Guide to the Virginia Legislative Articles (3), circa 1887

Summary Information

Title: Virginia Legislative Articles (3), circa 1887
Collection: AC.1151
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains newspaper articles relating "queer bits" of Virginia legislature, circa 1887. One is about a session where the clock was turned back, one is about Fielding R. Cornett, and the other about Jasper J. Mustard. These papers are brittle and torn.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

These three articles relate happenings and opinions about political contests in Grayson, Smyth and Bland Counties and the Virginia Legislature, all circa 1887.

One article states that the Legislature, with most members recessed, ordered the hands of the official clock be turned back twice in order to pass a bill within time constraints. The bill was passed in favor of railroad owners.

The other two articles relate the pros and cons of voting for Fielding R. Cornett of Grayson County, Virginia, and Jasper J. Mustard in Smyth and Bland Counties of Virginia.

Scope and Contents

The articles in this collection relate views and facts from the 1887 political arena.

The article entitled A Queer Bit of Legislative History, states facts that happened in a session with most members gone, that stems from a friendship between politicians and company owner, plus involves creating an illegal time period in which to accomplish a vote.

The other two articles present views against certain candidates, like any normal political editorial. In reading the two, it appears that both are written by the same person in that the same term "mal-odorous record" is used near the end. 


All papers are filed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

These political articles were purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1151: Virginia Legislative Articles (3), W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.