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ses five per cent. of the slaves is called for, and in other cases less than one per cent. Thus, Amelia, with upwards of 7,000 slaves assessed with taxes in 1862, is required to furnish 50, while Alleghany, with less than 700, is required to furnish 30. The county of Albemarle, with 12,681, is called upon for 200, while Brunswick, with 9,212, is called upon for 250. The county of Augusta, with 4,460 is called upon for 80, while the county of Rockingham, with 2,164 is called upon for 100. Hanover, with 8,621, is called upon for 80, while Prince Edward, with 6,998, is called upon for 150. These examples will suffice to show how unequally this burden is distributed; and I trust that some amendment will be made to the law, which will afford protection against such inequality. The law requires that "the value of such slaves as may escape from the Confederate authorities and not return to their owners, or be seized, or killed by the public enemy, or may, by want of due diligence on