hich would be dangerous.
The letter was dated a week ago, and gives no indications of a battle.
The general says he is exchanging sugar for bacon; but condemns the practice of allowing our people to sell cotton to the enemy for supplies.
In my opinion none but government cottonl should be exchanged for subsistence.
He says the people are subjugated by trade.
He suggests that our men when paroled, and not exchanged, may do duty otherwise than in arms — as is practiced by the enemy.
H. D. Bird, general superintendent of the railroad, writes from Petersburg that the movements of cars with ammunition, etc. are thrown into confusion by the neglect of telegraph agents in giving timely notice.
This is an unfortunate time for confusion.
I sent the letter to the Secretary, and know that it was not filed on the way to him.
A communication came in to-day from the Committee of Safety at Mobile, Ala., charging that J. S. Clark, Wm. G. Ford, and -- Hurt, have been shipping cotton to
--Pursuant to a request made by the Governor of Virginia, a meeting of the Superintendents of the Railroads in the State was held in the Capitol on Tuesday, May 28th, 1861.
Present — E. H. Gill, Virginia and Tennessee Railroad; H. D. Bird, South-Side Railroad; C. O. Sanford, Petersburg Railroad; Thos. Dodamead, Virginia Central Railroad; S. Ruth, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad; Charles G. Talcott, Richmond and Danville Railroad; R. H. Temple, Richmond and York River Railroad; John M. Robinson, Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad: and T. H. Wynne, Richmond and Petersburg Railroad.
On motion, H. D. Bird was called to the Chair, and T. H. Wynne appointed Secretary.
Mr. Sanford informed the meeting that by his invitation, Mr. S. L. Fremont, Superintendent of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, in North Carolina, was present, and on motion Mr. Fremont was invited to take a seat in the Convention.
The Governor having been informed that the meeting was