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  • "The Union is gone"
  • "The Union is gone"
The editor of the Lynchburg Republican, wrote to the governor on November 27, 1860, three weeks after Abraham Lincoln had been elected president of the United States, saying that in his opinion "The Union is gone."
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"The Union is gone"

Robert H. Glass to Governor John Letcher, November 27, 1860, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

Robert H. Glass, editor of the Lynchburg Republican, wrote to the governor on November 27, 1860, to recommend appointment of a local man to the directorship of one of the Lynchburg banks. The state owned stock in most of the banks in Virginia and was therefore entitled to representation on their boards of directors. Three weeks after Abraham Lincoln had been elected president of the United States, Glass lamented, "The Union is gone, & no convention, in my opinion can save it."

Robert H. Glass to Governor John Letcher, November 27, 1860, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.

"Republican Office"
Lynchg, Va.
Nov. 27, 1860.
My dear Sir.
 Your letter is to hand, in reply to mine, & its contents considered.
I am perfectly sure that the appointment of Mr. Taliaferro, would give as much satisfaction as that of Mr Lee. I know that it would be more agreeable to the Proprietors, tho' neither of them is the choice of the Proprietors. I also know that both Mr. T. & myself have been as fast friends of yours, & have perhaps done as much for you, as Mr. Lee.
I hope, therefore, that you will give the appointment to Mr. T. especially, as Mr. L has an appointment already in Planters.
I am in favor of a convention of the Southern Votes, but it is too late. The Union is gone, & no convention, in my opinion can save it. The disease is too radical to admit of cure. Be strong in your views to the Legislature. It is the only card verily will win now.
Very truly
Your friend
R. H. GLASS