Ohio History Journal

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COLUMBUS. Feb. 21, 1840.

DEAR UNCLE: The object of this communication is to inform you of

the movements in this city at the present time. I do wish you were here

to participate with us in the festivities of the occasion. Columbus is already

filled to overflowing. It is computed that there will be between fifteen and

twenty thousand Whigs in the city before the close of the week.

Truly this is a movement of the people. You may be surprised to

learn that I am a delegate from Washington County to a political conven-

tion as I am soon to be admitted to the office of the Sacred Ministry, but

I feel that under existing circumstances it is the duty of all to come up in

defence of their country. In a few moments an organization of the dele-

gates will be made, and a Governor is to be nominated. Thomas Corwin

is the prominent Candidate, the names of Whittlesay [sic], Anthony and

others were named, but "Union for the sake of Union" is the motto of all

who are opposed to our present administration.

Feb. 22. 1840.

Last evening the City of Columbus was brilliantly illuminated and the

committees  from  the   Congressional districts nominated  Unanimously

Thomas Corwin as their Candidate for Governor. A little opposition was

at first manifested by the Confederates but before the close of the Meeting

unanimity prevailed. "Harrison and Tyler" meet with the cordial approba-

tion of the Multitude of delegates who throng the city at this time. Ewing,

Murphy & Kelly have been the orators of the day. General Bell was ap-

pointed President of the Convention and Judge Wilson acted as his Alter-

nate. There have been already some most able and Eloquent addresses.

This Morning was ushered in by the ringing of bells Cannonading, and

reveille. Never since the days of '76 was there so much rejoicing. Every

heart beats with high anticipations of the Success of our Cause. And a

feeling of enthusiasm and Zeal will be carried from this convention which

will produce a revolution in the minds of the Wavering, and despondent.

The procession is now forming. Now and then are to be seen a log

* This letter, written from Columbus in 1840 and now preserved among the

William Woodbridge papers in the Burton Collection of the Detroit Public Library,

has been furnished us by Dr. M. M. Quaife, secretary-editor of the collection. The

writer, John M. Woodbridge, was a son of Dudley Woodbridge, of Marietta, and a

nephew of Governor Willis Woodbridge of Michigan.--Editor.