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From Charleston.

[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Charleston, April 8, 1861.
No mistake now about supplies being o off from Major Anderson. He is to let Gen. Beauregard hear from him to-day what will be his course. I predict that the ultimatum will be, that all intercourse between the city and the batteries around the harbor will be prevented by Anderson, if he can, which will be an open declaration of war on the part of the Lincoln Government. I telegraphed you this morning to that effect, and stated that Lieut. Talbot, who left here for Washington a week ago, for the purpose, as he stated, of being promoted, is now on his way back with dispatches for Major Anderson. Gen. Beauregard has now determined that he shall not return to the fort, unless he shows to him the order, from Lincoln's Government, that Sumter is to be immediately evacuated. By that time we expect the fleet, now sailed and sailing to be hovering over our shores, when we will give them the reception of warm affection. Some of our people are still of opinion that Anderson will evacuate, but I confess I have no such idea. I have no confidence in Anderson, nor his masters at Washington, and nothing, in my opinion, would rejoice the heart of your Administration, and the heart of Anderson, and the heart of that old dotard, the most degenerate of all the degenerate sons of Virginia, Scott, more than for them to be able to hold Sumter, even at the expense of the lives of thousands of the sons of the bough; but we count not our lives dear, so that we establish our rights and maintain them.

The order given to take all the vessels lying at anchor in the bay higher up the river, was not for any fear of their injury, but by law they are obliged to keep lights burning at night, and we want no lights to guide any stealthy enemy. The last three days have been days of intense excitement, and I apprehend that nothing will cool us so soon as a good sound thrashing, which we are willing to receive when it can be done decently.

I have told you all along that there would be no peace until it was conquered, and the people here begin now to see as I have seen.--I have never seen the day since we seceded from the corrupt Black Republican Government, that I would have trusted one of them, from Buchanan down, upon oath. I know their proclivities too well for that. They have operating upon them two of the most powerful locatives known to Yankees: that is, gain and hatred — gain, because the fattest part of their dominions has been cut off; hatred, because when victory perched upon their efforts, it has, like the apple of Sodom, turned to ashes when they were ready to gulp it down into their famished maws.

I now repeat the prediction, and you who are younger than I will live to see it, that children yet unborn will have the finger of scorn pointed at them, and it will be said of them, as it is said of some at this day in this State, ‘"there goes a man whose grandfather was a Terry. "’

That men have a right to think and act for themselves, I never doubted; but when the interests of millions, and the lives and happiness of millions--when our domestic peace and happiness are invaded by a foe more deadly in its hatred than any foreign power, and more potent for evil — shall men sit and discuss the blessed attractions belonging to that foe, and permit ourselves to be beguiled, deltoded and deceived into syren security --The fact that Lincolns Cabinet keeps from your own State all its secrets — a State which has the largest interest at stake of all the Union--when secret sessions are constantly held, when no one is permitted to know its doings except their own political stripe — is that not enough to satisfy every Virginian that they are objects of suspicion. Virginians, rise in the power of your might, wipe out the foul stain put upon you by your servants, assume your own powers, and teach them, and all your would-be masters, that you still have flowing in your veins the blood of your renowned ancestors. Aye, put your foot firmly upon the necks of your deadliest foes, and stamp with infamy those who would sell you to that enemy. Virginias.

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