coast, sinking some of the enemy's ships.
Col. Allen, of New Jersey, was lost.
He was once at my house in Burlington, and professed to be friendly to the Southern cause.
I think he said he owned land and slaves in Texas.
Mr. Memminger advertises to pay interest on certain government bonds in specie. That won't last long.
He is paying 50 per cent. premium in treasury notes for the specie, and the bonds are given for treasury notes.
What sort of financiering is this?
A great number of Germans and others are going to Norfolk, thinking, as one remarked, if they can't go to the United States the United States will soon come to them.
Many believe that Burnside will get Norfolk.
I think differently, but I may be mistaken.
Some of the letter-carriers' passports from Mr. Benjamin, which have the countenance of Gen. Winder, are now going into Tennessee.
What is this for?
We shall see.
Again the Northern papers give the
to anything short of independence.
President Davis will be found inflexible on that point.
There was a rumor yesterday that France had recognized us. The news of the disaster of Burnside at Fredericksburg having certainly been deemed very important in Europe.
But France has not yet acted in our behalf.
We all pray for the Emperor's intervention.
We suffer much, and but little progress is made in conscription.
Nearly all our resources are in the field.
Another year of war, and!
Last night the rain fell in torrents, and to-day there is a violent storm of wind from the N. W. This may put an end, for a season, to campaigning on land, and the enemy's fleet at sea may he dispersed.
Providence may thus intervene in our behalf.
It is feared that we have met with a serious blow in Arkansas, but it is not generally believed that so many (5000 to 7000 men) surrendered, as is stated in the Northern papers.
Gen. Holmes is responsible for the mishap.
Gov. Milton, of Florida, writes that the fact of quartermasters and commissaries, and their agents, being of conscript age, and being speculators all, produces great demoralization.
If the rich will not fight for their property, the poor will not fight for them.
Col. Northrop recommends that each commissary and quartermaster be allowed a confidential clerk of conscript age. That would deprive the army of several regiments of men.
The weather is bright again, but cool.
Gen. Longstreet reports some small captures of the enemy's detached foraging parties.
The prisoners here have now been six days without meat; and Capt. Warner has been ordered by the Quartermaster-General to purchase supplies for them, relying no longer on the Commissary- General.
Last night an attempt was made (by his servants, it is supposed) to burn the President's mansion.
It was discovered that fire had been kindled in the wood-pile in the basement.
The smoke led to the
Major Harman, Staunton, says provisions cannot be had in that section to feed Early's army, unless one-fourth of all produce be bought at market prices, and the people go on half rations.
The slaves everywhere are on full rations.
A dark, cold, sleety day, with rain.
Troopers and scouts from the army have icicles hanging from their hats and caps, and their clothes covered with frost, and dripping, The Examiner this morning says very positively that Mr. Secretary Seddtion, if they might save their property.
It is rumored that a commissioner (a Louisianian) sailed to-day for England, to make overtures to that government.
The government has ordered the military authorities at Augusta, Ga. (Jan. 21), to remove or burn all the cotton in that town if it is likely to be occupied by the enemy.
Senator Hunter sends a letter to Mr. Seddon which he has just received from Randolph Dickinson, Camp 57th Virginia, stating that it is needful to in