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To be carried back.

--The Captains and crews of the steamer St. Nicholas; brig Monticello, from Brazil, bound to Baltimore, with 3,500 bags of coffee; schooner Mary Pierce, from Boston, bound to Washington City, with 260 tons of ice; schooner Margaret, from Alexandria, bound to Staten Island, with 270 tons of coal. The three last-named having been captured on Saturday, the 29th inst. after the steamer had been taken by a detachment of the Confederate army, under Colonel Thomas, and Capt. Hollins, C. S. N., having been brought to Richmond were carried before the proper authorities at the City Hall, at two o'clock yesterday, for examination. The evidence being adduced to show that they were combatants, found with arms in their hands resisting the legal authority of the Government, an order was entered that they be transported hence this morning to Aquia Creek, and be conveyed across the Potomac into Maryland and released. No doubt the personal effects of the parties will be delivered to them. The number of prisoners here and at Fredericksburg is about 35 to 40. The articles of war do not hold men captured while serving on board merchant ships as prisoners of war, hence the above decision.

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