Suffolk Christian Sun
October 18, 1862
Camp, Sept. 26, 1861
J. GODWIN, Lt. Col. 14th Regt.
We have taken the
liberty of addressing you the following, with the earnest hope that it may meet
the undersigned, residents of your District, having informally canvassed the
question of waiting upon a suitable person to represent the Second
Congressional District in the Confederate States Congress, soon to meet in
Richmond have, with perfect unanimity and accord, selected you as the
candidate, feeling assured that the selection will give entire satisfaction to
our people. We can, also, without doubt,
insure your election.
selecting you, we have not been unmindful of the firm and loyal Southern
position you occupied previous to our present hostilities with the North; nor
of the fact that you were one among the first to take the field in defence of that position. The soldier and citizen cannot be
indifferent to these facts. Therefore for
these, your uniform courtesy and conduct to not only privates and citizens
generally, which has been known, and other qualities too many to mention, we
have selected you and must urge, with all due respect, that you allow us the
use of your name in the premises.
feeling of high consideration, we beg to subscribe ourselves
K. Starke, 1st Lt. and acting Surgeon of Greensville Guard
R. S. Weaver, Greensville Guard
O. Persons, Greensville Guard
J. Arthur, Capt., Nansemond co.
P. Clements, Capt., Southampton co.
N. Ruffin, Capt., Surry co.
W. Moody, Surry co.
Clay Capps, Nansemond co.
P. Gormer, Nansemond co.
T. Jarratt, Greensville co.
H. T. Thomas, Greensville co.
A. Collins, Greensville co.
A. Buckner, Greensville co.
E. Newsom, Greensville co.
Thompson, Greensville co.
H. Flourney, Surry co.
others, too numerous to publish
Oct. 7th, 1861
received duly yours of the 16th ult., urging me, in the most
complimentary terms, to allow the use of my name as a candidate for the
Confederate States Congress, soon to assemble at Richmond, in which you inform
me that I was selected with unanimity and accord—that you feel assured that the
selection will give entire satisfaction, and that you can insure my
election. I have delayed reply thus
long, in order to act advisedly on the subject.
In answer, allow
me to thank you most cordially for the compliment of tendering me the
nomination. I accept it, and place my
cause entirely in the hands of my friends.
My military duties will preclude any canvassing on my part.
remain, with great respect,
To Lieut. M. K. Starke, W. R. S.
Weaver, Captains R. P. Clements, Wm. J. Arthur, T. N. Ruffin, and others.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]