ric bursts of oratory.
He advocated action, without reference to the other Convention, as the best means of bringing the Unionists to their senses.
And the so-called Demosthenean Seddon, and G. W. Randolph (grandson of Thomas Jefferson), Lieut.-Gov. Montague, James Lyons, Judge Robertson, etc., were there.
Never, never did I hear more exalted and effective bursts of oratory.
And it was apparent that messages were constantly received from the other Convention.
What they were, I did not learnout being taken in the other Convention on the ordinance of secession.
cried another member, we will give them another chance to save themselves.
But it is the last!
This was concurred in by a vast majority.
Not long after, Lieut.-Gov. Montague came in and announced the passage of the ordinance by the other Convention!
This was succeeded by a moment too thrilling for utterance, but was followed by tears of gladness and rapturous applause.
Soon after, President Tyler and Gov. Wi
r Brown, of Georgia, also; but Sherman will hit him hardest.
He must call out all his fighting people now, or see his State ravaged with impunity.
Both Houses of Congress sit most of the time in secret session, no doubt concocting strong measures under the influence of the existing crisis.
Good news only can throw open the doors, and restore the hilarity of the members.
When not in session, they usually denounce the President; in session, they are wholly subservient to him.
Hon. R. L. Montague has written to the Secretary of War, on behalf of the entire Virginia delegation, requesting a suspension of the impressment of slaves until further legislation by Congress; what that legislation will be, the President might tell, if he would.
A dispatch from Gen. Wheeler, dated to-day, 12 miles from Forsyth, states that Sherman advances by the most direct route toward Macon, Ga.
My wife presented me to-day an excellent pocket-handkerchief, my old ones being honey-combed and u
He looked for it, and a determined effort would have carried it. He says there is no reason to suppose the attempt has been abandoned, and it must fall if a sufficient force be not sent thither.
If the enemy are apprised of the weak condition of the fort, it is probable Grant has been sending another and a stronger expedition there, and it may be apprehended that before many days Wilmington will cease to be of value to us as a blockade-running port of entry.
I saw the Hon. Mr. Montague to-day, who told me there was a strong party in Congress (which he opposed) in favor of making Gen. Lee generalissimo without the previous concurrence of the President.
He says some of the Georgia members declare that their State will re-enter the Union unless Lee be speedily put at the head of military affairs in the field-he being the only man possessing the unlimited confidence of the people.
I agreed with him that the President ought to be approached in a proper manner, and freely c
dence that they will not be interrupted.
We earnestly solicit the attendance, in Richmond, on or before the 25th of April (instant), of the following persons, citizens of Virginia, to confer with us as to the best means of restoring peace to the State of Virginia.
We have procured safe conduct from the military authorities of the United States for them to enter the city and depart without molestation: Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, A. T. Caperton, Wm. C. Rives, John Letcher, A. H. H. Stuart, R. L. Montague, Fayette McMullen, J. P. Holcombe, Alexander Rives, B. Johnson Barbour, James Barbour, Wm. L. Goggin, J. B. Baldwin, Thomas S. Gholson, Waller Staples, S. D. Miller, Thomas J. Randolph, Wm T. Early, R. A. Claybrook, John Critcher, Wm. Towns, T. H. Eppes, and those other persons for whom passports have been procured and especially forwarded that we consider it to be unnecessary to mention.
A. J. Marshall, Senator, Fauquier; James Neeson, Senator, Marion; James Venable, Senator elect,