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[special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.]Washington rumors. Washington, Jan. 8. --A dispatch, it is said, has been received from Charleston, stating that Major Anderson being notified that Federal troops were on their way to reinforce him, wrote a letter to the commander at Fort Moultrie, saying that if the steamer was interrupted he would fire on that fort. The reply he received is said to have been a defiant one. The President promised Hon. A. R. Boteler, of Virginia, that no troops should be sent to Harper's Ferry. Seventy-five, however, have been sent there, Zed.
The Daily Dispatch: January 9, 1861., [Electronic resource], Incidents of the late earthquake in Maine. (search)
From Washington. Washington, Jan. 8. --It is understood that the prominent members of the Diplomatic corps have addressed this Government with reference to the commercial interests of their respective countries in view of the present political troubles, and what degree of protection may be expected, or something to this effect.--The government, however, has not yet replied. The returns from South Carolina postmasters show that postal business is progressing there as usual. Salutes were fired here to-day in memory of the battle of New Orleans.
Resignation of Secretary Thompson. Washington, Jan. 8. --Secretary Thompson, of the Interior, to-day resigned, on the ground that after the order to reinforce Major Anderson was countermanded on the 31st December, there was a distinct understanding that no troops should be ordered South, without the subject being considered by, and decided on in, the Cabinet. At the Cabinet meeting on the 2nd inst., the matter was again debated, but not determined. Notwithstanding these facts, the Secretary of War, without the knowledge of Mr. Thompson, sent 250 troops in the Star of the West, to reinforce Major Anderson.--Not learning of this until this morning, he now resigns on hearing it.
Later from Mexico — the capital in theHands of the Liberals. New Orleans, Jan. 8. --The British steamer Valorous, from Vera Cruz, bound to Pensacola, touched at Southeast Pass to-day, and reported that Miramon was completely routed on the 22d by the Constitutionalists. On Christmas, the Liberal army entered the capital. Puebla had also capitulated. Juarez had been sent for, and goes to the capital on the 3d. It is supposed the war is over. The City of Mexico was tranquil.
Message of the Governor of Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 8. --The Governor's Message to the Legislature recommends that the question of calling a Convention be left to the people. He says the remedy for the present evils exists only in constitutional amendments, and in case of the refusal thereof, Tennessee should maintain her equality and independence out of the Union. He recommends that the militia be reorganized and arms purchased.
Fire-arms. Washington, Jan. 8. --The Government declines to dispose of any more fire-arms for the present. The stock in private hands in New York and other cities has been exhausted, and the manufacturers have large orders ahead. It is reported orders have already gone to England for a large supply.
Seizure of at vessel--Fortress Monroe. Hampton Roads, Jan. 8. --The schooner G. W. Lutel, of Staten Island, N. Y., has been seized for a violation of the Virginia inspection laws. It is reported that active measures for defence are progressing at Fort Monroe.
Arming North Carolina. Raleigh, N. C., Jan. 8. --The Senate bill for arming the State was up in the House to-day, and was passed — ayes 73, nays 26. Weather spring like. All quiet.
Movement of U. S. Troops. Boston, Jan. 8. --The steamer Jos. Whitney is being chartered to convey troops and munitions of war from Boston to Fort Tortugas. Election of Pennsylvania U. S. Senator. Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 8.--Mr. Cowan (Rep.) has been elected U. S. Senator, in place of Bigler. He is not a radical abolitionist, and was formerly a Clay whig.
Northern Markets. New York, Jan. 8. --Cotton firm Flour 5 cents lower--Southern firm at $5.75 @ $5.90. Wheat heavy — white $1.20. Corn lower — mixed 68 @ 70; new white and yellow 65 ½c. Pork firm — mess $16.75; prime $11.50 @ 13. Lard firm at 10 ½ @ 10 6/8 Whiskey firm at 20 Sugar firm — Orleans 6 @ 7 ¼c; Muscovado 5 ¼ @ 6 Coffee firm Orleans Molasses 35 @ 37 Turpentine firm at 35 @ 37 Rosin firm at $1.26. Rice steady at 3 ¾ @ 3 ⅞c. Stocks rather better — N. Y. Central's 78
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