October 15, 1868
The Dispatch gives the election up to Grant (seeing no chance for an upset) and go on to blame the Democratic Party for nominating a weak candidate and running a weak campaign. They also hope that Grant will learn from what happened in the South and not pursue "ruthless" and "prejudice" policies.
The Elections. The premonitory elections of Tuesday settle the question of the next Presidency in almost every man's mind, we suppose. Not having doomed any other result probable, we hare not to add to our deep grief at this result the sharp pangs of disappointment. We conjecture that there will be now no very vigorous fight over the Presidential election. The whole strength of the parties, including the immense means they had concentrated to influence the opinions and votes of men, having been exerted upon the struggle of Tuesday, we imagine that the defeated party will hardly continue the contest. It is clearly without hope. That the canvass has been most wretchedly mismanaged is indisputable. The nomination made by the Democrats was the worst they could have made out of the list of leading aspirants they had before them. The body of men who it is supposed coerced Mr. Seymour's nomination professed inexpressible repugnance to Judge Chase, and yet were guilty of the monstrous inconsistency of nominating the man -who attended the Convention with the avowed object of scouring the nomination of Judge Chase. There were two alternatives before the New York Convention - viz., to nominate a man with a vote to his election , or to nominate one wholly upon principle. Chase would have done for the first ; Pendleton or Hendricks for the second. But the Convention avoided both, and nominated a friend of Chase, who had not his (Chase's) power, and who yet wanted the boldness and stamina to maintain the principles avowed by the Convention ; therefore there has been a heavy fall between two stools. Mr. John Quincy Adams plainly foresaw this result. His speech at Columbia the day before the election was shaped to meet the exigency, and Mr. Adams deserves very great credit for his frankness, his honest and wise advice to the people of the South. This speech elevates him in dignity and public respect. We recommend it to the perusal and consideration of every southern man. No party can keep this country prostrate or long continue sectional oppressions and inequalities of rights amongst the States. It may be that what has happened at the South has shed enough light to guide even the more prejudiced northern statesmen to some policy more wise, more beneficent to the nation at large, than that which they have so ruthlessly pressed upon the South. We can certainly do no better than to be cheerful, and hope for the best. We say to the people, in the language of Mr. Adams, " Call to your aid that grandest of all human qualities- selfcontrol - and all will "yet be well."
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“The Elections,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed March 23, 2019, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1155.