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The Daily Dispatch: January 7, 1861., [Electronic resource], Letter from Col. F. H. Smith to a friend, on the questions of the day. (search)
Letter from Col. F. H. Smith to a friend, on the questions of the day. Virginia Military Institute, December 13th, 1860. My Dear Sir: When the correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch represented me as favoring a "Southern Confederacy," he was as unjust to me as I think he was to Major Preston when he stated that gentleman expressed his "satisfaction with the Union as it is." My position may be enunciated in two general propositions: I not only prefer, but am most earnestly anxiou due to my native State, Virginia. For weal or woe, my destiny is in dissoluble united to hers. I submit to her decision, and most devoutly pray that she may be guided by the spirit of All Wisdom. I have written to you more fully, because you and my friends elsewhere have the right to know the sentiments of one holding so public a position as I do, and you are at liberty to make such use of this letter as may seem best and right. I remain, most sincerely, your friend, Francis H. Smith.