From the New York Times, 2/11/1888


RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 10. – Mayor W. C. Carrington of this city has received the following letter from H. Workman of Philadelphia in reference to the proposed removal of Libby Prison to Chicago:
“SIR: As I rode to my office this morning I read of a Chicago scheme to remove Libby Prison to that city for a public show. It fairly horrified me for a moment. I lost a father and two brothers in Virginia, and I have been striving for 23 years nearly to bury the war into oblivion, which is impossible while a Republican politician lives to wave the bloody shirt. Why, this would perpetuate in the North all the animosity of the war, and what can the people of Richmond be thinking about to permit it, or even harbor the thought for a moment? Better burn the building to ashes than for a few paltry dollars allow it to stand in a Northern city, a standing shame on the fair fame of the South. Excuse me for addressing you. I do not even know your name, but I trust you will respond to my sincere desire that your people will not consider any such vile scheme, no matter under what plea it may be hidden.”

The writer of this letter says that during the war he was Captain of Company H, Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry. The letter meets with hearty approval among many of the most conservative people here.

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