The Election

December 9, 1870


Mayoral elections are upon the city of Richmond, and to the Conservatives, getting their candidate elected is as easy as getting out and voting. If they fail, they leave the government in the hands of,"a being utterly ignorant of government".


We desire to impress it upon our citizens that the election of delegate to the Legislature to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mayor Kelly takes place today. The nominee of the Conservatives, Colonel Guy, can be elected if the Conservatives voters cast their votes. He is a gentleman who is worthy of the position, and who has the ability and integrity to insure in him a faithful and efficient representative. In his case we have, for once at least, entire harmony. There are no bitter personalities, and it can hardly be possible that there can exist a feeling of indifference that may even for a moment imperil his election. To fail now would be mortifying and shameful enough, while it would bring new troubles upon us reviving hopes of the incompetent and the mongrels of getting into their hands the offices of government, to the disgrace and disaster of the State. Surely no good citizen will allow a chance for this misfortune to befall us by staying away from the polls. If we sacrifice Guy, whom do we get in his stead? A negro. Are the interests of this city to be entrusted to an ignorant negro - to a being utterly ignorant to government, utterly incapable of making or understanding law? None but base-born persons could dream of this humiliating and perilous exigency. Surely every man who understands his dependence upon good government for prosperity and for security will leave undone nothing that he can do to prevent it. Come, then, friends; let's discharge our duty, and elect Col. Guy.
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