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Washington, December 28.
--General Butler will reply to General Grant's battle criticism before New Year's, and will afterwards return to Washington for the winter.

The rumor that General Frank Blair will soon succeed Mr. Stanton is untrue. Mr. Stanton will not leave the War Department for the present.

General Grant purchased and paid for his dwelling-house in Washington last month, for which he gave thirty thousand dollars. The statement that it was given him is untrue.

Secretary McCulloch is not disposed to accept the offer of the banks of a temporary loan of one hundred million of dollars, and will probably adopt the usual mode of getting funds. Mr. Hooper, of the Ways and Means Committee, is in confidence with the Secretary in regard to the matter.

Governor Sharkey, of Mississippi, has just arrived here. He reports favorably respecting the condition of affairs throughout the South. Unless the test oath is repealed, not more than four of the Southern representatives can be admitted to Congress.

Two English detectives have arrived here for the purpose of procuring information of Fenian movements.

The adjournment of the Legislature of Louisiana is said to have been hastened by the uncertainty which prevailed upon the whole subject of restoration. Newly-elected Senators, it is understood, would not leave until something definite with reference to their admission was known. In this connexion the return of Hon. Jacob Barker is looked for anxiously, as he would be in a position to give them considerable light on what was then a dark subject.

General Fullerton's report on the freedmen's affairs is looked upon by impartial men as a tolerably truthful affair, though they do not agree with him as to the length of time--five years--that he regards necessary for the further continuance of the bureau. Five years of bureau, as an arm of military authority, is equivalent to saying there is to be military rule, more or less, in the Southern States during that long period. The conclusion is not endorsed by those who are at the head of army affairs.

The razeing of military forces now in the South will include a large number of black troops, for the reason that their presence there is regarded as hurtful to the interests of good. offer. Garrisons, therefore, will be composed chiefly of whites, limited to the smallest possible number. The reduction of our fighting forces is highly significant just at the present time, when the quid nunes will have it that a row with France upon Mexican affairs is inevitable. Indeed, nothing could more plainly show that no difficulty whatever is apprehended.

The arrest of Warring, of the North Carolina Times, may be set down as a warning that the Government will allow no disloyal utterances. This is the real significance of the arrest.

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