Condition of affairs in Norfolk.
--A lady in Norfolk
writes as follows concerning the condition of that city under Yankee rule:
No man is allowed to do any kind of business unless he takes out license, and to do that he must swear allegiance not only to the United States Government, but to the bogus Virginia Government under Pierpont
as Governor, ignoring the act of secession and all fealty to the Government
in authority at Richmond
Our citizens refused to take the oath of allegiance to the United States
; how much more do they abhor the other?
The consequence is, no business has been done by them for nearly a year, and as many have been dependent upon their business for a support, you can imagine how many sacrifices they have been compelled to make. "Hope on, hope ever," is our motto, and our trust is in Him who listens to the young ravens when they cry.
One of the most cruel acts is the prohibiting our physicians to practice unless they take the detested oath, as before described.
But one yielded, Dr. Granier
, and now we must languish and die if the Great Physician does not interpose.
They at first attended their patients gratuitously, but that was soon forbidden.
The next cruel act is stopping the circulation of our money.
Nothing passes but U. S. currency, and very few persons have any of that.
If we take a ten dollar note down town of the best Virginia bank money, it is difficult to get three dollars currency for it. What is to become of us at that rate?
I enclose a list of established market prices, which may appear very reasonable to you, but when you consider that we have no money to buy with, you will perceive that a reduction of prices makes but little difference to us, and no means of earning money.
Now, with these facts before you, and many more which I could mention, but which want of time compels one to omit, do you not thick our situation deplorable in the extreme?
Tell our friends, particularly our Norfolk
boys, if you ever see any of them, they shall never have cause to blush for us. Tell them ever to remember that while they are fighting to deliver us we are fighting to sustain them, and while prevented from engaging with our enemies in open battle, we are struggling with them in as great a conflict at home.
God grant that our example may be blessed and our efforts at last crowned with victory.
Our enemies would dishearten us if they could.
They tell us constantly of the weakness and almost imbecility of our rulers, the disaffection of our army, and withhold from us if possible every encouraging thought; but, despite it all hope springs up, and we trust, under God, everything to our leaders.
has been removed, and General Naglee
is now Military Governor
We have hoped for a more favorable turn of affairs, but have not much to expect.
He seems more conservative and less corrupt than his predecessor, is a Democrat, while the other was an Abolitionist; but he is subordinate to a higher authority and can do but little to relieve us, even if disposed to do so.