Tuesday, July 7, 2009

From Washington

Com. Dupont reports to the Department, under date of April 14th, that the ship Emily St. Pierre of Charleston, from Calcutta, was captured on the 18th ult. by the blockading squadron, she was sent to Philadelphia for adjudication.

The English sloops Caynel, of Nashua, N.P., was captured by the Susquehannah on the morning of the 3d, about two miles from the Charleston bar. She had cargo suitable for, and in great demand at the Southern port, she was also sent to Philadelphia for adjudication.

Another schooner was run ashore by the blockading vessels on Sullivan’s Island where she now remains a wreck.

The following dispatches have been received by the Secretary of War, dated Nashville, Tennessee: “On Saturday morning two expeditions were started for Huntsville on the cars. One under Col. Sill of the 23d Ohio, went east to Stevens, the junction of the Chattanooga and Memphis & Charleston Railroads, which point they seized, 2,000 of the enemy retreating with out firing a gun. Col. Sill captured five locomotives and a large amount of rolling stock. The other expedition, under Col. Turchin of the 19th Illinois, went west, arriving at Decatur, in time to save the railroad bridge, which was in flames. General Mitchell now holds 100 miles of the Memphis & Charleston RR.”

Mr. Kerrigan voted against the bill for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, but was left out of the list in telegraphing.

Tribune’s Special.

The bill emancipating slaves in the District of Columbia was laid before the president at 4 o’clock this evening.

Special to the World.

An officer of the 79th N.Y. reports that four of Gen. Banks’ men have been found tied to a tried with their heads shot off. Not credited.


The president, to-day, in response to a resolution of the House transmitted voluminous documents, relating all the correspondence which has taken place since June last, relative to the affairs of Mexico. From a hasty glance at their contents, it appears that on the 3d of that month, Mr. Seward in writing to Mr. Corwin, informs him that intelligence wearing an air of authenticity, a design exists on the part of the insurgents of this country to gain possession of Lower California; and that the President expects him to exercise his best judgment, not only to thwart this scheme, but prevent Rebel armed vessels from finding shelter in Mexican ports, and from carrying arms through the territory of the Republic.

The defense of the Mexican sovereignty is urged upon the attention of that Government, and the declaration made that the United States does not desire to acquire any part of Mexico. On the 9th of June Mr. Corwin informed Mr. Seward that it had been his constant endeavor since his arrival at the City of Mexico, to possess the Mexican mind of the true cause of our difficulties, and thus enable them to estimate the danger which would result for any unfavorable termination of them. He was quite sure that while the Mexican government would endeavor to procure peaceful relations with all European Powers on fair terms, it regarded the United States it true and only reliable friend in any struggle which might involve its national existence.

Toward the close of July Mr. Corwin, in the course of his dispatch, incidentally remarks that Europe is quite willing to see us humbled and will not fail to take advantage of our embarrassments to execute purposes of which she would not have dreamed, had we remained at peace. This was said with reference to the joint intervention of England, France and Spain in the affairs of Mexico.

Mr. Seward, in writing to Mr. Corwin on the Sept. 2d, assures him that the president greatly desired that the political status of Mexico, as an independent nation, should be permanently maintained; and in December, after speaking of the joint intervention, states that the Govt. could not consent to his returning from Mexico, as desired.

– Published in the Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday Morning, April 16, 1862, p. 1

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