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The following copy of a letter addressed to Gen. Winfield Scott, by one of his nearest blood relatives, has been furnished to us, with permission to publish it. We doubt whether any such appeals can ever [98] influence this apostate son of Virginia. His egotism, and that callous heart, engendered by a long absence from his birthplace, amounting to almost alienage, in the possession of a vast military power, which his habits made a dictatorship, render it very certain that he will not abandon power and place from any sentiment. But there must be somewhere in his heart some spot to be touched, and wrenched by the scorn with which he is thrown off by his native State and his own kindred:--

When the future historian shall record the two great struggles on the American continent, of liberty against oppression and wrong, two names will be held up to the execration of mankind — that of Benedict Arnold and your own. The former, ere received into the pitying embraces of the tomb, lived an object of loathing to every true and loyal heart; and it might be a profitable if not an agreeable lesson for you to ponder well on his example.

With a sophistry unworthy the understanding of a schoolboy, you declare your determination to fight under the flag of your country, when that flag has been prostituted to the foulest and most unholy of purposes. If, haply, beneath its desecrated folds, you should pollute, with your canting myrmidons, the bosom of the honored Commonwealth, whose chiefest reproach is that she should have nurtured such a viper as yourself, there is one spot upon her soil to which I would particularly invite your presence. It is one to which now, doubtless, your recollection but rarely reverts, for it contains the ashes of your fathers. On that spot, deemed sacred by other men, let your war-dance be celebrated, and a crusade against freedom and religion proclaimed throughout the world.


--N. O. Picayune, May 28.

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