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Capitol (Utah, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ions of positions. I intended to stay for a time in Washington; but ran through it, like Christian out of Vanity Fair, praying to be delivered from the flocks of temptations, which hover, like ghouls, in and around the executive mansion and the capitol of our republic. Sail to Alexandria. Having thus, with expeditious virtue, resisted all offers of official position, I entered the ferry boat — George Page, by name — which plies between the capital and the city of Alexandria. It rained h, and Girls. may 24. Pulliam & Davis, Aucts. Dickinson, Hill & Company, body-sellers and body-buyers, subject only to the Constitution, carry on their nefarious business in Wall street — I believe its name is — within pistol shot of the capitol of Virginia and its executive mansion. Near their auction-room, on the opposite side of the street, is the office of another person engaged in the same inhuman traffic, who has painted, in bold Roman letters, on a signboard over the door: E
Halifax, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
g on Church street, by whom she was hired. It was shown that oxalic acid had been mixed in with some food which the girl had been cooking for the family. There are evidences, also, in every paper I pick up, of the beneficial effect of Northern free emigration. Wherever the free colonists settle, up goes the price of land forthwith. Here is an illustration: Rise of real estate. Mr. Seth Halsey, a few days since, sold his farm of 600 acres near Lynchbury, Va., to Mr. Barksdale, of Halifax, for $45 per acre. He purchased it several years ago of S. M. Scott, for $27 per acre. In the county of Prince George, land, it appears, is equally valuable. The Planter's Advocate notices the sale of a farm in Bladensburg District, consisting of one hundred and ninety-one acres of unimproved land, for $3,247--seventeen dollars per acre. Another farm, near Patuxent City, Charles County, near the dividing line, was sold for $8,000; another still, in the same neighborhood, for $41 p
New Jersey (New Jersey, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
dollars, one thousand of which had already been paid. The old man said lie wanted to sell his farm in order to raise the balance, and to pay some other debts, now due, that he had recently incurred. I went up to his farm and looked over it. It is very good soil, indeed; commands a beautiful prospect, and is cultivated as well as Virginians know how. I asked him if there were many Northerners settled here? Yes, he added, a good many; and pointed out the farm of one gentleman from New Jersey. He said the Northerners, somehow, made more money, raised better crops, and worked less to do it, than we Virginians. Somehow, he thought, after they were here awhile, they seemed to get an idee of the land, and make it do ‘sactly as they wanted to. The Northerners didn't own slaves. They said slaves cost too much. You buy one, pay a thousand dollars for him ; he goes off, and fights or sprees, and the first thing you know your thousand dollar's dead! The old man did not think hims
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
(Democratic) and Gazette, (American). Both languish so decidedly that a consolidation, would not make one flourishing journal. Of a number of paragraphs, significant as indications of the overwhelming success of slave society, the present state of Virginia and its cause, or as curiosities of the Southern press and people, I subjoin the extracts following: Reasons for Declining. In the Northern States, when a candidate declines to run, it is generally because he believes he would be bey departure; so I had no time to collect statistics of the price of land, or any incidents of social life and country customs. I had a talk with a Virginian at the hotel on politics, and Eli Thayer's scheme of colonization. He said that in Eastern Virginia, in consequence of the tactics of politicians and the ignorance of the country editors — who took for granted whatever figures or opinions their leaders advanced--Mr. Thayer would probably meet with resistance at the outset; but, in Western
Centreville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
thing or other to get shut of work. Now, a nigger has none of that inventive faculty, and you get work out of him by hard knocks and clumsiness. But the Germans, I remarked, are industrious workers? Yes, he said, but you must get them that don't know much — the greener the better--one that doesn't understand the English language, and can't learn more than what you want him to do, is the best! System of farming. Two or three miles from Fairfax Court House, on the road to Centreville, Virginia, I met a man and a boy carrying pails of water. I found he was a farmer, and asked how many bushels they could raise to an acre. He said an average crop was five or six barrels. (They estimate by barrels here — a barrel is five bushels.) What is the average price of land between here and Centreville? Wall, he drawled out, say between fifteen and thirty dollars per acre. I asked him what system of cultivation they adopted here. Wall, we take a crop of wheat, say, or oats
bolish it. Any man who would attempt that now would be tarred and feathered. The intermeddling of the North has caused us to look more deeply into this subject than we were wont to do. Sir, we hold that servitude is the proper and legitimate condition of the negro; it is evidently the position His Maker designed him for; and we believe, sir, that he is happier, more contented and more developed in slavery — here in the southern States--than in any other part of the world, whether in Africa, Europe, or the Northern States. This change in public sentiment is continually going on — always in favor of perpetuating the institution as it is. You will find my statements verified in every county you may travel in. This gentleman is a respectable and prominent citizen of Alexandria. I call him a politician, because our conversation was of that character, rather than on account of his profession. His views are very generally diffused among all classes here. I asked him whether, if N
Balaklava (Ukraine) (search for this): chapter 6
ckland I remember — but they did not afford anything worthy of notice. I walked, through a drenching rain, to Warrenton, which is a pleasant country village. In entering it, I asked for the best hotel. I was directed down the street. On looking up at the swinging sign, I read, with astonishment, this horrible announcement, equally laconic as impious and improper: Warren Green HEl Nothing daunted, I ventured, with perfect recklessness — or in the spirit of the Six Hundred of Balaklava — into the very month — the open door-way — of this terrestrial H El. Astonished to find a room in it without a, fire, I instantly ordered one, regardless of consequences. And here I am, for once, in a very snug old room, with a blazing wood fire, as comfortable as a Boston traveller can be, at so great a distance from the old folks to hum and the mellifluous nasal melody of New England pronunciation. Richmond, May 23.--Warrenton is a pleasant little village, situated in the centr
Charleston, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
shrubbery and grass, when, by scientific culture and a little labor, it might be heavy with tobacco or the cereal grains. There is a great field open here for Northern intelligence and Northern industry. Vi. Richmond. Richmond Christian advertisements a sign of the times the slave auction room the auctioneer a boy sold been examining her how niggers has riz Jones and Slater a mother on the Block a young Spartan maiden a curse on Virginia, Richmond, May 24.--Charleston excepted, and also, perhaps, Montgomery in Alabama, Romehilled Richmond is the most charming in situation or in outside aspect, of all the Southern cities that I have ever visited. It is a city of over 20,000 inhabitants — the political, commercial, and social metropolis of the State--well laid out, beautifully shaded, studded with little gardens — has several factories, good hotels, a multiplicity of churches, a theatre, five daily papers, a great number of aristocratic streets, with l
Russia (Russia) (search for this): chapter 6
uld be better to cut it off than be plagued with it. Several persons around me expressed the opinion that she had done it willfully, to spite her master or mistress, or to keep her from being sold down South. I do not doubt it. A heroic act of this kind was once publicly performed, many years ago, in the city of St. Louis. It was witnessed by gentlemen still living there, one of whom — now an ardent Emancipationist — narrated the circumstance to me. These scenes occurred, not in Russia or Austria, or in avowedly despotic countries, but in the United States of America, which we are so fond of eulogizing as the chosen land of liberty! Liberty! Oh Liberty! what outrages are committed in thy name! These verses, penned in Richmond after a slave sale, by a personal friend of the present writer, although bitter, sectional, and fanatical, when viewed from a conservative position, more faithfully and graphically than any poetry that I have ever read, express the feelings
Warrenton (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
f horses in H el! need of white labor Charlottesville, Prince William county. Warrenton, Fauquier county, May, 18,--I have walked, to-day, across Prince William county, on the turnpike road, from Centreville to Warrenton. Prince William county is a small one. It has a population of over 5,000 whites, 2,500 slaves, and 550 free negroes. It has a thousand dwellings. Its annual educatioprofitable as well as unrighteous. The wagon turned off the turnpike about three miles from Warrenton. We had passed through two or three hamlets — New Baltimore and Buckland I remember — but they did not afford anything worthy of notice. I walked, through a drenching rain, to Warrenton, which is a pleasant country village. In entering it, I asked for the best hotel. I was directed downs to hum and the mellifluous nasal melody of New England pronunciation. Richmond, May 23.--Warrenton is a pleasant little village, situated in the centre of Fauquier county. I arrived there late
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