Recognition of a State of war by the Confederate States.
By reference to another column it will be seen that on the 6th inst. an Act was passed by the Confederate Congress, recognizing the existence of war with the United States
The preamble recites the acts of Mr. Lincoln
and his Proclamation, and declares that it is necessary for the Confederate States
to accept the war thus commenced by him.--The act authorizes the granting of letters of marque and reprisal on certain conditions.--Five per cent. of the prize money is to be reserved as a fund for the widow and orphans of those killed on private armed vessels and the support of the wounded.
A proviso announces the doctrine that ‘"free ships make free goods."’ Thirty days is allowed for Federal vessels to return home.
The Montgomery Confederation says that over three thousand applications had been made to the State Department for letters of marque.