Petition Urging Philip Barbour to Run for Congress
In this signed petition from 1826, some of the citizens of Spotsylvania County call on Philip H. Barbour to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the upcoming election. A public meeting was held in Spotsylvania County courthouse on October 2, 1826, when some citizens from Louisa County spoke out on behalf of Barbour. They argued that he was the right candidate to counter "the dangers which threaten the country, from the doctrines of discretion and expediency; the abandonment of the constitution, the rule of those who do not have the confidence of the people." A pro-Barbour committee of Spotsylvania citizens was formed at the meeting.
Citation: Papers of the Ambler and Barbour Families, 1772–1880, Accession #38–77. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.