Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in Halifax.
Halifax Co., Va., May 9th, 1861.
Some time last winter, most of the Richmond papers noticed a publishing house in your city, under the style of Johnson
, organized for the purpose of publishing a Family Atlas
For some months past a man with his wife, traveling in a top buggy, and calling himself Layton
, has been canvassing this county obtaining subscribers to said Atlas
He obtained a large number of subscribers to said work.
Some three or four weeks since he and his wife became objects of suspicion to some of our citizens, and he was requested to quit here, and it was thought he had done so. I see from your issue of the 8th inst., that he had shown himself again at Halifax C. H., and the letter of J. W. Craddock
shows the feeling about the village towards him.
The suspicion is not confined alone to the vicinity of the Court-House
, but is becoming general.
This man Layton
professed to be from Connecticut
, and if there is a house in your city under the style of Johnson
, operating in good faith, it is strange they could not find agents without going to the land of wooden nutmegs for one.
We are anxious to know more about the firm of Johnson
I have written to the house, but have received no answer.