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do better than transcribe the narrative from my diary, written from day to day during the cruise. This I do literally and without alteration, which fact will be sufficient apology for its faults. * * * * * * August 6th.--This morning we were still aground on the "rip," the draft of water being too great to pass the eastern bar at these tides. The steamers Flamingo, Caps Fear, and Yadkin, were made fast to us at high tide, and in a short time we were afloat steaming down towards Fort Caswell, preparatory to a trial of the other bar. All day long we lay at anchor off Smithville, a village somewhat visited in years gone by as a summer watering-place, but now looking in the last stages of chronic dilapidation.--About 8 o'clock came the boatswain's pipe to "up anchor." Rounded the fort at nine, and at ten were on the bar. At this hour the moon had gone down, a few black clouds floated in the sky, and the stars shone dimly through a thin gauze-like vapor that rose from the wa
rn bar, and in any event necessitated passing by several blockaders, and as the night was bright and starlight, this adds to the mystery. Admiral Lee designs taking all possible precaution, and will to-morrow leave this post to visit the blockade off Wilmington. It would seem as if still another was to be added to the rebel cruisers. A few nights ago, a large, fast steamer, carrying at her stern the English ensign, at her foremast the rebel colors, entered the port off Wilmington. Fort Caswell and the battery fired a feu de jois, She is supposed to be a new rebel cruiser, or to have had on board some distinguished, welcome passenger. She, likewise, still remains there. The Tallahassee had but one mast standing when engaged by the Monticello. The Result of M'Clellan's letter — the Editors want a New Convention. The New York News of the 13th states that "preliminary steps are being taken by the friends of peace to call a National Convention of the Democracy to place