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Governor's Message.

--The Governor's Message, which we publish this morning, gives a clear and interesting statement of the momentous and stirring events which have occurred since the adjournment of the General Assembly on the 4th of April last. This statement is not only lucid and animated, but is pervaded by a lofty spirit of patriotism and of high resolve, worthy the best days of Virginia. The Governor declares emphatically in favor, not only of a vigorous, but of an aggressive prosecution of the war. ‘"The Susquehanna,"’ he says, ‘"is a better fighting line for us than the Potomac, and the sooner the war is pushed forward to that line, the better for Virginia and the Southern Confederacy." The Governor sets forth what Virginia has done in this great struggle and no sen of the brave old State can read this portion of the Executive communication without quickened emotions of pride and patriotism.--In justice to the Chief Magistrate and the State Government of Virginia, we would invite especial attention to the narration of those provident precautions by which Virginia was not left altogether unprepared for the violent storm that has burst upon her. The Governor estimates the number of Virginia troops now in the field at not less than seventy thousand. Three hundred and fifteen pieces of artillery have been issued by our Government, nearly all of which are in service in the field. The expenditures of the State for war purposes since the 17th of April amount to more than six millions of dollars. In addition to arming our own troops, the Governor has furnished a large number of massets and cannot to troops in other States. His heavy and cordial cooperation with the Confederate authorities is warmly expressed, and his tribute to the Confederate President just and eloquent. ’

The Governor refer in appropriate terms to events in Northwestern Virginia, and utters the full determination of every Virginia when he declares, ‘"When this war ends, Virginia must be what she was when it was in aquarelles. The Ohio river was the Western boundary then and it must continue to be her boundary"’ In allusion to the recent occupation of Accomac and Northampton, and the necessity of resetting them, he says: ‘"The possession of Maryland is indispensable to us in the present condition of affair on the Eastern Shore and in the Northwest."’

The Governor transmits the usual reports of the various State officers, and correctly recommends the subject of the currency to legislative action. On the whole, this is the most interesting document that has been issued for many years by a Virginia Executive. It furnishes a noble and glowing page in the history of Virginia, and reflects credit on the ability and patriotism of the Chief Magistrate.

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