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An Extensive rumor

The city was vastly exercised yesterday with a report that Gen. Magruder had telegraphed for reinforcements to repulse an apprehended attack of the enemy upon the Peninsula; that an immense body of troops had been landed at Fortress Monroe and Newport News, and that the Governor would forth with call into requisition the services of the militia in the counties adjacent to York and James Rivers. The subject was discussed at the street corners, and the usual sources of ‘"reliable intelligence"’ were besieged with more than ordinary perseverance.

We are not prepared to say that the rumor was altogether without foundation, though from the unusual calmness in official quarters last night it might be inferred that there was not much disposition to increase the outside commotion. We have had so many of these sensational reports from the Peninsula, many of them started by thoughtless individuals for no other purpose than to excite the public mind, that we are constrained to cannon the people against giving much consideration to anything that has not the weight of official confirmation or approval. With regard to the present topic, nothing has been ascertained to give it the impress of truth, and official information leads us to the belief that it is very much exaggerated. We have intelligence that 2,000 Federals were taken away from Fortress Monroe two days since, in a large steamer, but their destination is not stated.

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