d see no reason to credit them.
I know he rides out in the afternoon, if the weather be fair, after the labors of the day, and he is a regular attendant at St. Paul's Church.
I am rather inclined to credit the rumor that he intends to join the church.
All his messages and proclamations indicate that he is looking to a mightier power than England for assistance.
There is a general desire to have the cabinet modified and Christianized upon the inauguration of the permanent government.
We have three candidates in the field in this district for Congress: President Tyler, James Lyons, and Wm. II.
McFarland. The first will, of course, walk over the track.
Gen. Wise, whose headquarters are to be fixed at Nag's Head on the beach near Roanoke Island, reports that the force he commands is altogether inadequate to defend the position.
Burnside is said to have 20,000 men, besides a numerous fleet of gun-boats; and Gen. Wise has but 3000 effective men.
We have news also from Vicksburg, and the city was not taken; on the contrary, the enemy had sailed away.
I trust this is reliable; but the Northern papers persist in saying that Vicksburg has fallen, and that the event took place on the 3d inst.
Six hundred women and children-refugees — arrived at Petersburg yesterday from the North.
They permit them to come now, when famine and pestilence are likely to be added to the other horrors of war!
We are doomed to suffer this winter!
The message of Gov. Seymour, of New York, if I am not mistaken in its import and purposes, will have a distracting effect on the subjugation programme of the government at Washington.
I shall look for riots, and perhaps rebellions and civil wars in the North.
Mr. Stanley, ycleped Governor of North Carolina, has written a letter (dated 31st December) to Gen. French, complaining that our soldiery have been guilty of taking slaves from their humane and loyal masters in Washington Coun
Mr. Hunter is in the Secretary's room every Sunday morning. Is there some grand political egg to be hatched?
If the government had excluded private speculators from the ports at an early date, we might have had clothes and meat for the army in abundance — as well as other stores.
But a great duty was neglected!
Sunday as it is, trains of government wagons are going incessantly past my door laden with ice — for the hospitals next summer, if we keep Richmond.
The snow has nearly vanished — the weather bright and pleasant, for midwinter; but the basin is still frozen over.
Gen. E. S. Jones has captured several hundred of the enemy in Southwest Virginia, and Moseby's men are picking them up by scores in Northern Virginia.
Congress recommitted the new Conscript bill on Saturday, intimidated by the menaces of the press, the editors being in danger of falling within reach of conscription.
A dwelling-house near us rented to-day for $60<
tion seems to indicate that some fear of its loss exists.
Some 40,000 bushels of corn, etc. were consumed at Charlotte, N. C., the other day. A heavy loss!
Both the army and the people will feel it. There seems already to exist the preliminary symptoms of panic and anarchy in the government.
All the dignitaries wear gloomy faces; and this is a gloomy day-raining incessantly.
A blue day — a miserable day!
The city council put up the price of gas yesterday to $50 per 1000 feet.
Clear and pleasant.
Cannon heard down the river.
Mr. E. A. Pollard, taken by the Federals in an attempt to run the blockade last spring, has returned, and reports that Gen. Butler has been relieved of his command-probably for his failure to capture Wilriington.
Mr. Pollard says that during his captivity he was permitted, on parole, to visit the Northern cities, and he thinks the Northern conscription will ruin the war party.
But, alas I the lax policy inaugurated by Mr. Benjam