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THE SPIRIT

OF THE

OLD DOMINION.

BY STEPHEN T. MITCHELL.

Soft-shell.–Listen, gentlemen-Take heed to our Representative's toast.
Julep.-“ Virginia-right or wrong."-Let the health go round.
Omnes.-Huzza ! Huzza!

Electioneering

A Farce.

RICHMOND:
Printed by Shepherd & Pollard,

FOR THE AUTHOR,

1827.

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PUBLIC LIBRARY

14812*

ATOR, LEMOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1900.

TO THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA,

THIS FIRST NUMBER

OF AN ENTIRELY ORIGINAL AND NATIONAL WORK,

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY

THE AUTHOR.

INTRODUCTION.

To the public is now presented, the first number of “ The Spirit of the Old Dominion.In opposition to the affectedly modest and unassuming plan, generally followed in undertakings of this kind, the author will tender no apology for its appearance. That it possesses faults, and those perhaps obvious to the most indifferent critic, will not be denied; but the author is sufficiently acquainted with the spirit of his countrymen, to know, that they will not only make the most liberal allowances for the crude efforts of a young and inexperienced writer, but that they will extend their patronage in aid of the nationality, which has given those efforts birth. With regard to the authorship of these numbers, policy might have dictated reserve; but, after a thorough consideration upon the subject, by the writer himself, he has concluded, that one of two reasons has, with but few exceptions, universally given rise to the practice of anonymous authorship, viz. a dread of responsibility, or an undue desire to attract public favor by exciting public curiosity. As the author would disclaim and reprobate either of these motives, he has chosen to appear unmasked, and revealed to the public eye. To afford a perfect understanding to those who may be inclined to patronize this work, and to the public at large, he will state, that the plan, with regard to

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