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From Norfolk.

[Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Aug. 29th, 1861.
The Federal fleet that sailed from Old Point a few days ago, and mentioned in my last letter, is said to have gone to Roanoke Island, N. C., about 100 miles south of Cape Henry. This small Island is situated to the eastward of Tyrell county, and is surrounded by a vast sheet of water which connects Albemarle and Pamilco Sounds, and too shallow, of course, for large vessels.*

I learn that Simon Cameron, Federal Secretary of War, whose brother was killed at Manassas, is the same individual who, about ten years ago, was connected with the Gosport Iron Works, on the opposite side of the river, and a few hundred feet from the entrance to the Navy-Yard. He was concerned with A. Mahaffey, of Pennsylvania. They got the contract for building the machinery for the U. S. steamer Powhatan, and the work was done, for which the concern received ample remuneration. They bought valuable property in and near Portsmouth, and some of the money- making party are probably the owners of the property at this time, although I am not certain about this.

I notice an extract in the Dispatch, from a letter written by James Monroe, of New York, to some citizens of New Jersey, in which he advocates the peace policy, and mentions some historical facts, from which the blundering and presumptuous would-be statement in Washington should learn a wise lesson. Mr. Monroe is a Virginian, and is well known in our city. He is now regarded in New York as a lawyer of distinction, and is a regular descendant of President Monroe, whose name he bears and whose remains repose safely and quietly upon the beautiful banks of the James river, where they were transferred in good time from that once proud, but now humbled city, in which Southerners are hated so intensely because they will not continue to pour out their treasure to build marble palaces for their worst enemies.

James Monroe, now of New York, formerly belonged to the U. S. Army, was one of its most accomplished and efficient officers, and was with old Scott in Mexico. He resigned about eight years ago.

I regret that our citizens, even the ladies, have been misrepresented by some injudicious letter-writer, whose unjust statements have appeared in print I know the gratifying fact that our citizens have acted liberally with regard to the soldiers, that money has been voted, clothing and provisions furnished, the houses thrown "open wide" for their welcome reception and hospitable entertainment, and that the ladies especially have acted most nobly, and deserve the highest praise for their praiseworthy, thoughtful and laborious efforts in behalf of the gallant Southern troops encamped in our vicinity.--Hundreds of them have worked until their fingers are sore, and have contributed to the extent of their ability to the wants and comforts of the soldiers. I hope they will not be discouraged or hindered by these misrepresentations in their kind, true-hearted, and patriotic efforts in behalf of the sons of the South, who are here ready to drive back those who threaten to desolate our homes. I hope these slanders of Norfolk and its citizens will not be continued. Our city is suffering sufficiently now on account of the war, in trade, commerce, and local improvements. She has suffered severely from fire, pestilence, and a diversion of her trade; and now, while her citizens are manfully preparing to resist to the death those who threaten to batter down her buildings and cause a deluge of fire to sweep her out of existence, it is no time to indulge in unjust representations with regard to her liberal and patriotic citizens. We fear not those who are anxious to steal our property, burn our houses and destroy the lives of our people. We are prepared to resist them, crush them down and drive them off, whenever they may essay to invade this part of Virginia; but there is slight reason at least to fear that mischief may be done by some of our own people by unkind and unjust newspaper reports. It is not improbable, however, that the world will go on notwithstanding the statements alluded to; and as the writer of them was probably misinformed, he may make the necessary correction.

[* Intelligence was received in Richmond yesterday that the expedition proceeded to Hatteras Inlet.]

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