torm has commenced, and the monitors are not in view of Charleston, having sought quiet waters.
The Enquirer has again assailed Mr. Benjamin, particularly on account of the retention of Mr. Spence, financial agent in England (appointed by Mr. Memminger), an anti-slavery author, whose books advocate Southern independence.
To-day a letter was sent to the Secretary of War, from Mr. Benjamin, stating the fact that the President had changed the whole financial programme for Europe.
Frazer, Trenholm, & Co., Liverpool, are to be the custodians of the treasure in England, and Mr. McRae, in France, etc., and they would keep all the accounts of disbursements by the agents of departments, thus superseding Mr. Spence.
I think this arrangement will somewhat affect the operations of Major Huse (who is a little censured in the letter, purporting to be dictated by the President, but really written by the President) and Col. Gorgas.
If Wilmington continues in our possession, the transactions
north of Richmond, for the defense of the railroad in Hanover County.
Miss Stevenson, sister of Major-Gen. Stevenson, has written the President for employment in one of the departments.
He referred it to Mr. Memminger, who indorsed on it, coldly, as usual, there were no vacancies, and a hundred applications.
The President sent it to the Secretary of War.
He will be more polite.
Another letter to-day from Mr. Memminger, requesting that a company, commanded by a son of his friend, Trenholm, of Charleston, be stationed at Ashville, where his family is staying.
Lieut.-Gen. D. H. Hill has applied for a copy of Gen. Bragg's letter asking his removal from his army.
The President sends a copy to the Secretary, who will probably comply, and there may be a personal affair, for Bragg's strictures on Hill as a general were pretty severe.
There are rumors of a break in the cabinet, a majority, it is said, having been in favor of Bragg's removal.
Bragg's disaster so shocked
son's Bar in the James River sank two of the enemy's transports, Saturday, and drove back five others to Grant.
It is rumored that Gen. Johnston has been relieved at Atlanta, and Lieut.-Gen. Hood placed in command.
It is said Mr. Trenholm, firm of Fraser, Trenholm & Co., bankers, Charleston, has been appointed Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Seddon holds on to.the office he occupies.
A letter from Gen. Lee ( Headquarters army Northern Virginia ) says Gen. Early has recrossedTrenholm & Co., bankers, Charleston, has been appointed Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Seddon holds on to.the office he occupies.
A letter from Gen. Lee ( Headquarters army Northern Virginia ) says Gen. Early has recrossed the Potomac, and is at Leesburg, safe,--I hope with his captured supplies.
The following is a synopsis of Gen. Kirby Smith's brilliant campaign of 1864; official report.
In Louisiana, 5000 killed and wounded, 4000 prisoners, 21 pieces artillery, 200 wagons, 1 gun-boat, 3 transports.
In Arkansas, 1400 killed, 2000 wounded, 1500 prisoners, 13 pieces of artillery, 900 wagons,
Confederate losses, 3000 killed, wounded, and missing.
Enemy's losses, 14,000.
odge the enemy from Deep Bottom, on this side of the river, and to select three or four batteries to render the navigation of the James River difficult and dangerous.
Col. P. says he must have some 1500 cavalry, etc.
Letters from Mr. McRae, our agent abroad, show that our finances and credit are improving wonderfully, and that the government will soon have a great many fine steamers running the blockade.
Mr. McR. has contracted for eight steel-clad steamers with a single firm, Frazer, Trenholm & Co.-the latter now our Secretary of the Treasury.
The President indorsed a cutting rebuke to both the Secretary of War and--Mr. (now Lieut.-Col.) Melton, A. A. General's office, to day. It was on an order for a quartermaster at Atlanta to report here and settle his accounts.
Mr. M. had written on the order that it was issued by order of the President.
The President said he was responsible for all orders issued by the War Department, but it was a great presumption of any officer in t
The business is mostly turned over to the commanders of the Reserves; and conscription is to be executed by Reserve men unfit for duty in the field.
All the former conscript officers, guards, details, clerks, etc. fit to bear arms, are to go into the ranks.
When the cat's away, the mice will play, is an old saying, and a true one.
I saw a note of invitation to-day from Secretary Mallory to Secretary Seddon, inviting him to his house at 5 P. M. to partake of pea-soup with Secretary Trenholm.
His peasoup will be oysters and champagne, and every other delicacy relished by epicures.
Mr. Mallory's red face, and his plethoric body, indicate the highest living; and his party will enjoy the dinner while so many of our brave men are languishing with wounds, or pining in a cruel captivity.
Nay, they may feast, possibly, while the very pillars of the government are crumbling under the blows of the enemy.
It is said the President has.gone to Georgia to prevent Governor Brown,
n Sherman's army is not quiet, and must soon be heard from in spite of the interdict of the government.
It is said Mr. Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury, is in the market buying gold, and that the fall has already been from $50 to $30 for one. nd the Mining and Niter Bureau, have been seized at Danville.
This is well — if it be not too late.
A letter from Mr. Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Wagner, Charleston, S. C. (sent over for approval), appoints him agent to proceed thase of all the cotton and tobacco!
The stable locked after the horse is gone!
If it had been done in 1861-
Mr. Secretary Trenholm is making spasmodic efforts to mend the currency-selling cotton and tobacco to foreign (Yankee) agents for gold anot be paid at the end of the month; and the troops have not been paid for many months; but they are fed and clothed.
Mr. Trenholm will fail to raise our credit in this way; and he may be instrumental in precipitating a crash of the government itsel
Gen. Hardee, who knows not whether Branchville or Augusta is his objective point.
I suppose Sherman will be successful in cutting our communications with the South-and in depreciating Confederate States Treasury notes still more, in spite of Mr. Trenholm's spasmodic efforts to depreciate gold.
Yesterday the Senate passed a bill dropping all commissaries and quartermasters not in the field, and not in the bureaus in Richmond, and appointing agents instead, over 45 years of age. This will ma they meddle at all in the carnival of blood, I would put them in the ranks.
Gen. Bragg says he is greatly outnumbered by the enemy's two corps near Wilmington.
Of course he will evacuate.
There is no money (paper) in the Treasury.
Mr, Trenholm, seeing Mr. Memminger abused for issuing too much paper money, seems likely to fall into the opposite error of printing too little, leaving hundreds of millions of indebtedness unpaid.
This will soon rouse a hornet's nest about his ears!
property owners will deserve their fate.
The extortioners ought to be hung, besides losing their property.
This would be a very popular act on the part of the conquerors.
On the 4th inst., the day of inauguration at Washington, the troops (Federal) near Petersburg got drunk, and proposed an hour's truce to have a friendly talk.
It was refused.
I met my friend Brooks to-day, just from Georgia, in a pucker.
He says the people there are for reunion.
Mr. B. rented his house to Secretary Trenholm for $15,000-furnished.
It would now bring $30,000. But he is now running after teams to save his tobacco-he a speculator!
A letter was received yesterday from--, Selma accusing the Assistant Secretary of War, Judge Campbell, his brother-in-law, Judge Goldthwait, and Judge Parsons, of Alabama, with disloyalty, and says Judge C. is about to issue passports for delegates to go to the Chicago Convention, soon to assemble, etc. etc.
He says Judge C. is the Fouche of the South.