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avery a curse? Marshall, Barry, Randolph, Faulkner, and Chandler answer in the affirmative; and thus replies Mr. James McDowell, junior, the delegate from Rockbridge: Slavery a Leprosy. Sir, if our ancestors had exerted the firmness, which, the unanimous opinion of the numerous delegates who spoke on this occasion, as well as of those who were silent. Says Mr. McDowell: In this investigation there is no difficulty — nothing has been left to speculation or inquiry; for however widelreside every time that he hears the report of a solitary rifle in the woods. ) A beautiful domestic institution. Mr McDowell proceeds to unfold the exceeding beauty of slavery as a domestic institution: It is quaintly remarked by Lord Ba the numerical ascendency of the slave shall inspire him with confidence in his force. Slavery a national evil. Mr. McDowell regards slavery as a national as well as a State and domestic calamity. With this passage from his speech, I will clo
hat good citizenship and good neighborship imposes, is entirely perverted, and attributed all to selfish motives, for electioneering purposes, etc. . . . I have many warm friends, I believe, but I hope they will excuse me for declining now; but I am at all times ready to serve the public and private interests of the country when called on. Your most obedient servant, J. W. Patterson. A slave girl's Revenge. Conceal or deny it as they may, the slaveholders must feel the truth of Mr. McDowell's declaration, that slavery and danger are inseparable. Such evidences as this paragraph gives, are too serious to be sneered at or overlooked: Nancy, slave of Mr. Seth Marsh, has been arrested in Norfolk for attempting to poison the family of Mrs. Reid, milliner, residing on Church street, by whom she was hired. It was shown that oxalic acid had been mixed in with some food which the girl had been cooking for the family. There are evidences, also, in every paper I pick up, of the