"Why Such Haste?"
Editorial in Lynchburg Daily Virginian, February 4, 1861.
On February 4, 1861, election day for members of the Virginia Convention, Charles William Button, editor of the Lynchburg Daily Virginian, cautioned against hasty action before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln to succeed James Buchanan as president of the United States on March 4, 1861. "Lincoln cannot do more than Buchanan has declared it to be his purpose to do," Button wrote, "to-wit: execute the laws." Button relied on Lincoln's expressed intention, as he interpreted it, "to conciliate the States remaining in the Union."