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 Europe.
Mr. Ely smiled at the brown paper on which I had written his passport.
I told him it was Southern manufacture, and although at present in a crude condition, it was in the process of improvement, and that necessity was the mother of invention.
The necessity imposed on us by the
-day that Lieut.-Gen. Pemberton has interfered with his agents, trading cotton for stores.
Myers is a Jew, and Pemberton a Yankee-so let them fight it out.
Christmas day, December 25
Northern papers show that there is much distraction in the North; that both Seward and Chase, who had resigned their positions, were with diffiDecember 25
Northern papers show that there is much distraction in the North; that both Seward and Chase, who had resigned their positions, were with difficulty persuaded to resume them.
This news, coupled with the recent victory, and some reported successes in the West (Van Dorn's capture of Holly Springs), produces some effect on the spirits of the people here; and we have a merrier Christmas than the last one.
It is said the Federal Congress is about to provide for the organi) watch, which had been lying in my trunk for two years, and which cost me $25, sold at auction yesterday for $75. This sufficed for fuel for a month, and a Christmas dinner.
At the end of another month, my poor family must be scattered again, as this house will be occupied by its owner.
I have advertised for boarding in the co
rmy all who have hitherto kept out of it by employing substitutes.
I think the Senate will also pass it. There is great consternation among the speculators.
No war news to-day.
But a letter, an impassioned one, from Gov. Vance, complains of outrages perpetrated by detached bodies of Confederate States cavalry, ither remedy be applied, he will collect his militia and levy war against the Confederate States troops I placed that letter on the Secretary's table, for his Christmas dinner.
As I came out, I met Mr. Hunter, President of the Senate, to whom I mentioned the subject.
He said, phlegmatically, that many in North Carolina were prone heaviness is in the countenances of men, as well as in the sky above.
Congress has adjourned over to Monday.
From Charleston we learn that on Christmas night the enemy's shells destroyed a number of buildings.
It is raining to-day: better than snow.
To-day, Sunday, Mr. Hunter is locked up with Mr. Seddon, a
was governed in the matter by the family of the President, fearing a Christmas visit from the negro troops on this side the river.
The following note was received to-day from the VicePresi-dent:
Richmond, Va , December 23d, 1864.
Hon. Jas. A. Seddon, Secretary of War: Will you please send me, through the postoffice, a passport to leave the city?
I wish to depart in a few days.
Yours respectfully, Alex. H. Stephens.
The President is hard at work making majors, etc.
Sunday, December 25
Christmas!--Clear and pleasantwhite frost.
All quiet below.
But it is believed on the street that Savannah has been evacuated, some days ago. I have not yet seen any official admission of the fact.
We have quite a merry Christmas in the family; and a compact that no unpleasant word shall be uttered, and no scramble for anything.
The family were baking cakes and pies until late last night, and to-day we shall have full rations.
I have found enough celery in the little gar