ents of the government.
Mr. Benjamin reminded me of Daniel Webster, when he used to make solemn declarations that his friends in office were likewise the partisans of President Tyler.
A Mr. O. Hendricks, verylately of the U. S. Coast Survey, has returned from a tour of the coast of North Carolina, and has been commissioned a lieutenant by the Secretary of War.
He says Burnside will take Roanoke Island, and that Wise and all his men will be captured.
It is a man-trap.
Gen. L. P. Walker, the first Secretary of War, is assigned to duty in the Southwest under Gen. Bragg.
How can he obey the orders of one who was so recently under his command?
I think it probable he will resign again before the end of the campaign.
There has been a storm on the coast, sinking some of the enemy's ships.
Col. Allen, of New Jersey, was lost.
He was once at my house in Burlington, and professed to be friendly to the Southern cause.
I think he said he o
thousand of whom have arrived here, and they are subsisted from the market.
Thus they injure us every way. But, n'importe, say some; if Lincoln's Emancipation be not revoked, but few more prisoners will be taken on either side. That would be a barbarous war, without quarter.
I see that Col. J. W. Wall, of New Jersey, has been nominated, and I suppose will be elected, U. S. Senator.
He was confined for months in prison at Fort Lafayette.
I imagine the colonel is a bold, able man.
It was bitter cold last night, and everything is frozen this morning; there will be abundance of ice next summer, if we keep our ice-houses.
In these times of privation and destitution, I see many men, who were never prominent secessionists, enjoying comfortable positions, and seeking investments for their surplus funds.
Surely there must be some compensation in this world or the next for the true patriots who have sacrificed everything, and still labor in subordinate positions, wi
$20 per bushel, and meat from $2 to $5 per pound, what income would suffice?
Captain Warner (I suppose in return for some writing which Custis did for him) sent us yesterday two bushels of potatoes, and, afterwards, a turkey!
This is the first turkey we have had during our housekeeping in Richmond.
I rarely see Robert Tyler nowadays.
He used to visit me at my office.
His brother John I believe is in the trans-Mississippi Department.
My friend Jacques is about town occasionally.
A flag of truce boat came up, but no one on board was authorized to negotiate for an exchange of prisoners but Gen. Butler, outlawed.
It returns without anything being effected.
Congress has passed a bill for the reduction of the currency, in secret session.
We know not yet what are its main features.
The Senate bill increasing the compensation of civil officers has not yet been acted on in the House, and many families are suffering for food.
Anne writes us that Lieut. Minor has
State, escorted Mrs. Foote to her hotel, upon her arrival in Washington.
The following official telegram was received at the War Department last night:
headquarters, January 15th, 1865. Hon. J. A. Seddon.
Gen. Early reports that Gen. Rosser, at the head of three hundred men, surprised and captured the garrison at Beverly, Randolph County, on the 11th instant, killing and wounding a considerable number and taking five hundred and eighty prisoners. His loss slight.
R. E. Lee.
Cloudy and cool.
Cannon heard down the river.
No war news.
But blockade-running at Wilmington has ceased; and common calico, now at $25 per yard, will soon be $50.
The stupor in official circles continues, and seems likely to continue.
A secret detective told the Assistant Secretary, yesterday, that a certain member of Congress was uttering treasonable language; and, for his pains, was told that matters of that sort (pertaining to members of Congress) did not fall within h