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From Norfolk^ June 30.
1 ‘Yesterdayafternoon \vc were gratified with the sight ot tour gunboats equipped nnd under way for the defence of the Narrows, in case any attempt should be made to enter this harbour by the British. I oo much praise cannot be given to the apirit and patriotism of the captains and nearnen ot the port on this occasion. On Sunday evening only, a deputation from the committee waited on captain Decatur with a request that the gun boats might be prepared for action. At this time, no rigging was over head, no sails bent, arms or ammunition on board, but such was the persevering la bour, and ardent exertions of our seamen, that at four o’clock the y sailed, readv victualled, manned, and in every respect prepared for action, and under a com mander who will never he taken all a back, or shut his eyes at the squall. full/ 1—This day commodore Ste phen Decatur,jun. hoisted his broad pen dant on board the U. S. frigate Chesa peake, in the place of commodore Bar ron. Capt. Gordon continues in com mand of the ship.” On the 3d of July commodore Dou fchtss, ol the English squadron, address ed ii letter to the mat or of Norfolk, de claring that if the resolution of tht N >r tolk committee prohibiting the commu nication bet we* n the British consul and the squadron was net wmwdiatehi an 71 ufivd) he would not permit nnv vessel to pass in to, or out from, Norfolk; that it was in his pou cr to obstruct the whole trade of the Chesapeake; and that it rest u with the inhabitants of Norfolk cither to engage in a war, or to remain on terms of peace-On the same day Douglass brought up his squ tdron, and formed in line of battle,u itliin two miles of Hampton, and sent his tenders to round in a direction for Norfolk. Com modore Decatur kept his nun at their quarters all night, apprehending an at tack. A French frigat- lying at Norfolk offered to co-operate with Decatur, and the two commanders pledged them selves to each other not to strike their colours. On the fourth rf jruft/ the mayor re plied to commodore Douglass, inform ing him tiiat the American people were not to lie intimidated by menace ; that, seduced by the false shew of security, the v may sometimes be surprised and a.lightered while unprepared ro resist a supposed friend,—but that this delu sive security was now passed forever. He then, in bold and decisive language*, makes the following declarations: ~a The hitc occurence has taught us to confide our safetij no longer to any thing hut our own force. Wc do not seek hostility—nor do we avoid it. We are prepared for the -worst you may attempt, will do what soever shall be judged proper to repel force, whensoever your efforts shall ren der any act of ours necessary.” X he mayor communicated Douglass’s letter to the executive ol the cominon wealtli. The executive council unani mously declared that the state was in vaded, and have accordinglv called out and put in motion the requisite military force to repel any attempt of the British to land. In the City ol Richmond, one troop ol cavalry, three companies of in fantry, and two ol militia, volunteered their services to march to Norfolk. Ge neral Mathews, the chairman of the Norfolk committee, was appointed to command the troops. A sailor who got off from one of the British vessels on the 3d of July, stated that they had come up to demand their casks and water ; that the ship from which he escaped, had not more than a month s water on hoard, though they all had six months’ other provisions, and that it was said on hoard the ships, that B their demand was refused they would destroy Hampton; for which purpose h says they had put a 32 pounder on board eacn of two pilot boats they had pur chased, they had also fitted anumber of their boats St barges with 4 and 6 poun d rs and swivels, and had ordered a number of picked men to he ready to man them on a signal being given. From Washington Citij, °/a hi p,. ‘bMr. Ersk ine,the British minister, lias arrived—declares the late aggression ! unauthorised—a id is about to forward an immediate d:-patch to the British officer commanding at Hampton. Orders have been issued from the war of fice to the governors of the several states, making a requisition of one hundred t/wu sandmilitia, to he ready to take the fi< Id at a moment’s warning, and authorizing the acceptance of volunteers. Young men ol America / rally round the stand ard of your country, and prepare your selves in case ol n» ccssitv, tooverwhi lm with irresistible energy the violators of your rights! ithin a very short time, between sixty and eighty gun boats, fully equip ped,will be stationed at the most expos ed points of the United States to repel ny aggression that may be offered. All the lieutenants in the navy and ^ midshipmen are ordered to repair to Not folk. Those who were in this neighbourhood have already set off. A schooner freighted with arms and ammunition, left the navy yard two davs since for Norfolk. 1 he president received yesterday,and again last night, dispatches from Com modore Decatur, which state that Nor loik was blockaded by the British squa dron that they prevented every thing lrom passing either in or out, and had declared their determination to adhere to this measure until the people of Nor iolk should rescind their resolutions_ that the boats of the squadron were sounding ahead, and the commodore expected them up with the first fair hi eeze, in which case he hoped to be able * to give them a warm reception.” William W. Howell, Ao. 20, -North 3a street, a lew uoors above Market street, Philadelphia, HAS FOR SALE A general Assortment cf IIARDWA R E, '■Inch he offers on reasonable terms, lor Cash, or at the usual Credit. NOTICE. Thf. Subscribers earnestly request those indebted to them, to pay their re spective accounts, by the first day of August next, otherwise suits will be commenced indiscriminately, without iurther notice. i hey have on hand a neat assortment ol seasonable GOODS, which they will sell remarkably cheap tor cash. wi r , SAM. & B. BEALL. \v heeling 20th June, 1807. HIlMP and TAR. PHI, In gin si price will be given for good merchantable Hemp and'Tar by MICHAEL GRAHAM, ” ho has on hand a general assortment of DRV GOODS & GROCERIES, iv'ith Cordage of all sorts and sizes', nt his Store, opposite John White. Wheeling, March 12, 1807. W H E EL 1N Gy ~ (OHIO COUNTY V1RGIK1A,) I rintkd by Alexander Armstrong.