The City Elections

November 10, 1870


After rallying there votes for days, the Conservatives work has paid off - the Richmond election results were resoundingly in favor of conservatives.


In this city the Conservative party gained a victory which was most timely and gratifying. The period is critical. The credit and the improvement of the city demand the election of men who are not only capable, but who represent the solvent, and responsible part of the community. The weight of responsibility that rests upon men who stand in such a relation to the public is a strong guarantee for the faithful, prudent, and energetic performance of their duties, while capitalists and business men put all the more faith in a government that thus, stands for the solid part of the community. We hall the result, therefore, as especially satisfactory at this critical period in the city's history. Mr. Keiley, the Mayor elect, is a lawyer, a man of talents, and a man of great industry and activity. He will devote himself zealously to the public interest. The other tenth-men elected will discharge their duties faithfully, we are sure. There had been some discord and heartburning growing out of the primary elections of nominees for the Conservatives at the last city election and out of other matters that need not be named now; but these troubles were calmed into harmony and union by the excellent spirit of many prominent gentlemen and the proper disposition of the people. The disagreements were threatening - the combination of the different segments upon the Conservative ticket for the good of the city, was ever way creditable and noble, and gives renewed assurance of the fortitude, good faith, and public devotion of the people of Richmond. The victory we have gained is both gratifying and encouraging. We shall be ready to do a great deal better at the next city election.
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