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A skillful surgeon and Christian gentleman, his mission on earth seems to be one of pure beneficence.
He had known me before we met, it appears; and I must say he did me many kind offices.
In the afternoon I walked to the capitol, a fine structure with massive columns, on a beautiful elevation, where I delivered several letters to the Virginia delegation in Congress.
They were exceedingly kind to me, and proffered their services very freely.
Met John Tyler,k there would be a party-among the politicians, not the people — opposed to confederating with the border slave States.
Some of his fellow-members tell many jokes on Mr. Hunter.
They say every time he passes the marble-yards going up to the capitol, and surveys the tomb-stones, he groans in agony, and predicts that he will get sick and die here.
If this be true, I predict that he will get the seat of government moved to Richmond, a more congenial climate.
He has a way of moving large bod
lar army of 12,000 men. If I am not mistaken, Virginia will have to put in the field ten times that confederacy will have to maintain 500,000 in Virginia, or lose the border States.
And if the bordetreaty, the Confederate States will reimburse Virginia for all her expenses; and therefore!
see no Potomac, and keep the Yankees off the soil of Virginia.
There are vague rumors of lawlthat would be the fate of many slaveowners in Virginia.
President Tyler has placed in myation of Alexandria and Arlington Heights, in Virginia; and if we permitted them to build fortificat bitterness the neglect of the authorities in Virginia.
The enemy should not have been permitted toelapsed since the passage of the ordinance in Virginia, nothing had been done, nothing attempted.
I as I predicted, have followed the example of Virginia and North Carolina; and I see evidence daily orward in the right direction — to Virginia.
Virginia herself ought to have kept the invader from h