al-whose estimates for the ensuing year embrace an item of $50,000,000 to be paid for sugar.
The Supreme Court of Georgia has decided that if taken, it must be paid for at a fair valuation, and not at a price to suit the Commissary-General.
It is the belief of many, that these seizures involve many frauds, to enrich the Commissaries.
It is clear and cold again.
Custis came home last evening, after a week's sojourn at Chaffin's Bluff, where, however, there were tents.
Some 1500 local troops, or National guards, had been sent there to relieve Pickett's division, recalled by Lee; but when Meade recrossed the Rapidan, there was no longer any necessity for the Guards to remain on duty.
A brigade of regulars goes down to-day.
Custis says it was the third day before ammunition was issued!
Yesterday he heard shelling down the river, by the enemy's gun-boats.
I had a conversation with Col. Northrop, CommissaryGen-eral, to-day.
He anticipates a Collision between the
eeking a way of escape.
This attempt to surprise Richmond was a disgraceful failure.
The Secretary of War has gone up to his farm for a few days to see the extent of injury done him by the enemy.
Mr. Benjamin and Assistant Secretary Campbell are already allowing men to pass to the United States, and even directly to Washington. Surely the injury done us by information thus conveyed to the enemy hitherto, ought to be a sufficient warning.
Gen. Bragg has resolved to keep a body of 1500 cavalry permanently within the city and its vicinity.
An application of Capt. C. B. Duffield, for a lieutenant-colonelcy, recommended by Col. Preston, came back from the President to-day.
It was favorably indorsed by the Secretary, but Gen. Cooper marked it adversely, saying the Assistant Adjutant-General should not execute the Conscription act, and finally, the President simply said, The whole organization requires revision.-J. D.
I hope it will be revised, and nine-tenths of
in the Confederacy.
Also one establishing and reorganizing the Bureau of Conscription.
If Butler remains between Richmond and Petersburg, and is reinforced, and Grant is strong enough (two to Lee's one) to push on toward Richmond, our perils and trials will be greater than ever.
Vice-President Stephens has not yet arrived.
I do not understand that he is ill.
Showers and sunshine, the first preponderating.
Our killed and wounded in Beauregard's battle amount to some 1500.
The enemy lost 1000 prisoners, and perhaps 1500 killed and wounded.
Railroad men report heavy firing this morning near Fredericksburg, and it is believed another battle is in progress.
From the West we have a report, derived from the enemy at Natchez, that Gen. Banks has surrendered to Lieut.-Gen. Smith.
It is rumored likewise that President Lincoln has called for 60,000 militia, to defend Washington.
A fortnight ago, Mr. Benjamin procured passports for one or two of his age
s, and it remains in the hands of Judge Campbell and Provost Marshal Carrington.
Very many persons are going to the United States via the Potomac.
Hot and dry.
A dispatch from Gen. Lee (will be published on Monday) says Gen. Beauregard reports the number of prisoners taken from Wilson's south side raiding party about 1000, besides the killed and wounded, and several hundred negroes recaptured, 13 guns, many small arms, wagons, etc. It is said the killed and wounded amount to 1500, of whom there are not exceeding 300 of the latter, leaving 1200 killed.
Gen. Morgan has got back to Western Virginia with 1800 men, having lost but 200.
He did not fight a battle with Gen. Burbridge at all; hence the Federal account of Morgan's defeat was without foundation.
Morgan will probably soon be in Maryland and Pennsylvania, attending to the enemy's railroads, bridges, mills, etc.
The President said (so reported) to Dr. Garnett, yesterday, he hoped to hear of no more raids
markets in proportion.
My yellow tomatoes are just maturing.
The dry weather has ruined nearly everything else in the garden.
Very hot; very dry; very dusty.
The President has directed the late Gen. (now Lieut.--Col.) Pemberton to organize a mortar and cavalry force to dislodge 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 w
be difficulty in replenishing the Federal armies, and they may be depleted by spring; and if so, Gen. Lee may be able to make another grand campaign with the men and material now at his command.
The issue of the next campaign may inaugurate real negotiations.
Wilmington may be taken, blockade-running may cease; but we have ammunition and other stores for another campaign.
At last we have a dispatch from Gen. Lee, announcing the fall of Fort Fisher.
Most of the garrison, supposed to be 1500, were taken.
Gold was $70 for $1 on Saturday: what will it be to-day or tomorrow?
A voluminous correspondence is going on between Mr. Conrad (secret agent to arrest disloyal men endeavoring to cross the Potomac) and Mr. Secretary Seddon. Mr. Foote, arrested by their great skill, has applied, indignantly, for a writ of habeas corpus. Thus the time of our great dignitaries is consumed removing molehills, while mountains are looming up everywhere.
The following dispatch was received
dent, showing why he resigned which was a declaration on the part of Congress of a want of confidence in the cabinet.
The President says such a declaration on the part of Congress is extra-official, and subversive of the constitutional jurisdiction of the Executive; and, in short, he would not accept the resignation, if Mr. S. would agree to withdraw it. So, I suppose the other members will hold on, in spite of Congress.
Bright and cold.
It is estimated that the enemy lost 1500 men in the fight near Petersburg, and we 500.
Sherman has got to the railroad near Branchville, and cut communications with Augusta.
At the meeting, yesterday, Mr. Hunter presided, sure enough; and made a carefully prepared patriotic speech.
There was no other alternative.
And Mr. Benjamin, being a member of the cabinet, made a significant and most extraordinary speech.
He said the white fighting men were exhausted, and that black men must recruit the army-and it must be done at on
President and the remainder of the cabinet had their horses saddled in readiness for flight.
About a year ago we had Dahlgren's raid, and it was then announced that the purpose was to burn the city and put to death the President, the cabinet, and other prominent leaders of the rebellion.
Perhaps our leaders had some apprehension of the fate prepared for them on that occasion, and may have concerted a plan of escape.
As well as I can learn from couriers, it appears that only some 1200 or 1500 of the enemy's cavalry advanced toward the city, and are now (10 A. M.) retiring-or driven back by our cavalry.
But it is a little extraordinary that Gen. Lee, with almost unlimited power, has not been able to prevent 1200 Federals riding from Winchester to Richmond, over almost impracticable roads, without even a respectable skirmish wherein 1000 men were opposed to them.
It is true Early was routed — but that was more than a week ago, and we have no particulars yet. The enemy's papers wil