"I hope she will be slower still"
Alexandria Gazette, March 9, 1861.
A man from Pittsylvania County, on the North Carolina border, who had favored secession, in February 1861 went to Mississippi after that state seceded to purchase land there. He returned in the spring and informed one of the Convention delegates from Pittsylvania County, either William T. Sutherlin or William Marshall Tredway, that the great planters in Mississippi were dissatisfied with the course of events. Even though he had once thought that Virginia was moving too slowly, the unidentified man from Pittsylvania County had changed his mind and hoped that "she will be slower still."