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vicinity are [[?]] able to work manage to take care of themselves and are the principal support to merchants and mechanics. In my opinion they will surpass all other people in America in getting a living, with the same means.

"All farms are deserted."

There is beyond a doubt a want of "help" in this and some few other counties. For a year, or more, the Federal "lines" crossed the Peninsula at Williamsburg: and during the war the Negroes were invited to come inside the lines. And as is well known a great many in the counties bordering the lines took opportunities to come in leaving many farmers outside entirely destitute of help. Many enlisted in our Army. Many have died. Others have found employment, formed new circles of