The South Carolina Convention. Charleston, Dec, 26.
--The President of the Convention read a communication from Gov. Petry, of Florida.
He says, in acknowledging the compliment of having been invited to a section the floor of the hall, that he has "now been honored with a seat with those who, smarting under wrongs, havell the attention of the people to the ordinance.
Mr. Duncan moved to go into secret session, which was carried.
[Second Dispatch.] Charleston, Dec, 26
--P. M.--Mr. Brown's resolution this morning was referred to the Committee on the Constitution.
The secret session this afternoon lasted until 4 ½ o'clock, when the Convention adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow.
[third Dispatch.] Charleston, Dec. 26.
--In secret session the following ordinance was adopted:
An Ordinance to make provisional arrangements for the continuance of the commercial facilities of South Carolina:
Whereas, It is due to the late confe
Washington, Dec. 26.--The members of the Southern border States, in consultation, have concluded on calling a meeting of all the Southern members, hoping to be able to present an undivided front on the basis of the reestablishment of the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific.
If successful, they will then invite the Northern members to join them.
Bailey, the defaulting clerk, has been surrendered by his sureties, and is now in jail.
The South Carolina Commissioners have arrived.
Russell has been placed in jail here for complicity with Bailey.
His security was put at $500,000, and his counsel intend to apply for a habeas corpus on the ground of excessive bail.
The missing bonds are $370,000 of Mo. 6's, $357,000 of N. C. 6's, and $144,000 Tenn, 6's — all coupons.
The investigation shows that the contract with Russell, Majors & Co., has two years to run. The alleged acceptances of the Secretary of War are said to consist simply of memoranda, sta