This Week in Reconstruction, August 1-7, 1867
People from the countryside of Virginia wish to have more influence or consideration in Virginian matters. This declaration was brought up during a meeting at the Capitol in Richmond. The speaker, Mr. Beckley, "didn't want the party split, but the men who have come from a distance should have a fair shake, as they had been promised a warm welcome" which he declared after the countrymen were cast aside. Black men and white men from the country state the same opinion on this matter, claiming that they just want to be remembered when the Radical party makes decisions. Mr. Beckley concluded by stating that in the end he "merely desired the harmony and perpetuity the Republican party of the United States."