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  • "Breckinridge & Lane are the nominees of the Southern wing"
In this letter written on June 27, 1860, Charles Anthony learned that the Southern faction of the Democratic Party has chosen John Cabell Breckinridge and Joseph Lane as the candidates for president and vice president in the 1860 election.
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My Dear Callie

"Breckinridge & Lane are the nominees of the Southern wing"

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.

Alexander and Goot to Charles Anthony, June 27, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.

Lynchburg June 27. 1860
Capt. Chs. Anthony
Dear Sir
Yours per Billy is to hand with the notes as stated.
We have not yet heard from Mr Burns as soon as we do will drop you a line.
We send you the latest papers we have here, Breckinridge & Lane are the nominees of the Southern wing of the Convention with aided by the delegation of the conservative portion of the Democracy from the North. it will beat the Demagogue goggu Douglas who is too much of a free soiler to suit me.
Yrs &c ALEXANDER & GOOT