nt Tyler and Vice-President Stephens are negotiating a treaty which is to ally Virginia to the Confederate States.
To-day I recognize Northern merchants and Jews in the streets, busy in collecting the debts due them.
The Convention has thrown some impediments in the way; but I hear on every hand that Southern merchants, in the absence of legal obligations, recognize the demands of honor, and are sending money North, even if it be used against us. This will not last long.
We have had a terrible alarm.
The tocsin was sounded in the public square, and thousands have been running hither and thither to know its meaning.
Dispatches have been posted about the city, purporting to have been received by the governor, with the startling information that the U. S. war steamer Pawnee is coming up the James River for the purpose of shelling the city!
All the soldiery, numbering some thousands, are marching down to Rocketts, and forming in line of battle on the h
be succeeded by a Marylander, Major Griswold, whose family is now in the enemy's country.
Gen. Lee is doing good service in bringing forward reinforcements from the South against the day of trial-and an awful day awaits us. It is understood that he made fully known to the President his appreciation of the desperate condition of affairs, and demanded carte blanche as a condition of his acceptance of the position of commanding general.
The President wisely agreed to the terms.
Gen. Lee is calm-but the work of preparation goes on night and day.
We have rumors of an important cabinet meeting, wherein it was resolved to advise or command Gen. Johnston to evacuate Yorktown and retire toward Richmond!
Also that Norfolk is to be given up!
I don't believe it; Lee's name is not mentioned.
Major Griswold is here, and so is a new batch of Marylanders.
Troops from the South are coming in and marching down the Peninsula.
centum on the prices of merchandise.
Some suppose this arrangement has the sanction of certain members of our government.
The plausibility of this scheme (if it really exists) is the fact that steamers having munitions of war rarely get through the blockading fleet without trouble, while those having only merchandise arrive in safety almost daily.
Gen. D. Green intimates that Mr. Memminger, and Frazer & Co., Charleston, are personally interested in the profits of heavy importations.
A dispatch from Montgomery, Ala., states that the enemy have penetrated as far as Enterprise, Miss., where we had a small body of troops, conscripts.
If this be merely a raid, it is an extraordinary one, and I feel some anxiety to learn the conclusion of it. It is hard to suppose a small force of the enemy would evince such temerity.
But if it be supported by an army, and the position maintained, Vicksburg is doomed.
We shall get no more sugar from Louisiana.
seem to be measuring each other's strength before the awful conflict begins.
It is said the enemy are landing large bodies of troops at Yorktown.
Major-Gen. Ransom has been assigned to the command of this department; and Gen. Winder's expectations of promotion are blasted.
Will he resign?
I think not.
The enemy's accounts of the battle on the Red River do not agree with the reports we have.
Neither do the Federal accounts of the storming of Fort Pillow agree with ours.
Another bright and beautiful day; and vegetation is springing with great rapidity.
But nearly all my potatoes, corn, egg-plants, and tomatoes seem to have been killed by the frosts of March.
I am replanting corn, lima beans, etc. The other vegetables are growing well.
One of my fig-bushes was. killed — that is, nearly all the branches.
The roots live.
It is rumored that the armies on the Rapidan were drawn up in line.
The enemy have again evacuated Suffolk.