The London correspondent of the New York Herald, writing under date of July 2d, is very anxious that something should be done to stop blockade running, by capturing Wilmington. He says:
“I have often spoke of the gigantic fortunes that are being constantly made in running the blockade. An eminent shipbuilder told me yesterday that he had one fast steamer running the blockade, and that he was building four more for the same purpose. Alexander Bollie & Co., are reported to have made a million sterling in blockade running. Why cannot the government spare twenty thousand men to go to North Carolina and capture Wilmington? In the panic of its fall Charleston will also be taken. These two places are the two principal mouths that feel the rebels. Wilmington alone would be worth more to you than Richmond.
Source: Greensborough Patriot, August 11, 1864 as found on www.ncecho.org