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o take these cities, or recapture the Navy Yard, will be perfectly futile, attended only with the Joss of thousands of lives. It would be absurd in the extreme to attempt any such thing. How can the Northern people expect to conquer us when they have suffered us to make such formidable preparations against their invasion? I forbear saying anything more about the different coast and land defences. In a Dispatch dated 19th inst., I noticed a very sensible letter from the pen of Captain Smith, now at Sewell's Point, to the Hon. Howell Cobb, of Georgia, rather elegant in its language and chaste in composition. It attracted my attention from the fact that several persons of high respectability observed to me that an omission or mistake had been made by the Captain in the account he gave of the engagement of the Star with So well's battery. I suppose it was merely an oversight in saying that the Georgians had won all the laurels, without the mention of the valuable aid receive
st to grant the just claims of the West, and declared that the East could not expect the West to stand up for her institutions if she always turned a deaf ear to the petitions for redress. If, said he, she continues to deny to the West her rights, how can she expect the people of the border counties to oppose dark wave of aboliotionism should it cross the Ohio and invade the territory of Virginia? The suggestion of the inquiry was so disloyal that it created some little excitement.--General Daniel Smith, so remarkable for his good humor and mother wit, then represented Kanawha. His burly figure, almost as obese as that of Dixon H. Lewis, occupied a chair a little in advance of the rampant speaker.--He was always very impatient under Jackson's voice, and when he heard his interrogatory to Eastern Virginia, he could contain himself no longer, but cried out in a voice so loud as not to be consistent with the usual rules of order and parliamentary decorum: "Let 'em come to Kanawha, she'