oke has the Albemarle, a similar vessel, at Halifax, N. C. No one has yet been ordered to the Virginia here.
She will soon be ready for her officers and is perhaps the best and most reliable ironclad in the service.
If you were not on more important duty, I am inclined to believe that you would have command of her. Captain Matthew Maury writes to me, under date of January 21st, that we have nothing to look for from England that money can't buy. His letter is rather gloomy in its tone.
Charley Morris has the Florida, Barney being sick.
William L. Maury had asked to be relieved from the Georgia on the score of ill health.
Bulloch is still doing good service in England and France.
Bob Carter lately brought the navy steamer Coquette into Wilmington with a cargo composed of two fine marine engines, etc. He goes out in her again to Bermuda.
Maffit commands the blockade (runner) Florrie, but I see by a late Northern paper that he had to put into Halifax, N. S., for repairs.