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The Ladies' Defence Association.

The ladies of Richmond and the country are earnestly appealed to for donations to the Bazaar of the Ladies' Defence Association, which is now open, corner of 9th and Broad streets.

Donations of all kinds will be received by them, such as pictures, toys, paintings, jewelry, embroidery and needle work of all kinds, fancy articles, statuary, ornaments, books, &c. Donations in cash, or produce of all kinds, will be invested in suitable articles for the Bazaar.

We are fitting up a gallery of art in the hall of the Bazaar for the entertainment of visitors, as a source of revenue, and most respectfully solicit all persons interested in the speedy construction of the gunboat, to give or lend the establishment such articles of statuary, paintings, engravings, or other articles of art as will assist in the speedy completion of the desired object. Articles lent the establishment will be carefully kept under the personal care of the manager of the Bazaar and the Corresponding Secretary of the L. D. Association.

The press of the whole country are requested to give publication to the above appeal for the defense of the capital of the Confederate States. All communications should be addressed to Mrs. V. E. W. Vernon, Box 346.

We have been furnished with the following items of interest respecting the Ladies' Defence Association:

A letter from Capt. F. P. Turner, company G, 36th regiment Virginia volunteers, enclosing fifty-nine dollars, remaining from funds contributed by citizens of Richmond, for under clothing for the 36th regiment.

One from Philip De Catesby Jones, informing the Association of a donation of fifty dollars and a lot of iron from Mrs. Col. Strange, of Gordonsville.

A communication from Mrs. Cornelia A. Berkeley, with information of the organization of a society, auxiliary to the Ladies' Defence Association; a subscription of one hundred and fifty dollars, and a donation of silver plate, gold watches, chains, &c., and a copy of the constitution of the society, from which we extract the 4th article, which will commend itself to the hearts of all true Southerners, and, we trust, will awaken a spirit of patriotism in the hearts of our wealthy men in this city, whose purse-strings have not yet been opened to this glorious cause:

"Article 4. That the work and contributions may be more peculiarly ours as women, we will give such ornaments of gold and articles of silver as are our private personal property. For should it be our sad fate to become slaves, ornaments would ill become our estate of bondage; while if God, in His infinite mercy, shall crown our efforts with success, we will be content to wear the laurel crown of victory, and give to our children our civil and religious liberty, so gloriously achieved, and say, ‘"I hess be thy jewels. "’

Also, the following letter to Mr. Rob. H. Maury, from Russellville, Tennessee:

Dear Sir:
Please find enclosed one hundred and eighty-one dollars and seventy-five cents for the ‘"Ladies' Defence Association,"’ and be assured that if our purses equalled our will the sum would be thousands instead of hundreds.

The ladies of our little burgh desire to know if the call for ‘"old iron"’ includes ‘"cast iron,"’ and if a few hundred pounds would be worth the transportation.


E. W. Gillespie.

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