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South Carolina sends Christopher Memminger to discuss the sectional crisis with the Virginia legislature

Christopher Gustavus Memminger, detail
South Carolina dispatched the moderate legislator Christopher Memminger to Richmond to discuss the state of the Union and raise the idea of a "southern conference" that would provide the slave states with a united front in the sectional crisis.  He was well received in the city and gave a four-hour speech at the Virginia statehouse on January 19, 1860.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Link, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), 195-196.