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, delivered to the Secretary.
Among these I see some pretty sharp pencil marks.
Among the rest, the whole batch of Tochman papers being returned unread, with the injunction that when papers of such volume are sent to him fo
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Some apprehensions are felt by a few for the safety of this city, as it is supposed that all the troops have been withdrawn.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.
Those I have seen (Senator Brown, of Mississippi, among the rest) express a purpose not to renew the act, to expire on the 18th September, authorizing martial law.
In both Houses of Congress they are thundering away at Gen. Winder's Provost Marshal and his Plug Ugly alien policemen.
I fasted to-day; I answered yes, as usual! He then bid me good-by, and at parting I told him I hoped he would not find us all hanged when he returned.
I think it probable he has a mission from the President, as well as his book to publish.
All the guns of Fort Sumter on the south face have been silenced by the land batteries of the enemy on Morris Island; and this account is two days old. What has taken place since, none here but Gen. Cooper and the President know.
But our bafear the railroad cannot transport them.
The Secretary of the Treasury asks transportation for 1000 bales of cotton to Wilmington.
To-day I saw a copy of a dispatch from Gen. Johnston to the President, dated at Morton, Miss., 22d August, stating that he would send forward, the next day, two divisions to reinforce Gen. Bragg in Tennessee.
This signifies battle.
The Secretary of the Treasury notified the Secretary of War, to-day, that the appropriation of fifty millions per