In ordinary cases no news is good news but as you have had no knowledge of our whereabouts for several days I suppose I cannot consider I have had any news from home since leaving Lynchburg. There Dr R. got a letter but " ne'er a one had I." Hope tomorrow to get some accounts at Petersburg. Did I write from Lynchburg? It is a town situated on a number of hills, most promiscuously tossed together so that you are going up & down steep [------ties] whichever way you go. How any one ever came to build a town in such a spot I cannot conceive. The country for some miles beyond on the Rail Road we traveled in coming to it shows the same characteristics & is very picturesque. The country is naturally poor & what cultivation it has had has made the soil poorer. but it is tolerably good for tobacco & some of the best Virginia tobacco is manufactured in
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