We have a gay illumination.
This too is wrong.
We had better save the candles.
Received several letters to-day which had been delayed in their transmission, and were doubtless opened on the way. One was from my wife, informing me of the illness of Custis, my eldest son, and of the equivocal conduct of some of the neighbors.
The Rev. Mr. D., son of the late B — p, raised the flag of the Union on his church.
The telegraphic wires are still in operation.
Early a few mornings since, I called on Gov. Wise, and informed him that Lincoln had called out 70,000 men. He opened his eyes very widely and said, emphatically, I don't believe it.
The greatest statesmen of the South have no conception of the real purposes of the men now in power in the United States.
They cannot be made to believe that the Government at Washington are going to wage war immediately.
But when I placed the President's proclamation in his hand, he read it with deep emo
ose 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 appears on the balcony, with prayer book in hand and a priest on either side?
All believe we are near a crisis, involving the possession of the capital.
A calm before the storm.
Dibble, the traitor, has been captured by our soldiers in North Carolina.
The North Carolinians have refused to give up Dibble to Gen. Winder.
And, moreover, the governor has demanded the rendition of a citizen of his State, who was arrested there by one of Gen. Winder's detectives, and brought hither.
The governor says, if he be not delivered up, he will institute measures of retaliation, and arrest every alien policeman from Richmond caught within the limits of his jur
ffice to every ten men, two or three times a week.
He says this may keep them alive; but that at this season they should have more generous food.
The scurvy and the typhoid fever are appearing among them.
Longstreet and Hill, however, it is hoped will succeed in bringing off supplies of provision, etc.-such being the object of their demonstrations.
Gen. Wise has fallen back, being ordered by Gen. Elzey not to attempt the capture of Fort Magruder--a feat he could have accomplished.
The President is reported to be very ill today-dangerously ill — with inflammation of the throat, etc. While this is a source of grief to nearly all, it is the subject of secret joy to others.
I am sure I have seen some officers of rank to-day, not fighting officers, who sincerely hope the President will not recover.
He has his faults, but upon the whole is no doubt well qualified for the position he occupies.
I trust he will recover.
The destruction of the Queen of the West, and
government will be solely responsible.
Gov. Vance recommended the suspension of conscription in the eastern counties of North Carolina the other day. This paper was referred by the Secretary to the President, by the President to Gen. B. (who is a native of North Carolina), and, seeing what was desired, Gen. B. recommended that the conscription be proceeded with.
This may cause Gov. V. to be defeated at the election, and Gen. B. will be roundly abused.
He will be unpopular still.
A bright day and warmer.
Cherry-trees in blossom.
We have the following war news:
Plymouth, N. C., April 20th. To Gen. Bragg.
I have stormed and captured this place, capturing 1 brigadier, 1600 men, stores, and 25 pieces of artillery.
R. F. Hoke, Brig.-General.
The President has changed his mind since the reception of the news from North Carolina, and has determined that all the government shall not leave Richmond until further orders.
All that can be spared will go, howe