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What cannot be elected.

We may elect men; but we cannot elect events. We may propose; but God will dispose the course of things. What Virginia wants is men as nearly equal to events as they can be — i. e., with enough of devotion to her welfare and her true interests and honor to sustain her in the hour of trial, and guide her in the true course for the preservation of all these. She herself cannot elect events, and she, as well as her people, must use her best efforts to avoid the worst of consequences they entail. Let us not quarrel before-hand. One question has been settled by the public voice, as well as by the unanimous vote of the Legislature, and that is: If there is no reconstruction of the Union, Virginia goes with the South. God forbid that any man should be elected who would tie this glorious old State to the North, or even a Central Confederacy. It would be an event highly injurious to the prospects of this city, if any such man is elected here.

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