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Staunton Spectator: June 29, 1869

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To the Voters of the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia
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Summary: Letter from R.A. Gray seeking to clear up a misconception that he had withdrawn from the congressional race. He said he would only do so if a convention formed to nominated another candidate. Otherwise, he asks for the votes of all conservative men to prevent the election of any supporter of Wells. Also, in his postscript, Gray told black voters that voting for Walker served their own interests as well as those of whites.
(Names in announcement: Baldwin, Stuart, Skinner)
Full Text of Article:

FELLOW CITIZENS: -- The general confusion in our town on Wednesday last, and the rumor freely circulated to my injury, that I had withdrawn as a candidate for Congress in this District, renders it necessary that I should issue from the press this additional card.

Mr. Lewis has withdrawn, and although unexpressed publicly, I believe in my favor, I did agree with him to withdraw, provided the people of the District would have a candidate with disabilities; and provided that the gallant Confederate soldier, F. W. M. Holliday, of Frederick county, with his disabilities, would consent to run. He is a gentleman and a scholar. He shed his blood in the Southern cause, and was rash in his desire to shed it, and if you will have a man with disabilities, in God's name, have a man that you know where to find, and who served you faithfully in your hour of trial. For such a man I will withdraw, and he can depend upon my support.

In my card of Wednesday, words were used in speaking of John F. Lewis, perhaps under momentary excitement, which I desire to here, unsolicited to withdraw, and to commend him to you as a candidate on your State ticket in every way worthy of your enthusiastic support.

I wish you all to understand that for you I am fighting all along the line. I am the Conservative Walker ticket, white man's candidate, and will not withdraw unless a convention rule me off, or for Holliday, who is in every respect worthy your support, and not a man like Harris, who during the war, and now, will not let his friends or foes understand him. Is he anxious to secure the Wells and negro vote? Let him have them! I neither ask, expect, nor desire the vote of a single Wells man in the District. I would rather be defeated with the white Conservative vote, than elected with the vote of the Wells white men and the Wells negroes. I am an enthusiastic Walker ticket man; the white man's candidate for the public good. I have by this action willingly thrown off possibly four thousand votes. I have a right to expect the white Virginia men to rally around me. I have a right to expect the undivided Walker ticket vote of the District; and I tell you, if I don't receive it, a Radical or a negro will represent your interests in Congress. Men of Shenandoah, Rockbridge and Botetourt, where I have been, listen to what I say, and believe me. I am your friend, because I believe you are willing to do the best you can, and rescue the old Commonwealth from the hand of the barbarian, and her citizens who just now are in danger of being welcomed "with bloody hands to hospitable graves"

Tell me, some friend of John T. Harris, what was the result of his private interview with Wells on yesterday when I and others were honestly casting flowers upon the Confederate graves as the graves of brave men? Was he seeking the negro vote, or was he simply getting into Wells' good graces that he might get the radical influence toward the removal of his disabilities by Congress in the event of his election? Or was he calculating upon the election of the Wells ticket, and a Radical Legislature, and thinking how important it was to be on his right side, as he would have to nominate the Judges? Would he take the Judgeship through Wells and the Radical Legislature? Does he desire that the Radical league shall not make a nomination now for Congress, so that they will treat him as their nominee? I answer every question asked me; why won't he? The people have a right to demand it. It was demanded as a right of Cataline when he stood with a dogged silence before the Roman Senate.

Men of this District! Have a Convention, if you choose. All I ask, is that you nominate a white man, a gentleman and a Virginian. I promise to give him an enthusiastic support, be he Holliday, Baldwin, Stuart, Skinner, Jas. B. Dorman, or any other good man that you can produce in the District. I tell you Gray is all right, and his text is "for the public good." Still if I am not to your fancy; if I cannot give you satisfaction, have a convention, throw me aside, and take a better man.

It may be important for us to have a representative to protect Virginia's interest. Don't elect a man who is of doubtful position, or who cannot be sure of his seat, who may be sent back by his disabilities, and the place given to some extreme Radical. If the Radical leagues don't make a nomination, it is equivalent to a secret nomination of Harris by them, and will be so understood. If the Conservatives don't make a nomination, it should be considered as equivalent to a nomination of Gray by them.

I am perfectly willing that between Harris and myself, John F. Lewis shall decide, upon a fair statement of all the facts, which shall withdraw. I am perfectly willing that Col. Gilbert C. Walker shall decide; and that I may not be misunderstood, I am perfectly willing that all the facts may be fairly represented, and that Gen. Lee may decide which and what is best for that public good; but I am not willing that Wells and the negro shall decide.

White men of the district, elect Robert A. Gray, and he will do the best he can for you; this is a fair contract, and Gray promises to carry out, faithfully, his part of the contract.

My position, briefly stated, is this; the great doctrine of "Post 19," for peace and good will, early reconstruction, and future development, flowers to be scattered by woman's hand on every soldier's grave in the land, whether North or South, whether Union or Confederate, as the grave of a brave man who died for what he thought was the right.

Under the sod and the dew.

Waiting the judgment day;

Love and tears for the blue,

Tears and love for the gray.



Harrisonburg, June 11th, 1869.

P.S. -- Many respectable colored people having applied to me since the appearance of the above card, to know whether I had reference in it to any colored man who thought of voting the Walker ticket. I answer, unhesitatingly, no. I only spoke of the Wells negro, and am therefore induced to make some slight corrections in my card, to be understood as I desire it to be, and to make a very few remarks to our colored friends, which I will take pleasure in doing more at length on the stump. No people in the world ever behaved better than the colored people during the war. I believe they are willing to do right now, if the situation is explained, and they can understand what is right and best. I look upon the colored man, who has made up his mind to vote for the Walker ticket, as a well meaning colored citizen, entitled to our respect, and the votes of all such, of course, I would desire to have.

I say to the colored man, as I have said all the time, publicly and privately, that their true interest is identified with the Walker ticket. -- They have always looked upon me as one who would not willingly deceive them. I tell them now that they lose no right by going for Walker that Wells or even Grant could give; and they gain by voting for Walker what neither Wells or Grant could give -- the good will of the white people among whom they were born and raised. But if ruled by Wells and the leagues they vote en masse against the White people of the State. Will the white race (when the time comes; as it probably will come,) generously forget and forgive such action? That is an important question for the colored man to consider. Won't some friendly white man talk with him about it? Colored man, if you can vote for the Walker ticket you can vote for Gray; if you can vote for Gray you can vote the Walker ticket. Both will, I hope, do you justice. It has become Wells' interest to array the black against the white race. I believe that single interest (even if that were all) endangers the peace of the Commonwealth, and the safety of her citizens; hence I encourage you in all honesty to give the vote I recommend, for your own and the public good. R.A. GRAY.

Harrisonburg, Va., June 14th, 1869.

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Augusta--The Banner County
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Summary: Called on all Augusta voters to turn out en masse for Walker and to shame anyone who refused.
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We hope and expect that Augusta will be the banner county. She must beat Loudoun and Rockingham. She should give a majority of 2500 for Walker. She can do it, if all her citizens do their duty next Tuesday. Will any be remiss? We hope not. Come out, one and all, and aid in rescuing your mother, Virginia, from ruin. She appeals to all her sons to do their whole duty on Tuesday next. She is threatened with violence -- has she a dastard son who will not rush to her rescue -- if so, let him be anathema marenatha. He should be driven from her household as one unworthy a place in it. Such in this good county we hope and believe will be few. There should be none, but unfortunately there are some such.

Last Word About Registration
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Summary: Anyone who failed to register has two last chances to do so. The Board will meet June 30th and July 1st and will add anyone to the rolls who can show that sickness or "unavoidable cause" prevented them from registering during the designated period. The paper urged citizens to take advantage of this.
Beware of Fraud
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Summary: The paper warned that the existence of several voting precincts within some registration districts could open the temptation for fraud. Lists will be kept and rigorously checked to prevent this. Any guilty parties will be tried before a military commission.
Observe This
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Summary: Voters must vote at assigned voting precincts. They may vote at other precincts within their registration district only if they provide compelling evidence of failure to vote at the proper location.
Addresses to Colored Votes
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Summary: The editor reiterated all the reasons why blacks will benefit if they vote for Walker instead of Wells. Reminded them that supporting Wells, against the wishes and warnings of conservative whites, would bring an expected backlash against African-Americans once white Virginians regained power.
(Names in announcement: Alex B. Cochran, Maj. H. M. Bell, Col. John B. Baldwin)
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The fact that the rights of the colored citizens are secured to them whether Walker or Wells be elected, and whether the Constitution be adopted in its unexpurgated or expurgated form has been made manifest to them, and it has been time and again demonstrated that it is their interest to cultivate friendly relations and vote with the great mass of the whites among whom they live, and upon whom they are dependent for shelter and employment. In establishing these propositions so clearly as to be understood by the colored voters, the whites have discharged their duty to themselves and to the colored people. They have enabled the colored voters to understand the effect of their votes, and they will, consequently, be held responsible for them. They will not be able to say, after the election, that they would have voted differently if they had known that they were denying rights to the whites which the whites had accorded to them; that whilst they made nothing for themselves they voluntarily imposed disabilities upon the whites. The whites have done their duty -- they have instructed the colored voters so that they will be able to vote understandingly. The colored voters will not be able to plead ignorance in excuse for voting to disfranchise the whites. The response to such a plea will be: "Ye knew your duty, but ye did it not."

On Tuesday night last, Alex. B. Cochran delivered a speech of an hour and a half in the Court-house, a considerable portion of which was addressed to the many colored persons who were present, and he was followed by Maj. H. M. Bell, who delivered a short speech which was exclusively addressed to the same class of voters. Both of these gentlemen made good speeches and gave good counsel to the colored voters. They were made clearly to understand what it was their interest and their duty to do. As Mr. Cochran told them, "if they sinned, it would be against light and knowledge."

On Saturday night last, in response to a written call upon him by a number of colored men, Col. Jno. B. Baldwin delivered an address to them in the Court-house. It was frank, plain, pointed, sensible, practical, and marked with that degree of ability which distinguishes his speeches generally. We think it was one of Col. Baldwin's best, and that is saying not a little. It should have the effect of causing the colored voters present to vote not only understandingly, but right. If it does not, it clearly shows that they are so deaf to friendly counsel and unmoved by irrefutable arguments, and that they assume a position of hostility to the whites among whom they live voluntarily and knowingly, for which the whites will be justified in holding them responsible. We hope that a number of them will have the good sense to vote for Walker and against the disfranchising test-oath clauses or the Constitution. As the registration shows that Walker can be elected without their votes, it is more to their interest to vote for him, than it is for ours, as they should be able to see now, and as they will see in a short time.

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Summary: Sternly warned conservative Virginia voters not to let down their guard until the election ended. All around them "a few thousand recreant white men"(carpet-baggers and scalawags) wait for their chance to seize power and bring the state to ruin. The editor provided a chilling portrait of what would happen if such men were elected to office and urged all Virginians to work hard to prevent such a calamity.
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The fortunes of this State, says the Enquirer, are now imperilled by the depravity of a few thousand recreant white men greedy for plunder however secured, and the contrariness of another few thousand reckless white men, ready to risk all to enjoy the privilege of pouting. -- The great mass from the sea to the Alleghanies, from the Maryland to the North Carolina line, stand ready to answer the summons to the polls. The first "few thousands" to which we have referred also await that summons. They fully intend to vote; but it will not be to save, but to make shipwreck of the State. They go to the polls reeking with the odors of the "Union League," shunning the observation of all respectable citizens, and stealthily deposit their ballots, for Wells and Harris and negro candidates for the Legislature. They will vote to retain the test-oath in the constitution, thereby excluding all the whites in the Commonwealth from office -- so that vile creatures like themselves may batten on the carcass which they seek to make.

With these scavengers of society the other "few thousand" to which we referred have made so far common cause quoad results. -- These too are assisting in the election of Wells, and the handing of this fair Commonwealth over to the foul embraces of the negroes. In a death struggle between the white and the black races -- a decisive conflict for power between them -- they wrap the drapery of their stainless gentility around them, and superciliously announce that there is "no difference." They see the wavering standard of the white race rise and fall in the alternations of battle, and not one blow of theirs is yet exerted to steady it -- not one word of "God-speed" is uttered to give fresh heart to the over-strained champions.

Who that recognizes in the slightest degree the ties of kindred, in such an hour as this, can see that balance tremble with the fate of a gallant people -- and stand unmoved? Who can see all the precious remnant of Virginia's hopes, set up as a common prize to be scrambled for by negroes, without making one effort to preserve so rich a treasure? Shall such a one look coldly on and see these pleasant homes abandoned to the wild carnival of negro domination -- see the high-spirited boys of Virginia forsake, with broken hearts, the cherished scenes of their love and their valor -- see the gentle daughters, dragged down by the remorseless hand of poverty, the prey of lousy adventurers, and objects of pity even to negroes -- see their aged parents, bowed down with an over load of sorrow, hurried to the grave with the tottering steps of despair? Men may talk about "honors" -- about "sentiment:" -- as well quote Tom Moore in a fire -- as well simper about the moonshine in the shock of battle. It is no time for wire-drawn sensibility, nor vain retrospect, nor "idle tears." The body politic of this Commonwealth is in the relentless embrace of the Radical Python, and every thew and every sinew must perform its functions, to resist that fatal coil, and disengage the victim. Shall the foot say to the rest of the body, "I am weary" -- or the hand, "I will not defile myself with the slimy monster?"

The time is short. The canvass will close in a few days. We believe we shall triumph; but the enemy is boastful and at least affects confidence. There are complicated influences at work, and we must look to every joint in the harness and see that not an arrow is missing from the quiver. We fight under every disadvantage -- with the sun of power blinding our aim -- against malice, against craft, against the compact organization riveted by secret oaths, and wielded like a machine by able and unscrupulous men. With so much at stake, we cannot spare a squadron from the field, or issue even one solitary leave of absence. These few days must be passed in earnest, busy, persistent work, day in and day out, by officer and by private -- that all may be ready, and every soldier at his post, when the trumpet shall sound the final charge.

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Summary: Told Virginians that the only way to prevent the abuses which would follow a Wells victory was to elect a solidly conservative governor and legislature. If that happened, the hated Underwood Constitution provisions would not be enforced.
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The Norfolk Virginian says truly that it is now our clear duty to make a resolute struggle for the last vestige of political power, which we can save from the general wreck; and unless we can secure the next Assembly and Governor it is plain to the meanest understanding that the government of Virginia will become a hideous engine, for the torture of our people, and the ruin of the State.

In its best form, it promises to be full of ignominies and oppressions, but there is a great and obvious difference between the exercise of its powers by our friends, and its abuse by our open and avowed enemies. The Constitution is now a sheathed sabre. If drawn by a Wells Legislature they will cut you down without remorse. See to it, then, that they never grasp its hilt!

[No Title]
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Summary: The paper reminded voters that voting against the constitution did not ensure the defeat of the disfranchising and test-oath clauses. These clauses must be voted on separately. The editors urged voters to reject them outright.
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Summary: Tried to convince blacks that their rights would be protected under either Walker or Wells. Only white Virginians' rights are in danger.
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Colored voters should be made to understand that their rights are not involved in the result of the election on Tuesday next -- their right to vote and hold office is secured whether Walker or Wells is elected, and whether the Constitution be adopted either expurgated or unexpurgated. Not so with the whites -- if the Constitution be adopted unexpurgated, many whites will be denied the right of suffrage, and 95 out of every 100 will be disqualified from holding any office, or serving on a jury.

Important Letter from Hon. J. B. Baldwin
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Summary: In a circulated letter, John Baldwin advised conservatives to only support candidates who are qualified to hold office, lest Congress reject an unqualified conservative candidate in favor of a Radical. For this reason, Baldwin threw his support behind Robert Gray, even though he is a Republican, and called on all conservatives to do the same.
(Names in announcement: John B. Baldwin)
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STAUNTON, June 25th, 1869.

DEAR SIR: -- I suppose there can be no doubt that the Walker party have it in their power to elect a representative to Congress from this District, but I fear they are about to let the Radicals take control of the District, almost without a struggle.

The whole Walker movement is founded, if I understand it, upon a determination, frankly and fairly to accept the situation, and in all respects to make the best of it.

To elect a man to Congress who, by the Constitution and laws of the United States, is prohibited to hold any office State or Federal, would seem to be flying in the face of the national authority, and would give Congress a substantial reason not only to reject our Representative, but to disregard all votes cast for him, and to give the place to his Radical opponent.

If Mr. Conrad, or Judge Harris were eligible to Congress there would be no objection to either of them, though there would be a serious objection to the running of both at the same time. The election of either now, would be simply to hand over the District to the Wells Radicals, for it could hardly be supposed that Congress would remove the disabilities of a Conservative in order to let him take a seat in Congress which a Radical wanted. I had hoped that the Convention called to meet in Harrisonburg, on Monday last would settle this matter by giving us one eligible Candidate for which all the Walker men could vote, and I have abstained from any agency in the matter for the reason that Mr. Robert A. Gray, the only candidate who is eligible under the Constitution is a near connection and personal friend in whose behalf I dislike to make any public demonstration. As matters now stand, I can see no course left for the Walker men of the district, but to elect Mr. Gray, and to give him such a united vote as to insure the defeat of any Wells Radical who, at the last moment, may be sprung upon us. I have already said that Mr. Gray is a near connection and personal friend of mine. It may not be improper for me to say in addition that while I have not concurred in his opinions, or approved his course during the war, I have always known him to be earnest, and consistent in his union sentiments, and that he is one of the few men in the State who can honestly take the test-oath. Since the war, he has, though a Republican in his politics, been earnest, and outspoken in his Virginia sympathies, and he was one of the first to fall into the Walker movement. He has the capacity to make a good Representative, and, if elected, I do not doubt that he would truly, and fairly represent the feelings and wishes, and interests of the real people of Virginia.

I hope it will be the pleasure of the people of the District to solve the difficulty in which we are placed, by electing Mr. Gray.

Yours truly, JOHN B. BALDWIN.

To James D. Davidson, Lexington, Va.

Conservative papers in the District requested to copy before the election.

"Wells-best abused man"
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Summary: Launched a vicious attack on Wells, pointing out all his faults and the abuses he heaped on the state of Virginia.
(Names in announcement: Maj. John A. Harman)
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The Petersburg Index thus castigates Wells over the shoulders of Maj. Jno. A. Harman. -- It says:

"MAJOR HARMAN, a Valley renegade, introducing WELLS to one of his motley audiences, is reported to have said of the latter that he was the "best abused man in Virginia." That is the one point of agreement between Major HARMAN and ourselves. WELLS is not only the most generally, but the best, the most naturally, most truthfully, most easily abused man that does, that ever did, or that ever will live in this State. Because to abuse, one has only to describe him -- what would be slander of almost any other individual, is history of WELLS. The Prince of Carpet-Baggers, the organizer of the "powers of darkness," the Monte Cristo of mysterious accumulators of wealth, the genius of the whisky ring, the Moses of felons, the railroad broker, the superintendent of secret mail services, the standing counsel of government swindlers, the greatest of all prevaricators, (here we sacrifice exactitude to courtesy,) who ever vilified the Southern people before the Reconstruction Committee, of bummers the chief among ten thousand, a preux chevalier of industrie without fear and altogether above reproach in his order of night-hawks. Oh for Mr. MICAWBER to point his ebon ruler at this political Uriah, and pronounce him the "sum of all villanies."

"Ephraim is Joined to his Idols. Let Him Alone."
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Summary: Asked African-American voters if they would really go against their interests by voting for Wells and the Radicals against the wishes of whites. Claimed the white voters were ready to stand united against Wells and work for the defeat of the Radicals.
Origin of Article: Lynchburg Virginian
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Shall this be said of any colored man in this community who lives by the favor of white men, whom the Radical party would disfranchise and despoil? Can it be possible the colored men will be so blind to their interests as not to see that they are alienating their best friends while following the lead and obeying the behests of the vile creatures that the North has spewed upon our soil? Will these black men who were born and reared among us, make idols of those roving carpet-baggers, and associates of the baser whites, native and to the manner born, who are willing to betray their own race? The blacks know the social status of the men to whom we refer. They are perfectly aware that these men never had any positions among us, and could not engage the services of those whose votes they now seek, without some other guarantee than their word of honor, that such services would be required. How strange it is! -- how passing strange! -- that they can be seduced by such wretched, miserable creatures! While they would not trust such men in matters of contract, involving money; they will implicitly obey their nod, and rush pell mell into the political trap which has been set for them! Are they determined to be joined to such political idols? If so, God pity them; for they are doing themselves incalculable injury, and, after awhile, will hear the solid, respectable men of these Southern communities say of each of them: "Let him alone!" And they will be let alone severely. We will do them no harm for the injury they are attempting to inflict upon us; but in obedience to that instinct which the great Creator has implanted in the human heart, we will keep clear of our enemies and stand by our friends. Thousands of white men in Virginia have solemnly pledged themselves to this course of action; and they will be true to themselves and their pledge. -- Lynchburg Virginian.

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Summary: The Executive Committee of the Augusta County Bible Society decided to employ two colporteurs to canvass the county and "place the Word of God in the hands of every family that may now be destitute of it." The organization will need funds to carry out the work, and they call on all Christian pastors in the area to urge their congregations to contribute.
Registration in Augusta County
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Summary: Voter registration statistics for Augusta County.
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In the late registration in this county 1571 names were entered upon the new registration lists, of which 1267 were whites and 304 colored -- of these, 300 of the whites and 84 of the colored have been previously registered, making the addition of new names 1187, of which 967 are whites and 220 colored, leaving the net gain of whites 747.

The following is a tabular statement.

Wh. Added Col. Added Total Added Wh. Deducted Col. Deducted Total Deduction Net Gain 1st District, Staunton, 213 81 294 37 26 63 231 2nd " Staunton, 158 64 222 58 34 92 130 3rd " Middlebrook, 132 32 164 16 0 16 148 4th " Greenville, 145 35 180 43 10 53 127 5th " Waynesboro, 143 40 183 39 6 45 138 6th " New Hope, 120 17 137 46 1 47 90 7th " Mt. Sidney, 135 6 141 17 0 17 124 8th " Mt. Solon, 97 8 105 26 1 27 78 9th " Churchville, 124 21 145 18 6 24 121 Totals 1267 304 1571 300 84 384 1187

Total White Gain, 967

Total Colored Gain, 220

Net White Gain, 747

The registered vote of this county in 1867 was 3579 whites and 1362 colored, making a white majority of 2217, which, added to the 747 net white gain from the registration of last week, makes the majority of registered whites amount to 2924. We hope a few more names will be added on to-morrow and next day. This county should give Walker a majority of 2500.

The Masonic Celebration
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Summary: The Masonic Fraternity of Staunton celebrated St. John's Day on Thursday. They were joined by lodges from the Valley, from east of the Blue Ridge, and from Bath and Allegheny Counties. An extra train arrived from Charlottesville with 100 masons who were received at the depot by a Staunton committee and led to the hall by the Stonewall Band. The day was marked by processions, music, and addresses.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. A. Harris, Rev. George G. Brooke, H. M. Bell, Dr. Finley, William L. Balthis, Dr. A. M. Fauntleroy, S. Mandelbaum, James F. Peterson, C. S. Arnall, C. E. Hoge, L. Loeb, H. Mathews Tyler, Rev. R. H. Phillips)
Wesleyan Female Institute--Closing Exercises
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Summary: The Wesleyan Female Institute held their closing exercises with prayers, music, and addresses.
(Names in announcement: Rev. R. A. Holland, Susie Lantz, Fannie Summerson, Lucie Harris, Phoebe Veitch, C. Rooney, K. Rooney, Jinnie Pitzer, Mary Hyde, Rev. J. B. Laurens, H. Virginia Stump, Rev. J. B. Fitzpatrick, Jessie Davis, Rev. W. A. Harris, Minnie Barton, Mary C. Bruce, Mattie Boswell, Mary Gray Brooke, Mary Coe, Laura Cunningham, Jessie Davis, Ida Ellett, Kate Finnell, Bettie Fretwell, Gussie Fitch, Alice V. Hiser, Lucy Harris, Hannah Henderson, Mary Hyde, Gussie Hobbs, Jennie Hobbs, Mary S. Hough, Henrietta McNeel, Ella McNeer, Sue Lantz, Ella McKinnon, Viola McGuffin, Annie Noon, Irene Owings, Sallie Patterson, Mary Powers, Jennie K. Pitzer, Sallie Routt, Julia Ross, Florence Rapp, Sallie Rapp, Bettie Reese, Jennie Stump, Kate Shuff, Ella Tanquary, Nannie Trimble, Kate Trotter, Alice Walsh, Mary E. Bruce, Janetta Cline, Mollie Dear, Annie Deffenbaugh, Roberta Maupin, Eudora Padget, Sallie Patterson, Lou M. Ruff, Alice E. Sherman, Mattie Smith, H. V. Stump, Laura J. Strasburg, Ida Weaver, Sue Foutz, Georgia Jenkins, Henrietta McMullen, Irene Owings, Kate McK. Pitzer, Fannie Shafer, Mattie Statten, Olivia Talbott, Janetta Cline, Mary S. Hough, Lucy Harris, Ellen Lantz, Sue Lantz)
Radical Ticket
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Summary: The Radical Caucus in Staunton agreed on the following ticket: J. F. Maupin for Congress; John Yates for the Senate; Erasmus Houff, Barger, and Cline for the House of Delegates.
(Names in announcement: J. F. Maupin, John Yates, Erasmus Houff, Barger, Cline)
Glorious Meeting Yesterday
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Summary: Reported on the speeches made by Walker and others supporting the Walker ticket and denouncing the disfranchising and test-oath clauses. A few speeches were made specifically to influence the black voters present.
(Names in announcement: A. H. H. Stuart, Maj. J. B. Dorman, Thomas J. Michie, Col. James H. Skinner, Col. Bolivar Christian, Maj. H. M. Bell, Thomas C. Elder, Col. George Baylor, William S. Gilman, Col. John B. Baldwin)
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On yesterday, Court-day, on being introduced by Hon. A. H. H. Stuart, Gilbert C. Walker, candidate for Governor, addressed the citizens of this county at considerable length. We have not space to notice his address more at length. We have room only to say that it was a good address and made a favorable impression, and that he will get the almost unanimous vote of the white citizens of the county.

He was followed by Maj. J. B. Dorman of Rockbridge, who made an effective speech in favor of the Walker ticket, and against the disfranchising and test-oath clauses of the Constitution. Thos. J. Michie, Esq., being called upon made an able and feeling speech, addressed chiefly to the colored citizens present. He urged them to act like freemen and not to be the slaves of the loyal Leagues. Being called upon to speak, the following delivered short and interesting speeches in the order named: Col. Jas. H. Skinner, Col. Bolivar Christian, Maj. H. M. Bell, Maj. Thos. C. Elder, Col. Geo. Baylor, Wm. S Gilman, reported for the Richmond Whig, and Col. Jno. B. Baldwin. We sincerely regret that the want of time and space prevents us from saying more of this glorious meeting.

Augusta will speak with a potential vice next Tuesday -- election day.

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Summary: H. F. Kennedy and Miss Barbara C. Miller, both of Augusta, were married in Staunton at the residence of Joseph Earman on June 24th by the Rev. William E. Baker.
(Names in announcement: H. F. Kennedy, Barbara C. Miller, Joseph Earman, Rev. William E. Baker)
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Summary: Henry Mish and Miss Melissa A. Brownlee, both of Augusta, were married near Greenville on June 17th by the Rev. P. Fletcher.
(Names in announcement: Henry Mish, Melissa A. Brownlee, Rev. P. Fletcher)
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Summary: Samuel K. Myers and Miss Geraldine F. Ruebush, both of Augusta, were married near Greenville on June 17th by the Rev. C. Dameron.
(Names in announcement: Samuel K. Myers, Geraldine F. Ruebush, Rev. C. Dameron)
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Summary: Sarah Margaret Hanger, wife of Dr. D. W. Hanger and daughter of Col. Franklin and Nancy A. McCue, died in Augusta on June 2nd after "a very painful illness of nine weeks." She was 31 years old. "We have good hope in her death, and thus the best of all consolation. The parents who weep at this grave have the deep sympathy of their neighbors and friends, for they have been greatly afflicted. A little more than twelve years ago they had a family of seven grown children, four daughters and three sons, and now the last olive plant has been removed from around their table. The three elder daughters who were married and who were mothers died within the short space of about eight months. Then the two unmarried sons, within a shorter space of time, came home from camp to linger a few days in delirium and fever and to die. Not long after the eldest son was suddenly called away; and now the last child, leaving five little children to the care of her mother."
(Names in announcement: Sarah Margaret Hanger, Dr. D. W. Hanger, Col. Franklin McCue, Nancy A. McCue)

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