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MARK WOOD & GRAVES,
FASHIONABLE TAILORS, -**ia
Opposite the Marble Yard, via
Main St., Staunton, Va. - 1 - 1 --
WOULD inform their friends and the public gen
erally that they are now prepared to execute
work entrusted to them in the neatest and most fash
As they have had the practice of six years as CUT
TERS they feel confident of pleasing all who may
favour them with their custom, and they hope by
prompt attention to tusiness to merit a liberal share
Staunton, Sep. 6, 1359.
JAS. H. MCVEIGH. EDGAR T. MCVEIGH.
JAS. H. MoYEIGH & SON.,
(Successors to McVeigh & Chamberlain,)
AND DKALERS IN
Liquors, Wines. Tobacco- Segars, &€.,
PRINCE STREET WHARF,
Western Virginia &
MARBLE WORKS, m (\
AT STAUNTON Jluß Jl
HARRISONBURG. "fntS _B
MARQUIS & IE-LEY. Mil
Staunton, April 7, 1858.
GEO. M. COCHBAX. JAMBS COCHBAN.
COCHRAN & COCHRAN,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
WILL practice their profession in all the Courts of
Augusta and the Circuit Courts of Bath and
Highland. Strict attention will be given to all busi
ness entrusted to their care.
Aug. 24, 1858.
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
TTTILL practice in the Courts of Augusta and High-
J_jjF"" He may be found at his oflice, adjoining the
GA .SM IT Ii Manufacturer of S%W,
• Ladies'* Shoes of all descrip- _r _j
tions, keeps a large stock constantly on
hand and otters them at very reasonable prices. Also
MISSES' and CHILDREN'S SHOES. His stand is
next door to thb Post Office. Patronage is res
Staunton, May 17,1859.
GUY 8b WADDELL.,
REAL, ESTATE AGENTS,
BUYERS AND SELLERS will find it to their ad
vantage to call at their office in the Brick, part
>f ihe Old Bell Tavern.
Staunton, Sep. 6,1859.
Gr. G. YEAKLE,
CLOCKS, WATCHES AND JEWELRY,
SILVER AND PLATED WARE,
Opposite. Va. Hotel, Staunton, Va.
. .-antoa, Aug. SO, 1859.
J. M. HANGER
Ui-TIEY AT LAW, a -vUXXON, VA.,
WucticPiii all the Couri** held ■►• B*aan«_h
..ia ... C.rcuit _o_rts ot Albemarle and
1 1 -<-»■ . ice in the brick-row, in the rear of
- .. * .ft, 1857.
JOHN W. MEREDITH,
JEWELRY- CLOCKS, WATCHES, &c,
Main St., Stannton, Va.
p_r* Walshes and Jewelry Repaired.
St_unton Jan.l 7.
JOHN C. MICHIE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
WARM SPRINGS, BATH COUNTY, VA..
WILL practice in the Courts of Bath, Highland,
Pocihontas and Augusta. U_f All business
entrusted to him will be promptly attended to.
March IJ, IB6o.—*6mc.
OCTOR JAMES B. GILKESON T Having
located in Staunton, tenders his professionalser
vices to the public. He may be found, when not pro
ession; Iv engaged, at the room over the Saddle and
Harness establishment of Mr. G. H. Elick, nearly op
posite the Post Offlce.
Staunton Feb. 8.1859—tf.
A. D. CHANDLER,
KEEPS METALIC CASES of all sizes, at Staun
toD and Millborough Depot, at City Prices.
Staunton, July 19, 1859.
R. L. DOYLE,
Attorney at Law, Staunton, Va.,
WILL practice in the Courts of Augusta, Rock
bridge, Bath and Highland.
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C,
JOHN H. A A. W. KIRKWOOD,
Washington, March 24,1858 —ly
HEALING WATER.—DR. W. B. YOUNG,
Druggist, has a large lot of Healing Water for
sale, and is the regular Agent for it in Staunton.
STOVES, STOVES.—We have just received 52
Stoves of various patterns, some entirely new, to
which we invite the attention of the public.
Staunton. Oct. 25. WOODS & GILKESON.
UST RECEIVED.—The best and cheapest low
price TOBACCO that can be found. Wholesale
or retail by JNO. B. EVANS.
Staunton, July 26, 1859.
CORN MEAL —For sale in large or small quan
tities at the STAUNTON STEAM MILLS .at
market prices. Apply to
May 31, '59. S- A. RICHARDSON, Sup't.
PHYSICIANS can always be supplied with a ful
assortment ol'Medicines of the best qualit. at
DR. H. S. EICHELBERGER'S.
Staunton, Jan. 25, '59
F UBS I FURS !—ls sets of Furs just received,
and will be sold at a very low figure.
Staunton, Nov. 8. PIPER _ FUNKHOUSER.
-i HANDSOME COAL GRATE for sale by
1 WOODS & GILKESON.
Staunton, Oct. 25.
MILLER'S HEAVY GOODS-A full supply
lor Servants' Wear, just received by
Btnul—. Oct. 11, '59. TAYLOR & HOGE.
JCBT RE>CEiV_SD—A very fine assortment of
CLOCKS to be sold very low.
Staunton, Aug. 9, '59. G. C. YEAKLE.
'\ BOOK FOR FARMERS.—Campbell's
l\ Manual of Agriculture. ROB'T COWAN.
_ita__tr.n, Nov. 15.
f 'GATHER ! LEATHER ! 1-2000 lbs SOLE
JLj LX KTUER good sump—for sale by
_2__m. P. N. POWELL A CO.
CILOAKING CLOTHS.—A few pieces of Black
/. Corded Cloaking Cloth, just received at
Stan Eton, Nov. 22,1869. D. A. KAYSER'S.
FOR LIEUT. GOV.
NOTWITHSTANDING the failure of the Atlantic
Cable to come up to the expectations of some of
the knowing ones of the Old and New World, yet
GABRIEL HIRSH, one of the largest stockholders
in the concern, for the purpose of cultivating a frater
nal feeling with all mankind, has extended it as far
as the city of Staunton, where it is performing some
of the greatest achievements of the age, in the wayot
exhibiting at his old stand, on Main Street, the
largest and most complete STOCK OF GOODS ever
brought to this market. The greatest wonder, how
ever, eveu surpassing the operations of the Cable, are
the "CHINESE JUGGLERS," on exhibition at his
window, where the prettiest man in the country is al
ways to be found engaged in Repairing Watches
■gpT The $4,000 offered some time since, is still in
the handsof a responsible gentleman in Staunton,ready
to be handed over to any one who will bring forward
a superior workman in his line. G. HIRSH.
Stsuunton. Oct. 19,1858—tf
FOR THE SEASON AT THE STAND
FORMERLY OCCUPIED BT
WM. T. MOU.TT, Main St., Stannton, Va
MAGNUS S. CEASE
WOULD respectfully call the attention of the cit
izens of Staunton and vicinity to his large and
en irely new stock of FALL GOODS, which he is now
receiving and opening, cousisting of Wate. - , Sugar and
Soda Crackers, Picnics, Raisins, Figs, Currants, Cit
ron, Dates, Prunes, English Walnuts, Filberts, Al
monds, Ground Nuts, Pecan Nuts, Lemons, Oranges,
Sardines, and Candies of every description. —
Also Fancy Goods, French Candies, Cakes and
l-g" Wedding parties furnished at the shortest no
tice, and on the most reasonable terms.
Also Fresh Peaches, Lobsters, Pickles, Catchups,
He will sell on reasonable terms, and respectfully
solicits a share of patronage.
"__T" Candy sold at Wholesale and Retail.
Staunton, Nov. 8, 1859.
GREAT EXCITEMENT AT THE
CLOTHING HOUSE OF
(brandeburg's old stand.)
THOUGH the Great Eastern has met with serious
accident, vei my large and well selected stock of
FALL AND WINTER CLOTHING will abundantly
show that my cargo of Goods did arrive safely, and
includes the greatest variety of well finished clo
thing ever brought to this market.
My present stand, at Brandeburg's old Corner
and Opposite the Va. Hotel, gives a sufficiency
of room to show to my customers as nice a stock
of Clothing as can be exhibited this side ot Baltimore
and which I will sell at Baltimore City Prices.
The public are invited to examine my stock, before
purchasing elsewhere, at least all those who con.id
er that "a penny saved is a penny made."
Brandeburg's old stand, Opp'te Va. Hotel.
Staunton, Oct. 11. 1859.
TANNERY. —I have this day associated my son,
Wm. B. Gallaher with me in the Tanning busi
ness in the town of Waynesboro' and the business wih
hereafter be conducted in the name of H. L. GALLA
HER k SON.
Persons indebted to my Tannery are hereby notified
to come forward and settle, aud those having claims
against it are requested to present the same for pay
ment. My son, Wm. B. Gallaher, will always be found
at the Tannery and is authorized to settle for me.
Public patronage is solicited for the new concern.
S__*" The highest Cash price will be paid for hides,
skins, and bark at all times. 11. L. GALLAHER.
Waynesboro', Oct. 4,1859. —ly*.
BRVCi- -Li%o MEDICINES.
P. H. TROUT & CO.,
ARE now receiving a large stock of Drugs, __#
Medicines, Paints, Oils, &c., which ,*y
they bought direct from the manufacturers and j£
importers, and are able to sell pure articles on
favorable terms. Their stock of "SURGICAL IN
STRUMENTS is very large, embracing all instru
ments needed for town or county practice. Also the
largest supply of Fancy Articles, Brushes, Fine
Perfumery, kc, ever brought to this market.
Staunton, March 6, 1800.
APER~HANG_NGS I have ju.-t received
from one of the largest manufactories of Paper
Hangings in the United States, a great variety of
samples of the latest styles of Wall Paper. Per
sons wishing to procure handsome papering at rea
sonable prices are invited to call and examine my
samples, and I can order any they may select direct
from the Manufactories; getting it here in a few days
by express; selling in this way by the sample. la
void the necessity of keeping a large stock on hand;
and, consequently, will be able to sell for small pro
fits —more particularly, to cash customers.
Staunton, Feb. 28. R. COWAN.
DE FORREST, ARJJISTONG, & CO.
DRY GOODS MERCHANTS,
80 & 82 Chambers St., N. V.,
Would notify the Trade that they are opening
weekly, in new and beautiful patterns, 'the
Wamsutta Prints, also the Amoskeag, a New Print,
which excels every Print in the Country for perfec
tion of execution and design in full Madder Colors.
Our Prints are cheaper tban any in market, and meet
;_g with -xtaouve sale. Ord«-r*. r p "inDtly attended
Jan. SI, IS>?o—ly
DR. JAMES JOHNSTON, SURGICAL &
MECHANICAL DENTIST, having been located
permanently in Staunton for the last four years, would
respectfully inform his friends and the public gene
rally, that he still continues to practice Dentistry,in all
its various branches, with the strictest regard to du
rability and usefulness.
Office on the south-side of Main Street opposite the
old Spectator Office.
Staunton, Nov. 29,1854.
UrpHE BELLE OF THE SOUTH!"—Six
JL doz. Skeleton Skirts, ot all makes, as follows :
"Thomson's," "Sherwood's." "Moran's," and the
"Belle of the South," wnich is considered the most
graceful skirt now in use.
The above Skirts have just been received and will
be sold as low as possible.
PIPER A FUNKHOUSER.
Staunton, Mar. 6, IB6o.—Vin copf,
WHEAT WANTED.—The Staunton Steam
Mills Co. will pay the highest prices in Cash
for Wheat. Farmers wishing to dispose of then
crops will probaolj consult their interests by bring
ing samples to S. A. RICHARDSON, Sup't.
PLUSH AND VELVET VESTINGS.—Iu
patterns elegant Plur-h and velvet Vestings and
i.O patterns fine Fresh Silk Mixed Cassimeres.
Just received at D. A. KAYSER'S.
Staunton, Nov. 22.
V received a large supply of Virginia Cassimeres,
m»4e in Culpeper county, suitable for Gents' Spring
Su.is. Call and see them. TAILOR & HOGE.
Staunton March 13, iB6O.
J~JST RECEIVED.-A very nne_^gw-s_l3* a '
lot of all kinds of Spectaoles—pla-5-—* ASS.
tedjiteel and gold— and all kinds of Spectacle Glas
ses, «oncave, convex and colored.
Stamton, Jan. 31—tf A. LANG.
O ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.—
Otr accounts are now drawn off to the Ist of Jan
uary lait; and we hope those knowing themselves in
debted vill come forward and pay up at once.
Staunbn, Feb. 21. TAYLOR k HOGE.
O OM 1 THING EXTRA.—Just received a fine
O article of Lynchburg SMOKING TOBACCO, tor
sale at thtTobacco House of J. B. EVANS.
Stauntoi, January 17.
HORSE SHOES, HORSE SHOE IRON, NAILS
and N*il Rod, just received by
WOODS k GILKESON.
AXES tScz. —B doz. Superior Axes, 1 doz. Boy's
do. Alio a very superior lot of axe helves just
received and far sale by WOODS k GILKESON.
Staunton, Ott. 25.
I7**URS.— A f«w sets of very handsome Brown Rus
. sia, Fitch aid Sable Fur's. Received and for sale
by D. A. KAYSER.
Staunton, Nov 22; 1859.
ORN SHELLERS—We have on hand four
different varieties of Corn Shellers and Separa
tors. WOODS k GILKESON.
Staunton, Oct. 25.
LD DOMINION COFFEE POTS—A fresh suppiy
on hand and for sale by
WOODS & GILKESON.
Staunton, Nov. 15,1859.
■i rr BBLS. Molasses and Syrup, just received by
\D TAYLOR & HOGE.
Staunton, Oct. 11, 1859.
SELF-HEATING SMOOTH IRONS—for sale by
WOODS k GILKESON.
Staunton, Nov. 15, 1859.
WAITERS.— Seveial handsome sets of Waiters.
Also single do. for __fe>v
_Stiunton. Oct. 25. WWM>S A GILKESON.
ALL kinds of Iron Machinery fitted up at the work
Shop of the Staunton Foundry.
Sep.l3, 1859. A- J. GARBER k CO. '
17*011 Hats, Caps, and every style of Gents'Furnlsh
' ing Goods, call at J. POLLITZ'S
Staunton. Oct. 11,1859. Clothing Ho*asn '
L_ OF AS—A new lot Sofas, just to hand, very cheap '
O Staunton, July 19, '59. A. D. CHANDLER. I
STAUNTON, VIRGINIA,' TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 1860.
For the Spectator.
Messrs. Editors: —"Junius" is out again in a
column and a half of ineffable stupidity. His
Eagle plumes are gone, and he stands confessed
a Screech Owl. Hi vanity is perplexed to know
if"Z"is alarmed. At what? His impotence
would not alarm a hare. His fears suggest that
U Z" is angry—let his poor nerves be quiet.—
Tbe stagnant pool of dullness in which he is
fated to float, awakes commiseration, not anger.
Tbe most poisonous adder, divested of his fangs
is contemptible, rather than hurtful —his poison
remaining in his owu body, is innocuous to
others. So thou, poor ' .Junius.,"" most willing
for mischief, by a kiud Providence, hast been
shorn of the power for evil, and thus insured
from the hatred of generous minds. You have
written a long article, and yet bave shunned
answering questions which involve your own
honor, and that otyour friends. Why don't you
tell who stopped those "wheels of Justice?"—
The people are demanding a reply, and you need
not expect to escape it. I will "teach a star
ling" to say "wheels" at you, without ceasing,
till you answer. Again, why dont you string
together those "Philippics" which you say the
lawyers have uttered against Mr. Fpltz, and
point them out to them, and the people? You
have been asked to do so, but are as dumb as an
oyster—except to repeat tbe charge without
specification. The "Philippics" you speak of do
not exist. The course of Judge Thompson's
friends has been simply to defend him against
false accusation. You know it, those who read
the papers all know it—but it suits your pur
poses to cater tor sympathy, by falsely crying
persecution, and at once, without scruple, you
do it. You stand, now sir, in the unenviable at
titude of admitting by your refusal to answer,
chat your friend did mean to charge his adversa
ry witb unfounded delinquency, and that you
did mean to charge the advocates of Judge
Thompson with a persecution of your friend,
which you knew they were not guilty of. This
is an unfortunate predicament for one who puts
himself forward as the mouth-piece of the pure
minded farmers of tbe circuit—yet I call upon
tbe intelligent people we both address, to testify
to the truth, that Mr. Fultz and his friends have
rommitted the only persecutions that have
narked this canvass. He opened tbe ball with
charges over his own name, of such gross official
ncipacity against Judge Thompson as if true,
Miould have made him ineligible. The whole
ooject of Judge Thompson's friends has been to
meet those charges, and they have beein met and
dispioved so successfully, that his worst enemies
uare not insist ou them. What next? They
turu from Judge Thompson, and endeavor to
make his defenders odious, by charging upon
tbem the hatred and persecution ot Mr. Fultz.
The whole end and aim of the last article of
•"Junius" was to create prejudice against thebar
and to misrepresent their conduct. Alter pranc
ing into the lists with the lion's skin upon hit
recreant limbf, and calling on the world to listen,
and after some five weeks of tedious _-__en__,
it all comes to that same war upon classes, which
"A Countryman" had insisted on, and which
bad been universally execrated, before "Junius"
drawled it out. It is singular, and des-erres es
pecial note, that while Mr. Fultz himself lias
rested his claims on unfounded allegations of th<
official delinquency of his competitor his adco
cates build their hopes of his election ou the
false preiension that he is a persecuted man, aud
surrendering his charges, as utterly disproved,
seek to desolate society and stir up emi-iiy anu
distrust among its members, for the sake of aid
ing his cause. Was ever a canvass so inaugu
rated and so conducted before, since the world
began ? Your game is understood and apprecia
ted by au intelligent *-i.d indignant community,
virtuous men are alarmed into activity, to break
down this system of fraud and outrage, wbich
threatens to"destroy the social fabric, aud your
reckoning will be tremendous. You insidiously
ask "why was. this call (of the bar upon Judge
Thompson) so scrupulously confined to the law
yers, and so carefully excluded from the farmers,
mechanic?, merchants aud others?" Your in
sinuation is, that others were desirous of signing
the call and were not permitted, yet you know
this was net a fact. You pervert a determina
tion of the Bar, not to dictate to any one, into
an attempt to exclude their fellow citizens from
their just privileges. As freemen and voters,
the Lawyers had an undoubted right, to prefer
what ever candidate they most approved, and
having the closest association with the Judge
and the Bar, it was their right, and duty to
make that preference known—not in a spirit of
dictation, but for information to their fellow
citizens, to go for what it was worth. This
they did, ana I,othing more. It was just such
a movement as all bodies of men are in the daily
habit of making in behalf of an esteemed and
worthy associate—such as the Richmond Bar
has recently made, in favor of their present val
uable Judge—such as was made here, eight
years ago, in behalf of the able, pure and lament
ed Judge Baldwin, in which all the Bar cordial
ly united except his then late partner and pro
tigee David Fultz; who, for reasons best known
to himself, refused to endorse his benefactor.—
It would be as reasonable to brand with the
name ot "dictation" the cordial letters of recom
mendation given by neighbors to a worthy as
sociate and friend, or the resolutions of approval
given by passengers saved from wreck to the
captain who had brought them through the
storm, as to affix it to the action of the lawyer's
in this case. But suppose they had gone farther
as the sage "Junius," tbat brilliant commentator
>n Constitutional law, and brave defender of the
people's privileges, condemus them for not doing,
-uppose not coutent with their simple testimony
in his behalf, they had determined to convert it
into an electioneering trick, and rode over the
country to get subscribers to their call? Then
indeed they might justly have been charged
with a spirit of dictation —an attempt to ram
their preferences down the throats of the peo
ple, and 10 control the election. The Bar, which
as histrry testifies, has been the enthusiastic
friend ot liberty, in all ages, understood its
principles better than that. And it is left alone
for this one "bird" so far to misapprehend those
principles as fo cobdemn the Bar for not under
taking to control the people, I am not *nr
prised that my poor "Junius" has committed
this silly bur dangerous blonde-, for I am aware
that among his friends, all sorts of solicifatioo,
and even tne taking of written promise, when
voters can be persuaded to give tlitm, boon
sidered lawful, and called "sharj* practice."—
While Judge Thompson, with a just at
delicacy aud dignity of his position, an-i _ re
tined love of popular right and popular iuteili
gence, has not opened his mouth to aceu-t
competitor, or to laud himself, but leaves I
voters in freedom to judge and decide his claims.
Mr. Fultz in person opened the canvass wi.h
grave and serious accusations. While Judge
Thompson's friends have confined themselves
strictly to defending him against those charges, ;
making no assaults but. such as inferentially aud
necessaiily flowed from the disproof of those
charges, Mr. Fultz's friends have dealt in un
sparing denunciation of them and their motives, 1
accusing them of abus.: ihey never uttered, and
phillipics they never penned, calling on the peo- ,
pie to proscribe them as their enemies, insist- 1
ing that their call upon Judge Thompson was ;
instigated by bitter enmity to Mr. Fultz, though 1
he had not been nominated nor thought of at j
the time, and though his own son united in that 1
call. Was he induced by enmity to Mr. Fultz?
But suppose what Mr. Fultz's friends insist on 1
is true, that the great noise "Junius" hears, <
which I would suggest is only the roaring of t
the wind in an empty head, is "the furious roar- |
ing of the lawyers," and that "the papers teem 1
and are redolent with the phillippics against |
Mr. Fultz for daring to become a candidate," 1
suppose he is the subject otthat bitter hatred of 1
the Bar alleged by his friends —would any sane 1
man think of claiming his election to the Bench <
on that ground ? I can well understand why i
his opponents might urge such a fact against <
him, but who e7er heard that to be hated and |
deprecated by his associates, was a recomme_d- 1
ation to any one. How has it happened, that c
the legal profession, admitted to contain some 1
high-minded, honoras£ and generous; men, re
markable for its pate-fial feeling, and its high
appreciation of th* talent and virtue of its
member-., should ali be embittered against this
one? It cannot be his lofty genius—others
tower a-> I'igh, and are beloved. It cannot be
his low origin - - v respec a and even
powerfully ecu besii uost of the
profession s-- ing iio:_ -1.-sc.nr-- beginnings, and
are loved the more or it. Ir then Mr, Fuliz
is hated as intensely _?:_ Universal-, a; in
friends insist, bj> those whoknow bim ■ c
fault must be his uwu. But again—ii he is
hated, even without a cause, which is very im
probable, how do the people expect to have
their business done by lawyers, ail ol whom
on such terms with the Judge? Can be, how
ever saintly, do justice to the clients ot hi« bitter
foes? These aro questions that seriously cou
cern the peop'o's welfare, and should be well
considered, li Mr. Fui-z agrees with his tnends
that the lawyers alt hate him, and is governed
by a proper sense ut Celibacy, bo-* oan he con
sent to occupy a position «o painful to a refined
mind, and how can he i xpect such exemption
from human frailty as won.d enaole him to do
justice among his en_t_Rj~ ? ]et the people pon
der these assertions ol oho I L_tility, made and
insisted on by Mr. Fultz's fri-pd-, and decide for
themselves aud their children, whether they will
risk the election ot ens so recommended.
You are satisfied '*Jumu_" that you will need
the services of "Z" shortly, and "request him to
explain some things of great importance, con
nected with the Clerk's office." 1 had supposed
the researches of your friend Fultz, in that of
fice, would have satisfied you long since, and he
is still burrowing, 1 am told, for your accom
modation. What do you mean? Are new ac
cusations to be trumped up, at the "tail end" ot
the cauvass, now that all the first have been tri
umphantly disproved \ You are no longer wil
ling to rest your cause where it was placed by
your principal. You feel that that ground is '-■
swept away by proof, and your shattered ship
must be run into harbor lor repair.-, just as the
battle is coming ou.
My poor fehow, unless you make good your
old charges—unless you show who clogged
those "wheels"—who uttered "phillipics" a
gainst Mr. Fultz, and who "excluded the farm
ers, &c," trom signing the call on Judge Thomp
son, the people will not believe another word
you have to say, if you search the Clerk's office
till dooms-day. They are siok of your persecu
tions against a man, who conscious of his inno
cence, has placed his cause in their generous
hands. "Z" has a large country correspond
ence, dear ••Junius,"' disclosing'the secret springs
of your machinery—pointing out the long purses,
who are offended at the present Judge, because
of the protection he has felt bound to extend
to the widow, the orphan and the poor, con
trary to their interests, and their impartial judg
ment in their own causes, telling what the peo
ple of the Circuit think of your clique, &c. —
They are ugly documeuts, which from affection
lor you and "my countryman," aud others con
cerned, I had held back, but if you continue
-iiiasinng mud, aud a new war is to be com
m.uocu ou uew grounds, these letters will save
me mach labor, aud you must take them "for
b.;ur OJT worse." Z.
For the Spectator.
Messrs. Edii><>s: —Having shown,in.your pa
! per ot 27ih of March, many tyrth ihat effected
i die Judiciary of Virginia, under the Oonstitu
i l_e_'_dopted 29tu JiHii.% r,70. and ihe amended
i Got) -o.;i: Lost ■'■■■:..Bd -ary 14. LB3U ; tbat
ime life 'tenure oi a .-•■•., noi ooly made
• the Juiiiej.ry • . ol to-, people, bur
• equally irrcisjiunstblc; that il elevated thejodj
clary abwve ..tie p-eopk, ami aius destroyed a.l
• sympathy be. ween th-. in ; and that ii*. tendency
was to the ty.anny of tbe Judicial .office, and it
character foreign to tbe genius vi our h- v
tions, I also proposed to snow that many at th.
evils of that system continued to effect tbe pree
ent, under the amended Co'istuutiou of Aiigu.-'
i Ist, 1851. This I now purpose to do, and then
show how aud by what meaas Mr. Faiti and
, Judge Thompson beoune candida.e_ for the
Judicial oflice, as well as their difference.
I showed that that system not only elevated
1 the Judiciary sibovc* the people, and had a pow
erful tendency to desti*. ail their sympathy
i with the people, but. to make them inaccessible
to the people. 1 further showed that from ne
cessity, the Judiciary oi that system must have
been selected from only s.cond or third rate
lawyers, and, then, proved them by argument to
i he a kind of aristocratic nobility, and as little
acc3__ible to the people a.* a petty German
Prince. Wa3 this showing ..nd proving too
much? If so, uuwiliing that the slightest in
. justice should b'j dope;, i will most cheerfully
concede the fact, aud thus abate the allegation.
In showing them to be a kind of aristocratic
nobility, I did not intend that they were an aris
tocracy of wealth ; for many of them, I believe,
possessed comparatively moderate estates; but
I meant aristocracy ol rank and privilege. Did
not this follow from their having been elevated
above the people—made independent of tbem,
and irresponsible to them \ and did they not
most conclusively prove, by their whole inter
course with the people, their desire and claim
to be regarded in that character i Their want
of wealth, while a great iuoonvenience, could
never detract, in the slightest degree, from their
pretensions; tor, accoidiug to the most reliable
intormation, at least oue-halt of the nobility ot
Europe is really poor ; but this difficulty is re
garded by them no cause for not remembering
their rank ; for preventing their boasting of the
antiquity, power, and diguity of their respective
houses; for not being allowed to tell, ad libitum,
their idle dreams at future glory ; or for look
ing down upon the people with contempt —as
au inferior class of beings.
Why, even the petty Justices of the Peace,
having had, also, a life tenure of oflice, under
that old vicious system, and a neighborhood ju
risdiction ot twenty dollars, with power to keep
the peace, as their name implies, and togther
constituted the County Courts of their respect
ive counties, iv some parts of Virginia, I am in
formed, actually regarded themselves a species
of nobility, and, th us, above the people. And
the evil did not stop here ; for the families ot
these petty chiefs were also ennobled, because of
the same superior blood ; aud their connections,
because ot their relationship).
It should be remembered that these Justices,
uaving individually had only neighborhood ju
risdiction, were geuera.ly required to be so lo
cated, as to have one in each neighborhood for
the pretended convenience of the people, but, as
thought by Home, to divide their jurisdiction a
mong Uiein-tlv-..-, so as to preveßt auy conflict
of authority within their petty dominions.
Here w- had a class ol into, ,m\\'u their fami
:, freqtte ='i b ■-.■-.cied with each other, scat
redoTsi • <-■ eg dm_ tbem
elves abeee tee peopl ndepe deal of them,
i -.j.onsibie ka these, aod lauaing to ha a kind
.1 <• -t KK_ey- or «*i in-- First Families of Vir
ginia; nere v clas-i, wi-uout auy _up_ii.-r eUima
to virtue or intelligence over their neighbors,
looking wise, talking loud aud consequential, out
frequeutly epe_-iitg and acting iooli**bly, claim
ed homage from the people, aud to be addreose-i
in a manner acknowledging their superior r-tn*.
and authority, usually by me u_uio, "esgwrt,
or "squire" TbiA suo-ari*-tocrac_, I am in
formed, composed uoi more than half the Jus
tices, but were found distributed with some de
gree of regularity, iv almost, every county of
They were great admirers and defenders of
the old system, because of the life tenure feature
of the Judiciary, with its independent and irre
sponsible chat-actor; while they hated and op
posed the new, because it took off the veil of
their fancied superiority, reduced them to their
proper level, gave tho election of the Judiciary
to the people, and held them responsible to the
Legislature, and, also, to the people, by limiting
their official terms. For the honor of this Judi
cial Circuit, it is greatly to be hoped that few,
if any, of such characters wer-.. round or tolerat
ed within its borders. If, Ikeo, I have shown
that a petty Justice of the Peace, because of his
life tenure of office. b'« iiidcj-cndence and irre
sponsibility, although hi*/*!-, v-r.ly the jurisdic- .
tion of twenty doilars, and the circuit of a !
neighborhood, arrogated and claimed for him
self a superior rank and privilege over the peo
ple of his neighborhood, much more have I
shown, that a Circuit Judge, with the same te
nure, independence and irresponsibility, with an
uulimited jurisdiction of all matters of dispute,
properly Uought before bim, and a Circuit em
o:<.uig five or six counties, and an extent ol
territory about one hundred miles in diameter,
night arrogate and claim lor himself a superior
ity to the people, aud thus consider himself to
bu pot only oae of tne First Families of Vir
ginia, but one ol the aristocratic nobility of tiie
country, if not by "divine right," certainly by
toe legaoy of the British government when her
'.gbi -xpired to rule the Colonies, and her ol__i_
extinguished to hold the country. Have these
propositions been established ? Let the people
answer the question. If these positions be con
sidered established, then, as to the proposition
that such a Circuit Judge, as alleged, was no
more accessible to the people than a (-reroiau
Prince, little need be said : for the truiu ot the
proposition follows ex necessitate rei, aud can
not be successfully controverted. It is true the
rank, privilege, office and duties of a peny Ger
man Prinoe, and those of such a Circuit Judge,
if history be true, are very different; yet in
some things there is a similarity. 1 will name
some of the circumstances of difference, and then
some of their correspondence. The Prince is
dependent upon his people for the support ot
himself, his house and government—if he ha 3 a
government, according to his rank among the
neighboring princes, and, of course, must have
the deepest sympathy with them ; because the
happiness and prosperity of his people are vir
tually his own. Whatever affects the people
and causes them to mourn, also affects the Prince
and gives him sorrow; thus their happiness and
prosperity is the foundation of his throne, and
without it his kingdom falls.
This certainly shows a different state of feel
ing for the people, as well as the cause, from
that, as shown, of the independent _ud irre
sponsible Judge. Then, if the law of kindness
was the rule of intercourse between the Priuce
and his people ; and the want of sympathy the
rule of suoh Judge, in his intercourse with the
public, the truth of the proposition is conclu
sively established. But, in some things, there
is a correspondence between the powers and dv
ties of such a Prince and those of" such Judge;
which, for the sake of the analogy, 1 will call
attention. The Prince has his ministers or cab
inet officers; the Judge has his officers of Court.
The Prince has power to maintain order, and
execute the laws; the Judge had power to pre
serve order aud have the laws executed. The
Prince sometime abuses his power. Was the
Judge always exempt from such abuse ? Cer
tainly not. The Prince is approached tiirough
his ministers, and generally by petition; the
Judge, while holding his Court, through its offi
cers, and usually by the same plan. If this be
so, is not the analogy almost complete ? Then,
is it reasonable to suppose or expect a Judge,
who filled tbe Judicial office fifteen or twenty
years, under the old system, and was trained,
schooled and accustomed, during that period,
to the independence and irresponsibility of that
teuure, as well as to the selfish habits, practice
aud feelings, which that system created, taught,
fostered and inculcated, if elected, under the a
mended Constitution of August Ist, 1851, could
change those habits and feelings, and perform
the duties of his office, accordiug to the requisi
tions of a wholly different law ? Ido not con
tend that it would be impossible, however, tor
the operation ot the present election system is
so much more beauti.u;, pleasing and agreeable
.ban that of the old, vicious system, it is hard
<> believe that any Judge, however accustomed
.. ire p__otioe, -.nd imbibed witb the principles
f the old system, uuless, indeed, he has lost all
r noble sympathies of the human heart, could
behold the present system without admiration
and delight, and cheerfully adopt its principles
and practice. Yef the love of power is an affec
tion so strong it- the human mind, taught by
history, and confirmed by the experience of ages,
that it is a miracle, indeed, if a man having once
obtaited power over his fellows, and been ac
customed to its authority, yields or sunenders
it. without a stupendous struggle.
The leopard caDnot change his spots, nor the
Ethiopian his skin. Nearly so with the man
long naving power, seldom, if ever resigns ; but
be may be compelled to surrender. Is not this
principle illustrated almost every day in every
community and political party ? No man caa
intimate to a popular leader of a community,
or to the chief of a political party, anything in
his character prejudicial to his position, as such
leader or chief, and be forgiven. He will have
committed an unpardonable sin, for which no
repentance can avail. Are not Circuit Judges
men? If so, have they a different nature and
passions from other men ? No, they manifestly
have not: tor all have frequently seen that they
are most strikingly subject to like passions.
For the Spectator.
To all Whom it May Concern.
Messrs. Editors:—"They caun.)t close thi-*
communication without beariug theii emphatic
testimony to the ability, learning, industry, fi
delity, and unswerving integrity and firmness
with which you have discharged ever- duty in
cumbent on you during your long and immstri
ous judicial career."—- Correspondence between
Judge Thompson and the members of the Staun
Since "Z" has again called me into the list I
throw dowu my gauntlet aud prepare to renew
the battle. I intend to begin at the "call" on
Judge Tkouapsnn and come down to the pres
ent. I intend to take the sentence which heads
this article and make it the text upon which to
found what I may say in future. I intend to
make it, to use the legal phrase, the gist of the
action, because in that sentence are expressed
the first great qualities of a judge which Judge
Thompson's friends have emphatically testified
belongs to him ; and, if we can prove that he is
wanting iv one of these sterling qualities, we
prove his incompetency, if sufficient evidence is
given either for or against him, on ibis question,
the people are then bound, by justice, if not by
passion ami prejudice, to choose or reject bim.-—
If we prove this one point, his want oi fidelity
and industry in the discharge ot his duties, all
the rest goes for nothing—all the articles, which
have been written for the last two months upon
the judicial election, and which have run so
wide of the mark, and have at last dwindled to
a war of words and epithets, become nothiug
mori than a mist which subtlety has drawn a
round the real subject to deceive the people.
I have, heretofore, confined myself merely to
a defence of Mr. Fultz, and in so doing guarded
agaiust making auy pointed allusions to Judge
Thompson. I endeavored to treat lum in a kind
manner, aud only doubt and arraign his want of
energy, of which the people- have so long com
plained. On the other hand Judge T's friends
have not confined themselves to a defence of
him, but nave openly and repeatedly assailed
Mr. Fuuz, not, only in his public, but even in his
private character. I have determined, then, to
to take a .iinVeut course, and it, in so doing, I
shall b com.- iv auy manner severe, let those up
on whom such severity falls consider that they
hive provoked it.
I shali eDdeavor first to prove that if Mr. Fultz
t$A4 assailed Judge Thompson, as his friends
would have us believe, he had not dove it uu
justly, for any man, be he a candidate or uot, is
compelled by duty and justice to himself and'to
his fellow-citizens, to make known any violation
of the law that may come under his knowledge.
I shall prove that there was such violation.
I shall show the lawyers that they do not re- '<
pose in such safe security behind toe bulwark oil
the people's ignorance. I shall show them that'
they are not the only persons who have access
to that tell-tale record. I shall show them that
there are others save themselves, who have an
opportunity of learning, and who will improve
that opportunity. I shall disclose to the people
facts which they should know. I shall startlel
I shall, at present, state but one fact bearing
upon the fidelity ,_ Judge T. in the discharge ot
his dunes. All ar , pernapt, not aware that ac-1
cording to law the Judge appoints a Receiver of'
the Court, whose business it is to not somewhat'
in the capacity of treasurer; that is, he receives
all monies paid into court by contending parties
and holds such until ordered by the court to pay
it ont. Shortly after Judge T. was promoted to
the Bench, he appointed Nicholas C. Kinney
Receiver. It would be supposed that one,
through whose hands passed so much money,
would be required to give security for such mon
ies. But such, I understand, was not the case.
Mr. Kinney remained in office without giving
security until 1852, when an act, dated April of
that year, was passed by the Legislature, upon
motion of one of our own representatives, ma
king it obligatory upon the Judge to require
bond from the Receiver Under the recent sec
tion of this Act, which is as follows: "He (the
Receiver) sball annually give before the Court
a oond, to be approved by it, in such penalty as
the Court may direct, sufficient at least to cover
the probable amount tbat may come into his
hands in any one year." Mr. Kinneyjgave bond
aud security on the 30rh of August, 1852, which
bond could only be valid for one year from that
date, for it shall be given annually saith tbe
Aot. Nevertheless, I am informed, (and shall
appeal to the Record in this as in other asser
tions I may make, if they are disputed,) that no
other bond was required by the court, thougli
Mr. Kinney remained in office five or six years.
Will Judge T's advocates tell the people why this
is? Why Le failed to comply with this plain
provision of tbe law ? Why he neglected to
take hond and security annually from the Re
ceiver for tbe faithful discharge of his duties?—
And why, in the face of this Act, he kept Mr.
K. in office five or six years in the annual receipt
of large sums ot money without any security tor
it? Will they tell us, if it is consistent with the
fidelity of a judge, in violation of the law whose
guardian and expounder he is, to allow an offi
cer of ■.__ cou. I, th-'uugh whose hands so many
t_--i!*.:-_d .lollars of the peoples' money passes, to
bardic this money without being under obliga
t.ous to employer-}? Will t-Mj, also, tell us
who is jtt present receiver? When ibe*** ques
tions huve been answered or explained aw y,
others of graver importance may be <ii-.ctis.-ed be
lore the people—other richer disclosures may
I shall next peoeaed to discuss the industry ■ •■;'
Judge T.; and fir.-.i as v* the elaborate tir-n ar
ticle of "R. L. J.," who makes the assertion thai
Mr. Fultz has arraigned Judge- T. "for wa
iudu-rtry and efficiency,' 1 and then proceeds to
prove from document _J .. bill that the arraign
ment is untrue. He fa very carelol le tell
what tbe Judge has done, but neglect*., accord
ing to "Rockbridge'--" sensible article, which is
entirely unanswered, to teli us what he has lelt
undone. He tells us that Judge T. decided
1732 cases, but forgot (for "I am bound to pre
sume" he forgot) to tell us that he lelt undeci
ded 1992. He tells us that "he stands at the
head of the list" in the number of chancery ca
ses decided ; but does not tell us that there are
upon his dockets 1302 cases —more than in any
other court of chancery in the State. In fine be
does not tell us that while he "stands at the head
of t__ list" in his decisions, he also "stands at
the head in his u-ndecisions. He then calculates
"the average amount of business done in the 21
Circuits," as compared with the 11th Circuit;
but is not sufficiently a friend of the people to
point out to them the great difference in the si2e
of the several Circuits and in the amount and
quality ot the business done in each. He does
dot tell them that in judging of the labors of a
Judge, they must consider not so much the num
ber of days he has worked nor so much the a
mount of labor he has performed as the quality
of tbat labor. He does not tell them, (no, no, it
would not subserve his purpose) that all cases in
oourt are not aiike; that some are decrees that
take_*scarcely more than a breath ; that others
are office juPgrneiits which never come into the
court room ; while others do, indeed, take days
to try them. As to the inequality in the Cir
cuit let. us take a few examples to show that the
reasoning of "R. L. J." must be fallacious since
it has such an uncertain foundation. We find
that while one judge sat 200 days another sat
only 31; and while one decided 1732 cases an
other decided only 217. Judge Column sat 114
da\s and decided 900 cases, Judge Thompson sat
137 days and decided only 896. Judge T. deci
ded more cases than any other Judge in the
State, says "R. L. J," and yet ar least eight other
Judges were longer upon the bench of their Cir
cuits. How is "R. L. J." to reason truthfully
upon such uucertain facts? Perhaps he can re
concile them, but I caunot.
He farther tells us that Judge Thompson "was
longer in Court than any other man iv Virgin
ia." I seek for an explanation upon that point.
I cannot nnderstand how he calculates that. He
also informs us that he was in court nearly the
year rouud. We learn from this document, up
on which he relies so strongly, that he was in
Circuit Court 137 days, in District Court 4 days
and in Court of Appeals 66 days; making in all
207 days. Where did he speud the rest of his
time? Perhaps "R. L. J." will explain too why
his friend Thompson showed so much partiality
to Augusta, by holding a special term in her
Court, when he did it no other county. Per
lnps, tie will explain why the Judge decided
more actions at law iv Amherst and Nelson
than he did in Augusta, aud tat in the former
counties scarce one-third the time that he did
in the latter.
But, in my opinion, it is impossible to form a
correct estimate of the labor performed by any
one Judge from this document. We must look
at the manner in which they perform that busi
ness. We must judge from our own experience
—but this I will leave for another article. lam
still most humbly, but most indeper.d- rrly.
For the Spectator.
Election of Judge.
Messrs. Editors: —l propose to examine this
judicial election question in its various phases,
and extensive ramifications, with elaborate re
search and profound ability. I, therefore, call
upon "all the world and the rest of mankind" t"
"hear me for my cause and be silent that tbey
But departing from the "natural order in
which the different subjects appear to be sug
gested, " by way of "introduction to the subject,
I propose showing how very small and unimpor
tant matters do sometimes indicate, with uner
ring certainty, in the judgment of the observing
and thinking public, great and important e
In illustration of this profound truth I may
quote the beautiful couplet:
"Tall oaks from little acorns grow,
Mighty rivers from small fountains flow."
Now, none but an "observing and thinking
public" could discover iv the small, brown, and
insignificant acorn the future "goodly oak"
"With arms full strong and largely display'd."
And the unobserving never reflect, as they al
lay their thirst at a cool and sparkling fountain,
that it is in such an insignificant source the
"father of waters" finds his origin. This truth
is farther and mere feelingly illustrated in lines
even more familiar to your readers than those I
have quoted—viz :
"In Adam's fall
We sinned all."
If any one demands another illustration of this
truth I furnish it in the following facts from
Upon a festive occasion in the court of that
warlike and renowned sovereign, Edward 111,
the soft cincture that held to its place the stock
ing of one of the maids ot honor, became unloos
ed, (that was prior to the happy era of gum ela
ties and au elective judiciary.) aud fell in a
graaeful coil upon the floor. It was instantly
aud gallantly restored to its blushing owner, by
a young courtier with the appropriate remark,
"evil to him who evil thinks." From this in
significant circumstance originated the highest
order of Kuighthood in Great Britain: that of
the "Garter." . .
Is there any "analogy between this circum
stance, thus believed to have foreshadowed this
great event, and now proven to have been its in
dication," and the presentation of the name of •
Mr. Fultz, to this circuit as a oaadidate lor the
Judgeship ? "It is believed tbat there is, and I
now propose to examine" the matter thorough
ly. As this article is only prefatory, I shall, at j
present, state merely the outline of the argument
I mean to pursue.
In the first place I shall examine with great
minuteness, accuracy and impartiality the prin
ciples underlying the judical system established
by the great Jewish law-giver. In doing this I
shall take occasion to pay a merited tribute to
the memory of that sagacious Midianite, Jetbro,
whose influence inaugurated the first "reformed
judiciary." As I proceed I shall examine with
the care the importance of the subject demands
the manner of administering justice in the Judi
cial Circuit composed of Bethel, Gilgal and Miz
peh during the official term of that profound
Jewist, the son of Elkana. This investigation
shall be conducted with special reference to as
certaining the number "ot Dockets" on the chan
cery side of the court, and the condition of the
"wheels of "justice." I shall likewise notice the
famous case reported in Ist Kings, and which in
volved snch an intricate question of maternity.
This is the more appropriate, because if there is
any case in the old books countenancing the
"sleeping Docket" it is this one. From this case
also, doubtless, originated tbat metaphorical ex
pression, the "sword of Justice."
I shall then pass to that Judge mentioned by
Luke who "feared not God, neither regarded
man," yet seemed to bave a strong sjuapathy for
"widows," and ascertain whether bra regard for
that unfortunate class found its origin in the
hues of their complexion, or in the witchcraft
"In the small orb of one particular tear."
Following the natural order of suggestion I
come to the Areopagus of Athens. Au inves
tigation of the mode of appointment, the term of
office, aud the provision tor removal or punish
ment ; will show that the members of this court
were an "independent, irresponsible and unap
proachable" set of old Justices—a sort of judt
(om the Grecian courts to the Roman triba
is an ea*-y transition, and I make it.
Fie. exiia-i-iiug the subject of Roman juris
ence, i vvii! turu my attention to the ceie
\ enetian case of Shylock vs. Antonio,
lid Suakspeare, aud >h--w that there w .s a tun
i: error f_ tiie ruiiug of the court U|M*n
, mat occasion tha . has never before been discov
j ened, ami which ie clearly traceable to the indt
pepdept po-iii.n ot the Judge.
The next su<jec: I --hall discuss, as intimately
; connected With this election, is the duello or ju
•iici.-; eonfb-t, *.nu .*-h.dl trace its origin and
grow:!;, p *uuiijg out tie . vies by which it was
guv ned, a .i its influence- upon civilization and
uati.__i .iiriu.rc s. Tnere is one obvious remat k
to be m de abotol this mode of trial. It in eyi
dem it did uot admit *>t ■ "-ieeping dooket."
1 will accompany Julius Ct_aar to Great Brit
ain, and in an elaborate and interesting disser
tation point oui th.. Roman features traceable in
the judicial system existing nnder the Heptar
chy. And then as I glide down, the "tide of
time" I will indicate the Norman characteris
tics impressed upon it by William tbe Conquer
or and his steel clad warriors. From which it
will appear that the English system of courts is
a conglomerate one, in which an "observant
public" will be able to discover many principles
and practices not native to the chalky elided
I will pursue this investigation up-on Britisk
soil only to the settlement of America. At
which time, embarking with Miles Standiab on
the May Flower, I will trace, with a care as
minute as it is important, the modifications the
system *li_s undergone in consequence of its
transfer to this western world. By the time I
complete this investigation the analogy between
the exclusively agricultural call made upon Mr.
Fultz to heoome a candidate for Judge, and the
Garter order of Knighthood will be
"So clear, so shining and so evident,
That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye."
From this outline it is evident that tbis exam
ination will occupy a considerable time, bnt as
the information it will elicit is indispensable to
a clear and correct understanding of the respec
tive claims, qualifications and fitness of the can
didates for the office ot Judge, I feel confident
the people will insist that I shall complete it.
There are two conditions upon which I can ac
complish this task. First, all those who wish to
vote on the 4th Thursday of May intelligently
will at once petition the Legislature to postpone
the election tor several months, it being clear"
that with a merely hebdomadal press, it is im
possible to do justice to the theme. The second
condition is, that all those who are "darkening
counsel with words" shall at once stop writing.
Because, as the witty and beautiful heiress of
"The Nightingale, if she should sing by day,
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
No better a musician than the wren."
For the Spectator.
To "Many Farmers'*' aud all the Voters ot
"Many Farmers," have called upon David
Fultz, Esq., to become a caudidate for the office
ot Judge in our Circuit, and he has repouded to
I call by a circular, in which he announces
If a caudidate, and as it seems to me, seeks
Judge Thompson's claims to your
uued confidence, and to exalt his own. It
t my object to attach much importance to
because poor erring human nature is prone
• e_alt itself by glorifying itself and magitying
the faults of everybody and everything that
stauds in its way to promotion. Hence, while
Ive no objection to friend Fultz's declaration
iif elected, he will sit the whole year, if ne
-ry, in order to no all the business; nor
l 1 any objection to his waking up the
>:Utt docket. But suppose he does these
$ —niid I have no douot he will, it you rt
-3 it—what will you gain by it? Who of
has complained because Judge Thompson's
*v* limvo beeu io>« short? or who has com
led about the sleeping docket? None ot us,
•urse, would commain at the waking up of
docket; but in.) word for it, wake it up as
i as Mr. Fultz pleases, still it will go to sleep
i; and no one knows .otter than friend
i that it will, tor he is too good a lawyer
;o know that we are bound to have a sleep
locket. Now, voters, lam willing to award
r. Fultz all tbat his most zealouß advocates
l lor him, and Ido it cheerfully. Still I
caunot see why, in reason's name, we should
large our very able and gentlemanly Judge
Jer to gratify the aspirations of our esteem
end Fultz. Is he honorable ? so is Jndge
ipson. Is he learned ? so is Thompson.—
industrious? so is Thompson. Is he able ?
Thompson. Would he be impartial? so is
ipson. Well, what more ? I hear it said
by a few that Thompson is proud and wanting
in social quality. Suppose this was so—which
I by no means admit—still I am not sure thai,
to use a vulgar saying, we might not "swap the
devil for a witch ;" for I suppose and hope friend
Fultz has too much pride to be guilty ot a mean
thing, and too much dignity to become a dema
gogue in order to secure a Judgeship, even if
that would give it to him. But suppose I am
mi taken, and suppose friend Fultz, while at
tending his Courts and at every time and place
w<onld be very familiar and social—would that
make him any the better Judge ? No, verily,
I tell yon voters, if you are like me yon care
very little about the social qualities of a Judge.
If he is high-minded, honorable, impartial, able,
industrious and respectful to suitors, as well a.
kind to all those with whom he chooses to as
wciate, then it seems to me that we hazard much
nwe discharge him to try auy other man. I
Have known Thompr-ou long and well, and 1
Slave thought and stid think if any class of men
:iave any cause to complain ot bim it is (he law
>ers, for I bave somet tines thought that he was
•ai her rough to them ; but since they all with
jut tew, if any, exceptions, prefer him to any
>ther man, why may not we, the other voters,
>c saii-tkd to support him ?
There are other reasons, it seems to me, why
ye should re eleot Tbompson. He has spent
hirty years ot the prime of his life in tbe dis
harge of the laborious and responsible duties
>f Judge, in a manner that has secnrod to him
ho character of being, if not the very ablest of
he Virginia Judges, at least equal to any of
and it is well known tn many f