There is great dissatisfaction among the rebels, and the deserters heard of the President's proclamation, &c., with surprise, and hastened to come in. They declare that if the proclamation could be distributed freely among the rebel troops thousands would at once come into our lines.
They say the proclamation is kept from the men, although the officers have received it.
Gen. Kelly is anxious that Gen. Early should extend his march towards Harper's Ferry or Martinsburg, as Gen Kelly has made full preparations to give him a suitable reception.
Chief Justice Taney is better.
There is nothing from the Army of the Potomac. Gen. Meade was in Washington on the 30th ult.
The steamer Australasia sailed from New York on the 30th December for Europe.
Among her passengers was Count Mercier, the French Minister at Lincoln's Court.
The Australasia also took out $769,000 in specie, and the Bavaria, which sailed the same day, took out $08,000.