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f troops to population is too large to be afforded by the country; and whether the force called for is disproportioned to the demands of the service. In respect to the first question, we have the practicable demonstration, in various parts of Virginia, of the perfect feasibility of sparing ten per cent of the white population for the war. Richmond has furnished more than this ratio. Petersburg, Lynchburg, the counties of Halifax, Pittsylvania, Albemarle, Augusta, Tazewell, Washington, Patrick, Amherst, and as many as a dozen others in the State, have also exceeded this ratio. Except in the disaffected region of the Northwest, there is a not a county in Virginia that either has not furnished, or will not furnish by volunteering, the full amount of this quota to the Confederate ranks. The white population of the whole Commonwealth, including the Northwest, is about eleven hundred thousand.--Strike off three hundred thousand for the Northwest, and the number of whites in the resi