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Charleston, Dec. 9.
--The Courier, of this morning says that the British war steamer Racer, arrived on Friday afternoon and left for Port Royal. Among the blockaders yesterday was the Swedish barque Minerva, bound to Charleston, and ignorant of the blockade.

Thirteen cotton houses have been burnt by their owners on Port Royal Island; one on Paris, and one on St. Helena Island, since the Federal invasion.

A letter from Hardeeville, dated the 7th instant, says that active preparations of defence are progressing.

A detachment of Beaufort Artillery have visited Beaufort and burnt 450 bales of Sea Island cotton. A detachment of Col. Martin's Mounted Regiment ambuscaded while going into Beaufort. Lieutenant Bumwell wounded in arm.

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