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Affairs in Petersburg. [correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.] Petersburg. Va., March 26, 1862. Sojourning for a while at this place. I know no way of employing a few hours to more advantage than in giving you a few items "by the wayside." What a contrast between this city and busy, bustling Richmond! All the difference in the world. It is true, the Barbarian arm of martial law is alike extended over both places. Armed squads of soldiers parade the streets; but here they are reward far between. The work to be performed is limited. No extensive programme of daily arrests is so be seen as with you; but the steady, onward, tranquil move of both military and civil affairs distinguish the face of Petersburg. Not that the visitors or citizens excel those of Richmond in moral culture or enlightened behavior, is it to be reckoned that reckoned that this variance in the local items of the two places exist; but amply from the fact that Richmond is thronged, "full to overflow