Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Loudoun.
Middleburg, Loudoun, Va., July 1.
I came to this place in private conveyance from Charlottesville
via Manassas Junction
, and my heart was made glad by the kindly greetings and liberal hospitality met with at every point.
There are no strangers now in Virginia
, but all are recognized as members of the same family, and heart speaks to heart, though they may never have met before.
At Orange Court-House
I inquired if there were any hotels on the read that I expected to travel, and I was told that they were obsolete institutions; that I could stop anywhere and I would find open doors, a bountiful board, and welcome reception, without money and without price, which I found the case everywhere.
This was particularly grateful to my feelings, as it was not only kindness shown to one traveling with a soldier, but it indicated that the fires of '76 were burning upon every altar.
I met with none who were not willing to give up everything rather than submit to Lincoln
, all were in good spirits and prepared and anxious for a fight.
is almost worshipped by the soldiers.
They believe him to be invincible.
The ladies of this community are as patriotic as any. They have not only been sewing for months for the soldiers, but have now formed a society to be kept up during the war, the object of which is to collect every week a wagon load of beds and bedding and delicacies to send the sick soldiers at the adjacent camps.
I mention this not only to commend these noble ladies, but that others may follow their example.
I know that it is only necessary to mention this to have it done.