Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


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But, dear Miss Bell, the Muse must tell
Your virgin boast and pride—
How minds that roam find health and home,
And welcome by your side.

Reason beguiled, like a lost child,
By Fancy’s false pretences,
Upon your lap just takes a nap,
And wakes up in her senses.

The Deaf and Blind have found you kind,
The Dumb, too, speak your praises;
The weather-wise neglect the skies
To watch your varying phases.

All, all, speak well of you, Miss Bell;
Nature her favor shows,
Washing your face with earliest grace
And spanning thee with bows.

Now, Bessy, sure, you’ll frown no more,
Since lovers are not few;
At least you’ll smile at morn a while,
When Sol begins to woo.

And Day grown old, with tints of gold,
Perhaps may light thy face;
And silvery Night may crown thy height
With ornaments of grace.


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THE COURT-HOUSES OF AUGUSTA COUNTY.

The dates inscribed on the corner stone of the present court-house (1745, 1835, and 1901), imply that there have been only three court-house buildings, whereas there have been five, as follows:

1st. A log house built by William Beverley, the patentee of the land, in 1745. This was a rude structure, and stood till 1788, having been fitted up for a dwelling, in 1755.

2nd. Another log house, near the former, projected in 1752, but not finished till 1755. It is presumed that this house was more commodious than the first; at any rate it had a chimney and fire place.

3rd. A stone house two stories high, completed in the Fall of 1789, and used till 1836.

4th. A brick house with wings for clerks’ offices, etc., and stately columns in front, but not architecturally correct; begun in January,


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