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me; the other will butcher them for the love of blood. The only honorable, the only safe policy for Virginia now, is that which she pursued in 1776. Her Tories then cried peace, peace, but she said that there was no peace. The whole wisdom of her policy, and the whole sources of her success, was embodied in the thrilling words of Henry, which she made her own:--"Sir, we must fight; I repeat it sir, we must fight." Her best policy, her safest course, is to show fight, and put away the white feather; to get up from her knees and prepare for war; to cease the whine of Union, Conference, submission, and raise the shout of defiance, even though her knees smite together at the sound of her own voice. To avoid the danger, she must meet it plump. To escape the expenses of war, she must be in condition to defy her adversaries. To save rivers of that blood which her submissionists turn pale at the mere thought of, she must, like Abraham on Mount Horeb, be ready to offer it up freely.