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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 43: visit to New Orleans and admission to Fortress Monroe. (search)
wine as you choose, but cannot receive people as guests who hold Mr. Davis a prisoner. What this judicious, capable, delicate-minded man did for us could not be computed in money, or told in words; he and his gentle wife took the sting out of many indignities offered to us in our hours of misfortune. They were both objects of affection and esteem to Mr. Davis as long as he lived. Our sister, Miss Howell, came to the fort and remained with us, much to Mr. Davis's delight. The Right Reverend Bishop Lynch, Father O'Keefe, from Norfolk, the Reverends William Brand, Barton, and Minnegerode, the latter our beloved pastor, came often to see Mr. Davis, as well as charming people from Baltimore, Richmond, Norfolk, and the surrounding country; they generally remained to dinner, and left in the evening boat; wine and delicacies of all kinds were pressed upon us by our friends. The Bishop of Montreal sent green chartreuse from his own stores, and to this powerful digestive stimulant the
Interesting Services --About eleven o'clock yesterday morning the Rt. Rev. Bishop Lynch, (Catholic,) of Charleston, S. C., delivered an eloquent and impressive discourse to the Federal officers confined in the Libby prison. He was listened to with marked attention, and at the close was heartily thanked by the prisoners for affording them the opportunity of hearing him preach. During the services the opening of boxes of provisions which had been received from the North by the last flag of truce was commenced in another part of the large room in which the prisoners are confined, but even this attraction did not draw off many from the divine influence which the reverend father was exercising over them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author, died Monday morning at Plymouth, New Hampshire. He was stopping at Plymouth to the course of a journey for the benefit of his health, and was in company with Ex President Franklin Pierce. He had been suffering with general debility for some time, but retired to bed last night as well as usual. At three o'clock in the morning, however, he was found dead in his bed by Ex President Pierce. The Right Rev. Bishop Lynch, of Charleston, S C has arrived safety at Halifax, & C, via Bermuda and per steamer Alpha.