Staunton Spectator: October 24, 1865Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Letter of Hon. A. H. H. Stuart
(Column 03)Summary: A letter from Stuart, just elected to Congress, to the editor of the New York Times, who had written that no one unable to take the test-oath would be seated in Congress. Stuart defends his decision not to take the oath, which he holds to be unconstitutional.
Trailer: Alex. H. H. Stuart
A Sacred Duty
(Column 01)Summary: Argues that it is the "solemn and sacred duty" of the next Virginia legislature to provide for the "maimed and wounded and helpless among her sons" since the United States will not provide for "technical 'rebels' against her authority."
Full Text of Article:The Test Oath
We concur with the Richmond Whig that there is one solemn and sacred duty incumbent on the legislature of Virginia soon to assemble. It is, to declare the will of the people that the maimed and wounded and helpless among her sons, whose prospects in life have been blasted by a devotion of their persons to her service in the field, shall be a sacred charge upon their affectionate care and bounty. This question ought not to be embarrassed by any considerations touching the justice, legality or unconstitutionality of the cause in which these brace and chivalrous soldiers have suffered. If the late war was wrong, the State nevertheless put them into that war. The State called them to arms. For the State thousands upon top of thousands now sleep beneath the sod of a hundred battle-fields. Their bones are mingled with the dust of Georgia, the Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and of every State where they were called upon to uphold and defend the standard which Virginia placed in their hands. Shall the survivors, with shattered health and armless sleeves, who offered their lives at the call of Virginia, be suffered to pine in want and neglect? The United States takes care of her maimed heroes -- but the United States cannot, perhaps, provide for technical "rebels" against her authority. This duty, then, devolves upon the Old Dominion, and there is not a brave and true man from the Penobscott to the Rio Grande, whatever his views about the "rebellion," who will not applaud the act of noble justice by which Virginia shall provide for her maimed and scarred sons.
We hope that Gov. Pierpont, who has demeaned himself so well and wisely in his high office, will see his duty clear in giving this suggestion the influence and endorsement of his earnest and energetic recommendation. For such a recommendation would embalm him in the memories of thousands of as brave and noble men as ever labored and suffered in any cause.
(Column 02)Summary: Suggests that the journals of the state which called for the election of candidates who could take the test-oath so as to take their seats and then work to repeal the oath should "now insist upon its repeal at the earliest moment."[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: Claims that the "political evil-doers of the North" who want to see "black suffrage" in the South do so only in the hopes that the South, "in her desperation," will once again take up arms, allowing the North to inflict "more blood and fire and desolation."Married
(Column 05)Summary: Mary Michel and John Blakemore were married on October 19 by the Rev. John Blakemore.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. John Blakemore, William Huffer, Mary Michel)
(Column 05)Summary: Capt. F. Sterrett, of Augusta, and Allie Rounds were married in New York on October 8 by the Rev. N. Rounds.
(Names in announcement: Rev. N. Rounds, Capt. F. Sterrett, Allie Rounds)
(Column 01)Summary: The writer suggests that because of the "spirit of improvement" and the "rush of business" in Staunton, he finds "confinement preferable to liberty" in the streets, where one is met by "hammers, saws, planes, and paint brushes." The "oldest citizens" are easily lost, unable to recognize "what used to be the most familiar places."Local--Photographs
(Column 01)Summary: Recommends readers who "wish to secure life-like photographs" to a new business in Staunton, where they "can obtain accurate likenesses of themselves."Local--Senators and Delegates
(Column 02)Summary: Lists the persons elected for the state Senate and House of Delegates, including Augusta County.Local--Coat Stealing
(Names in announcement: N. Trout, Jno. Baldwin, Joseph Waddell, George Baylor)
(Column 02)Summary: Winfield Scott Graham was arrested for attempting to steal a coat from the store of Hageman & Levi.Local
(Names in announcement: Winfield Graham)
(Column 02)Summary: Reports that "some rogue" broke into A. H. H. Stuart's wash-house and "stole all the clothes it contained."Sixth Congressional District
(Names in announcement: A. H. H. Stuart)
(Column 02)Summary: Details the results of the Congressional race between A. H. H. Stuart and Jonathon Lewis.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Johnathon Lewis, A. H. H. Stuart)
(Column 02)Summary: Attributes to James Madison the opinion that equality between the races was impossible "without a special miracle whereby the blacks should be turned white."[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: This letter defends the Virginia delegates to the Annual Conference of the United Brethren Church from charges that they "were in favor of amalgamation," made in a previous issue of the Spectator.
Trailer: J. Myers