Junction, Hanover County, Aug. 20th, 1861.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
--I hope the position lately taken by your paper and the Examiner will meet with a hearty response from every citizen of our Confederacy.
Your manly and outspoken advocacy of measures to be taken in advance, in order to guard ourselves against greater dangers than those of war, must have occupied the attention of our leading statesmen long since, and we wait patiently the time when they will adopt such public enactments as will give forces and effect to public sentiment on this all-important subject.
A peace based upon a aty of amity and commerce, would be a far greater curse to us than a ten years war. Indeed, many of the most intelligent and best informed men w whom I have conversed on this subject, ag with me in the opinion that such a pe would not last six months. So thorough my impressed am I with this belief, that, even if I could divest myself entirely of all feelings of resentment, and it were left to me to decide what was best for both parties in the final settlement of our controversy, which must be made sooner or later.
I should say, as ‘"Abraham said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee;"’ and in order to effect this, I should require
the host of Northern invaders who have desecrated our soil with their unhallowed tread to journey East, as Lot did, and separate themselves from us.
Our foes have rejected the proposal made by us in March last for a fair division of the joint property and a peaceful separation, and they have inaugurated a war of invasion forcing upon us the necessity of driving them from our borders.
That we shall succeed, no sane man on either side of the flue can doubt, since the lessen we taught them on the 31st of July, When they site for peace, as they do, let us never consent to any terris that do not insure total and entries.