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  • "Quit the damn north"
  • "Quit the damn north"
A man in Culpeper County wrote on April 8, 1861, that "The only alternative now left is to quit the damn north."
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"Quit the damn north"

Edwin Barbour to Christopher Yancy Thomas, April 8, 1861, Gravely Family Papers, Acc. 34126, Library of Virginia.

Edwin Barbour, of Stevensburg, in Culpeper County, a relative of two brothers who were members of the Virginia Convention of 1861 (James Barbour, of Culpeper County, and Alfred Madison Barbour, of Jefferson County), wrote to Christopher Yancy Thomas, who represented Henry County in the Senate of Virginia, to request payment of a debt. In a postscript to his April 8, 1861, letter, four days after the General Assembly had adjourned and the Virginia Convention had defeated a motion to secede, Barbour wrote, "The political skies instead of getting fairer as I had hoped rather seem to grow darker. The only alternative now left is to quit the damn north. The longer we stay with them the more oppressed & degraded we will become."

Edwin Barbour to Christopher Yancy Thomas, April 8, 1861, Gravely Family Papers, Acc. 34126, Library of Virginia.

Stevensburg April 8th 61
Dear Sir
Having failed to hear from you in regard to forwarding the amt due on your bond as you promised me some time since in Richmond I again write a line to call your attention to it & I beg that you will give the matter your particular attention & forward me the amt due without further delay. I am really greatly in want of the money, am compelled to raise a certain sum by next Monday & if I cant make out a part of the money from this since I do not Know What I shall do. I was in Richmond a few days before the Legislature adjourned call at your Rooms to see you & was told that you had left the City. in regard to the Fountance & other matter do whatever you think best. with the hope that you will give this matter your prompt attention & let me hear from you on the receipt of this I remain in much haste
Very Truly yrs
EDWIN BARBOUR

C. Y. Thomas
Henry Co.

N. B. The political skies instead of getting fairer as I had hoped rather seem to grow darker. The only alternative now left is to quit the damn north. The longer we stay with them the more oppressed & degraded we will become.
E.W.B.