ut himself up pretty closely, and none of us could see or hear whether he was angry.
But calling me into his room in the afternoon to write a dispatch which he dictated, I saw, lying on his table, an envelope directed in his own hand to the President.
Hints had been circulated by some that it was his purpose to resign.
Could this communication be his resignation?
It was placed so conspicuously before me where I sat that it was impossible not to see it. It was marked, too, immediate.
Called in again by the Secretary to-day, I find the ominous communication to the President still there, although marked immediate.
And there are no indications of Mr. Walker's quitting office that I can see.
Immediate is still there; but the Secretary has not yet been to the council board, though yesterday was cabinet day. Yet the President sends Capt. Josselyn regularly with the papers referred to the Secretary.
These are always given to me, and after they are briefed
rk clouds away from the horizon.
Day and night our troops are marching; they are now beyond the right wing of Pope, and will soon be accumulated there in such numbers as to defy the combined forces of Pope, Burnside, and McClellan!
We have now a solution of the secret of Pope's familiarity with the country.
His guide and pilot is the identical Robt. Stewart who was sent here to the Provost Marshal-a prisoner. How did he get out?
They say money did it.
Some apprehensions are felt by a few for the safety of this city, as it is supposed that all the troops have been withdrawn.
This is not so, however.
From ten to fifteen thousand men could be concentrated here in twenty-four hours. Richmond is not in half the danger that Washington is.
Saw Vice-President Stephens to day, as cordial and enthusiastic as ever.
Members of Congress are coming to my office every day, getting passports for their constituents.
command, has resigned, and his resignation has been accepted.
He says he can at least serve in the ranks as a private.
The government don't like aspiring political generals.
Yet Pryor was first a colonel, and member of Congress — resigned his seat-resigned his brigadier-generalship, and is now a private.
Our cause is dim in Europe, if it be true, as the Northern papers report, that the Confederate loan has sunken from par to 35 per cent. discount since the fall of Vicksburg.
Friday, August 21
This is a day appointed by the President for humiliation, fasting, and prayer.
Yet the Marylanders in possession of the passport office report the following in the Dispatch of this date:
Passports.--The passport office was besieged yesterday and last night by large crowds of persons soliciting permission to leave the city, in order that some relaxation might be had from its busy scenes.
Among those who obtained them were His Excellency Jefferson Davis and his Honor Joseph Mayo