THE YELLOW FEVER
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH,
as reported in the
Transcription by Donna Bluemink
Note: Correspondence usually dates from the previous day(s) so there may be repetition between news and correspondence of various dates.
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—We take the following information from the Petersburg Express of yesterday: Mrs. Anthony Dibrell, widow of Rev. Anthony Dibrell, dec'd, has recovered, and arrived in Petersburg, Monday evening.
Mr. Joseph Mickie, an engineer on the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad, was taken off his engine and carried to the hospital, on the arrival of the train in Portsmouth, Saturday evening.
Mrs. John A. Foreman, in Portsmouth, is thought to be out of danger.
Mrs. Avery C. Williams, of the same place, is thought to be dying.
Nathaniel H. Wilson, a deaf mute, for several years engaged in the office of the clerk of the court in Portsmouth, is down.
John G. Atkinson, Teller of the Exchange Bank in Norfolk, is down with fever.
In Petersburg, Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, of Norfolk, and her infant daughter Eudora, have died during the last week.
From the Southside Democrat we extract the following: "There is still a great deal of suffering in both Norfolk and Portsmouth, and the Seaboard train and Bay boats it is thought will stop running, for they are sinking money every day, and then where will relief to the distressed come from, and how!"
A gentleman say that he was in Norfolk a few days since and saw six hundred cases, and in one ward of the City Hospital he saw sixty-eight lying ill, forty of whom were dying, and three died while he was there. He saw twelve bodies piled up in one corner of the room, like so many dead hogs, awaiting burials, and among them was the late young Walter Scott, son of Robert G. Scott, of Richmond.
It looks like a hard case that the dead should be thus huddled together, pitilessly like a parcel of slaughtered swine, but it could not be helped and the one who would sicken at the recital must think of the circumstances.
Not many, from either Portsmouth or Norfolk, none from the former, have accepted the use of the tents sent down from Baltimore. In fact, although they have been generously offered, I hear of none being accepted at all as yet.
I learn that the funds of the Odd Fellows Lodge in Portsmouth, and they had a considerable sum on hand, have been exhausted for several weeks, and still there are suffering widows and orphans there. A sad state of things truly.
I learn there was a perfect stampede in Suffolk this morning. Large piles of trunks were seen lying before the doors of family residences, while wagons and carts laden with beds and other necessary furniture for housekeeping filled the streets.
The case of young Riddick is the only one that has occurred in Suffolk, certain, though Mr. C. informs me that several other cases were reported there this morning.
The report about the illness of the wife and children of the late lamented Dr. Collins, is untrue.—They are all well, and beyond the reach of the infection.
IN PURSUANCE OF THE WISHES of the large meeting of citizens on Thursday last, the joint committee of the City Council and citizens have been doing all they could to aid our sister cities, Norfolk and Portsmouth. —On Friday last, they telegraphed the authorities of those places, of the desire for a conference with some committee, to plan measures for their benefit; and they telegraphed them further to send up all those whom they could spare, and especially the orphan children, and Richmond would take care of them.
To this effect letters also were written Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, and on Monday night letters were placed in the hands of Captain Davis, of the Curtis Peck, with instructions to employ a special messenger at Hampton to deliver those letters to the authorities of both cities, and to bring their answers to Capt. D.
No answer was received from those authorities until last night, when Portsmouth responded by letter, in a most feeling manner. The Rev. Mr. Hume, of the Baptist Church in Portsmouth, who has displayed such noble firmness and devotion to the duties of his holy calling in the midst of the plague, also arrived in the city, to confer with our committee on behalf of Portsmouth. This conference was had between him and the committee, last night, and a most interesting one it was.
Mr. H. gave a full explanation of the condition of the people of Portsmouth and their wants, and the committee have already profited by the information given by him. This morning they sent down lemons and chickens, and other things that are wanted.
With regard to the removal of the people, the letter to the committee expressed the opinion that it was impracticable to transport any considerable number of the adults now in Portsmouth; but it admitted that the little orphan children could be moved with advantage to the city, and no doubt to the children themselves, who, in the condition of things, cannot be cared for as their tender age requires. Mr. Hume corroborated the views of the committee, and in a very clear manner explained and enforced them.
The committee appealed to Mr. Hume to act as their agent on his return, and to collect the little parentless children of both Portsmouth and Norfolk, and send them up instantly; as arrangements had already for some days been made here to receive and take care of them. He promised to do this, and declared that it would afford him the greatest pleasure to carry out the wishes of the committee.
Mr. Hume returns this morning to Portsmouth, and we trust will succeed in accomplishing the object our committee has confided to him. In the meantime we see Baltimore has granted the use of the House of Refuge in that city for the orphans, but as the application of Richmond to be entrusted with the care of those helpless and bereaved little ones has been pending since Friday last, we trust they will be sent here.
It is certainly but just to Richmond, as her application is earliest, that she should have them. She has, besides, a better place for them than the Baltimore House of Refuge.
REV. DR. McCABE, of Hampton.
This worthy gentleman has been conspicuous among those who have exerted themselves for the relief of the afflicted people of Norfolk and Portsmouth. He has been untiring in his holy office and in his personal exertions, ministering to the sorrows of the sick and afflicted brought to his town, and in his efforts for the promotion of every plan for the succor and relief of the inhabitants of the devoted cities. His warm heart and his whole-souled humanity have shone brightly in his labors and in his noble zeal.
MORE AID.—Yesterday morning, Mr. Wm. Bradley, Superintendent of the Manchester Cotton and Woolen Manufactory, handed us sixty-four dollars and fifty cents, contributed by the employees in the establishment under his charge, for the people of Norfolk and Portsmouth, with a request that it be forwarded. The list was headed with a $10 subscription by Mr. B., and the remainder was made up by small amounts from the operatives, who themselves suggested the subscription, and handed their contributions to the superintendent. When we consider the very limited means of these persons, this subscription is highly creditable to their humanity and liberality.
MISS ANDREWS.—It having been stated that Miss Andrews, the humane lady who came from New York to nurse the sick, was herself among those down with the fever, we are requested to state that she has not had the fever. She was a little indisposed for a day; but she is actively engaged in attending the sick. She is in now with a Portsmouth family, nursing the wife of a minister who is sick with the fever.
We understand that our former townsman, EDWARD C. BOLTON, Esq., now of New Orleans, passed through this city yesterday, en route to Norfolk, as a volunteer in the cause of humanity. Mr. B., from personal experience, is quite familiar with the terrors of yellow fever, and will no doubt be a valuable addition to the corps of Southern gentlemen now rendering such efficient aid in that sorrow-stricken city.
Lexington, Sept. 9th.
Mr. Editor.—The destitution and sufferings of the citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth, have waked up the sympathies of the continent. There seems to be hardly a family in Virginia which remains unaffected by the fearful ravages of disease and death in the devoted cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. If all have not lost relatives there, still they have lost dear friends. The Dispatch is the messenger of grief to the uncounted thousands all over the State, who eagerly wait for its arrival, to detail to listening crowds the fate of friends and relatives in Norfolk and Portsmouth. Sympathy, horror and grief, all combine to devise some plan for the relief of the sufferers. The powers at Washington have been applied to in vain. Gold and silver by tens of thousands, and nostrums, and recipes, scientific and quack, have come to the rescue, but all in vain; still the fever rages.
Well, Mr. Editor, will you hear a suggestion from the mountains? Borrow the camp tents from the general-in-chief at Washington. Put up 25 or 50 of these at the first good spring you come to, in the North or Allegheny mountains, along Central, Va., and Tennessee Railroad; 25 or 50 at the next spring, and so on till tents enough are pitched to accommodate all that remains in Norfolk, then remove them all there. Don't wait for a scientific doctor to go and analyze the mountain waters, and for an experienced general to lay off the camp on a pay of $1000 a month. Send on the tents at once, and in 24 hours after their arrival, if we have due notice of their coming, we will have them ready to walk into. If the tents can't be obtained, let us know it, and we will send one to superintend the construction of tents, enough of which can be made in three days in Richmond, to answer all demands. The report of the committee at Hampton suggests that the only hope is in flight. Then flee to the mountains where pure water and pure air will stop the ravages of death, and save the few that remain. Don't go to the borders of other cities where thousands of others must be removed against their will and interest for your accommodation. Come! come to the mountains and be healed.
Eighty yards of ten cent cotton cloth, twenty-two feet of inch plank and one dozen shingle nails, will make a tent large enough to accommodate comfortably, in sunshine or rain, six persons, sick or well.
This, Mr. Editor, is the plan of A MOUNTAINEER.
TRUE BENEVOLENCE.— The members of five Divisions of Sons of Temperance in this city have subscribed and forwarded to Norfolk and Portsmouth, for the benefit of the sufferers, over $400. This is truly a liberal donation, when the fact is considered that none of the divisions are very large, and that the members of all of them had contributed of their means as church members and individuals.
LATEST MAIL NEWS
From Norfolk and Portsmouth, Sept. 10, 10 P. M.
Editor Dispatch: I am very sorry to inform you that our very efficient steward and head nurse, Mr. Henry Myers, or your city, has just been taken with the yellow fever. He is now in a fine perspiration, and so far doing very well; he will receive every care and attention that can be given, and if skill and attention will do any thing, he will recover. He has endeared himself to all by his kindness and fearless devotion to the sick.—It is the prayer of many that he will soon regain the health he had when his kind heart prompted him to leave home, friends, and a healthy city to come to a desolate and infected city to render aid to the destitute, sick and dying. Today Dr. Gooch of your city was buried. In him as another one of God's noblemen been called to his long home. He was buried with appropriate ceremonies, as well as the sickness would admit. He was put in a metallic coffin and his grave marked, so his remains can be removed by his friends. He died in a noble cause, fighting manfully for the poor and destitute. About 2 hours before death he spoke quite rationally, felt his own pulse and asked for some stimulants. His death was easy. He was kindly attended to in all his sickness.
Today the following persons died at the Hospital: E. J. Mallory, John Grambey, Mr. Morris, John Keys, Jos. White, Thos. Briggs, May Little, ___ Dabby, and a slave of Mr. Dunbar—nine in all. Quite large with us, but there were only five persons admitted, namely: Mrs. Mahoney, Jas. Ward, H. Lyman, J. Hudson, and a slave of Mrs. Mallory.—Most of the patients here are doing very well. Our hospital is not a slaughter house, as some of the letter writers state. A great many persons are brought here in a dying state. Sometimes they die in less than an hour after being admitted. As skillful as our hospital physicians are, we do not expect them to cure a dying man. They felt hurt that they should be termed butchers. They are gentlemen of high standing and well- established ability and skill. One of them, Dr. Read of Augusta, was last year publicly presented with a silver set for his great success. Out of some 381 cases he lost only 37, which was something extraordinary for a butcher. Will write tomorrow, A. B. Cook, our superintendent, is convalescent,
P. S.—Since writing the above, Augustus Chandler has died.
HAMPTON, Sept. 10, 9 o'clock, P. M.
Information from Norfolk, via Suffolk has just at this moment reached us, which is still more alarming and heart rending than any yet.
Six physicians have died in 48 hours, and also many of the prominent citizens. Consternation and despair seems to rest on those remaining. They know not what to do.—Through the kindness of Baltimore friends, tents, about 70 in all, have been erected on Mr. Segar's farm near here, and are now ready for the acceptance of any who might be willing to go there.
There are multitudes of widows and orphans, and the number is hourly increasing, who are left homeless and destitute, and in a few of the fearful news daily reaching us, of the distress and suffering of those two stricken cities. A standing committee has been formed to devise ways of assistance and relief, and it is now suggested that a committee be formed in Richmond, Petersburg and Baltimore to meet the committee here, to consult and devise some more efficient plan of giving relief than has as yet been adopted. Will you be so good as to publish the suggestion, and I trust it will meet the good wishes of all who sympathize with Norfolk and Portsmouth.
The contributions, so far, for Norfolk and Portsmouth, amount to about $100,000, and public meeting in behalf of the sufferers, are becoming general. Saturday afternoon a meeting was held in Washington, which was addressed by Dr. J. N. Schoolfield, of Portsmouth, who is temporarily sojourning in Georgetown, D.C., to recover from a violent attack of the fever. Steps were taken to raise money.
A meeting was also held in Warrenton, Fauquier, Monday night, and a call was issued for one to assemble in Alexandria last night.
Mr. Woolman, proprietor of the Mount Vernon Hotel, at Cape May, has offered that gracious and elegant building for the reception of the orphan children of Norfolk and Portsmouth. He places it at their disposal as long as it may be necessary.
Dr. Bolton, of New Orleans, and formerly of Richmond, arrived in Richmond yesterday, en route for Norfolk.
Dr. Wm. H. Freeman, of Philadelphia, has returned to Norfolk; also Dr. de Castro.—during Dr. Freeman's absence from home the position of Professor of Chemistry in the Wagner Institute, Philadelphia, was conveyed upon him.
Dr. F. E. B. Hintze and Dr. Moore, of Baltimore, have gone to Norfolk.
The following persons have left Philadelphia, during the past few days, for Norfolk: Dr. A. B. Campbell, lately Chief Resident physician at Blockley Almshouse and Hospital, and who acquired great experience in yellow fever in the United States Military Hospitals at Vera Cruz in 1847; Thomas D. __ard, Mrs. Olive Whittier, Miss Leonora Patterson, Dr. Steward Kennedy, Dr. James McCloskey, John O'Brien, John W. __mes, Thos. Whitten, Capt. John Johnson, __cent Jorves, James Hennessey, Wm. __sen, all of this city, and Dr. J. R. McCay, Georgia.
The schr Emily, Capt. Rowe, arrived at Baltimore Monday morning, from Antigua, with a cargo of sugar and molasses. She originally sailed for Norfolk, but the captain hearing of the prevalence of the fever there, went to that port, where she will discharge her cargo.
Thos. Watson, better known as the "Prototype Bard," of Richmond, arrived in Norfolk, Monday. He was a soldier in the English army in Jamaica during the great yellow fever year there, and writes us that the mortality, in proportion to population, is much more in Norfolk. He says that Walter Scott of Richmond, was buried by the side of Dr. Thompson of Baltimore; and David Cooke, also of this city, was buried at the foot of Scott. The graves are marked.
James H. Finch, foreman of the Norfolk Southern Argus, died in Petersburg yesterday morning, at 2 o'clock. He was attended in his last moments by Rev. T. G. Keen, of the Baptist church there.
On Saturday, twenty-five employees from the Gosport Navy Yard reached Philadelphia having been carried there according to order of the President. They will be employed at the station until the malady in Portsmouth disappears.
James McCormick of Richmond, has reached Norfolk and set in as a nurse.
Among the deaths in Norfolk Monday are: Theodore Cunningham, Clerk of the Farmer's Bank; Ambrose Dorney, an officer of the Howard Association; Wm. Moore, son of Horatio Moore, deceased.
Dr. N. C. Whitehead, acting mayor of Norfolk, made his will on Monday and was considered hopelessly ill at that time.
The last member of the Shuster family in Norfolk, died Monday.
By way of telegraph from Petersburg, we are informed of the death of six physicians in Norfolk, ___ were from the north. Our correspondent was unable to ascertain their names. There were 37 deaths in Norfolk, and 17 in Portsmouth, Monday. In the latter place Robert T. Scott, member of the Common Council, died Sunday night; and Avery Williams breathed his last on Monday night. Rev. Vernon Eskridge was very ill on Monday night.
No new cases have occurred in the town of Suffolk.
A later dispatch from Petersburg says that Miss Sarah Catharine Manning, Richard Eskridge, aged 18, and John Pullen, are among the dead in Portsmouth.
Rev. Vernon Eskridge, Chaplain United States Navy, was not expected to live through Monday.—Rev. Mr. Chisholm was very low. George F. Guy, a prominent citizen, was down with the fever.
Mr. J. H. Finch was buried in Blandford, near Petersburg, yesterday evening.
NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 1855.
A vote of thanks was tendered Mlle. Rachel by the Norfolk Relief Committee for her donation of $1,000. $1,500 have been raised in Newark and will be forwarded immediately. Twenty nurses will be employed as soon as possible and sent from this city to Norfolk.
AID FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
Columbia, S. C., Sept. 10th.—The City Council has appropriated $1000 for the relief of the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers, and committees have been appointed by a meeting of citizens to collect private contributions. A considerable amount has already been contributed.
FROM NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
Baltimore, Sept. 11.—The boat from Norfolk has arrived here. There were 40 deaths there Sunday and six in Portsmouth. Dr. Moore is dead.
More direct information than the above has been received and published.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10, 1855.
A grand and novel exhibition of fire works will take place this evening at the famous garden of Mr. Parkinson, in Chestnut street. The proceeds of which are to be devoted to the relief of Norfolk and Portsmouth.
CONTRIBUTION.—Papola Lodge of Odd Fellows, in Wheeling, has contributed $42.30 for the relief of the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers.
REMOVAL FROM FORTRESS MONROE.—The visit of Surgeon General Lawson to Fortress Monroe, it would seem from the following from the Union, was for a very different object from what has been stated:
"Many of those who applied to the Government for the use of Fortress Monroe as a place of refuge for the citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth now see their error, and readily admit that the refusal to their request was dictated by eminently wise and humane considerations. It is not a little strange that, while large numbers were seeking the fortress as a place of safely, application was made to the Surgeon General of the army for permission to remove the sick of the very same fortress into just such an encampment as has been established at Old Point Comfort.
This is the first intimation we have had of any sickness at the Fort, and hope it is of a trifling nature.
THE FEVER IN NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—From the Petersburg Intelligencer of yesterday, we condense the following in relation to the progress of the fever in Norfolk and Portsmouth: In Norfolk, among those who have died are A. Briggs, of the firm of Briggs & Rogers; James H. Mayer, a student of medicine with Dr. E. O. Balfour; Dr. Fleirs, a German physician, from Staten Island, N. Y.; Ed J. Mallory, father of Laura and Martha Mallory, dec'd; Miss Alexina B. Baylor, aged twenty; Miss Sophia Nimms, daughter of Col. J. R. Nimms; Jas. Cherry, jr., Talbot street; Margaret Hutchings, Rhea's Lane; Mr. Burgess, Bute street; Miss Bowers, Church street; Wm. McHegan, Bute street; Dr. Cary Croft, of Philadelphia; Miss Mary Woodard, eldest daughter of Wm. Woodard; Miss Susan Nimmo, Cumberland street; Mrs. John Adams, Bute street; Mrs. Zachariah Sykes, Catharine st.; Mrs. James Baker, Bute street; George Dashiell, Cumberland street; Mrs. David Hathaway, Bute street; Mr. H. H. Newson's child, Freemason street; Wm. Harding; Miss Wyatt, daughter of Jno. Wyatt, Upper Union street; Mrs. Watt, sister of John S. Lovett; Mrs. B. B. Walters, wife of B. B. Walters, dec'd; Mr. Granberry, son of Mr. John Granberry, dec'd, and his sister, and Mrs. Gilley, his aunt, are ill; Dr. Briggs, son of Archibald Briggs, dying.
The correspondent of the Intelligencer says:
There is no way of ascertaining the names of those who die, and no record of them can be preserved. The prominent ones are noted down by the reporters for the press; but the masses are hastily picked up by the hearses and dead carts and hurried off to be hid in the earth till the great day of reckoning. We shall not know who are dead for six months to come. Now and then some familiar face will recur to the living, and enquiry will elicit the mournful response, that "he died of the fever."
The cases which occurred on Wednesday and Thursday were of an unusually malignant character. One of our physicians informs us that of the 30 which he has seen, not more than four had favorable symptoms —some of them have proved fatal in 60 hours—and one [Mrs. A. Smith] in 36 hours!
The correspondent of the same paper from Portsmouth says H. Ferebe, Superintendent of Norfolk county Ferry, is dying. About 30 passengers passed through Weldon Monday flying from the yellow fever case in Suffolk.
The Petersburg Express published the following extracts from a private letter from Norfolk:
"It is awful, dear friend, to think of the great distress and suffering in the two communities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. You have doubtless read accounts in the papers of the distressing scenes enacted in both places, but the papers fail to give an adequate idea. The facts are really startling and heart-rending, and many appalling scenes never get into the papers.
On yesterday poor Joe Barrow died about half-past three o'clock, and was buried in three hours afterwards. Not a soul out of the family was with him when he died, except a young man who had recovered from an attack of the fever, and is a stranger to the family. I closed his eyes and shrouded him, and when he was taken to the ground, no one present to offer sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family, save myself, the undertaker's agent and hearse driver, by whom he was put into the coffin and taken to the burying ground. But one carriage containing those above, followed him. There is no form, no ceremony here, but as soon as the breath is out your body you are hurried to the grave.
I saw at the Potter's Field, (so great is the difficulty in obtaining grave diggers,) a pit about 16 to 20 feet square, in which was buried the bodies of thirty-four victims, piled one upon another, and covered over with dirt and lime, forming one huge and monstrous mound.
Many have been interred without boxes or coffins, or any thing else, save the blanket upon which they died. Several of our wealthiest citizens have been buried in rough square boxes, and the graves dug by their friends.
In one instance, I heard of a father digging the graves of his two only daughters; and as many as nineteen to twenty bodies have been lying on the ground at the Cemetery, waiting their turn for interment, as soon as the holes were dug, for in many instances they were not more than 2-1/2 feet deep.
Business is entirely suspended, and stores all closed. You cannot obtain a pound of sugar or a piece of soap. The rich as well as the poor are dependent upon the Howard Association, who have established a Provision Store, and who dispense food and provisions to the needy with a bountiful hand.
There were one hundred and thirty burials in Norfolk on Sunday.
DON'T READ THE PAPERS.—A city councilman named Orme, of Washington city, proclaimed at a meeting of that body, that "Richmond, with all her Virginia liberality, had given only $300 and twenty horses for the Norfolk sufferers."
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
We had no mail from either of these cities yesterday, and we are left to such flying verbal reports as we could gather, and some telegraphic news from Baltimore. Our reports are therefore very meagre. Enough is known, however, to show that the mortality is almost as great as ever; though the new cases are said to be fewer. The Rev. Thos. Hume, who was here on Tuesday night, gave it as his opinion that the epidemic was abating. He is good authority, as he is perfectly familiar with the progress and ravages of the plague.
THE ORPHAN CHILDREN.
We gave some account yesterday of the proposition of the Richmond committee, to take charge of the children, bereaved of their parents by the plague in Norfolk and Portsmouth. We stated the result of the interview between the Rev. Thomas Hume of Portsmouth, and the Richmond committee. Yesterday Mr. Hume went down by the Port Walthall line, with the understanding that he would at least bring or send up the orphans of Portsmouth, on Friday next, (tomorrow,) and also the Norfolk orphans, if the authorities could be induced to send them.
It was expected that possibly some of the Norfolk orphans would come up by the Curtis Peck yesterday. None came, however and, unfortunately, we are still without a letter from the authorities of Norfolk on the subject, as the cars from Portsmouth did not arrive at Suffolk in time to connect with the train.
We still hope, however, that when the answer from Norfolk does come, it will be favorable. A telegraph dispatch from Baltimore yesterday, informed us that the Howard Association of Norfolk had refused to send the orphans to Baltimore. It is probable that this refusal was caused by the determination to accept the proposition sent down Friday last from Richmond. At all events we are gratified that the orphans of a Virginia city are not to be carried out of the State for shelter and support! Every sentiment—every power in the State should forbid it. On this point, we were ready to give her all honor and glory for her noble humanity, her active sympathy—indeed almost anything, but the children. We would not surrender them without a struggle.
The intimation that the dear little children were to come up to Richmond, has excited the liveliest sensation among our citizens, and touched some of the tenderest chords of sympathy. The ladies—God bless them!—put their hands at once to work, to aid the committee in preparing for the little guests. Conspicuous among them was that venerable lady, Mrs. Barnes, who, octogenarian as she is, seems to be rejuvenized by thinking of the bereaved little creatures that are expected from our city sisters; and with the energy and ardor of youth, she has gone to work for them. Indeed it is shrewdly suspected that she is anxious to take the whole of them under her protection! With such auxiliaries in the field, it is certain that by the time the children arrive, there will be everything done for their comfort that can be thought of.
The Portsmouth orphans will certainly be up tomorrow evening, in the Curtis Peck, and we trust that those from Norfolk will also come. Our people generally will be heartily gratified if the whole of the bereaved little ones of both cities are brought here under the invitation so earnestly and repeatedly sent by our committee.
The officers of the Banks in Portsmouth and Norfolk having nearly all either died or been disabled by disease, there is hardly any body left to attend to business. The funds of the branch Bank of Virginia in Portsmouth have been withdrawn, and deposited with the mother Bank here. We learn that there being nobody to attend to the affairs of the branch of the Farmer's Bank in Norfolk, the funds of that Bank have been ordered away by the mother Bank and will be immediately translated hither. How the Exchange Bank and the branch of the Virginia Bank are getting along, we cannot say, but we know that the worthy gentleman and most excellent officer who is Cashier of the branch of the Virginia Bank, Capt. R. W. Bowden, will stand to his post as long as he is desired by the Directory, and as long as there is any use in keeping the Bank open.
SUSSEX AND GREENSVILLE IN THE FIELD.
We understand that the hospitable and generous people of Sussex and Greensville, besides collecting a good deal of money for the people of Portsmouth, have gotten together enough butter, eggs, meal, flour, corn, bacon, sheep, chickens (about 500,) and other things to freight an extra train; and such a train, so loaded, set out this morning for Portsmouth. The money has been sent by an agent to Petersburg, to buy groceries, lemons, porter, etc., for the sufferers. This achievement is ahead of any of the counties.
ANOTHER CONTRIBUTION FROM ROCKBRIDGE.—The Rev. W. F. Junkin has forwarded to the Rev. Mr. Gildersleeve, of this place, fifty-five dollars and fifteen cents, contributed by the congregation of Falling Spring Church, in Rockbridge county, for Norfolk and Portsmouth. Mr. G. has handed this money over to the committee in this city which is engaged in forwarding, as rapidly as it can, whatever is needed in Norfolk and Portsmouth. It is much better to send the contributions in this manner than to forward the money, for money will not buy what is wanted in Norfolk or Portsmouth, as there is hardly any thing brought to either place for sale. Of course money is wanted to pay for labor and nurses; but in the matter of provisions, they cannot be bought there, and should be collected and sent very promptly from elsewhere.
JUVENILE FAIR.—Some very sweet little girls are holding a Fair on Governor street, (next door to Belvin's Cabinet Ware Room,) for the benefit of the orphans of Portsmouth and Norfolk. Every good-hearted man that passes, who loves little children, ought to go in and encourage the young people.
COMMUNICATION WITH NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—The mail from Norfolk and Portsmouth to Petersburg and Richmond comes every day by the railroad, via Weldon; but yesterday there was no train from Portsmouth at all, and the train left Suffolk with the mail from Norfolk and Portsmouth. It is supposed the train will run no more from Portsmouth, as one of the train hands has died, and others are now sick.—Indeed a meeting of the Directory of the road was to be held at Suffolk yesterday, to consider the proposition of suspending transportation upon the road altogether. Since the transmission of the mail is getting rather precarious on the railroad, we trust it will be transferred altogether to the river boats.—We ought not to be deprived of information now.
AID FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—A subscription is being raised in the county for the sufferers in Norfolk and Portsmouth. Any person who is desirous of contributing can no doubt readily find some of the persons engaged in this benevolent enterprise and we are particularly requested to say that Mr. E. Baker, one of the collectors, will be happy to receive the subscriptions of his fellow citizens, at his store, on Union Hill.
LATEST MAIL NEWS.
From Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Passengers by the Curtis Peck yesterday evening, report 40 deaths in Norfolk Tuesday, and 23 in Portsmouth. Ten persons had left the former place for Camp Falls.
Mr. McDowell, of Richmond, who arrived yesterday afternoon in consequence of the illness of his father here, reports 26 deaths in Portsmouth Tuesday, and 23 Monday. He intends returning there tomorrow or Saturday.
Dr. Whitehead, acting Mayor of Norfolk, was not dead yesterday when the boat left, but was very ill. Neither Mr. Gus Chandler nor his sister are dead, as reported.
Dr. R. B. Tunstall of Norfolk, gave up Tuesday from exhaustion, but has no symptoms of the fever.
The gentleman who brought up this information, says that he feels confident that at least 400 persons in Norfolk have died solely from the want of attention. He himself, at one period of the epidemic, had to do the cooking and washing for his whole family and the negro, who were down with the fever.
There were 63 burials in Norfolk on Tuesday.
Mr. Turner, the mail agent, arrived in this city Tuesday. He has been carrying the mail between Norfolk and Portsmouth and Suffolk, and is completely exhausted.
THE MAYOR OF BALTIMORE has received the following letter:
Norfolk, Sept. 10.
Hon. Samuel Hinks, Mayor of Baltimore.—
Dear Sir.—The heading of this will inform you that I am in Norfolk, where I arrived this morning at 10 o'clock. The object of my visit was for the purpose of seeing W. B. Ferguson, Esq., President of the Howard Association, to communicate to him in person what we had been doing at "Camp Falls." I met Mr. Ferguson here, and had an hour's conversation with him. He requested me to return to you his sincere thanks, and also to the city council. He requested me also to say the Howard Association will not accept Camp Falls, as the fever is on the decline, and that those who are now here will not move.
I am sorry to inform you of the illness of Dr. Jno. Morris. He is now at the National Hotel.
Wm. E. Bartlett.
N. B.—I have opened my letter to mention the kindness received at the hands of Captain Davis, of the steamer Curtis Peck, and Capt. Russell, of the steamer Louisiana, the former this morning is running out of his course 17 miles to land me at Pompret, which is four miles from Norfolk, and the latter for his characteristic civilities.
The following we gather from a Norfolk letter:
Of fourteen physicians who went from Philadelphia to assist the sick, seven have been attacked by the fever, and three have died.
A common spectacle in the streets is a cart laden with coffins, which are deposited at some convenient street corner, and removed thence by the undertakers as occasion demands. Three or four of these coffins often stand together. The dead are immediately taken out of the houses and placed upon the sidewalks; a strip of parchment, is scribbled with the name, age and date of decease of the victim being nailed upon the lid of each coffin.—A duplicate of this parchment record is preserved. The bodies of the dead are conveyed away by carts which traverse the streets at stated intervals.—There are three places of burial.
The houses of the citizens who have fled, are, it is believed, pretty generally respected. Few cases of theft are reported, and burglaries are not common. A considerable amount of valuable property is frequently in the hands of the physicians.—This is always confided to the care of the Sanitary Committee.
On last Sunday six physicians breathed their last. Their names are Dr. Smith, Columbia, Pa; Dr. Jno. J. Marshall, Baltimore; Dr. Flease, of Baltimore; Dr. Craycroft of Philadelphia; Dr. Gooch, of Richmond; Dr. Morse, reported to be from Richmond, but not of this place; Dr. Balfour of Norfolk, who died at the Springs. Sunday was a black day for physicians. On the morning before, Dr. Thos. P. Howle of Richmond, breathed his last.
Mr. Walter H. Taylor, of Norfolk, died in Baltimore of the fever Tuesday morning, and the morning before Ed. P. Miller, an apothecary, of Philadelphia, who had been to Norfolk to aid the sick, died at the Marine Hospital.
The following are among the dead list of Saturday and Sunday:
James N. Myers, Barbara Suddenay, Jane Simpson, John Collins, Geo. A. Chambers, Wm. Bingley, Mrs. L. Smith, M. Jackson, Master Cranby, Miss Humphreys, Robt. Ramsay, Susan J. Carrigan, David Christopher, James Hammer, Dr. Wm. Collins, Mr. Bentingham, R. S. Bernard, Jas. Harris, Mr. Richard Hall, George Barry, Mrs. M. Hitchings, Nelson Mayer.
THE LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
Petersburg, Sept. 12.—We have received no mail today by way of Weldon from Portsmouth. A letter dated today from Suffolk gives terrible accounts of the mortality in the two cities.
For the 48 hours ending yesterday evening, there were 46 deaths in Portsmouth and 15 at the Naval Hospital. Heavy rains Monday night, and the intense heat of the sun yesterday, are supposed to be the cause of the extraordinary mortality. Among the deaths are Rev. Vernon Eskridge, Rev. Mr. Chisholm, John Vermillien, Saml Stanwood, Charles Bilisoly, Harrison Ferrebee, keeper of Ferry, and Wm. Cooper.
Dr. Peete is better; as are D. D. Fiske, Wm. Maupin and Joseph Michie.
Mrs. Samuel Stanwood is very ill.
At Deep Creek, seven miles from Portsmouth, fifteen cases had occurred, but all the patients were from Portsmouth.
From Norfolk the accounts are terrible. Dr. Briggs and Dunton Wheeler of the Howard Association are dead.
On Sunday, over twenty bodies were in the dead room at the city Hospital, awaiting burial, and force could not be found sufficient to inter them.
There was not a letter received in Petersburg this afternoon, from Norfolk or Portsmouth and it is feared the post masters at both places are sick.
It is said that Capt. Guy, Chief of Police, has been placed at the head of affairs in Norfolk.
From another source we learn that the Post Office in Portsmouth has been closed Monday on account of the death of the father of the clerk there, but that he had resumed his duties yesterday.
Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Philadelphia, Sept. 11.
The Relief Committee today remitted $5,000 for Norfolk.
The funeral of Dr. F. J. Higgins of Norfolk, took place yesterday from Dr. Layne's residence.
AID FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
At Sharon Church, King William, On Sunday, September the 9th, a collection was taken up in the forenoon, for the benefit of the sufferers in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
In the afternoon, a meeting of a portion of the citizens was held, to devise some means, by which the contributions of those in the county, who desire to extend additional aid may be received, and forwarded as speedily as possible. On motion of the Rev. John. O. Turpin, Mr. A. Browne was made Chairman, and J. H. Pitts, Secretary.
Messrs. Bosher and Sizer, (a committee for the purpose,) reported that the collections, together with the subscription of those present during the day, amounted to $125.
On motion of Mr. Bosher, two-thirds were appropriated to Norfolk, and one-third to Portsmouth.
On motion of Mr. J. Sizer, Mr. William Samuel was requested to act as treasurer, and to forward, without delay, the amount already received.
On motion of the Secretary, the Chairman appointed a committee of gentlemen in different parts of the county to solicit contributions to be forwarded hereafter.
On motion the proceedings were ordered to be published in Richmond papers.
A. BROWNE, Chm'n.
JNO. H. PITTS, Sec'y
BALTIMORE, Sept. 12.—The Norfolk boat arrived this morning. Rev. Vernon Eskridge, his son Richard and Rev. J. Chisholm, of the Episcopal church, are all dead.
Rev. Mr. Devlin, of the Catholic church, has suffered a relapse and will die.
The Howard Association have declined sending the orphan children to Baltimore.
Several families have removed to Camp Falls.
The panic is increasing.
RELIEF FOR NORFOLK & PORTSMOUTH.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.—The net proceeds of the hackmen's business on Monday, which they have devoted to the relief of the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers, amounts to about $700.
HASTINGS ON YELLOW FEVER. 50c.
SAWYER ON FEVER; their Varieties, Causes, &c. 50c.
FORDYCE ON FEVER. $1.50.
CHURCHILL ON PUERPERAL FEVER. $2.50.
LOUIS ON THE YELLOW FEVER OF GIBRALTAR. $2.
ARMSTRONG ON TYPHUS and other Fevers. $1.50.
CLYNER ON FEVERS; their Treatment, &c. $2.
MATTHEW CARY'S ACCOUNT of the Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793, and the Plague of London and Marseilles. 75c.
RELIEF OF THE NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH SUFFERS.
At a meeting held at King and Queen Court-House on the 10th September, 1855, (being court-day,) for the purpose of raising means for the aid of the sufferers at the city of Norfolk and the town of Portsmouth—
On the motion of Col. Alex. Fleet, Capt. Thos. Haynes was called to the chair, and Thomas W. Tyler appointed secretary. The meeting was opened in a fervent prayer by the Rev. Thomas B. Evans. The object of the meeting was explained in a few eloquent and appropriate remarks by Jas. M. Jeffries, Esq., who was followed by Col. Alex. Fleet, in a speech strongly urging the people of King and Queen, and of the adjoining counties, then present to, come forward with substantial assistance for their suffering fellow citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth; and in conclusion offered the following preamble and resolutions:
Whereas, the melancholy condition of our fellow-citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth has excited our deepest sympathies, and whereas, we feel desirous of expressing our feelings in a form more substantial than words;
Therefore, be it resolved, That we do hereby pledge ourselves to contribute the amount in money, or the articles opposite our names.
Resolved, That Colonel Alexander Fleet, Wm. D. Gresham and John H. Watkins, be appointed a committee to take up subscription for the foregoing object, among those then assembled at the Court House.
The resolutions were, after many feeling and pertinent remarks, by many prominent citizens of this and other counties, unanimously adopted.
During the sitting of the meeting many came forward and put their names on the list kept by the Secretary; and in the evening, the committee, under the last resolution, reported the names of those who had subscribed on their respective lists.
A discussion arose as to the best mode of conveying to Norfolk and Portsmouth the contributions, and in what the contributions should be made—Capt. James Moore, of King and Queen county, nobly offered to take in his vessel to the above named places, the contributions of whatever character without charge; but it was determined that to depend upon a sail vessel, would possibly be the means of losing the articles contributed, by delay; it was finally determined, after conferring with the stock holders and directors present of the Norfolk and York River Steamboat Company, that one of the steamers belonging to said company could be obtained to convey what was, and what would be contributed to Norfolk and Portsmouth; and if neither could be obtained, it was suggested by Alexander Dudley, Esq., President of the Richmond and York River Railroad, that he could obtain a boat suitable for the purpose in Richmond, whither he would go on the Wednesday following. It was determined by the meeting to make the contributions in articles of food instead of money, and thus to lay out the money that had been and might be subscribed, if desired by the "Howard Association."
Mr. Dudley was appointed to communicate with the President of the Howard Association, and take any other means to get a steamer for the foregoing purposes, and to advertise in the Richmond papers the time such boat would be up the Mattaponi river, so that the contributions might be collected at the various wharves and landing on said river. About $600 were contributed in money and articles of food at country prices, (which, it is confidently believed, will be doubled, if not trebled,) and the meeting determined that two-thirds of the amount contributed should be given to Norfolk and one-third to Portsmouth.
On motion, committees were appointed in the different districts, and in the neighborhood of their various churches and landings in the county, to solicit further subscriptions in money and provisions, and attend to their being shipped when the boat shall arrive.
On motion, it was ordered that copies of the proceedings of this meeting be furnished the various newspapers in the city of Richmond, that it may be known to the citizens of the adjoining counties and those on the river that an opportunity would be offered to them to send anything they might be disposed to contribute.
On motion, the meeting was adjourned.
THOS. HAYNES, Chairman.
THOMAS W. TYLER, Sec'y.
[On last Sabbath collections were taken in several churches in the county, and several hundred dollars raised. Also, the Odd Fellows Lodge at King & Queen Court House have contributed some fifty or sixty dollars, which could be used to purchase provisions, if more acceptable than money.]
CONTRIBUTION.—The operatives of the Belmont Iron Works, Wheeling, have subscribed $60 to the Norfolk and Portsmouth fund, and St. John's (Episcopal) Church $161.24
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—In Norfolk, Drs. Webster and Walters, of Baltimore, have resumed practice. Dr. Morris, of Baltimore, is quite sick, but out of danger. Six physicians and several nurses arrived at Norfolk Tuesday afternoon, in the steamer Georgia.
We learn that it has been determined to close the hospital at Lambert's Point, as soon as the remaining patient shall leave or are in some other way disposed of. The Howard Infirmary on Main Street, will receive all the sick hereafter, that are taken in charge by the Howard Association, or at least the greater part thereof.
The disease still rages with great violence. The number of new cases and deaths is still large for the remaining population. Many persons from other cities are down, and strangers, especially from a more Northern latitude, are peculiarly liable to the disease.
Everybody seems anxious to do something for the little orphans who are to be taken from out the midst of sorrow and suffering, and brought to this city. Their condition will be made as happy as can be. Nothing will remain undone to promote the comfort of the poor little dependents who have been left fatherless and motherless by the pestilence.
The ladies have made good use of the brief time they have had, and all the little guests will find neat wardrobes ready for them. Those kind and charitable gentlemen, Messrs. Albert Aikin and Henry Cox have each contributed a fine cow for the asylum. A great many persons are contributing necessaries and comforts, and the children will want nothing the community can supply to promote their health and happiness.
Drs. Haskins and Christian have offered to attend the children gratuitously.
The location prepared for them is the very best that could have been selected. It is the large building erected for the purposes of a Catholic College, about two miles from the city. The committee who had in charge the question of location having decided in favor of the College, applied to Bishop Magill to ascertain whether it could be obtained as an asylum for the orphans. He stated that he had on the very morning of the application rented out a part of the College building and the grounds to Mr. Henry Holland, of this city, with the reservation that the part of the building rented should be appropriated to no purpose except for Mr. H.'s family, without his (the Bishop's) consent; but if the consent of Mr. Holland could be obtained, the Bishop said he would most cheerfully grant the use of the entire College for the orphans. Application was immediately made to Mr. Holland, and that gentleman, with a creditable promptness consented that the committee should have the College. It was at once put in order. It is a large building, with some forty spacious rooms, in which the children can be most admirably accommodated. The grounds are extensive, and there is a magnificent grove of oaks close to the College. Indeed, the children could not be better located than they will be at this very eligible location; thanks to Bishop Magill and to Mr. Holland.
TO THE LADIES.—We are requested to ask the ladies who have made up clothing for the children, to send it this morning to the office of H. K. Ellyson, over Adie & Gray's store.
THE CHILDREN COMING.—After the above was written, a dispatch from Rev. Mr. Hume to Mr. Ellyson, was received, announcing that he would come up this evening with the orphans. The message did not say whether the Norfolk orphans would come along with those from Portsmouth. But we hope they will. Their arrival will be looked for with deep interest.
THE NORFOLK BANKS.
The paragraph with reference to these Banks, in yesterday's Dispatch, was erroneous in regard to the branch of the Farmers' Bank. That Bank was not in the condition of having no one to attend to its business. Cashier Chamberlayne is still at his post, though the remaining force of the Bank is nearly exhausted. He writes that he will remain and keep the Bank open as long as he is able. The surplus fund only had been ordered to be withdrawn from it, in accordance with the request of the Norfolk Branch.
THE TRANSPORTATION OF ARTICLES
INTENDED FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
We are requested to say that any thing intended for the people of Norfolk and Portsmouth will be transported free of charge over the Central Railroad. We have no doubt the Orange and Alexandria Road will do the same. Any kind of provisions and any live animals, sheep, chickens, &c., will be transported and forwarded free of cost. All citizens of the upper country who are disposed to contribute in this way will please address their articles properly to Norfolk and Portsmouth, and consign them to the care of Stephen Hunter, Richmond. They will be promptly and correctly forwarded.
THE COFFEE AND HER CAPTAIN.
Our readers, we suppose, are aware that the James River boats have not for some time gone to Norfolk. Their post is Hampton—they communicate with Norfolk by the steamer Coffee, Capt. Harding, which meets them in the roads in the morning and evening. Yesterday morning, however, the Coffee did not come out from Norfolk. We are informed by Mr. Dodamead, (for whose politeness we are obliged,) that the steamer Augusta reported the captain's family sick, his daughter—a beautiful and interesting young lady—dead. The engineer of the Coffee sick with fever, and the young man who kept the bar of the steamer and took charge of the mail, dead. This is certainly enough to stop the Coffee, for a while at least. But others must be found to man her; for it is absolutely necessary that she or some other steamer must ply between Norfolk and our's and the bay boats, to keep the people of Norfolk and Portsmouth supplied with provisions. In such an emergency, really it is time that the Executive of Virginia had put forth its arms to aid the people.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER FROM BOSTON.
"We have collected over $3000 for Norfolk and are still at work in the good cause. Remember, the merchants of Boston know no North, no South, but believe all are brethren of one family. Although last, we trust she will not be found least of several cities."
We are glad to see this demonstration from Boston, and trust that she will not be the "least" in her sympathies, though certainly we would never have made an appeal to her. We have confidence in the just opinions of very many Boston merchants with regard to the right of the South and the obligations of the Constitution; but they have been too passive–they have allowed the fanatics to have full swing, without taking proper grounds against them. The South may well consider passiveness at such times and under such exigencies as have arisen latterly, as censurable if not treacherous. We would hail any open demonstration by the thinking and patriotic men of Boston as one of the more gratifying omens of the day, and it would help greatly to strengthen confidence in the stability of the Union.
We call upon the citizens every where to forward supplies to Norfolk and Portsmouth—don't forget Portsmouth. Supplies are wanted—send them on for the relief of the heart-stricken and suffering people.
We publish copious details this morning, the mail having come through last night.—Our friends in Portsmouth and Norfolk have laid us under heavy obligations to them by their kindness, and they may rest assured that their communications will afford the highest interest, not only to their exiled fellow townsmen, but the public generally.
The mortality and affliction still prevailing are awful, and their recital is enough to make the heart bleed. Still we cannot but believe the assurances of calm physicians, and gentlemen familiar with the progress of the plague, that it is abating very slowly.— A telegraphic despatch from Weldon brings us the very latest news. It is very encouraging. We refer our readers to these communications. In one letter are names of the dead previously given; but many not before reported. We are gratified to learn that Rev. Mr. Chisholm is not dead.
Correspondence of the Dispatch.
New York, Sept. 12.
The collections in this city for the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers have reached $15,994.50.—Messrs. Ludiam and Pleasants have offered a free passage on the steamers Jamestown and Roanoke for persons who desire to go to the infected cities in a charitable capacity.
A number of nurses were engaged in this city yesterday, to proceed to Norfolk and Portsmouth at once, at the rate of $10 per day. Some of them are Southerners, who have been through a yellow fever campaign at New Orleans. Three physicians left by the Philadelphia train last night.
Some clothing and provisions are to be sent on by the committee today.
TRIBUTE OF RESPECT.
Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 11th, 1855.
At a meeting of the volunteer Physicians of Portsmouth, on motion of Dr. Walters of Baltimore, Dr. Rizer of Philadelphia, was called to the Chair, and Dr. Briggs, of Philadelphia, appointed Secretary.
The following resolutions were then proposed and adopted:
Resolved, That while we deeply deplore the death and loss of Dr. Thos. P. Howle, of Richmond, Va., we recognize in his removal the omniscient power of an All-wise Providence. From his association with us for the few days we were together, we know of no one who more happily blended the kindness of the Philanthropist with the true character of the Physician; ever ready to the call of the afflicted, he was at once the kind friend as well as medical adviser. Among us he was the life of our social circle, and when after the cares and fatigue of the day were over, he cheered by his flow of wit and ready conversational powers. We deeply sympathize with his friends and family in their sad affliction and would console them in the assurance that he labored most arduously while here for suffering humanity, till, at last, he succumbed to disease and died tranquil and resigned to his fate, in the firm belief that his reward would be just and eternal beyond the grave. He earned justly, and cordially received, the thanks, gratitude and prayers of every citizen of Portsmouth and every brother of the medical profession with whom he associated. Heaven only knows how soon another of our volunteers may yield a victim to disease and follow our beloved brother to the grave.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the afflicted family, and to the Richmond papers for publication.
Dr. W. Rizer, Pres't, Philadelphia.
Dr. R. S. Briggs, Sec'y, Phila. Dr. Webster, Baltimore; Dr. Thompson, Va., Dr. Walters, Baltimore, Dr. Covert, Charleston, Dr. Berry, Treaserer; Dr. McDowell, Richmond, Dr. Rich, Charleston, Dr. Ficarney, Arkansas.
MORE AID.— A meeting of the citizens of the county of Chesterfield was called without previous notice, on court day (Monday, 10th inst.,) the Rev. Chas. W. Friend was chosen Chairman, and Wm. Ambers appointed Secretary.
Mr. Jas. H. Cox stated the object of the meeting to be to raise funds for the relief of the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and the contributions amounted to $400, which, by a resolution, was directed to be equally divided between the two cities.
Mr. Ambers forwarded the money in accordance with the above resolution.
The above amount added to those collected at other points, make about $800 contributed in Chesterfield county.
LATEST MAIL NEWS.
Portsmouth, Sept. 9, 1855.
The Portsmouth Transcript was issued on the morning of Saturday, the 8th instant, (yesterday,) though its date was Friday, August 31st. The pressure of engagements, and the absence of all the workmen heretofore employed in the office, caused the inadvertency. What I shall have to say in this communications will embrace Saturday and Sunday up to dark—though I am now writing between the solemn and still hours of one and two o'clock. The engagements of the day somewhat fatigued me, and I retired at a much earlier hour than I usually do.—I awoke at midnight refreshed, and being unable to get asleep again after an hour's "folding of the hands together," I have gotten up to perform my promise, and to interest our people away, who have their eyes and thoughts turned to their deserted home and its present distresses and sufferings. It is pleasing thus to make one's self useful, and I therefore enter upon the performance of this promised, but voluntary task, with the consciousness of interesting you numerous and anxious readers. The doings of death are still ceaseless, and, up to Saturday night, so far as could be ascertained by me, there were __ victims. Among them we record that of Dr. Wm. Collins, President of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad Company.
This intelligence which reached our town yesterday afternoon, was astounding. He expired at the farm of the late General John Hodges, on the western branch of the Elizabeth, at three, p. m. He had taken his family thither some time before in order to have them out of the range of infections, and was in and out of town daily since their removal in the performance of his public duties, and in cooperating with us here in ministering to the necessities of the sick and dying. We saw him in health late on Tuesday afternoon, and ascertained from him that he intended the next day removing his family to the North or over the mountains. On this day he was taken sick. He had high fever, but no pain, and said to his attending physician, Dr. James G. Hodges, that he could scarcely describe his sensations. He seemed impressed with the idea that he would die and so expressed himself. The fever subsided on the afternoon of Thursday—and he seemed doing well. But such is the treacherous character of the disease that on Friday and Saturday, he had the fatal vomito, and breathed his last at 3 p.m. of that day.
Dr. Collins had many noble and generous impulses, and will be regretted by a large circle of warm and attached friends in our community. His brother, John W. Collins, Esq., died about two hours after—at 5 P. M., of the same day—a man of most kindly and humane feelings—charitable, upright, honest. We saw him shortly after his attack, ten days or more ago. He was then doing well, tho' yellow as saffron. But he subsequently had a relapse, which carried him off. I subjoin the following list of deaths, so far as I have been able to ascertain—of Saturday, the 8th: Miss Webb, daughter of Geo. T. Webb; Miss Simmons; Joseph George; Mrs. Wm. B. Collins; George W. Chambers, son of the late George Chambers; John Nash, ship carpenter; John W. Collins; Dr. Wm. Collins; Robert Bullock; Mrs. Pike; Robert McDonald. [Alas! poor McDonald! It was but a brief period ago that we alluded to him in the Transcript, as the only hand then at work and remaining in the office. Peace be to him! and honor to the memory of an honest man!]—Mr. Gondy; Mr. Gondy; Miss Barcelini; 5 at the hospital and 3 colored. Total so far as ascertained, 22.
Among the deaths at the hospital, we must record the names of Dr. Marshall, of Baltimore, and Dr. Smith, of Columbia, Lancaster county, Penn., Dr. Howle, of Richmond, and nephew of Parke G. Howle, of Washington city, having died there the day before. These generous and noble-hearted men came among us into the very jaws of death, Howard- like, to aid their fellow-man; and have offered up their lives literally as a sacrifice upon the altar of our common humanity! All honor be to them! Dr. Smith was the bearer of a charitable donation in money for Norfolk and Portsmouth—he has now given us his life! In the conclusion of his letter which accompanied our portion, he added—"It is small, but many a prayer accompanies it, that He, who doeth all things well, will stay the pestilence in your city." And may we not fondly hope with their absent relatives and friends, that they all were remembered in their last moments, and their pillows made smooth by His hand when they passed from time to eternity!
On today we subjoin the following list of deaths—accurate as we could obtain:
Sunday, Sept 9.—Eliza Rand, Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. James G. Totterdell, Mrs. Philip Thomas, Mrs. Toppan, Mrs. Chas. Myers, Willoughby Creekmore, Mrs. Ponce, Lyman Dean, Mrs. Brenneman, Mr. Strifer, Mrs. Paul D. Cake, four colored, and as we are informed, three at the Hospital—total 19.
Among those at the Hospital we record the names of Richard Eskridge, son of the Rev. Vernon Eskridge, Chaplain US Navy, and Singleton Mercer, from Philadelphia, who recently came here as a volunteer nurse. The last we saw of this man of generous impulses, whose life is another sacrifice to humanity, was when he was first prescribed for. He was standing at the door of the Crawford House, buttoned up to the throat in an overcoat. He was about to go to the Druggist's with his own prescription. Some one intimated that he had better keep out of the night air, for it was then evening; and a citizen stepped up, took his prescription, had it compounded, brought it to him and received his grateful thanks. This was the last we saw of poor, poor, Mercer!
At the Hospital, sick, there remain left of the noble volunteers—Dr. Bryant, of Philadelphia; Dr. Asprill, of Philadelphia; Dr. Kennedy, (who has passed the Naval Board,) also of Philadelphia; and Dr. Crow, of our own Richmond. Dr. Gooch is in Norfolk.—We heard from him at nightfall—he was extremely ill.
Those doing duty in our town are—Dr. Briggs, from Wayne county, Pennsylvania; Dr. Rizer—had the fever, went away to recruit and returned today! Dr. Webster, of Baltimore—most indefatigable and active, as indeed all are—he has kept well; Dr. Walters, also of Baltimore; Dr. Hammel, from Philadelphia—now sick at the Crawford House, as we since learned; Dr. Covert, of Charleston, S. C.; Dr. Rich, of Charleston, S. C.; Dr. Thompson, of Botetourt, Va.; Dr. McDowell, of Richmond.—Total 9, all actively engaged and spending themselves in our service.
But I must close. The clock has struck 3, and I must return to bed. H. W.
Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Portsmouth, Wednesday Night, Sept. 12th, 1855.
I write designing to forward this in the morning, when you will get it we shall see. The disease seems to have abated; such is the opinion given me by several prominent physicians.
Only 12 deaths have occurred during the day. I name of those—Mrs. John Accinelly; Mrs. Gamber; Robt. Ballentine; Mrs. Richardson, (wife of Wm., of the Navy Store); John P., son of the late M. B. Langhorne; and Paul Luke's daughter. The rest are probably colored people.
The mother of Dr. Trugien, and his sister—Mrs. Thomas—who left here a few days since have died in Baltimore.
The Rev. V. Eskridge, Chaplain of US Navy, is dead. He was universally beloved. A holy man walking with God here, he is with his God on high. The Rev. Mr. Chisholm and Whit Ashton are not dead.
Dr. G. W. Peete is going very well, and will possibly soon be out.
The Rev. Mr. Hume has just arrived per steamer from your city. His report of your deep sympathy for us has much affected our people and drawn from them thanksgiving and praise. He will go up to your city on Friday with the orphans you have so liberally provided for.
Norfolk, Wednesday, 12th.
Many of our citizens are still falling victims to the scourge. There are lamentations and mourning in many parts of the town and in Portsmouth. We are yet in the midst of one of the most terrific calamities that ever visited any place. The people are still falling beneath the leveling arm of the destroying angel, at the rate of 50 a day or more! Men, unaccustomed to weeping, are pouring forth copious streams of tears, and hearts are made to feel deeply and almost to break with grief. All nature looks beautiful and charming, but here in our ill-fated city, the silence of death and the look of desolation chill the heart and depress the spirits.
We hear scarce a sound but that of the hammers and saws and wagons of the undertaker, and the rattle of the physicians' vehicles. Business has ceased, and the voice of mirth and revelry is not heard. But I must hasten on.
There are many new cases: among them, Dr. Geo. L. Upshur, who has been most diligent and unwearied in his attentions to the sick. I cannot give a list of the new cases now. Those who have recently died are as follows: Dr. J. Briggs, Mrs. Geo. Loyall, Robt Timberlake, John S. Lovett, Richard Granberry and 2 sons; Mrs. Harrison, sister of Capt. Fatherly; Thos. Hare, Rev. Mr. Wills' son; Mr. Briggs [Volunteer], of Washington; Benj. Burgess, Mrs. Cath. Baylor and 2 daughters, R'd Frances, Marion Southgate, Mrs. John Selden and daughter, Miss H. Revel, D. T. Owens, Miss Eliza Soutter, Rev. L. Walke's lady, Dr. Desbucke, Mrs. Columbia, Eugene Harvey, ____ Tremalgne, Mary Henrehan, John Taliaferro, ____ Jackson, B. McCoy, Joseph R. Small, Mrs. Connor, M. A. Carpenter, Geo. H. Barnes, Lem'l Roberts, and many others. A number of colored persons are sick and dying about town. Walter H. Taylor, Esq., has died in Baltimore; Mrs. Dr. Cowdery and daughter are sick in York, Pa.; ____ Jones, of Stewart & Jones, sick in Philada. Many children die, and numbers are sick of the disease.
More than five hundred have been buried in the 2 principal cemeteries in eleven days. Many have been buried in the Catholic burial ground and elsewhere. There have been about 1700 deaths in the city! Being hurried today, and as the mail will close in a few moments, I must conclude, promising to give further particulars tomorrow.
Yours, in haste, F.
Portsmouth, Va., Sep. 12th, 1855.
I should have written to you before this, but was prevented owing to sickness in my family; the day you left my daughter was taken sick, and it required all of my time up to today to nurse her at home.
I think the fever is abating; there are not so many cases, but the deaths are about the same. The old cases are dying off very fast.
I will give you as correct a report as I can from Saturday 5 o'clock, up to today.
The Revs. Mr. Devlin and Hume, are the only ministers in town today.
Dr. Craven, of Columbia, S. C., died at the hospital on Sunday, 9th.
Below I send you an official list of dead for three days:
Monday, 10th.—Mrs. Paul Luke; Geo. Randolph; Jno. Rosier; son of John Brown; Mrs. Lydia Folger; Julius Eastwood; Mr. Hand; Mr. Graham; H. J. Dorley; Mrs. Thos. Wright; child of A. Smith; Henry Edwards; son of G. Guy; son of Jas. Shannon; Jno. Lawrence; child of Jas. Lotterdale; George Reed; colored man.
Tuesday, 11th.—Avery Williams; Mrs. John Thomas; Aurelius Bilisoly; Mrs. R. Drake; Miss Land; child of Mr. Singleton; John Pullen; Cornelius Coleman; Mrs. Jane Jordon; Mrs. Sarah White; Samuel Parker; John Vermillion; Robt. Balentine; Miss Martha Peters; Wells Cooper; Saml Stanwood; child of D. D. Cowper; Rev. Vernon Eskridge, USN; Rev. Mr. Chisholm; Sarah Reed; John Bell, col'd.
Wednesday 12th.—Mrs. John Accinelly; Miss Etherage; child of John Rosier; negro woman; Thos. Lecren; Mrs. Gamble; son of P. G. Thomas; Mrs. Perch; daughter of Mrs. Weston; wife of Capt. Wm. Richards; son of the late M. B. Langhorn; Samuel Creekmore.
A letter, dated Sept. 11, on board steamer Georgia, says:
"Availing ourselves of Dr. Fenner's courteous invitation, we visited the City Hospital. In this institution there are at present from 70 to 75 patients, most of whom are convalescing. There were 6 deaths in the hospital up to 2 o'clock yesterday, and 7 since that time. There are also several cases, which will probably terminate fatally today. Dr. Fenner thinks that the disease has attained its climax, and will soon commence to subside. The fact that but one case has been admitted to the hospital this morning, would appear to confirm this opinion. The Doctor also informed me that there are now about 1000 cases of fever in Norfolk. The report that small pox had broken out in Norfolk, is incorrect —several cases have occurred in the adjacent rural districts, but none recently in the city."
It also mentions the following new cases:
"Mr. Godfrey, student from Savannah, and Richard Wooden, yesterday; Mrs. Mahone, Jas. Walke, Wm. Layman, John and Marg't Hudson, and John Clark."
The following names heretofore unpublished, we find in the list of Portsmouth dead:
John Rosur; son of John Brown; George Reed, colored; Frederick Lawrence; James Shannon's son; Geo. Gray's son; Miss Laura Webb; child of John Thomas; Miss Joderville; Mrs. John Thomas; Julius Eastwood; Mr. Hand, of Macon House; Mr. Graham, nurse; H. G. Dorley; Andrew Smith's child; Henry Edwards; John Pullin; Cornelius Coleman; Miss Jane Gordon; Mrs. Sarah White; Sarah Reed, colored; Samuel Parker; John Babb; Miss Martha Peters; and Mr. Thomas Wright.
The following are the new cases reported for the same time:
Mrs. Yates Brown, Miss Margaret Billisolly, Mrs. Accinelly, Sam'l Brown, Jr., B. Accinelly is doing well. Drs. Kennedy and Bryant, of Philadelphia, are getting well.
LATEST FROM NORFOLK & PORTSMOUTH.
Petersburg, Sept. 13.—The train came through from Portsmouth to Weldon today, and we have news from there and Norfolk, dated this morning, 8 o'clock. Mr. J. M. Jacobs, engaged in the City Hospital, Norfolk, came on the train and furnishes the following information:
From Sunday morning up to Tuesday, there were one hundred and forty-nine deaths in Norfolk. Yesterday there were only six, and among them was Dr. Junius Briggs, before reported. Mr. Jacobs attended him in his dying moments.
The fever was fast abating, there being only one case at Julappi hospital.
Henry Myers, of Richmond, superintendent of the city hospital, was rapidly recovering.
In Portsmouth, there were five deaths from 3 P. M., yesterday, to 8 o'clock this morning. Between Court street and the river, the fever had nearly disappeared, and persons were moving back to that part of the town.
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—We make the following extracts from the Norfolk and Portsmouth correspondence of the Petersburg papers:
The melancholy news of the death of Richard T. Halstead, the "Verdad" of the Richmond Dispatch, will be received with sorrow and regret by the public who have been so deeply interested in his well-written letters.
The correspondent of the Petersburg Intelligencer says that the interments in Norfolk, from the 1st of August up to Tuesday night will amount to little over 1000. Among the deaths are Mrs. Catharine Baylor, a well known school teacher; Mrs. Geo. Loyall, wife of the navy agent; Miss Eliza N. Soutter, a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church, Miss Keeling, niece of J. G. Wilson, of the Exchange Bank; Robert B. Timberlake, Mrs. Dr. Sylvester, last of the family save a little girl 12 years old, in the country; Samuel Roberts, grain measurer; Dr. Bache, from Washington.
Col. Stone is not dead. Many of the cases which have been carried to the City Hospital, have been carried there too late and died, thus creating a prejudice against the institution.
There were admitted into the hospital within the 24 hours ending Tuesday, at 10 A. M., 7 patients—5 whites and 2 blacks. Number of deaths for the same period, 6.—There are under treatment 35 whites and 23 colored—making 58 in all. If those who are badly provided at home with nurses to attend them in case of sickness would apply for admission to the hospital the moment they are attacked, there would be fewer deaths.
Among the deaths on the 11th, were Geo. Loyall, Miss Malinda Southgate, Mrs. Horace Drewry, Mr. Lapslouse, an upholsterer, Mr. Briggs, a nurse, from Washington city, Mr. Lemuel Roberts, Mr. Richard Francis, Jos. R. Small, firm of J. R. Small & Co.
Dr. G. W. Cowdery, of Norfolk, is lying ill in Baltimore. There were 60 burials Monday, 52 Tuesday, and 50 Wednesday. On Wednesday, it was calculated that there were 1000 persons down with the fever, or one in every four of the remaining population. The Intelligencer's correspondent agrees in the general belief that the fever is abating.
The Norfolk correspondent of the Petersburg Express says, that for 10 days past the burials in Cedar Grove and Elmwood Cemeteries have reached 421, and the entire number is 500.
Among the deaths are: Mr. and Mrs. Grenalds, John S. Lovett, formerly city attorney, and his sister Mrs. Watt; Miss Mary Woodard; Mrs. Rich'd Hall; Miss Elizabeth Whitehead, niece of Dr. Whitehead; R. T. Halstead, former editor of the Courier.
Among the new cases are: Miss A. E. Shuster; J. R. Johnson; Mrs. E. L. Young; Benj. McCoy; Mr. Harvey; Master Casey Richard; Mrs. George and Mrs. Gilsey Grambery; Mr. Johnson, apothecary from Washington; Mrs. Jakeman.
Among the convalescent are: W. C. Whitehead; O. W. Edwards; Aug. Winslow; Geo. Camp and his 2 daughters; W. G. Dunbar, once reported dead; W. T. Millar; T. F. Owens and Dr. N. C. Whitehead.
Dulton Wheeler, of the Howard Association, Norfolk, is not dead.
In Portsmouth on Wednesday, Mrs. Dr. Bilisolly was very ill. Among the sick were Mrs. John Cherry, Mrs. D. P. Daughtery, Mrs. John A. Freeman, Miss Margaret Gardiner, Mrs. James A. Parrish, Miss Rosannah Jarvis and Mr. Joseph Morrisett. George T. Guy, father of Wm. Guy, dec'd, is mending.
Among the dead are Mrs. Chas. Bilisolly, and a sister of Mr. W. H. Peters.
The Intelligencer's correspondent also says:
Since the 1st of September, when the books were opened, to the present day, the 12th, there have been admitted into the infirmary, 148 patients; of whom 60 have died—being equal to 40 per cent.—Dr. Fenner, the chief physician of the infirmary, says this is less than the rate of mortality in the New Orleans Infirmary in 1853.
A great many, however, on account of sickness, have been unable to apply for relief, and have consequently suffered. This was shown on Monday. The Howard Association, having learned of such cases, filled a wagon with provisions and sent it through the city, when crowds of individuals, many barely able to totter out of doors, with ghastly visages, and attenuated limbs, clustered around this mate messenger of mercy, and received the relief so urgently required. There is another class of persons, who in ordinary times are comfortably supported, who feel a delicacy in applying for succor, fearful too perhaps, lest they might be suspected of requiring aid without an absolute necessity; but their means are exhausted, and they will be forced to ask assistance.
The ideal project of our wholesale removal to Old Point, was so preposterous and absurd as to excite a smile on the faces of those suffering from sickness. The removal of 7,000 people, including 1500 sick, where there could be no conveniences, no comforts, no cookery, would have resulted in the death of three-fourth of the whole.
A TRUE HERO.—The Petersburg Express relates the following of James H. Finch of the Argus, who died recently in that city: During the small hours of Friday morning, he felt the first premonition that the terrible destroyer had seized upon him. Most men would have set about them to secure assistance as soon as possible. Not so, however, with him. He did not disturb one member of the household. With the painful consciousness that he was a doomed man, he formed the heroic resolution to stand it out, give no alarm, but quietly to leave wife, child, mother, brother and friends, take the cars for Norfolk, and go to the Norfolk Hospital to die, rather than bring excitement and injury, and possible danger to the city of Petersburg. This noble act of self-sacrifice, he was only deterred from carrying out, by his reaching the depot about two minutes after the cars had started for City Point, detained perhaps by debility, or by his extreme anxiety to preserve the purpose he had in view from the knowledge of those who would have kept him back, until he got beyond their remonstrances.
CROWDED.—The Jeffersonian says that Charlottesville is crowded with strangers, forcing some hotel keepers to engage all the vacant rooms in their vicinity.
AID FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.
Dear Dispatch.—A meeting of the citizens of Louisa was held on Monday last, that being court day, over which Dr. A. Anderson, the presiding justice of the county, presided, and Mr. James L. Gordon acted as treasurer, to aid Norfolk and Portsmouth "in their sore affliction". The committee appointed to solicit subscriptions had not reported when I left; but learn that some five or six hundred dollars were collected on the court green; and from the great sympathy manifested by our citizens generally, the contributions will no doubt amount to some 800 or 1000 dollars. It is really to be hoped that every county in the State will make a like move in this truly laudable object. JURY.
ARRIVAL OF THE ORPHANS.
Yesterday evening there came up in the Curtis Peck twenty-eight children in charge of the Rev. Thos. Hume. They were all from Portsmouth. They were of all ages from 15 months to 15 years. The number was smaller than was anticipated. They were diminished from several causes—some were claimed by their relatives, others were detained by the desire of friends or relatives who expected to be able to take charge of them, &c.; but the chief reason was that the authorities of Portsmouth thought it best to divide the number, sending a part at a time. Others will be sent hereafter.
Upon the arrival of the children, they were taken in charge by the committee, and were immediately conveyed to the College. Two omnibuses, furnished by Mr. Ballard, and another by the proprietors of the American, all free of charge, together with several hacks were employed in the transportation of the children, their nurses and the committee. During the day a party of ladies had been engaged in making things ready for them, some of whom remained and were present to receive them. The little creatures were put to bed promptly, and we doubt not rested well after their day's journey. They were accompanied by three Sisters of Charity, who showed the most tender regard for them.
The reception of these little children, and the scene of their arrival at the College, was one of the most touching and interesting we have ever beheld. Two of them are unknown; most of them had remarkably bright and intelligent faces—some were delicate—all were objects of the deepest interest to every one who saw them.
More than 500 dresses were prepared for them by the ladies. They will be made very comfortable, as much so as they could be anywhere. Dr. Archer, the assiduous chairman of the committee of arrangements, was present, as were Drs. Haskins and Christian, to look after their health and condition.
About the Norfolk orphans nothing has been communicated to our committee. They have again procured the consent of Mr. Hume to make application for them. It has been stated that Norfolk will not part with them.
If that is so the question is settled; but we trust if there is any design of sending them away, that as Richmond was the first to apply, and can accommodate them as well, if not better, than any other place, they will be sent here. We would think it a reproach, that these orphans who, by the decease of their parents, become the children of the State, should be sent out of the State for support and protection.
AN ELOQUENT LETTER.—We announced a few days since, the receipt of a contribution from the employees of the Manchester Cotton and Woolen Manufactory, which we were requested to forward to Norfolk and Portsmouth. The request was complied with. The following answer has been received from Holt Wilson, Esq., Treasurer of the Fund for the Relief of Portsmouth. We have seldom seen an epistle which for brevity and touching and appropriate language, could equal it:
Portsmouth, Sept. 12, 1855.
My Dear Sir:—Mr. Hume has handed me your letter, and will hand me the funds in the morning. I pray you to express to those noble men, who dignify labor, the thanks of our distressed and suffering people for the charitable and fraternal remembrance of us in our time of need and trial. May the blessing of Heaven rest upon each one of them—and may they be remembered by a kind and beneficent Providence in the day of their affliction.
I am, very truly, yours gratefully,
Holt Wilson, Pres't of the Fund for the Relief of Portsmouth.
CONTRIBUTIONS.—Contributions for Norfolk and Portsmouth are coming to the committee of citizens. Mr. John T. Brown has sent 50 bushels cleaned oats, Mr. Sinton, five boxes of soap, Mr. Chinn, superintendent of repairs on the Eastern Division of the James River and Kanawha Canal, a number of coffins. Many of our citizens are sending contributions directly—among them one we hear of is two barrels porter, by Mr. Clendining. We hope these contributions will continue and increase, as they are wanted.
Mr. J. M. Jacobs, principal superintendent of the Woodis Hospital, Norfolk arrived in this city yesterday morning. He leaves his post for a few days to recover from the fatigue of his severe duties in the Hospital. His labors have been for some weeks incessant, and completely broken down, he was unable to stand up longer without some rest, and for that he come to spend a few days with his family. Mr. J. hands us the following certificates, correcting a rumor some person had circulated:
Norfolk, Sept. 12, 1855.
It having been reported that Dr. P. C. Gooch did not receive proper attention from his nurses, we feel it to be due to Mr. J. M. Jacobs to state that while in attendance upon Dr. Gooch he performed his duty most faithfully.
St. Julien Ravenel, M. D.
E. D. Fenner, M. D.
James B. Read, M. D.
Wm. S. Walters, National Hotel.
Mr. Jacobs expresses the decided opinion that the epidemic is abating. In place of 6 and 8 new cases a day a short time since, there are now from two to three a day received in the Woodis Hospital. We cannot expect the number of deaths to diminish as early as the number of cases, as it is from the cases of several days standing that the deaths occur. With regard to the reports about panics in Norfolk and Portsmouth, he says they are utterly unfounded. The people in neither of those cities can be startled and panic-stricken by anything that may occur now. They are too well inured to death and desolation for that. They are calm and resigned, though exerting themselves with all their strength for the relief of each other.
Mr. J. says that the physicians in the Woodis Hospital, and indeed the physicians everywhere, are employing all their skill and straining all their might to check the disease. The few corporate authorities remaining are seconding their efforts, as much as it is possible to do so, by police. The Woodis Hospital is systemized and conducted according to regulations looking entirely to the comfort and welfare of the sick. Mr. J. speaks in high terms of the untiring devotion of the members of the Howard Association to their humane duties.—He speaks especially of Judge NcNish Olin, of Augusta, Ga., Secretary of the Howard Association, who is ever striving to render aid to the afflicted.
Mr. Jacobs renders great praise to Dr. J. T. Hargrove, of this city, who, he says, is one of the most active, as well as successful, of the physicians.—Called when he may be, he is always prompt and assiduous in his attentions to his patients.
Henry Myers has the disease (we are glad to say) very mildly up to this time. He had won the good opinion, nay the admiration, of everybody by his unflagging attentions to the sick.
We regret to learn that James McCormick, who went from this city to take a place as nurse in Norfolk, is sick with fever. He was attacked soon after he arrived, and Mr. Jacobs reports his case as very bad. He is a very warm-hearted and good fellow. He is in the Woodis Hospital.
Mr. Walters, who succeeds his lamented father as proprietor of the National, is doing everything he can to promote the comfort of every body around him. The doctors all stay at the National; and there Dr. Gooch died. Every attention possible was paid to him. Mr. Walters has entirely recovered from the effects of fever.
Capt. Clack, Mr. Jacobs considers a most important man in Norfolk. He awards to him great credit for the energy and efficiency with which he has directed the police; by which he has greatly aided in abating nuisances and putting the city in a better condition.
. . . When Mr. Jacobs left on Thursday there were in the Hospital 35 whites and 23 blacks. The following are the names of the whites:
Henry Myers, A. J. Gibbs, Jas. Sullivan, Mr. Kanut, Jas. McCormick, A. Kates, H. Layman, Wm. Ashton, J. King, J. D. Diffenburg, S. Norman, M. Dorsey, J. Wailand, Wm. Collins, J. Clarke, P. Michaud, E. Mur_, Mr. Matthews, C. Oppell, C. Thiele, H. Brockmyer, J. Ward, Mr. Vancliffe, J. Dixon, Jos. Courtney, Mrs. V. Belfis, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. King, Mrs. Ferguson, M. Howard, Master Wm. Davis, Master W. Jarney, G. Kazier, A. Beale.
Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Lynchburg, Sept. 14th, 1855.
Yesterday was observed as Thanksgiving Day here. All the stores were closed, and our citizens, generally, attended divine services. Collections were taken in the various churches in aid of the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers. I have only been able to obtain the amount collected in the following churches: St. Paul's Church, Rev. Wm. H. Kinckle, $345. Third Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. F. Stanly, $71. Presbyterian Church, Rev. J. D. Mitchell, about $100. Fourth Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Mr. H. Ead, $90. The contributions in the other churches will probably make the whole amount to about $750.
Wednesday night the Lynchburg Musical Association gave a concert for the same benevolent purpose. It was attended by the beauty and fashion of our city, and it is supposed, that if it were not for the revival going on at the Methodist Church, the Hall would have been crowded. The proceeds amounted to $120.
New York, Sept. 13.
The recent meeting of our Board of Health had reference to an ordinance prohibiting the coming up to our wharves of all vessels from the Chesapeake Bay. Some doubt existing as to the power of the Board to do this, the Corporation Attorney will give an opinion on the subject tomorrow. A schooner from Back River, Va., arrived at Washington Market a day or two since, and discharged there a cargo of melons, immediately after which the mate was taken sick with yellow fever. He was carried to the hospital, and is now said to be convalescent. The schooner has since returned to Virginia.
Contributions for the sufferers at Norfolk and Portsmouth continue to pour in. Yesterday afternoon a check for $50 was handed in by Lieut. Gen. Scott. Several of the clergy are going today, to supply the places of those of the profession who have fallen at their posts. The fund amounts to $32,440.
LATEST MAIL NEWS.
Norfolk, Sept. 11, 1855.
There appears to be some abatement of the violence of the scourge; but it still rages fearfully. The work of death goes on yet, and there are many new cases. With a large population the number of deaths would be correspondingly large. Norfolk, but two months ago, so busy, bustling, healthful and prosperous, now bears, on every deserted street, avenue and square, the sad evidences of the desolating reign of the pestilence. Widows and orphans have been made by the hundred. A thousand homes but recently happy are now desolate, sad and comfortless; and in some cases the unsparing arm of the angel of death has claimed all; and they are quiet and stirless tenants of the graveyard. How terrible and extraordinary has been this visitation of Providence! But I give you some particulars: The number of burials on the 1st instant was about 36; on the 2nd, 45; 3d, 52; 4th, 58; 5th, 48; 6th, 66; 7th, 48; 8th, 52; 9th, 56; 10th, 65. This is an awful mortality for so small a remaining population.
Dr. Craycroft, of Philadelphia, Dr. Jackson, of ___; A. Briggs, of the firm of Briggs & Rogers; George Granberry, John Granberry, Miss Watt, Miss Woodward, Miss Amy Chandler, Miss Alexina Baylor —making three of Mrs. Catharine B's daughters—Willie Starke and sister; Miss Susan Nimmo, Theo Cunningham, clerk at Farmers' Bank; Mrs. Horace Drewry, Wm. Mehegan, Robt. Ramsay, Mr. Keys, stone mason; E. Mehegan, and many others.
Dr. Whitehead, the acting Mayor, and President of the Farmer's Bank, is better. His daughter is Elizabeth is dead. Miss Eliza Soutter dead. Wm. Johnson, Jr., Mr. Pannell, clerk in Farmer's Bank, Thos. A. Hardy and lady, John S. Lovett, Attorney at Law, mother and sisters, James White and family, J. Dempster and family, F. Spangler and family, Moses Murden and family, Jos. Murden, of the Exchange Bank, Geo. Glen and family, Harrison Ferebee, Mrs. Cephas, and many others, are very sick of the fever. It is certainly dangerous for persons to come to the city from abroad. They almost invariably get the fever and generally die. Very many colored people are down with the fever—several hundred—many have recently died, and a number are in a suffering or dying condition. The Howard Association is doing all in its power to alleviate distress, and lessen the force and power of the terrible disease.
Yours, in haste, F.
Special Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Norfolk, Thursday Sept. 13.
At last I am delighted to state, the fearful epidemic seems to be abating in its violence. But scarcely a family has escaped. The material for this terrible fever, that burns down into the vitals and crazes the brain, is diminishing by death and removal. The malady is still at work. I saw fearful and deeply interesting scenes at the Howard Infirmary today. Have not time now to particularize—some account hereafter.
Dr. Upshur, who has from the first appearance of the fever, been indefatigable in his professional labors, is reported worse today. Dr. R. H. Gordon, health officer, had a dreadful attack yesterday, and lies very ill. Dr. Balfour reported dead at the Springs. Dr. Cowdery is down with the fever.
Eight of our physicians have died—Drs. Higgins, Sylvester, Sr. and Jr., Constable, Halson, Nash, Balfour and Briggs. Dr. Wm. Selden recruiting in Richmond; Drs. Campos and Hardy both down. Drs. Moore, Tunstall and H. Selden, though nearly overcome with fatigue, still keep up and at work. Many physicians from other cities, as you have seen, have died, while a number are doing all in their power to relieve the sick and the suffering. Let their praise be sung aloud, and their fame be echoed to "earth's farthest mountains."
There are many men and some ladies too, that will be remembered with deepest gratitude by our afflicted people. I desire to be more full, just here, but must hurry on. Wm. Simmington, J. R. Johnson, R. T. Halstead, formerly editor of the Courier, Nelson Myers, Mrs. Capt. Mathias, Miss Wilkinson, daughter of J. G. Wilkinson, of the Exchange Bank, Miss Keeling, of Princess Anne Co., John Britt, John Bagley, young Fineash, and young Riddick are among the recent dead. Rich'd Woodward reported dying; Thos. A. Hardy worse; F. A. Perrier attacked last night. Many colored people have the fever. Very many soon recover. About fifty buried yesterday in all.
The Howard Infirmary is well attended to and is in good condition. I shall have something further to say of its management. There are about 60 there—6 died yesterday, and 5 whites and 2 colored were admitted.
Chas. H. Shield reported dead at Weston, Va. Further intelligence tomorrow.
Yours, in haste. F.
Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 13th.
There is no news here today. The fever is abating—there have been only three new cases here today.
Deaths—Mrs. W. Ross; Mrs. J. H. Hodges; Wm. Kelley; Lawrence Kearns; Rebecca Robinson; Mrs. Fisher; Mrs. D. P. Doughtry, daughter of Mr. Bevlin; Mrs. Yeats; M. L. Bohannon; Jos. Morrissett; Levy Chitty; child of Daniel Boils; negro man of R. Williams' estate. FRIENDSHIP.
Norfolk, Sept. 12th, 1855.
Howard Association, 10 o'clock, P. M.
The press of business yesterday compelled me to omit the account of yesterday's work at the Hospital—we had a very busy time. I hand you an account of the number of persons at present; also, admissions and deaths for the last 24 hours.
I am glad to say that Mr. Henry Myers is rapidly recovering; his attack was slight, and he received prompt assistance and good nursing; he is quite lively, and he will be at his post day after tomorrow. Mr. A. J. Gibbs, of Philadelphia, one of the Druggists at the Hospital, was taken with the fever this morning; he is quite sick for the time he has been laid up; our doctors say that the disease assumes a lighter phase every day, and is much easier managed.
Several of our citizens yesterday waited upon 2 gentlemen of your city, Messrs. English, and requested their absence from the town.
They are charged with inefficiency, and giving incorrect information to the public. If they do not leave they will be placed in confinement whilst the fever lasts. Their names have been stricken from the list of the Howard Association.
Today we only had one death at the Hospital; there is only one patient in the house that is not doing well. G. R.
Portsmouth, Sept. 14, 1855.
I snatch a few of the moments of the early morn to drop you a few lines by today's boat.
I feel somewhat better this morning than I have felt for some weeks past. The experience of yesterday, connected with what has been observable for several days, augurs some realization of what our hearts have so longed for. How must the wrecked one who has passed the long and dark night amid the lashing of the tempest, hail with hope the glimmering of morning light. So it is with us. There is a palpable abatement of the disease, and we look up with hope, supplicating the God of mercy that he may vouchsafe relief even now.
There were not more than ten deaths yesterday among us. I could not, after most diligent effort, find out more than six new cases. So far as my observation goes the disease is nothing like as malignant. The physicians sustain me in my opinion on this point. It may be expected there will be alterations on these points—yet we trust the preponderating influence will be as the present.
Mr. Lawrence Kearns; Mrs. Thos. Fisher; Mrs. D. P. Daughtery; a child of Mr. Paul Luke, and one of Mr. Wm. Singleton's, are among the dead of yesterday. Dr. A. Bilisoly and the Rev. Mr. Chisholm are not dead. Mr. Chas. Bilisoly, it is said, must die. I have just seen a gentleman who nursed him the past night, who says he suffers much and hastens to his end.
Our people are much affected at the evidences of your deep interest in us.
Very hastily, yours, &c. GRAPHO.
CONTRIBUTIONS.—The people of Wilmington have authorized the mayor of that town to send $1000, to be equally divided between Norfolk and Portsmouth. In Prince Edward $509.66 has been raised, which has been increased by a donation of $100 from the Odd Fellows of Farmville. In Buckingham county, $500 was contributed. In Albany, New York, and Carlisle, Pa., handsome contributions have been made, and a public meeting was called in Georgetown, D. C., last night for the same purpose. Boston has raised $5,000.
The Masonic Lodge, Fincastle, has contributed $100; the people of Buchanan $100, and Fincastle $76.
Dr. Gooch.—A letter to the Baltimore American from Norfolk, says: "I was surprised to see, in the Richmond Enquirer, I think, a notice of the death of Dr. Gooch, of that city, in which it is intimated that he died of inattention, &c. I did not nurse Dr. G., but being just above him, and hearing of his being very ill, I went down frequently to see him—two or three times every day.—I have had some experience with this disease, and I confidently assert that no man ever received better attention from more experienced nurses. He could not have received better or more faithful attention at his own home. His nurse was Mr. J. M. Jacobs, of New Orleans, under the supervision also of Mr. M. W. Maull, two of the favorite nurses of the Howard Association of that city.
Camp Falls.—A party of gentlemen who visited Camp Falls Tuesday were informed that on Thursday three families would be there, and there was now no doubt by Saturday there would be 300 persons on the ground. Chickens, dogs and cats running about, our informant says, and gave the camp an appearance of comfort and contentment.
Horrid Case.— A writer from Norfolk to the Savannah News relates a case which almost makes us doubt whether there are not fiends who have assumed the shapes of men. It occurred in Main street, next door to the old City Hotel, which is at present used as an hospital. In this house two individuals died and for want of persons to remove their bodies, they were allowed to remain for some time, almost till decomposition had begun.—At the same time, a lady was sick with yellow fever, and two children were without provisions for twenty-four hours, without friend to give a drink to the one, or obtain food for the others. In the midst of this suffering, some ruffians broke into the house and plundered the property of the dead, obliging a little negro girl to show them the secrets of the spring locks on the trunks, &c.
The Contribution in New Orleans.—Dr. Barton, President of the Virginia Association in New Orleans, has published a card acknowledging the receipt of funds from natives of the city, and not exclusively from Virginians.
Sickness of Rev. Dr. Armstrong.—Private letters from Norfolk state that Rev. Dr. Armstrong was taken down with the fever Thursday evening. His physicians thought the attack a slight one.
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
Petersburg, Sept. 14.—There were 13 deaths in Portsmouth yesterday—among them, Mrs. D. P. Daughtery, John Morrissett, Mrs. Rebecca Robinson, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Miller, and young Buchannan, her brother.
There were very few new cases.
Chas. Bilisolly was dying.
Rev. Mr. Chisholm was better.
Rev. Mr. Wills and lady, of Norfolk, arrived here today.
Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Washington, Sept. 13.
There is great interest felt here in the sufferings of the people of Portsmouth and Norfolk, and much material aid has been given. The noble contribution of the hackmen last Monday, comprising their receipts of that day, amounting to $700, was a thing to be remembered. The working classes, at such times, always give more in proportion to their means than any other class of society.
Speaking of yellow fever, some very intelligent persons with whom I have conversed, express the opinion that the pestilence now visiting Norfolk is not the old-fashioned yellow fever, but the far more malignant disease, which was brought to Rio de Janeiro (generally a very healthy place) from Africa, thence traveled westward, visiting New Orleans, Mobile, &c., in 1853, and Savannah last year. A friend of mine, well acquainted with Savannah, says its visit to that place surprised him greatly, from the fact that Savannah is situated on a high cliff, with a sandy soil, in some places twenty or twenty-five feet deep. Such places are not generally visited by the old-fashioned fever.
You will remember that this is the first time Portsmouth was ever visited with a fever, though it has often been in Norfolk. These facts warrant the precautions which are taken here and in Baltimore to ensure that cleanliness of the city, such as liming the gutters every morning; and they further demand a strict quarantine, so far as vessels are concerned.
ONE OF THE VICTIMS.—Mr. Thomas Briggs, of Washington, who fell a victim to yellow fever in Norfolk, had served in the army of the United States as sergeant in Capt. Kirby's company of the 2d artillery during the Florida war, and subsequently in the Northeast boundary commission under Major Graham. He afterwards followed his business (that of a tailor) in Washington.
AMONG THE CONTRIBUTIONS to the Norfolk and Portsmouth fund, in Washington, Sunday, was a lady's gold ring.
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—We have the following particulars from the infected cities through correspondence in the Petersburg papers;
The Petersburg Express notices the sickness of J. G. Holliday, of Portsmouth, but a letter to that paper from Suffolk, dated Friday, says both Messrs. Holt Wilson and J. G. Holliday, were seen on the street that morning attending to their duties. Wm. H. Wilson, cashier of the Va. Bank at Portsmouth, was lying ill in Baltimore.
Among the deaths in Norfolk are: Miss A. M. Walke and Wm. Simington. Gustavus Beale was dying at the Howard Hospital.
Dr. Upshur and [Dr.] Thomas R. Hardy were reported worse.
Mrs. Bray B. Walters is not dead.
Young McEwen, aged 15, an apprentice in the Argus office, had drowned himself while laboring under a fit of insanity. He had had the fever and recovered from it.
The steamer W. W. Townes of Petersburg, makes a trip on the 24th, to carry provisions to Norfolk.
There is still another cause for apprehension.—Nearly all our merchants and retail store keepers have left the city, and in their absence their notes and acceptances have been dishonored and protested. The protests have often amounted to forty daily. How are these to be met? The banks have been most accommodating and would willingly renew all accommodation and business paper, when it is possible. But in numerous instances, the maker or endorser, and in many, both are dead.—In these cases, payment will have to be enforced, real estate disposed of at enormous sacrifices and suffering and distress follow. It will take ten years for Norfolk to recover this overwhelming blow.
The Southside Democrat reports Rev. Mr. Devlin, of Portsmouth, to have been dying on Friday. Capt. Harding has not been sick.
The Democrats' correspondent, at Hampton says:
Owing to the yellow fever at Suffolk, there are not to be seen in the streets of that place a half-dozen persons in a day; everybody having left. The most of them have gone to York, Penn.
There are some sixteen or eighteen persons at the encampment. They are arriving daily. A great many are expected tomorrow.
It has been reported that the small pox was raging along with the fever in Norfolk, which I think is so.
The letters of the Petersburg Intelligencer contain names of persons dead which have not been published, among them are: James, R. Johnson, a son of Eugene Robee, wife of Capt. David Mathias, Mr. Butt, on Scott st., Mrs. Goodridge, aged 50.
Dr. Godfrey is down with the fever, and Drs. Nunn of Savannah, and West, are convalescent.
Rev. Lewis Walke is ill with the fever.
J. G. Holliday of Portsmouth was taken down with the fever Thursday.
The Intelligencer's correspondent says:
The Lecture Room of Christ Church, on Freemason st., has been converted into an asylum for the orphans made by the ravages of the pestilence; and has been placed under the charge of Lieut. James L. Henderson of the Navy (of whose service in behalf of the sick too much cannot be said) with a Mrs. Covington from New Orleans as matron. There are now thirty-three little boys and girls in it, who are well cared for. The disposing of them hereafter will be a grave subject for the consideration of the City Fathers on their return.
Several communications having been addressed by the committee of thirteen to the Howard Association and to the "acting Mayor of Norfolk," proposing, on behalf of the people of Richmond to take charge of such of the citizens of that devoted city as could be sent away or spared, and also of the orphans, and no answer having been received, the writer of this addressed a letter to the venerable and esteemed editor of the Herald, stating the objects and wishes of the people of Richmond. In answer the following has been received. It explains the difficulty of keeping up a correspondence with the "constituted authorities," as they are termed; a term that is almost without application in Norfolk. The letter does credit to the heart of its venerable author, while we doubt not it but utters the sentiment of every citizen of Norfolk:
Norfolk, Sept. 11, 1855.
My Dear Sir:—I have received your letter earnestly pressing our few remaining citizens to flee to Richmond, where, you say, and I well know, they would be received with open arms—everything being provided to make them comfortable. But to me it seems impossible. There is no means by which the appeal you suggest could be made to reach them. Few, indeed, are at leisure to bring about what you propose. Indeed, I may say, all who could be useful in promoting that object, have their minds entirely engrossed by their duties to their sick families, connections and friends, and I could not name the individual who is not thus engaged, far beyond his desire to do good in any other way. Those who are not thus circumstanced, of course continue to obey the instinct of self-preservation by fleeing to a purer atmosphere.
Being, in my position of Secretary of the Board of Health, about the only one of our city authorities present and fit for duty, I take the liberty to tender you the thanks of the city for your benevolent proposition. Nobly has Richmond used the liberal means with which a kind Providence has endowed her in ministering to the relief of her poor, afflicted, heart-broken sister; and may the same Providence continue to increase those means, since she has so well proved that she knows how to use them. Heaven bless you and her is the sincere prayer of,
Thos. G. Broughton.
WHAT NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH WANT.
We are informed by persons from Norfolk and Portsmouth that what they chiefly want is fresh bread, fresh meat and fresh every thing. Live chickens and sheep would be very acceptable. For the present it is impossible to have bread cooked for the people, the bakeries being all suspended.
AID FOR CAMP FALLS.—Rev. Dr. McCabe has gone to Baltimore for aid in provisioning those who are at Camp Falls, and those who are expected there. At last accounts there were about 30 there; but persons from Norfolk think that very few if any more will go. The committee of our citizens sent down on Friday $200 to Hampton, to aid in supplying to the Camp Falls people—application having been made from Hampton for that amount.
MORE AID.—Buckingham has raised $500 for the cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk, and it has been placed in the hands of Col. Munford, treasurer of the Richmond fund.
We understand that Chesterfield has raised $500 or $600 for the same noble purpose.
Extract of a letter of late date from the Post Master of Norfolk (to Dr. Galt) to Dr. R. Archer:
"For myself and the people of Norfolk I heartily thank the people of Richmond for their noble resolves. They have pursued the right plan. If the people of Norfolk could be removed in large numbers they should go to the vicinities of cities where they could get supplies for the healthy and comforts and attendance for the sick.
"I have conversed with several persons of good standing and information in regard to our affairs, and they think with me, that there are few persons now who can avail themselves of the kind offer of their Richmond friends. There is not a home in the city which the pestilence has not entered, and many, many has it desolated. We are so tied down to each other that we cannot leave. The well must remain to take care of the sick. For ten days past I have foreseen our fate, (considering that we cannot expect a frost before the middle of October,) we must all go through the dread ordeal, unless God in his mercy should stay the plague, and rescue us as he did the Jews of old in the destruction of Sennacherib's army.
"I hope there is a change going on for the better. For the last three days there have been comparatively few new cases, and they are of a milder character. There is another circumstance that cheers us somewhat. We begin to see the faces of those who have recovered from the disease."
The orphans from Portsmouth have been well cared for, and except one or two whose health was delicate, are getting on bravely. They are as cheerful and playful as young lambs. As their wants are better understood they are made more and more comfortable. Every body takes an interest in them, and are anxious to assist in maintaining them. Many have made contributions.—Mr. Henry Cox, instead of sending one cow has sent three of four, so that the infants who require it will have fresh milk. We suggest to our readers that any thing in the way of provisions and clothing will be most acceptable. Anything left at the office of Mr. Ellyson, over Adie & Gray's, or at the Dispatch office will be conveyed to the college, and will be gratefully acknowledged. We trust that kind and humane mothers, who know so well what children so young as these need, will not hesitate to make suitable contributions. No one who gives to these little ones will fail to be rewarded with interest.
Deeming that the publication of the names of these children might possibly be of advantage to some of them we give a list below.
NAMES OF THE ORPHANS
Sent up from Portsmouth, by the Authorities of that place, on the 14th inst., to the care of a committee of the people of Richmond, and by them placed in the Catholic College, near the city:
Mary F. Meyer, child of Geo. & Nancy Meyer, age 10 yrs.
Harriett Ann Ansel, child of Wm. & Ann Ansell, age 15 yrs.
Elizabeth Ansel, child of Wm. & Ann Ansell, age 9 yrs.
Lavinia Ansel, child of Wm. & Ann Ansell, age 7 yrs.
Alice Ansel, child of Wm. & Ann Ansell, age 5 yrs.
Sarah J. Bryant, child of Saml. & Harriet Bryant, age 8 yrs.
Mary V. Pratt, child of Thomas V. Pratt, age 13 yrs.
Louisiana F. Pratt, child of Thomas V. Pratt, age 14 yrs.
Mary E. Stillman, child of Mrs. Abigail Russell, age 7 yrs.
Rowena Rawls, child of ___ & Martha A. Rawls, age 8 yrs.
Mary F. Rawls, child of ___ & Martha A. Rawls, age 6 yrs.
Joseph Forehand, child of Hardy & Charity Forehand, age 4 yrs.
Wm. Riley Forehand, child of Hardy & Charity Forehand, age 7 yrs.
Lizzie Forehand, child of Hardy & Chairty Forehand, age 2 yrs.
John Donovan, child of T & Margaret Donaaan, aged 9 yrs.
Sam'l Bains, jr., child of Sam'l Bains, senr., aged 19 mo.
Geo. Gray, child of George Gray, age 2 yrs.
Jno. O'Donald, child of ___ & Catherine O'Donald, 3 yrs.
Lizie Lynch, child of Michael Lynch, age 2 yrs.
Alice V. Gates, child of Mr. Gates, age 5 yrs.
Walter Gates, child of Mr. Gates, age 15 mo.
Unknown, commonly called Captain, light hair and blue eyes, parents unknown, 2 yrs.
Manuel Bernard, child of John Bernard, age 10 yrs.
Henry Bernard, child of John Bernard, age ?
Amelia, Emmett, Ida & James, children of Dr. Samuel Nicholson, deceased, and Mrs. Mary Nicholson. Their mother accompanies them.
We stated on Saturday that there were two children whose parents and names were unknown. There is only one. Amidst the confusion, distress and desolation of the fever, at its greatest height, this little boy, whose parents were understood to be dead, was left at the house where the orphans were gathered together, and no name was given in with him. His little companions took quite a fancy to him, and nicknamed him the "Captain." He is a bright, cheerful little fellow.
Mrs. Dr. Nicholson has had a period of severe affliction. Her husband was a highly respectable physician, who perished with the fever, and she was left entirely destitute with her family, some of whom have had the fever. She is an intelligent and gentle lady, who bears her affliction meekly yet firmly.
THE NORFOLK ORPHANS.
The letter of our respected correspondent G., explains the reasons why the authorities of Norfolk are unwilling to surrender their orphans. Of course, in a question of the kind, the reasons and the decision are with the people of Norfolk; but we cannot help doubting the force of the reasons alleged. We doubt whether the relative of the orphans would complain at their being confided to the people of Richmond, from whom they could at any time be obtained. They would more likely be gratified that they had been removed to a place of safety, where they would most assuredly be tenderly cared for. We should be happy to see Lt. Henderson and his juveniles up here. We could give the Lt. a larger command if not a wider field of usefulness. We wanted the Norfolk children.—We hope they will yet be sent. If they are not, our correspondent and his people will at least allow us to complain and grumble that they won't accept our invitation to send them.
FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR PROVISIONS, &C., FOR NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH.—The following letter from the President of the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad appears in the Lynchburg Virginian:
OFFICE VA. & TENN. R. R. Co.
Lynchburg, Sept. 13, 1855.
Messrs. Editors:—You will please say that any article of provisions, materials, &c., which may be contributed along the line of this road for the use of the afflicted in Norfolk and Portsmouth, will be transmitted free of charge.
Jno. Robin McDaniel, Pres't.
LATEST MAIL NEWS.
From Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Norfolk, 14th, Sept., 1855.
The number of interments yesterday were 28; the day before 32. These were in Protestant burial grounds only. Here is a great decrease, indeed, from the mortality of the three preceding days, which averaged upwards of fifty a day. The disease is evidently on the decline, so the doctors say; but rather in consequence of the diminished number of subjects for it to prey on than any mitigation of its virulence. The number of desperate cases now on hand are fearfully disproportion to the milder ones, and we must yet look out for many deaths.
Mr. Richard Woodward died this morning at 1 o'clock. He was one of those noble spirits who threw self behind them, and devoted their energies solely to the cause of humanity. He might have been seen at all times and in all places, ministering to the sick and providing for the interment of the dead. Fear of contracting the pestilence had no place in his mind, and the most loathsome duties in the very heart of danger never turned him aside from his benevolent pursuits. But the monster finally marked him for its victim, and he has been cut off in the very triumph of his usefulness. This, with Mr. Wm. Hall, grocer, in Fenchurch street, and two elderly females, whose names I have not learned, are all the other deaths I have heard of up to 12 o'clock today, though there are doubtless of great many more.
At the Infirmary there were admitted, on the 12th, 6; on the 13th, 7; and today 3. Died there, on the 12th, an infant of 12 days, parents unknown, and named "Maria Howard" on admission; Joseph Courtney, from the city prison. On the 13th, Aug. Beale, aged 14, employed as a lackey about the infirmary; Charles Oppell, a German, 25; Mrs. Ferguson, one of the nurses, from Charleston, 25; Wm. Anderson, 26, slave, well known about our streets as a one-handed vender of periodicals. Poor fellow, the disease rendered him a furious maniac, so that it was found necessary to lash him down in a box to prevent him from doing mischief; John, slave of Mrs. Henry. These are all for the last two days. I know not how it is that there have been so many horrifying fictions written about this infirmary. Even in your "Dispatch" of yesterday, is a paragraph stating that "on Sunday, twenty bodies were in the dead room." Not the least truth in it I assure you. It is needless to stop to notice the other errors in the same article.
It is unfortunate that the sick are deprived of the services of two of our most skillful physicians at this time. Dr. Upshur is still down with the fever, though I am happy to hear this morning that he is better. Dr. Tunstall, though he has not had the fever, is still lying by, having been completely used up and exhausted.
There are 33 orphans in the Howard Asylum, (Christ Church Lecture Room,) under the charge of Lieut. James L. Henderson, U. S. N., who has been indefatigable in his attendance on the sick throughout this campaign of death. They are all comfortable and well attended to. The earnest solicitation of the Richmond authorities that they should be sent to them has been received with a deep feeling of gratitude here; but there are considerations which render compliance inexpedient, however much it may be desired. Most of the orphans have family connections in Norfolk, who in their sickness and distress have not been able to look after them, but who will no doubt make it their first business to do so when they can, in order to take them under their own protection. Now, should they on making the application find the offspring of their deceased relatives moved away to Richmond or Baltimore, it would be a subject of bitter and just complaint to them. Several have been taken away already by the relatives and friends of their deceased parents.
I saw Mr. Henry Myers out again today, ready, as soon as his strength will permit, to resume his useful labors.
Among the new cases reported today are Mr. F. A. Perier and his wife. The weather is dark, drizzly, and unfavorable to the sick. G.
Correspondence of the Dispatch.
Norfolk, Sept. 14.
It is with heartfelt pleasure—pleasure that almost bring tears of joy, that I feel safe in announcing to you and to our citizens abroad that the fever is abating here. The heavy clouds of sorrow and despair are breaking up, and hope, bright and beautiful as an angel, stands forth from out the gloom, cheering and sustaining us. The black tide of death is ebbing and the rush of the terrible waters is from us, not to us. Already some of us are beginning to survey the field over which the grim monster has stood unchecked and our very hearts bleed when we recall the names of those early and dear friends, who have so suddenly been changed into "coffined pestilence."
Among the physicians as a class, the havoc is more perceptible than else where, and you will be surprised to know that seven of our resident medical men have gone to their long homes. They were in the front rank of the battle, and fell swiftly and surely. Dr. Upshur, who has distinguished himself in doing good, at 2 o'clock today, was lying very ill. Dr. N. C. Whitehead the acting Mayor, is out of danger, and sitting up in his chamber, and there are but three resident physicians up.
Dr. Fenner left today for Petersburg, in company with Henry Myers, who goes on to Richmond, to recruit a few days. Neither will be absent any considerable length of time.
Yesterday there were 26 deaths in the city and 3 at the Hospital. Among the names of the dead, I hear of J. R. Johnson, watch-maker Main street; Shanks Gardner at Dickie's; Miss Ann Maria Walke, J. R. Small, N. Hosier, Wm. C. Symington, Miss Ann E. Shuster, E. Horner, a colored man named Oliver, belonging to Dr. Whitehead and one named Daniel, belonging to W. W. Lamb.
Mr. Wm. F. Shuster is very ill, also, Miss Gordon, daughter of J. D. Gordon. Several of Dr. Tunstall's family are quite sick. Miss Hicks, daughter of Capt. Hicks, is also sick.
Much has been said about the attention paid Dr. Gooch, of Richmond, while he was sick, and I think it proper to give you a statement that can certainly be relied on.—During his illness, which lasted some time, he had the very best attention that could have been given him under any circumstances. Two young physicians who had been companions of his while in France, were with him almost every moment of his sickness, besides which, he had among other nurses, a colored female from Charleston, who is regarded as one of the best of the troop who have come here. Everything was done for him that kindness and skill could suggest. His attack was a severe one, and though possessed of a powerful constitution, he sank under it. He retained the possession of his senses to the last, and died quietly and calmly. Mr. Henry Myers, at the Hospital, was sent for a few moments before his death, and Dr. G., upon being aware of his presence in the room, attempted to say something to him, but could only pronounce the words, "Tell my mother ___." He was too far gone to say more, and expired immediately afterwards. Thus died one of nature's noblemen, who gave up his life for the good of his fellow men, and whose memory will long be cherished by all who delight to dwell on the blooming spots in this desert world, through which we are traveling onward to eternity. His noble conduct had attracted the sympathies of his co laborers, and he had the largest funeral which has been seen in Norfolk, almost since the epidemic. There were five carriages in the procession and all filled.
Rev. Dr. McCabe, of Hampton, has gone on to Baltimore to procure provisions for the suffering.
Mr. G. W. Camp who has been reported dead so often is up and rode out yesterday.
The havoc among the Bank officers here is marked. At the Farmers' Bank, Mr. Chamberlain is the only one remaining. Hatton is dead. W. M. Pannell, clerk, is down with the fever. A Tunstall's family are all sick, his wife is dead, and his daughter, Mrs. Baylor and three children have died. Jno. Saunder's family are sick, and he has lost his daughter. W. Tibs, the Watchman, has a sick family, his son is very low and his wife will die before night.
At the Exchange Bank, the only persons left are Smith the Assistant Teller and Wm. Balls, the Runner.
At the Virginia Bank, R. W. Bowden the Cashier, W. D. Bagnall clerk, and Samuel Moore, and Palmer the Watchman are all that are left.
Upon looking over the list of mortality, I find that the largest number of deaths which have occurred in any one day number 83.
Twenty nurses from New Orleans, arrived here this evening.
Mr. Jas. McCormick, of Richmond, who nobly volunteered to come here to nurse the sick, is down with the fever. His is rather a bad case and I have fears for his recovery.
In Portsmouth there were 13 deaths yesterday. Among the dead there are Mrs. Filcher and Mrs. Wm. Burton. Dr. Augustus Bilisolly will be about in a few days and resume his practice. Lawrence Kearns, who has been a resident of both Richmond and Petersburg, is dead. Dr. Webster of Baltimore is doing well. J. G. Holliday went to the hospital yesterday afternoon, but has not got the fever. He goes there to recruit.
There is a light misty rain falling, and it will prove fatal to a large number of those who now lie in a critical condition. Indeed, it will probably take off all the worst cases, and we shall hereafter have a still shorter list to record. Yours, PACA
Norfolk, Friday, Sept. 14.
The disease has evidently abated, and the people are delighted with the prospect of returning salubrity to our formerly gay, happy and prosperous city.
John Hudson, engineer of Phoenix, died yesterday at the Howard Infirmary; R. C. M. Young, of the firm of Sherwood & Young, a most estimable young gentleman, died yesterday. Richard Woodward, Jules Schisano, Mrs. Wm. Doyle, Mrs. Savage, two ladies at ___ Bigshaw's, are dead; also, David Cooke, a child of Wm. Green and another of D. Jones. Rev. Aristides Smith's daughter, Charles Shuster and others have died within about 24 hours. Rev. L. Walke of Christ Church, is ill of the fever. Mary Eliza Shuster is very sick. Dr. Gordon, health officer, is dangerously ill—a very severe attack. F. A. Perier is down. Many children and colored persons have died in the last day or two.
Burials Wednesday about 40; yesterday 35. Cold and damp; wind blowing from NE—severe thunder storm last night.
In haste, F.
Portsmouth, VA., Sept. 14th, 1855.
There is no news today. The weather is rather bad, the wind cold, and blowing from the north-west, accompanied with rain. The fever is about the same as yesterday. A Mr. Barrott, druggist, from Baltimore, died at the Crawford House today, having been here about two weeks. His death is regretted by all.
Deaths today—John Nelson, Mrs. James Avery, Mrs. John Cherry, Mrs. Cherry, Wm. Burton, child at the academy, wife of Mychal Sulivan, John T. Powell, Charles Belisoly, Miss L. Edwards, Susan Johnson, negro of Miss Cherry.
Very few new cases today.
AMONG THE CONTRIBUTIONS not before noticed are from Chicago, $2,500; Lancaster, Pa., $1,700; Annapolis, Md., $546, including donations from benevolent orders, $900; Charlottesville, $800; Lovingston, Nelson County, $180; Columbia, S. C., including one thousand dollars by the town council, $2,072; Fayetteville, N. C., $500; Greensboro, N. C., $300; Granville, N. C., $400; Visitors at Jones' Springs, Warren, N. C., $400; Montgomery, Ala., $680.50; Washington has sent an additional sum of $1,441; the Germans of Charleston, S. C., $36; York, Pa., $900; Kanawha Lodge Odd Fellows, at Charleston, Va., $36. A meeting has been held in Louisville, Ky., and other places to further the objects already accomplished by places named above.
From Charleston, S. C., the Howard Association have sent to Norfolk, five physicians, three assistants, and forty-eight nurses, the expenses of whom are paid by the citizens of Charleston.—Among the physicians who left is Prof. W. P. Miles.
The employees at Sinton & Perkins' locomotive works have given $84.61; Warrenton, Fauquier, $724.50; a public meeting at Bowling Green, Caroline county, $250.30
Two cases of fever appeared on the United States ship St. Lawrence, Wednesday.
Mr. Thomas Hardy (of Hardy & Brothers) and Dr. Hardy, a homeopathic physician are reported ill, as also Dr. Friedman, and two sons of Mr. Chisana, the French Consul.
Edward Dodd, and Messrs. Jenkins and Wren, members of the firm of Jenkins & Wren, Norfolk, are not dead, as has been reported, but were alive and in good health, at Eastville on the Eastern Shore, on the 10th inst.
Dr. Fenner who left Norfolk Saturday, and is now in Petersburg, thinks the deaths in that city the day before, were less than twenty—probably not over eighteen. Mr. Henry Myers, who has arrived in Richmond, puts the mortality down at fifteen.
Mr. Singleton Mercer, who some twelve years ago killed a man, in Philadelphia, by the name of Hebberton, for the seduction of his sister, died of yellow fever a few days ago at the United States Marine Hospital, at Portsmouth, Va., Mr. M. volunteered on the 22d of August —immediately repaired to Portsmouth, and before he started observed that "it was a duty which man owed to his fellow man, to assist in the time of pestilence." Mr. M. labored faithfully as a nurse, and was highly efficient. He was a single man, and the son of Mr. Mercer, who for many years was a merchant of Southwark.
Several cases of fever, which have appeared in Portsmouth have been congestive, and not yellow. The deaths there Friday were 15, and the new cases 2.
Petersburg, Sept. 16.—The train from Weldon arrived here this evening, having connected with the train from Portsmouth.
In Portsmouth yesterday, there were eight deaths, and the number of new cases were increasing. This morning Rev. Jas. Chisholm, before erroneously reported dead, was extremely ill and would not it was thought survive through tonight.
J. G. Holliday is not sick with the fever. (This agrees with the report of our Norfolk correspondent, "Paca.")
Among the deaths are Miss Johnstone, a nurse, from Philadelphia; ___ Millson's child; Saml Herald, a son of John Rosser, dec'd, Barney Contz, Jos. R. Aquimbo's child, Jos. Thomas's child and John Sanford.
Wm. R. Singleton and wife are both very ill.
John A. Foreman, M. L. Tabb and Mrs. R. T. Scott are down with the fever.
Dr. Pete [Peete] and Mayor Fiske are improving.
In Norfolk yesterday there were twenty-four deaths. Among them R. M. C. Young. His brother Moses is lying ill.
S. Ghio, reported ill at Hampton, is still very low, as is his brother at the same place. The former cannot possibly recover.
Rev. Mr. Devlin and Marsden Smith's family are all convalescent.