October 1, 1868


Article is about how Richmond has not just recovered from the Civil War but how it iseven better than before with newer and improved housing. People and businessmen aremoving back to Richmond because they see it as a great future player in the economy ofthe US and see lots of prospects in the city (along with its natural beauty).


Encouraging. This city has a bright future, as we have ever contended.That she has so far rebuilt her houses which were burnt at the close of thewar- rebuilt them in a style superior to that of those which were burned - isgreatly to the honor of her people. In this they displayed a confidence inthe future which will not be disappointed, and an enterprise which will notgo unrewarded. One of the oldest and most enterprising of the merchantsof Richmond who, after the war, went to New York has returned again tolive amongst us and follow his occupation here. He could not live out ofRichmond, his dear native town of beautiful scenes and bright promise.Here he felt assured he could prosper, and here, finally, he would lay hisbones in peace. HIs eyes he must close finally here, and their last glance must be upon her fair prospects. This feeling is not peculiar to a citizen of Richmond. It is honorable to mankind, it is natural ; but still we have found ourselves always impressed with the belief that the citizen of Richmondfelt it, perhaps, stronger than any other man. Apart from the sentiment, sohonorable, this fact has another significance. The gentleman to whom weallude is a sensible and enterprising merchant, and his movement is partlyinfluenced by his faith in the future of Richmond. He is a representativeman, too; and his views are those of hundreds. He assures his friends thatthere are many men of experience and sagacity, who have means "as wellas capacity, who are determined to cast their lots in Richmond as soon aathe political condition of Virginia is settled. They are merchants,manufacturers, and capitalists. They have well calculated the naturaladvantages of this city and Virginia, and they well know how they are tobe turned to account under the new order of things. Our esteemed oldcitizen returned is governed by a view very extensively entertainedamongst sagacious and energetic men. But relieve Virginia from theparalysis in which she has been placed by Congress and there will be astream of immigration from the North and another from the Southconcentrated upon her that will soon change the face of affairs and inspireher people with new life and hope. These accessions will bring accessionsof means ; confidence will be restored ; enterprise revived ; and Virginiawill become one of the busiest and most thriving States in the Union. Shecannot achieve her highest destiny without the completion of herhighways to the Mississippi valley ; but every additional citizen, everyadditional dollar she acquires, makes the completion of those works themore certain and expeditious. With those finished, she must become oneamongst the greatest of States, and Richmond must be one of theprincipal sharers of her greatness and prosperity.
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