A New and Popular Pictorial Description of the United States Containing an Account of the Topography, Settlement, History, Revolutionary and Other Interesting Events, Statistics, Progress in Agriculture, Manufactures, and Population, &C., of Each State in t

Robert Sears

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 Excerpt: ...and it has also been found at the depth of one hundred and sixty feet, increasingly rich. The gold district lies in that part of Virginia between the tidewater and Blue ridge, where the atmosphere is dry and exhilarating, the climate mild and agreeable, the water well tasted and pure, and the inhabitants of that class so long and so justly famed for their hospitality and refinement, and for whose convenience the great national or southern railroad is about to pass by them, as it were, at their thresholds. That there is a very large amount of gold in the great state of Virginia, and this large amount of gold may be extracted so as to afford a large profit, is clear to a demonstration and I believe that this section of our country is worthy the attention of northern enterprise and capital. Yet it frequently happens that many persons have an idea, that that wherever gold is discovered, if they can but get possession of the lands, no matter at what price, their fortune is made for a certainty. This foolish impression has ruined many a man. The temptation is so great, that where a person wishes to sell his land as gold land, and can not find gold upon it, in order to effect his object, he will sometimes bring gold sands and ores from a distance, and bury them upon his own rounds, which, of course, the purchaser nds out to his sorrow when too late. Again, some persons, on finding a few grains of gold, suppose that if they dig deep they will surely find the precious metal in masses and blocks. It is needless to add, that such visionary daydreams are rarely realized still, many persons are sanguine enough to pursue the chance with great ardor. To those persons who engage in this business for the purpose of speculation, I would say that they will only ...