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The Daily Dispatch: January 26, 1861., [Electronic resource], Citizens' State-rights ticket.-- Peachy R. Grattan, P. H. Aylett, Geo. W. Randolph. (search)
condition of the South makes necessary. Urged to be a candidate for this county, I stated my willingness to be such only in case the people should think my services of value to them. While the responsibilities of the position are so solemn and important as not to be courted, the crisis demands that no man should withhold his services, when desired by those who have a right to request them. Seeking no nomination, I declared my sentiments to those who asked them, and did no more. On the 22d inst., a numerous body of citizens, of all opinions and sections of the county, convened on duty published notice, at the Court-House, to select a candidate. At the request of this meeting. I, and several gentlemen who had been spoken of for the position, stated our opinions on the subjects which will occupy the Convention. A part of the assembly, with one of these gentlemen, then seceded, but the bulk remained and voted. A large majority being for me, the friends of the others acquiesced