From the Richmond Dispatch, 4/23/1861, p. 2
Franklin Stearns, Esq., a liberal-hearted and enterprising
citizen of Henrico county, has made a donation of $500 to the Varina Troop,
which timely aid will much increase the usefulness of that admirable body of
citizen soldiery. We hope the example set by Mr. Stearns will be imitated
extensively by other opulent citizens of Richmond and Henrico.
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