A prospective stampede.
The Richmond Enquirer
has private advices from different parts of the State
, which inform it that a large number of the largest slaveholders in Virginia
are already making preparations for an exodus, We have ourselves reliable information to the same effect.
When this prospective stampede shall once become present and actual none can predict the extent to which it will be carried.
Some opine that some of our largest and most flourishing agricultural districts will be left as desolate as the wilderness of Jamaica
Even if it shall fall far short of this, it will still involve incalculable damage to all our interests.
These large slaveholders comprehend a large quota of the very flower of our population — representing much of the wealth, talent, virtue and commanding influence of the State
They will carry away from us millions of property.
They will carry away from us what is far more valuable to the State
than property--thousands and tens of thousands of busy hands, which now constitute the Productive Labor
of the State