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President Davis, who arrived in this city Sunday evening, passed through Petersburg on his way. The Express says: ‘ He met with an enthusiastic reception on his arrival. We presume that not less than one thousand to fifteen hundred persons were present to welcome him, consisting of soldiers and civilians — Loud calls were made for the President, when he made his appearance on the platform of the car, and was introduced to the large audience by Hon. C. F. Collier. When the deafening cheers which greeted his appearance had subsided, the President thanked the crowd for the unexpected reception, and said that he was not the bearer of bad news. Our gallant army had thrice repulsed the enemy at Vicksburg, and overwhelmingly defeated him in a pitched battle in Tennessee. The West, he confined is thoroughly aroused and her enthusiasm equals that of Virginia. He had heard, while coming along of another intended demonstration of the enemy in Eastern North Carolina.--His friend, General French, would carefully watch and take care of them. The old men and the young would meet and sweep them from the coast, and naught but the tracks of the defenders of the soil would thereafter be seen. Speaking of concert of action in the South, the President said it is as necessary to the success of our cause as a fair wind and good sails are to a ship in mid ocean; and, referring to the results of this great revolution, he said that as certain as the earth now revolves upon its axis so surely will peace and independence be established. At the conclusion of his remarks the President was again enthusiastically cheered and the crowd did not disperse until the train left for the Richmond depot. ’
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