Scarborough, William Kauffman, ed. The Diary of Edmund Ruffin. Vol. 1. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1972, p. 113.
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Oct. 16. I went in the carriage to Petersburg, whence, at 5 P.M., set  out, on the railroad–reached Weldon, at 8.30, where I had to wait to 11 P.M. for the starting of the train for Raleigh. A wretched supper, of which I could swallow but a few mouthfuls. Here I am waiting, without any resource of conversation, or reading, or other occupation, except to bring up these notes.–As I had expected all the banks in Va. & I suppose in the U.S. have stopped payment. And this in a time of the greatest general prosperity, for some years back, that the southern states have ever enjoyed.