Philadelphia's labor leaders endorse compromise but also recommend defensive force if needed
Labor leaders in Philadelphia met in the evening at the Spring Garden Hall. After discussion, the gathering resolved both "to use military force defensively against those who resist the Federal officers in the execution of their legal functions" and to endorse the Crittenden Compromise as a way to avoiding disunion. A mass meeting of working men was also planned for Independence Square the following week. (By John Osborne)
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), I: 747.