South Carolina Commissioner Christopher Memminger speaks for four hours before the Virginia legislature

South Carolina had 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 that pointed out the dangers of inaction in the face of Northern antagonism.  (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.
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Lawmaking/Litigating
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