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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
affairs in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth, Va., April 18th, 1861.
Great times about here — enthusiastic and crowded secession meetings held--Confederate flags flying — our harbor is obstructed to prevent Government vessels from passing.--The ship Cumberland, that has been lying down at the anchorage for some three weeks, was yesterday removed to the yard, and anchored abreast the ship-house B, and shortly after coming to anchor those on shore had the gratification of witnessing the loading of the guns, with grape-shot; in the meantime, the gates of the yard were closed to prevent the citizens from passing and repassing. All this war business is said to be going on on account of a report that the yard is to be taken possession of by the Secessionists.

By-the-way, the new appointees of Abraham are to take charge to-day, among them we notice two New Yorkers and an Irishman. How many more such Northern and foreign coercionists are to be appointed, time will tell. If the powers that be at Washington don't hurry up and make a clean sweep of what few office-holders there are left, they will have no chance to do it.

Union as it Was.

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