Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Middlesex county.
Jamaica, May 23, 1861.
To-day has been a day of excitement in the old county of Middlesex
--every man, both civil and military, has been moving.
Be assured that we are fully up to the times in every respect, and a larger vote was never before cast in the county.
Our people are fully aroused, and are fast making every preparation for the defence of our homes and our firesides.
Volunteer companies are springing up in all directions.
We have at present four regularly organized companies, and others forming.
With a suffrage of not more than four hundred and twenty, we have ready for action now, at a moment's notice, three hundred and fifty men enrolled as volunteers, besides a large home guard.
Can any county beat Middlesex
All we want are good arms, and when any of Lincoln
's horde shall dare desecrate our soil by a tread of their feet, they will meet a foe who know how to maintain their rights.
Give us, then, arms, and we ask no more.
To-morrow, some of our volunteer forces will be inspected by Major Ker
, and soon mustered into service, they will do good work whenever they may be called, though I presume they will not be taken away from our county, as the beautiful Rappahannock
needs as much guarding as any of our rivers, and it should not be left unprotected, as I presume it will not be.
The vote of the county, so far as heard from, is as follows: Jamaica
— for ratification of the Ordinance 102; against none.
— for ratification, 160; against, 2.
, the vote for amendment to the Constitution
stood, at the close, for it, 80; against it, 7. --For Evans
, House of Delegates, 90.
, Board of Public Works, 87.
Our gallant Evans
has no opposition in the two counties of Matthews and Middlesex
Yesterday will be long remembered, as a day in which we expressed our willingness to sever all the ties that bound us to the old Union, and may our connection with our new allies be more congential.