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The case of Ex-commander Boutwell.

--The petition of Edward B. Boutwell, for a writ of habeas corpus, came up again before Judge Meredith on Saturday. It appears that after the proceedings were instituted, the Governor of Virginia issued a warrant (under the authority of an ordinance passed by the Convention in June last for the apprehension and securing of suspicious persons,) directing the Sheriff of the city of Richmond to imprison the party named, and hold him until further orders. The case was fully argued by District Attorney Aylett for the Government, and Mr. Howison for the petitioner. Judge Meredith, in his decision, took the ground that a statute of Virginia invested the Governor with absolute power to arrest suspected parties, aliens to Virginia. The authority of the Court is restricted by this act to the sole inquiry whether or not the party applying for the writ is or is not a citizen of Virginia. If he is not, the power of the Governor to arrest and imprison him is unrestricted, and the Court cannot review the decision of the Executive; nor will the writ of habeas corpus afford relief to the party. As to the question whether or not Boutwell was a citizen of Virginia, the Court decided that, by remaining in Washington after the secession of Virginia, he had elected that place as his domicil and that therefore he was constrained to refuse him the writ applied for. The Court added, however, that the evidence proved Commander Boutwell to be an honorable man and officer, and not a shadow of suspicion attached to him upon the evidence adduced. --The prisoner was then nominally transferred to the custody of the Sheriff of Richmond, but at his own request was permitted to remain in the county jail.

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