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JOHN R. EAKIN, Editor
W _A_S II IN G T O N ,
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 1865~
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ty AH papers will b* stopped at the expira
tion of the time, regardless of persons. This
rule is essential to our business, aud we hope
no, friend will take offence at it.
To THE Pl Bl.ic.—We are authorized by Hon.
T). Ringo to announce that the appointment cf
Jno. B. Luce, Esq., us receiver for the Wtste
District of Arkansas, made in Irbil, under the
Sequestration Act ot Augnst 3uth, 1861, has
been revoked and annulled, because of informa
tion that said Luce has been taken by, or gone
to the enemy.
IT?' William Lingo, who is deranged. left his
home in Calhoun county, on the 2bth uh., and
has not been heard from. He is about 17 years
of age. red hair and grey eves. Any informa
tion of his whereabouts will be thankfully re
ceived bv bis father, T. Lingo, at Vhatnueia
ville, Calhoun county, Ark.
President’s Message —We give space to
day to this very important document, which is
addressed to the public, more, perhaps, than to
Congress. It is characteriz’d by th u-ial
calm, cool, dignified tone ot the President, and
exhibits that highest degree of courage, which
does not shrink from looking danger in the face,
and cotapreh' ndiug all difficulties whilst de
termined to combat them. When a high, and
earnest nature, does thia; and a mind sternly
honest with itself determines after all that has
past, and in view of ail our environments, that
we have men and means enough left for a suc
cessful lei■<iua’.ion of tl < war, it is more to ns
in way of prophecy than th- <-n husiastic decla
mation of a thousand orators, or the confident
courago of hundreds o tiiotts nd- of patriotic
soldiers. President Davis is h a man. and
comes to such a conclusion.
We could not in justice to ountolves express
any hasty op.niou upon th' matter of the mes
sage. Ihe President may be wrong in bis is
sue» with Congress or lie way be right. e
hope that Congress will continue its session in
definitely, and ready to give such immediate
aid to the President in any emergency as it*
judgment may approve. Indeed we think it
should continue in session during the war.—
Timely action may. in some phase* of our con
test, be necessary to our salvation The nu tu
bers are more useful where they are. than they
can possibly beat home 1 (>—ir p..st is the seat
of G-.v-rumeut. hi ’ " • f tie gr at destinies
which hang upon th i< ac , >n, ail considera
tions of economy siiir in alb r.gaid. The
palpable cxisteut * oftfoi -sin actual session,
gives h qic aud contid."e a the people, assur
ing th''m not only that oar government is whole
and firm, butthat they are not delivered up to
the irri g|tousiiil« lutluii ity of the it Rtary pow
er.
From the Chicago Times (25th). —In a mu
tilated copy e: this pap w- make out the fol
lowing :
New York, M <rci» 2-1. —The Commercial’s
special says: ‘•The Wa-’iing:on Chronicle has
another j>*acr article to-day, which is regarded
as significant' in v k w of 1 orncy's intimate re
lations wish the President, and the latter’s de
parture for Grant’s Headquarters It advocates
a liberal policy to tic rebel leaders, to prevent
further bloodshed. There!.- agrowing convic
tion that the leaders on both Sides have now
under discuesiou -<»nie protect that junii's *o
wards a suspension of hostilities.’
The Tribune’s Washington «pecial says: The
rumor of the Federal occupation of Goldsnoro
was confirmed by “a trustworthy party —
Sherman's force was disposed tor march to
wards Meehullet's Station to destroy an impor
tant bridge across Neu.-e river. The centre
had arrived at Goldsboro, and on Sw-aday. 21st,
formed a junction with Schofield's force eleven
mile.- east of Goldsboro
[The dispatches contain many slighting ex
planations ot the terrible disaster w hich tl ir
army has met. The abov. is no doubt one.—
But the sani>- paper contains the following from
a rather more trusty “party
Cm Point. March 23.—T0 Bon. E. M.
Staunton: Richmond papers are received. The
foil 'wing is from ih<' Dispatch : “It is under
stood in official circles that no fighting has oc
curred in North Carolina since Sunday; and
from all we can learn, it appears that Sherman
ha« attempted no advance since his check on
that date Gen Hardee’s victory ou th. 16th
was a very important oue. and. as reg arils the
enemy, a' most bloody affair. Gen. Johnston
telegraphed that, in that battle, the Confederat
|*ss was 450, while that of the enemy was
3,3tK) The tight took place at Averysl ero, on
Cape Year river, half way between Raleigh and
Fayetteville Gen. Johston’s defeat of the eu
emv last Sunday (i'Jth) occurred at Bintous
vilie. We are info.med that Sherman is push
tug towards Raleigh in two columns—oue mor
jug due north from Fayetteville, aud the othei
northwest from Newbern. Gen. Hardee fought
the former and Gen. Johnston the latter."
U. 8. GRAM , Lt-Gen
New Yoik, March 25.—The reports in Rich
mond of the fighting iu North Carolina, as giv
en by the dispatches of that city iu Gen. Grant's
official report, do not agree with those in Ra
leigh. and published in the papers ot that place.
The Raleigh Confederacy of the 21st says
that it proposes within a few days to give cheer
ing intelligence. So far everything is encour
aging in the affair which occurred a few days
since between Hardee's and Sherman’s forces.
We repulsed successfully five assaults upon our
lines, aud held our position until the object was
effected iu drawing off. We lost two guns be
cause the horses Lad been killed. Our loss in
the affair was about 400 killed and wounded, and
the enemy’s about 4000.
Os the battle on Sunday correspondents state
that a very decided advantage was gained -by
our troops. I'Lr enemy were driven seven
uanes with a heavy loss. We captured some ar
tillery.
The first battle occurred on the 16th m ar the
junction of the Black with the South river,
on the Fayetteville and Goldsboro road, some
fifteen miles below Bentonville, in the vicinity
ut which place the battle of burnt ay occurred.
The weather, however, is very fine, and
Grant may advance; though it is believed he
will not move until Sherman is nearer.
The Whig of the 22d learns that Fitzhugh’s
cavalry attacked Bhvrinan at the White House
•a the 21st and severely punished him.
A terrible battle commenced yesterday, 10tb,
at Bentonville, N. C-, aud raged all day. The
enemy were driven one mile and suffered great
slaughter. This morning. 2otli. the battle was
renewed, but no particniars have n ached us.
Later.—The enemy is ia full retreat. We
captured 42 pieces ot artillery.
The Times'correspondence says the excite
ment about the relations between France and
the United States is increasing.
The Raleigh Conservative of the 10th says:
We pin our faith to Gen. Lee's assurances that
Sherman cau be defeated and wo await the re
sult with patience.
It i.« said Jeff. Davis has placed Major Brad
ford iu command of a force of nu r of raont des
perate character, selected from the army of the
South A\ . st Iu pertinent, who are to bushwhack
along the Big Black and Mississippi rivers.
The Richmond M hig of th- 21st mis a party
of Georgia cavalry made a dash on Fort M. Al
lister. near Savannah, and captor* d a w rkii g
party of negroes engaged iu dismantling the
work. The tii -t opened on the Georgians and
drove them away.
The N< w Orleans Tiu.es o< the 3uth Las the
following:
Fishing Cre> k. March 24.--"i< topK this even
ing are encamped five miles up risiiitu Creek,
in a delightful locality. There is dally »kir
mising on the lines with a band of about 200
guerrillas. Thus far two guerrillas Lave been
killed. two wounded and two taki-n prisoners.
Maury is commanding at Mobili . Dick Tay
lor at Spanish Fort and F. H. Gar in r at Fort
Bradley. Fort Bradley mounts 150 guns, and
is very strong. Spanish Fort is not so strong.
Both tot ts am to be reduced before Mobile is
at tai ked. Gem rals Canby, Grant er and Smith
are at this landing. We move to-morrow morn
ing.
Later.—Since receiving the above we learn
from excellent authority that the bombardmeet
of Fort Spanish coinmenc ed on Tuesday
Gen. Grant has issued an eider to Gen. Can
by to issue the same order in re ten i.ci to trad
ing with the enemy as bt lias dur., io th- At
lantic coast, for the Mississippi and Gulf ot
Mexico. TAis tjfitluully irtpo out tkt whoi
coflori busmen
President’s Message.
To the Stnatr anti Ifousi of Hrprestnla'irrs
of tit Conlturrott State* of .Imerita:
When informed on Tuesday last that it was
the intention of Congress io adjourn sine tin on
thr rUßuing Saturday, I de< med it my duty tv
request a postponement of the adjouinnu i.t u
order that I mightaubniit for your consideration
certain matters of public interest which are now
bud before you. whin that request was made
tb« most in. | ortant n. asure* that Lad occupied
yum atteiition during tl*' session ha'lnotbuu
so far advanced as to besubmittod for Executive
action, and the state of the country bad bei n so
mat' rially affected by the evi nts of tlie last tour
motrha as to evince the necessity of further and
energetic legislation than was contemplated iu
Novi nib< r last.
Our country ia now environed with perils
which it is our duty calmly to contemplate.—
1 Lus alone call the measures necessary to avert
tiiieau ii«-*l calamities t>< wisely devised aud effi
ciently enfori ed.
Recent military operations of the enemy Lavi
b<i u successful iu toe capttirv oi some of our
seaports, ano iu devastating large districts ot
oui C4'ul:A. Jb« se events have Lad the natu
raleffect oi encouraging our fm s aad dispiritiag
many of our people. Ihe capital of the Cun-*
federate Stales is now tbicatined, audit is iu
greater danger than it Las heretofore been du
ring the war The fact is stated without reserve
or concealment, as due to the people whose ser
vants we are, and in whose courage and con
stancy entire tiust is reposed; as due to you, in
wboae wisdom and resolute spirit the peopla
havi confided for the adoption of tin tneasuies
required to guard theui'frow threatened perils.
While stating to you that our country is iu
danger, I also desire to state my deliberate con
viction that it is within our ]k>w ar to avert the
calamities winch menace ns, aud to secure the
tiiumph of the sacred cause fur which so much
sacrifice has be< u made, so much suffeimg has
been ■ nduied. so uany precious lives been lost.
This result is to be obtained by fortitude, by
courage, by constancy inendu.ing the sacrifice*
still needed; iu a word, by the prompt aud n so
lute devotion of the whole resources of men aud
aaoney, in the Confederacy, to the achievem ut
of our liberties and independence.
The measnre now required to be successful
should be prompt. Long deliberation and pro
tracted debate over important moasure* aro not
only natural, but laudable, in representative as
semblies, under erdiuary circumstances; bat in
moments ot dangei, when action becomes ur
gent, the delay thus caused is itself a new source
ot peril. Thus it has unfortunately happened
that some of the measure? passed by you in pur
suance of the recommendations contained in nn
message of November last have been so retarded
■a to loom much ot their value, or have for the
same reason, been abandoned atter being ma
tured, becauße no ionget applicable to our altered
condition, and others have not been btought un
der examination. In making these remarks, it
is far from my iutentjon to attribute the Imo ot
time to any other cause than those inherent in
deliberative assemblies, but only urgently to
recommend prompt action ou the measures now
submitted.
We weed, tor carrying uu the war successtul
ly, men and supplies tor the army. We have both
iu eur country sufficient to at tai a success.
To obtain the supplies it is necessary to pro
tect productive interests, guard our lines of
rvuiuiutiicatiuns by an increase in the number
of vur forces, and hence it results that, w ith
large augmentations in the numb* i ot men in
the army, the facility of supp y ing the troops
woui-i be greater than with our educed stietigth.
For the purchase of suppli's now required,
especially fur the armiis iu Virginia aud North
Carolina, the Treasury must bt provided with
Bieans, aud a modification o the iniprrxsmmt
law is required. It has been Mcettaiurd by ex
amination, that w«- have within our reach a suf
ficiency o! what is most needed for the army,
and without having recourse to the ample pro
visions existing in those parts of the Coutedera
<y with w hich our communication has been par
tially interrupted by hostile operatic* But in
eunii' districts iium which supplies are to be
drawn, the inhabitants, being either u ithia the
enemy’s lima, or in very close ptoximity, aie
enable to make use of Coniededrafo Tteasnty
note* for the purchase of artk .* s of prime neces
sity, audit is necessary that, to some extent,
coin be paid in <ir«h rto obtain supplies. It is,
therefore recommended ti.at Congress devise
the mean? ot waking available the coin within
the Confederacy for the purpose oi supplying
the army. The officers of the supply depart
ments report that, with tv o millions of dollars
in coin, the armies in Virgir a and North Caro
lina can be amply suppli' d for the remainder of
the year, and the knowledge of this, fai t shuald
suffice to insure the adoption of the measures
necessary so obtain this moderate sum.
The impressment law, as it now exists, pro
hibits the public officers from impressing sup
plies without making ;<R|m;>nt el the valuation
at the time of iuiprcsMTic.nt. The limits fixed
for tin issue of Treasury notes ha. been nearly
reached, and the Treasury cannot always fom'sh
funds necessary for prompt payment while the
law for raising r< vouties. which would Lave af
forded meaii? tor diminishing, if not removing,
this difficulty, w»« unfortunately delayed lor
several months, and has jusl been signed. In
this condition of things it is impossible to sup
ply the army. although ample stores may exist
in the country. Whenever the owners refuse to
give credit to the public officer it is necessaty
that this restriction on the pew. r of impressment
be renewed. The power is admitted to be ob
jectionable, lipble tu abuse and unequal .a its
op ration On individuals; yet all these obi» ctions
tuu-t vieid to absolute necessity. It is also sug
gested that the system ot valuation now estab
lished ought to tie radically chatig. d. The le
gist itiou requires iu such cast so> impressttM nt
that tfi< maikt tprice I* paid: but there is really
no luaik' t price in many cases, auu then valua
tion is madi arbitrarily, and in a depreciated
currency. Tin result is that the most extrava
gant p: ices are fixed, such ar ao une eve r ex
pects to lu - paid in coin. None belie re that the
Guveiumi at can ever redeem, in coin, the obli
gato n to pay fitly dollars a bushel for cum, or
see > n hundred dollars a banel tor tlour. It
would si < n> tu b mure just and appiopriate tu
estimate the supplies impresse d at th. ir value in
Coin—to give the i.i igat:e;. the Government
for the payment of the price in coin, with rea
sonable iliteri it. i.I, a; tin option of t!i< credit
ui, to return iu kind the w heat or corn itn
pressud, with an utonable fot'-rest. also payable
in k nd, and to make the obligation- thus .s-ued
rvceivabii for all pay ments due in coin to the
<I. s-i t.u.t nt. Latevi i Lethe value attached
:y t ingi'fs to these stipg • ?t'i ts, is lijcd
ti at there will be no besitat.ou iu su changing
the law as tu render it possible to supply tb<
rn y, in case oi necessity, by the impressment
of pievisions for that purpose.
1 fie !<■< aauc adopted to raise revet ue. tl ougl
bi rul iu its provisions, being clearly inadequate
to meet the airears ot di bt and the current ar
pt ndiiuria. Mme degree of rmbarr rsn.'iit in
tl in ; i gen int ot ti.i finances nu-t continue
to i f felt. It is to be regretted, I think, that
the n i ummi ndati. n ot rhe Secretary of tin
Treasury, ot a tax on agrii lutural inconu equal
to the augmented tax on other incomes, pay.- Lie
inTnsMiiy nut ■», was , l i< ;ti; by < 'i.pie
1 his tax wt'Uld have contributed materially to
facilitate the purchase ot provisions, ami dimin
ish the necessity m e. tell fol a supply of coin
The ttieasu es passec. by Congress during th.
session, for tn ruitug the army , and supplying
t’ additional to.ci neeced fol the public dt
fi net, Lave Le> u. in my judgment, itisuu.cieut.
ai d 1 am imp. lied. Ly a piotuund c..uv ict en of
duty, aud stimulated by aB»-iu»e ut the p. rils
which -unuund our counliy, to urge upon you
additional b gislatiou on this subject.
The bill employiug negroes aa soldiers Las
not y.-t reached me, though tin printed juiunais
of y oui pioce« dings imurm me of its passage.
Much Is iivfit is anticipated ti.ni this measure
though far Uss tliau w ould have resulted at an
earli. r date, so as to afford time for th»ir organ
ization and instruction during the w lutor
months.
Th* hili for diminishing the number of ex
empt* has just b>vn made the subject u: > spec
ial message, and its provision* are such a*
would add no strength iu the army. The re
coiiißiendatiuus to abolish all class exempticns
has not met yonr favor, although still deemed
by w* a valuable and important measure; and
th* namber of inen exempted by a m w c.ausc
in the act just passed is believed to be quite
equal to that of those whose exemption is re
voked. A hw of a few lines, repealing all class
exemption*, would not inly strengthen th e
ferces in the field, but b* »ti.l more beneficial
by abating the natural discontent and jealousy
created in the army by the existence ot classes
privileged by hw to n main in places of safety,
while their lellow-citin ns are exposed in the
trenches and in the field
Th* measure most needed, however, at the
present time, for affording an effective increase
tv our military strength is a geuera! militia
law,such as it* Constitution authorizes Con
gress to pass, by granting to it power “to pro
vide for organizing, arming and disciplining the
■ilitia, and for governing suc ti part of them as
may be employed in the service of the Confed
erate Sta es," and the further power “to pro
vide for i ailing forth tin militia to execute the
laws of the Confederate States, suppress insur
rections mid repel invasions.** The necessity
for th'- exercise of this power can never exist if
not in the circumstances which now surround
ns The security of the States against any en
croachment by the Confederate Government is
amply provl led by the Constitntion. by reserv
ing to th>* Slates respectively tin appointment
of th*- officer* and the authority of training the
militia according to the discipline prescribed by
Congress.
A law is needed to prescribe not only L,, w MI(( _
of what persons the militia is to be organize
but to provide the m..de of calling than out. j
instances be required to show the uecessiu !w
such a general law, it is suffi i.-nt to Urt-nfi.
that in one case I have been informed by .
Governor of a Slate that thr law does aot p.
■ ■t him io call out ’he militia from sue count,
for service in anetha* ; so that a single brig.ub
ot th< enemy could traverse the State, and i.
vastateeach county in turn, without any pow r
on the part of the Executive to use the nffitia
tor effective defence ; W bile in another State th*
Executive refused to allow the militia “t fl
employed in the seivice of the Confedere r
States,” in the absence of a law for that pm
rose. What other resources remain availabk
ut the uudy ing, unconquerable resolve to be
free? It has become certain beyond ail doui>t
or question that we must continue this strng
g’e to a successful issue or must mak- abj.ft
and wnconditional submission to such terms »
it shall please the couquerer to impose up-ua
alter out surrender. If a possible doubt cook
exist between our commissioners and Mr. Lit
culn, as niently reported to yon, it wonld so
d-spelled by a recent occcm nee, of which it k
prot.er that you shonld be informed.
Congress will rt-membtr that in the coufi-.
ence above referred to. our commissioners w- •
informed that the Governim nt us the United
States would not enter into any Mgreemeirt . r
treaty whatever with the Confederate States,
nor with any single Stan.; and the only poesibb
mode to obtain peaco was by laying <ivwn mu
arms, disbanding our forces, and yielding un
conditional oliedience to the laws of the United
States, including those passed for the confisca
tion of eur property, and the Constitution--]
Aeteudmcut fur the aboliticu of slavery, it
will furth- r be remembered Mr. Lincoln declar
ed that the only terms uu which hostilities
could cease were those stated in his uiess.ig of
December Ist, in which we were infonne* tha .
in the event of our pen.tent submission, he
would t rap, rj-stici with a tn. aud that tl e
questitm, whether we would be gov trued as de
pendent territories, <<r permitted to have a r- p-
Tesentation u. their Cungr.-.-* was one on vi hick
he could promise > ot ing, but which would i--
decided by tl t.- Congress, after car suLa>uu>:..ii
had 1., ea acct pted.
it has not, however, been hitherto Mat 1
to you that, iu the course of a conference at
Fun res* Monroe, a suggestion was made .y one
of onr commissivuers ilat tLe übj- e nM . r _
talui d by Mr. Lu .cola tu treating with the Gov -
ernnient es the Confederacy, er with any s* p
aratru State, might be av aided by snbsiiiutirg
sot th« usual mod-- ut neg tiating through ion
■uesioiieTß or other diplomatic agent*, the
method sometimes empivyeu of a military > -
vention < t.i i d into by tie coiutnaudiug Gm
erals i the .arums oi : «i.e tnu belligerents.
This, tie fc> mitud, was a pow.-r possessed y
him. though it was not thought comn>< usn: :-o
with all the question* m* ulved. As be d>d i. v ;
ac wpt the prupOM.iun wbeu maun, he was afl -
watus requ< eU-d to recouskirr bis conciusim,
upon the subject ot the .-uspeiUMOD oi Lu in
ti S, whim u agued to do, out said that l e
had u.aiun iy ueusim red the p.an. »t.d tad u -
Unuiued that it cualu uot i« dune.
bubsequ'-ntiy, Lowevw. an iutervirw w’ L
Geu. Loi.gst.'-rt was aa*-u tor by Gen. Ord,
cuuiu.andiug ilms i uetuy a army oi the Jame-,
during wLkU Geu. Longstreet was informeu.
by him that ihcic was a poe u .iiiy el arnvii.g
at a a-rjustnmui ut tke present un
happy difficulties Vj mousv a military cun
vrutioa, aud tuat it Gen. Lav utsued an inter
view uu thr- subject, it wuo-u t-ot be declined,
prevfoec. Ge*. Lee tu. anluutity to art. Tbk
coti.ll. -.i.i- «tu Ii WSS sUppOOU tu tw til couno
quvtice ut .ue suggestions above referred to,
and Gin. L<e, accututizg tu iueiruciicus, wrote
to Gt.. G;»l; uu the .ini u .» uuiith, pn-pus
ing tv meet him lui iiletruci. uu the subject,
av. stating teat he was vested with the n-qui
siu-auiiioiity C. n. Gr:nt‘« t-piy w . that
he bad no fcu'honiy li, mce..e ; toe piupusen
c. n.ereuce; that km pvv. ci* exleuueff « uiy to
■taking a unv. ntii>n purely ut a min'-a-j char
a ter, aiiu that V- aeral Oic cmilg only Law
meant that an uoeiview would nut be iti'uaed
upon any sulijtxt uu wk cn he (Gen. Grant)
had the right to act.
It tbu.- api ears tuai ueiri; r with the ( nfed
i tale ahtbi'U ies of any t*t- te, nor through lue
C. mtnau.; r._- UtLfcia.s. will ike GoWinnieut
O th* L.b a.t» tieat ur Leake any trims ot
ago . m< nt whoever for ike ceraatiun of hostil
itt'*. It', u n : us, then, tor us ne choice
bt . to eeniit u this contest to a final issue; tor
th, p upi- wi. < i r.:t- ■ racy can Le but Little
known 10l imwho suppo.-es it possible tlev
w vcl-i • .e. UL vet to pu; I ate, a. tLe cuM Jf
degradation ami slavery, pemiasten to live in
a co hi .y ganiacced by their negroes, aud
gov erue-; i y :• e officers sent Ly the conquers
to tub ovor th m.
Having thus fully piacec' before yurt the in
t..iiL<ition :• uu site t j i i.n,.e you tu judge of
the state u th. cuuatry, ’he dangers to which
we are expust'J, sue tLe measures of legisla
ti. n r.ece- ary tor adverting them, it remain?
for me but to invoke your attention to the con
sideravio of thus* means Ly which, above ali
nt hen, wo way hops to escapo the calamities
that would result from our failure. Ptowii enl
above ali others is the necessity tor ear
nest and cordial po-opentioD between ail De
partin'nts <•! Gevi r.in.ent, btate and Coidiker
ate. and all eitizens throughout the Confeder
acy. '1 u you, especially, as Fenatere and E'p
reoeßtatives, the people locikfor enconra--sfrtd
and counsel. To jour action—not only in )•£-
ifciativr halls, bnt in homos —will their eyes so
tuned feu the example ot what is k^fitting mtn,
w ho, by w tiling sacrifices ou the altar u. free
dom, show that tb»y are worthy to enjoy its
blessings. 1 feel fall cuafidsncc|that vou will
concur with me in the convictien that your
public duties will not ue ended wheti yon shall
Lave closed the Legislative labors of the ocssmb:
but that your voices will be heard, eheorng
and excoutaing the people to that panutent
fortitude which they have hitherto displayed
aud aa. mating ’-hem by the manifestation es
that sen ue confidence which, in momenu* of
public dsuger, is the distinctive charactetistie
of the patriot who derives cunragt from hie de
votion to his country’s ikstuiy, aud ia thus en
abled to inspire like courage in other*.
1 has united m a common and holy cause,
rising abov« all aeltish ccusideiations. rendti ng
all of our means and facilities tributary to ib<
country » weitaie, let ns bow . submwii'vsly to
Divine will and reverently invok* the blessing
of our Heavenly Father, that as He proteteM
aud guided our sires w ben struggling in a sim
ilar cause, so He will enable ns to guard safely
eur a tars and uur firesides, aad maintain invio
late the political ifbu which we iuter-ii-d.
JEFFERSON DAVIS-
Richmond , March 13, 1860.

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