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[for the Dispatch.]


‘"And Moses said unto the people, fear ye not; stand still and see the lavation of the Lord, which He will show you to-day; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace."’

How striking the parallel ! How suggestive of lessons of prayer and confidence ! If God be for us, who shall be against us? So far, Providence has favored us. In the storming of Fort Sumter, without the loss of a single soldier, with the enemy's fleet in sight, not daring to come in to its help, and in the sudden change of the wind, when the Portsmouth Navy-Yard was fired, we see the hand of God. The hosts of our enemies, unwilling to let the people go free, are marshalling in the metropolis. Our policy is to stand on the defensive — not to attack, but to resist invasion. Let us fill Maryland and Virginia with troops. They are our own soil. We can do this without attacking the Federal troops. Let our enemies assemble at Washington. If they find us ready, standing at our guns, they will not be the first to strike. Time will develop perhaps, God's purpose in permitting their mad rendezvous at the Capitol; a Southern climate, the exposure, and dissoluteness of a camp, and the fearful pestilence will do the work more effectually than bullets. Be ready, then; ‘"Stand still, and see the salvation of God."’

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