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    [Civil War]. John Stayton Autograph Letter Signed "John W Stayton". Four pages of a bifolium, 8" x 12", July 9, 1861, Pleasanton. A letter addressed to his father-in-law, A. Weldon, Esq. Great content revealing Stayton's thoughts about the Civil War and his strong animosity towards the Union. He also states his concerns about Kentucky's neutrality in the war, believing it their duty to choose a side (preferably the Confederacy). It reads, in part:

    "Texas flour is cheaper than we ever bought Northern flour, and our State can furnish enough this year to bread the Southern Confederacy. Our frontier is quiet and all the posts on our frontier are garrisoned by Texas Rangers, instead of a lazy, worthless herd or U.S. Regular Soldiers who have heretofore consumed the money of the Government without giving us protection. There is now no political excitement in Texas, all has subsided, and a calm decided and defiant spirit actuates the people of this State. While we were members of the old Government we were loyal, but oppression and a fast ripening despotism have caused or compelled us to sever connections with these States in connection with which we finished the most imaginative and successful government on earth and were fast advancing to the Empire of America, but not of the world. As Southerners, we regret the necessity of a separation from these States whose liberty was sealed by the same blood that sealed our own, yet the necessity existing we are proud to know that there yet remains upon the American Continent a people who are true to the principles enumerated by the sires of our former Government on the 4th of July 1776. I know not for what cause war now separates a once united people. We of the South have ever been loyal to the Constitution of the U.S. prior to our separation. This our enemies cannot gainsay by fanatical despotism driven to this Union or slavery. We separate and ask to go in peace, as did our forefathers and are answered by an Abolitionist invading our soil and murdering our people. We then appeal to arms and are willing that the God of Battle shall decide the contest, for we prefer death to slavery. But what does Kentucky intend to do? Is in the mind of every Southerner. Many of us were reared upon her soil and we have ever believed her true to herself and to her institutions, and a blush of shame now mantles every Kentuckian cheek living in the South, when he reflects upon her present position. She may talk of neutrality but no such thing. She must ultimately come with us, or go with the North. I cannoth believe she will do the latter although she still remains a member of that Confederacy which would deprive her of every equal right. If she does then I for one of her sons, will be bound to disown her and will believe that the State which gave me birth has ceased to possess that chivalry and strong sense of rights which she formerly possessed, but of this enough. Whatever may be the result we can but expect that the Almighty will direct for the best..."

    The letter is accompanied by its original transmittal envelope. Due to the instability of the Confederate Postal System, the letter was severely delayed (as shown by cover stamps, strike marks, docketing, etc.)

    Condition: Letter has usual mail folds, with light toning. Some tears and small amount of paper loss at fold where paper was weakened; at two places small strips of tape were used to reinforce tears. Light soiling from ink stains. Otherwise very fine.




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