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[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]

Norfolk, October 23, 1861.
There is some concern in our community with regard to the apparently active operations of the Federal forces below. It was rumored yesterday that the entire fleet in the Roads had suddenly left; but I learned subsequently that this was not the case. The weather having changed favorably — wind northwest, and clearing off — the armada may soon attempt depredations at some point along the coast or up some deep river.

A meeting of the Society of the Soldiers of the War of 1812, held recently in this city, passed the following appropriate resolution:

"Resolved," That the death of our late esteemed ex- President, Thos. G. Broughton, deprives his fellow-soldiers of the war of 1812 of his experienced mind and dexterous pen, forever ready to espouse the just and merited rights of his companions in arms at an eventful period, now only in history. He believed it to be self- evident that the old soldiers of the war of 1812 who were infirm by age and ill-timed want were entitled to remuneration for faithful services rendered, and early advocated their claims. For such a man — for such a soldier — we sorrow, and with sadness sympathize with his bereaved widow and family."

Gen. Henry B. Woodhouse, of Princess Anne county, was re-elected President of the Society.

I notice occasional statements in the papers relative to the healthfulness of the location of Norfolk and its vicinity; and many persons manifest surprise that the troops at this station have enjoyed much better health than at almost any other place.

During the war of 1812 (says the Suffolk Su) large numbers of the soldiers stationed at Norfolk died, and ever since sickness and death have been associated with Norfolk in the minds of many persons in the up-country. But we think facts will show that there have been many more deaths among the soldiers about Manassas and on the Potomac and the Northwest than about Norfolk. Many of the regiments about Norfolk have only lost two or three. In the regiments stationed at Suffolk and in the vicinity of Smith field, but few comparatively have died. Thus figures show that the idea of this being an unhealthy section of country is not well founded.

No better time or opportunity than the present for showing that the impression entertained in many parts of the country about the sickness of this part of Eastern Virginia, is entirely erroneous. It is true there has been malignant tropical fever here in past years; but the same cause that produced it here would render it equally as prevalent and fatal in any other town in the country — namely, the importation of the disease from the African coast, or some infected town of the West Indies, and discharging the death dealing poison among the people. Notwithstanding the assertions and impressions to the contrary, well authenticated statistics and bills of mortality prove conclusively that this is among the most healthy locations in the world.

The sickness among the soldiers in 1812-13, was caused by circumstances that would have had a similar effect in other healthy locations. The disease which caused the greatest mortality among the troops here in the last war with Great Britain was not at all peculiar to this section. It was the cold plague, an epidemic which commenced its ravages at the Canada, and spread thence as far South as Georgia.

The Federal officer who says his name is Hale, and who, after having a good time on board one of the ships in the Roads on Sunday night and landed on the wrong side of the river, has made a visit to the Capital, where he will no doubt be treated kindly.

A lady of our city, who has recently returned from Baltimore, where she collected a considerable sum of money, says she exchanged Northern funds for Virginia money at 12 per cent., and was afterwards informed that she could have gotten 50 per cent. On arriving at Washington, she was told that she could have readily effected an exchange there, receiving at the rate of two dollars in Virginia notes for one in notes of the Northern banks.

There was heavy firing below yesterday at half-past 4 o'clock, I have not learned the particulars.

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