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.
The department leaves Gen. Wise to his superior officer, Gen. Huger, at Norfolk, who has 15,000 men. But I understand that Huger says Wise has ample means for the defense of the
provided the United States authorities will return the slaves they have taken from masters loyal to the Confederate States.
These may amount to 100,000.
And he might have added that on the next day all-4,000,000-were to be emancipated, so far as the authority of the United States could accomplish it.
The enemy's gun-boats (two) came up the York River last week, and destroyed an oyster boat.
Beyond the deprivation of oysters, pigs, and poultry, we care little for these incursions.
The news of the successful defense of Vicksburg is confirmed by an official dispatch, to the effect that the enemy had departed up the Mississippi River.
By the late Northern papers, we find they confess to a loss of 4000 men in the several attacks upon the town!
Our estimate of their loss did not exceed that many hundred.
They lost two generals, Morgan and another.
We did not lose a hundred men, according to our accounts.
The Herald (N. Y.) calls it another Fredericksburg affair.
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 $6000.
Hundreds were skating on the ice in the basin this morning; but it thawed all day, and now looks like rain.
Yesterday the President vetoed a bill appropriating a million dollars to clothe the Kentucky troops.
The vote in the Senate, in an effort to pass it nevertheless, was 12 to 10, not two-thirds.
The President is unyielding.
If the new Conscription act before the House should become a law, the President will have nearly all power in his hands.
The act suspending the writ of h
Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary, returned to his room today, mine not suiting him.
Col. Sale, Gen. Bragg's military secretary, told me to-day that the general would probably return from Wilmington soon.
His plan for filling the ranks by renovating the whole conscription system, will, he fears, slumber until it is too late, when ruin will overtake us!
If the President would only put Bragg at the head of the conscription business — and in time — we might be saved.
Bright and frosty.
Gold at $66 for one yesterday, at auction.
Major R. J. Echols, Quartermaster, Charlotte, N. C., says the fire there destroyed 70,000 bushels of grain, a large amount of sugar, molasses, clothing, blankets, etc. He knows not whether it was the result of design or accident.
All his papers were consumed.
A part of Conner's brigade on the way to South Carolina, 500 men, under Lieut.-Col. Wallace, refused to aid in saving property, but plundered it!
This proves tha