Davis had been ill, suffering from neuralgia and severe migraines. His doctor was amazed that he was able to go to the Senate. Davis's final farewell was a sentimental goodbye to his old Senate colleagues.
"I am sure I feel no hostility to you, Senators from the North. I am sure there is not one of you, whatever sharp discussion there may have been between us, to whom I cannot now say, in the presence of my God, I wish you well."In Boston, Massachusetts, abolitionist Wendell Phillips gave a speech in which he praised secession as a positive good. The sooner the slave states left the Union, the better. Phillips was booed and hissed and had to have a police escort out of the hall.