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The Daily Dispatch: August 30, 1864., [Electronic resource], The burning of Hon. Mr. Boteler's residence. (search)
oks, cabinet of minerals, valuable historical papers and documents — all are gone. The meat-house and dairy are still standing, as the wind blew from them. Writing this is harder work than. I thought it would be, after all I have gone through with. They piled up the furniture, and with camphene, etc, built the fire that has burned deep into our hearts. Netta and I are at aunt Nannie's to-night; Lizzie and children at the Grove. Mrs. Lee has joined her husband, and Fountain Rock and Bedford are both desolated! My heart aches to have such terrible tidings of the dearest spot in all the world to you. I fear I loved it too much, but my greatest grief is for our darling parents. We are young, and bear such changes better, but their life-ties were formed and riveted there. I'll write more in the morning, when fitted for it. How many will be sorry to hear all this! I read Hunter's order myself — had it in my hands and tried to keep it to send papa, but it was taken out of my ha