The turbulent Virginia Democratic Convention in Richmond had just adjourned and many members immediately convened a mass meeting. The meeting heard from Mississippi representative to Virginia Peter B. Starke, who urged that Virginia attend a southern convention that coming June. The gathering then agreed to a strongly worded resolution recommending that the Virginia Legislature accept the invitation. (By John Osborne)
"The Virginia State Democratic Convention," New York Times, February 20, 1860, p. 4.