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The late Robert P. Letcher. This gentleman died lately at his residence in Kentucky, at an advanced age. He was one of those men who contributed to raise the reputation of Kentucky to the high pitch which it attained in by-gone days, when she gave to the service of the country such men as Clay, Pope, Rowan, Talbot, and Bledsoe. He represented his district many years in Congress. It is stated in some of the newspapers that Mr. Letcher was a native of Kentucky. This is a mistake. He was born in the county of Goochland, not thirty miles from this place, near Sampson's Cross Roads. His middle name-- Perkins--was the name which his mother bore before she was married. He was called after his maternal uncle, the late Robert Perkins, of Goochland county, who is still remembered by many persons in that part of the world. Mr. Letcher was a man of decided talent, and of the most unflinching integrity, political and personal. He was one of the most popular men of his day, and was
The State Convention will meet in the hall of the House of Delegates at 12 o'clock to-day, the Convention bill having provided that the body shall first assemble at the Capitol. Subsequent sessions will be held in the Mechanics' Institute, where a choice of seats was made yesterday by a large number of delegates.--The general arrangement of the hall, of which we have before given a description, is excellent, and no other place which could have been obtained combines so many advantages for the purpose required. The decorations are appropriate, and not profuse. A large painting of Washington crossing the Delaware, a portrait of Chief Justice Marshall, and busts of Calhoun and Clay, with a tasteful display of drapery over the President's platform, constitute the adornments of the hall. The ladies' gallery, we apprehend, will be more attractive than any other point.
Wants --wanted — to Hire out — For the present year; four Servants, all young, strong and healthy just from the country. Three House Girls, and a young Negro man. If early application is made, they will hired low. Apply to me at Mr. M Es Cary's on 2d street between Marshall and Clay. J. H. Schooler. fe 16--6
y represented the Mobile district in Congress, and Hon. Judge Richard W. Walker, of Florence, Chairman of the Alabama Delegation in the present Confederate Congress. Hon. L. P. Walker at one time practised law in South Alabama, and was for several sessions Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State. He has been a consistent Democrat of the State-Rights school. For the last ten years he has been located in Huntsville, and has the reputation of being the leading lawyer, and, next to Clay, the leading Democrat of North Alabama. --Careful in the preparation of his cause, and clear, concise, logical and eloquent in presenting them before court, he is said to be an eminently successful practitioner. For the last three years he has been conspicuous in his denunciation of squatter sovereignty. In the Alabama Democratic Convention which took ground against it and sent a delegation to Charleston to carry out her instructed opposition, Gen. Walker's influence was marked and effectiv
t, and nothing but the power of attraction can bring them back. The Union cannot be preserved by force.--Force did not create, and cannot re-create it. The speaker went on to review the purposes for which the Government was formed, and said if the Constitution had failed to answer them, it had become the engine of injustice and oppression. He loved the Union--he revered and cherished it, because it was hallowed by such names as Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Jackson, and Clay — by men of patriotism, from the days of the Revolution down to the hapless year of 1860. But dear as it was, it could not be maintained by force, and at the expense of our interest, honor, and liberty. It could never be enforced upon a free people unwillingly and against their consent. Such a Union would be the worst of tyranny — a despotism that no free or brave people ever could or would submit to. Some other mode must be resorted to, to preserve or restore the Union. Public sentiment
ute for all plans before the Convention. This paper proposed one year's delay, and pledged for separation then, if the fullest redress was not given. Mr. Daniel, of Baltimore, was willing to go for any plan by which separation could be delayed one year — otherwise the plough share is run through Baltimore and the District of Columbia. The old, honored men of Baltimore are now on their knees pleading with God for the unity of the Church. Brethren, don't go yet! He quoted from Calhoun, Clay, and Webster, to show the disastrous effects of separation in Church upon the State. S. V. Taylor, of Springfield, Va., thought he knew the disease of Virginia better than the Baltimore lawyers. He reviewed the work in Virginia, and plead for the life of the Church. This was to be preserved by immediate separation. Baltimore might suffer, but would not be slain. But we of Virginia must go! The discussion was continued by W. Smith and Col. McPherson, of Virginia, and W. R. Woodwa
-- no history — no associations you can take pleasure in. In a word, your influence (insignificant at that) will be in our government, and your interest in another government. You will have little part or lot in the matter until you cease to be what you are, and become assimilated to the North. As you now stand, Ichabod is written upon you forever; "the glory has departed;" the mother of Presidents will have fallen into insignificance, condemned to a mere negative existence. The land of Clay and Breckinridge will be trodden under foot of the abolitionists. The bones of Old Hickory, shamelessly invoked as they have been of late to counsel submission so wrong, must almost have risen from the grave to avenge the insult. The voice of old Mecklenburg is already heard for the right. But a reconstruction is called for. That were a greater miracle than the actual resurrection of the bones of old Hickory. For the latter event there is almost cause enough.--No. The crystal has be
The Daily Dispatch: March 30, 1861., [Electronic resource], Truth in Memorial to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia: (search)
peaceful, useful, and needed agricultural improvements of the axe, hoe, wedge, and plow, with the simple switch to direct — that these same lights may now be gradually returned by 10,000 annual installments from the present 60,000 liberated Africans in Virginia, and their increase, that they may be planted on the soil of Africa, their native land. This was the object of the old, generally popular, African Colonizing Society, seen afar off by America's mental lights, in the persons of Monroe, Clay, Adams, Webster, Calhoun, Marshall, Wright, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, and many others, including the now living John Tyler — believing, as they did, that freedom and liberty was such a priceless boon, that as soon as many of the African slaves were voluntarily liberated by their kind and generous masters, that they would fly, in the ships of the world, across the Atlantic back to their own native land in Africa, forgetting, or ignoring, the truth, that the inspired Moses had not only to pe
The Peruvian mission. --Minister Clay was on Monday disconnected from the Peruvian mission, as the Government evidently disapproved of the course of the preceding Administration, which suspended diplomatic relations between the two countries. The indications are that relations will, at no distant day, be resumed.
Timely present. --The State has recently been the recipient of a very pretty allegorical picture, sent hither from New York. It is entitled "The Past and Present of the United States of North America," and was presented to the Public State Library of Virginia, at Richmond, by Mr. Jas. Meyer, Jr., of New York. It is neatly encompassed by a gilt frame, and measures about 40 by 52 inches. Clay, Webster, Calhoun, and others, as well as the patriots of the olden time, figure in different attitudes, appropriate to the several scenes into which they are introduced. Judging the picture from the effect produced on the beholders, we should call it an invocation to Union. It was executed in Switzerland — the land of Tell; yet even its potent influence, nor Spaulding's prepared glue, would be efficacious in preserving "the Union" in these times.
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