Alexander and Goot to Charles Anthony, June 27, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: Mr. Alexander's slave Billy brought this letter from Lynchburg to my Pa. The letter told Pa the news that John Cabell Breckinridge and Joseph Lane were the candidates for president and vice president whom the Southern faction of the Democratic Party had chosen for the 1860 election. Mr. Alexander predicts that Breckinridge and Lane will beat Stephen A. Douglas, the candidate for president chosen by the Northern faction of the Democratic Party. He thinks that Douglas is too sympathetic to the free-soil platform. The Free Soil Party has a platform of abolitionism and tariff reform. They also advocate for a homestead act to allot federal lands in the West to farmers.