The Third District

November 1, 1870


The people of the Third District need to vote for Col. Ordway. The man is not only a gentleman and a good citizen, but he embodies everything - every good thing - that the man who opposes him does not.


Col. Ordway must be elected, for it is in the cards. Added to the personal qualities which recommend him, his success will give a quietus to all the clamor we bear about Conservative hostility to northern men. Here is a gentleman, a good citizen, a public-spirited man, from Massachusetts, whom we take by the hand and respect and honor because he is precisely the reverse in all respects of the detestable carpet-bagger who opposes him. Who is Porter? The first we heard from him he was wearing Butler's ball and chain for abusing the party he now espouses. Next he was a flaming Radical, persecuting everybody who would not join him in his new politics, urging political disfranchisement upon his own constituents who refuse to vote for him; procuring the House of Representatives to imprison one of them for chastising him on the streets of Richmond in an encounter in no way connected with his representative duty; moving to put Virginia back under military rule; and in every mode reflecting by his conduct discredit on this great metropolitan district. What has he ever done, or will he ever do, for the colored voter that he should support him? What bond of union exists between them? It is much to the credit of that class of voters, the considerate and reflecting among them, that they see through his character, and hold it at its true value; and we have good reason to believe there is a huge body of his own party, both white and colored, who will not sustain him.
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