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    Rives, William C.: CORRESPONDENCE, ALBEMARLE COUNTY, JAN, 12, 1861. [Albemarle County: 1861]. 3pp, folded quarto sheet, minor soil, top margin untrimmed. Very Good. This document consists of two letters. The first, from Jonathan Bibb "and five hundred and fifty others," invites Rives to represent them at the forthcoming Virginia Convention. "We believe that the time has come when the questions so long pending between the North and the South must be settled forever, and in a manner satisfactory to our section, or we can no longer remain a united people." It suggests the caution of the Virginians, who refused the Cotton States' call to jump from the Union. Rather, Bibb and his friends seek Rives's guidance "without indicating more distinctly our own views." Rives's reply declines the invitation: he is already a delegate to the forthcoming Peace Convention in Washington. However, Rives makes clear that there must be substantial concessions to the South or Virginians will be justified in "embracing the sole alternative left us for the protection and vindication of our rights." Of Rives, Appleton writes, "After the secession of Virginia, with which he was not in sympathy, he served in the first and second provisional Confederate congresses." This scarce item is an important illustration of the pressures that the Cotton States' secession had placed on conservative southern unionists like Rives. FIRST EDITION. NUC 0307659. Not in Haynes or Sabin.

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