us, a thing not at all probable, for I believe there are those who are constantly on the watch for such dangerous characters, and they may possess the power to nip all embryo emperors in the bud.
Some of our functionaries are not justly entitled to the great positions they occupy.
They attained them by a species of snapjudgment, from which there may be an appeal hereafter.
It is very certain that many of our best men have no adequate positions, and revolutions are mutable things.
To-day, Mr. Benjamin, whom I met in the hall of the department, said, I don't grant any passports to leave the country, except to a few men on business for the government.
I have ceased to grant any for some time past.
I merely remarked that I was glad to hear it.
Immediately on returning to my office I referred to my book, and counted the names of fifty persons to whom the Secretary had granted passports within thirty days; and these were not all agents of the government.
t we may capture, handed over to the States to be dealt with as John Brown was dealt with.
The Emancipation Proclamation, if not revoked, may convert the war into a most barbarous conflict.
Mr. Foote, yesterday, introduced a resolution requesting the recall of our diplomatic agents; and, after a certain time, to notify the foreign consuls to leave the country, no longer recognizing them in an official capacity.
A bill was introduced making Marylanders subject to conscription.
Gen. Lee is in the city, doubtless to see about the pressure upon him for reinforcements in North Carolina. Gen. Smith still writes from Goldsborough for more men, with doleful forebodings if they be refused.
From Eastern Tennessee, we have bad accounts of outrages by the disloyal inhabitants, who have fled, to escape conscription, to the mountains and caves, many of them taking their families.
At night they emerge from their hiding-places, and commit depredations on the secessioni
guard for a chew of tobacco, and he received the bayonet in his breast without a word.
We have no news.
But there is a feverish anxiety in the city on the question of subsistence, and there is fear of an outbreak.
Congress is in secret session on the subject of the currency, and the new Conscription bill.
The press generally is opposed to calling out all men of fighting age, which they say would interfere with the freedom of the press, and would be unconstitutional.
General good spirits prevail since Northern arrivals show that the House of Representatives at Washington has passed a resolution that 1,000,000 men, including members of Congress under 50, volunteer to deliver the prisoners of war out of our hands.
This produces a general smile, as indicative of the exhaustion of the available military force of the United States and all believe it to be the merest bravado and unmitigated humbug.
Every preparation will be made by the Confederate Stat
rising in price.
In Lowell not a spindle is turning, and 30,000 operatives are thrown out of employment!
From England we learn that the mass of the population are memorializing government to put an end to the war!
I saw a ham sell to-day for $350; it weighed fifty pounds, at $t per pound.
Cold, clear, and calm, but moderating.
Mr. Benjamin sent over, this morning, extracts from dispatches received from his commercial agent in London, dated December 26th and January 16th, recommending, what had already been suggested by Mr. McRae, in Paris, a government monopoly in the export of cotton, and in the importation of necessaries, etc.
This measure has already been adopted by Congress, which clearly shows that the President can have any measure passed he pleases; and this is a good one.
So complete is the Executive master of the situation, that, in advance of the action of Congress on the Currency bill, the Secretary of the Treasury had prepared plates,
They need not fear.
I have enough flour, meal, and beans (black) to subsist my family two weeks. After that, I look to the kind Providence which has hitherto always fed us.
It is now rumored that Mr. Blair came to negotiate terms for the capitulation of Richmond, and that none were listened to. Better that, if it must fall, than be given up to pillage and the flames.
If burning our cities had been the order in 1862, it might have been well; it is too late now!
Clear and frosty.
We learn vaguely that the attack on the defenses of Wilmington has been progressing since Friday, and that the enemy's land forces have effected a lodgment between Fort Fisher and the town.
Another peace visitor has arrived-Hon. Mr. Singleton, of the United States Congress.
It is said that the President (Confederate States) has pledged himself to appoint commissioners to fix terms of peace.
This is but a forlorn-hope.
No terms of peace are contemplated by an