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Death of John A. Lancaster.

We regret to learn that this gentleman, one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his residence on Thursday. He had been suffering for several years under a dropsy, and his death was not unexpected, either by himself or his friends.

Mr. Lancaster was one of a class which is fact passing away, and the like of which it is probable we shall not see again. He was one of those old-fashioned, strong-minded, upright Virginia merchants, who gave a name to Richmond for enterprise and activity, when she was yet little more than a village. His life had been spent here from his boyhood, and he was familiar with every step the city had taken in the career which has been so successful. He himself contributed in no small degree to her advancement. As the head of the firm of Lancaster & Denby, in former days, he was widely known — probably as widely as any merchant of his day. Of late years, he confined himself almost entirely to the business of a Stock Broker.

Mr. L. was a native of Cumberland county.

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