The Commonwealth of Virginia
Wheeling, Va. June 9----186 2
John Janny Esq
Loudon Co, Va.
My ardent de
sire is to restore peace and order in
Loudon and the adjoining County
I learn that the Secessionists are
protected in their rights in you
county in the absence of the rebel
army--That as soon as the rebel soldiers
return to the county which is occasionally
all the Union men who are non combatants
have to leave--I desire you to say to your
friends (Non combattants) that I desire peace
there I intend to protect the union men in
that county--and if there are any more
Union men or their property disturbed
in Louden, that I shall have a large
part of the Men-representing the
secessionists in your county arrested
and sent out of the state until
the war is over.
I know that the Se
cessionists in the county can control
this matter--All I desire is that
security may alike be guarantied
to all the people
I am yours &c
F. H. Peirpoint
Francis H. Peirpoint, 1814-1899, governor of the Union-controlled parts of Virginia.
John Janney, 1798-1872, noted Whig politician and unionist, served as president of the Virginia Secessionist Convention, voting twice against leaving the Union.