Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kentucky State Senator in New York

The Covington Journal of November 2, 1861 reprinted this article from the New York World

A KENTUCKY STATE SENATOR AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - An informal reception of Hon. Nathaniel Wolfe, a State Senator of Kentucky, was held by the Chamber of Commerce at their rooms yesterday afternoon. Many of the leading members were present, Mr. Wolfe spoke freely of the troubles in Kentucky, and stated his belief that on a fair vote now Kentucky was still, as ever, for the Union; but he feared that unless some Constitutional guarantee was given for the protection of slavery in the State from interference from Congress, she would be drawn into the vortex of Secession. He did not think slavery was likely to die out there soon. 

Kentucky was unfortunate in her present Governor, but the Legislature was firm. When the Secessionists  had demanded that the Federal troops be withdrawn from the State before they themselves left, the Legislature said they would die in their seats before they would make that compromise. Fremont's proclamation had a terrible and stunning affect in Kentucky, and would have lost the State but for Mr. Lincoln's modification at the request of the Kentucky Legislature.

Location of Wolfe County, named for Nathaniel Wolfe

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