December 7, 1860: News and opinion from Washington

From the New York Times’ Washington correspondent, December 7, 1860:

Serious apprehensions are expressed as to the anticipated collision between the Federal and State Government after South Carolina shall have seceded from the Union. It is supposed she will attempt to control and regulate the port of Charleston. The President says in his Message that he will continue to collect the public revenue at that point. Castle Pinckney and Fort Moultrie, commanding the port of Charleston, will enable him to do so, — and hence it is believed a collision will be inevitable, soon after the act of secession shall be accomplished.

I have reason to believe this fear is entirely groundless. South Carolina will do nothing hastily which will involve a collision with the Federal authorities. Her first move will be to send Commissioners to Washington to arrange all matters amicably if possible. They will lay before the President the application of their State to be recognized as an independent Government, on condition of paying her proportion of all public liabilities, and to have surrendered to her such public property as may be located within her territorial limits.

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