d his honest purpose, under the circumstances, to discharge his whole duty as Executive of the State, in conformity to the will of the people and the provisions of the Constitution.
Before the sine die adjournment, it was suggested that inasmuch as the ordinance had been passed in secret session, and it was desirable that the enemy should not know it before certain preparations could be made to avert sudden injury on the border, etc., that the fact should not be divulged at present.
In spite of every precaution, it is currently whispered in the streets to-day that Virginia has seceded from the Union; and that the act is to be submitted to the people for ratification a month hence.
This is perhaps a blunder.
If the Southern States are to adhere to the old distinct sovereignty doctrine, God help them one and all to achieve their independence of the United States.
Many are inclined to think the safest plan would be to obliterate State lines, and merge them all into
al of the publishers have confessed a fear of having their offices closed, if they dare to speak the sentiments struggling for utterance.
It is, indeed, a reign of terror!
Every Virginian, and other loyal citizens of the Southmembers of Congress and all-must now, before obtaining Gen. Winder's permission to leave the city for their homes, bow down before the aliens in the Provost Marshal's office, and subscribe to an oath of allegiance, while a file of bayonets are pointed at his back!
The President is thin and haggard; and it has been whispered on the street that he will immediately be baptized and confirmed.
I hope so, because it may place a great gulf between him and the descendant of those who crucified the Saviour.
Nevertheless, some of his enemies allege that professions of Christianity have sometimes been the premeditated accompaniments of usurpations.
It was so with Cromwell and with Richard III.
Who does not remember the scene in Shakspeare, where Richard
distressed more by the extortioners than by the enemy.
Eternal infamy on the heads of speculators in articles of prime necessity!
After the war, let them be known by the fortunes they have amassed from the sufferings of the patriots and heroes! --the widows and orphans!
This day is the anniversary of the secession of Virginia.
The government at Washington did not believe the separation would last two years! Nor do they believe now, perhaps, that it will continue two years longer.
We have nothing more from the Peninsula, Suffolk, N. C., or South Carolina; but it is rumored that the enemy's gun-boats (seven or eight) have passed down the Mississippi in spite of our batteries at Vicksburg, which sunk one of them.
If this be true, it is bad news.
We have lovely weather now, and vegetation shows signs of the return of the vernal season.
We shall soon have blossoms and roses in abundance, and table vegetables too, to dispel the fears of famine.
But we shall also
The carnage and carnival of death will soon begin!
Rained until bedtime-then cleared off quite cold.
This morning it is cold, with occasional sunshine.
Gen. Beauregard's instructions to Major-Gen. Anderson in Florida, who has but 8000 men, opposed by 15,000, were referred by the Secretary of War to Gen. Bragg, who returned them with the following snappish indorsement: The enemy's strength seems greatly exaggerated, and the instructions too much on the defensive.
April 18TH.-Cleared away in the night-frost.
To-day it clouded up again!
We have an account from the West, to the effect that Forrest stormed Fort Pillow, putting all the garrison, but one hundred, to the sword; there being 700 in the fort-400 negroes.
Cloudy and cold.
We have no authentic war news, but are on the tip-toe of expectation.
The city is in some commotion on a rumor that the non combating population will be required to leave, to avoid transportation of food to the