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To the voters of the 8th Congressional District, composed of the counties of Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Stafford, and King George. --Calls having been made upon one by a portion of you, to know whether I would serve you in the Confederate Congress if elected, he reply: Whilst none, through a vain ambition, should seek a seat in the councils of the country, diffidence should not prevent any one from taking a position to which the people may call him. The attention of the public is so absorbed in the conflict which is to decide the destiny of nations, that I regard it neither consistent with the wishes or tastes of the people to canvass the district, did time and engagements permit. I therefore concur in the example set by a distinguished candidate for your favor, in declining one. Should it be your pleasure to elect me, I shall endeavor to devote my humble abilities to the service of the country. I tender my thanks to those of my