k up, with other things, my fine old portrait of Calhoun, by Jarvis.
But I must leave my papers, the accumulation of twentyfive years, comprising thousands of letters from predestined rebels.
My wife opposes my suggestion that they be burned.
Among them are some of the veto messages of President Tyler, and many letters from him, Governor Wise, etc. With the latter I had a correspondence in 1856, showing that this blow would probably have been struck then, if Fremont had been elected.
My adieus over, I set out in the broad light of day. When the cars arrived at Camden, I proceeded, with the rest of the through passengers, in the boat to the navy yard, without going ashore in the city.
The passengers were strangers to me. Many could be easily recognized as Southern men; but quite as many were going only as far as Washington, for their reward.
They were bold denouncers of the rebellion; the others were silent, thoughtful, but in earnest.
The first thing which attr
etectives, which bodes no harm to the condemned.
They will not be executed, though guilty.
R. G. H. Kean, a young man, and a connection of Mr. Randolph, has been appointed Chief of the Bureau of War in place of Col. Bledsoe, resigned at last.
Mr. Kean was, I believe, a lieutenant when Mr. Randolph was colonel, and acted as his adjutant.
Col. Bledsoe has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War by the President.
Now he is in his glory, and has forgotten me.
There are several young officers who have sheathed the sword, and propose to draw the pen in the civil service.
To-day I asked of the department a month's respite from labor, and obtained it. But I remained in the city, and watched closely, still hoping I might serve the cause, or at least prevent more injury to it, from the wicked facility hitherto enjoyed by spies to leave the country.
The condemned spies have implicated Webster, the letter-carrier, who has had so ma
a city which is the particular object of their vengeance.
Every one is on the qui vive for further news from Charleston.
Success there will make Beauregard the most popular man in the Confederacy, Lee excepted.
Speculation is running wild in this city; and the highest civil and military officers are said to be engaged, directly or indirectly, in the disgraceful business of smuggling.
Mr. Memminger cannot be ignorant of this; and yet these men are allowed to retain their places.
Nothing additional has occurred at Charleston, the enemy not having renewed the attack.
At Vicksburg all was quiet, and the enemy abandoning their canal.
Such news must have a depressing effect upon the North.
They will see that their monitors and iron-clads have lost their terrors.
They have lost some twenty war steamers within the last few months; and how many of their merchantmen have been destroyed on the ocean, we have no means of knowing.
British and French capitalists have
Even the pigeons watch the crusts in the hands of the children, and follow them in the yard.
And, still, there are no beggars.
The plum-tree in my neighbor's garden is in blossom to-day, and I see a few blossoms on our cherry-trees.
I have set out some 130 early York cabbage-plants-very small; and to-day planted lima and snap beans.
I hope we shall have no more cold weather, for garden seed, if those planted failed to come up, would cost more than the crops in ordinary times.
Rained all day.
Lieut. Tyler, grandson of President Tyler, is here on furlough, which expires to-morrow.
His father (the major), whom he has not seen for two years, he learns, will be in the city day after tomorrow; and to-day he sought admittance to Mr. Secretary Seddon to obtain a prolongation of his furlough, so as to enable him to remain two days and see his parent.
But Mr. Kean refused him admittance, and referred him to the Adjutant-General, who was sick and absent; and thus
heir legal exemptions.
Most of them had families whose subsistence depended upon their salaries.
It is with governments as with individuals, injustice is sooner or later overtaken by its merited punishment.
The people are kinder to each other, sharing provisions, etc.
A New York paper says Gen. H. A. Wise was killed; we hear nothing of this here.
Roger A. Pryor is said to have remained voluntarily in Petersburg, and announces his abandonment of the Confederate States cause.
Bright and beautiful.
Rev. Mr. Dashiell called, after services.
The prayer for the President was omitted, by a previous understanding.
Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, and others, leading clergymen, consider the cause at an end. A letter from Gen. Lee has been found, and its authenticity vouched for (Rev. Dr. M. says) by Judge Campbell, in which he avows his conviction that further resistance will be in vain-but that so long as it is desired, he will do his utmost in the field.
And Dr. M.