Staunton Spectator: February 14, 1860Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Description of Page: Bottom right is blotchy and hard to read.
Letter from Hon. A.H.H. Stuart
(Column 6)Summary: Reprint of a letter from State Senator Stuart to the Committee of Invitation for the Bailie Peyton Festival in Philadelphia. Stuart regrets that he cannot attend, but uses the opportunity to expound on the mutually beneficial relations between the sections and on the need to avoid intersectional animosity. He severely criticizes both national parties for being sectional in nature and contributing to intersectional hostility. He calls for the creation and support of a National Union party to dedicate itself to the preservation of the Union and to intersectional peace.For the Spectator
(Names in announcement: Alexander Stuart)
(Column 7)Summary: Writer criticizes David Fultz for his claim that Judge Thompson has failed to clear court dockets and produces documentation from the County Clerk of Nelson County that shows that Judge Thompson is an extremely efficient judge and a learned man.
(Names in announcement: David Fultz, Judge Thompson)Trailer: Nelson
Description of Page: Weekly proceedings of State Legislature, column 4; of Congress, column 5.
Report on the Harper's Ferry Outrages--Hon. Alex H.H. Stuart
(Column 1)Summary: Editorial on the State Legislature's report on the Harper's Ferry raid, written by Augusta State Senator Stuart. The report details the planning and execution of the raid as well as a history of the slavery controversy and an account of Republican party activities. It recommends action for preparing Virginia for its own defense. Spectator has much praise for Senator Stuart's service as head of the Joint Committee on Harper's Ferry as well as for his service in the Legislature in general, and suggests he would be a fine choice as an Opposition party candidate for President.The Fair
(Names in announcement: Alexander Stuart)
(Column 1)Summary: The ladies of Staunton will hold a Fair at Union Hall this week to raise money for ornamenting the grounds of Thornrose Cemetary.Extension of the Town Limits
(Column 2)Summary: Discusses the bill for the extension of the boundaries of Staunton. Argues that the Vindicator printed a copy of the bill hoping to gain approval of the voters. The Town Council approves of the extension, but the Spectator believes that the proposed legislation would have an adverse impact on the town. It will require the building of new roads and the extension of new facilities to the new residents of the town. The taxes brought in by the new residents will not be enough to counter these expenditures and the tax burden will thus increase for all.Adventures of an Augusta Convict
(Names in announcement: Christian, T.L. Harman, William Shumate)
(Column 2)Summary: Summarizes the "adventures" of Harrison Parrott, a convict who escaped from custody and hid in the mountains near Covington with another convict before being captured.For the Spectator
(Names in announcement: Harrison Parrott)
(Column 3)Summary: The author writes to express his resentment toward the Spectator's policy of printing letters that criticize or support candidates for office written by random citizens. The author writes that he is entitled to make up his own mind without the interference of other's opinions. He especially resents the criticisms of David Fultz by supporters of Judge Thompson.
(Names in announcement: David Fultz, Judge Thompson)Trailer: HomespunCulpeper Lands
(Column 3)Summary: Spectator is happy that Messrs. Kennedy and Wise were able to purchase such a fine farm in Culpeper, but regrets losing valuable citizens. Prints the farm's previous production as well as a description of the land by the Culpeper Observer.For the Spectator
(Names in announcement: D.W. Kennedy, David Wise)
(Column 3)Summary: Author is critical of Judge Thompson and his supporters and argues that the Circuit Court's docket still has 1,995 cases on it. Suggests that as the judge gets older, he will only get slower and further behind.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson)Trailer: The People[No Title]
(Column 3)Summary: Item from the Vindicator indicating that Bolivar Christian, Staunton Representative, voted for the appropriation of funds for the volunteers who served at Charlestown.
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian)Origin of Article: Staunton VindicatorAcknowledgements
(Column 3)Summary: Notice of the wedding celebration of P.O. Polmer, candidate for Sheriff.For the Spectator
(Names in announcement: Captain P.O. Polmer)
(Column 5)Summary: P.G. Seele responds to "Long Glade and Mossy Creek" and writes that he has made no agreements or deals concerning the election for Sheriff.
(Names in announcement: P.G. Seele)Trailer: P.G. SeeleStevens and Hazlett
(Column 5)Summary: Report of the proceedings of the Circuit Court in Charlestown, where Stevens and Hazlett were both convicted of their crimes in association with John Brown's raid.For the Spectator
(Column 6)Summary: Letter writer takes authors of previous letters to the Spectator (R.L.J. and "Z." in particular) to task for fudging figures in order to support the efficiency of Judge Thompson. In reality, the author argues, Thompson's supporters have neither explained the 1,995 cases still on the court's docket nor how Thompson's reelection would make him proceed more quickly with the court's business.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson)Trailer: RockbridgeInhuman Murder
(Column 6)Summary: Report of the murder of Dr. William S. Croxton, of Essex County, by two of his female slaves. The slaves killed Croxton with a grubbing hoe and an axe and then burned the body. An item from the Petersburg Express gives details of the plot.
Origin of Article: Petersburg Express
Description of Page: Advertisements, land sales, etc.
(Column 1)Summary: Prints a letter of William C. Rives, in which he argues that Virginia and the South would be ill-served by secession. Secession incorrectly assumes that all the southern states have the same interests. Virginia, for example, with its emphasis on tobacco production, has different interests than the cotton states. This being the case, working out problems within the structure of the Union is wisest.Attempted Arrest of Coppic
(Column 1)Summary: Report of the attempt and failure in Des Moines, Iowa, to arrest the younger brother of Edwin Coppic, who was executed for his participation in John Brown's Raid.Married
(Column 3)Summary: Married on February 9. Miss Stribling is from Augusta and Mr. Foster is from Richmond.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.A. Latane, Esq. R.H. Foster, Fannie Stribling, Dr. F.T. Stribling)
(Column 3)Summary: Married on February 7.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. G.G. Brooke, Ben Markwood, Mary Williams)
(Column 3)Summary: Noah Bear of Rockingham married M.E. Pullins on February 9 at the American Hotel, Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William Baker, Noah Bear, M.E. Pullins)
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