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tion to the manner of large beginnings and small endings which has characterized all the heavy undertakings of the enemy since the war began. The yankees would have fairer prospect of accomplishing the little task of subjugation prescribed for themselves, if they could only reverse their programme, and talk small and do large, instead of talk large and do small. My last letter to you was on the 11th ult., and few then doubled that are this dats Butler, who had then been some time at Ship Island with his expeditionary forces, would have made some demonstration in some direction on our coasts. But the coarse of cowardice or the demon of procrastination afflicts the fellow and his fellows, and he has done nothing yet. Week after week has passed, until hope of a fight deferred almost sickens the impatient spirits of our soldiers. Two weeks ago Butler evaluated the Island in great part, and was gone, no one knows whither, with the great body of his forces for about ten days. He lef