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(caption title) A Card. To the Voters of Orange County.
Jas. S. Leathers
South Fork, Feb. 24, 1864
VCp329.1 L43c (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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FELLOW-CITIZENS:--According to previous notice, a Convention assembled in the Court House in Hillsborough, on Tuesday the 23d inst., for the purpose of selecting a candidate to fill the vacancy in the State Senate caused by the resignation of the Hon. Wm. A. Graham.
My name having been spoken of in connection with this nomination, I did not attend the meeting. The result of the Convention was, that Capt. John Berry (one of the members of the House of Commons) was nominated for the Senate, and Capt. Addison Mangum to fill Capt. B.'s place in the Commons. As soon as this was announced great dissatisfaction was manifested by a large majority of the people present, and a determination expressed to run an independent candidate in opposition to Capt. Mangum I was strongly solicited to occupy that position. The number and respectability of the application to me were such as to induce me, without hesitation, to consent for my name to be used in that way.
As regards my position, I have only to say that I differed with many of my best friends on the question of secession. I stood by the old Union as long as I saw any hope of averting what I believed would inevitably follow its dissolution, viz: A bloody civil war. But this is all past, and in view of our present situation, I conceive it the duty of every true man to do everything in his power to sustain and encourage our brave soldiers, who have stood victorious and defiant on so many bloody fields; most of whom, notwithstanding the acknowledged hardships of their situation, are determined and hopeful--to make the best use of every means which Providence has placed within our reach, to damage our enemy until such a peace is tendered as a brave and chivalrous people can accept.
JAS. S. LEATHERS.
SOUTH FORK, Feb. 24, 1864.