Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Petersburg.
Petersburg, April 1, 1861.
To-day witnesses the annual return of the Easter holidays — a short season of intense excitement to the colored population, who walk the streets with a careless, happy mien, enviable to behold, and which would doubtless put to blush the sage comment from their Northern friends, ‘"that they are the victims of a sad delusion."’ We hope they will keep their happiness within modest bounds, and not ‘"take to spirits to keep the spirits up. "’
The Lent services have been unusually interesting this season, and it has been a delightful relief to turn away from the restless scenes of political strife, and the petty trying cares of daily life, and enter one of the quiet sanctuaries to hear the grateful sounds of praise and the devout utterances of thanksgiving.--The ministers, too, seem to have been fully impressed with the importance of devoting themselves to the mighty task of explaining the great plan of salvation so intimately connected with the solemn season, and have been truly eloquent in describing their great Master
's work on earth.
They deserve to have reaped a harvest of souls, sincere and penitent.
The appointment of a new mail agent on the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad has caused a general dissatisfaction among the citizens of this place.
A large crowd assembled at the depot on Saturday afternoon, and again on this afternoon, to meet the new incumbent on his arrival and testify their disapprobation of his appointment.
But he did not come.
Not having received his commission, he of course could not enter upon the discharge of his duties.
I understand he intends to hold it, when he once gets it, and also that he defiles the people of Petersburg
to deprive him of his delegated power.
He has some sympathizers here and when he comes hot work will be done.--Geo. S. Kueller
is his name, and reports concerning him are not such as to recommend him in these troublous times.