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Dispatches from Capt. Dupont.

--A telegraphic dispatch from Washington, Dec. 12th, says:

Captain Dupont, in his communication to the Navy Department, dated December 4th, says that the apprehension of losing possession of the Bay at St. Helena, so exceedingly valuable for a harbor, for its proximity to Charleston, and for the command it secures of large rivers supplying interior communication with South Carolina, induced him to dispatch a second expedition there, under Commander Drayton, with orders to hold the island until Gen. Sherman is prepared to assume military occupation of it, when he will transfer the Fort to his troops.

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