The election of Governor.
These has been a great deal of talk about the approaching election of Governor for the old Commonwealth.
As parties — for the first time since the are of good feeling under President Monroe
--are passive, and party feeling subdued amidst the and Turmel of war; no undertook to make nominations, and each division of the State
presented its favorite man as a fit raise of the Old Dominion in this trying varied.
In this manner the list became unusually long.
The public, so long need to the party nominees and the choosing between only two men, was a little disturbed at the novelty of the canvass.
commented upon it. Many thought it dangerous to have so many candidates, as the choice might fall on some until person.
Some editor suggested that the contest was degenerated into a "scribe race," and some other proposed (we take it for granted in just) that the editors meet and name a Governor for the people!
Finally the anxiety on the subject seems to have extended to some of the people and even the candidate, or one of them at least.
That very worthy gentleman, Col. R. W. Hubbard
, so long and favorably known as a public man, appears in a card in Friday's Whig,
in which he proposes that the candidates shall meet at Ballard's Hotel, on the 24 of May, for the purpose of selecting two of their number as fit persons to be voted for at the coming election.
In this proposition the Colonel
has the concurrence of the citizens of Prince Edward.
The chief anxiety of Col.
H. is to avoid the election of a man by a minority vote-which he thinks will likely to the case if five candidates run, while so large a part of the State
is in the enemy's lines.
For ourselves we see no very good reason for alarm at the presentation of so many candidates to the people.
The extension of the range of selection, if the electors be capable to choose, is all the better.
Nor do we see how the race can be called a "scrub-race," The more number of competitors cannot make it a "serub race," and the standing and qualifications of the rivals forbid the use of the phrase in any other sense.
We do not see that anything is likely to be gained by diminishing the number, and doubt whether a convention of the nominees can result satisfactorily even to themselves.
We had rather see all the competitors start on the track, and let the people be the judges.
What if a minority of the votes of the whole State should elect a man, it does not follow that he may not be the best man for the office.
There is good ground to reason, from many instances in modern days, that the choice of the minority would be the best.
Believing that no harm, at all events, could come of dismissing, cutting loose from concussing, for once, and leaving the people to choose for themselves, we would like to see the contest go on. It would be novel and refreshing.