Peyton B. Gravely to Christopher Yancy Thomas, February 19, 1861, Gravely Family Papers, Acc. 34126, Library of Virginia.
In a letter to Christopher Yancy Thomas, a member of the Senate of Virginia, Peyton B. Gravely sent news of family and friends and of weather and planting as well as his comments on politics to the brother-in-law of his uncle Peyton Gravely. Gravely commended the election of John Janney, of Loudoun County, over Valentine Southall, of Albemarle County, as president of the Virginia Convention. Gravely also reported, "What few Secessionists that are left look very much 'down in the mouth.'" He sent greetings to William Leftwich Goggin, a member of the convention from Bedford County. Gravely was impressed by what he had learned about the members of the convention. "I think they are men not to be influenced much by fanatics & wreckless politicians," he wrote. The writer's uncle, Peyton Gravely, represented Henry County in the convention and opposed secession.