Richmond: William F. Ritchie, Public Printer, 1859. First edition of the Governor's annual message. 8vo, unbound pamphlet (no wrappers), stitched, 48 pages. Quite browned and foxed, with a portion of the upper corner of the title page chipped away; a good, sound copy only. Item #13827
This appears to be the House of Delegates issue of Gov. Wise's biennial message, here in two parts; the first part is largely taken up with the John Brown raid on Harpers Ferry: "It was no conspiracy of bandits against society in general, with the motives which usually actuate criminals, confined to the individual perpetrators, and to be crushed by their arrect and punishment. But it was an extraordinary and actual invasion, by a sectional organization, specially upon slaveholders and upon their property in negro slaves." With much calumny against abolitionists and sectional differences; Wise argues that the slave states are beleaguered and want only their constitutional rights. With much on the need to strengthen the Virginia militia.