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to Catholic citizens.--Whilst nothing is more repugnant to my feelings than to appeal to you in this way as Catholics, yet I feel warranted in doing so, when demagogues address us and urge us to repudiate a man who, in the dark days of 1855, stood by us battling for our rights, fighting foremost in the fray, whilst Botts, Gilmer, Johnson and Macfarland were warring against us, coming even to our firesides, to deprive us and our children of the dearest and most inestimable right. BottJesuit, of the Assassin, and of the Traitors, John Brown and Wm. H. Seward. (Music — Rogue's March.)" Mr. Botts and Mr. Johnson were at this dinner, and figured extensively in the programme. Mr. Gilmer, a few years ago, in his zeal against Catholics, persecuted a Reverend Father of our Church, and used all his power and skill to have him imprisoned in the common jail because he would not reveal the secrets of the Confessional. Are we now, without feeling our cheeks tingle with shame,
Reasons for not voting for Botts: 1. He was a Know Nothing in 1855, and by secret oaths strove to exclude foreigners and Catholics from office. 2. He speaks, thinks and writes to please the North and not the South. All the Abolitionists applaud him; the South denounce him. 3. The emissaries of Botts tell our mechanics that we have nothing to complain of, and that State Rights men will, by Disunion, deprive them of work. How much work do Botts and his Black Republican allies give you? 4. If Richmond elects Botts her trade with Virginia and the South will surely suffer. Orders for manufactures for Georgia, &c., will be instantly withdrawn, and our farmers will not deal with the supporters of Botts. fe 4--1t State-rights.
The Daily Dispatch: February 4, 1861., [Electronic resource], Gilmer and Botts Versus the Catholics. (search)
Gilmer and Botts Versus the Catholics. --Since it has been thought proper, with the hope of aiding the "submission " ticket, to appeal to us as Catholics for our votes, it is but just that you and I should recall to our minds the peculiar claims that two of the candidates on that ticket have upon us for our suffrages. It will be recollected, that in 1855 Mr. Gilmer exerted all his energy and real, to get the Judge of the Circuit Court of the city of Richmond, to commit one of the Reverend Fathers of our Church to the common jail, because he would not reveal the secrets of the sacred confessional. How stands Mr. Botts in regard, to this same question? After the Judge had decided that the secrets of the confessional could not be forced from Father Tecling, Mr. Botts thought it necessary to write a long argument against that decision, and publish it in the Daily American of this city, and addressed the citizens of Richmond upon the same subject. fe 4--1t A Catholic