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[384] of the art of printing—and further ages will prize it as one of the chief memorials of the first century of American Independence.

General G. T. Beauregard and other distinguished officers of both of the late contending armies of the North and South urge that ‘it: should be the property of the Nation’

An inspection of the synopsis of the record of the State of Virginia, which was sent the editor by Mr. Townsend, impresses the former as to the great and peculiar value of this portion of the work in its comprehension of incidents and details only elsewhere to be found in the newspapers and ephemeral books in which they originally appeared. The subject heads comprise ‘Virginia Before the War,’ ‘The Peace Convention,’ ‘State Conventions,’ ‘The Constitutional Convention,’ ‘The Federal Government in 1861,’ ‘The Legislatures,’ ‘Official State Documents,’ ‘Richmond Press on the War,’ ‘The Sequestration Act and its Results,’ ‘Law and Decisions,’ ‘Confederate Military Documents,’ ‘The French Tobacco,’ ‘The Execution of John T. Beall in New York,’ ‘The University of Virginia’ (gallantry of its students and professors), Jefferson College (service of its students and of Professor Hunter McGuire, M. D.), ‘The Dahlgren Raid,’ ‘Maps, Diagrams, Geographical Information,’ ‘Federal Military Documents’ (National Cemeteries in Virginia), ‘Loyalty in the State,’ ‘The Confederate Government and the State,’ ‘Personals, Obituaries, Arrests,’ etc., ‘The Specie and the Treasury of Virginia,’ ‘The War in Virginia,’ ‘Richmond’ (the siege of), ‘Norfolk’ (Geneeral Butler's Rule, etc.), ‘Saltville,’ ‘Hampton—Burning of the Town,’ ‘Slavery and Emancipation,’ ‘The Peace Question’ (efforts of the Committee of Nine), ‘Department of Confederate Regiments,’ ‘Department of Confederate Generals,’ ‘Biographical Sketches,’ etc.

At the last session of Congress a bill was reported in the House of Representatives for the purchase of this historical treasury at a cost of $30,000—this work upon which the patriotic and untiring compiler has been devotedly engaged for more than thirty years, and upon which, it is claimed, and credibly, that he has expended in money more than the sum proposed to be paid to him by the Government. In the United States Senate, September 17, 1891, the Hon. Wade Hampton, of South Carolina, thus urged its purchase:

I did not have the opportunity of hearing the remarks of the Senator from New York [Mr. Evarts], but I am somewhat familiar

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