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ttempted to go to Norfolk, (of which there was no danger, as she was afraid as death of the "Virginia, ") or get in her rear, and follow her up and capture her? He says: "On the 7th inst. Commodore Hollins reached Norfolk with orders from you (Sec. Mallory) to conduct with me and such officers as I might select in regard to the best disposition to be made of the Virginia, under the present aspect of things." --But on the next day, before the time appointed for conference, the enemy attacked Sewell's Point battery, and he (the Commodore) left the Navy Yard to attack the Yankee fleet, and in the meantime three of the enemy's vessels had gone up the James river, bound for Richmond--one of them being the iron-clad steamer Galena, that lately attacked Drury's Bluff, below Richmond. But it will be said that Commodore Tatnall had to go to Norfolk with the Virginia, to get water, provisions, &c. This we deny, because the Virginia might have been kept in the mouth of the Elizabeth river or in