From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/31/1881, p. 3, c. 3
A Rambling Letter.
GLENDALE, VA., July 30, 1881.
Editors Dispatch: Thinking perhaps a few items from this old historical community might find a place in your columns, I have concluded to give them. Your correspondent has the honor to reside on the well-known battle-field called Malvern Hill; I ought to have said erroneously called, because the battle known as Malvern Hill was really fought on the farm adjoining, called Marlland, formerly owned by Dr. Mettart, more recently by C. Crew, now owned by P. J. Crew, of Richmond. But such is history, it is called the battle of Malvern Hill.
Politics are quiet just now, but the good people are looking forward to the Nominating Convention with considerable interest. I believe it is the earnest wish of all Conservatives that our delegates act wisely and select good and moderate men, men that can unite all of the different factions throughout the State. Now a word about our President: glad to see such deep sympathy expressed throughout the country at large, and especially at the South; and, then, old Richmond, once the headquarters of us rebels, responded so feelingly. Dare any of our northern friends say “rebel” again after such an outburst of sympathy as has recently gone forth from the whole South for the nation’s Chief Magistrate? We are all of one mind, certainly, on that point.
Now, a line or two about the Mahone combination machine. I have heard people say when they speak of machinery that has so many little cogs or wheels, Too complicated. Just so with the Mahone machine – it is too complicated to stand the heavy guns of the great and noble Conservative party; for we all feel that we have right on our side, and we are going to stand by our colors to the last. P.