Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Affairs in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Norfolk, Va., April 11, 1861.
Great excitement prevailed here yesterday, out of the fact that a number of dispatches had been received stating that seven war steamers were off Charleston harbor
, and of the official information to Gov. Pickens
of the intended reinforcement of "Fort Sumter
." --Many of our Union men, I have reason to believe, were converted then to the ranks of the Secessionists.
The secession feeling, I have some ground of believing, is gaining strong hold upon our citizens; and now, since the war rumors that have reached us, many are for immediate secession.
A petition to this effect was lately sent to our representative in the Convention
, signed by a number of our most prominent citizens.
Our city press teem with rumors of this kind, and are anxiously perused by our people.
A great deal of excitement is expressed to hear the latest news from Charleston
, and our papers will be eagerly sought for.
The election for the Mayoralty has just closed in Portsmouth
, which resulted in the selection of John O'Lawrence
, (Union,) of that city, over Geo. W. Grice
, (Secessionist.) The fact of the triumph of the Union party at this ne created some surprise among a number, who were sanguine of the success of the Secession candidates.
A number of our working men have recently been displaced from the Gosport Navy-Yard
I hear it started that Mr. Jas. C. White
, of Portsmouth
,) will receive the appointment of Postmaster
of that city.--It is also reported that Capt. Ferguson
of this city, will receive an appointment of Custom-House officer; although I learn that strong effort is being made to retain the present incumbent.
F. to commander of one of the finest companies in the city, numbering over 100 men, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of our people.
Excuse haste, " Adelphos."