shall soon have news from the lower James River.
A letter from the Governor of Alabama calls urgently for heavy guns, and a reserve force, for the defense of Mobile.
Major Hause, the government's agent in Europe, has purchased, up to this time, 157,000 stand of arms, besides many cannon, much ammunition, quartermaster's s; and writes the Secretary that he has made some eight appointments of brigadiers, and promotions to major-generals.
Major-Gen. Buckner is assigned to command at Mobile.
We are straightened for envelopes, and have taken to turning those we receive.
This is economy; something new in the South.
My family dines four or five tihat shall we do?
Trust in God!
We have no news to-day — not even a rumor.
We are ready for anything that may come.
No doubt the assailants of Mobile, Wilmington, or Charleston, will meet with determined resistance.
The President will be in Richmond about the first day of January.
I saw a man who traveled