tteries at Pensacola, but without effect.
One of their ships was badly crippled.
The enemy occupy Tybee Island, and threaten Savannah.
Vice-President Stephens was in my office to-day, and he too deprecates the passage of so many people to the North, who, from the admission of the journals there, give them information of the condition of our defenses.
He thinks our affairs are not now in a prosperous condition, and has serious apprehensions for the fate of Savannah.
Saw President Tyler to-day.
He augurs the worst effects from the policy of permitting almost unrestricted intercourse with the enemy's country in time of war.
Nothing of importance to-day.
There will be no such quiet time after this year.
Gen. Sydney Johnston has command of the army in Tennessee and Kentucky.
I wish it were only as strong as the wily enemy is in the habit of representing it!
Mr. Benjamin has been defeated for the
Mr. J. Foulkes writes another letter to the department on his cotton scheme.
He says it must be embraced now or never, as the enemy will soon make such dispositions as would prevent his getting supplies through their lines. The Commissary-General approves, and the late Secretary approved; but what will the new one do?
The President is non-committal.
What a blunder France and England made in hesitating to espouse our cause They might have had any commercial advantages.
Some of the late Secretary's friends are hinting that affairs will go amiss now, as if he would have prevented any disaster!
Who gave up Norfolk?
That was a calamitous blunder!
Letters from North Carolina are distressing enough.
They say, but for the influence of Gov. Vance, the legislature would favor reconstruction!
Gen. Marshall writes lugubriously.
He says his men are all barefoot.
Gen. Magruder writes that Pemberton has only 20,000 men, and should have 50,000 more at
of Gen. Bragg's letter asking his removal from his army.
The President sends a copy to the Secretary, who will probably comply, and there may be a personal affair, for Bragg's strictures on Hill as a general were pretty severe.
There are rumors of a break in the cabinet, a majority, it is said, having been in favor of Bragg's removal.
Bragg's disaster so shocked my son Custis that, at dinner, when asked for rice, he poured water into his sister's plate, the pitcher being near.
Dark and gloomy.
At 10 o'clock Gov. Vance, of North Carolina, telegraphed the Secretary of War, asking if anything additional had been heard from Bragg.
The Secretary straightened in his chair, and answered that he knew nothing but what was published in the papers.
At 1 o'clock P. M. a dispatch was received from Bragg, dated at Ringgold, Ga., some thirty miles from the battle-field of the day before.
Here, however, it is thought he will make a stand.
But if he could not hold hi
, near Sandersville.
His movements from that point will determine whether he designs attacking here or on Savannah.
Hon. I. T. Leach from North Carolina, yesterday introduced submission resolutions in the House of Representatives, which were voted down, of course,--Messrs. Logan and Turner, of North Carolina, however, voting for them.
A party of that sort is forming, and may necessitate harsh measures.
The President orders detail of fifty men for express company.
Cloudy and warmer; slight rain.
Nothing from Bragg this morning.
Nothing from below the city.
When I entered the Secretary's room this morning, I found him as grave as usual.
L. Q. Washington, son of Peter Washington, once a clerk under President Tyler (and he still remains in the United States), and grandson of Lund Washington, who, we learn by one of the published letters of Gen. Washington, was his overseer, with no traceable relationship to his family, was seated with him. H