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Staunton Spectator: June 12, 1860

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Description of Page: Lengthy obituary for Lady Byron, with clips of Byron's poetry, excerpted from Richmond Index, columns 3-4. Bottom right of page is illegible.

Mr. Everett Accepts
(Column 6-7)
Summary: Letter from Washington Hunt to Edward Everett offering him the Vice-Presidential nomination of the Constitutional Union Party, and Everett's return letter accepting the nomination.

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Description of Page: Announcement of a meeting to be held in Staunton in August to discuss the nominations of Bell and Everett on the Constitutional Union party ticket, column 1. Bottom left of page is practically illegible, although there is a report of a fire on property owned by State Senator A.H.H. Stuart, next to the residence of D.S. Young. Results of Circuit Court criminal cases, column 2. Short articles about political rumors, internal party workings, etc., scattered about the page. Weekly proceedings of Congress, column 4.

Chestnut Burrs
(Column 1)
Summary: Excerpt of recent debate between Sen. Sumner and Sen. Chestnut on the issue of slavery. The Spectator believes that Chestnut's rhetoric undoubtedly injured Sumner.
Ancient Coin
(Column 1)
Summary: Report that Frederick Cary of Rockfish Gap discovered, while gardening, an English coin dated from the 16th century.
(Names in announcement: Frederick Cary)
The Mails
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator writes that citizens west of Charlottesville have been complaining that the mail from the North has failed to arrive every other day. Apparently the delay has been caused by the failure of connection between the Central and Alexandria trains. Spectator follows the article with a letter from E. Fontaine, President of the Virginia Central Rail Road, saying that he will provide for the next issue of the Spectator an explanation and insuring citizens that the Central Railroad is not to blame for the difficulties.
Circuit Court
(Column 2)
Summary: Circuit court has been engaged in the trial of criminal cases. Amtrose Moyers--crime against nature, jury failed to agree; Sarah Eddy, felony, convicted; James McMullen, felony, convicted; James E. Ross, placing obstructions on Central Railroad near Waynesboro, convicted.
Another Division in the M.E. Church Expected
(Column 5)
Summary: Excerpt from the Baltimore Christian Advocate discussing a chapter recently written into the Methodist Discipline at the General Conference in Buffalo. The chapter declares slavery a sin against God. The Christian Advocate questions whether Southern Methodists can retain their connections to current Methodist discipline and suggests the new discipline could presage a split in the denomination.
Origin of Article: Baltimore Christian Advocate
Acceptance of Hon. John Bell
(Column 6)
Summary: Letter from Washington Hunt to John Bell offering him the Presidential nomination of the Constitutional Union Party, and Bell's return letter accepting the nomination.

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Description of Page: Mostly advertisements; bottom right illegible.

Personal Appearance of Abraham Lincoln
(Column 1)
Summary: Short physical description of Abraham Lincoln.
Origin of Article: Cleveland Plain Dealer
(Column 2)
Summary: William H.S. Teagle of Staunton died at age 45.
(Names in announcement: William Teagle)
(Column 2)
Summary: James H. O'Brien died. He was formerly a resident of Rockingham, but at the time of his death he lived in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: James O'Brien)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mary C. Bushong of Augusta County died at age 70.
(Names in announcement: Mary Bushong)
Trailer: "C."

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Description of Page: Advertisements; bottom left illegible.