The Draft Suspended!

Recruiting Stopped!

Reduced Expenditures of the Government!

Removal of Restrictions on Trade!

Protection to Religious Worship!

Address to the People of Virginia!

Peace Plan of Grant and Lee!



Jeff. Davis wants to leave the Country Forever!

Sherman Started for Raleigh!

Lee's Surrender received with Cheers by his Army!

The Men have a friendly conference!


NEW YORK, April 14. — The World's special says it is reported that as soon as Lee decided he would have to surrender, he set to work to devise some plan by which such action on his part would result in peace. What passed at the interview between him and Grant is not publicly known, but from subsequent occurrences it may be safely inferred that the terms of surrender were but a minor portion of the questions discussed. It is quite probable he proposed to Grant, if generous terms were granted him, he would go himself to Gen. Johnston, and urge him to surrender likewise. In furtherance of this plan, Grant was to go to Washington and urge a stoppage of recruiting, and the issue of an amnesty proclamation, while Gen. Lee would go to Raleigh and urge Johnston to surrender.

The Times' special says Grant will remain in Washington several days.

Spink, of Illinois, has been appointed secretary of Dakotah territory.

Official information has been received that Sherman marched from Goldsboro for Raleigh last Monday.

The Tribune's special says Gen. Grant made the announcement on his way to Washington that he would demonstrate to the Government that our military expenses may now be reduced one million dollars without infringing at all upon necessary efficiency.

Gen. Weitzel has been sent with his colored troops to Petersburg. Gen. Ord takes command in Richmond.

Gen. Lee is expected to be present at the convention of the Virginia legislature.

The Herald's Washington special says Gen. Grant represents Lee as zealous in his efforts to stop the further effusion of blood, and instead of coming north is urging all other commanders of southern armies to surrender without further resistance. Lee considers his work as important as Grant did his in coming to Washington to reduce the expenses of the government. It appears that Jeff Davis sent a messenger to enquire of Gen. Grant whether the government would allow him to leave the country never to return. Grant's reply was that his business was to fight down the rebellion, and not answer such questions. It also appears that Jeff Davis and other rebel officials were interested personally in the blockade running business, and made handsome fortunes.

The Herald's advices from Goldsboro, 10th, says it was believed there that Johnston's army had left Raleigh in the direction of Charlotte, leaving a small cavalry force to cover its rear.

The Herald's Washington special says that beside the reduction in army expenses, those of the navy are also be cut down.

The Herald's Carunna correspondent says the ram Stonewall hoisted the rebel flag before she was out of French hands, and that a deep responsibility [unknown] with the French and Spanish cabinets on her account, as well as with the U. S. Government for not sending over sufficient means to destroy her at once.

The Herald's Richmond dispatch says it is known there that Lee's Virginia troops deserted him by thousands, and so weakened the fallen chieftan that he was obliged to surrender. They would not leave the state with him.

The French consul has gone to Washington to lay claim to the French tobacco.

The Herald's army correspondent says the first meeting of Grant and Lee was private for a few moments, when the staff officers were admitted. Lee looked jaded and worn out. During the interview he was almost taciturn, but showed no temper or mortification. He bivouacked the night before in a grave near by, and in the morning breakfasted on a corn dodger. No one but a few of his officers suspected that he contemplated surrendering his army.

The Times' correspondent says Gen. Lee asked Grant to explain what was meant by "personal effects," and said many of his cavalry owned their horses. Grant said the horses must be turned over to the United States, which Lee admitted was entirely correct; but Grant said he would instruct his officers to allow those men who owned horses to retain them, as they would need them to till their farms. Lee expressed great gratification for such generous consideration, and said it would have a very good effect. Lee could not tell how many he had to surrender, so many had been killed or deserted. Lee informed Grant that his men were short of provisions, where upon the latter ordered 25,000 rations served to them. When Lee announced the liberal terms he had secured to his officers, they expressed great satisfaction. The troops received the announcement with cheers. Afterwards, an hour of friendly intercourse took place between the officers of the two armies.

The Times correspondent says in a skirmish, Gen. Reed on our side, and Gen. Deering on the rebel side, met, and in full view of the forces, held a tournament of death, fighting with pistols, until almost simultaneously Reed fell dead and Deering mortally wounded.