--The steamer Delta
, from St. Thomas
on the 17th of March, has arrived at New York.
She brings the following items of news:
The Federal steamer Vanderbilt
reached that port from Barbadoes
on the 15th instant.
The Governor of Barbadoes
invited Admiral Wilkes
to dine with him, but the latter declined, giving as a reason that the Governor
had entertained "Captain Maffit
, of the pirate Florida
," a few days previously.
was at St. Thomas
on the 16th, and also the British frigate Ph
æton together with two British steamers, the Arles
and another unknown blockade runner.
threatened to seize the two blockade runners if they attempted to leave port.
The Arles started on the 16th, but observing Wilkes
's preparations to pursue, turned back, anchored, and applied to the British steamer Ph
æton for protection which was afforded.
then left for Havana
On the following morning the Phæton convoyed the two blockade runners out. The Wachusett
did not follow.
The commander of the Phæton had communicated with Wilkes
respecting the capture of the Poterhoff.