776 The Richmond Inquirer

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776 The Richmond Inquirer

57.50

July 25, 1860. This paper is important for the considerable coverage and discussion it gives the upcoming election and where the voters will stand regarding the candidate supporting and opposing secession. A lengthy discussion of Edward Everett’s continued anti-slavery position. Deptheria [sic] reported Mechanicsburg and Giles County; typhoid fever in northern Virginia. A letter to the governor from a VMI professor proposes adding a special school of “applied mechanics” to the curriculum and “separating the office of the Commandent of Cadets from the professorship to which it is now attached.” News of a “monstrous cannon” cast at Pittsburgh, PA and sent to Fortress Monroe, reputed to weigh 49,090 lbs. The trial shot will be fired with a 20 lb charge of powder to fire a 320 pound hollow shot. The target will be set four miles away and the report will be heard thirty miles off.  Some interesting ads, but the major portion of the paper is devoted to the divisive election coming up. It is a four page, oversize paper (23" x 28") in very good condition. 

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