Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
stable burnt — Disunion Feeling, &c.
Amelia Co., Va., Jan. 15, 1861.
On last Sunday night, the stables of John W Knight
, near the Court House
, were burned down, in which he lost a very valuable young horse, and had another very badly burned.
He also looses all of his agricultural implements
, a lot of corn and other feed, and but for the direction of the wind which prevailed at the time, his dwelling and all of his negro houses would, in all probability, have been consumed.
This is, perhaps, some of the first fruits of the decision of our County Court, at its November term, at which a negro was sentenced to be transported, instead of being hung, for burning a tobacco barn, &c., and that, too, upon positive evidence of the strongest kind.
Such crimes should receive the severest punishment the law directs, especially when we remember how rarely the offenders are detected and brought to justice.
We have some six or seven candidates in the field for the Convention
Our people will vote for the man who will get out of the Union
soonest — we long to see the Old Dominion afloat.
I was talking to day with a plain old farmer, who does not meddle with politics, about the present state of things, and asked him his position.
He replied, by saying he had been in favor of Virginia
's seceding, but she had waited so long he doubted whether she could do so now with credit to herself.
You are right, Mr. Editor
, when you say our present Legislature is far behind the people. --We want action, prompt and immediate — not discussing an outside consideration, and thereby furnishing food for Black Republicanism; and since Gen. Scott
has, Esau like, sold his birthright for a "mess of pottage," I do hope the, Legislature will demand of him the sword she honored him with, and give him a money consideration in place thereof, as your correspondent suggests.