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General News. The American contains the following items of general interest: The British steamer Bermuda. Direct communication with a Connecticut graduate, escaped from school-teaching in Georgia, near Savannah, has supplied new and very important information respecting the British steamer Bermuda. She is an ironclad vessel of about 1,500 tons burden. Her master's name is Peck. She sailed from Liverpool on the 18th of August, and arrived at Savannah on the 16th of September, beiSavannah on the 16th of September, being 29 days on the passage, touching at Falmouth and Madeira for coal. Her cargo consisted of eighteen rifled cannon, 32s and 42s, and two 168-pound Lancaster guns, with all the necessary carriages and equipments, powder, shot and shell, all ready for immediate use; also, 6,500 Enfield rifles, between 200,000 and 300,000 cartridges for the same, 6,000 pairs of army shoes, 20,000 blankets, 180 barrels of gun powder, large quantity of morphine, quinine, and other medicine stores, and very many oth
ith us. Some slight modifications and additions were made to the action of the Convention on yesterday, upon the subject of advances upon cotton. A resolution was also adopted requesting Congress to alter and adjust coins, weights, and measures, to a decimal ratio. A series of resolutions were also adopted in relation to the sequestration act, and recommending that the payment of debts sequestered be not required during the war; that claims for indemnity and indebtedness due at the North be allowed as a set off; that the Courts be empowered, in certain cases, to modify the retroactive effect of the bill; and that the property of Northern residents laboring under the disabilities of coverture of infancy, be exempted. A committee, consisting of delegates from Charleston, Savannah, and Mobile, was appointed to examine into the plan for a marine steam battering-ram, submitted by J. R. Butts, of Georgia. The Convention then adjourned until 7½ o'clock this evening.