"The Union is gone"
Robert H. Glass to Governor John Letcher, November 27, 1860, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.
Robert H. Glass, editor of the Lynchburg Republican, wrote to the governor on November 27, 1860, to recommend appointment of a local man to the directorship of one of the Lynchburg banks. The state owned stock in most of the banks in Virginia and was therefore entitled to representation on their boards of directors. Three weeks after Abraham Lincoln had been elected president of the United States, Glass lamented, "The Union is gone, & no convention, in my opinion can save it."