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as altogether unofficial, and did not justify the statements in the Richmond papers in regard to Dr. Lemoine, with whom M. Mercier had no communication whatever. His visit, as has been heretofore announced in the Herald, was entirely in relation to Lincolndom. A Fortress Monroe correspondent thus arranges the matter. The recent lengthy visit of the French Minister M. Mercier, to Norfolk, has occasioned no little gossip and speculation among high-ranked military men hereo. At first, as I s to lay down their arms, as the tide of victory has set in against them. The third proposition is, that the visit of Mr. Mercier to the rebel capital was force, totally different purpose than either of the two. Since the French steamer Gassendi, with the French Minister, returned to this port from Norfolk, it has leaked out that the mission of M. Mercier was for the purpose of opening preliminary negotiations with the rebel Confederacy in regard to Mexican affairs. It is alleged tha
eing a party to our struggle, is now suffering a kind of universal ague-fit lest France may surpass her in the construction of iron-clad steamers and great guns carrying immense annihilating projectiles. Louis Napoleon, always reticent, yet ever wide awake, is preparing for the future with characteristic assiduity and energy. His agents are now in the United States, gathering all the available information on this subject; and it is stated in the New York papers that one of the objects of M. Mercier's visit to Richmond was to obtain the plans of the Merrimac. It would be a singular sequel if our contest for the supremacy of the American Constitution should have planted the seeds of republicanism in England, and have enabled France to avenge Waterloo and St. Helena in her cherished designs upon her British neighbor. From Yorktown. The following peculiar letter we copy from the New York Times, of the 28th April: Camp Winfield Scott, Near Yorktown, Va., April 24, 1862.