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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
be heard at all hours, day and night. The firing is mostly from our iron-clads. The market was well supplied this morning with abundance of good meat, vegetables, fruit, etc.; and I was glad to see but few making purchases. The reason may have been that the extortionate prices repelled the people; or it may have been the rain. I passed on. November 4 Rained all night; glimpses of the sun between the running clouds this morning. Windy, and likely to be cold. Our iron-clad Albemarle was blown up by a handful of the enemy at Plymouth-surprising the water pickets (all asleep). The manner of the loss of the town, and of the counties east of it, is not known yet; but everything was foretold by Mr. Burgyson to the cabinet then devoting their attention to the problem how to violate the Constitution, and put into the trenches some fifty delicate clerks, that their places might be filled by some of their own special favorites. Mr. George Davis, Attorney-General, the instrume