tate of affairs.
He reached a position on the mountains overlooking Frederick, and, by means of a glass, saw all that was going on in town.
He arrived there about eleven o'clock this morning, and says there was evidently a movement of troops in the direction of Middletown and Boonsboro' going on. Farmers informed him that a forward movement began at three this morning — supposed to be about twenty thousand.
The messenger then crossed the mountain to within two miles of Marysville, and reached a position overlooking Boonsboro'. He saw three regiments of infantry, one of cavalry, eight cannon, and a large number of wagons.
The soldiers looked ragged, shoeless, and hatless.
It is now certain that no rebels had entered Hagerstown at six P. M. Jackson undoubtedly moved from Boonsboro' towards Hagerstown; but there is nothing reliable as to his near approach to Hagerstown.
He may be moving to Williamsport to cut off General White, now at Martinsburg and Harper's F