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completed (& they soon will be) we ought to beat the enemy as
successfully on water as we have on land. At night heard Mr.
Duncan preach a most eloquent sermon on the influence of the
Church & of religion on the Government. Wrote to Eliza.
Heard today of a most wicked development in the Texas Hos-
pital. Fear several persons are irreparably injured & the name
of Texas stained.
Monday 9th House continued the discussion on the tax bill.
After the doors were opened Foote made a very foolish & incen-
diary speech on some resolutions sent from the Senate recom-
mending the people to plant only seed for provisions" etc. He
does the country great injury. Heard that the Hospital story
was all wrong & that the trouble was all settled this morning.
Feel rather gloomy this evening. Our condition as to subsistence
is not good. Oh God have mercy upon us! To thee only can
we fly for succour, for vain is the help of man. Oh save us &
cause thy face to shine upon us.
Tuesday 10th House passed resolutions recommending to the
people to plant only seed for provisions (no cotton or tobacco
etc.) with an amendment to assure them by proclamation that
if impressment were resorted to they would be paid market
value etc. etc. I voted against the amendment because I thought
it not germane to the resolutions & because it was intended for
Virginia bunlkum etc. Tax bill discussed. Pugh made a fine
speech. I voted for Smith's amendment as between that &
Chambers.174 (Smith was to tax cotton 10 per cent & Chambers
2 cts per lb.) Smith & Chambers amendments both failed. Have
the headache. Hodge spent the evening with us & I could not
Wednesday 11th House passed the bill to raise Engineer troops.
sentatives of the United States. *Served in Confederate Cabinet through-
out war. (See note 124.)
'"Resolutions sent from the Senate recommending people plant only
seed for provisions (no cotton, tobacco, etc.). It was thought that
limiting the supply of cotton would bring the English to terms. Several
States first urged the farmers to raise no cotton, but more grain, fodder,
and meat. Finally, Congress authorized President Davis to issue a procla-
mation with the same recommendation. This he did.
174Pugh (M. C.), James L.; Alabama; 1862-1865.
Smith (M. C.) Either William R.; Alabama; February 21, 1862-1864;
Or W. N. H. Smith; North Carolina, July 20, 1861-1865.
Chambers (M. C.), Henry C.; Mississippi; March 8, 1862-1865.
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