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Letter from T. M. Metcalf to Ignatius Donnelly regarding the recent election and the reason the Republicans did poorly in Ramsey County – November 26, 1862

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

St. Paul Nov 26 1862
Hon. I. Donnelly
Dear Sir- […] The apathy of Republicans in this Co. contributed somewhat to the unfavorable result here, and that apathy was created to some degree by the schism in new ranks. I may be uncharitable – but I have a conviction that the “Anti Ramsey” wing of our party welcomed an overwhelming defeat as being a tangible demonstration of Ramsey’s incapacity and mismanagement.
At any rate there was no enthusiasm or ardor among our friends – they derided the polls large numbers that we know of did not vote at all – the candidates were the only active men we had and they could not do much in such a chilly condition of the political atmosphere. […]


Citation: November 26, 1862 Letter from T. M. Metcalf to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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