en and muniments of war, which an emergency may demand at any moment.
Until the avenues by which the enemy derives information from our country are closed, I shall look for a series of disasters.
We have news of the enemy's gun-boats penetrating the rivers of South Carolina.
It is said they got some cotton.
Why was it not burnt?
Dry goods have risen more than a hundred per cent. since spring, and rents and boarding are advancing in the same ratio.
The enemy, knowing our destitution of gunboats, and well apprised of the paucity of our garrisons, are sending expeditions southward to devastate the coast.
They say New Orleans will be taken before spring, and communication be opened with Cairo, at the mouth of the Ohio.
They will not succeed so soon; but success is certain ultimately, if Mr. Benjamin, Gen. Winder, and Gen. Huger do not cease to pass Federal spies out of the country.
We have intelligence that Misso
hould be a rebellion in the North, as the Tribune predicts, this intervention of the Democrats will be regarded altogether in our favor.
Let them put down the radical Abolitionists, and then, no doubt, they will recover some of our trade.
It will mortify the Republicans, hereafter, when the smoke clears away, to learn that Gen. Butler was trading supplies for our army during this November, 1862-and it will surprise our secessionists to learn that our government is trading him cotton!
An order has gone forth to-day from the Secretary of War, that no more flour or wheat shall leave the States.
This order was given some time ago — then relaxed, and now reissued.
How soon will he revoke it again?
Never before did such little men rule such a great people.
Our rulers are like children or drunken men riding docile horses, that absolutely keep the riders from falling off by swaying to the right and left, and preserving an equilibrium.
There is no rule for anything,
oil, $4 to $5 per gallon.
tobacco.-Common article, not sound, $1 to $1.25; medium, pounds, dark, $1.30 to $2; good medium bright, $2 to $2.75; fine bright, $2 to $4; sweet 5's and 10's scarce and in demand, with an advance.
My friend Capt. Jackson Warner sent me, to-day, two bushels of meal at government price, $5 per bushel.
The price in market is $20. Also nine pounds of good beef, and a shank — for which he charged nothing, it being part of a present to him from a butcher.
Some skirmishing between Chattanooga and Knoxville.
From prisoners we learn that the enemy at both those places are on half rations, and that Grant intends to attack Bragg soon at Lookout Mountain.
Either Grant or Bragg must retire, as the present relative positions cannot long be held.
Mr. A. Moseley, formerly editor of the Whig, writes, in response to a letter from the Secretary of War, that he deems our affairs in a rather critical condition.
He is perfectly willing to resume
nnessee, understood to be good news.
I did not wait to see, knowing the papers will have it to-morrow.
Mr. Hunter was with Mr. Secretary Seddon, as usual, this Sunday morning, begging him not to resign.
This is flattery to Mr. Seddon.
Clear and cold.
Lincoln is re-elected, and has called for a million of men!
This makes many of our croaking people despondent; others think it only a game of brag.
I saw the President to-day in earnest conversation with several memdepartment clerks, and sheriffs, commonwealth's attorneys, commissioners of the revenue, ec. etc., who win his favor, get his certificate of exemption, as necessary for the State administration.
A dispatch from Gen. Wheeler, Jonesborough, November 14th, says Sherman has three corps at Atlanta, and is destroying railroads between him and Marietta, probably intending to move forward-farther South.
Another dispatch from Gen. W., dated 14th inst., Lovejoy's, Georgia, says scouts from enemy'