tter, from Hon. W. Porcher Miles, remonstrating against the withdrawal of Beauregard's troops, was received today.
He apprehends the worst consequences.
The government is buying 5000 bales of cotton for the Crenshaw scheme.
Jas. R. Crenshaw, of this city, is at Charleston on this business.
Why not arrange with Lamar?
Gov. Shorter forwards another strongly written memorial from Mobile, against the traffic of cotton with the enemy, and, indeed, against all blockade-running.
Gov. Jno. Milton, of Florida, also writes a powerful denunciation of the illicit traffic, which it seems the policy of the government has been to encourage.
They all say this traffic is doing the work of subjugation more effectually than the arms of the enemy.
The President is too ill again to come to the Executive Office.
His messenger, who brought me some papers this morning, says he is in a decline.
I think he has been ill every day for several years, but this has been his most serious attack.
rived when no more iron should be used by the Navy Department; that no iron-clads have effected any good, or are likely to effect any; and that all the iron should be used to repair the roads, else we shall soon be fatally deficient in the means of transportation.
And Col. Northrop, Commissary-General, says he has been trying to concentrate a reserve supply of grain in Richmond, for eight months; and such has been the deficiency in means of transportation, that the effort has failed.
Gov. Milton, of Florida, writes that the fact of quartermasters and commissaries, and their agents, being of conscript age, and being speculators all, produces great demoralization.
If the rich will not fight for their property, the poor will not fight for them.
Col. Northrop recommends that each commissary and quartermaster be allowed a confidential clerk of conscript age. That would deprive the army of several regiments of men.
The weather is bright again, but cool.
Night before last 109 Federal prisoners, all commissioned officers, made their escape from prison-and only three or four have been retaken!
The letter of Mr. Sloan, of North Carolina, only produced a reply from the Secretary that there was not the slightest suspicion against Gen. W., and that the people of North Carolina would not be satisfied with anybody.
Eight thousand men of Johnston's army are without bayonets, and yet Col. Gorgas has abundance.
Governor Milton, of Florida, calls lustily for 5000 men-else he fears all is lost in his State.
To-day bacon is selling for $6 per pound, and all other things in proportion.
A negro (for his master) asked me, to-day, $40 for an old, tough turkey gobbler.
I passed on very briskly.
We shall soon have martial law, it is thought, which, judiciously administered, might remedy some of the grievous evils we labor under.
I shall have no meat for dinner to-morrow.
It is warm to-day,