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

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. 
Date Certainty
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Type
Lawmaking/Litigating
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