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Staunton Vindicator: November 4, 1859

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Summary: In this time of sectional tension, the nation should follow Clay's example of compromise; maybe in the spirit of compromise Virginia should surrender part of its territory to the North.
Senator Douglas's Reply to Judge Black
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Summary: Without having actually read the reply of Douglas to Black's appendix, the Vindicator says that it is sure the reply cannot sufficiently respond to Black's able arguments.
The Opposition Meeting
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Summary: Last Tuesday there was a meeting of the Augusta Opposition at the Court House, where it was decided to send a number of delegates to the Richmond convention. The Vindicator questions the loyalty of Staunton Whigs.
(Names in announcement: William Bell, L. Waddell, Mr. Stuart)
Gov. Wise
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Summary: The Vindicator joins the multitude of voices in praising Gov. Wise for his quick and brave response to Harper's Ferry.
Mr. Stuart's Address
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Summary: As much as the Vindicator regrets it, it does not have room to publish Stuart's address in Richmond. The paper finds the speech quite able, though it disagrees with Stuart's belief that slavery should not be expanded into the territories.
(Names in announcement: Alexander H.H. Stuart)
Interesting Accident
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Summary: Doom's son died after his clothes caught fire.
(Names in announcement: Madison Doom)
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Summary: The town was alarmed by cries of fire on Wednesday morning that apparently started in the courthouse chimney. The fire company soon took care of it.
The law of Virginia...
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Summary: Article says that Virginia should show its magnanimity by pardoning Brown.
Origin of Article: New York Commercial Advertiser
Editorial Comment: The Vindicator mocks the suggestion that the South forgive Brown by comparing it to letting the devil loose after conviction to continue wreaking havoc on earth.
Trial of the Harper's Ferry Rioters
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Summary: John Brown and Coppee, one of his confederates, have been convicted of treason against the state. Brown will be hanged on December 2.
B.F. Hallett, Esq. of Boston
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Summary: Article mocks Hallett's anti-slavery and anti-southern sentiment, arguing that Lowell, Mass., could not exist without the cotton sent North that had been produced through southern slave labor. Also disdainfully notes how Hallett argued that Brown's insurrection represented the feelings of people in Massachusetts about slavery and chided him for saying that the slaying of white men, women, and children could in any way be considered Massachusetts philanthropy.
Full Text of Article:

"The act of Brown could not be individualized, it was a type of a whole class at the North inflamed by the teachings of this insane hatred to the South."

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Summary: Fannie Ella Bush died on October 22 at age 2.
(Names in announcement: Fannie Ella Bush, Wm. M. Bush, Fannie E. Bush)

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