ecretary 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 owned land and slaves in Texas.
Mr. Memminger advertises to pay interest on certain government bonds in specie. That won't last long.
He is paying 50 per cent. premium in treasury notes for the specie, and the bonds are given for treasury notes.
What sort of financiering is this?
A great number of Germans and others are going to Norfolk, thinking, as one remarked, if they can't go to the United States the United States will soon come to them.
Many believe that Burnside will get Norfolk.
I think di
These Jews have the adroitness to carry their points.
They have injured the cause more than the armies of Lincoln.
Well, if we gain our independence, instead of being the vassals of the Yankees, we shall find all our wealth in the hands of the Jews.
The accounts from North Carolina are still conflicting.
It is said the enemy have retired to Newbern; but still we have no letters beyond Goldsborough.
From Raleigh we learn that the legislature have postponed the army bill until the 20th of January.
The battle of Fredericksburg is still the topic, or the wonder, and it transpired more than nine days ago. It will have its page in history, and be read by school-boys a thousand years hence.
The New York Times exclaims, God help us-for man cannot.
This is another war sheet.
The Tribune is bewildered, and knows not what to say. The Herald says everything by turns, and nothing long.
Its sympathies are ever with the winning party.
But it — is positively asserted th
A. T. Stewart & Co., New York, was laid before the Secretary of War yesterday.
He urged the New York merchant, who has contributed funds for our subjugation, to send merchandise to the South, now destitute, and he would act a°s salesman.
The Secretary indorsed conscript him, and yet the Assistant Secretary has given instructions to Col. Godwin, in the border counties, to wink at the smugglers.
This is consistency!
And the Assistant Secretary writes by order of the Secretary of War!
The rumor of fighting on the Rappahannock is not confirmed.
But Gen. Lee writes that his beeves are so poor the soldiers won't eat the meat.
He asks the government to send him salt meat.
From Northern sources we learn that Arkansas Post has fallen, and that we have lost from 5000 to 7000 men there.
If this be true, our men must have been placed in a man-trap, as at Roanoke Island.
Mr. Perkins, in Congress, has informed the country that Mr. Memminger, the Secretary of the Trea
iary Committee, to whom the subject was referred, have reported a bill in the Senate vacating the offices of all the members of the cabinet at the expiration of every two years, or of every Congress.
This is a blow at Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Memminger, etc., and, as the President conceives, at himself.
It will not pass, probably; but it looks like war between the Senate and the Executive.
Some of the Secretaries may resign on the 18th of February, when this Congress expires.
The Senate bill to give increased compensation to the civil officers of the government in Richmond was tabled in the House yesterday, on the motion of Mr. Smith, of North Carolina, who spoke against it.
Major-Gen. Gilmer, Chief of the Engineer Bureau, writes that the time has arrived when no more iron should be used by the Navy Department; that no iron-clads have effected any good, or are likely to effect any; and that all the iron should be used to repair the roads, else we shall s
officers, etc. No one can live on wood.
Gold is $70 for $1, and meal about $100 per bushel.
The House of Representatives (in secret session) has passed the Senate joint resolution creating the office of commander-in-chief (for Gen. Lee), and recommending that Gen. Johnston be reinstated, etc. It passed by a vote of 62 to 14.
What will result from this?
Is it not a condemnation of the President and the administration that displaced Gen J., etc.? Who will resign?
Clear and cold.
No news — that is bad news.
Nothing has transpired officially of the events and details near Wilmington, but there is a rumor, exaggerated perhaps, of the fall of Wilmington itself.
No doubt Sherman is marching on Charleston, and if there be no battle soon, it is feared he will take the city without one.
Mr. Foote made a speech in Congress yesterday — a savage one, I am told.
Going home yesterday at 3 o'clock, I met Mr. Foote, and told him what I had heard.