her means to encourage desertion from the enemy.
My cabbages and turnips (fall) are coming up already.
We had but 13,500 men and 44 pieces artillery in the recent march into Maryland.
The enemy say we had 40,000!
Letters are pouring in, denouncing the new schedule of prices, sanctioned by the Secretary, and demanding a prompt modification.
The President wrote the Secretary to-day that immediate action is necessary.
Clear and pleasant; later cloudy.
Yesterday, Mr. Peck, our agent, started South to buy provisions for the civil officers of the department.
He had $100 from each, and it is to be hoped he will be back soon with supplies at comparatively low prices.
He obtained transportation from the Quartermaster-General, with the sanction of the Secretary, although that----had refused to order it himself.
Gen. Lee advises that all government stores be taken from Wilmington, as a London newspaper correspondent has given a glowing account (republished in
the Commissary-General, in his estimates, allows but $31,000,000 for tax in kind-whereas the tax collectors show an actual amount, credited to farmers and planters, of $145,000,000. He says this will no doubt attract the notice of Congress.
Mr. Peck, our agent to purchase supplies in North Carolina, has delivered no wheat yet. He bought supplies for his family; 400 bushels of wheat for 200 clerks, and 100 for Assistant Secretary of War, Judge Campbell, and Mr.-Kean, the young Chief of the Bave Southerners to remain in arms against such fearful odds as are now arrayed against them.
Mr. Kean, the young Chief of the Bureau of War, has come in from the front, with a boil on his thigh.
He missed the sport of the battle to-day.
Mr. Peck, the agent to purchase supplies for his starving fellowclerks, confesses that he bought 10 barrels of flour and 400 pounds of bacon for himself; 4 barrels of flour for Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary of War; 4 barrels for Mr. Kean, 1 for Mr
Post-Office Department, on behalf of lady clerks has laid a complaint before the President that Mr. Peck, a clerk in the department, to whom was intrusted money to buy supplies in North Carolina, has buted.
This hits the Assistant Secretary of War, and Mr. Kean, Chief of Bureau, and our agent, Mr. Peck, for whom so many barrels of flour were purchased by the latter as agent, leaving the greater post-Office Department, has sent in a communication asking an investigation of the conduct of Mr. Peck, agent to buy supplies for clerks.
What will Mr. Seddon do now?
The Commissary-General says g and Col. Lamb were taken at Fort Fisherboth wounded, it is said-and 1000 of the garrison.
Mr. Peck paid back to the clerks to-day the unexpended balance of their contributions for supplies, etc.h information; but lately it seems he never applies the remedy.
Mr. Secretary Seddon thinks Mr. Peck's explanation of his purchasing satisfactory; the Assistant Secretary, Chief of Bureau of War,