nvite any man through their Governor, whether an efficient or worthy Virginian or even the bugbear of a Yankee resident of Virginia, to become an honorable deserter.
Even with the tangible evidence before me, I am in doubt as to the identity of the ordinance.
I feel assured, sir, that the fifty odd loyal and true men-reduced by some secret political hocuspocus to a baker's dozen — who voted against secession, did their best to save the State from this execrable abuse of its people.
Western Virginia, certainly, does not lend itself to such invitations.
If I remember aright, sir, the leading State Rights men of Virginia declared, at the time of the Hartford Convention, that the secession of a State from the Federal Union was treason.
How can leading State Rights men from Virginia now invite the military officers of that same Federal Union to commit the sin which then was so damnable?
What system of morals works the change?
John Letcher, I am not a politician, though I am a Vir