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Burning cotton.

--Peyton Atkinson, Esq, of Pitt county, North Carolina, has already burned eight hundred bates of cotton on one of his plantations, rather than that it should remain liable to the plundering raids of the enemy. When a man thus voluntarily scarified ever thirty thousand dollars' worth of own property from a sense of patriotic duty, he gives the most convincing evidence that he belongs in to a people who are "terribly in earnest," and will shrink from no sacrifices of private interest that the cause may demand.

The Wilmington Journal says: ‘"Mr. Atkinson is not alone. The patriotic planters of Edgecombe, and other exposed counties, are determined that none of their cotton shall fall into the hands of the layouts.’

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