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A woman's Appeal.

The following communication was received some days ago, but its publication heretofore has been impossible, owing to the great demand upon our space:


To the Edtors of the Dispatch:
--Permit me, through the columns of your paper, to offer a few words of sympathy and encouragement to our soldiers. These are the times that try men's souls-- that what they are made of--whether one is ‘"a brother born for adversity,"’ or a ‘"sunshine patriot, and a summer friend."’ If our noble and brave soldiers are such, we have not seen them; we know not of them.-- Yet, within hearing (some of them) of the rejoicing of the enemy at our late reverses, it behooves us all, men, women, children, President, Congress, War Department, to be up and doing, with might, and main, for them and for ourselves.

Thinking with our heads, working with our hands, praying with our spirits. We have a working foe to deal with. ‘"Watch ye; quit you like men; be strong."’ Run, run, it necessary; don't be taken prisoners with arms in your hands, if it can be helped. It's an disgrace to run, when Liberty is the and in view. And, by the help of our God, other peals will yet be rung our on Southern breeze, proclaiming to all tyrants that a free people will ot be enslaved.

O, noble and beloved countrymen it is not that Fort Donelson falls — it is not that our coast is invaded — it is not that Nashville is in the hands of the enemy, and gunboats ascend and descend our rivers, that our hearts fail us, and sick within us. But it is when we hear that wickedness and vice is tempest in our enemy. How much of the independence of these colonies was due to the prayers of Washington, to his penalties against profane swearing and Sabbath breaking; to his acting as chaplain to the army, when necessity required, and this on the ground of propitiating the favor of Almighty God, ‘"the need of whose assistance he so deeply felt and so promptly acknowledged."’ Scripture and conscience both declare. Hear, Southern soldiers, the voice of the daughters of the South--‘"your companions in tribulation."’--lay down your arms against the most High--‘"stand guard"’ against your sins — look through the mighty cloud of your transgressions to the blood and righteousness of your own Redeemer. Then may you spring lightly to the battle field, as the bridegroom to the bride, in defence of your liberties, and the liberties of your children and your country. The true Christian is the only brave man who can always be depended on. Human courage, as all else human, will sometimes fall without the strong arm of God for support and reliance.

And there remaineth ‘"a better country — that is, an heavenly."’

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