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Staunton Vindicator: April 16, 1859

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Description of Page: Much of story called "How a Tailer Collected a Debt: A True Tale" covers the front page; in 7th column is farming advice, but it is hard to read.

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Mr. Everett's Lecture
(Column 1)
Summary: Announcement that Everett will deliver his Washington Oration in Staunton on April 25, 1859.
(Names in announcement: Edward Everett)
The Convention and Mr. J.T. Harris
(Column 1)
Summary: Criticizes Harris for claiming that the Opposition party pledged not to run an Opposition candidate.
(Names in announcement: J.T. Harris)
The Washington Era
(Column 2)
Summary: Article characterizes the Washington Era as an "abolition organ" that says that it favors Letcher when in fact it supports Goggin for governor. However, the Era knew that it couldn't openly advocate Goggin because such an editorial would be "read and quoted in every opposition paper of this state." The Vindicator accuses the Opposition of seeking a coalition with the Republicans.
(Names in announcement: A.H.H. Stuart, Mr. Letcher, Goggin)
Full Text of Article:

"But the consequence most likely to flow from the defeat of Mr. Letcher...would be the division of the South, Virginia, Maryland and maybe a few other Southern States going for the Opposition, and the rest maintaining their adherence to the Democracy."

Judicial Election
(Column 2)
Summary: It appears that Baldwin won the judicial election; Staunton gave him 645 votes; Robertson 24; and Palmer 2.
(Names in announcement: Col. Baldwin, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Robertson)
Ratification Meeting
(Column 3)
Summary: There will be a meeting in the Court House tonight to ratify nomination of the Harrisonburg Convention.
"Old Coon"
(Column 4)
Summary: Denies assertion that "Old Coon" is a pro-Skinner man.
(Names in announcement: J.T. Harris, Mr. Skinner)
Trailer: "The Register and the Valley Democrat in justice to Mr. Skinner and his friends will please copy the above."
Letcher after Goggin with a Long Pole
(Column 3)
Summary: Argues that Goggin's idea to canvass the state with Letcher is a bad one.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Letcher, Mr. Goggin)
Full Text of Article:

"The idea was for poor Goggin to show a violent desire to canvass the State with Mr. Letcher...and to accompany the champion of Democracy over a good part of the West, and then to turn tail and run to eastern Virginia, howling into the ears of the people there that Letcher dared not meet him on the stump."

The Hon. Alex H.H. Stuart and Mr. Skinner
(Column 4)
Summary: Claims that Whig candidate Stuart encouraged Democrat Skinner to run for Congress in 1857.
(Names in announcement: A.H.H. Stuart, Mr. Skinner)
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: Letter from the Tenth Legion Congressional District declaring support for Letcher but wondering just who the district candidates for Congress are.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Harris, Mr. Letcher, Mr. Skinner)
Congressional Candidates
(Column 3)
Summary: States that Floyd and Skinner are the Democracy's candidates for Congress.
(Names in announcement: Benjamin Rush Floyd, Col. Hopkins, James Skinner)
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: The Charlottesville Advocate endorses the choice of Staunton's James Skinner for Congress.
Full Text of Article:

"And again, says the Spirit of Jefferson..."

[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: Resolution adopted by the Democracy of Rockbridge supports Skinner's nomination.
(Names in announcement: James H. Skinner)
Have a Chance
(Column 4)
Summary: Hard to read but appears to criticize the 3 Whig candidates for House of Delegates for forming some sort of cabal; endorses Cupp.
(Names in announcement: Mr. McCue, Mr. Christian, J.J. Cupp)
More Amalgamation
(Column 5)
Summary: The negro John Sophia ran away recently with a white girl named Amelia Pinley. The elopement was effected by the abolitionist family Whirting.
(Names in announcement: John Sophia, Amelia Pinley, Whirting)
Full Text of Article:

A negro at Hartford, Pennsylvania, named John Sophia, recently ran away with a white girl name Amelia Pinley, eighteen years of age, and married her. The girl belongs to a respectable family, and the elopement and marriage were brought about by an Abolitionist named Whiting, and his wife.

(Column 6)
Summary: Bell offered a $25 award for catching the thief of his horse, saddle, bridle, and blanket.
(Names in announcement: William H. Bell)

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(Column 2)
Summary: Mrs. Mason died on March 29, 1859; she was in her forties. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mason, Claiborne Mason)

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