"All who love her for what sh has done ought to love her enough to suffer with her and for her sake. If the best people who have made Virginia what she is desert her at this critical moment, it would be like children leaving their mother in distress. There is no virtue without sacrifice, and if Virginians possess the virtue of patriotism, they ought to bring her now the sacrifice of pride. Don't emigrate!
"Stand by your country with stern courage; learn the patience to bear without shame and with all the dignity of self-command...I don't think you can now return to Virginia; but in three or four years great changes will take place in opinions, and you and your family won't find a country which would be able to give you anything like her sympathy, or to take Virginia out of your hearts and souls.
"You ought to go back to your dear state as soon as you can do so safely; and if you had followed my advice you would never have left England."
The words of these last two posts ring as true today what with everything having to do with the Confederacy under the amount of attack as we are seeing.