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Staunton Spectator: July 20, 1858

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The Letcher Controversy
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Summary: Gubenatorial Candidate Letcher had been the center of controversy because of his stand on slavery. He was accused of siding with anti-slavery forces in 1832.
Senator Douglas
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Summary: Stephen Douglas' position on Kansas, constitutionalism, and the Crittenden amendment discussed.
Military Elections
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Summary: 160th Regiment elected field officers at Springhill on 7/16/1858.
(Names in announcement: ? Harman, William D. Anderson, Robert T. Pouge, George Fishburn)
The Kansas Bill
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Summary: Discusses opposition to the English Kansas bill among Southern Democrats.

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Summary: Erasmus Stribling, 74, died at the residence of his son-in-law, John S. Lewis, Esq., in Mason County on 7/2/1858. Served briefly as clerk for the old District Court of the Sweet Springs. He moved to Augusta County in 1805 and in 1812 was elected County Court Clerk. Left office in 1830. In 1845 became clerk for U.S. Court for the Western District of VA, from which he retired in 1857. He served as a Justice of the Peace for Augusta County, Clerk of the Corportation Court in Staunton, and Mayor of Staunton. Followed by lengthy obituary.
(Names in announcement: Erasmus Stribling, John S. LewisEsq.)
Trailer: Southern Churchman please copy.
Temperance Meeting
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Summary: Sons of Temperance will hold 4th County Temperance Convention in Churchville on 7/31/1858.
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Summary: Matthew Shaw, 87, died near Mt. Torry Furnace.
(Names in announcement: Matthew Shaw)
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Summary: Mary Weiford died in Staunton on 7/12/1858. Daughter of Anthony Weiford.
(Names in announcement: Mary Weisord, Anthony Weiford)
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Summary: Geo. W. Crawford died on 7/17/1858 at the residence of Dr. Moorman in Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: George W. Crawford, Dr. Moorman)
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Summary: James P. Beard, 72, died at his residence near New Hope on 7/3/1858 as a result of chronic diarrhea.
(Names in announcement: James P. Beard)

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