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Late raid to Warrenton.


St. James's Rectory, Warrenton, Va.,Feb. 10, 1865.
To the Editor of the Richmond Dispatch:
In a letter, published in your paper of the 1st instant, which, over the signature of Traveler, gives a description of the late Yankee raid in Warrenton, I find that the reason assigned for such a raid was the bringing of a pass to the Episcopal minister and his wife to go to New York. Permit me to say that such a statement is utterly and entirely False. The writer must have known better, and the only cause for such an assertion lies in the fact that, among a package of letters left here by the party, one was addressed to my wife. Moreover, citizens, but recently returned from Fairfax Courthouse, were told by the officer commanding that the object of the raid (as already noticed in a recent number of the Sentinel) was an extended tour throughout the country, and the intended capture of some of our soldiers known to be here.

In making this correction of an error — I fear not quite unintentional — I would draw the attention of "Traveler" to the necessity of caution and strict veracity in all such communications; for while in all such loose statements he only betrays his ignorance, and intentionally or unintentionally does gross injustice, if not injury, to a neighbor, he, at the same time, runs in danger of being regarded in the unenviable light of a calumniator and falsifier.

Very truly yours,

V. S. Barten.

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