Smithfield Preston Foundation
Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002
July 11, 1827 -- letter from James Patton Preston in Richmond, VA to James McDowell in Lexington, VA
Richmond July 11th 1827
I recd your letter to noght, and leave but time to say to you that the Election for the Governor has disappointed the public expectation. The vote in the Legislature stood for Giles 107, for Nelson 52, for Floyd 37, and never was I more mortified and shocked at the result of any election.
Genl. Smythe has been the master spirit that controled the ---- and produced the event. Doctor Floyd submitted himself to his ----, and ---- ---- to me was at the moment, such as all felt. "Floyds friends have murdered him". I replied not ---- malice ---- I hope. No said he "I will acquire then of that."
As I have not itme to enter into details to night I will write you again by the next mail.
The ---- is better since the passage of A relief bill in favor of the securities. Its ---- of vesting ---- of War ----, which case I shall promote.
We are all well and living in ---- of great political excitement.
Accept for yourself & ---- my
---- regard James P. Preston
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