W. T. Sawyer, of Hollow Square, Alabama.
A skillful surgeon and Christian gentleman, his mission on earth seems to be one of pure beneficence.
He had known me before we met, it appears; and I must say he did me many kind offices.
In the afternoon I walked to the capitol, a fine structure with massive columns, on a beautiful elevation, where I delivered several letters to the Virginia delegation in Congress.
They were exceedingly kind to me, and proffered their services very freely.
Met John Tyler, Jr., to-day, who, with his native cordiality, proffered his services with zeal and earnestness.
He introduced me at once to Hon. L. P. Walker, Secretary of War, and insisted upon presenting me to the President the next day. Major Tyler had recently been commissioned in the army, but is now detailed to assist the Secretary of War in his correspondence.
The major is favorably known in the South as the author of several Southern essays of much power that have been published
ng across the river.
And we will beat him, for we have 80,000 men, and more are coming.
Joyful tidings I the gun-boats have been repulsed!
A heavy shot from one of our batteries ranged through the Galena from stem to stern, making frightful slaughter, and disabling the ship; and the whole fleet turned about and steamed down the river!
We have not lost a dozen men. We breathe freely; and the government will lose no time in completing the obstructions and strengthening the batteries.
McClellan is intrenching — that is, at least, significant of a respite, and of apprehension of attack.
Gen. Lee has admonished Major Griswold on the too free granting of passports.
Will it do any good?
All quiet to-day except the huzzas as fresh troops arrive.
We await the issue before Richmond.
It is still believed by many that it is the intention of the government and the generals to evacuate the city.
If the enemy were to appear in force on t
The President directs the Secretary to correspond with Gov. Vance on the subject.
Mr. Benjamin has had some pretty passports printed.
He sends one to Assistant Secretary Campbell for a Mr. Bloodgood and son to leave the Confederate States.
I hope there is no bad blood in this incessant intercourse with persons in the enemy's country.
Just at this crisis, if so disposed, any one going thither might inflict incalculable injury on the cause of Southern independence.
It appears, after the consultation of the generals and the President yesterday, it was resolved not to send Pickett's division to Mississippi, and this morning early the long column march through the city northward.
Gen. Lee is now stronger than he was before the battle.
Gen. Pickett himself, with his long, black ringlets, accompanied his division, his troops looking like fighting veterans, as they are. And two fine regiments of cavalry, the 2d and 59th North Carolina Regiments, passed
f our wounded, in Sunday's and Thursday's battles.
The following prices are now paid in this city: boots, $200; coats, $350; pants, $100; shoes, $125; flour, $275 per barrel; meal, $60 to $80 per bushel; bacon, $9 per pound; no beef in market; chickens, $30 per pair; shad, $20; potatoes, $25 per bushel; turnip greens, $4 per peck; white beans, $4 per quart, or $120 per bushel; butter, $15 per pound; lard, same; wood, $50 per cord.
What a change a decisive victory-or defeatwould make!
Warm-sunshine and light showers.
Memorable day — not yet decided at 2 P. M. Early this morning Gen. Beauregard attacked the enemy on the south side of the river, and by 9 A. M. he had sent over to the city Gen. Heckman and 840 prisoners, the entire 27th Massachusetts Regiment.
Subsequently it is said 400 were sent over.
By 12 M. the firing had receded out of hearing from the city, and messengers report that the enemy were being driven back rapidly.
Hon. Geo. Davis, Attorney-General