d 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 island, and refuses to let him have more men. This looks like a man-trap of the Red-tapers to get rid of a popular leader.
I hope the President will interfere.
All calm and quiet to-day.
I forgot to mention the fact that some weeks ago I received a work in manuscript from London, sent thither before the war, and brought by a bearer of dispatches from our Commissioner, Hon. Ambrose Dudley Mann, to whom I had written on the subject.
I owe him a debt of gratitude for this kindness.
When peace is restored, I shall have in readiness some contributions to the literature of the South, and my family, if I should not survive, may der
Lee cannot send any, or, if he does, Richmond will be threatened again, and possibly taken.
How shall we live?
Boarding ranges from $60 to $100 per month.
Our landlord says he will try to get boarding in the country, and if he succeeds, probably we may keep the house we now occupy, furnished, at a rent of $1200, for a mere robin's nest of four rooms!
But I hope to get the house at the corner of First and Casey, in conjunction with Gen. Rains, for $1800. It has a dozen rooms.
Gen. Beauregard, some of whose forces have been taken from him and sent to the defense of Wilmington, is apprehensive that they may be lost, in the event of the enemy making a combined naval and land attack, and then Charleston and Savannah would be in great peril.
Gens. Smith and Whiting call lustily for aid, and say they have not adequate means of defense.
Some 4000 more negroes have been called for to work on the fortifications near Richmond.
I believe 10,000 are at work now.
o civil officers in the departments; but Senator Brown, of Miss., proposed a proviso, which was adopted, allowing the increased compensation only to those who are not liable to perform military duty, and unable to bear arms.
The auctions are crowded — the people seeming anxious to get rid of their money by paying the most extravagant prices for all articles exposed for sale.
An old pair of boots, with large holes in them, sold to-day for $7.00-it costs $125 to foot a pair of boots.
Mr. A.--, editor of the--, recommends the Secretary of War to get Congress to pass, in secret session, a resolution looking to a reconstruction of the Union on the old basis, and send Commissioners to the Northern Governors.
Meantime, let the government organize an army of invasion, and march into Pennsylvania.
The object being to sow dissension among the parties of the North.
A letter from a Mr. Stephens, Columbia, S. C., to the President, says it is in his power to remove one of
e attempting to pass into the enemy's lines.
This, then, may have been Capt. Norton's secret mission; and I believe the government had traps set for him at other places of egress.
Meantime the enemy came in at Savannah.
This is considered the President's foible — a triumph over a political or personal enemy will occupy his attention and afford more delight than an ordinary victory over the common enemy.
Most men will say Mr. Foote should have been permitted to go — if he desired it.
Cloudy and cool.
The news that Goldsborough, N. C., had been taken is not confirmed.
Nor have we intelligence of the renewal of the assault on Fort Fisher-but no one doubts it.
The government sent pork, butchered and salted a few weeks ago, to the army.
An order has been issued to borrow, buy, or impress flour, wherever found; but our political functionaries will see that it be not executed.
The rich hoarders may control votes hereafter, when they may be candidates, etc. If dom