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In Their Own Words

September 25, 1855

Politics Recorded in Journal

From Richmond County, Gertrude Thomas recorded a bit of Georgia election politics in her journal:

“I am alone with the baby this afternoon. Mr. Thomas has gone in town to hear Mr. [Robert] Toombs speak tonight. Election day is fast approaching and political excitement is running high. I today heard that Mr. Metcalf had offered to bet five thousand that Judge [Garnett] Andrews the know nothing candidate would beat Gov [Herschel] Johnson who is running against him… .” [Someone should have accepted Mr. Metcalf’s wager; Johnson won the election.]

Source: Virginia Ingraham Burr (ed.), The Secret Eye: The Journal of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1848-1889 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), p. 134.