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The Richmond Enquirer Richmond, Virginia, Thursday Feb 11, 1841

The Weekly National Intelligencer--Washington, Saturday, February 7, 1857

The Daily Richmond Enquirer--Tuesday Morning, October 31, 1865

The Weekly Republic-- Richmond VA, Fri Mar 23 1866
Deaths [issue 11 Feb 1841]
Often we are called upon to weep over the death of those we esteem and love, and to mingle our deepest sympathies with the bereaved, but seldom are we made to feel to keenly, and to sympathise, as we are with Holder Hudgins, Esq., of the county of Mathews, in the loss of his estimable and affectionate wife, Elizabeth Virginia, who was called to the payment of Nature's last debt, on Friday, 29th January, being in the 27th year of her age. Every characteristic of excellency and amiability, which adorns woman, and which renders her lovely, Mrs. Hudgins possessed. As wife, mother, daughter, and in every social relation, her deportment was always such as to render her dear to all.--But these qualities shielded her not;--she sleeps in dust--and leaves behind her a husband and three small children, with numerous other relatives and friends, to mourn her departure. She died realizing the consolation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, her last moments being spent in his praise. That this severest affliction may be sanctified to the everlasting good of her dear family, is the ardent prayer of her FRIEND.

Departed this life on Friday, the 22nd of January, at the residence of her father, Mrs. Martha Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James Smith, and only child of William Baptist, Esq., of Mecklenburg county--leaving an infant a week old. In the death of this amiable and excellent lady, the loss of one is to be lamented, who was exemplary in all the relations of life. She has left many friends and relations who doubtless mingle their sympathies and sorrows with those and those of an afflicted and distressed father and mother and a disconsolate husband, in deploring this their heavy and irreparable loss, who hope that she now rests on the bosom of God. --End

ETCETERAS [issue 11 Feb 1841]
A bill divorcing Charles W. Richardson from his wife Adeline.
Petitions: Mr. Jones--Of Miranda Craig, praying to be divorced from her husband Andrew Stuart Craig.

MISCELLANEOUS [Issue 7 Feb 1857] A Cave Discovered.--In
quarrying limestone on the farm of Robert C. Boden, in Saville township,
Pennsylvania, a cave has been discovered near 250 feet long, adorned
with the most curiously formed stalactites. There are several apartments
in the cave. The opening is so small that entrance has to be made on the
hands and knees; it then widens out to eighteen feet in depth and twelve
feet wide.
HOW UNIFORM TIME IS GIVEN.[Issue 7 Feb 1857] The process
by which correct time is furnished to the city bell ringers in New York,
preparatory to their striking the hour of nine in the evening, is very simple
and efficient. Shortly before nine o'clock Prof. Bull sets his watch accurately
by the standard time at the Observatory on the corner of Eleventh street
and Second Avenue. He then hastens to the City Hall and takes his place
in the look out, where there is an apparatus connecting with the fire telegraph
by which intelligence may be conveyed to all the bell-towers in the city.
At exactly thirty seconds before the appointed hour Prof. Bull signals all
the ringers by nine strokes on a little bell attached to the wires in every
tower. This is to notify the ringers of their approaching duty. At precisely
nine o'clock Prof. Bull strikes all the little telegraph bells simultaneously
nine times in succession, and the ringers are instructed to follow each of
them with an instant tap of the big bells. . . .
A difficulty
occurred at Hampden Sidney College on Tuesday evening, between two
students, E. A. Langhorne, of Lynchburg, and a son of Dr. Edie, of
Christiansburg. They met on Thursday morning, 29th ultimo, in a
passage of the college, and Edie was stabbed to the heart and died in a
few minutes. Langhorne was arrested.
HEAVY DAMAGE.-- [Issue 7 Feb 1857] In a suit brought by Mrs. Purnell against
the Petersburg Railroad Company, at Richmond, Virginia, for injuries
sustained by herself, her son, and for a servant killed in consequence
of the accident, the jury rendered a verdict at follows: To Mrs. Purnell
$4,158 for the injuries she sustained; $2,408 for the injuries sustained
by her son Thomas R., and $900 for the loss of the servant, with interest
from the time of the accident to the present period. The accident occurred
in 1853
[Issue 7 Feb 1857] A matrimonial alliance of an uncommon character has lately been effected
in Fluvana county, (Va.) Mr. Robt. Gray, the gallant groom, is 95 years
of age, and the late Mrs. Catherine Reilly, (now Mrs. .Gray,) 92 years
of age.

  SCIENTIFIC FEAT [issue 31 Oct 1865].--A great engineering and scientific
feat is now being performed at the Cornwall Furnaces in Lebanon county.
It is the building of a spiral railway around and to the top of the great
iron ore mountains. It starts from the level of the Cornwall railroad, and
revolves around the mountain, at some places over tressel work, at others
over high embankments, and again at others through ponderous cuts in
the solid bodies of iron ore, until it reaches the very top of the mountain.
A great part of the way is completed and ready for sills, while the rest is
progressing actively. A powerful locomotive has been obtained to do the
work of moving the trains, which is already at Cornwall ready for work. The
spiral road proper, when completed, will be over two miles in length, and a
work the equal of which cannot be found probably in the world.--End

DIED [issue 23 Mar 1866]
  Yesterday evening, Mr. JOHN H. CLARK, in the forty-third year of his age.
  On the -- instant, Miss MARY VIRGINIA DANFORTH, youngest daughter
the late Joseph Danforth.
  On the 12th March, THOMAS R. CUNNINGHAM, in the forty-seventh
year of his age.
  On the 15th instant, MARY J., wife of A. W. Johnson, in the
thirty-ninth year of her age.
  On the 15th instant, Mrs.ELIZABETH BOOKER, late of Hampton,
Va., in the eighty-fifth year of her age.
  On the 14th instant, Mrs. M. E. KIRBY, aged sixty-two years.
  On the 14th instant, Mr. NORMAN W. SAFFORD, aged
fifty-seven, a resident of Chesterfield county, Va.
  On the 20th instant, in the nineteenth year of his age, EDWARD
WALSH, son of John and Catherine Walsh.
  On the 11th instant, in Charles county, Maryland, Miss
MATTIE KEECH, in the nineteenth year of her age, daughter of James E. and
Martha Ann Keech, deceased.
  Drowned, in the dock, at the foot of Fourteenth street, on
Monday evening, at 7 o'clock, ROBERT BAIRD, Esq., in the sixty-sixth
year of his age, a native of Scotland, and for nearly fifty years, a resident of
  In Manchester, JAMES BLEDSOE, son of the late Dr. Samuel
Taylor, in the twelfth year of his age.
  On the 19th instant, Mrs. ELIZA A. FLEMING, in the fifty-ninth
year of her age.
  On the 19th instant, ETTA RICHESON, youngest child of B. M.
Nannie E. Quarles, aged six months and twelve days.
  On the 6th instant, in Culpeper county, Mrs. ELIZABETH M. HUNTON,
widow of the late EPPA HUNTON, of Fauquir county, aged seventy-three.
  In Norfolk county, on the 12th instant, Miss MARY J. HATHAWAY,
aged eighteen years, daughter of the late Captain D. M. Hathaway, of
Norfolk city.
  On the 12th instant, at Orange Courthouse, the residence of
her husband, Mrs. OPHELIA E. DANIEL, the wife of J. T. Daniel.

Southern Post-Office Affairs [issue 23 Mar 1866]. The Postmaster-General has ordered contacts with the Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherford Railroad Company, for service from Wilmington, by intermediate offices, to Rutherfordton, two hundred and seventy-five miles, and back, three times a week.
Contacts are also ordered with Archer Pae, of Barnesville, Va., for service on route 4,518 from Roanoke depot to Oakley, three times a week to Barnesville, and twice a week residue. Also, for service on No. 4,519, Wylliesburg to Boydton.
Virginia Offices Reopened,--Non-Intervention, Lunenburg county, Miss L. E. Davis postmistress; Carrsville, Isle of Wight county, Caroline Rawls postmistress; Woolfolk, Orange county, Philip M. Jackson postmaster; Mack's Meadows, Wythe county, George W. Shoemaker postmaster; Powhatan Courthouse, Powhatan county, Eugene Brady postmaster; Grassy Creek, Floyd county, Hardin P. Hylton postmaster; Sunny Side, Cumberland county, Jeter Martin postmaster; Spring Hill, Mecklenburg county, F. A. Lambethe postmaster; Wylliesburg, Charlotte County, Thomas Parmer postmaster; Madison Run Station, Orange county, Mrs. L. M. Bickers postmistress; Re-establish West Fork Furnace, Floyd county, A. Weddle postmaster.
Appointments,--James V. Rachel postmaster, Raven's Nest, Washington county, vice D. E. Price cannot take the oath; Elizabeth G. Williams postmistress, Oakley, Mecklenburg county, vice J. B. Williams; Mrs. Elizabeth Moore postmistress, Flint Hill, Rappahannock county, vice Lewis Moore, deceased; William S. Saunders postmaster, Bay View, Northampton county, vice George W. Smith, resigned; J. W. Elliot postmaster, Locust Mound, Accomac county, vice T. G. Elliot, resigned.--End
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