[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Washington, Feb. 27, 1861.
Washington, Feb. 27, 1861.
Summer weather has come upon us most unexpectedly.
The windows are all open, the canaries are singing joyously, and everybody seems cheerful.
It was reported last evening that the Virginia
delegation had seceded from the Peace Congress; but it appears they still hang on. The Congress is beginning to excite general pity, not to say contempt.
The postponement of the Force bill in the House
until Thursday was considered equivalent to its defeat.
But the fact that the Committee
on Federal Relations of the Virginia Convention had voted down Mr. Macfarland
's resolution in regard to the collection of revenue in the seceded States, strengthened the nerves of the Black Republicans
, and the Force bill will now, in all probability, be passed.
inaugurates civil war. Mr. James Barbour
's vote in favor of coercion is the subject of much comment.
It is both affirmed and denied that Mr. Jno. Bell
, of Tennessee
, has come on by invitation, to take a seat in the Cabinet
No new Cabinet appointments have been made since Lincoln
Reports favor Gideon Weller
, Winter Davis
, and Caleb Smith
has not been mentioned.
The Northern papers are very severe in their criticisms upon Hon. Mr. Jenkins
, of your State, because of his letter to Postmaster General King
He is a "traitor, " "rebel," and all that.
A truer son of Virginia
does not live.
He is "pure gold" on the Southern
question, and on all that pertains to the honor and rights of the Old Dominion.
I hear that Lincoln
has modified his Inaugural in respect to coercion; and Union-Republican men are in high glee.
They are profuse in their congratulations to Secessionists, in view of the fact that Virginia
is going to remain the rump of the Abolition Empire
simply because Lincoln
is kind enough not to declare war. I suppose we must give up all hope of getting our rights, and submit to the Submissionists.
What are our rights compared to the success of the free-soil-federal party in Virginia
Why talk about State pride, and the renown of the past?
We have had glory enough.
Let's accept the day of our shame like men, and try to worship Seward
and make merry like decent citizens.
It is said that Old Abe gave his son Bob a copy of the Inaugural to bring with him. Bob got drunk in Cincinnati
and lost it. The man who found it ought by all means to publish it, so that we may compare it with that of the 4th of March.
The carriage presented to Mrs. Abe
by a number of New Yorkers, is described as ‘" what is technically called a full-dress coach,"’ with a richly trimmed hammer cloth, elaborately carved standard for the footman, concealed step which descend only with the opening of the doors, crimson brocatelle curtains, and patent spring cushions and back.
quotes approvingly the views of the Lynchburg Virginian
as to the duties of Union men in the South