ate our coast this winter.
But the winter is not over yet, and I apprehend something will be attempted.
However, we shall make a heroic defense of every point assailed.
I omitted to state, in connection with the partnership formed between Mr. Myers and Mr. Randolph, that the former had already succeeded, when the latter was Secretary of War, in getting the substitutes of the Jew extortioners out of the army, on the ground that they were not domiciled in this country; and now both are inte.
There is a prospect that we shall have abundance of everything some of these days.
But there is some wrangling.
The Quartermaster-General complains-to-day that Lieut.-Gen. Pemberton has interfered with his agents, trading cotton for stores.
Myers is a Jew, and Pemberton a Yankee-so let them fight it out.
Christmas day, December 25
Northern papers show that there is much distraction in the North; that both Seward and Chase, who had resigned their positions, were with difficulty persu
report that a battle has taken place somewhere in that region, but with what result is not yet known.
There is much consternation among the Jews and other speculators here, who have put in substitutes and made money.
They fear that their substitutes will be made liable by legislative action, and then the principals will be called for. Some have contributed money to prevent the passage of such a law, and others have spent money to get permission to leave the country.
Messrs. Gilmer and Myers, lawyers, have their hands full.
The Confederate States Tax act of last session of Congress is a failure, in a great measure, in Virginia.
It is said only 30,000 bushels of wheat have been received!
But the Governor of Alabama writes that over 5,000,000 pounds of bacon will be paid by that State.
We have dispatches to-day from Western Virginia, giving hope of the capture of Averill and his raiders.
Such is the scarcity of provisions, that rats and mice have mostly
Bright, pleasant day. I saw a letter from Gen. Elzey to-day, stating that his command will probably soon be called out from the city on important service.
What can this mean?
And our iron-clads are to go below the obstructions if they can get out.
Yesterday Mr. Good offered a resolution declaring the unalterable purpose of Congress to prosecute the war until independence is attained.
What significance is in this?
Why declare such a purpose at this day?
Mr. Benjamin, Gen. Myers, Col. Preston, and Mr. Seddon are to partake of a feast on Thursday.
A feast in time of famine!
-Yesterday Mr. Moffitt, Lieut.-Col. Ruffin's agent (commissary), was in the market buying beef for Gen. Lee's army!
And this same Moffitt was in September selling beef to the same butchers (as they say) at from 40 to 50 cts. gross, the impressing price in the country being 20 cts.
On the 2d inst. Gen. Lee wrote the President that he had just heard of two droves of cattle fr
orders, by command of the Secretary of War.
Lieut.-Gen. Hood has been relieved, and ordered to report here.
The rumor gains belief that Gen. Breckinridge has been offered the portfolio of the War Department by the President.
This may be the act alluded to which Congress will not agree to, perhaps, on the ground that Gen. B. remained in the United States Senate long after secession.
The general is Understood to be staying at G. A. Myers's house, which adds strength to the rumor, for Myers has a keen scent for the sources of power and patronage.
The Surgeon-General states that, during the years 1862 and 1863, there were 1,600,000 cases of disease in hospitals and in the field, with only 74,000 deaths.
There have been 23,000 discharges from the armies since the war began.
The Provost Marshal at Fredericksburg telegraphs that his scouts report the enemy have arrested Mrs. Foote, and threaten to rescue Mr. Foote.
The Secretary and the President concur in ordering his di