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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
North Carolina in Motton — Old Rip Van Winkle "Wide Awake."

Raleigh, N. C., April 17th, 1861.
Having just obtained a copy of the following Proclamation, which Gov. Ellis will issue tomorrow morning, I hasten to forward it to you :


[State of North Carolina.]

A Proclamation by John W. Ellis, Governor of North Carolina.

Whereas, by Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, followed by a requisition of Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, I am informed that the said Abraham Lincoln has made a call for 75,000 men, to be employed for the invasion of the peaceful homes of the South, and for the violent subversion of the liberties of a free people, constituting a large part of the whole population of the late United States : And, whereas, this high handed act of tyrannical outrage is not only in violation of all constitutional law. in utter disregard of every sentiment of humanity and Christian civilization, and conceived in a spirit of aggression unparalleled by any act of recorded history, but is a direct step to wards the subjugation of the whole South, and the conversion of a free Republic, inherited from our fathers, into a military despotism, to be established by worse than foreign enemies on the ruins of our once glorious Constitution of Equal Rights.

Now, therefore, I, John W. Ellis, Governor of the State of North Carolina, for these extraordinary causes, do hereby issue this, my Proclamation, notifying and requesting the Senators and Members of the House of Commons of the General Assembly of North Carolina, to meet in Special Session at the Capitol, in the city of Raleigh, on Wednesday, the first day of May next. And I furthermore exhort all good citizens throughout the State to be mindful that their first allegiance is due to the Sovereignty which protects their homes and dearest interests, as their first service is due for the sacred defence of their hearths, and of the soil which holds the graves of our glorious dead.

United action in defence of the sovereignty of North Carolina, and of the rights of the South, becomes now the duty of all.

Given under my hand, and attested by the Great Seal of the State. Done at the city of Raleigh the 17th day of April, A. D. 1861, and in the eighty-fifth year of our independence.


By the Governor:

Graham Davis, Private Secretary.

The people of this State are now a unit for resistance to the usurper and tyrant, Abraham Lincoln. If the Black Republicans think they can frighten the people of the South by the threats in which they so freely indulge, they "reckon without their host." --The hearts of our people are fired with indignation, and we will now act quickly. Already the troops of North Carolina are in possession of the forts on our coast, and I presume it will not be many hours before we shall hear that the arsenal at Fayetteville has been taken. There are now 65,000 stand of arms in this arsenal, 10,000 of these being the celebrated Sharpe's rifles. Tenders of men to the Governor are pouring in upon him. No less than 3,000 men have been tendered to the Governor to-day, who are ready to march instantly upon any service our Governor may command.

A special train leaves here to-night, to carry the above Proclamation to the distant counties of the West.

We all waited anxiously at the telegraph office to-night, hoping to hear that the Ordinance of Secession had passed your Convention, but no such information came. If Virginia does not act promptly, we cannot wait for her; indeed, we are not waiting now, but seizing upon every thing belonging to the Federal Government in our State, and preparing for the conflict.

Col. C. C. Tew, of the Hillsboro' Military Academy, has been sent by the Governor to take command of the troops in Fort Macon.

We had an enthusiastic meeting here last night, when such men as Gov. Manly and John W. Syme, editor of the Register, urged the immediate secession of North Carolina from the Union. Both of these gentlemen have been up to a recent date strong Union men.

Hiawatha.

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