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f the right of secession. Virginia was called upon to say to the Government-- you must not enforce your laws in this or that State, but you must enforce them in others; that you must collect your revenues in New York, but must not collect them in South Carolina. He then read from the writings of Henry Clay, to show that he looked upon secession as treason. Secession was a Yankee notion. South Carolina had given the true definition — it was the doctrine of the irrepressible conflict.--Seward had abandoned it, and the Black Republicans were afraid to enforce it; but the South had taken it up. Virginia was far behind the times in supposing the contest was between anything but the two systems of society. In connection with this he read from Mr. Spratt's speech in the Congress at Montgomery, and from Mr. Preston's speech before this Convention. That was the feast to which the people of Virginia were invited. South Carolina initiated this movement, and would control it, if a gover
his advice. There is no such State as Virginia, North or South. There are no such people as her planters anywhere. We hear daily of the departures accomplished and in prospect of large numbers of gentlemen with their slaves. This is just what Seward & Co. desire. Let them stick to the old State. Let them not sacrifice their fine estates to the nasal and vulgar ruffians of Black Republicanism. Let them stand by this glorious old Commonwealth to the last, and fight for their rights and honere can be no doubt but that all Virginians, except a little clique of impotent traitors and obscure Abolitionists,--whom the majority can convince in their own way, --will elect for the South.--Supposing this State to be as selfish and abject as Seward believes, interest is too imperative to permit hesitation. Choice for the North would be pecuniary disaster, compared to which the crises of ' 37 and '57 were as the explosion of two bladders to the bursting of a cannon; for then the slaves and
yes, Virginians, resident in your own State, will be in the scrummage. Do you doubt it? if you do, you need not doubt any more. Look at President Davis' Inaugural again, and all men who know Davis, knows he never speaks words without meaning. Seward, if no one else, understands him, for he has stripped him many a time of his hellish masks and held him up in his naked deformity to the world. Yes, Seward knows Davis. This war is a game that takes two to play at, and when once commenced it wiSeward knows Davis. This war is a game that takes two to play at, and when once commenced it will not be ended on Southern soil. The people here are just as cool and as dispassionate to- day as if Lincoln had never lived. We are prepared for the most, and the worst, and we now say, "lay on Macduff." Our harbor is filled with vessels, and we notice a large number of vessels "up, cleared, and sailed," for this port. I will state a fact that may put to blush office-seekers who may see it: There has been but two postmasters in the city of Charleston since the days of Washington.
Advices from Texas show that the State has ratified the Secession Ordinance by from 40,000 to 45,000 majority. It is reported that Governor Houston resigns his position. The walnut trees in Great Britain have become very scarce, having been bought up by the Government during the Crimean war to be made into musket stocks. The commissions of the new Cabinet officers have all been signed by the President, and Mr. Seward was the first to enter upon the duties of his office at the State Department. John C. Kassen, of Iowa, has been nominated by the President as First Assistant Postmaster General. The barn of James C. Scott, near Marion, Ala., with 30,000 bushels of corn, was destroyed by fire on the 29th ult. The residence of Robert D. Grigg, near Petersburg, Va., was burnt on Tuesday night last. Loss $1,200. Dr. Thomas Harris, U. S. N., died in Philadelphia on Monday, in the 78th year of his age. The municipal election of Alexandria, Va., took pl
In Washington, Wednesday, the Vermont delegation called on Gen. Scott and Messrs. Seward, Dix and Bates. Gen. Scott made a speech in which he thanked Vermont for her Presidential vote in 1852.