of the impassioned storm which threatens every hour to sweep them from existence.
Business is generally suspended, and men run together in great crowds to listen to the news from the North, where it is said many outrages are committed on Southern men and those who sympathize with them.
Many arrests are made, and the victims thrown into Fort Lafayette.
These crowds are addressed by the most inflamed members of the Convention, and never did I hear more hearty responses from the people.
This day the Spontaneous People's Convention met and organized in Metropolitan Hall.
The door-keeper stood with a drawn sword in his hand.
But the scene was orderly.
The assembly was full, nearly every county being represented, and the members were the representatives of the most ancient and respectable families in the State.
David Chalmers, of Halifax County, I believe, was the President, and Willoughby Newton, a life-long Whig, among the Vice-Presidents. P. H. Aylett, a grandson of
There is no Secretary of War I said he.
What is Randolph?
He is not Secretary of War!
said he; he is merely a clerk, an underling, and cannot hold up his head in his humiliating position.
He never will be able to hold up his head, sir.
There will soon be hard fighting on the Peninsula.
Gen. Beauregard has written to Gen. Wise, offering him a command in his army, if the government will consent to it. It will not be consented to.
Troops are being concentrated rapidly in Virginia by Gen. Lee.
To-day Congress passed an act providing for the termination of martial law within thirty days after the meeting of the next session.
This was as far as they could venture; for, indeed, a majority seem to be intimidated at the glitter of bayonets in the streets, wielded by the authority of martial law. The press, too, has taken the alarm, and several of the publishers have confessed a fear of having their offic
o the city.
He says he had an order from the Surgeon-General; but what right had he to give such orders?
It is understood he will resign, irrespective of the decision of the court.
Congress, yesterday (the House of Representatives), passed a series of resolutions, denying the authority of the government to declare martial law, such as existed in this city under the administration of Gen. Winder.
It was a great blunder, and alienated thousands.
We have a seasonable rain to-day.
The Federal papers have heard of the failure to take Charleston, and the sinking of the Keokuk; and yet they strive to mollify the disaster, and represent that but little damage was sustained by the rest of the fleet.
Those that escaped, they say, have proved themselves invulnerable.
The Keokuk had ninety shots on the water line.
No wonder it sunk!
Gen. Longstreet has invested Suffolk, this side of Norfolk, after destroying one gun-boat and crippling another in the Nansemond River
have it withdrawn.
Besides, said he, and truly, it would do no good.
The people must eat, whether they get meal from Crenshaw or not. If not, they will get it elsewhere, and what they do get will be so much diverted from the commissariat.
There are rumors of the enemy accumulating a heavy force at Suffolk.
The guard at Camp Lee are going in the morning to Lee's army; their places here to be filled by the reserve forces of boys and old men. This indicates a battle on the Rapidan.
Rained all night% and in fitful showers all day.
We have more accounts (unofficial) of a victory near Shreveport, La. One of the enemy's gun-boats has been blown up and sunk in Florida.
By late Northern arrivals we see that a Mr. Long, member of Congress, has spoken in favor of our recognition.
A resolution of expulsion was soon after introduced.
Gen. Lee has suggested, and the Secretary of War has approved, a project for removing a portion of the population from Richmond in