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Resolved, That in the present crisis of our public; affairs, there ought to be a full and sincere union of all political parties in support of the constitutionally elected government of the United States, and that this General Assembly pledges to the President of the United States the best exertions of the government and people of Rhode Island, and its entire resources, for the preservation of the Union.
Potter, Elisha R., "Speech of Hon. Elisha R. Potter Upon the Resolution in Support of the Union" (1861). Library Archive. Paper 21.