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(PRESIDENTS--1860 CAMPAIGN.) Letcher, John. Letter seeking election commissioners--and pointedly ignoring Lincoln. Printed circular letter, 10 x 8 inches, signed in type, plus integral blank; minor wear and foxing. With original stamped and postmarked envelope addressed to the clerk of a county court. Richmond, VA, 12 July 1860
Governor Letcher solicits nominations for presidential election commissioners from county officials. In the interest of fairness, he asks for "the names of a supporter of Breckenridge, a supporter of Douglas, and a supporter of Bell . . . who will command the respect and confidence of the people of your county." This covered three of the four parties, but not the upstart Republican Party candidate--it may have been difficult to find any Lincoln supporters in Virginia as it inched toward secession.
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