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For Congress--To the Voters of the Counties of Hanover, Hearico, Charles City, New Kent, Elizabeth City. Warwick, James City, and York, and of the Cities of Richmond and Williarasburg: You will now very soon have to elect a representative for this district in the Congress of the Confederate States. The importance of making the best selection at this time cannot be overrated. The thoughts and wishes of many of your fellow-voters have, without any previous concert, simultaneously been attracted to Col. George W. Randolph as a man eminently qualified for this important post. His military and naval experience, his profound investigation of the commercial resources and policy of the South, as exhibited in his masterly speech in the Virginia Convention, the high standing and influence won by his industry, eloquence and statesmanship in that Convention, all give the highest assurance of his greater usefulness in the counsels of the Confederacy, which for some time to come must be chiefly devoted to the consideration of our military and commercial policy. Earnestly devoted to the cause of the South, with a mind vigorous and clear, well stored with varied information; with a purity of character and high sense of honor which commands respect, and a courtesy of manner attractive to all, he has never failed to fill with credit and distinction every trust confided to him. There is no reason to suppose that his election as a member of Congress will interfere with his military duties, as Congress will meet in February, a season of the year when there is little probability that our position in the peninsula will be attacked by the enemy, and when field artillery can be little used, on account of the condition of the roads. We have no doubt that Col. Randolph will consent to serve, if elected; but to remove all doubts upon the subject, we earnestly call upon him at once to respond to this card. Sept. 20th, 1861. many Voters. To the Voters of the Counties of Hanover, Henrico, Charles City, New Kent, Elizabeth City, James City, and York, and the Cities of Richmond and Williamsburg: In response to a call made on me in the public press and in private letters, I announce myself a candidate to represent you in the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress. Although the active operations of the campaign will not cease in time for me to visit you before the election, yet I have no reason to suppose that they will interfere with the discharge of my duties as your representative in Congress, should it be your pleasure to call me to that body. In such event, I shall endcavor to represent you with intelligence and fidelity. Geo. W. Randolph. se 23--ts
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