on is the mystery.
Brig-Gen. Wise is to command on Roanoke Island.
It is not far from Princess Ann County, where his place of residence is. If they give him men enough, say half as many as the enemy, he will defend it.
Dearth of news.
Butter is 50 cts. per pound, bacon 25 cts., beef has risen from 13 cts. to 30 cts., wood is selling for $8 per cord, but flour is abundant, and cheap enough to keep us from starving.
The President is rarely seen in the streets now, and it is complained that he is not so accessible as formerly in his office.
I do not know what foundation there is for these reports, and see no reason to credit them.
I know he rides out in the afternoon, if the weather be fair, after the labors of the day, and he is a regular attendant at St. Paul's Church.
I am rather inclined to credit the rumor that he intends to join the church.
All his messages and proclamations indicate that
If this be Magruder's work, it will make him famous.
Our public offices are crowded with applicants for clerkships, mostly wounded men, or otherwise unfit for field duty.
How can we live here?
Boarding is $60 per month, and I have six to support!
They ask $1800 rent for a dwelling-and I have no furniture to put in one. Gen. Rains and I looked at one today, thinking to take it jointly.
But neither of us is able to furnish it. Perhaps we shall take it, nevertheless.
We have news from the West, which is believed to be reliable, stating that Bragg captured 6000 prisoners altogether in his late battles; took 30 cannon, 800 stand of arms, and destroyed 1500 wagons and many stores.
The estimated loss of the enemy in killed and wounded is put down at 12,000.
Our loss in killed and wounded not more than half that number.
To-day we have official intelligence confirming the brilliant achievement at Galveston; and it was Magruder's work.
He has men un
ters are too far off, etc. The Secretary is willing to relieve him, but the President intimates that a successor ought to be designated first.
Beef was held at $2.50 per pound in market to-day-and I got none; but I bought 25 pounds of rice at 40 cts., which, with the meal and potatoes, will keep us alive a month at least.
The rich rogues and rascals, however, in the city, are living sumptuously, and spending Confederate States notes as if they supposed they would soon be valueless.
Letters from Governor Vance received to-day show that he has been making extensive arrangements to clothe and subsist North Carolina troops.
His agents have purchased abroad some 40,000 blankets, as many shoes, bacon, etc., most of which is now at Bermuda and Nassau.
He has also purchased an interest in several steamers; but, it appears, a recent regulation of the Confederate States Government forbids the import and export of goods except, almost exclusively, for the government itself
n for the sake of being under a republican government, etc. He says it is understood that the Assistant Secretary often answers letters unseen by the Secretary; and if so, he can expect no answer from Mr. S., but will put the proper construction on his silence, etc.
Flour is $700 per barrel to-day; meal, $80 per bushel; coal and wood, $100 per load.
Does the government (alone to blame) mean to allow the rich speculators, the quartermasters, etc. to starve honest men into the Union?
Rained hard all night.
House leaking badly!
We have nothing new in the papers this morning.
It is said with more confidence, however, that Butler's canal is not vet a success.
Daily and nightly our cannon play upon the works, and the deep sounds in this moist weather are distinctly heard in the city.
The amount of requisition for the War Department for 1865 is $670,000,000, and a deficiency of $400,000,000!
Mr. Hunter had his accustomed interview with Judge Campbell this