A patriotic lady's plan.
Asheville, N. C.
, Jan. 29, 1864.
To the Editor
of the Richmond Dispatch:
Knowing how constantly you are occupied with the advancement of our cause, I feel that you will not deem it impertinent if I bring to your notice a suggestion made to me a few days since by a highly educated and patriotic lady of this place.
She proposes that every woman in the Confederacy
should give all her silver, much or little, to aid to its resources at this trying crisis.
She is of opinion, and I think correctly, that many millions of bullion — a noble offering — could thus be laid on our country's altar.
"What woman," she asks, "would not glory in the wooden spoons that would replace the silver." For one she would cheerfully give up relies of forty years standing — marriage presents, and the more substantial household silver given to her by her husband.
She asks, "is the thing impossible?" I beg leave to repeat the same question to you, as one better able to answer it. It has seemed to me that an association among the ladies, after the plan of the Mt. Vernon Association
, might answer the purpose.
of the different Banks
might be the temporary depositaries of the contributions.
Do me the favor to write a few lines on the subject, if you do not think it .
[Our correspondent suggests the best plan.
Let the ladies take hold of it and it cannot fell.
It is not shimertal.]