February 15, 1861: The Peace Conference is a bust

John Tyler
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 majority, stated at length their objections to the propositions of settlement, but declined making any minority report. Col. SEDDON, of Virginia, Judge RUFFIN, of North Carolina, and Gen. DONIPHAN, of Missouri, refused to sign the report, and it is understood that the delegations from these States will vote against it. Maryland, Kentucky and Tennessee will vote for it, and it will probably be adopted by a majority of States represented in the Conference. It is understood that Messrs. TYLER, SEDDON and BROCKENBROUGH will urge the Virginia Convention to reject the proposition. Messrs. RIVES and SUMMERS will recommend its adoption.

Information from Richmond leaves the character of the Convention there in great doubt. Both parties seem to be somewhat disappointed, so far as any views have been expressed, and the purpose of the Convention cannot be known until the propositions have been submitted and action had thereon.

An intelligent member of the Conference informs me that their proceedings may be terminated any day, but cannot continue more than three or four days longer. Mrs. TYLER left for home this afternoon, and Mr. TYLER expects soon to follow. The plan reported by the Committee is a mixture of GUTHRIE’S and CRITTENDEN’S, and will stand no chance of adoption by the present Congress.

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