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Governor Hicks refuses to call the Maryland legislature to hear the Mississippi secession commissioner

Maryland State House, Annapolis, Maryland
Mississippi Governor John J. Pettus had recently named Judge Alexander Hamilton Handy a secession commissioner to his birth state of Maryland.  Handy met Governor Thomas Hicks in Annapolis and requested meeting a session of the Maryland legislature to explain Mississippi's position in the current crisis.  Hicks refused his request out of hand.  Handy spoke instead to a meeting in Baltimore the next evening. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Cause of the Civil War (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2001), 31-32.