Sue Ragsdale to Callie Anthony, October 15, 1860, Anthony Family Papers, 1785–1952, Acc. 35647, 35648, Library of Virginia.
Callie Anthony says: My friend, Sue Ragsdale, flattered me on my character. She's really quite silly, but you know I love the compliments!
Sue is afraid that the Union might break up. Disunion is a word that has been used in the newspapers a lot lately. I think Sue has a good point that none of our current political men are as wise as some of the famous patriots and politicians of history, such as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and Edmund Randolph. It really sounds like Sue is a Unionist. She thinks the people talking about secession are only concerned with their own glory. I'm not sure that is the case, but I think everyone agrees that there are some really big decisions coming soon.