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From the West Indies.

--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.

The Wachusett was at St. Thomas on the 16th, and also the British frigate Phæton together with two British steamers, the Arles and another unknown blockade runner.

Wilkes 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 Phæton for protection which was afforded.

The Vanderbilt 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.

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