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r it was ever occupied. I cannot say. After the war, new and better harbors were discovered, new towns built and new channels for foreign trade opened. Capital will go wherever there is a chance for investment, and the wealthy traders of Dumfries, closed their shops, and, taking up their Penates, bid farewell to the old town. After this, disaster followed disaster. The houses were deserted, and soon went to ruin; the stores were labelled "to let," and followed fast in the same way. In 1846 or '47 there was a large fire which destroyed all the lower portion of the town, and time and neglect has nearly carried away the upper. The once busy town has become a ruined burg; the elegant Dumfries about as sorry a place as any one cares to see. Of its present appearance I will try and give some idea in my next, but my candle admonishes me to draw this letter to a close.--Candles are scarce, at 20 cents a piece, and good old Georgia light wood and fat pine splits cannot be found in
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Army of the Potomac.[our own correspondent.] Dumfries, Nov. 19th. The prospect of an immediate fight at Centreville was gone; all hope of a skirmish even had been given out, and the place was fast growing blue with dullness. Nothing in the world was stirring. The fun and sport of camp life had given place to intense quiet, and soldiers moped around like children in the darkness. The morning drills went off heavily and the remainder of the day was spent in starting at the coals, or in getting up Their arrangements for personal commit in and around the tents. The wind whistled over the Bull Run hills and across the valley, keeping up an incessant and weariness ly. Towards evening, however, a report came in that there was a prospect of something down on the river; and as the wind had died away, your "own" turned his home toward Dumfries, in the hope of picking up an item or so for the benefit of his friend, "the public." Just as the sun was setting behind the western hills
the largest six loaded and discharged their cargoes at its wharves. Ships were built and launched upon the shores of the Quantico.--In proportion to its increase of commercial wealth, grew the prosperity of its people. Elegant private residences were built; the stores were enlarged and multiplied; there came new factories and mills; a bank was chartered, and to show how the tastes were developed with their increasing wealth a flue brick theatre and another church were erected. This was in 1755, at which time Dumfries was in a very prosperous and promising condition. There seems to have been considerable wealth among the people, who were public spirited and liberal. They encouraged commerce, agriculture, and learning, and while they grew rich in the pocket, did not hesitate to give liberally for the support of schools and other public institutions. At last the old Court-House became too shabby and small for the elegant town of Dumfries — almost a rival of its Scottish namesake —
harves and warehouses were rendered worthless from this cause, and so rapidly did the land encroach upon the stream that it became a source of much alarm. It was well known that fine harbors had been completely filled up, and that the islands of the sea had been washed away. The phenomenon of land changing its position was known and consequently dreaded. We read in history of terrible inroads by the sea, and of new island covered with vegetation, being formed upon coral reefs. In the year 1856. I remember, the set washed away several acres of the island of Langrode in the German Ocean, taking in the church-yard and many private residences. The same year the bar at the mouth of the Weser grew several feet. Little by little the harbor of Dumfries was closed up until it became impossible for a vessel to get into the river, and those of light tonnage even were forced to lay off in the bay, until finally the bay itself became shallow. This was the turning point in the fortune of Du
there were companions along the route to keep pass away the hours. At this season of the year no one who has an eye for the beautiful can fail to be pleased with all about him. As some one has truly said, autumn with us is a season; it is the carnival of a stare that ushers in the "tent" of winter. The first breath of autumn air is dearly welcome for it tells us that the burning heat of summer is over, and that it brings a healthful temperature to counteract the lassitude produced by the August sun. It is the har of cool refreshing nights, with blue , and stars that sparkle with frosty brilliancy, and days of golden glory and temperate warmth. We rejoice to watch from day in day the changes it produces as the frosts, that tell of the coming winter, grow more frequent. As the autumn draws to a close how fully we realize the line some poet sings. "How like a monarch regal Autumn dies" The forests do not perish with us as in other countries, but they gradually give up the
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