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MY DEAR SIR, The election here has just been terminated. I have the largest majority ever given by the county.
The assemblage of the people afforded an opportunity of testing the strength of parties in relation to men and measures. Our Cause is identified with the popular sovereignty and is triumphant; and nothing is more grateful to my feelings than the manifest and evident attachment of our people to you.
You may have seen the proceedings at our ''Jackson Meeting", and the strong resolution in reference to yourself. I thought it most prudent and judicious not to appear actively in the matter. Such meetings are useful only as they embody and disclose popular sentiment, and I was unwilling that it should have the faintest appearance of deriving impulse from me, as it might in that case be attributed to the partiality of personal friendship or the effect of party feelings brought from the Metropolis. I wished it to be as in fact it was, the unbiassed expression of the public will.
With Respt'ful Compliments to Mrs. Calhoun I beg you accept the assurance of my great Regard and Respect
J. S. BARBOUR.
[P. S] Mr. P. P. Barbour is fervently with us and will go all lengths. The Sect y of war and one of his clerks are active in the election Canvass of Orange, for his Son and ag't his Brother. J. S. B.
- John Barbour
- Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1899, Calhoun Correspondence.