the blockading fleet — the Richmond Grays — arrest of a Unionist — affair for the police.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Sept. 30th, 1861.
Yesterday, at 4 o'clock, a first-class sailing frigate was towed up to Newport News and came to anchor.
The entrance to James River
is, therefore, now well blockaded, there being two large frigates off the point.
The steamer Adelaide
, one of the regular steam-packet Bay Line between Norfolk
, is still at the Government wharf
; at Old Point
On Saturday, seven vessels in the offing were boarded by a Federal steamer, and a number of small vessels were entering the bay. There are now in and about Hampton Roads
two first-class frigates, one sailing corvette, two transport propellers, one side-wheel steamer, four small propellers, thirty-two schooners, and three old coal hulks.
The Richmond Grays, of Richmond
, Capt. Elliott
, will engage their quarters to-morrow.
The following is a copy of a permit found in possession of a man recently arrested near this city:
"Head's Department of Virginia,"Fortress Monroe,
July 10, 1861.
having taken the oath of allegiance to the United States
, and having given his parole of honor not to take up arms against the United States
, or give aid, comfort, or counsel to the enemies of the United States
, he will receive the protection of all the troops of the United States
"Benj. F. Butler,
‘"Major General Commanding."’
Saturday night, Mr. Wm. G. Webber
, of this city, and a farmer named Shepherd
, residing near the Wash Woods
, in Princess Anne county, were arrested at the residence of Shepherd
by members of the Princess Anne Cavalry, and brought to this city yesterday.
The charge was that Webber
, who had been refused permission to go North, had gone down to Shepherd
's with the intention of getting off to one of the Federal
ships, and that Shepherd
was aiding him in the effort to effect his escape.
They appeared before Mayor Lamb
yesterday, who, ascertaining no proof against the parties, held them to bail for their appearance before the Mayor's Court
They were accordingly present this morning and the case was transferred to the military authorities, who discharged Shepherd
and sent Webber
back to the Mayor
, with the statement that some of the citizens thought he should be detained here.
having no authority to require him to give bail, he, too, was accordingly set at liberty.