it was taken when there was an attempt made to smuggle it North.
What it is proposed to do with it I know not, but I think neither the President nor the Secretaries will hesitate to use it — if there be a military necessity.
Who knows but that one or more members of Mr. Lincoln's cabinet, or his generals, might be purchased with gold?
Fortress Monroe would be cheap at that price!
A letter from Major-Gen. Hoke, dated Plymouth, April 25th, and asking the appointment of Lieut.-Col. Dearing to a brigadiership, says his promotion is desired to lead a brigade in the expedition against Newbern.
The President directs the Secretary to appoint him temporarily for the expedition.
Soon we shall know the result.
By flag of truce boat, it is understood Northern papers admit a Federal defeat on the Red River, the storming of Plymouth, etc., and charge the Federal authorities at Washington with having published falsehoods to deceive the people.
Gold was $1.83.
Cloudy and showery, but warm, and fine for vegetation.
My lettuce, cabbage, beans, etc. are growing finely.
But the Yankee corn and lima beans, imported by Col. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance, have rotted in the ground.
No war news.
Yesterday a paper was sent to the President by Gen. Pickett, recommending Gen. Roger A. Pryor for a cavalry command in North Carolina.
But the President sent it to the Secretary of War with the curt remark that the command had already been disposed of to Col. Dearing, on Gen. Hoke's recommendation.
Thus Gen. P. is again whistled down the wind, in spite of the efforts of even Mr. Hunter, and many other leading politicians.
It is possible Gen. P. may have on some occasion criticised Lee.
A cool day, sunshine and showers.
To-day Congress assembled, and the President's message was delivered, although he buried his youngest son yesterday, who lost his life by an accidental fall from the porch on Saturday.
We have abundance of good new
Our works, mostly made by the negroes, under the direction of skillful engineers, must be nearly impregnable, and the attempt to take them will involve a prodigious expenditure of blood.
Rained all night, but bright this morning.
We have no clear account yet of the fighting yesterday; but we know the enemy was repulsed on this side of the river.
It is thought that the operations on the south side were of greater magnitude, where we lost a brigadier-general (Dearing) of cavalry.
We shall know all in a few days.
The fighting was not resumed this morning.
It is rumored that Mr. Seddon will resign, and be succeeded by Gen. Kemper.
I am incredulous.
The dog-catchers, as the guards are called, are out again, arresting able-bodied men (and sometimes others) in the streets, and locking them up until they can be sent to the front.
There must be extraordinary danger anticipated by the authorities to induce a resort to so extreme a measure.