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[for the Richmond Dispatch]Ever since the commencement of the war, the ladies of the Soldiers' Aid Societies of prince Edward county have contributed largely towards furnishing articles of clothing to our brave volunteers, and now, with satirizing zeal, they are busily engaged in raising funds to aid in building a gunboat for the defence of James river. An appeal is made to similar societies of other counties to unite with those of Prince Edward in an enterprize so noble so praiseworthy, having for its object the defence of our homes, our rights, and our liberties. The city of Richmond, the metropolis of the Confederate States and the pride of the Old Dominion, must be defended at all hazards. The downfall of our capital would be attended with disastrous consequences to the great cause in which we are engaged. Now is the time for all to land a helping hand. Every consideration that can prompt the human heart is brought to hear upon as at this peculiar crisis. Everything that makes life dear calls upon as in tones not to be misunderstood, to make use of every means in our power to arrest the encroaching step of the ruthless invader. We must have a strong iron-clad gunboat, built by the ladies of Virginia--one that will give security to our homes and ride as mistress on the waters of the noble James.
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