of Mr. Seward.memorandum. Department of State, Washington March 15, 1861.
Mr. John Forsyth, of the State of Alabama, and Mr. Martin J. Crawford, of the State of Georgia, on the 11th inst., through the kind offices of a distinguished Senator, submitted to the Secretary of State their desire for an unofficial interview.
This request was, on the 12th inst., upon exclusively public considerations, respectfully declined.
On the 13th inst., while the Secretary was preoccupied, Mr. A. P. Banks, of Virginia, called at this department, and was received by the Assistant Secretary, to whom he delivered a sealed communication, which he had been charged by Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford to present to the Secretary in person.
In that communication, Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford inform the Secretary of State that they have been duly accredited by the Government of the Confederate States of America as Commissioners to the Government of the United States, and they set forth the objec
army for 24 years, and of course must feel some regret at sundering suddenly what were formerly friendly relations; but the die has been cast, and he has made up his mind to stand its hazard.
We also understand that the bridges at the fort have been taken up, and all communication between the fort and the citizens thus cut off. There are now 300 men, rank and file, in the fort, and all the officers are Black Republicans with the exception of three who hail from Virginia.
A son of Dr. Banks was ordered from the fort, where he occupied the position of clerk in the Sutler's store, because he would not sympathize with the Black Republican remarks which were daily and hourly uttered in his presence; and the wife of a man who deserted on the same account was summarily ejected from the fort, without any provision or notice; but the citizens of Old Point and Hampton immediately took up a subscription to supply her wants and send her further South to join her husband.--.Norfolk Heral