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n which our Government credit shall be sustained, and our defence made sure. The war is upon us. The enemy is already upon the soil of the South. They have taken armed possession of Maryland, and they have invaded Virginia. While I write, there are thousands of abolition troops in Alexandria, and thousands more upon James river, near Fortress Monroe. And still thousands more will come to profane with their nuhallowed feet the land which gave birth to Washington, Madison, Monroe and Jefferson. The North will soon have seventy-five thousand armed men in the field with the avowed purpose of subjugating the South. They have a vast amount of capital; they have a regular army and navy; they have a supply of the best arms; they have a large volunteer force composed chiefly of abolitionists, foreigners, paupers, laborers out of employment, adventurers, thieves, adulterers and murderers; they have blockaded several of our seaports; they are using every effort to destroy our commerce;