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A man from Pittsylvania County reported in the spring of 1861 that Mississippi planters were displeased with the course of events and that he no longer favored immediate secession.
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"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."

Alexandria Gazette, March 9, 1861.

A gentleman of Pittsylvania county, Va., a strong secessionist, in February last, being dissatisfied with the course things were taking in Virginia, went to Mississippi for the purpose of buying land and to remove his negroes, to that State. He has just returned, and called on the Delegate from his county to say, that though he had thought Virginia was slow, "I hope she will be slower still;" that he saw but few of the substantial, wealthy proprietors in Mississippi who were not dissatisfied with the course of events South, at the prospect of heavy taxation, and of no benefit under the new order of things that they could not expect under the old Union; and told him "that if Virginia and the Border States got such guarantees as would be satisfactory to them, they had no doubt that Mississippi and the Gulf States would return." He has concluded to remain in Virginia.