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of a telegraphic communication received from Commodore French Forrest, of the Virginia Navy, which stated that Mr. Bartling was leaving Portsmouth under suspicious circumstances. He came up via the Norfolk Road to Petersburg, and to Richmond by the Southern route, and was placed in the cage, whence he was brought yesterday morning.--Bartling said he was going to Baltimore to bring on his family; communication between Norfolk and that place being shut off by the blockade, he had to come by Richmond. He professed attachment to the State of Virginia and her institutions-- said he had been sojourning in the State eighteen months--never did anything contrary to law — was surprised at his detention — thought it proceeded from malice or some other questionable motive — referred to the disagreeableness of his location in the cage, and to Mr. John Perry and Capt. Parrish as persons in Richmond who knew him and would vouch for his correctness of deportment and intention as a citizen. The May<
t, will be given to this at once, and a law passed authorizing the President to issue letters of marque and reprisal. The expedient and necessary measures to be adopted in consequence of Lincoln's proclamation establishing a blockade of all the ports of the Confederate States, and the advisableness of making a formal declaration of war against the Northern States, will meet with prompt and prudent consideration. Its adjournment is not expected during the present year. The report from Richmond that propositions of peace are being made from Washington through third parties, has excited no little indignation here, and, if correct, are regarded as but another deal of the same foul cards upon which Virginia hazarded and almost lost her honor, independence, and safety. Mr. Lincoln will not be prepared to agree to any terms of honorable settlement until his minions shall be thoroughly routed by the gallant army of the South on a few bloody battle-fields, and of course the freemen of V