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Doc. 90. affairs in Atlanta, Georgia.

The approach of General Sherman.

To the Ladies of St. Philip's Parish:
ladies: It is unnecessary for us to tell you the enemy is at your door. The booming of the cannon announces the stern fact in unmistakable language; yet we may tell you what you seem to have forgotten.

This is, that wounded, mangled and dying soldiers, who have given all for the defense of your homes, are daily brought to our city, expecting the relief at your hands that their valor entitles them to receive. They have placed themselves between you and the demons let loose upon our land, contesting inch by inch their advance, giving their life-blood for your protection; dying nobly to save you from pillage, and all its attendant horrors. Is the language strong? Look at the desolated fields, ruined homes, and insulted women of those sections over which these robbers and plunderers have passed; learn what your own fate will be, should we be defeated. Can you, in this hour of peril, hesitate to come forward and render all the assistance in your power to your brave defenders? Upon the shoulders of a devoted few rests the heavy responsibility of attending to their wants, and we are finding the undertaking more than we can accomplish alone. Ladies, come forward and help us. The ordinary vocations of life must be, for a time, suspended.

Our brave soldiers are straining every nerve to win their own and our independence, and so must we bend all our energies to the task of attending those who require it. A few of us have determined to remain in the city as long [527] as there is a confederate soldier to care for; and we appeal to you all to lay aside your fear, forget your panic, dismiss all thoughts of “running,” and join us in the noble work, and when our liberty is established you can then claim your share of its rewards.

Mrs. H. T. Jones, President St. Philip's Hospital Aid Society. Mrs. D. N. Judson, Secretary.

The call to prayer.

Our readers have noticed, we presume, the proclamation of the Mayor of Atlanta, summoning the people to fasting and prayer, in view of the perils which threaten our city. A short time ago the same authority called on all the able-bodied men of the city to rally for its defence.

These two proclamations are entirely harmonious. After having employed all the means within our reach to resist the approach of the invader, it is well to remember that our chief dependence is on an Almighty arm. If Providence vouchsafe a blessing upon our armies, the preparations which have been made will be found efficient to hurl back in confusion and disaster the columns which our vaunting foe is pressing upon us. If He — the giver of victories — withhold his blessing, all that has been done, ample, gigantic as we deem it, will prove unavailing.

It is eminently proper, in view of this fact, that the people who are more immediately exposed to the present invasion should most earnestly seek the Divine succor. Let to-morrow be emphatically a day of supplication to Almighty God for his favor. Let the merchant close his doors, let the laborer intermit his toil, and let each give himself to this important work.

Let old and young, let men, women and children join their hearts and voices at home and in our sanctuaries in importune supplications at the throne of grace for the coveted good. Never could a people have a more powerful incentive to prayer than that which is now upon us. Our homes and our altars, in a great measure the safety of the State, and very largely the interest of our entire confederacy, are suspended upon the result of the battle which now seems to be impending.

A decided victory will give new courage to our people, inflict wide-spread demoralization upon the foe, and hasten the day of peace. Self-preservation, patriotism, religion — all summon us to earnest, fervent prayer.

The showers of yesterday and last night chilled the tube of our thermometer considerably. There is a pleasant breeze blowing this morning, and the ladies, taking advantage of the pleasant weather, are out shopping on Whitehall street. Bareges seemed to have the call in the matter of dress, though we noticed several pretty muslins and lawns, with now and then a light-colored summer silk, with waist of white jaconet.--Atlanta Register, June 10.

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