sent to you as soon as possible whether I am Alive or Dead.
I have passed so far unharmed for the rest I do not know, but have followed the advice of one of our best Generals to "Put my trust in God and Keep my Powder dry" every thing that a large City generally has was left here Such as Flour, Tobacco, Clothing, Groceries, Liquor, Meat, Fish, in fact everything you could Mention Covers the Street furniture is destroyed in every place you turn to. Silver ware, watches jewelry Silver Plate China Ware and such stuff is strewn in the Street My light is getting poor so I must Close if I have a chance I will write more some other time So no More from yours Truly, James J. Gilbert.
New York, Dec. 18--Gold closed at 132¼@132¼. Foreign exchange, 145½@156½.
A telegram from the camp of the Yankee army, says it has been definitely ascertained that the loss in the fight of Saturday will rather exceed than come under 15.500.
The U. S. Transport