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 for perusal, it is the business of the Secretary to see that a brief abstract of their contents accompany them.
No arms yet of any amount from Europe; though our agent writes that he has a number of manufactories at work.
The U. S. agent has engaged the rest.
All the world seems to be in the market buying arms.
Mr. Dayton, U. S. Minister in Paris, has bought 30,000 flint-locks in France; and our agent wants authority to buy some too. He says the French statisticians allege that no greater mortality in battle occurs from the use of the percussion and the rifled musket than from the old smooth-b
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Some apprehensions are felt by a few for the safety of this city, as it is supposed that all the troops have been withdrawn.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.
Senator Brown has been very bitter against them.
Mr. Russell has reported a
erks in the city post-office resigned, because the government did not give them salaries sufficient to subsist them.
As yet their places have not been filled, and the government gets no letters — some of which lying in the office may be of such importance as to involve the safety or ruin of the government.
To-morrow is Sunday, and of course the mails will not be attended to before Monday--the letters lying here four days unopened!
This really looks as if we had no Postmaster-General.
Dispatches from Charleston, yesterday, brought the melancholy intelligence that Fort Sumter is but little more than a pile of rubbish.
The fall of this fort caused my wife a hearty cry-and she cried when Beauregard reduced it in 1861; not because he did it, but because it was the initiation of a terrible war. She hoped that the separation would be permitted to pass without bloodshed.
To day we have a dispatch from Beauregard, stating the extraordinary fact that the enemy's batterie