Cotton through the blockade.
--The Wilmington (N. C.) Journal
gives from the Custom-House
books there some statistics relative to the export of cotton from that port and from the Confederacy
In order to arrive at something definite upon this subject, we procured this morning, from the Custom-House
here, the following statement of the exports of cotton from this port for the three first quarters of the present years:
Exports of cotton from the port of Wilmington from 1st January to 10th September, 1863.
Say that the current quarter equals or exceeds the last, which it will no doubt do, still the whole exports for the year will not exceed fifty thousand bales. A few bales, or a few hundred bales, may have been smuggled out, but altogether too few to take into account.
All the blockade runners east of the Mississippi
have not taken out more than as much more.
They cannot have done it. The reports of all the Confederate
ports will not show 150,000 bales; nor do we think that much even has gone, or will have gone during the year, even if we include the cotton crossed over the Rio Grande
from Brownsville, Texas
, to Matamoras
, in the Mexican
Department of Tamaulipas.
Much cotton has no doubt been wasted, damaged, rotted, as may be seen at almost any railroad depot, and in this way the stock in the country has been reduced to an extent far beyond anything that the small exports could effect, and beyond even the loss by burning or the devastations of the enemy.