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WEDNESDAY, FEBKVaUY 15, 165. The Lfjislaturc This body adjourned on yesterday m.rnirg at nine o'clock, to re nsicn.blo on tl.e Sid Thursday of May next. It -must .be a great relief to the people wo nrc true to their coun try, to ga rid, eTen fcr this thoit period, of a body whese nrj rity 1ms made it lm-a.orable for all tim?, f .r it3 base and unmanly deser tion of the country in its extremes j-eril. Yheu it met, it was tfe ught to be cmpcsei of men, who fcaJ, at heart, tie independence .f the nation. By far the larger ponioa of them had been elected tither a3 "cut and out" truo and ley&l men, who, are called destruetivea ; or as Var.ce Conservatives nun who, though opposed to the administration of President Divis, and incVineJ to keep up political par tem organization, were, B2vt riheUss, reliable in the c iuse of the ccuatiy. These Vacc men hid pledged thenclves, cither dirf ctly, or by uamisUkablc implication, to sustain the war; to ur3 co separate State action ; :o oprore sgita tior, and to support the policy of Gov." Vance, ia aid af the conflict in wii.h the r.r.tion is engaged. To onr htovledge, i'.rh was the position of Mr. Fowle in ibis c;usty, r.s under stood by five hundred at least of those who voted f jr him, whose vote he could never have re ceiveJ, if they could have foreseen the c urse he has pursued. Such was the position of S. F. Phillips, Mr. Grissom, Amis, Ltsatrnd, with the exception of about fifteen cr twenty, all the Conservatives of either L'.use tf tLe Legislature. That the constitnstits tf thtse gentlemen have been wcfuily mistaliea ctd de ceived, there can b ? lo question. If the Legislature Las dune trie act to'favor the cause of the country to strengthen its resources, cr the force of the amy we should be gltd to point it out ; on the contrary, ia every conceivable way, by all possible devices, openly and th imelets r, it has done every thi. g that lay in its power to Ji mi iii e-b the ca pacity of the i ation to carry cn the war.; to thwart the government, in its effcrU to maintain the struggle for independence : to threw open the country to the inroads of the enemy, and pre! are the hearts of the people for submission. It not only filled the o!Fic:s within its gift with able-bodied pace, who vera within the age cf c.'iiscription, but it carved out btier cilices not net Ird expressly to provide places iuto which it might place those 1" able to couseiiption, to keep them out cf the service. It Lot only re fused to place the justices of tl.e peac-o in the military service, but it created citrht hundred. Sjire of them, uselts oilicers ; ar.d ita'iy tf them for counties now occupied by the euwnry, where by no possibility caa they exiicie, tl.e dutie. The soldiers in the field shall have no i rtinj-jrcemenls not a man sh-tll be sent to strength en th. ri. Tiny shall fi'jhl the yrur out as they s' m l." We call the attention cf the eoltiiers to this fact. We invite thcai to look to the Leg- ' islative record and they will there find who it Las teen, who have doomed them to perfoim unaided, un-reinforccd, the hard, arduous, dangerous duties which arj more d'.ficult and more dingcrous, because, they, the soldieTs, ure so fw. While this Legislature thus refused -to alJ an iota to the strergth cf the army while it was resorting to disgraceful shifts to prcvut it3 reinforcement,:; the enemy was preying the State in its most vital pciuts, and Gen. Lee was urging, iu the mdst earnest terms, thnt Ms forces should be reinforced. This record is made. It is one of dishonor, however tho cause may lurn out. If the ene my triumphs over u, he will Jiock at it with '.vo: 1 r and con erupt, to seehvv men could abaction their country in her Lour cf dire re-ce-s'ty. If the sun of libei ty, ft r u.--, sink in elud aud storm if cur caue fail if we are su j gated, and take the place of kst nation-uliti-f, cn no bedy more than on this Legisla ture will sit the responsibility. TLrugh all 1 ist. rj the action of ihon who will have ctn trituti tl to this ruia will be recited, for the scorn of after ages, and among no portion of m uikind will the pus-iianimtus " motives w hich instigated this action, be more despised than, by the enemies of u- countrj-, who wi 1 pTvfn by it. The dispatches to-day are cf thiiKing in ti rest. "We fcrtear ccn.incnt on them at pres ent. 'IV. e only terms of pcae offered by our eve-mi-., are . The unconditional submission f the States and pcf p'e. - The acceptance of the laws cofiscatiD"1 property The submission to the liabilities atel penal, tics incurred in tLe deflnee of our couatry. The acceptance of the amendments to tho United. S'ates Constitution, taking away the property of the slaveholder, and the establish ment of negro equality. Before expressing the sentiments with which these propositions impress cs, wo wait to sec whether those who have heretofore differed fn.ru us, will efftr us hopes of united action. Lfgislatire Sniamarjr. The General Assembly met yesterday morn ing at 7. a.m., and continued ia session for abjut two hours, the time being chiefly con sumed in the' ratification of ats and resolu tions. . - Totes of thanks were voted by both Houses to their respective Speakers, and a joh.t se lect Committee, Messrs Ellis, -Leiich, Fowle, Phillips, and Brown, of Mecklenburg, ap pointed to investigate alleged abuses and ii!e gallities committed by the railroads of the State. We regret to learn that the dwelling f David Barlow t.sq., of this County, was consoninicd by firejwi the night of the 3rd inst. We under stand that Mr. Barlow save! very little of his furniture, losing nearly everything in the House with it. . Cause of the fire accidental. Tar. Southern. THE CONFEDER GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLIM. J ' NIGHT SESSION. SENATE. Monday. Feb 6th I8G5. Bills to rlaitn Swamp lands; to a'uthor!z3 the lev- g of a tax in Alamance county lor the support ot soldier families ; to giv juriadic lioo to IheSuperior Court of Wilson; t a nen 1 t'.e charter of the Pittsboro and Hay-wcx-d P.ank U iod CV; to incorporate the Con servative Publishing Company ; i refeience to the town t f Kinton ; and divers resolutions passed their their third reading. The bill to a'mes4 the act to iprease the fiicicr.cy of the Ifcme Guard etlization was a'ter some dtbUc slightly atne&d aad passed. . The bill to exempt the Commissioners and. Tolice of the city of Jlaleigb? from Home Guard duty Was rejecte Jtu its scond read ing and the Senate adjourned to 7 o'clock to morro Wyoming. SENATE. Tuesday, Feb. 7, I860. Pursuant the a 'journoieot to Seaate niet this morning at 7 o'clock a. m,f Speaker Mebaue in the chair. The journal of yesterday's three seyeral ses sions w.ere read and approved. A message was received from-the House pro posing to postpone the time of adjournment ore hour. Agreed to. Also otbtr messagej transmitting a number of bills and resolatioas for ratification. - - '.Mr. Stubbs intro'ueeda bill to amend tho charter of the town of Salisbury which, under a suspension f the rules, passed its teveral reading-!. Messrs. Horton and Blount recommended several persons as magistrates. Net agreed to. Tne speaker announced Messrs. Ellis and Leitch as the Senate brauch of the joint select committee to investigate certain alleged abases and charter violations by the railroads of the Stite. il-r Patterson introduced the following: " Resolved, That the- thanks of the Senate are due aud are hereby tendered to the ;Houa ble Giles Mebane for the able, dignified, and impartial manner in. which he has prebided over the Senate daring the present session.; which resolution was adopted and the Senate risinsr. Mr. Speaker Mebane said it was an old es tablished custom on occasions of this sort for the presiding offijer to make some remarks, and in compliance wi h that custom he must testify his appreciation of the compliment the Senate had seeii fit to pay Lim. As the presi ding officer of that body he had invaiiable re ceived the most courteous treatment from all, and now that Senators were about to leave the halls of legislation for a season, and repair to their homes, it was his sincere desire their re turn might be a safe one and that there they might ficd their families well and happy. Tho Semue, he concluded, stands adjourned till the third Thursday id May next, and thereupon, pursuant to joint orJer, the Senate adjourned till the ISth day cf May, 1865. ' In thus closing his accounts of Senate pro ceedings the Reporter wculd do injustice to an tbhitig, energetic, and thoroughly effici ent nicer ot that body were he not t ac knowledge the man- obligations he is under to Xtiil MrK:y Esq3., Principal Clerk. To Mr. Vf'm. K. Pase, Piincipal, and Mr. Talley, Assistant Door-keeper, he is also indebted for many facilities rendered in performance of his repor-torial duties. HOUSE OF COMMONS. The House met at 7 o'clo k, Mr. Fowle in the chair, Speaker Donnell being detained by illness from his post. Oa motion of Mr. Waugh, a message was sent to ihe Senate requesting the concurrence of that body in a postponement of tlfe time of adjournment-erne hour. Mr. Grissom introluced a resolution in structing the Principal Clerk to prepare and have printed a caiander of the unfinished business of the es-ion. . Senate bill to amend the charter of the town of Salisbury wasunder a suspension ef the roles, read three times and passed. On motion of Mr. Shepherd, the resolution to appoint. a joint tehct committee to inresti gate aiU-gcd alusos and charter violations, by tha railroads of the State, was taken up and, under a suspension of the rules, passed its final reading. Mr. Benbury introduced the following,, which was unanimously adopted : llesohed, That the Honorable R. S. Donnell is entitled to and is hereby rendered the thanks of this House of Commons for the able, digni fied, aud satisfactory manner in which he has discharged the duties of Speaker during the sessions of this Legislature. Mr. Benbury also introduced the following which was unanimously adopted: Resolved, That Messrs. R. S. Tucker, prin cipal, nni Jno. S.Stanley, assistant clerk cf this House are hereby tendered the thanks of this House fcr the faithful discharge of tneir duties. On the resolution of thanks to Speaker Donnell, - Mr. Gnssom delivered a few remarks, sta ting the great importance of a Speakership of a "legislative body, and paying an eloquent tribute to the conduct, of .Hon. li. S. Don nell in that capacfy. The House branch of the Joint Select Com mittee to investigate alleged abuses by the railroad companies of the State, was then an nounced as coLsisting of Messrs. Fowle, Phil lips, and Brow n, of Mecklenburg. And tl e Houe.wa then declared adjourned till the third Thursday in May next. ToB. Tucker Esqs. Principal Clerk of the House ot Cummons, the Reporter is lar; ly indebted for valuable assistance in the way of furnishing documents etc., rendered during the past session. Mr. T. Keeps hi-J journal in excellent order and is ever ready tti oblige the Prt&s with everyafaclity, evcu ihe most exacting might require. - Fall of Pkices. There is a general feel ing of gratification at the downward progress of prices of some of thp necessaries of life, fiour, corn, pork, bacon, beef, &c The sales have been at" 20 to 50 per cent, below the. prices of the earlier part of last week. To most marked change was in flour, which s-.ld on one day at $650 and on the next at $300. Corn tell frcm $42 to $30, pork from $6 to $4, beel from $ 3 to 225. There is still a' w lie margin downwards, for these and other tbu gs. Fayettetille Observer. Declined. We learn that th office of Commissary-General of the Confederate States was tendered to Col. Wm. Johnston of 'his place. Mr. Johnston declined the position. Western Danc-crat. Mr. A. Dudley Mann, says the Montieal (Canada) correspondent of the New Nork Tri bune, has written from Paris to Saunders, who is now in Canada, that Napoleon has deter mined to recogniz? the Confederacy soon afier the inauguration of Lincoln on the 4th of March. - jSJirit of the Army.. IlKAnqUARTEltS Cjmpamy rll. 1 NTRY, 565. j Thirteenth Virginia Infan 1 , January 28, 186 At a mating held by companies n," "I" and K," Thirteenth Virginia regiment in fantry, Captain S". D. Buck was callel to the chair and G. M. Wolfe apj.oiuted Secretary. Tne following preamb'e and resolutions were unanimously adopted :" Whereat, We hve heard with surprise and regret that a feeling of de pondency has manifested iuelf in certain parts of our conn try : and whereas, we understand that" the devotion and loyalty of the army of Northern Virginia to the cau.-'b of our independent e has been qt estioced ; and wkcre, the put lie nemy is eaoe nragel ai d misled by these a pj parent signs of weakness, want of determina tion aud firmness of purpose : - Be it rctolcc&as the opinion of these com panits, That in the present aspect of affairs, we see nothing to occasion gloom, or despon dency, but, on the contrary, we believe that the pat four years of war have proved, be yond all doubt, the abilities of tie slave hold in? States to maintain aid proiect, against all enemtes, the Gavernn cut which they have established. . Rcsol.ted, That if is our firm and determin ed purp-.se to continue this war thn ugh all disaster and difficulties, cheerftuly bearing every hard-ship and braving every danger un til the independence of the Confederate States ts rec-gnizd and and acKBOWiecge 1. Resolved, That we ridicule, as absurd, the Idea ot reconstruction,, for we believe re-union would subject us again to the government of that sectional majority which is confiipd to the aboliiiou States, and wl ich is alike a stran ger to pur institutions, feelings and habits of thought as a people, and foreign to our terri tory. , ' Resolved, That while we earnestly desire peace, we believe the present channel for diplomatic intercourse, as established by cus tom and law, are sufficient for all practicable purpose?, and when the Government of the Ijnited States is prepared to recognize our in dependence and right to govern ourselves, no Ufficiilty will be experienced in the two na tions communicating with each other. Resolved, That we pledge ourselves to re ist every attempt, whenever and wherever made, to repudiate the public debt; that we consider the resources of the coantry equal to its payments, and we earnestly "entreat our friends and relations at home to give full faith and credit to our Government, and to lend it t very, possible aid and assistance. Resolved, That we respectfully recommend to our comrades in arms to renew, in this dark hur of the war, their pledges to their country and their firm resolve, under Divine protection, ever to submifc to the Government of the United States. Resolved, That in the great and good men, Generals It. E. Lee. J. E. Johnston and G. 'T. Beauregard, we recognise the highest military Opacity and in their ability and patriotism we kave unbounded confidence. Rtsolvcd. Thai the proceedings of this meet ing be communicated to the troops from Fred rick and Hampshire counties, in other com- ands, and that they be published in. the Rich, nd Examiner. Sakckl D. Buck, President. Ch M. Miller Wolfb, Secretary. RESOLUTIONS. raised at a Meeting of th Fourteenth Regiment Hryinia Infantry,. m Relation to the Condi tion of the Country and the Conduct of the War. Stxuat's Bbicudi, 1 Piekett's Division. At a rheetiug of the Fourteenth Virginia In- faatry, held at their camp, near Barmuda Hun dred e, January 24, 1865, the following pre amble and resolutions were unanimously adop ted ; Whereas the successes which have recently attended the arms of our enemies, in their mad determination to subjugate an enligh tened, christian and independent people, have east a gloom over our land ; and whereas, a disposition of many weak-hearted and weak-, minded counsellors to magnify defeat into hopeless disaster, and to give current publici ty to rumors questioning the unabated fervor of the veterans in our armies in support of the sacred caase for which they have sacri ficed every comfort, during four years of con tinuous warfare, and which they still live to defend, has generated a degree of dependence la the breast el some 01 wnom we might Wave respected better things ; and deeming an unqualified expression of our opinion, .as a regiment, and a sinllarone on the part of our brcthers in arms, will he sufficient to dispel this gloom, and to check and extinguish for- Vver the wild rumors which have found tco rich a repast in credulous minds, for the pub lic good : There rore, 1. Resolved, That a Southern soldier or citizeB, who for any other consideration tnan that of absolute freedom and eternal separa--tion from that enemy who have spared no pee'es of insult or injury that malice could devise,, would lay down his arms, and now submit, is unworty to breathe the air of free dom, and sboufd, with his postrity. be the erf of serfs to the remotest generation. 2. Resolved, That we hereby pledge to the living, and to those who shall come after us, in support of onr own liberty, and their ran sam from worse than Egyptian bondage, as ur fathers have done before us, "our lives, our Ijrtunesanjd our sacred henorj" assuring the that it is better to die freemen than to livealives. Hesolced, That we have unbounded con fidence in our ability, under the guidance o an over-rullingProvidence, to achieve a glo rious triumph in the present straggle, directed by that great, good and gallant spirit that has s cften led us to victory. 4. Resolved, That 'the thanks of the army are due, and hereby tendered to the Congress ef the Confederate States, for the energy and vigor displayed in its recent legislations, and its evident determination to sustain our sol diery through every trial, to. the rich reward of peace and happiness. - 5. Resolved, That we hare watched, with grateful pleasure, the proceedings of the Vir ginia Legislature, and are proud to be repre sented by set patriotic a body. G- Resolved, That we earnestly appeal to the citizens atid soldiers to re-dedicate their lives and fortunes upon the " altar of their country, and resolve that the graves of onr fathers, our homes "and our firesides, shall still be ours to transmit as heir-looms to free and happy nations yet unborn, who Shall maik with emulous pride our "foot-prints on the sands of time." - - 7. Roselved, That a copy of these resolu tion's be forwarded to the Virginia Legisla ture, the Congress of the Confederate States, and to the papers of the city of Richmond, for publication. . Meeting ofthe 63 th N. C. Troopi. At a meeting of the members of the 68th Regiment N. C. State Troops, encamped near Gohbboro, N. C, on February 3d, 1865, Pri- ate James R.'D.mghtie vrus called to the hAr nd ezprsssed tho object of the meeting iu thort aud eloquent speech. Appointed the following committee to. tiraft resolutions, ex pressive of the sense .f the Regiment upon tho state of the country and the cri-is now upon us : r Capt, L. C. Lawrence, Sergt. Willis Grandy, T. D. Warren, Priv. Maj. Gregory, fcergL J. M. Tuomas, V. J. W. Wtlley, ' T. . J. Taylor, Corp. J. R D jers, Sergt. Vf. Mel). Wynns B B, Barco, M. W. Perry ? . " E. N. Jacobs. Chairman. Co. B. " H. ' t t. ! ( t B. A. I. . D. b E. G. F. . K. addressed Ieute nanU Ilin.ton and Garner the meeting and, the following preamble and resiu'ions were reported by the Cnairmaa ana unanimously adopted : Whereas, The recent success of our ene mies having caused much despondency among our friends at home, and many even to despair of our ul imatesucce-s: Whereas, The unin gym path izers among us, many of them, un pi ioci pled descendants of revolutionary toris and others bi-uht I y Federal gold, encouraged by these Si-ccei , have more boldly , defied the authorities, as sisted by armed bands who havo cowardly deserted thsir fla, and openly express ho pep of our subjugation, with alt its attendant Kof ro's; - Whereas, KecognVmg State Sovereignty as the ground works of our" Government, at el believing that the action of its majority sbvut J be final, and that opposition to that maj iity oan have-a other object than to create disal fectic n in sentiment and division m effort ; and that the chief aims of these agitators are tu sell tldiri country to the most fiendish ene my that evercurg-d God's green earth : Be' i( Resolved, That having an abiding faith in the justice of God ; tha sacredness of our cause; the s;rength of our arms, and con fidence in the ability and hone.9ty of our ru lers and commanders ; we, as good soldiers,, will bear with cheerfulness, whatever evils the misfortunes of War may entail upon us, supported by the consciousness .that we a e contending lor the existence of great moral truths, the perpetuity of which, is essential to the good government aud happiness of man- . kind. Resolved, That under no circumstances wi 1 we consent to a restoration of a Union, whose supporters have so often and so ruthhssly driven from our homes those mothers to who u we are indebted for all that we are ; and ih t we will obey the mandates they gave os wheu they bade us "Go and return with this shied 1 or upon it." Rtsolocd, That while we recognize t 0 freedom of the press as "o'io ef the great bulwarks of libe ty," and believe that it phculd be untrarnel ed to long as it pursues its lawful- objects, the proper enlightmeni f the people; we yet ' cannot see why the e.vil genius of a corrupt editor should not be re strained a well as ;be aim of the base tip serter, whose mind he has disordered by. h U ding up to his contempt hoee laws which should check. the vickus and protect the weik. Resolved, That we denounce with biiter condemnation all such agitators as traitors, and declare our Willingness to cordial ly. sup port our Government in' purishing them as such. Resolved, That while we hail with joy and all honorable means for obtaining peaw, ).t we will never willingly lay down tiur arms until our independence be a'tkuowledged, ;-t Resolved, That copies of these pream bid and resolutions be forwarded to His Excel lency, Governor Vance, and to the Richm i d Examiner, Conservative, and Daily State J -ur-nal, for publication. There being no mote business before the meeting, it adjourned sine die. J. R. DOUGHTIE, Ch'u. J". N. Hinton, Sejs'y. - Endurance the Road to Siiccss. In a late Richmond Examiner Mr. Pollard gives the results of 4,Ten monils' observation in the enemy's country." In this ariich-, which ought to be administered iu boluses to all croakers who can be made to digst in no other way, Mr. Pollard puts us iu pos?r. inn "of some most encouraging facts. It niu-t prerni-ed that Mr. Pollard did not conduct h.M observations in the style of Gen. Seymour r.. tht3uuth ;-be did not look through the win- . dw ofa jail and then come home to expat'ate . upon a public sentiment of which he could know nothing at alf. Enjoying -the prf.i leges of a prisoner at large", liv'.ng in a V c', and mixing and conversing freely wit.i fl! sorts of persons, he had ample opportunities of noting the tc neof the popular mind. We may, therefore, rely upon bis report Amorg , a great many things of much interest, he tells us that the Yankees are on the brink ot exhaustion, and that the source of this ex haustion is neither the condition of their fi nances nor the number of Confederate vic tories, but simply the growing difficulty of j obtaining recruits. . As an evidence of this, he states that their last draft of three hundred thousand brc u-ht but seventy thousmd men that a large ma jority of the recruits obtained since Lincoln's election are negroes that Grants army, within the lines of which he spin t six days, is composed of negroes in the proportion of tiree negroes to one white man hat the next draft will fail far more signally than any which precedefl it that, in 4hat event, conscription must be resorted to, and that then the war kmust bresrk down. Such, he says, is the uni versal belief at the North. .All parties agne that the only hope of subduing the South lies in the desire of the'South to seethe war clot ed and this desire they all hope, will . lead to it submission before it becomes necessary to en force a conscription. The vote of all the ar mies around Richmond in the 'Presidential election was but eighteen thousand, there bs ing only that number of natives born or natu ralized men tinder Grant an overwhelming proof -of the distate which the Yankees have for the glories of the field, and an indi cation of he trouble which a conscription, calling for all classes, will most' undoubtedly produce. In view of these facts, Mr Pollard thinks it far more important than anything else to convince the Yankees that our resolu tion is not changed; asd that oar courage is still unbroken-; for, notwithstanding our reti tance of four years, many of them still a:e, or at least affect to be, unconvinced. Ti..i there is, however, a hirking fear that they n - v be mistaken, can Jte inferred from the eager interest with which everbody asks whether the South' has the' resolution to hold ouV It thus appears that the struggle betwetu the North and South ia one of simple endu ranee. If we can surpass the North in that quality, neither Hood's failure or Sherman's success will alter the ultimate result. All that we have to do is to" go on fighting, and even though defeat, should be pi lea upen defeat, we must win in the end, South Carolinian. General Forrest announces himself in favor of armiog 200,000 negroes. REPORTS OF THE PRE 33 ASSOCIATION. Message from the President and Beport af the Teace Commission. RICHiroXD, Feb. 6. The following message was laid before Congress this afternoon : Executive Office, Ricuxokd,' Fb. U To the Senate end Ilouse of Representatives : Recently I received written notification, which eatiffied me- that the President ot tbe United1 States ws deposed to confer informally, witfr un offical agenU, that might bo senv by me, wita a view of restoring peace. 1 reJuestd Hon. A. H.. Stephens, lion. R. M. T. Hunfer and Hen. Jsbn A. Campbell to proceed through oar lines to Lotti a conference with Mr. Lincoln, or such persons- as he wipM designate, to represeat . I hereby submit fr the information of Con gress, a report of the eminent citizens' above named, sfcowing that the enemy refused to enter into negotiations with' the Confederate State; or any of them separately, or give to our people any other terms or guarantee's than those which, consequence. mj grant, or permit us to have, nr any other basis than onr unconditional submis sion to tfjelr. rale, coupled with an acceptance of their recent legislat'on, including the amendmea to the Constitution, for the emancipation of all negro slaves, and with the right, on the part of tbe Federal Congress, to legislate on the subject of the relation bat ween the white and black popu lation, each. Such is tbe substance, al under, stand, the efieet of the amendirent to the. Coasti. tut ion, which has been endorsed ky the Congress of the United States. JEFFERSON DAVIS. Richmond, Feb. 6. To the President of the Confederate States: Sir: Under your lettrr of appointment as Commissioners -on the 28th, we proceeded to seek an informal conference with Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States op oaf the subject mentioned in yoar letttr. The conference" was granted and took place on the 30th, on board the steamer anchored in Hampton Roads, where we met President Lincoln and Hon. Mr. Seward, Secretary of State cfthe United States. It con tinued for several hours, and was both full and explicit.. We learned from them that a message of President Lincoln to the Congress of the United States, in December last, explains elearfy and distinctly his sentiments as to terms, condition!, and modes of proceeding, by which peace could be secured to the people ; and we were not in formed that they would be modified 6r altered to obtain that end. We understood from him that no terms, or proposals of any agreement, looking to an ultimate settlement, would be entertained or made by him, with the authorities of the Confede rate States, because that would be a recognition 'of their existence as a seperate power, which un der no circumstances would be done, and for like results, that no such terms would be entertained by him from States separately. That no extended truce or armistice, as advised, would be granted or allowed, without a satisfactory -assurance of the complete restoration of the authority of the constitution and laws of the United States, over all places within the States of the Confederacy. That whatever consequences may follow from Mae re-establishment of that authority, must be accepted, without regard to the rights of individ uals, who may be subject to the pains and penal ties, under the laws of the United States. But th'at all such, might rely upon a very liberal use of the power confided to the President, to remit these pains and penalties, if peace were restored. During the conference, the proposed amend ments to the constitution as adopted by Congress on the 31st, were brought to our mind. These amendments provided that neither slavery ner involuntary servitude, except for crime, should exist within the United States, or any place within their jurisdiction, and Congress should have power to enforce the amendments by ap propriate legislation. Of all the correspondence that preceeded the conference, herein mentioned, and leading to the sime, you have herewith been informed. Very respectfully,- Signed, A. H. STEPHENS, R. M. T. HUNTER, ' J. A. CAMPBELL. RICHMOND, FeD. 6. -The Commissioners were not allowed to land at Fortress Monroe. At 9 o'clock Friday morning Lincoln and Sew ard met them on board. The interview lasted ) nearly Ihree hours, resulting as stated in yester- days telegrams. In course of the -conversation. I Linrohr stated that Blair's visit to Richmond, so far as it contemplated any arrangement of peace was without Ms approval. Lincoln and Seward both incidentally admit ted the probability of complication with foreign nations but professed to be able to suppress the i reoetlion in time to meet them. They were very 1 courteous to. our Commissioners. Lincoln related he said "God renembered to several anecdotes. In parting bless you." Hunter asked to be all old friends in the North. . J RICHMOND, Feb. 6. It is understood that Stephens will return fo Georgia in a few days to i canvass the Sate for a vigorous prosecution of the . war. He says the only hope left for the whole South was in strong arms and stout hearts. Confederate Congress. , e RICHMOND, Feb. 6 The Senate adopted the resolution of thanks to Capt. Semmes, his officers apd crew,for the victory over the enemy's steamer Hatteraa, for long -and arduous cruises in the pur ( uit of, and destruction ot tbe enemy's commerce. The negro bill was further discussed ; the House amendment leaviug the number of slaves to be iir. jessed into the army undefined- Agreed to 12 t 8. After executive session, -the Senate ad turned. RICHMOND, Feb. 6.In the House, resolu tions wero unanimously adopted, inviting the . ommissioners to address the members of Con- ress and citizens, on Capitol Square. Mr: Moore ofleied a resolution directing t&e t'ommittee on Military Affairs to inquire into the ? Ixpediency of inverting the Praydent with power I call into the service all able-bodied male ne 1 J roes in the Confederate States, to b used as he i tay think best, to aid in tbe military defence of tur country. The motion to lay them on the s. Li. a" a A a a mw . . vmie nagaiiyea si 10 y. ine resolution was hen adopted. Mr. Chamber's resolution of enquiry, whether j le. Confederate Government has tbe right to Vurcnase slaves as- soldiers and offer them free dom, was tabled 35 to - RICHMOND, Feb. "7.--In the Senate, Mr. Brown submitted the following resolution t imRttolved, That tbe Committee on Military Af- . fairs be instructed to report a bill with the least practicable delay, to take uvo tho military ser- vice of tbe Confederate States, a number of ne- gro soldiers, not to exceed two hundred thousand, ! by voluntary enlistment, with the consent of their masters, or by conscription, as may be found necessary; and, that the Cnmmittec'provide in isaid bill, rorema&cipating jfjd negroes in all ta. sea, where they prove loya? and true to the end of the war; and, for immediate payment under proper restrictions, of thtir "present value to fcheir owners. Mr. Brown said he introduced this resolution to abow, that In his piuionv tfce time had come when we should employ negro tioops. . Now if ever was the time. We were in the very crijSff our fate. He had seen, with pleasuravthe revival of the war spirit, and hoped it would iWep through the land; but still found our armit.B not strong enough to withstand the enemy, without the employment of negro troops... On. motion of Ur. Maxwell, trie- resol ation was tramf?rrc6T'to the secret calendar. TheK... then resolved itself into secret session. . Tbe IJouse made public the subject which haa engaged its attention in secret sesiion for several days past, to wit: tbe tax bill to meet the dis covery of an error in immediate Habyitiea. The government needs four handred mill!n. n... land the Secretary f the Treasury recommends an ihcrt-ase of the tar ooe hundred per cent, to meet the deficiency ; he says the character of this debt is such that its payment cannot be neglected or postponed, without danger and aeriouslv cmUr- The House then rs4ved itself into secret session. Official rrora Gen. I te. SICUMOND; Feb. 7FoHewiag dispatch was. aeeeh-ed to-day: To Gen. S. Coptr; The enemy moved in strong force yesterday to Ha'tcheri' Rnn. Part of his infantry with Gregg', cavalry, cresaod, proceeded on Vaugban's road with his infantry to Cat Tail creak, and with bia cavalry to Din, . widdio C, H., where its advance encountered Iler tan with our cavalry, and retired in, the after noon. .Part of Hill's and Gordon's troops, demon atratcd against the enemy on the left of Hatcher's Run, near Armstrongs Mill j finding hira en., trenched, they withdrew after dark. During the night, the foroo that had advanced beyond tbe creek returned to it, and were report, ed to he re-crossing this morning. Pegram's dU vMon moved down tbe right bank of the creak to reconnoitre, when it was vigorouslr attacked, and tbe bat le was obstinataly coote8"ted several boar, j but Gen. Pegram, being killed, while bravely encouraging his men, and Col. Hoffman wounded, some confusion occurred; and the di vision wa- pressed back to its original position Evans' division was ordered by Gen. Gotaoito support Gen. Pegram. They charged the enemy and forced him back ; but in turn, was compelled to retire. Mahone's division arriving, the e.e. eT's7nndnnn faPid,J t0 fi"h. era run. Our loss reported small: that of the enemy not supposed great. ' "lnM (S!"ned) R- E. LEE, Gen. Immense War Meeting , nichmoRd SmUU.,CS f rm,dent Davis a ov. RICHMOND, Feb. 7.In purine, of a call Gov. Sm.th addressed an immense public meeting la i night at tbe African Church. Aeriesiof p.f. notic resolutions were adopted. The last one was as follows: face of the world, reverently invoking thereto ho a,d of Almighty God, we renew our resolve tomamta.nour liberties and independence, and tothw end, mutually pledge ourselves, our for tunes, aud our saeicd honor. President Davis addressed the meeting about 30 minutes. He was rejoiced to witness this demon stration ; and expressed his belief that if the peo pie would give hearty, unanimous response to tho demands of tha present exigency, the enemy would next ask for a conference in which to make known our demands. His life was bound up ia the Confederacy, under o circumstances would he be again for reconstruction and union. The President was frequently interrupted with enthu siastic cheering. Several other addresses were delivered. A call for another mass-meeting, for Thursday hm been published Weather" ' very inclemet to. day. The ground is covered with snow and sleet. Fight Near Petersburg. PETERSBURG Feb. 7.-Tbere was heavy fighting en our right yesterday and to-day, which resulted favorably to oar arms, during a recou noisance madi, by Gen. Pegram'a Division to natcher's Run. Yesterday the enemy attacked and forced his Division back some distance. He was reinforced by Gen. Gordon's Division, when in turn tho enemy was forced back a second time. The enemy being reinforced attacked and drove our men, until being strengthened by Mahonc'f pivision, commanded by Gen. Finnegan, a grand charge by tho thrue divisons was made aad tho enemies, lines broken. A running fight was kept up until after dark, when tbe Tankees took ehel ter in their new worms on Hatcher's Run, from which they were not driven. Gen. John Pe gram was killed. Many of the enemy kiJled and wounded, and a few, taken prisoners. Our logs was several hundred. This morning the enemy advanced upon and charged our lines south of Barged Mill, but were handsomely repulsed. In a charge upon ' the enemy, Gen. Sorrell, of Oa., was painfully wounded. Heavy firing heard late this afternoon in the same direction. Cause unexplained. Northern News. RICHMOND, Feb. 7.-The Philidelphia En quirer of the 4th has been received. It r.nt;n. nothing of interest. Impression prevaHed at the norm on rnaay that the conference at Fortress Monroe would result in peace. Nothing else was talked of. Gold closed, however, at 270. Northern News. RICHMOND, Feb. 6.-The Herald of the 3d inst., received. It contains an account of th movements of the peace Commissioners, and Lincoln, and speculation as to the result. Advices from Hilton Head says : Two corps of Shermans army are advancing against Charleston. ' More than-two hundred buildicgi ware destroy ed by fire in Savannah. Lincoln has abated twenty-Ore per cent, of tha quota of New York, under the impendiag draft. Gold unchanged. Lator European new. unim portant. From Charleston. CHARLESTON, February 8. A dispatch from Gen. Wheeler, dated Holmes' Bridge, February 7th, at8 o'clock, say. : My pickets, near Black ville, this morning, were charged by three brig ades of cavalry, which drove them beyond tho village. Dibbrell'g Tennessee' brigade,, being ia the vicinity, met and charged the enemy, driving them back into tbe village. A dispatche from Branehville, this morning, says : Tho enemy have made their appearance along the South Carolina Railroad, beyond the Edisto. They burned a house within a mile and a half of the railroad bridge. About seven o'clock yesterday ening, ourtTOopi were with drawn tothis'sido of the railroad bridge, and the bridge was burned. General Y1nder died suddenly on Monday ere ning, of appoplexy. 4 .