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e been ordered by His Excellency the Governor to proceed this evening to New York, to see General Wool.
There is a man, a deserter, at Fort Independence, who is sentenced to be shot, and the Governor is very anxious to have the sentence commuted.
General Wool has power to do it. If I am successful, I save a poor fellow's life; if unsuccessful, I will have the satisfaction of having done what I could to save it. W. S.
The sentence was commuted, and the man's life saved; his name was David Andrews.
On the return of the Adjutant-General from New York, he visited the prisoner at the fort, in company with Captain Collins, U. S. A., and reported to the Governor,—
We saw the condemned man in his cell, and had a brief conversation with him. He appears to be a harmless being, with a very weak intellect.
There was nothing vicious or gross in his conversation or appearance.
Both Captain Collins and myself agreed that it would be a pity to select such a person for death punishment,
arsons, Robert T. Gooch, A. W. Talley, J. S. Hester, M. W. Beadles, James L. Gordon, Stape D. Gooch, Frank V. Winston, J. W. Hibbs, Jas. Kean, Charles Haslup, Geo. O. Blubaugh, Wm. H. Mill, James E. Hibbs, Jos. H. Roberts, James O. Carroll, R. M. Kent, Henry W. Murray, Wm. W. Beadles, Wm. Wallace Bird, Wm. Reynolds, John B. Perkins, Robert Beadles, Wm. Beadles, P. Beadles, J. C. Cammack, Wm. A. Gille pie, Henry Chiles, Miletus T. Gooch, Jesse W. Melton. J. Jannan Gooch, David Andrews, Jr., Garnett G. Gooch, Wm. W. Bradley, H. C. Gooch, E. S. Smith, A. W. Walton. F. W. Jones, Louisa C. H., Jan. 17, 1861.
Laheland, Jan. 18, 1861. Gentlemen:
Your kind letter of yesterday, in which you request me to declare myself a candidate for the Convention of Virginia, is before me.
Believing that it is the duty of every son of Virginia, in times like these, to accept any position which may be assigned him, I obey your call; and if it shall be the pleasure of the p