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  • "Calculated to excite a sectional feeling within our Commonwealth"
Democrats in Harrison County, in northwestern Virginia, expressed their unity with eastern Virginians on the question of slavery at a meeting on November 8, 1858.
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"Calculated to excite a sectional feeling within our Commonwealth"

Extract from resolutions adopted by Harrison County Democrats in November 1858 and published in Cooper's Clarksburg Register, November 12, 1858.

On November 8, 1858, Democrats of Harrison County met in Clarksburg, in northwestern Virginia, to elect delegates to the next Democratic Party State Convention. William Pope Cooper, editor of Cooper's Clarksburg Register, was secretary. The meeting adopted resolutions on several subjects. The fifth resolution stressed unity of opinion in favor of slavery throughout eastern and western Virginia.

Extract from the resolutions of the meeting of the Democrats of Harrison County, William Pope Cooper, secretary, on November 8, 1858, as reported in Cooper's Clarksburg Register, November 12, 1858.
5th. That we have seen with pain and regret, for several years past, a growing disposition on the part of certain eastern politicians, whenever a western man is named for any public trust, to seek to cast suspicion upon his fealty to the South.—Such a course is unjust, and calculated to excite a sectional feeling within our Commonwealth and engender ill-will among friends, and induce the erroneous belief abroad that Virginia is not a unit on the question of slavery.