Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky introduces his Compromise in the United States Senate
Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky had put together a proposal he felt could avert war between free and slave states. The six constitutional amendments and four congressional resolutions in the package all dealt with the protection of slavery as an institution from federal or free state interference. The compromise was introduced as a joint resolution in the U.S. Senate on December 18, 1860. The measure was discussed in public meetings over much of the North but, in the end, came to nothing in Congress. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 47.