order of the Districts which they represented, and sign the Ordinance. Two hours were occupied in this solemn ceremony — the crowd waiting patiently the end. As the Delegation from St. Philip's and St. Michael's came forward, again the hall was filled with applause. And as the Hon. R. B. Rhett advanced to the parchment, the shouts became deafening, long-continued, until he had seated himself, signed and retired.--The same special compliment was paid to our Ex-Governor Gist, who recommended in his message to the extra session the immediate secession of South Carolina from the Union. At the close of the signatures, the President, advancing to the front of the platform, announced that the Seal of the State had been set, the signatures of the Convention put to the Ordinance, and he thereby proclaimed the State of South Carolina a separate, independent nationality.
es wide, and six yards long. A dispatch from Charleston gives the following additional items: Martial law, within five miles of Charleston will be immediately declared, and all suspicious persons ordered off. Gen. Greer has offered the services of his company of Texas Rangers (armed and equipped at their own expense,) to Governor Pickens, as Minute Men, to be sent to any point. General Dunovant commands the harbor.--Major Ripley commands the battery at Fort Moultrie. General Gist is acting Adjutant General. There are 1,500 Caroling troops now in active services at different posts around the harbor. The United States Vessels stationed at Charleston. The revenue earlier said to have been taken by the at Charleston, is an old pilot boat now sailed the Athen. She mounts no guns, and is merely aimed by government, and to used as a cutter. There has been to United States revenue cutter on this station since 1854, when she foundered in a gale off the harb
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