Category Archives: Crittenden Compromise

March 19, 1861: Missouri Convention rejects secession

The Missouri Secession Convention, meeting in St. Louis, passed resolutions rejecting secession and endorsing the Crittenden Compromise. The first resolution, rejecting secession, passed 89 to 1. Note the amendment of resolution 5, which steps back from condemning coercive force by … Continue reading

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March 14, 1861: Slavery — what God intended for Mexico

The Oxford Mercury’s editor rejoiced in the secession of Texas, because it provides such a convenient launchpad for an invasion of Mexico. When Lincoln said about the Crittenden Compromise that it “would amount to a perpetual covenant of war against … Continue reading

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February 27, 1861: Peace Conference adjourns.

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch: “Mr. Franklin,” who proposed this substitute set of resolutions, appears to be Thomas E. Franklin of Pennsylvania, but I can’t find out anything else about him. As you’ll see, the resolutions still amount to the … Continue reading

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February 24, 1861: The Peace Conference still trying.

The Peace Conference, after laboring mightily, gave birth to the same old thing — it’s basically the Crittenden Compromise. No chance it would pass Congress, of course. And despite their hopes, Lincoln was set against allowing slavery in the territories, … Continue reading

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February 15, 1861: The Peace Conference is a bust

John Tyler From the New York Times: WASHINGTON, Friday, Feb. 15. The report of the Committee of One from each State to the Peace Conference to-day was presented and ordered printed. The members of the Committee who disagree with the … Continue reading

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February 6, 1861: Compromise is pointless

An editorial from the bilingual New Orleans Bee makes it clear that the efforts of the Peace Conference are going to be in vain, at least in one cotton state editor’s opinion. The editor rightly posits that there’s not going … Continue reading

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February 6, 1861: Peace Convention continues

John M. Morehead of North Carolina The peace convention in Washington continued, but not much new was coming from it. It basically comes down to the Crittenden Compromise again. WASHINGTON, Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Peace Convention had a session of … Continue reading

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January 18, 1861: “…that danger arises from the assaults that are made upon the institution of domestic slavery”

The Georgia Secession Convention opened on January 16, 1861, but the first two days were largely taken up by formalities. On January 18 the convention got down to the main business at hand. Eugenius A. Nisbet The doors were then … Continue reading

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