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Defences of James river. The subject of the defence of James river cannot be too often and too earnestly pressed upon the attention of the Confederate authorities and the people of this city. James river cannot be too often and too earnestly pressed upon the attention of the Confederate authorities and the people of this city. In the very beginning of the contest — indeed, before the famous Pawnes alarm, we called attention to the imperative necessity of powerful fortifications upon this river, never doubting that the appr
oke (as we long invoked in vain) the attention of our people to the thorough fortification of James river, how much more so now with the lights of the present contest.
Wherever the Yankee gunboats h nfidently believe, is all that has thus far prevented the attempt of a Yankee fleet to ascend James river, and has given us time to make ready for the period when they will, in spite of the Virginia, siness it is to give it their attention.
We would like to be informed whether the forts upon James river are bomb-proof; provided with guns of the calibre which proved so efficient at Fort Donelson,