Prayer by Rev. Mr. Bosserman, of the Universalist Church.
At a public meeting of the people of King and Queen, held at the Court-house, on the 4th of April, Archibald Pointer was called to the Chair, and E. B. Montague appointed Secretary.
On motion of Alexander Dudley, the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Whereas, we feel assured that the preservation of our cherished institution of black labor demands the immediate secession of this Commonwealth from her present connection, and her union with the Confederated States of the South, and have seen, with deep mortification, the hesitating and dilatory course pursued by a majority of the State Convention, now in session in the city of Richmond; therefore,
Resolved, 1st. That we are opposed to any Convention of the Border Slave States, because we regard it as a move looking to delay only. We are still more opposed to any further efforts being made to obtain concessions from, or compromises with, the white labor States of the late United States; and, since our Convention is unable to decide what shall be our future destiny, we invite them to submit to the people the question, whether we shall remain in union with the cold, calculating, ism-worshipping, money-loving, unfriendly North, or shall we cast our lot with the noble sons of the South, numbers of whom sprung from Virginia sires, and whose interests are, in most material respects, identical with our own.
Resolved, 2d. That we do not intend the foregoing resolutions as an instruction to our true and faithful representative, Dr. R. H. Cox ; on the contrary, we return him our earnest thanks for the straightforward, manly course which he has pursued.
Resolved, 3d. That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Richmond papers for publication, and our delegate be requested to lay the same before the Convention.
On motion, the meeting adjourned.
ARCHIBALD POINTER, Ch'mn.
E. B. MONTAGUE, Sec'y.