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The Daily Dispatch: October 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Wealth, pauperism, and crime in the North (search)
e, you shoalen your water from 5 fathoms, haul off to the northward, and keep in about 6 or 7 fathoms till you judge yourself nearly up with Willoughby's Point; go no nearer it than 7 fathoms. By hauling to the northward you will deepen your water. On the Horse-Shoe side the bottom is hard sand, and on the south side it is soft bottom, until drawing on to Willoughby's Point, where it is hard: Therefore, being on the south side when the ground is soft, you may always know, drawing up with Willoughby's, as soon as you get hard sand bottom. Then haul off as before directed for Old Point Comfort light." I have copied these extracts partly from the quaint English in which they are written, and partly for the general descriptions of the character of the river. Near Dumfries there is but little difference: there are the same hills, woods, and marshes on the shore, and the same "spits or flats" of sand, which extend into the water. A mile and seven or eight-tenths is, perhaps, the a