[for the Richmond Dispatch.]
that Sensation Dispatch.
Wilmington, N. C., Jan. 19, 1862.
How in the name of common sense such a dispatch as the one referred to in the columns of a Richmond Journal, relative to the Burnside
expedition being then in sight of New Inlet
, (at the mouth of the Cape Fear river
,) could be from a source entitling it to credit, is far beyond the imagination of those people who inhabit the region of the Cape Fear
in the first place, I am confident no dispatch of such a character would have been sent from this office.
In the second, a dispatch coming from any other office than this would not be coming from a source entitling it to credit.
Such publications as these only tend to throw a whole community into excitement and confusion; and papers should be very particular how they give place to such statements or ‘"dispatches."’ I can assure you, and possibly relieve the minds of a great many Wilmingtonians now in Richmond
, that not more than two vessels have been in sight of Ball Head Light-House since the 1st instant, and these small steamers acting as blockaders.
Should such a formidable armada as the Burnside Expedition
pay our fortifications a visit, you will receive, by first mail, full particulars.