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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.

the times — the flag-ship Cumberland in the Roads — no troops yet arrived at Old PointNorfolk has Missed her Chance — who's responsible?--Dr. Wm. A. Smith--Mr. John B. Cury's Academy--Chesapeake Female College--the Fruits and weather.

Hampton, Va., March 25th, 1861.
Times are really dull — the general complaint is "dull times and a tardy Convention. "--"What shall we do? What will the members of the Convention do? " etc. Such questions are often asked. We, here, are willing to wait a little longer. We do not much fear, in the meantime, those "thirteen big guns, pointing island, " and hope the day is not far distant when Virginia will assert her rights and dare maintain them — though, in doing so, her sons may have to take the chances of the "fortunes of war." A correspondent of the New York scald says we are "a warlike people, and having once snuffed gunpowder, are willing again to engage in that amusement." The people of "Old Keekoughtan"will exhibit a willingness at all times, and under all circumstances, to defend their rights, and the honor and integrity of the Old Dominion. You may assured, upon this point at least, we are correct.

The flag-ship Cumberland arrived yesterday in the Roads, opposite our town.--Commander Pendergrass, and several of her officers and crew, visited the town in search of fresh provisions. The Cumberland is a face-looking ship, and will, we understand, go out of commission."

No troops have yet arrived at Old Point; we understand a number are expected. Our Norfolk friends are complaining of the course of the Convention in not doing that which will carry Virginia out of the Union at once. Norfolk is beginning to feel the evil effects of not seceding.

The Great Eastern, we learn, is to discharge cargo off Charleston harbor, and then come to Norfolk. Good idea, that; as Lincoln would say, "bright id'e." Well, if our Norfolk merchants love the Union better than their State, their city, and their own interests, and show this to the country and to the world, by electing to the Convention a "Union man," they can only blame themselves if the "Great Eastern," or other ships, go, under the advantage of the Southern tariff, to the Southern States, and there discharge, their cargoes. Will Norfolk ever awake from her profound slumber? We sincerely hope she will, and the day is not far distant.

Dr. Wm. A. Smith, of Randolph Macon College, is expected to deliver several lectures is this place at an early day on the subject of slavery.

Mr. John B. Cary's Military Academy is in a prosperous condition. This school has taken a high stand, and we hope the labors of the enterprising Principal will be abundantly rewarded. Chesapeake Female College has comparatively a small attendance, though the beautiful situation, etc., entitles it to a very large number of scholars. Judge Gregory in a recent case, has decided all the money shall be paid at once by the purchasers of the College, $35,000. It should have been paid January, 1860. The creditors have been waiting a long time, but we suppose not very patiently. Some of the securities have had to pay, or will have to pay, for the College, six or seven hundred dollars each, besides large amounts of stock. Yet, we hear these men have been censured — they do not deserve it.--They have done all that could be expected of them, and have made great personal sacrifices. The concert at the College was not well attended. Some persons from Portsmouth were present; few from this place.

The weather has been very cold. The fruit is not only injured, but we fear destroyed.--Early vegetables will be high this season.

Yours, &c.,


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