in every measure adopted by him in defence of the honor and safety of the State.
Arrest for treason.
The Charleston Mercury, of Thursday, says:
J. N. Merriman, Collector of the port of Georgetown, S. C., was on Monday last arrested by the people of Georgetown on a charge of treason against the State.
A letter was found written by him and addressed to Mr. Buchanan, stating that he (Merriman) had just cleared vessels in the name of the United States, and that he would continue to do so. The letter calls upon the President to send a boat and men to collect the Federal revenue, and informs him of the progress made in the construction of the wory his initials, J. N. M. When arrested, he acknowledged having written it. Lapse, his deputy, was also arrested.
He said he had been in the habit of writing out Merriman's letters, but had not done so in this case, as he considered it treason.
Both have been committed for trial.
The capture of the Alabama forts.