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IHk (ONBTITI'TIOH— STATE KIUHTS.
RICHMOND WHIG.
WOMtAt nonxtltU.XKPTIi.tlKliH 1H, 1H59.
TO t'OKItKXPOXDKNTH.
eUert <m fiuotemet mutt fit add-mutt to tAt" Editor of IXt
nto..
AniaUt wrtllri on N«tA 1M0 of the fUfr trill not fit pufillrfi
» T‘ <1 It a rule or fitnf etmding, outfit lo fie fittoeret to oU,
u ! tr 'I t* no raw he deported fintm. Ofiituary ntdiete tercetd
in i Sy\t Unt* art charged fir at odrertteemonto.
i tT~ IFt cannot untlerfiitt to rttum rejected eoateetweeieettl >te
We make no excuse fer the occupancy of nearly all
our columns with the subjoined re|»ort of proceedings at
l.'iticfiburg last Tuesday, except that tbe kindness ol our
It lends there gave them a right to command its publics.,
i.oii, and we have been compelled to sacrifice our edito
t si and other space for the purpose.
OOMnnONTABT PINNKK To
IJOnERT RIUfiWAV. ESQ.
Oix»N in Tit*. Winns or LrNraai'ao Cowry.
[Kissns Bt J. a. Via.]
We had the honor to be ma le historian of nn expedi
. iii to Lunenburg C. II., on Monday last, it b. ing Court
, iv in that time-honored county, and the forerunner of ‘
tinner given to the editor ol'Ihe Whig, the follow- 1
i d.r, in compliment to hi* arduous efforts prior io I
Ind during the late litibernxlorial campaign.
We loo!, the Danville cars at the early hour of live 1
i u the morning, and arrived at Meherrin depot about half 1
’. uiue o'clock. The scenery upon this road to the *
■pot mention, d i* noi romantic nor even attra. tive. cin
e* It iff of liule else than pine forest, with here and there
u Umuhie cottage upon the way-side, or a barren waste, '
divested alike of vegetation and of abode; except the 1
d -pots upon the route, at each of which is an embryo
: •ttlement. consisting of well constructed. Slid even uf
e i-tlv, dwellings or store-house*. On arriving at the
.lii'ictioii, we partook of u most excellent breakfast— 1
n .• that would do credit to any first-class hotel. We lime 1
iitifv one fault to find of it—they made us ftdy for it ; ol
• iursc that little faux /tae U|iOU their part will not occur
in. tin !
.An reaching ilelierriti depot wc found the carriage of 1
I* K. Stokes, Ksq., in waiting to convey us to the Court '
li.iuse, a distance ofahont fifteen miles, through a well ;
cultivated anil highly productive country, the emp '
• .tisi- ing chiefiv, so tar ns we were able to discover, o!
i ibacco, iu an advanced stage of prowth, and seemingly
i ,-ail v to cut- I'pon entering tho villape which surrounds '
t be site of the Court-llouse, we found a large gathering
fi .mi all the surrounding country, and even trom remo 1
ectiotis, aiming ahum we noticed several friends front
“big Kirliuiond" anil “little Petersburg.” Tew permit s
who have not witnessed a “court day" in the country,
can form any idea of the extensivp gathering, or of the
p nmisctiniis business that luaiks the occasion. It 1 ’
1. i not only upon matters of law and equity that the '
:m*oii!.- are bronchi tocether : business of all snrtiiitsui. i
acted on that particular day. Horses are bought or sold ;
negroes are disposed of; contracts arc negotiated; non- '
«>• i- paid ; "•having" is a long shot above par, and eve
i v conceivable turn ot' business is reserved tor this iai- 1
portant occasion—not excepting electioneering. And this
firings tu mind the late editor of the Washington
".States" whom we saw ingratiating himself with the vo
ters of Lunenburg, it was his intention, we learn, to
make a speech on the occasion, but his opponents for
t’ongrcsxional honor not appearing, he coutented him
self with smiles and bows to the sovereigns, instead of a
political harangue.
Continuing our journey a short distance beyond
the village. «c arrived at the residence of Mrs. Sarah
Jones, a place of entertainment on Court da vs. or we
should perhaps more appropriately say a hospitable man
sion, where visiters to the monthly Court arc permitted
to temporarily domicile themselves. Here we were met
by u numlter of the iro-l prominent citizens ofthe conn
''. " bo were ii|ion the ywi l ice for Mr. Uidgway,to whom
tb-v extended a most cordial and haltering greeting.—
Having shaken a score or more of hands, and washed
a»»y the dust of travel both externally aud inurtialli
" sat down beneath the w ide-spreadiug oaks,whost pto
tcoring shadows fall upon a tnagnilicteut yard; vcncrai.i ■
eotnmns,
“(Tml t nrdt Ifmp.t*, nt wbii If w,M. A
r.» h« w lh« -haft, an«l lay lh«* ar» htUarr.*’
SoihU;^ cou’.tl exceed the (leBiiouswuMiiou ofdreanij
1 lo -t.o- which, despite our effort to participate in the
animated conversation of a cheerful party, ennic over ns
a «. lelt the soft breeze tanning our cheek, and heard
tie- g.-nllt uttered sigh of the Autumnal wind. To o-ie
win» had been within the smoke ofa city for months.and
endured the monotonous scenery of bricks and mort.r,
the trati-itioti to rural landscape is not only a relict hut
an unspeakable pleasure. At least, such i« our evpeii |
••nee, and we believe our emotions were participated m
bv III.- gentlemen whom we had the honor to accompa
i It being Conrt day, a large numberol persona were
mbb-d, and a numerous company dined at Mr*
Jone--', where a sumptuous table was spread—one which
we have never seen surpassed, and, indeed, very ran-lv
eijualle.l. But it was not the splendid fare alone tint
w..n our most exalted opinion o! Mrs. Jones' establish
ment; i' was the extreme urbanity of all about the pine,
not for- 'tting the servants who attended upon ns. In’
s' a.I ot the unmistakable murk of rusticity which i
. ii "1*11 to slaves in ordinary country life, they borv the
air f.r t.itniii If intercourse with rrlined society,and seenic.!
to li -.r-an intuitive perception of our every want. We
r . •! bug bear in memory the many attentions we r -
•’ The remainder of Monday was passed in plet —
r .• i .-0!ir*e with the citizen* of the county. Talk
“bo • Virgtuii hospitality ! It does not need talking ol.
I . • the stars tbit giitu-r upon the midnight plain, it
i bine •-h- ■ .ally, and is aa inseparable from the chiru -
ter ! tin inn- Virginian so long a be lives as the breath
tb .t lie reatlie*, or the pulsations of the noble heart th it
I- .. bin hi* in mly bosom—and Lunenburg is the
ei-.ie- 1.1ration of tin- hospitality. How shall we expre
th- trrat-ful recollection in which we bear the brief int r
r-A-ir-e between our—lv.-s and the citizen* of that good
I e . .tv ' We cannot say that we were well receive 1,
ouiy. I our Whig friends. If we did, we should be goil
t than slander. Throwing aside the Iramni I*
' | i- *'“1 obeying the impulse* of their native nobili
i tl.i v, otic and all, met u- with a fervent welcome a...I
1 Ify I .of the band which wc could not forge1 if
w ib -ir. d to, and which led ns to ask ourself how such
t: oM ni< n and true, siu.-h whole-muled gentlemen, sin h
uou. . g lel-ss Ill-all*, could bv nnv sort of nossibilitv
M ir Iir -liadoa-. never grow l.-w. Mar tl.ev “.pr, ,1
ili»m- If " like the green bay tree; and when the little
L 10.it’d of iirth which cnahrinea their noble vpiiitx ha
I "Ii "hikeii „ir, may they join that noble ban.I tor whom
!. happier and more hutting abode in rexened in tl at
pUcen dlNire,
But, o i it of pr. liminary' We now rome to the nf
l .r in wlti.it we 1 nl the good fortune to participate—
tl.. to Mr. Hi.lgwuv, which took place at the hour
' ,r ' o'clock on Tne-day, and at which the following
i.. nth men presided:
raaainrjtT:
t’apt. WM P. STOCK DKI.I.,
Tier ntuiii'UTa:
l»r E. A. WII.SON,
• apt, !)AYl!» It. STttKI S,
t'.ipt. ItO. W. BRAOCi,
K A. Cl!AI.I.K, E-g.,
W. WINN, Ex.,.,
<• s Barnett. e«i.,
WADDY STREET, E-.j.
xr.carTaiir:
Dr. HENRY MAY.
Tlie dim.' r wax participated in by about one hnmli-d
•if the nioxl prominent citi/.cnx of the county, ami war,
without <■ ■u'cirtion, the moxt pnmptimna and complete in
nl> ri -| i lx tli.il wc ever or. Nothingconldexceed tic
p. I . ic.ii of culinary "kill exhibited in Itx preparation,
mi I i' e variety of both -olidx and tluidr wa. bottndh-a.
A-'I ' .1 lively din ic-iou of the x-ib-taMi.il", wlii. h „
I e.-ii ip|ieiiic rendered more than ordinarily vigoru ix,
itie c'otti w»- removed, win.-x w.rc brought on, ai d the
' o' r. I-, n and flow of ronl'* commenced.
»'«p \V a T Sro'inri t , tming called npou for a rcnii
rio'iit, replied ax follow*:
mi t*K« or art. trocitrigu,,
t/rHt/*-fieri ■ The rentinient oh.ch I hall give von. in re.
I .in * to v.mr call, ix in honor of a iimu who I" here to
<l.v, l»y Invitation, to paiivke of nnr liumble ho-pitility, 1
toward* whom. I am "tire, every Whig turn* with emo
tion* of pride and affection, and in re»pon«e to wb'ch i
ii-nt every Whig (cart will warmly beat. I leg to i
- y 'o (*• recipient, lie I* tno-lcxty perxmiitinl, and in
■ «i i I hive no dc«ign to Ratter. Whig" do not Hit
ter, It i- * language unknown to their lip*. To xpik
H trill. • nl hate llcmo. race lx the firxt le**on taught
by our -i "to Heir xonx, an'i, in the conviction that wc
have not departed from tho«c 1e-*on", Id Mr. Rldgway
np|>re,(lie the compliment which we offered him. Mid (if
"hi.rhhe i" now the recipient. We have wltncxacd the
■p . t*c|.- of a *111*11 paity atruggling fur long rear*, with
Spartan energy, again*' a mighty faction; »lowly yi l-ling
»t.-,i by dup la-fore the rriudui.g Mow* of a powerful Imt
nnp-inrip'.ed enemy, and at laat buried along with the
co iiitle** dfdtara from the Federal Trea«tirv, which wcic
miecrup-ilotidv u«cd for the corrupt and fraudulent pur
l-net cl the Ih-mocraev. In the dark hour* of adveraity,
when our lurce* were xcatter.-d and even the lender* aje
paled, wt>0 came forward and, with «n unit ing xcal,
which lut- never liccn xtirp«*ac<| in the annalx of political
w vrfare, "om.de I the loud clarion of battle, rai*ed the
rtM-bt' cry, and ar.-ed on our aeatt-red force* to the
f »y* Vo i. gentlemen, indinctlvety divine to whom I
ret. r, and yon will aU, I am *ure, concur with tne when
| de-dare that ow.- perty tram re*n*citxtrd by the Rich
mond II Aiy. (flreat applan*e.)
lc tie- editor of that journal tre a**urcd that we have
»»•*■ *-c ii ilmnlcrertod apectator* of the war lie ha* been
wvgini wa*io«t the hngn* Dcmocracr of Virginia, *«•
i ur o. , *- i W| wgj. men who have yielded to corruption,
a d cone ore, of i|m, ft hi>.
-hu,
" h't -'»vt »• to fear from a context witblJRe *~^Miih.n
' Pb“- not tliA Spartan band know that ill •>>.
rant - of the I 'em-. . ati. party the large majority tr* rrn
rgade Whigs *od that in the hour of conteat, they will
< uai to oar a d and defeat the miaerat.le remnant of
Jw-mocra tf (Applauee.) Rn, h i* my conviction, gen
tlcm. n and nmh, I believe, wi,l he the regult of the ap
proachrrg Prudential eleolion, What. troth and principle
^IHioo sustain a «£el
, Tr °* Kob«J RxJfWiy, the I’baveHcr Bay
aid of the Win* party of Virginia."
• kfLi!! VT2* r,:*h wKich th- -~Un,enl was greet
< dbail eabsi Jed, Mr. Utdgway rone and •pokeas follow*.
***• "'»h»w*vV nvamii.
To haresbeen Meeled by you. gentlemen— portion
I.r the small, but realoua and indomitable I.and of the
Wing* ot l.uiienburg—aa the object ot a complimentary
demonstration so unmerited and so generotm, ,onld not
bat awaken emotion* of gratitanle and pride —
In accepting tour inritalion to meet von around
the festive boar.1 and partake of vonr hospitable, I was
actuated, l assure you, by no |>cmi promptings of 1
Iier-Oiial vanity, and no mere desire for personal display !
—for. other invitation* of a similar diameter, from mv
" hig hrethn n in other Mwtion* of the Sum I bad pre
viously dadoed, because they sprang mainly,** 1 thought
f.om tbe too warm partiality of personal incudsbip and
e.teem But the one with which you had the kindneww
to honor me, I felt no embarrassment or delicacy in «0
.•epting, inasmuch a* I was personally a stranger to
ucarly all ot you, and a* I construed it, not aa a ir.ere
jiersoiial compliment to nivself, but as a tribute prmci
pally, to llie political faith that U in me, aud in von and I
in those other seventy odd thousand noble aud Heroic
“pints who, in the late election, milled around tho stand
ard of the gallant Hoggin— man whoee tisme *hall be
t . memory ever .tear, iuaaniuch as lie accepted the lead. ,
orshlpot the scattered Whig clans of Virginia, at amost
critical juncture, and faced and fought thu common cm- |
in. with a seal, a persevereuee. and an intrepidity unsur
passed in political contests, aud when hunched* and thou*- j
suds of Other* stood coldly and timidlv aloof, doubting 1
ami trembling, with no stomachs lor the fmv, and with
no cheering and sustaining faith in the ultimate triumph of
tin hand patriotism. All honor, then, to Wm I,. Hog- !
Sin, the dauntless leader ol a forlorn hope—the trusty
Champion of a dow n trodden, hut ever-hallowed cause — |
May increasing honors and length of day* he hi*, and to
tho wife of his bosom and his “ bairns," the sunshine of
unbroken happiness aud peace.
I repeat, gentlemen, that 1 interpret the present de
monstration a* a testimony on your part to the truth and
vitality of a great and common cause, the final suc
cess ot which no true Whig should ever permit himself
"> doubt. In -a far, however, as it may be intended as
personal to uiyself, as tbe conductor of ikeleadiug Whig I
journal of the State, I sincerely and heartily thank you
for it, coupled with the asauratu-e that 1 shall hold the
kindness thus manifested towards me by mv Whig frieud*
of Lunenburg, in grat.-lul and perpetual remembrance.
And permit me here to express the hope that, although
1 come among you |>cr*ouaily “unknowing and unknown. ’
the present occasion may be the begiuniug of atlach
nii'iiis formed aud frii udships established between us,
which shall know,to life's close, “neither variableness nor j
shadow ol' turning."
Not lor the purpose, gentlemen, of making in clabo
rite, -ot speech, do I upix-ar In-lore you on the 0fesrnt 1
ova-ion. 1 am hen- simply to mingle and commune with i
you in an unreserved and social way, and not, I assure
you, to inflict upon you a tedious political harangue. I |
shall rejoice, however, should I 1*- ablo to say anything ,
t.ir our mutual encouragement in tha: mighty' warfare hi
which we have been so long engaged, amt w 'dch, a* men
a i l patriots, wo are boutid to w age unceasingly .until'vie
t try has crowned out efforts, an ', .he wcjrei ainent been
wre«t<nl Iroin the hands of the deceivers, and the v.ppres.
- >rs id the jH-ople. Take it all iu all, gentloaten, no par
ty ha* over existed ill any age or country, actuated by
purer motives or aiming at higher, more patriotic, anil
more unselfish cuds, than that of which the ever-glorious
and immortal Statesman of the West was the founder
tbe leader, the very embodiment—than that of which w e
here to-day are proud to call ourselves members, and the
i i.inninl,,* .it* wl.i.d, I,..'., .,>-11.,.....,. ..._
solved to cling to and uphold through good and through
• til report—through sunshine and through storm—in
prosperity and in adversity.
Sever, gentlemen, do l feel myself more of a Wh'g,
and more determined to remain a Whig, unchanged and
unchangeable, than in the trying hour of defeat aud dia
tt-ter—when tiinid friend- desert and false friends betray,
and a victorious enemy exult* and scoff*, and tbe future
it may be up|>cars all gloom and darkuess. Thatistliehjur
for testing the faith, the patriotism, the metal of men_
and. fortunate is he whom, in that hour, the devil of De
mocracy tempts not to his fall and his ruin. For, unlike
the Tempter of old, the Democracy possess power, and
hold in their hands offices, emoluments, aud rewards_
and these are the agencies they employ for the seduction
of Whigs who are destitute of moral 'stamina, aud who
love spoils more than priuciple, aud for whom, conse
quently, a minority party has no attractions. Wc have
lial in our ranks, gentlemen, many morally weak
anti pitiable Whigs, like these—uteu who have deserted
to the Democracy, because the Democracy's exchequer
»as full aud ours w ..s empty—such who had nothing of
the martyr, the patriot, or the man tu their compositions,
hut all animal, with plenty of stomach, and no soul:—
but.th.mk God, the W hig party of Virginia aud the Union,
is at last purged of all this vicious and demoralizing stuff,
and stands forth to-day the embodiment and the emblem
•*f a political disinterestedness and purity which you will
in vain search for in any other existing political organic
ton,and which constitutes indeed the best and surest hope
l.{,r u— times poon which we have fallen,
etrise out of ext-tence. at this hour, the conservative,
national, truly progrv- >ne (Ipjiosition party of the Union,
ttid you annihilate that without which, I honestly be
lieve, there cun lx* no redemption for till- misgoverned
and distracted land. It i< the g .-sven which is to
he diffused through all other party organizations—
which is to save the Uon-titution front desecration
anti the Union from overthrow—which is to open
up for ns a new and brighter future—which t.» to
restore purity to the Government, honesty to politics,
and peace and pro-perity to the country. If the con
serratire Oppn-ition |>arlv should be unequal to the task
described, then indeed will our condition be a tncUnebo
Iv one—for. with or without the power, no other party
has the iiMposition to undertake the great and indispen
sable work of polbical reform. To you, Whigs of Lu
nenburg, in cot junction with your Whig brethren
throughout Virginia and the Union, belongs the high and
enviable duty of reducing chaos to order, renovating
the jiolitics of the country, inaugurating a pure and wise
administration of Government, State and Federal, and
preserving unimpaired the noble free institutions be
<1 loathed us bv the venerated fathers of tbe Repub
lic. And though tempests pl»y aud demons howl, meet
| the responsibility that is upon you with firmness, with
< oarage with an indomitable purpose to triumph over
all difficulties, and vet with an unfaltering tract in
Providence and the people, and you shall yet lift your
bleeding country from the dust, and place it on an em
inence of power and glory, and happiness, without ex
ample in ilia history of the ages that ho Itehind us.
Not only a party o! pure motives and patriotic objects,
h it the Y\ hig party ot Virginia (inrticularly, lias been the
mod persecuted and opptos-ed party that ever existed,
certainly, in this free ,nd independent Republic ; and
but for its patient and law-abiding disposition, revolution
and i iril v ar would long rioce, perhaps, have done their
ap;otnted work amongst us. For one, gentlemen, I nev
think of that outmgeotn and infamous Gerrymander,
which was put upon us by an arrogant and despotic
Democratic le gislature seven or eight years ago, that I
d j not feel the very blood bubble and boil w ithin me.—
That wa- an act o| unequalled party atrocity, which ad
mit- of no defense, palliation, or excuse. I: was an act
openly and flagrantly and designcdlr violative of the
: Cere si.irtt >i,.l l—i.’r _ I_>. I
I ’.iu-s that the Congressional district* shall Iw Lid
olT rmnjuirtly, and shall be composed of rnntiyu
counties. Did that Democratic Legislature, " in
apportioning tbe rt-itc, obey, or seek to obey, till*
pi; iB, positive srnl unequivocal command of the t’oiistitu
tion ? Take the Aibemarie district, for example, and
who will say that that is a romp,ref district, or that the
counties of iicdfonl and Greene are contiyumu to each
oilier? And, so of every other district in tbe Htate—
there is not one of them but was formed in utter and
e nitemptuou disregard of the binding obligations of the
Constitution, your own among the number. That Gerry
mander, therefore, was an odious aet of usurpation, tyr
anny and pro-eriprion, totally without precedent in free
nnd popular Governments. By it seventy thousand Vir
ginia voters and tax-payers were practically disfranchis
ed. and denied the right of representation in Congress—
and taxation without representation, is not that the very
essence nnd quintessence of despotic rule, anil was it not I
against such nn alarming and >langeroii* assumption of
|„>wer, that the men of ‘7fi took tip arms? Such being
the nature of the Gerrymander aet, and such the animus !
of its Democratic framers, who could have blamed the
Whig* of the State, if they had sternly and indignantly
refused submission to it, and sppenled to the lo
lie of the cartridge-box to vindicate their rights
aud privileges, as guaranteed by the Constitution
and consecrated by the sacrifices and the blood
of their fathers ? As for ntvaelf, I have often declared,
publicly and privately, and I here to-day boldly re-itcratc
the deeLration, that if I had then been the conductor ol
» b ad ng public journal, I should have clamored for re
stmee and revolution, day in and <lay out, and should
never bare c' ,sed clamoring, until the dominant party had
righted this grievous arcing, and restored the Whigs of
the State to * footing of |e*rfect |*>liti<sl equality with
t ten .elves. I speak plainly and pointedly, gentlemen,
bnt ] only give uftcniuce to the deep, earnest, and de
liberate convictions of nit mi-id and heart, and by these
to • vi* ! on« I expect to live and die. for, so far as in
justice aud tyranny are concerned, that little tat upon
lea, which produced tl.e mightiest revolution of modern
tio e , aud brought al. mt a *even years’ war with all its
• c umulated evils and horrors, whs „s nothing compared
> .th that Democratic Gerrynmt d r, which proscribed
i. d di-ban hi■ e,|, |or miserable and e lisli party por|io>
* », seventy tho tssn 1 Virginia freemen—freemen still
proscribed and still di- r .ut ilised, a id ><ho are destined
10 remain thus | ro<rribe,| and thus disfranchised, until
l e omnipotent voice of an Infelfgent and jtisttee-lnviug
I • ’I’'*' shall rebnko nnd confound their oppr.-or* at the
l allot-boi. With paiienre, and with hope, ami yet with
f truest endeavors to speed its advent, let us look for
*. ir I jnyfuflv, mv friend*, lo the day of deliverance and
o! rutribution—for tome it will, aa sore as the mountains
srand or the rivria run.
But, gentlemen, g'nic at still other glaring inatan.ms ol
proscription and I er«>’rn'in*i on the part of the Democracy
towards the long-suffering, rrieh-et.during Wl.iga of ihi'
t immonwealth. I- a Bsnk Dirertor. or a Railroad Di
r -ctor. Or a \ isitor ro any one of our l.iicmry institution*,
”r 11 Tobacco lisp ctor, or a I lour lnspeetor, or, what no',
to be appoint) d? Who is selected for these offices ?
1“ a Whig ever thought of in such connexion ? And yet,
the Whigs of the Commonwealth own perhaps two-’
third* of the If ink stock, two-thirds of the Railroad
s'oek, have contributed two-thirds of tlm mom * re
qoired to establish and maintain our l!Diversity and
College*, and are ih’ producers and owner* of two
thirds of th* wheat and tobacco grown In the Plate -
Thu*, they are more largely Inlerosted in all these things
than the Democracy, nnd yet the Democracy, l.r the arbi
trary foe-e of party netion—by the mwre brute fore- of
numltern-have taken from them nearly all rontrol of
, their own Inrestnu-nta and their own property |
'Jt*x4ii« (hia but oppression and tyrannv In their wor-t
Ld4^go*' !rzId,hf.whi*\rr
| stAHi ,,s.P.«y„
degraded uud helpless bflademen—but hewer* of woo.!
and drawer* of water for as arrpwanv a* a* sout
WjaMkwl ,u urgai iastibn a* sv«r existed and* r
' A* ‘hwP heltirre their abearefs are we to n
•lain forever dumb, aud patiently submit to say iodic
tiou which our Democrat ic last Wu*s let* nilr choose to
pat upon u* * Never, gee tlcmrn, never—let us rather *«a
i irate our ititclUgeuxv.oMr manhood, our patriotism, and
our devotion to Oow lituuonal liberty, by waging a
vigorous and unevasin g war against the pmirdo-De
mocracy of this Sutu and of the I'niou—for, the De
mocratic parly in the us/y party that ever insulted,
iledranrliised, and Of pressed u* Kor one, at least, I
shall coneider it a high social, in>litieal, moral, aud
> hristian duty, t<* confront aud combat this corrupt,
lyranical anil drelru .'live parly, *o long a* life anti health
mar be given live. Aud even iu the hour of departing
hence, I shall Kteent it a privilege to utter my solemn
testimony again*l it, aud to invoke the wrath of angel*
and of men npon its multitudinous misdeeds.
Hut, 1 paw on. In the late eauvass, gentlemen, wo
rouglit a gallant and glorious light, and achieved a grval
»nd gratifying litoral victory Hut, we ought to have
carried the State, aod elected our candidate* bv at least
t •>» thousand majority. We had it clearly in our power
t > do so, but we la jked oue essential thing—we lacked
that indispensable (IbnsSian virtue, faith. We needed
that confidence in our own strength, and in the strength
and justice of our cause, which inspire* courage,aud awa
kens enthusiasm, aud vanquishes difficulties, and gives
tlie victory. With 'Jist to sustaiu and to animate us, we
should have swept the Stale from the Ohio to the Ches
apeake, and 1 should liave had tlie pleasure qf welcom
ing you to tlie Metr- spoils on the 1st day of JaAiary next,
to witness the inau gu ration ol a IPAiy Governor ol the
l >ld Dominion, liu l, with the experience of tlie late can
vass to instruct an d encourage us, 1 trust, geulletuen,
that want of conli deuce will not again he our besetting
sin in any future p. ditical contest. Our party in Virgiuia
is. 1 believe, in a h ralthier aud more vigorous condition
than ever before. It is perfectly haruionioug, thoroughly
Organized, full of hope and energy, aud impatiently
awaits the next erffagement for an'extraordinary aud
snecesslul display of its prowess. The young men are
joining it*—iheolai have always been with us—and the
future is bright i aid cheering. In I.uneuburg, and in
all the counties, let the Whigs of the Stale but stand
firmly to their ex lore, and the SehastU|iol ol Democracy
'hall vet he l*k cn, aud Virginia—deluded, humbug'
ged, Driest-riddeai Virginia—stand forth in newness of
life and glory, "‘redeemed, regenerated, sad discus
thralled.”
As regard* mtr prospect* in the next l'rcsidential eleva
tion. we have ample reason, i think, gentlemen, to lie ol
good cheer. 1 think the great mas* of the Opposition at
I he North—all except the ultra Republicans, who arc
officered by Sr ward aud his clique, and,comparatively, 1
trust few in nu- nher—are not. only willing, hut anxious to
.'“-operate with us in support of a sound.conservative.nn
tinnal candidate for tbo l*re»ideney. hike the honest
*'id patriotic I 1U-S...S Of all parti* - at the South, our Kortli
rrn hrcthixru are sick of this eve rlaslitig slaverv agitation,
tnd will had with joy the day when it shall bo heard oi
no more. It is only the miserable politician* of tlie Dent
vr tic and tanalic.il Alvoiition school, who rejoixv in
public disorder and confusion, that desire lo pcrpxqiuilc
tills unnatural and unhallowed sxvtlonal strife—and they
J.'.*im to p-rpetuale it for purely seltish ami partisaii
purposes. The whole Territorial qacvtion, geiitleuix'ii, is
fvernu.iieutly and irrevocably settled and disposed of, and
there is no* till real calls,- of suite existing between
llm North and the South, ami lie who asserts the contra
r\ h>, undeniably, either a knave or a fool. Why, then,
mav not the Opposition, North and South, unite upxvn a
common basis of action, aud sustain the same candidates
ill the next Presidential election? The slavery question
nil other political issues, ami especially agreeing as to
the importance of hurling the Democracy front power,
who are the guilty authors of all the political ills that af
flict the country, what folly, what madness, what moral
treason in the Opposition to fritter away their strength
mi /*■ •candidates, and thus indirectly contribute to the
election of the Democratic tioniincc!
Hut. in the event ot a union and concentration of the
general»tpposiiion not being effected,what is the plain line
of duty and policy,which the truly conservative and nation
al Opposition of the two sections of the country should a
dopt? It Is.undoulitedly.to nominate a candidate of their
ow n.support him cordially,and inflexibly.and poll tor him
alt the votes iu their power. We should stand aloof,
utterly and entirely, from both the Democratic and the
lllack Ueputdican candidates. Doth of these parties are
self-seeking—both are corrupt—both arc sectional—both
l.ve and move and have their being in the incessant agi
tition of the slavery question—both are unsafe, and both
should be repudiated with equal abhorrence by good
men and patriots in every section of the countrv. llut,
suppose a Klack Republican should be elected—w e should
not be responsible. Nor, for one, gentlemen—and 1
•pen’, it hotdiv—should 1 entertain any remarkably seri
• u* fears for the rights of the South from the Administrc
tion of a lllack Republican President. Nor, on the contra*
> y -hould I entertain any remarkably ser ous fears for the
1 nion from the Administration of a Southern, fire-eat
ing, Democratic President. And why? Elevate ei
ther the one or the other to the Presidency, and you will
hear but little about Northern rights, or Southern rights,
or disunion, for four years, at least—for, tweutv-five
thousand dollars •> year salary, and the annual distribu
.... -r —w»-- nUUima of public plunder, together with
the imposing dignity and influence ol Bis uign siauon,
will bo ample security for hit keeping the peace towards
the South, or towards the North, or towards the I'nioti,
diniug his term of service. Resides, any wan would
prefer presiding o\ er thirty odd States, to presiding over
lifi. en or sixteen. Having attained the highest point of po
liti \il elevation accessible to him under the Constitution,
would be content with Ids good fortune, would quiet down
on the slavery question, and be very apt to egregiously
disappoint the expectations of the Abolition or tiro-eating
fanatics that elected him That is my view of the mat
ter. And all this erv of Southern Democrats, therefore,
al»oui the moostrona and unimaginable danger to result to
the Sooth from the election of a lllack Republican to the
Presidency, is gammon, humbug, bosh—resorted to for
t’ue p'.iriiosc of fi igbteniog weak-minded men and nervous
eld women into the support of their own pvrtv and their
own candidates. And i. not this a pretty cry to come from
» party that has done more to injure the character and the
iustitu'ions of the houth, than all other parties that ever
i listed in this country, put together? Demagogues, hypo j
rrite* and deceiver* nil.are these Southern Democratic po
liticiana—and the Whig who shall ever hereafter pav tbe j
•lightest heed to their idle clamors on this subject, should
be put in a straight-jacket and cut for the simple*. As tor !
mvs. lt, under no present conceivable circumstances w ill 1 j
ever give my humble support cither to a Democratic or
a lllack Republican candidate for the Presidency. So
fir a- liie interests, aril honor, and welfare of the’ coun
t are concerned, it is “pull Dick, pull Devil," between
them, and I shall touch neither with a forty foot pole, i
Rut, I shall trc.pn . gentlemen, no farther upon \our
patience. Permit mo to thsnk you for the courtesy ,.nd
kindness with which yon have listened to my desultory
remarks, and to admonish you, whatever mar betide, to I
adhere to the Whig faith, and rally to the Whig flag_ j
lor, it is the laith of the |»atriot and the llag of the I'n- i
ion.
• off r you, g -titlemen, this sentiment r "The Whig* i
of \ irginia — iii.swed by power, unintimidated by j
threat-,un-educed by flattery, uncorrupted by the spoils, i
they con.iii ate a noiile army of martyrs to principle ami
Rrutr.KS nr rot., rPK«.
Col. Krrs, of Nottoway, l*eing loudlr called for re
plied :
Mr. President and Gentlemen . The compliment wldcli
Itv* Item otiered me by my distinguished friend, the Kd
i or of the Iiit liiuotiil Il’Wy, places me in a position
nh'cli I never occupied l*efore. When I came among
you yesterday, I only thought to partake of the •• fea-t
of reason” that might be spread tx-fore us; but, while I
ant unaccustomed to public speaking, I should feel that I
were greatly wanting in courtesy to my friend, if I did
not respond to the sentiment which he'lias just offered.
Ilul, Mr. President, tlx- gentleman, in some respect*
does me more than justice; and I trust I will not lx-’
considered arrogant when I utter the truth, in stating
to you the position which I have ever maintained, and
stilt maintain, towards the Whig partv. Mv course of
action during the first Whig battle in the State will ever
be the proudest recollection of my life. I have endev
vored, by my political career, to give an earnest to my
Whig friends that they might trust me; and my Ilemo
cralic enemies in Nottoway know, that if there is nobo
dy el*e at the polls on the day of election, to vote the
H lug ticket, Colonel pipes will surely be there.
Gentlemen, if there is anything in the world forwhirh
I am entitled to credit, it is for being faithful to the Whig
Heaven is my judge, I never have, for
o.ie single moment, thought ol deserting it. In the very
d irkest hour of its existence, when the Oemocracy gain
ed a majority of one hundred in my little county, wh - h
barely gives a vole of four hundred, my onlv thought
wa* to pres* forward, and struggle, at least, for the at*
romplisliment of the grand and glorious objects which
we had in view, f Apple u**-.) It d'M’s not Ix-comeme o
*-ty *» th what anecc*« mv efforts in the Whig cause have
been crowned; yet, | will say, that in all I have done in
mv politic d life, I have only endeavored to promote the !
inter* st of t* r good old Stale ami of our common Co in- I
by. I always have love*) the Whig party, ami endea
vored to inculcate a Whig aentiinem—one which I own
to-dnV'—and that is, ‘'Train up your child in the way of
the Whigs." (Great applause.) I love and honor the
good old Whig party; .iml I tell you, gentlemen, I l*e
lieve it i* the true conservative party of the Union, and,
sir, that the time is coining when the good people of tire
eouotrv will look to that parly to maintain ami preserve
the institutions handed down to us by our patriotic lorc
fatheis. i Applause )
Mr. President, it gives me much pleasurr, to-day, to
unite with von In honoring M*-. Kidgway for himobieef
fort* in behalf of our cau-e, which we all believe to be
the cause of our country. Those efforts never flagged
in the darkest hour, and when the never to-be forgotten
Convention of the Hemocra* y—mohoeracy, as Its presi
ding oflti-er termed it—wa* held in Petersburg, he, like
| s faitlifnl sentinel, w»a the first to sound the alarm. He
| called u|ion the Whigs throughout the State to unite in
I forming ail Opposition ticket, and ho will hear me wit
I ii“ * that I was one of the very first to second
i his move to call a Convention in th.- city of Rich
i mOml—I should have said, tie grrat and glorious Com
v -ntion which mot on that occasion. (Prolonged ap
pi iu*e.) Ami, sir, what was the condition of tlie parly
when he sent lorth that rallying cry t It waa ulmo-t ills*
hand.-d. Our banner wa* trailing in tlx- dust; our form s
w *re scattered, and some of tliem gone over to theesmp
of the enemy. Hut, no'withstanding all tliat seemed to
stand in the way, he persevered in the reuse, till the call
t * a ms was h.-ar.l In the f.»r west; and you know the
result. (Applause)
Aa to the result of that Convention, you all know it_
we were defeated after n gallant struggle , but Sufi, r it
to say, we gave our adversaries a blow from which they
| hue never recovered. (Renewed applause.) And ai*
I though we did not eleet our Governor, we did much In
encourage onr Mlow Whig* of the adjoining Ktatea. fQr
ton knnw, gentlemen, that in the recent elections which
have Ix-en held in several of those States, tho table* are
turned exactly ’round, and instead of a Heino* ratio ma
jority of member* of Congress, the Opposition hsve
elected verm to their thru. In the State of Kentucky,
Wh#re they had a majority pf aig to four, or (wo freaurj
I ballere the Opp*iUo„ have elected si*. Id North
OsroUtt* I bellert there is a at. role.
“•« . . y* ?8tt1l*lp this to hid every good Whig
B*hl ob and Dover giro up lb, ^ip f Wben I read the re*
turns, Mtl saw that those good old States were preparing
0 e«4o MU the bright **).,, of Whig Kutea. I
rbll1 JUSqr*n,*,7* W**.*?**“*' • *•■»«* ‘hat would witnem
tfc- dt»*n1 dl ol a mighty Imposition. aud the establish
ment o the imi.mtabl, truths of that party to which all
a-a mbled here Moo*. ,(W, appUuse.)
, . “I* I lu* h lot me speak a word to our
Irteiolw of all seelioua ; remember you ha>« au artful ad
yervary—.me a bo scruple, at nothing, where Ids purpo
se- lie in the -‘' -and in the language of Si. Paul I Lr
lo you W Steadfast In the faith;" acquit yourselves like
men and you wIM ho wrong for the tight, tlrntlemen.
1 believe the day is not far distant .ben the corruption
ietD wiU t>e hurled from poser, and good and true men
le put III their places throughout the country. Perhaps
Ihia may m em uncharitable language, but do not all llie
Tacts connected with the career of that party heir me
Km' i. h"T ,w r,f*r you to the Kansas-Nebraska
bill, the work ot Senator Dougins, to establish the charge
•rcorruption; and as to bribery, don't von all know
gentlemen, that during the last Presidential election, the
* tate of 1 etui'Tlrania was carried for lluchanan by the
expenditure of tb« large sum ol fSlM.OUO! (Applause.)
1 have it Irom high Democratic authority, mnl «veu iu
•UK h m euv, that U not alway* rvliablo. 1 had it from a
geutiviiihii of high poaitiou. a ho g«vr me the iuwoh of
several who contributed lo this election fund. Is the
corruption of the prvsent Administration tol>e wondered
At, then ?
Hut, Mr. President, I am aware that I Atu connumine
t nu* that oMffht to 1>« occupied by some other*; hut be*
I arc I done, 1 waul to pay my retpert* to ouo portio i of
<>ur ocattered torero, who, when the rallying cry ot our
lender w m heard, instead of obeying the HunimouM
aun Hock'it}* Around hU Miamlanl. remained iu the camp
of tho enemy, the great hospital for dudinueal Whig* o» t
of office. ^ 1
I read iu the paper*, about a year ago, of an Irishman
in the city ol Isondott, who being out of employ moot
and destitute of money, a a* com |*c tied to bleep any Arheie
he could at night. Ouo day, aa he w«lUd divouinoliiiolv
R »>ng the s re.*f, he pau^d opposite to a building < n
ZS**!in ***** WUrrm “Lying-in Uoopiul, ’
faatli, saitl ht, “titat s the very place I've!»eeii looking
lor tliia many a day.” (Slighter.) And »o it i* with the
renegade Whig*, who went oxer to the caiii|» ol the enc
m\; the* were iu ocarch of a place; they found it, and
there 1 nay, with all my h«*art, let them #tav.
C\>1. Kpc* on taking hi* mat, was greeted with a hear
ty round of appiau-e.
Mh. (Iruxdo Smith «e next called upon, and nre
“the health ol Mk. S. S. WtistuEa, of Amelia.”
Thia tojft was drank to the bottom, and elicited the
following rejly from Ma. Wkiaihkr:
REMARKS Of HR. WKISIHKR.
Mr. President—If I were anynhir.* elm* except in a
hi^; meeting. I should think 1 wa* to In* badlv Heated.
(I.iugbtrr.) When ytm tall upon me, alter listening to the
"lie speech from Col. Kpes, l am reminded of an anecdote,
wiiicli i win relate: tluce, during tlie trial of an import
ant law ease, in an adjacent county, the c<l bratid Wil
liam \\ irl Was engaged as one of the counsel, who, alter
bay ing lielJ the uudieuee spell-bound for more Ilian an
hour with his wonderful How of eloquence, resumed his
-cat, when a little county-court lawyer junqs'dup, before
the s|» II had subsided, and made a motion on a delivery
bond. 1 be « fleet was electrical! Tin* transition from
the sublime to the ridiculous was toft sudden tube quietly
borne, atui t'apUin 1’ope, an evcitable gentleman iui
medist.lv roared out—"Kill the rascal; kill 111111." (tlreat
laughter.) Kor me to sgieak now scarcely seems less ri
diculous; and I know eery well iftwasuot 7.1 1-4 inches
high—an inch more than n,v friend tint l'.-.-._1 __.ta
re-iiuup niy seat. and say nothing more.
Indeed, for any Whig to addi e« an assembly or Whigs
remind* me ot a great dispute a negro said lie had had a ith
Ins master. On being asked what thev disputed about,
.'sambo ^aid—“ Well, you see, master »av de corn^was
growiu’ mighty fas, and 1 say I tink so loo, and ,i*f we
’.'pule and Vpute about it for inure dan a'hour.'’ (Laugh
t r. Ami so it is.with \\ bigs They lit'a he same iustinels
ererywlleri. \\ lieu i tell them of the corruption of the
Democracy, they say they think so too.
But, Mr. President, my Iricud Col. K|ies lias said that
which I shall also sav of myself; that is, I have no aptak
ing talent; but, sir, the h bigs of your countv may rest
assured they can aim no blow at the Democratic party
that shall not have my warmest sympathy ami support.
Theta- is. perhaps, no man, be he young or old, that ev
er dealt his blows against Democracy more earnestly than
*• _ A* lias la-en remarked bv my friend Captain Stock
dell, I learned when a hoy that Whiggery and honest ▼
were synotiomona terms Raised under such auspices';
deeply imbued with the principles that were taught me iii
mv childhood, I have yet to feel otic sympathetic emo
tion for Democracy. Iam ti c son of one of the seven
\\ bigs who voted against Jacksonian iu mv county, and
I have no doubtth at, when 1 die, mv wish shall be lor
the destruction of Democracy, t Apj-Uusc )
Dis a party that has no aim but selfishness. It is a
party that, professing patriotism, is fast hurrying the
country to destruction. It i- a party of whom Calhoun,
their greatest leader, himself has said, it has no other
principle, and is held together bv uo other bond, than
“ *he cohesive power of public plunder.*’ (Applause.)_
I hare watched it from my childhood to the present day;
I ha. •• marked its career of corruption and bribers , ita
"7**~ '/ —«'“l Moroodsr of principles' and
il|M ®\» f<dUli«J it lll<* MHll* llli!>rhtpt|}otH |MbrlV
This, together with my early teaching*, ha* made me
a true and loyal member of the Whig party—the oul\
party governed by principle alone, and the only pm'v
.that can save this Republic
But. Mr. President, as I stated before, I do not pro
pose to go into an aigument, at this timu and place up
on the subject of politics; but I simply mean to express
th#» pleisiire it alToni* me to tntti mv Whig friend4 of
this county around this festive hoard, and n> nuite
with them in a jiwt tribute of rwpcct to the talent* en
ergy and devotion to a good cause which have been ex
hibited by Robert Ridgway, editor of that staunch old
journal, the Richmoud Whig. (AppUose.)
Itrllyongentlemen if you c»n ge; a few more
" ‘“g* like Ridgway and myself, the days ol Democracy
ufe numbered in this State, ns well Ms throughout the
country. 1 lie next Presidential election would wime
the succe-s of our c .use; a Whig President be electe I J
the keys ot the treasury be p!..c -d in our bauds, and'
• bould we emulate the uses of the bogus Democracy we
should thenceforth, so long as we lived, he aide to 'in.ke
plenty ol Whig*. (Laughter and applause, j The Whig
puty lias already accomplished much. We huve the proud !
-ati-fiction ol knowing that the Democracy are fast
adopting Whig measures, aud that the party now It. 1
power has been the first to acknowledge the superiority !
ot vt lug principles, in the administration of the gov- I
. rnmeut lor my part, I would Is- willing to spend mv I
life lor the accomplishment of otir efforts.
It ha« been said that when rogues fall out, honest men
get their dnc*. The leaders of the Democrats have I
sometime since, fallen out with one another—Douglas iii
the North, preaching Spiatl. r Sorerrigutv, nnd Wise in '
I le South advocating Intervention, each' declaring Ins i
particular hobby to be the only doctrine that can save
t.ie country. So you nee we hate them at last ktiocking
lh*ir head* totf**t»,rr.
There, are, doubtless, some among us who are getting
b-.in and hungry, tired of grating in the barren Whig
pasture, who may be induced hy a bribe to go over to j
tne Democracy, i-et them go—their desertion only pur
VUIT 'll.' "-Ml llllll/, nil-l (•WlTt'/d iM-llill'I
iliem Milch men am the ploriouM, tl»«* immortal the chiv.nl
mV, darn"lea* leader in the late CulicrtulorUI contest, tl.»
lloii. Win. I*. (to^in. (<*rcat cheering) No hritierv
conld more his high-toned honor, nor shake his fenltr to
principle, nor blind him lo odious corruption- lle *glo*
tied in being the standard-bearer of i. gallant i«»rtT
though that |«*rty had been broken and scattered and
did’eartened. It was honor enough for him to light lor
the Wlug cause, though he were cerlaiu he would never
see it in power. (A pphiuse )
The Democracy fight with weapon* we would scorn to
use. They appeal not to patriotism; they appeal not lo
principle ; hut to the cupidity of those whom they would
ensnare; and they eagerly receive and extend the right
hand of fellowship to all who go over to them. When
did yon ever hear of a man quitting the Whig pirtv who
wtia nut taken up by them * They seem to do -o upon
the principle that sll who go from ns sre plenty good to
serve them; (Daughter) for lh*v well know tlieir ablest
men sre those who hare deserted from the Whig ranks
(Applause.)
lint Mr. President, I hare already occupied more time
than I ought, sod, fit conclusion, I will say that I am
happy on all occasions to render honor where honor is
due, as | am here to do today; and, believe me, vou
may rest assured, that whenever a Democrat says any
thing against our Whig parly, I will not tail to raise my
voice against him. f Applause.)
I give you •• the health of Oil. Fpe* of Nottoway.”
“ *-"t- Kerim returned his thanks hi a brief response.”
Mr. li C. Itm t.iua, of Charlotte, was called upon, and
responded by giving:
" The glorious Whig patty of I.tinenbnrg. Always
I'tyal i may it ever be a terror to the Democracy.”
This sentiment was drunk “ to the bottom."
RRKaaaa or Mason antgum.
Msjoa J. C. Hit mi ns, of the Richmond Whig, w»i next
loudly called on ; In respoti e to which he *p. k • as fol
lowe:
I know very welt, Mr. President, that nothing hut the
courtesy of my friend* could have prompted them to
bring me out on tin* oer.xsion; hut, fearful that hit declin
ing to say something, in reply to your call, might Ire con
strued into disrespect, I must at least acknowledge my
sense of the compliment.
Mr. President, I am rejoiced to meet so many gdlnut
Whigs in the good old comity of I.unciibtirg, and to find
them animated by the old spirit, and ready for a fresh
cncount r- confident of final triumph and of the ultimate
a Tendency of ou: principles. Hut I tell you, sir, firm
| and sealott* and loyal as they are, there breathes not
within this 'Commonwealth, or In the broad I'tdnn.s more
ardent Whig than I am. (Applause.) For from tiie lime
] that the old iron-willed Tennesseean first put Ids heel
' upon liberty »n<| law, I have wsgul an unerasing warfare
against the psrty that upheld him, .and am resolved nev
er to cease so long a* I Itvs. (Applause.)
Your me-ting to-day It** a beating important in
many respect*, ft may be you regard it only in the view
of the immediate associations which surround you, and
l its efiect i only to attach nearer to each other those
. who have fought a good fight—'nit I sincerely believe a
Wgfier importance will be tire result. Tor ninservatii e
| sentiment and feeling of this entire country—North,
Month, Ka-1 and Wot, I* now earnestly engaged In the
great work of uniting in a patriotic effort to sntidir sec.
j immiI strife and commotion. A voice in aid of, and in
| harmony with that purpose, can come from no quarter
j which will lie more respected than from the Whigs of
the old Dominion. To day yon have raised that voice, and
many hearts will respond in • J’twt appreciation of your
teal and sfeadta«tiie-s In the true frith,
Mr. President, I would net have done myself the Injir*.
tire |o undertake to vpeak, b"< 'hat yon dfd me the hon
or to iuvite me to participate with yon on tMa Interesting
occasion In rendering a deserved tribute to one who I*
endeared to every Whig heart in thi* State, and, neither
my reepeet for him, nor my appreciation of your eonrtesv
to myaelf permitted m* to b» entirely silent I cor .ode
by returning vou my thank* for your hospitality, *r.d by
tdreria| you th« #*nti»**l|
•The Whig* of Lunenburg, invincible In spirit—Arm
in acriou—they ere worthy u> he the color-gneril of the
glorious army or the Opposition."
biuaMs or ua. rtuiwiiL
Ma. Jso. R. CsaowcLL, of Charlotte, wee next called
for, who rose and said :
Mr. President, when I cast my eyas about me, and see
among u* the distinguished gentleman who has heen so
appropriately designated the Chevalier Havard of the Whig
ptriy ill Virginia, "without fear and without reproach."
I cannot but feel In my heart, it la good to l»e here.—
Where good Whigs are assembled together 1 delight to
lie iu the midst of them; for of them it has been truly said
by one who is uow high in the Democratic rank*, "they
know each other by the common instincts of gentlemen.
(Great applause.)
To hate oppression and to love tbe truth, were among
the earlimt leasoit* of my life. I was taught this Iu child
hood, and as I advanced to veara or maturity, those ear
ly impressions grew with my growth and strengthened
with my strength.
Sir, originating as It did in opposition to imposition,
the hig party i- founded upon such principle* a* only
c n sustain a pure Republican form of Government.aud its
great lender can lie classed among none others than the
mo«t exalted characters of the earth. I allude to the
illustrious embodiment of our party, Henry Clay.—
(Groat Applause.) Twice when this country was threat
cued with dissolution, when fanaticism added to the fu
ry or party strife, he rolled back the llood that seemed
aliout to overwhelm us, and |ieaoe once more smiled up
ou the laud.
Sir, 1 believe that the truth of our principles is liegiit*
| n'nil 1° l*c ackuou tedged all over the country, and I siu
cvrely hope that all good and true men will, lu the cam
paign of 1 Stlii, adopt aud glory iu the proud motto "The
uuiou of the Whigs for the sake of the Inion." (Great
applause.)
iu conclusion, Mr. President, I offer vou the following
sentiment: ‘ **
"The Whigs of Luncuburg. Always true, they never
surrender.”
RRMXRK* or XL IKK.
Mr. II. L. I.kk, of Lunenburg, wa* next called onto
I address the party. He replied as follows:
j Mr. I'.- sidenl, | did not come here to make a speech.
1 1 came to hear, and to do honor to that geutlcnum whose
, clarion trumpet called ns all together in advocacy of the
principles ut the broken and scattered Whig party,; who
| *«*•* On a forlorn hope to battle with a powerful enemy,
and who won lor himself and for his party imperishable
glory in llist contest, and sent terror and dismay into
the rauk* of the enemy. 1 uecd scarcely tell vou, that
man is William L. Goggin. (Great and' prolonged ap
|ilatise.)
I did not come here to detain yon by anything that I
have to say, but it give* me unbounded pleasure to add
a cheering word in addition to the many that have alrea
I dy been uttered here to-day. Coming as 1 do from a
Democratic portion of the county, where the candle of
Whiggery has loug shone very dimly, I can testify to tl e
vigilance of every Whig and the determination to battle
bravely iu the approaching elocliou. The glorious result
of the late Gubernatorial campaign lias inspired them
with hope and courage, aud, indeed, with the conviction
that by "a long and strong pull and a pull all together,"
the Democracy can be routed, horse, foot aud dragoon.
■Applause.) And let mo tell Mr. Kidgwar, our honored
guest, that in a prveiuct of Meckhnhi rg,' where not one
-olitary Whig vote had ever been cast, at that product,
where the Democracy had ever ridden rough shod and
triumphant, the majority for Goggin over I .etcher was I
forly/uttr! (Great applause.) Previous to that elec
tion, when 1 saw the dark shadow which hung over
the party, 1 was cowed, and I acknowledge it. and
many others were alike despondent; hut henceforth
»o will ngtit them forever. (Applause.) Mauv of the
Democtatic leaders are fools, knaves and jannisaries; and
I tell you and ihein that the time is speedily coining
when the people will refuse to he governed br such
rogu •*.
(lentletnen, after having said its much, ia it necc**nry
for me to define ray position • Talk about being boru or
r ated Whig* or Democrats. Not so w ith me, genth -
men. My political taitli is not due to tuv hirth or edu
cation. I deliberately adopted the principles of the
Whig party, after mature consideration, uiul I intend to
adhere to them, so long as I have a longue to speak or
an arm to raise.
I conclude by giving you the following sentiment:
“ M..y the country ever have a Whig party, and be
mimitul of Whig principles.”
Mr. John A. SroKirs offered the following sentiment:
“The Editor of the Kichmoud Whig—Our gallant
Hero, die Helsman of the Whig Tarty. May lie, with
his untiring energies, be able to unite the party; and
m*y they, with one accord, as he now «o highly deserves,
say, well done thou good and faithlul Champion ; ami
ortiwn his efforts with success.”
Mr. Colin Stokks being too unwell to attend, sent a
letter of apology, mid the following sentiment:
“The old Whig Tarty—Often beaten lint never van
quished ; nnconquered and unconquerable.”
We publish the following letters, addressed to the
Committee of Invitation, which will doubtless be read
with much interest, coming, as they do, from some of the
most prominent Whigs of the State :
KKOM HON. A. II. II. STUART.
SrarNTON, Sept. 7th, ISM.
OfHtUmrn :—I had the hoi.or to receive, bv vests r
ierday's mail, your note of :51st ull., inviting nic’to'attend
a complimentary diun.-r to be given to Mr. Robert Ridg
wav, by the \\ bigs of Lunenburg, on the l:uh iust
1 regret (hat my engagements are or such a character
as to prevent my acceptance of your kind invitation. I
have long had the pleasure of a personal acquaintance
ivitli Mr. Kidgway; and, as a constant reader of the Rieli
"lon.l Whig have been familiar with his political course
—and I think he richly merits the compliment von pro
pose to pov him. Sagacious, talented ami fearless, he
has uever failed, under the most discouraging I'ircunistan
> es, III battle manfully for the principles of bis party and
the interests of his country. If at any time be has fallen
into errors, they have been the errors of a geuerous
and impulsive nature.
You have done well to offer this “tribute of vour ap
preciation to Mr. Rulgway. In this duv of venalitv and
office-seeking, when we see so many men abandoning
principle* whirl* they had profm^ed to hold Mcred
and truckling to the popular prejudices of the duv that
• •hrift may follow fawning,” it is well to do honor to the
intrepid champions of right, who, regardless alike of the
seductions of patronage, and the clamor of demagogues
l ave the courage to expose corruption in high place*.
urn. even to op|«se the |s-ople for the peopls’s good_
Micii a champion is Robert Kidgway. IIU voice has al
ways been raised in defence ol the constitution mid the
I nuin. Ilia brilliant pen has done goo.l service in the
cause which lie has so earnestly- espoused. Long msv
he continue to wield it ! Let us then cheer him on in
his patnoiic career, that be may never weary in well do
I ig I
I’ermit ,nP *° congratulate you, gentlemen, on the im
proved condition of the public sentiment of Virginia, and
of the country at large. Twelve months ago, everything
wore a gloomy and threatening aspect. The sectional
Democrat* of the South, and the sectional Republicans
ol the North, seemed determined to prrcipitaie the peo
ple on a geographical contest, which, to sav the
least of it, would be perilous to the Union._
I he voice of reason aud patriotism was drowned in the
din of this unnatural strife. The lessons of history, and
the admonitions of Washington, were unheeded by reck
■. r*« mil, Mir Iinri mijwiMi 8IOO<l (It*
mi*.1.1 III till- prospect lifcforc them. Hut now, the signs
•n- all more propitious. The “skies are bright, ami
brightening!*’ A calmer anil more national feeling has
spread itself over the country, flood men, North and
South, seeing the danger, are coming together to urrest
it. The people arc beginning to understand that all the
excitement which has convulsed the country, for some
years, is the work of demagogues and place-hunters, and
we perceive, in all quarters, a disposition to rebuke the
authors of the mischief. May we not hope that this
wholesome change in the pubiic opinion of the country
will give birth to an organization possessing tho disposi
tion mid the ability to restore peace and harmony to the
country. A united Opposition can effect this result; and
why should not all th*- conservative elements co-operate
for such a glorious purpose* Our fathers agreed to dis
regard all minor differences, and to unite in declaring
and achieving our national inilep ndence. Actuated hv
a like spirit of conciliation and mutual concession, they
adjusted nil questions in di-pute and ngreed upon the
principles of the Federal Constitution. Why cunot we
imitate tlicir spirit, and be guided hy their example ?_
We can, and we will!
With many thanks to von, gentlemen, for the compli
ment implied by your invitation, I have the honor to be,
Very respectfully, your ob'dt serr’t,
AI-KX. II. II. HTITART.
Messrs. W. K Rtockdelj, P,. W. Ilrsgg, Jno. II. Stokes
R. J. II. Hatchett. Wm. II. Hatchett, Orlando Smith.
FROM HON. JOHN M ROTTH.
Ricnuoan, Ang. llth, 18M>.
OrnUrmrnOn my retnrn from the North, a day or
two since, I found your note, inviting me to he present
at an entertainment to bo given at l.nnenhurg Court
House, on the lilh instant, in eompliment to our friend.
Robert Ridgway, F-sq., for the valuable service* rmil-m-i
bv him " to the old Whig cause,*’ in the late canvas* in
this State.
An absence of six weeks from home during the sum
‘ mer, which, to a greater or less extent, necessarily led to
the neglect of private matters of interest, will deprive me
| of the pleasure of being with you on the interesting occa
| «ion in contemplation.
I will take nc -talon, however, to say, that I should have
(treat pleasure in availing myself of any suitable oppo •
'unity to give evidence of my appreciation of tlie devo
1 (ion of Mr. Ridgway, as conductor of the leading Whig
| journal of the Urate, to those great principle- of the obi
Whig partv for which we bare bottled so long without
- success—-toil which tlie utter failure of antagonistic
measures, as advocated and adopted by our political op
j puucnt*, must at no distant day bring into active opera
tion, a* being indispensable to tlie prosperity of Ibis great
country.
J For the first time in thirty years, the Democracy of
Virginia Is found to be In a state of disorganisation,
brought about hv the conviction of the honest, patr'o le
and true hearted men of that party, that it was thorough
ly demoralised, and essentiaily corrupt in every particu
lar. They hare been slow In coming to thia conclusion,
au-l were naturally reluctant U> distrust the men in whom
they had confided, anil upon whom they hail bestowed
} . highest honors of the country with an unsparing hand
but, satisfied *t ls«t. their love of country has triumphed
over their party fealty; and hereafter they will he as
"l”'i • * heretofore they have been dim ) to condemn
the vicious, and to pnniah the guilty who hare betrayed
lelr trusts, either hy an active participation in rorrup
tion, or • failure to expose it. r
In the accomplishment of this great work, your honored
guest has I tome a distinguished part, and in rewarding
mm with yonr approving voice you but nerve hia arm for
a nereer and more important fight—when with the rally
tu V**0’ 'nor* ‘he hreach, deat friend, t
he'rf.Z'™. I 1 th* of ‘he lime*, d
TU m * **d yietoyy and to fame,
most '’■"‘'•"‘••i ,or T®"r hlndneea I am
V™ 'vh*dl»"‘ •*"'»"», end fellow-la
bom in a holy and patriot!* enst
M ROTT9,
FROM WM. H. MACFARLAND, RSQ
* „ . Ricimos*, Sept, loth, 11W.
f'tniletws-t—I sincerely regret that engagements, not
tinder my control, put it out of my power to accept your
Hattrr{tig invitation to * dinner to bo givfio to Robort
Ridgway, E*q., on the llth tualanL It would haee hern
a privilege to be with yon. that I might have met the
numerous old friends, whom it la lay pride to recall, and
made the acquaintance of the so III) of others, whose ho
nored memories survive. My aflW-Uone instinctively re
vert to your county, for It Is mine, loo, bv nativity and
cherished .murks
Another satisfaction I should have enjoyed, would
have been in uniting in the testimony of rvapecl to Mr.
Ridgway. He Is an independent, cu'usiatent, strenuous
conservative, whose d.-frnce of sound principles, and ex
posure of official profligacy, could thev obtain doe atten
tion. would aereo to renew the ancient purity of our gov
rnimeut, the harmony of the States, and the uairouage
of the true sources of national wealth.
Let us not ileepair, uor be dlscour* ged. The conserva
tive |>ariv is strong enough to save the government, il it
may not direct it. It is a service hoth ol grati ude ami
inestimable utility, that it lisa held, and still I olds the
administration in check, through Aar of its tuurtlpower.
The Opposition, worn it really powerless iu elections!
would lie iu valuable, for compelling an outward show of
rn-pect for the constitution and laws, and for restraining
I-artisan presumption and cupiilitv. If it did no more
than cause Mix to tremble, it would lor that posses* au
attraction to bind its faithful members iu indissoluble
connection.
But the conservetive'partyimav, and should confide in
Iu strength, and prepare with spirit for the coming elec
tion. Strong iu ttaelf. wo may expect lo And it invinci
ble in the common disgust of the whole country with the
administration. It may be hoped the devices of dema
gogues have ruu out; and that true and faithful men
everywhere, have discovered, that there ia uo datigi r
to the I'nion, nor lo the just influence of any section in
t , except from reckless |iartUans,interested to hegetsre
tmiial distrust and conflict. Agitation ia at au end, un
less as it may come from those, whom a season of repose
Slid prosperity would consign to obUvion. The Country
i* awake lo the necessity of new meu, and new counsels
wouid we briug back the sturdy virtues or our earlv his
'ovv. and |hm*s*-«h once more the blessings of a national
upright, wise administration.
I am, gentlemen, with great respect.
Yours ver> truly,
t, . WM. If. MACFARLAND.
R- " • RraRK. H. J. Hatchett, J. II. Stokes, H. Mav
and othrr*. * *
FROM WYNDIIAM ROBERTSON ESC.
TiibMkahowk, nkar Amimihos, I
September tfth, IbSy. |
bml/MUs -In your proposed compliment to the Edi
tor ol the Richmond Whig, you do yourselves, as I con
ceive, no less honor thau him. You but justly recognise
p-ihlic set views, alike valuable and dis mereated, long and
/e douslv perforated, by a sou of Virginia, as devoted to
her micro-la and as M-usiiive lo lier honor as any she poa
aesM-s; and none tlie leas—mav I not rather sav all tlie
mor*—’oval to the Union, because faithful to Virgin a.
A party man, in the sens*- only of advaucitjg uorthv
- bj -cta by concentrated and organix-d effort In- , .
m-ver consciously In-tray tliosc wlm follow his lead, nor
co-operate, in Id* measures, in anv course tiiat cun com
ptotint their |K<r*oual diameter or indt-iiendcnce preju
■lice the public welfare, or ataia the public houor.
I regret sincerely that uiv ingagcuieiil* liave pit it
quite out of my power to testifv personally, hy mv prv
s.-nce With you, how fully I share your high appreciation
or Mr. Ridgway—while they prevent, too, my renewing
|>a.*t and long susiieuded social relatiotiw with some .
KJi iueu menus near you, as well aa the forming new om a
with vour-elves, and the patriotic spirits the occasion will
draw arouud yon. Moat respectfully,
Your obcdieut servant.
WYNDHAM ROBERTSON.
FRrtlIJR. T. DANIEI., ESQ
Ricmmomd, Sept. I2tb, IMX>9.
Urntlfmett: I have deferre.l a reply to your invitation to
tlie last moment,hoping my engagements would permit me
to unite in the eoinplimentary testimonial ron design to
offer Mr. Kidgwar, but, in that expectation.i regiet to aav
l am unavoidably disappointed. None,in myopiniou,better
Ilian be, deserves it at your bands. It Is no more than
just to that gentleman to aav, that, for the time lie has
tieen connected with the politic* of our Slate, none ha.
rendered more or licller service to the cause ol sound
conservative government. Ardent, fearless si.d sincere
the trieml of truth for truth'* *.»k»\ no timi'-wriiug tM>li
ev, no temporizing views of expediency, ever dim the
eye or purnlyxe the arm with which he detect* and strikes
at corruption; while, if ever, iu the impetuous ardor of
attack, error he committed or injustice inflicted, the v are
promptly redeemed and atoned for, with an ingenuous
candor, a noble franknese, always inaeperable from true
courage. Long may lie live to render surh noble ser
*'c®» >•>« conflict waged between the friends ,,t t|„.
Constitution and of a pure administration of theCorern
inent, and a party combination, (separable from the lion
est and patriotic hodv of the people,) which, in its fabi
fc Uion of aolemn pledges, its disregard of its own often
enunciated principles, both in the acquiring and in the
use of pow< r, might be well stvled a p.irly of faU, j.re
fea.vs—a jiarly, which, promising economy in the ex
penditures, has practiced a profligate waste of the public
money, at which honest men of all parties stand aghast;
which, in ihe uauie of a strict construction of the Con
-motion, ha* claimed for ita head the Mowers of more
than royal prerogative—the power of peace and war, of
truntics, and the u-c of the common treasure, unregula
ted by appropriations by law ; which, in the name of
peace and national concord, has rent the country into
discordant and almo-t belligerent divisions—amid the
strife and disorder of which, all sense of representative
responsibility Ls lost; which, by aclf-confession, has car
ried corruption and malpractice into evrrv branch of the
public service which It could reach, and made this (lor
eminent of ours, instead of a glorious “city set upon n
hiil, almost a byword and scorn among the nations._
Evils such as these, so slarming to the lovers of good
government, so disappointing to the friends of regulated
freedom, and threatening, if not arrested, to inaugurate
themselves into a system, call for the warmest aspirations
•nd the best exertions of patriots, of good men of all
shades of opinion, to arrest and reform them They aug
gesf the sentiment which I beg leave to propo«e:
" :ieu wh-ked men conspire. Jet the good of all parties
combine to oppose them.
Your obedient servant,
R T DANIEL.
To W w. E. Stockdkll, and other gentlemen ol the
Committee.
FROM MARMADUKE JOHNS >N, ESQ.
Riritunsn, Sept, loth, I8.V*.
(fenllenun—l very much regret tlmt I cannot be with
you on the lath, when you propose an entertainment in
compliment to Mr. Ridgway. I would l.e, if mv profe
riona! engagements did not positively forbid it. Your
appreciation of Mr. Ridgway and his services is. in mv
opinion, eminently just, and your testimony of that a' •
preciation •’minently proper.' Against the Democratic
party he has fought bravely and well. In the prosecution
ol the fight, he had and has •• the will lo do and the soul
to dare.' to war—not against the niemliers of that party,
personally, hut against the melancholy consequences of
their too long protracted po**cs-ion of power, testifi d
by the sad condition nml the illatiirhlnw ........ .u i.
now agitato thf ptiee and af:tj of the countrj.
Wlu-n the Democratic parly waa in full power, and
when all the element* of opposition were not only disor
ganized hut scattered, Mr. Ridgwav, as the editor of the
Richmond Whig. was the author of a Convention, which
brought together those eletr.rnta, and which, as to nuni
hers, was the Largost, and, a* to quality, was the best, I
ever ,*aw assembled. For this lie well deserves your grati
tude. During the canvass which followed that Conven
tion, no pen was more active, earnest or vigorous than
hi*. Since its termination, no one i< or c*n tie more d. -
tennined to proclaim and expose the misconduct and
corruption of the Democratic party—a pnrtv which, ia
"m<; of peace, ami in the name of economy, has emptied
a lull treasury ; which, in the name of integrity, has not
been able '"account for money tinmen to have been re
ceived ami disbursed—a party represented by an Admin
istration openly and specilicallv charged with corrup
tions, which audacity itself could not even pretend to
justify, and for which no spirit, but that of servile party,
call even apologise. Against this parly Mr. Uidgway has
car neatly, honestly and ably warred, nnd for it deserves
your cornplituen'. Ilis past conduct is abundant guaran
tee for his future. For such scrricc* he is well entitled
to the richest rrward, which is the appreciation of his
countrymen. It is therefore needles* for me to repeat
that I wish 1 could he with you.
Ilcside*. gentlemen, my pcr*nnal relations with Mr.
Ridgway.verr much incline me to unite with you in your
testimony to bis claims as a gentleman, as a Whig, and
as the editor of the Richmond Whig.
Very respectfully, gentlemen.
Your obedient servant,
„ „ MARMADt'KF, JOHNSON.
To W <i R. HroeiMM, and other gentlemen of the Com
mittee.
FROM JNO T THORNTON, FJtQ.
llrraisoHcu Horn Horse [
September 8th, 18ft», (
Utntlrmru :—Your invitation to me to attend a c ir -
plirnenUry dinner to Rotit. Uidgway, K-q., that will I e
given by the Whig* of Lunenburg, on next Tuesday,was
received just as 1 wa* leaving home to attend the Circuit
Court of this County.
I regret my duties in this Court will prevent me from
meeting and exchanging greetings with the true Whigs
of Lunenburg, and uniting with them in this romplinieut
to our tried and gallant friend, Mr. Uidgway.
I am your hrother-Whig and fellow citizen,
_ „ .... T. TlloRNTON.
To Me.*,*. Ro. W. Ilragg, R. J. ||. Hatchett, John II.
istoliea and others.
FROM WOOD BOT'LDIN, FXJ
Koauoar. Kept. 7, I8M»
Messrs. Ro. W. Bragg, R. J. H. Hatchet*. Jr hn II.
Htokes and others.
f/rntlrmrn—I had the honor to receive this morning
your very kind letter of the Hl«t nit., inviting me m at
tend a complimentary dinner to be given to Mr. Kirlg.
way, of the Richmond Whiir, by the Whig* of Lunen
burg, on the 13th inst., at Lunenburg Court House.
Mr Itulgway ha* the dearrred good will of hi* party and
hi* country; and nothing, gentlemen,could nITnril me high
•r gratification than tnrommune on such an occur Ion with
the Whigs of leinenburg, and heartily to unite with
them in a well merited tribute of respect to a true heart
ed gentleman and a gallant champion of the good {.Id
cause of the Whig* and the Constitution. I regret 11
•ay, however, that a previous engagement, which inqer
atively demand) my preaence elsewhere, compel* me re
luct*! tly to forego the pleasure of bring with you.
With many thank* for the honor done me, I am, gen
tlemen, Very Respectfully,
Tour friend and oh’t av'L
WOOD BOCLDIN.
FROM WILLIAM M. HKMI’I.K, TMQ
Lvvrwnrau, 5th Reptemher, IMf.
Messrs Bragg. Ratchet* iad other*, Committee;
(Tret/rmtn;—| lot tee pleuure to MkQQwUdfe the
rwarlpt of your favor of Ibr Hal ult.. Inviting me to be pre
vent nt a complimentary dinner lo be girvu by the Wldga
of Lunenburg on the Utb of this mo.ill. to Mr. R df
••y* KichitiouU Whig. ™ ™
J‘r‘d *fford “* gratification to be pmral;
.1.* °,hrr ru*lMr'm«nU. long aiuce contracted. will pn -
veut me I root accepting your very kind invitation. Oth
o,.Te'.l»ThKUM Tr*'AC* *° U^U Wl,h YOU ,n Jo‘n» honor
??'’wmh° »w.Sr"“* > »*"» »|x.n the gratitude of
the W hig, of the Slate, and to whom, for a long time I
have ••ecu hound no lew. by the .ympathiee or political
as.ooi.tion than by the tic* of personal 1'rieudahip.
I would al«o lie glad lo be with you for another rea
»on. Tlu* deinoii.tratioti allow* that the ancient Whig
apirll Mill cvial* lu your ndtlal—that defeat ha. no ter
rora for thoae who are auimated alone by derotiou to the
welfare of the country. In all our political hlstorv aince
the modem formation of parties, Virginia baa never vet
r<iU' A,ld -TC,> ‘Srougbont Ute whole
time, the W Inga of the old Commonwealth have remained
true and ateadfhu to the faith. Overtwwered bv the
r»r.-e of .u|.*nor numbers— weakcued by desertion—
gerrt iinindcred out of their Congressional right*_pro
"* 7,.“ '! f"d, n*lr*cUcI—theV have stood their grouud
unllinchiiigly, and .till «und their ground, opp.Jd.ig an
indomitable .pint to th. ir ,.olide.l adt.-marie*Such a
•pectacle cannot hut cli.il. nge the admiration of the
.ouiitry. And I rejoice to know that the amall. but gal
I mt, band of Whig* in Lunenburg have ever remained
truest among the tine, and will he the last to capitulate
or make term* with their andeut roes. ^
I have au abiding helior dial the rational and conaer
vative. principle, of the old Whig party will vet be ac
V,I“r>:'‘' •* "*'11 •« by our own glo
tme "J r h0.",,,."0,,W,7UI'-, Kur ,llU l,,irP"*» *«• Uiuat la
|mr aa ratthluliy in the future aa we hare done in the
|UMI. The |HOnle. aurcly, cannot continue to remain in
W,b*" *e,l*re * Federal Government
reeking with corrumiott and fra.nl, aud when the de
atructive and radical dogmas of Democracy are fast un
dermm.iig the pillars of th. ConaUtution. and converting
t\^ * ,orm of *Io,rrrnn>ent which waa in
tended lor a Representative Republic
-J’ira 10 **""* r°n‘ .8l‘ul|v,n«',|t that my avnipathica
are all witli you aa well m your |M-raonal tribute to Mr.
*“ ...
1 our obliged servant,
WM. M. SEMPLE.
FROM A J. PRANK, ESQ.
,, . Rich won n, Hept. 10, 1SM>.
U„, lnn,n-\ our polite note inviting nte to be preaent
a » dinner, to lie given to Ro. Ridgwav, Kao., at tour
t J ul °'!r0, l° ‘ ,8,h or8»P‘-. '« duly received.
It would afford me great pleasure to be present on the
occasion, hut an e. gi._cme.it c. tered into some time
ago wli rt.ld On th t day I .1 all be . n mv wav o
Jt .tfolk to deliver a Lecture.
Very re«] ectfully, Ac.,
To Me srs. W. E. S:mk Y11 and oilier., Committee.
FROM J AS Md ON.kLr, ESQ.
W1110 OrncK, bictiHOND, »
„ , September loth, 1869. 1
Urnll. mr,— ] haTe received your polite nolo inviting
me to be prcae.it at your proposed entertainment uea
Tuesday, in honor ol mv friend Mr. Kidgway.
Mv duties here, rendered more onerous and linperalire
by In. aliM-uc.-, will, I ant worry to say, prevent my enioi ■
lug your hospitality, and |c r icipntiug in the very , ouiui
mcnuirv token ol respect and admiration von proijjr
ofieru g, oil that occasion. No otic had .0 good an op.
portiinity as inywell of understanding how latthfullv lov
mg.v, iaboriou.lv, wisely atiJ cffoctivelv, Mr Kiiluwav
devoted himaeir In nor ......... „„.l ..7.’ _ . Y
glorioua canvas*, nor does auv one bettor know, or moro
, -T ll>an my. elf, Uie mmnlv and chiralroua
mmlil.es which have ao endeared him. not only to hii a
aooiatea bin to thousands who have never neon him
Itojorcing m the mnliincnt wbielt prompt* vou to honor
all faithful W hig»,
I am your friend and aervant,
m ., jamks m.donald.
In Ml **r*. SrocKDKLl. and others. Committee.
Profound regret was expressed bv lire entire compa
ny, *l "u> unavoidable absence or lion. Wili am L tiog
gut, who was anxiously and earnestly expected up in a
late hour on Ti.es lay, having intimated in a private let
ter hia intention to be present, ir circumstances mrrinit
led. We deeply regret to Iran, that Mr. tioggin was dr
lamed by the aenoiw indtspoailion of hia daughter, and
tut* *iid«t<*u ot a nievi*.
Pile .-•hove re|rorl wa* made in coinpltanee witli the de
sire of the komunttee ol Arrangement*. TI.U Mateuirnt
IS due tn the grutleiiian to whom the compliment of the
dinner was extended who expreaaed him*. If averse to
ns publication, but yielded hi* foment upon the soUriia
turn of Irienda
B «» Ills1 l tilers of ICis'liiiisMHi.
.n,,rmrc;,r.4uf,r,::r,-;r • •fi*-"-"-'*,* *«**■*.
' • " "r '««• » . i these .nil .dhrr r7Jou. I deem
1 IT VI f '" T*" ",o1 U’ r"M ,or ":U'r- Hu« U,r v.stunt.. r
. €<rt of support bare t>ern «» num- r,m a,..I « ttaurrin* that I
rouru nor *ra.ef». .hank. loali who a,.,,. ™ -
_ _t" 2 1 In B. iris..a
jr'.ge-v io tiii: iotlks of tiii: ri
TV or RICHMOND —Marin xttrrkr J .hnson ”, hi.
dU.7, rur a^la ?m'r h“0m’- ' a can
au-rn-lm FRANKLIN THOMAS
OEOROfi J. DHs
wwsassr-ASirBs: **•
«•»...‘..W" :~l0 r*pfy ><TOr re<jur.i, that I will "p«rmll me
name to he announced aa a candidate" for the „ffi, * ofrlSIimelr
wealth s Ailnrnry, forth. Circuit Conn .if this ritv arureciallne
SS^toUrh*’ ' *"*•'' •*•».« V^u^lSrdH
£?*£ .M^y ' WlU vwfi'e* d““" “> <*~1 v« uf to, jad*
,f_ __If. A. STORDIVANT.
T,,K VOTER* or THE
i ^cT^r. -1 -C JTc\ n o r I ' Ct1M °iX 1 hcr*by IMpevtfully an
I , . ' * PAOflltlatr for tlif offirg uf ('omonnvrRlIh'a At.
i liv m ft 'r " !!?« ‘mill Court of Ihft I Tty of Richmond, mads vacant
by ti c n-.iynal.ou of Marmaduke Johnaon, ,Uq vacant
■'AMI.* i! OHI'N'SHAW.
'r<* THE VOTERh OF THE
i "**""* •se'f*»*T' ?*! —I hereby raapectfully an
,u m *?“« !’r H*r office of Attorney for ihe Corn
1 ,r Omul Court of this city, which haa uat hern
va. sled by thr resignation of Marmaduke Johnson fan '
I.ITTI.OTUN1 TA>.KWFfJ.
I KT--*"' ,l,OT1, i: *:\ i*i: i>si,v for
«^7^iil.T|"! ,,U,,k!< •« want nf tumtia, either
«l , , 1. l*n hn'' • '.r.-.- n-s irtment to select from,
. .. ' • ***»"' "I 'sr.ls, aa I., quality. HLIPmut, with
to s foe .. . ■ I .1 Mklrr“ * *,,d servant*' HIIOW, of all quail
a.If. ' ,y . ALKX illi.1. A CO ,
l-% 0 T - „ IMh, hM»
Hi ** 1 ■ WOil rcMprctlullv call
l»* MsVJfrVilr I r of “ur W*,n«l», rinfomer* and thi» pul*
• I* I r,,r*A , #* U'r> W'U nttd thr Ur*"%!
esn h, found lift,, o,?jr.dhVr,::‘:,r„! T,'
K^r.*;d‘er',:L‘;f,t:y,7;js^,rhim *nd **»* «*■
AI.I.X AN ktKK MILL A OO.,
Manufacturer* and Importer* of
„l; "j‘'’U„*,nd M'*°- *n*1 c»n>n Bars,
* T I K V HEW N TOC 14
OK SPLENDID
DRY GOO I)S.
r AOIM rlryant Of..* Onoda, In lleh Mlk Rohri ttttt am! four
issa sa S
Sm5^ wTaraVi^* l^j --
a ee Uel iHA *. "r* •'“I h»«»«lftil mat. rial, of a Wei, a. have
It . !?,..• r.,’V}r# »»a®rtm.nl t>f pallet,.
-JnSfJJSS;1b" •*“» »'•••
Mr,llu.n a,1,11,.a prire.l //ear Wmrf.nl all kind.
or^I*J“';lT*‘ r,"'h """W Mnd «•••*•-. T.,y tar*, nock
lti,*||.|i Lon* Clo ha, from auction—rrpy.Ar.tt,
Irtal, IJ", na Wi,", earn!,He, an t all «l.;u food,
km. hmt rodertaa and |J|.<, „,W and y.ry rh.an
•••'■ m.,.-. "Jdrn :pr„ In .„k
» ...I, t. .merino. Ar., ,.f a|| k|nda ; a Ur*. ,,,,,,1. '
«•’ ■ l>. In*,. k„;..r -'ha, and "attain <|. ,,d.. , a-*, .to, k
*£!!ta , n W<* *'"•». Ulanktlf, .ntl all plantation
nnr v„tm^,
an tI!2U** P,"V" 1,5 k»"d< of py.rr dPrrlptlon
^".^”o°.k2J,;,^7"h' °r "tan. — <n.n.,i „
I,. tr.i ti,rt„ w ii„ V'.’',.rI[*"'i,'1,,b*,'^!.'i v'‘r'ir.if -T'; tm
*"*' "r'.‘ •Jtllftf auffarb.r */>ofia at lh- La fit rate* ha««n ! I
•jiarKar * .-.
ar|o Whole tale and Rttail lira', air, lltt flood*,
No. IM Rain Rlret 4
Ol H A a If 01§,*,% |, 11 *a% ||<a
C r"" l -'Oltal oil of Rln.r
and Oil Mrrt.an., nr Imlt allot. Oil of Almond, .at
aklr f, , Tnl„rr.„|a.r«,fo, „|, ,.r w..„ X,. ' ■ *
.. If 1m * HAkKM.I., i, * do rl.tt
Ww > Ofk
OkklfR ok Till CITY KNOiMHi, ,
I 'I0™:* *;* h' "rtdy.d'o iV.ll .'.ni’ Vm'iii'u^.vu, k
virtV r'tV'' VfcS'JEK
,hU . o , , 'r ‘I’"1"' *"'1’- "» 'Nr -ork ran hr ten .{ a
•a |i M W Oll.l.,
. — __ OHjr Knflnpf r.
fall trade. !ta5»
clotiiisi; AT wholesale.
K. Holt It IS A to., Aft n tut IOO tit IN mi |tatarr
Iatcat a*y|# 7 l** »»*•» irriM arid
MrrehanU arr InfllH to Min,ln» r,n. .1 .. . *
|.nrrh4*f* rt.-at,* r*. w. w,"Mf • *•'
jr«ln« fvtr beta »*|.t. Call at °*ir ***• ***»**•• k»r>
•919 MOUftffi # CO
r* * IC# Main
T«« »MT ««a ...
■ XV' •'*' ' • r.nl IllP .rl.rd Cotton
ini xni"'K h d cooon
JV* •<’* »• ml M.arhad Collon
Tha Hi at f. r«rit Calico
Th* hr*f HI rant Callrn
JlXtX!!!’’,rrn' 1 i'n..
TH» Wat Idrant Monaa;*^—*
Ara all U» ba ffmrtfi «i rtift a
9* it * rnrvruv ji
rrrz:— --- 17^ io>«d "treat
Ifj^-^Wi^wToSaiava •
B^ssv” "is.'xr ■'•ssfsi'aswaYS.--'
Hmsarwassasw®
- *' *•■_* f*Atk\p6RT
2240 dl?* "V.®: .nA 7 e" h7 M N “MW,
—-- ---I A O R ItAVfNPort
If \ KM FHI.YIKfjOMIff ft rtatt.ro
4<> rrVtt.aiown aaia nJ »*aKRP,p,f (tram
_ _W*. WAI I.A.V ROMP
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