Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
Hon. Caleb Cushing--things in Fredericksburg — hard Times, &c., &c.
Fredericksburg, Va.,Dec. 22.
Hon. Caleb Cushing
passed through this place this evening, on his return from South Carolina
Nearly all the way from Richmond
he was surrounded by a crowd, to whom he was discoursing on the state of the country.
He believes that if the South
had united on some one man during the last canvass, and had presented an undivided front to Northern fanaticism, we should have been freed from our present troubles.
He thinks that Virginia
erred immensely when she refused to go into a conference with South Carolina
I was much interested in his remarks, and felt the more because he seemed to be really afflicted for his country.
All I learned, as to the success of his mission, was, that South Carolina
would shun collision with the Federal Government
as far as possible.
Times are very hard here.
Merchants are doing but little.
There have been some failures.
But we hope
for a better day.
, the Senator
from this District, is very ill, and fears are entertained as to his recovery.
, of your city, and Prof. Coleman
, of the University
, arrived here this evening to see him.
The little folks are anticipating a joyful time, as Christmas
is so near.
The Commissioners from South Carolina
to the Federal Government
passed on to-day, in company with Mr. Cushing