"Pro-Slavery Rebellion: From Louisiana" - Albert D. Richardson - New York Tribune
The Convention - closing hours - flatness of trade
Thursday, April 4, 1861
"The closing session of the State Convention yesterday was a very turbulent one. After the transaction of miscellaneous business, the ordinance making the judiciary appointive instead of elective, came up. . ."
How it goes on - Northern pro-slavery men - the loan
"Citizens of Northern birth are numerous throughout the Gulf States. Many are among the heaviest business men in the cities and a few are a few planters in the rural districts. Their position during the present revolution is peculiarly embarrassing. . ."
The convention - a day's debate
"Yesterday was a lively day in the Louisiana Convention. In the first place, Mr. Bienvenu threw a hot shot into the Secessionist camp, by offering an ordinance requesting the President of the Convention to lay before that body the popular vote in each parish for the election of delegates to this Convention. . ."
"In order to close my last in season for the mail, I was compelled to cut short my account of the debate in our State Convention upon Mr. Cannon's ordinance for submitting the Montgomery Constitution to a vote of the people. . ."
"The edifice in which the sessions of the State Convention are held is one of the most elegant and harmonious public buildings in the city. It is located on St. Charles street, facing Lafayette square - one of the admirable little parks which are the pride of New Orleans - and a short distance from the imposing First Presbyterian Church, in which the well-known Dr. Palmer dispenses a sound Pro-Slavery gospel. . ."
The coercion of the border states
"We, the people (I know this beginning is ponderous, but I spent so much time in the late virtueus and lamented Louisiana Convention that I fall quite unconsciously into the official style) - we, the people, made a demonstration yesterday, of no great intrinsic importance, but very significant, as a straw showing which way the wind blows. . ."
The people speak
"As I wrote you in my last, we of the city expressed 'our sentiments' in regard to the late State Convention, at last Monday's Judicial election. Today we have received a voice from the country on the same subject. . ."
What the rebels think of war
"The Secession newspapers express gratification that Mr. William H. Russell, the graphic correspondent of 'The London Times,' is to visit the South. They profess to court investigation, whenever it is made in a spirit of truth and candor. . ."