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Northwestern Virginia.

The address lately published of citizens of Northwestern Virginia in Richmond, to the people of that section, is a timely and eloquent appeal, which we hope will be productive of much good. The fact referred to in that address that the majority of the people have taken no part in the elections ordered by the begun Pierpont Government, is in Itself a striking indication of the real sentiments with which they view this contest. Crushed under the heel of military power, they have been compelled, like the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and other portions of the State overturn by the enemy, to remain quiet and unresisting; but this is no proof in that, more than any other section, of want of sympathy with the Southern cause. Those of them who could leave have joined the armies of the South, and distinguished themselves by a valor and patriotism not our passed by the soldiers of any State or country. But the great mass of the people, like the most of every community, are unable to leave their homes, and compelled by absolute necessarily to provide for the support of their families. It is true there are traitors among them, and some who have become conspicuous by their treason; but there have been traitors even in Eastern Virginia, who, if the enemy had got possession here as quickly and as thoroughly as in the West, would have rivalled Carille and Pierpont in their infamous notoriety — They are now compelled to paly the part of yankee in the grass; but no one who knows them doubts the part they would have played if the United States had obtained possession of Richmond at the time it occupied Wheeling.

The address states with great emphasis the undeniable fact that, under no circumstances will the Confederate Government or the State of Virginia over surrender one foot of the soil of this Commonwealth. No peace will ever be made which does not recognize Virginia as "one and indivisible." Pierpont & Co. may enjoy their Seneho Panza authority for a time, and would better make the most of it as long as it lasts. But a day of reckoning is certain in the end, and their usurped authority will come to an ignoble end. Not even an acre of the Pan- Handle will be surrendered to those robbers who fancy that they have permanently dismembered the State of Virginia. Let our friends to the whole Northwest keep alive the fires of their faith and fortitude. A day of deliverance will come, and they will once more rest under the broad flag of Virginia.

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