the event of a war between the United States and Great Britain, and our recognition by the former, it might be good policy for us to stand neutral.
The war would certainly be waged on our account, and it would not be consistent with Southern honor and chivalry to retire from the field and leave the friend who interfered in our behalf to fight it out alone.
The principal members of our government should possess the highest stamp of character, for never did there exist a purer people.
I am at work on the resolution passed by Congress.
The Secretary sent it to me, with an order to prepare the list of names, and saying that he would explain the grounds upon which they were permitted to depart.
I can only give the number registered in this office.
Mr. Ely, the Yankee member of Congress, who has been in confinement here since the battle of Manassas, has been exchanged for Mr. Faulkner, late Minister to France, who was captured on his return from Eu
he basis of uti possidetis ante bellum!
Bethel, Leesburg, and Fredericksburg are victories memorable for our great success when fighting in advantageous positions.
They teach a lesson to generals; and it will be apparent that no necessity exists for so great an expenditure of life in the prosecution of this war. The disparity of numbers should be considered by our generals.
I fear the flower of our chivalry mostly perished in storming batteries.
It is true a prestige was gained.
The Louisville Journal says the defeat of Burnside is sickening, and that this sad condition of affairs cannot be borne long.
It is said that Confederate bonds are bringing quite as much in New York as in Richmond; and that the bonds of Southern men are freely discounted in the North.
These, if true, are indications of approaching peace.
Cotton at 50 cents per pound, and our capacity to produce five million bales per annum, must dazzle the calculating Yankees.
A single crop wort
There are fifty-one quartermasters and assistant quartermasters stationed in this city!
Pound cakes, size of a small Dutch oven, sell at $100. Turkeys, from $10 to $40.
Nothing further from the West.
But we have reliable information of the burning (accidentally, I suppose) of the enemy's magazine at Yorktown, destroying all the houses, etc.
I learn to-day that the Secretary of War revoked the order confiscating blockade goods brought from the enemy's country.
Another interposition of Providence in behalf of my family.
The bookseller who purchased the edition of the first volume of my Wild Western scenes-new series, since Mr. Malsby's departure from the country, paid me $300 to-day, copyright, and promises more very soon.
I immediately bought a load of coal, $31.50, and a half cord of wood for $19. I must now secure some food for next month.
Among the papers sent in by the President, to-day, was one from Gen. Whiting,who, from informat
All, all are to be dragged out in this bitter cold weather for defense, except the speculators, the extortioners, the land and slave owners, who really have something tangible to defend, and these have exemptions or soft places.
Clear and cold.
A dispatch from Hon. J. L. Orr and H. V. Johnson (on their way home) informs the Secretary that from the delay in the transportation of troops over the Piedmont Railroad, there must be either criminal negChristmas eve!
Clear and cold.
A dispatch from Hon. J. L. Orr and H. V. Johnson (on their way home) informs the Secretary that from the delay in the transportation of troops over the Piedmont Railroad, there must be either criminal neglect or treachery concerned in it.
Again it is rumored that Savannah has been evacuated.
There is something in the air that causes agitation in official circles.
Mr. Secretary Seddon's room was locked nearly all day yesterday.
If troops cannot be transported expeditiously over the Piedmont Road, fears may be entertained for Wilmington, when, the gale subsiding, the enemy's fleet has reappeared.
There is a rumor on the street that the government is to be removed to Lynchburg.