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How Jeff. Gets His Letters
Jefferson Davis has a regular postal arrangement between Washington and Richmond. Every night a messenger collects private letters, and letters conveying useful information to Davis and Letcher, and between ten and eleven o’clock leaves Washington for a point on the bank of the Potomac, where he finds water carriage and conveniences for a speedy transit to the next messenger, who helps on the sacred parcel to Richmond. Complete files of the Philadelphia and New York papers are also sent him. From these he sifts out truth as near as he can, and from our full reports of the movements of troops, he moves his men about on his board so as to keep thoroughly posted; but it is a poor rule that will not work both ways, and so Gen. Scott is probably as well posted as he is about some of those little arrangements he is making. The insatiable thirsting for news and information all over the North, where the whole community read, keep, a full corps of Reporters in the field, and consequently our position and strength are more generally known in the North than theirs are in the South.
Citation: Philadelphia Inquirer. 24 June 1861. Gift of Steven and Susan Raab. AN .P5546