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The following is an extract from a private letter, dated 22d April, from a Southern lady, now in Washington City, to a lady friend and relative in New Orleans:

This place is in a terrible condition; the streets are thronged with soldiers; it is really unsafe for a lady to walk out alone. Old Lincoln sleeps with a hundred armed men in the east room to protect him from the Southern army. He is expecting them to attack the city every night; he keeps a sentinel walking in front of his bed-room all night, and often gets so frightened that he leaves the White House, and sleeps out, no one knows where. These are facts. Mrs. Lincoln, a few nights since, heard whispering in the hall in front of her room; she rose from bed, dressed, and sat up the remainder of the night watching for the Southern army to blow up the White House, as they are confidently expecting it.

Senator Gwin's son, a fine-looking, intelligent young man, about twenty years old, has thrown up a cadetship at West Point, and gone to Montgomery to seek an appointment in the Confederate Army. The Senator himself has gone to California, and his family have broken up housekeeping, and will spend the summer on his plantation in Isaquena County, Mississippi, and thus Mrs. Gwin and her daughter may grace New Orleans with her presence during the summer, if there is no epidemic in your city.--N. O. Delta, April 28.

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