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In Their Own Words

November 08, 1860

Newspaper Called for Convention

In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as president, the Macon Daily Telegraph printed an editorial calling for a statewide convention in Georgia:

“We are amazed to hear an outside rumor that a large portion of the western and southwestern delegation to the General Assembly of Georgia are opposed to the call of a convention of the people of Georgia to determine upon the course of the State in the crisis brought upon us by the election of Lincoln… .

“Let a convention of the State be called. Let us determine our own policy in the most authoritative form, and appeal to the allegiance and patriotism of the people to sustain with unanimity and enthusiasm.”

Source: Spencer B. King, Jr., Georgia Voices: A Documentary History to 1872 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1966, reprinted 1974), p. 270.