Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in Petersburg.
Petersburg March 27, 1861.
There seems to be a perfect dearth of news here at present.
Nothing to disturb the quiet of private life, and nothing to excite the interest, or command the attention of the public mind.
A casual glance into the Mayor's Court
, for several days past, has discovered the Chief Magistrate
of our 'burg complacently sitting in his "easy chair," awaiting, with commendable patience, the appearance of any case upon which his decision might be needed; but, with trifling exceptions, he has had nothing to occupy his time.
Rev. Theodoric Pryor
, to the great disappointment and sorrow of his large congregation and many friends, has been confined to his bed by severe illness, for several weeks.--He is, however, convalescent now, and will soon be able to resume his ministerial duties.
The contract to furnish arms for the companies A and B, "Greys," has been awarded to R. A. Harrison
, a jeweller of this city.
He has agreed to supply 120 of the celebrated Enfield Rifles, at $23.75 a piece.
A handsome brick dwelling, of large size, and with all modern improvements; also, a fine new brick law-office adjoining it, on the same lot, the property of R. R. Collier
, were disposed of at public auction yesterday, for the small sum of $5,250. This property is situated on Bank street, in the very heart of the city, and at any other time than the present would have brought double the price it sold for.
A new company, styling themselves the ‘"Independent Sons of the South
,"’ has been formed within the past few days, and is daily rapidly increasing in numbers.
It is entirely composed of gentlemen who are for resisting the rule of the Black Republicans
, and favoring the union of Virginia
with the South
Homespun is to be their suit, and they will in no manner encourage the production of Northern manufactures.
The cotton and wheat market has been very quiet this week, and but few sales have been transacted in either.
Stock on hand very small, and receipts very limited.