om of the falling back of our army.
I have been startled to-day by certain papers that came under my observation.
The first was written by J. Foulkes, to L. B. Northrop, Commissary-General, proposing to aid the government in procuring meat and bread for the army from ports in the enemy's possession. They were to be paid for ive orders for the cotton to pass the lines of the army.
The next was from the Secretary to the President, dated October thirtieth, which not only sanctioned Colonel Northrop's scheme, but went further, and embraced shoes and blankets for the Quartermaster-General.
This letter inclosed both Foulkes's and Northrop's. They were allNorthrop's. They were all sent back to-day by the President, with his remarks.
He hesitates, and does not concur.
But says the Secretary will readily see the propriety of postponing such a resort until January-and he hopes it may not be necessary then to depart from the settled policy of the government — to forbear trading cotton to the Yankees, etc. et