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Monday, February 11, 2013
Ordered to Leave
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
New Kent County, Va., Dec. 4, 1860.
On Tuesday last a party of gentlemen formed themselves into a
Vigilance Committee, and waited upon a man named Peter Lufkin, who was
engaged with Mr. Alexander Libby, of Maine, in the lumber and
It seems that on Sunday he, the said Lufkin, in the presence of several
gentlemen, uttered language to this effect: "That he was an
abolitionist, and would head any party who desired to ran off negroes;
that he believed that the institution of slavery was contrary to all
laws, both Divine and constitutional, and that he would ever contend —
indeed, would take arms in order to assist the slave to escape," &c.
When confronted he did not deny, but reiterated the same sentiments.
Whereupon, the committee (one of whom I had the honor to be) informed
the gentleman that he must leave immediately, and [ acccordingly ]
conducted him to West Point, and to-day he will start home, where
sentiments like his may be expressed without fear.
In the camp there are about forty, all of whom seemed much exasperated
against him. Thus, you see, that Virginia cold, she is in fact South
We are ready and willing for secession.