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tunate enough to obtain in time for their issue of yesterday. [Special Washington Dispatch to the New York Herald dated Dec. 7.] The capture of Mason and Slidell. The personal friends of Secretary Seward are confident that the remark made by him in his speech on Tuesday evening, in response to a serenade, that the countcome news than they have yet heard, referred to the probability that within that time the entire acquiescence of the British Government in the taking of Mason and Slidell would be received. It is believed that Lord Lyons has intimated to Mr. Seward that his Government will assure him that they mean neutrality on board their vessel safe arrival, and especially do I congratulate you on the great public service you have rendered in the capture of the Confederate emissaries. Messrs. Mason and Slidell have been conspicuous in this conspiracy to dissolve the Union, and it is well known that when seized by you they were on a mission hostile to the Government of t
Comments of the Northern press. The seizure of Messrs. Mason and Slidell is much and variously commented on by the Northern press. We have before us some extracts upon the subject from the leading journals, which we re-produce below. The Newand influential Republican paper, says: The report, made public this forenoon, of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell, the rebel Commissioners to Europe, has very naturally caused great excitement. From the telegraphic statement, we thinw all international law and comity, and throw the whole world into anarchy. Suppose we hold on to Messrs. Mason and Slidell, we must not, cannot treat them as traitors, after arresting them in the manner we did. Well, then, we shall send then ty guilty. What then ? Why, we should in that way do more to strengthen their cause in Europe than a thousand Masons and Slidell's could do were they there. It would be the strongest possible acknowledgment that we feared them — feared them to such
f this kind, says: "It appears to me on principle, that the fact of a vessel carrying the ambassadors or dispatches of a belligerent Power, whether knowingly or not, affords equal ground of forfeiture, if such vessel is seized by the opposing Power." That the foregoing is the true state of the law at the present time may be gathered from the fact that in Her Majesty's proclamation, dated 15th April, 1851, during the Russian war, the following highly important clause appears: "To preserve the commerce of neutrals from all obstruction Her Majesty is willing for the present to waive a part of the belligerent rights appertaining to her by the law of nations. But it is impossible for Her Majesty to forego the exercise of her right of seizing articles contraband of war, and specially preventing neutrals from bearing the enemy's messengers or dispatches. Under these circumstances it is evident that the apprehension of Mason and Slidell has the sanction of the laws of nations.
[special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch]Northern news. Secretary Seward's letter to Minister Dayton--Com. Wilkers's official report — Congressional, &c. Norfolk, Dec. 12. --The following items of news are taken from latest Northern papers received here: Washington, Dec. 10.--Secretary Seward's letter to Minister Dayton, of France, is out. He is very anxious to abolish privateering. Thouvenel is chary. Seward rejects his proposition of neutrality. Commodore Wilkes's official statement, about Mason and Slidell, charges the British agent with complicity in their escape to Europe. Mr. Pendleton, of Ohio, moved that Congress alone shall have the power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. He spoke at length upon his resolution. It was afterwards tabled by a vote of four to one. New York, Dec. 10.--Cotton firm but unchanged. Sales of 1,800 bales at 31a31½. Stock exchange — U. S. coupons $93a93¾; Virginia 6's $67a6