Newspaper of The New York Herald, February 10, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated February 10, 1861 Page 1
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THE "NEW YORK HERALD. WHOLE NO. 8020. SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 10, 1661. PRICE TWO CENTS. HIGHLY IMPORTANT NEWS. I The First Act of Retaliation by Georgia. 8eizure of New York Vessels at Savannah. TV Effert of the Seizure of the Georgia Muskets in New York. GOV. BROWN'S VIEWS ON REPRISALS. The Excitement Here and in Washington. THE SEIZED MU8KETS GIVEN UP, Ac., Ac., Ac. l*e recent outrage perpetrated by the police of this city, under tbe orders of Itrftce Superintendent Kennedy, ?T the Metropolitan Police district, by tbe seisure on tbe 32d alt. of twenty eight cased containing 660 musket# from on board tbe steamship Monticello, for Savannah, and coneigned to a citizen of that State, has assumed an im portance probably greater than was anticipated by its au thors and executors; for we learned by telegraph, yester that the government of Georgia had taken retalia tory measures by the seizure of five vessels in the port W Savannah belonging to citizens of New York. like flagrant act of the police received the approbation ?f the republicans and republican prose of this city, and the Bjium of espionage on Southern vessels is still in fall farce and effect. The conservative and democratic par lion of the public viewed the matter from a different standpoint, a^uming it as an indication of the primary ipplication of the non-compromise programme markod out by the republican party leaders. The information of the seizure of arms was soon tele graphed to Georgia, and the first reply returned was the following correspondence between ex Senator Toombs and (Mayor Wood:? Miu.kdukvtixk Jan. 24,1801. I"o Hn? Honor Mayor Wood:? Is it line that any arms intended for and consigned to the State of Georgia have been seized by public authori ty in New YorkV Your answer is important to us and lo New York. Answer at once. R. TOOMBS. Mayor Wood returned tho following reply:? Hon. Roiuckt Toomhs, Millodgeville.Ga. :? In reply to your despatch, I regret to say that arms in tended for and consigned to the State of Georgia have been seized by tbe police of this Stale, but that the fcity Df New York should in no wav be made responsible for the outrage. As Mayor, I have no authority over the police. If I had the power I should summarily punish the authors of this illegal and unjustifiable seizure of private property. FERNANDO WOOD, Mayor. Mayor Wood was unquestionably right in designating ;his seizure of private property as illegal and uqjustifl ible. The United States is not at war with any nation, [lie State of New York, or any other State in the L'nlen, las no right to declare war on Its own behalf: that 'ight is exclusively reserved to the President, with the eout-ent of Congress. Hence the assumption on the part jf the t'olice ivpartment that the merchandise on board these f learners was "contraband of war" was impu Seutly absurd, for it Is manifest that when no condition f war is admitted by the Executive there can be no iucq tiling as contraband merchandise. Another despatch from Georgia to Cromwell & Co., the igents of tbe steamship Montlosllo, the vessel from which be arms w?<re taken, bearing the same date as Mr. (uofebs despatch, was as follows:? Savannah, Jan. 24,1801. Tin- seizure nf arms from the Monticello cuu?<? excite ment here. Can you get them back f We fear retalia I r"* like next stop in this affair ts answered by a telegraphic despatch, stating that Governor Brown, of Georgia, had Beut a communication to Governor Morgan, of this State, I il< manding the ibstant aurreuder of the seised muskets, nnd expressing a hope that a like outrage will not again | be permitted. It is said that Governor Morgan, In reply to the demand I kf Governor Brown, snid, that as the arms Mfl designed | U) be used to subvert the government, which his 1 official oath binds him to sustain, he could not, far as he had any control, permit arms to | leave this State which might be turned against >>ur own citizens. From this it would appear that, in I^Mking the seizure, the police were acting under orders 1 Cr?m the Governor, and not on Mr. Kennedy's alleged rea son, that heniade the seizure "because he conceived tt to be his duty as a good citizen." From another source are learn that Governor Morgan, In his reply by telegraph, declined to take any action on the subject until It bad | been brought to his notice in a more ofllclal form?by ] nail. The next thing we hear is that a resolution I aras introduced in the State Assembly of New fork to the effect that the Metropolitan Police MWMn be directed to repert to the limine by bbat authority, if any, they have ordered the seizure Lrnl detention of these arms. This very natural and im portant inquiry Into a transaction that amounts to an actOf jrar, and Is wholly unconstitutional, was immediately I hot. d do*n. The next feature in'his peculiar ease was the receipt I y ns of the following:? TO THIS KltlTOR OF THK BBHALD. Sumrn DwAitrmtrr, AMI Gknkkai h i imn,) Mm UHiavn.m, , Feh. 1,1841. ( IVrm ' ii"stl conect no erroneous statement In your laper o: the 25lb alt . page 1, column 5, relative to the Inns sc./.. <1 on b'ar<l the Monticello. The arms seized In board he Monti ?< ilo fcre noi purchase! by me, or by 'ny on< else, on lerouut of the State of Georgia, nor as the M ite of (>Mr|[ii an> interest In them whatever, 'ery respectfully, your obedient servant. f' HKNRY C. WAYXK, Adjutant General State of Georgia. This letter, however, swat have been written before |rii'>rj"i W .ivne or 'h? Governor of Georgia ha1 received I ull pirtirulnrs of the seizure, for we laarn that of the :im - of v nw ' iz I on board the Monticello one consign nect of e fh'een ruses, , in'aliung 540 Minnie rlltos, was |t> part e* in M "n'fomery, Aia., to be sout through a Sa ,-imiah Hrm, and the remaining ten cases to the Statu of laorgta. | Gn Nie 1st hft. -iiper nteodont Kennedy received a ote .'rem Mm; ii \ I"nr ns counsellors at law,demanding, i behalf of V . B. I).' illontler, Qt'hier of the State Hank Hartford, the ten cases of arms consigned to the Bte of Georgia Mr. Kennedy referred the matter to i counsel, and negotiations were pending until Thura i?v list, w oen the Su.ioriuteodent peremptorily refused accede to the demand. A writ r f replevin was served i him, whereupc? he placed all the arms In the ous iy of Sheriff Kelly. 14m Thursday U?t Mr. Kennedy was waited upon by G. I*mar, K>-q., President m the Rank of the Repuhllo. Lho stated that i?. had just received a telegraphic de |.>it. h from Milledgeville, Georgia, directing him forward the twenty ?ngbt cases upon receiving the from the state authorities of New York. Mr. leMHy told him that no formal demand had yet been |side upnn Irtn for the arm*, upon which Mr. 1*ma <kcd, "lk> yon refuse to give them upf" Mr. Ken fsdjr replied. Hot "It would bo time for him to answer pat question M?>n j.s ?? demand ha<l been properly Bere the interview ended, the Superintended s?i irg Mr. I*mar that he would not deliver up the ns to any person exc. pt the sheriff, untU comiielled t<> b^by law. ! rnit sKizrKK or the nkw tor* niitui. TV next feature in this affair ?u the recslpt of a tele Sic despatch yesterday irom Savannah, stating in ^!<u tl( i i "I. i miton, the military commander at that p>,nektDC under instructions from Governor Brown, ISMied, as reprisals Tor the muskets seised by the York authorities, live New York vessels In the port PPsvannah Hm ve?scl? thus seized were the JRark Ad|u ter, Ii..rk I' ' 'id' n Murray, H, iR W. It Kibby, rltf floklifl lead, tamer Jalia a. llallock. Tli? receipt of thin Dews in this city created no little exciU oieiit and consternation: some pronounced it Ml act of war, and others alk-g ?d that it was what (bty anil cipt'ed from the beyuinleg of the altair. Ik-* idea the newspaper despatch, the toliowing are copies of others on the tune subject ? Savannah, Feb. 8,1861. MfrsKM J. N. Smith k Co., New York city:? Your brig (the Wm. H. Kibby; has been ssized by or der of the government. The captaiu of the Adjuster sent the following to his owners:? Savannah, Feb. 8, 1861. U??K?. Finn & Mkimx*?My vessel is seized by order of the Governor of Georgia, on account of arms detained in New York. CHAKLB3 A. KNELL. Immediately on receiving the above despatoh, Messrs. Funrh k Meincke, the owners, sent the following de s patch to Captain Knell ? Nrw York, Feb. 9,1861. Captain C A. Rnkij , Ekv ? l'rotest and send us full particulars and facts, including any papers they may send you. FUNCH * MEINCKK. In addition to the above, Mr. Lamar received a private telegraphic despatch early yesterday morning, stating that unless the seised muskets were promptly given to the rightful owners that reprisals of New York vessels then at Savannah would ensue; but before Mr. L. could prepare an answer to this despatch, recommending to take no such astlon, another despatch arrived announcing the seizure of the before mentioned vessel*. Tne vessels seized are thus described In the m arine re cord of the Hhram> office:? DESCRIPTION OF THE REPRISED VESSELS. "lhe bark D. Colden Murray was commanded by Captain Lee, and cleared at New Yoik on the 10th ultimo for Sa vannah, at which port she arrived on the 19th. She Is a new vessel, having been built in Brooklyn in 1860, rates Al, and is 448 tons burthen. She is owned by D. C Murray. The bark Adjuster is under the command of Captain Enell, and cleared at New York on the 14th ultimo for Savannah, where she arrived on the 27th. She is 496 tons burthen, rated A2, was built at Freeport, Me., In 1863, and is owned by Messrs. Funch & Meincke, of this city. The brig Wm. R. Kibby is owned by J. N. Smith & Co., of this city, by whom she was purchased in October last, and is under the command of Captain Barstow. She was built at Baltimore in 1853, is 190 tons burthen, aad rated A2. She arrived at Savannah from New York on Thurs day last, 7th instant, with a cargo of coal, and was to have taken a cargo of rice from that city to New Orleans. The brig Golden Lead, Captain Johnson, cleared at Sa vannah on the 27th ult. for Aspinwall. She was built at Thcmaston, Me., in 1866, rated A2, is 299 tons bur then, and is owned by Messrs. Metcalf & Duncan, of this city. She was chartered by Mr. Henry RaimerB of this city, to take a cargo of timber to Aspinwall. She was ready for sea. The schooner Julia A. Hallock is commanded by Captain 1'edrlck, and was built at Stonybrook, L. I., in 1868. She is 239 tons burthen, rates Al>4, Is owned by C. D. Hal lock, and hails from Brookhaven, L. I. She arrived at Savannah on the 26th ult. from New London. The necessity of instituting a policy of reprisal on the goods of offending States was anticipated by Gover nor Brown, of Georgia, in his message to the legisla ture of that State on the 7th, which was before the meeting of the Secession Convention. He says in that document:? Nor does that provision of the constitution of the United States which declares that no State shall grant letters of marque and reprisal Interfere with the rights of a State to redress her own wrongs or those of hor citi zens, as against a slater State of the Union, by reprisal, whin she naK no other remedy. The law of nations re cognises a clear distinction between reprisals made by a sovereign State, and letters of marque and reprisal gruntea by a sovereign State t) an individual or Jadivi uuals authorizing them to redress their own wrong* The latter is prohibited by the constitution, but it contains no Inhibition against the former. Georgia lias it, therefore, in her power to compel Mas sachusetts, or any other Northern State, to do justice to her citizens, and to this way to force her to repeal her onnoxiius aud offensive legislation on tho subject of slavery, or to sutler the penalties due to her violation of good faith and of that comity which should ever exist between all civilized States. 1 therefore earnest ly recommend hor representatives, by pronpt legislation, to remove from her escutcheon every stain of inequality by which it is now tarniihed. Let us meet unjust aggres sion and unconstitutional State legislation with just re taliation. To this end I recommend the enactment of a law aathoriziDg the Governor of this State, In case any citi zen of this State shall in future be deprived of his slaves or other property, under the operation ef the aggressive legislation of Massachusetts, to which I have referred, or of like legislation of any other State, or by neglect of any such State to fullll her constitutional obligations to Georgia or her citizens by delivering up to the owner, on demand, his slave which may have escaped Into such State, to call out such military foroe as he may deem necessary for the purpose, and to seize such amount of the money or pro perty of any citizen of such offending and faithless State, which may be found within the limits of this State, as may be amply sufficient fully to Indemnify such citizen of this 8tate who may have been robbed of his property by the fatlare of such faith less State to discharge its constitutional obligations, and forthwith to notify the Governor #f such State of the seizure, in case the Governor of such State shall fail, within thirty days from the time he receives such notice, to cause the property of our own citizen to be returned to him, or Its full value paid to him, that it shall then be the duty of the Kovernor of this State to deliver such quantity of the property so seized to the injured citizen of this State as m?y be sufficient full) to indemnify him against all damages sustained by him. THE LATEST NEWS. We have learned, since the above was written, that as ?oon an the news of the seizure of the New York vessels became known to the parties in this city hiving custody of the seized muskets, the latter were placed in the un conditional custody of G. B. I Amir, of the Bank of the Republic of this city, and information of the fact wu communicated by telegraph to John Boston, Ksq., the Collector of the port of Savannah, and Col. iAuton, the military commander of that place. We therefore antici pate hearing of the surrender of the vessels at an early moment. THE EFFECT IN WASHINGTON. WiMMUX, Feb. 9,1861. The news of the seizure of Ave New York vessels in the port of Sarannah, by the State authorities of Georgia, created a great excitement here. As soon as tbo new? reached the Capitol, Mr. John Cochrane, of New York, promptly ottered a resolution directing the Secretary of the Treasury to inform the House whether he had any oflicial Information on the subject. The government have received no official Information on the subject. All that is known in regard to It is re ceived through the newspapers. The administration have been called on by a number of leading commercial men til New York who aro now here, to know what action will be taken in regard to this matter. The government camiot act without official knowledge. By reason of thn receipt of information to day of the seizure cf New York ships at Savannah, together with the recent action of the New Orleans Custom House in obstructing the Interior commerce in effect of levying tribute, and the declaration of the Montgomery Congress In opening the Southern ports free to foreign commeroe, John Cochrane, of New York, will call up on Monday and press to a passage the bill heretofore Introduced by him, providing for the thorough execution of the federal reve nne law*, and for the protection of the commercial In terests of the nation against flagitious attacks upon them by the seceded States. LATE INTELLIGENCE FROM TEXAS. (From the New Orleans Picayune.] Socthwsht Pajw, Jan. 30,18(11. The steamship Texas arrived here this evenfcg from Galveston, anil is on her way up thn river. She reports that of the eighty members of the Texas Legislature, there are only seventeen for c<> operation. The special committee had reported in favor of calling a State Convention. But little attention was being paid to the (Jovernor's message, which favors delay as long as possible. He op poses a convention of the people, and thinks the Union can yet be preserved. A resolution, delaying secession, was twice tabled. The Committee cm Military Affairs Is preparing a bill to nut the .state in a complete defensive condition. There are rumors that a body of men Is moving on San Antonio, for the purpose of taking posseselM of the 1 nitert Stst<* Arsenal there located. General Twl?gs has called la troops to protect it. The Knight* of tho Golden Circle have offered him their services. Gen. Twiggs dst>i<? the report of his resignation, but says that he has informed the President of lils resnlutl >u n?t to use his sword against his countrymen lie savs when a proper demand Is made by Texan, he will hand the arsenal over to be r authority. IMPORTANT FROM WASHINGTON. NO MORE TROOPS TO BE ORDERED TO THE CAPITAL. VtfBmiM, Feb. fl, 1801. To Captain Ward, Lieutenants MAfGnnnoR, Jaxsmon on<l Pun., and my frteu<is of the Scott life fliar 1 tinnnoBi?PInw accept luy thanks for the p-rsou*l kindness to mj self thai nictates the ttxi>rm?i<>n of your desire to be at my side in thw crkos of our country. The government does not contemplate calling any trocpii bore other than the District militia aud some de tachments of regular troops, and it is desired by the friends of peace that no organ zed societies or clubs, even without arms, shall make their appearance here until the tranquillity of the public mind ho restored. I cannot counsel an exception in your favor, much as I should value your faithful -ervices. With the affectionate regard of an old brother soldier, I remain, truly yours, WIN'FIKI.D SOOTT. A visit to the quarters of the I'ditod Stales troops to day proves the officers to bo laboring under painful anxiety about coming events The meu are orderly and uiider excellent discipline. Reports that they had been to any extent unruly, and violators of the public peace, are untrue. REPORTS RELATIVE TO PORT SUMTER. Washington, Feb. u, 1801. Certain distinguished Virginian* telegraphed Governor Pickens, requesting him still to forbear assaulting Kurt Sumter. The Governor replies that he would take Into respectful consideration any suggestion from them, but he ooald give no definite answer until h eyu rucoive the President's communication and ascertain the grounds of the latter's refusal to surrender Fort Sumter. The letter of Colonel llayne in rejoinder to the 1'resi dent's reply, through the Secretary o: War, was not re ceived b the ('resident until after the special message and accompanying documents were yesterday ready for transmission to Congress. If tlio President had deemed proper to answer the rejoinder, it, together with the re ply, would have been included in the documents. Colonel fiayne having left the city early yesterday morning, his rejoinder was returned to him through the mail, addressed to Charleston, S. C. THE SEIZURE OF THE MINT AT NEW OR LEANS. Washington, Feb ?, 1801. Secretary I)ix has received a despatch from the Assist ant Treasurer anl Collector at New Orleans, in reply to one from him, stating that Loui-iana had taken posses sion of the Mint and other property on the 31st of Januu ry, and that they resigned on that day. It is understood that they have taken the oath of allegiance to the State of Louisiana. THE GOVERNMENT LOAN. Washington, Feb 9, 1801. The President has approved and signed the Twenty live Million I>xin bill, which passed both houses as originally reported, with amendments providing that the revenue from the loan authorized by the act of June, 1860, or so much as may be deemed necessary, shall be applied to the redemption of Treasury Notes issued under the act of last December, and for no other purpoee. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to exchange at par the bonds of the United States for such Treasury Notes at legal interest, and shall uot be obliged t<> accept the most favorable bids, as provided for, unless he shall consider them advantageous to the 1'nlted States, and any portion of Baid loan not taken under the first adver tisement he may again advertise, according to his dis cretion. Boston, Feb. fl, 1801. The TravclUr states that bankers here will not take the loans of the new administration unless allairB at the South are satisfactorily settled. MOVEMENTS OP THE GULF SQUADRON. Washington, Feb. 9,1801. Four or fire ships belonging to the Rulf squadron will soon return to Northern ports, most of them to New York. It appears on Inquiry at the proper source that the St. Louis was ordered from the Gulf squadron as early as December 24, and the Sabine January 9, or three days be fore the surrender of the Penaacola Navy Yard, leaving the other vessels to compose that squadron the I'owha tan, Pocahontas and Cumberland. Te obtain provisions, the storeshlp Supply was sent, by order of Flag Office - Pendergra8t, to Pensacola, and by Captain Armstrong, then at that place, was ordered to return to the squadron. But instead of doing so, Captain Walker, her commander, took on board the jiaroled officers and men and women from Fort Pickens and proceeded to New York, for which disobedience of orders he is to be court martialled. The Cumberland has been ordered to Hamp ton Roads, and the Powhatan to New York. Whatever of disaffection bos existed in the Gulf squadron was on board the latter vessel. When ordered to prooeed else where, a portion of her officers, who are Southern men, supposing she was to go to Pcnsacola, manifested discon tent. The First Lieutenant sent in bis resignation, the acceptance of which will depend upon his being exone rated from blame, to be ascertained when the vnasel shall arrive at New York; otherwise he will be court martlallel. There are eleven naval vessels In coramission on our coast, one at Cuba, and another at Kort Taylor and Tor tugas. The Macedonian and Brooklyn have arrived in the neighborhood of Fort Pickens. While tho Mexican government wax in a more unsettled condition Ih in at present, and there was a prospect of a demonstration by Spain against Vera Cruz, It was the policy of the govern ment to keep astrong fleet in the (iulf for the protection of American interests. Since tho Juarez government baa been established the necessity for the continuance of a strong force in that quarter hat* ceased, and hence the licet has been distributed In the manner above stated. THE TWO PITTS. VS'AMiixcroft, Feb. 9,1H61. A good story Is told of O"vernor Seward. It is known that his compromise speeches and positions find tittle favor with the majority of his republican associate* in the Senate; and so offensive were his remarks last Thursday on presenting the Btw York petition, it wns decided that a distinguished New Kn^land Senator should denounce him as a trutor to thp parly. I.uckily for the expectant "Premier," a* Weed calls him, the floor was given to Mason, of Virginia, whose Hovere Uri guage so Tar allayed republican wrath that the medi tated castration was deferred. The next day Seward was waited on by a d' legation of Southern gentlemen to congratulate him on his highly "national'' views. In the course of the Interview Mr 8, assured them hn was for the Union at any sacrifice, whether of party or platforms. The spokesman of the delegation then said?"This Is all well, Mr Sewa*d. Wo like your speeches and your conversation. Rut, as yet, they come to no practical result. If yon are willing, as you Intimate, to comply with our demands, why not go In and indorse tho Critten den propositions at oncet" Mr. Seward replied, "That is somewhat difficult. I have a record and have made speeches. I have political and personal friends who do not see the crisis as I do, and who would not give me credit for the real motives which control me." "O," said the former speaker, "that is a very small matter in such a time as this. You should be willing to turn your back on records, friends and everything to save the I'nlon. You should do as William I'ltt did on a simi lar occasion, when duty to Iris government and country Impelled him to forget all he had previously stid and done, and disregard all ties of party and friends. Mak that your great example, Mr. Seward, and trust your coun try, which you will save, to do you .justici.'' This appeal wns not without effect upon the newly awakened patriotism of the ?? Irrepressible confllctur." A moment's pause followed. The remembrance of his narrow escape the day before (lashed upon the Senator and he replied?" Your proposition to make me a se cond William Pitt is very flattering. But there are one or two obstacles In the way. When William Pitt trod the path yon so warmly commend to me there was but one William Pitt. Now, and in this oouutry, there are two William Pitts, and allowing me Ibbe one of them, as your proposition seems to imply. I must toil you, gen tlemen, that if my venerable friend, Manon. hadn't pitched Into me yesterday so unmercifully, that other William Pitt would have given me bell." A general laugh lollowed. The gentlemen addre??od saw the point of the Joke and left, not quite satisfied that Hie coming " Premier" had the courage nec -sssrv to snenfloe himself and the republican party to save Iks country. * TH1KTY-MIXTH con oh kmc*. ?KCONII ELUSION. Senate. Wmamton, Feb. 9.1801. The Vim FMBWm announced that he b id received the resolutions of the Democratic State Convention of Ohio. Ol^JfCtlon wu made to their reception, on the ground that they were not specially widresned to the senate. After Home discussion the resolutions wore received?

j on- 33, nays 14 Mr. kkward, (rep.) of New York, presented petitions for the settlement of the difficulties of the country. Ali?o the resolutions of the Legislature of New York. Mr. Owttkm>kn, (opp ) of Ky., presented memorials of citizens of Kentucky in favor of the Crittenden resolu tion*. Mr. CHrrncNiiKN also presented the resolutions o' the Ptuiocratk' Stale (onveution of Connecticut, and a large number of petitions. Mr. Kl?w, (rep.) of N. Y., presented petitions of citi zens Ot the State of New Yo-k earnestly romonUratlnf agauwt any legislation lor extending slavery ui the Terri tories. Mr. Tbn Eyck, (rep.) of N. J., presented resolutions of the republican members of the New Jersey Legisla ture. THF. BOOTOB Pl?t IIWCK sire. Mr. Wn*?, (rep ) of Muss Introduced a bill to piy Franklin I lav. n and associate* $12,000 in p-tyruenl of aft moiieys deposited with the I'oet Utile- I>?ptirtmeut. [This is the matter of the removal of the liosum I'oet offlco from Summer to State street.] T1IK INtllAN An'RIIfKUTKl.t Blt.L Was taken up. Pending the uebate on the amendments, IHK |l|? 1CIKNCY HILL. Mr. Gwiw, (opp.) or Oil , ma ie a report from the Orrm mitUw of Confeience on the Oulitieticy bill, tbe com mittee were unable to apree and asked In be discharged. Tbe committee w>re discharged. Mr Hai?, frep ) of N. H., made a motion that the Senate recede from its amendments, which was laid over. The discussion wan then contiuued ou the Indian Appro priation bill. Ttre VAVU AlTHni'RUTION lilt 1. was taken up and passed, when the Senate adjourned to Monday. Hoih of Reprinrntatlveii W.vsuukOTiiN, Feb. 9,1861. On motion of Mr. Botbikr, (opp.) of Va., a resolution was adopted requesting the President to communicate to tbe House the correspondence between our government and that of Peru since 1863,on the subject of the free na vigation of tbe Amazon and its tributaries. THK TKRRirOKY OF COIjORAOO. Mr. Oox, (opp.) of Ohio, offered an amendment to the Senate bill for a temporary government for tho Territory of Colorado. It proposes to allow the people to assemble and form for themselves an organic law aud Territorial government, to consist of a Legislature, judicial aud executive departments, fee. It is substantially the Douglas substitute ottered in the Seuate. Ordere<l to be printed. TUB HOU1IKHH AT KORT Sl'MTKIt. Mr. Cvrtis, (rep.) oi Iowa, from the Military Commit tee, re|>orted a bill appropriating $1 ,lf>0 to |?iy the musi cians and soldiers for loss of instruments and clothiug in the removal from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter. Mr. Hioman, (opp.) of fenn., objected to its considera tion. TlIK SKIZt'KK OK MKW YORK VKSNKIJI AT BAVAVNAII. Mr. John Ohuka.nk, (opp.) of N. Y., ottered a resolution directing the Secretary of the Treasury to inform tho House whether and what information has been received by the department relative to the recent alleged seizure of New York vessels at tbe port of Savannah, and, if seized, by whom, and by what authority. Mr. Branch, (opp.) of N. C., would not object to tho resolution if the gentleman would amend it bo as to call for information officially received. Mr. Cochran* replied?Certainly. Mr. Pryor, (opp.) of Va., suggested that Inquiry also be included as to any property belouging to Georgia be ing arTtsU-d or seized by the State or city authorities of New York. Mr. Oxiiram! had no objection, if such Information was in possession of the Treasury Department. The resolution waa thus amended. Mr. Hoijlan, (opp.) of lnd.t objected to its considera tion. Mr. Cochkask {gave notice that he will again offer it on Monday. DXRJOrS CHARGE AGAINST THK ADMlWimTUTION. Mr. Hcn>MAi?, (opp.) of Ark., Baid there was gross crl minaMty ttrtnao tff It* ?iuH?e Jipi mute of Mm g*. vernment, and asked leave to offer a resolution for tbe appointment of a select committee of throe, with Instruc Hons to inquiry whether any officer or officers of an exe cutive department have lately been guilty of improper interference with an election pending in any State, and that the committee have power to seud for persons and papers, and report at any time. Objections were made to the resolution by the republl can side. THB nKTUTK ON THB HUMS Mr. Oorwin, (rep ) ot Ohio, moved to still further prstpone the taking of a direct vote on the report of the Committee ot Thirty-three till next Thursday. He be lieved the public interest would not be prejudiced. Mr Bcrmcit, (opp.) ofKy., thought action, and Dot speec ht-s, would be better for the country. Mr. Oohwln said he wus duly imprutsed with Mr. Bur nett's suggestion, but he thought tho Peace Oouventiou might, belore Thursday, agree on something, or offer light on the subject, so an to onablo the House to coino to a b- tter conclusion. Mr. Ciuiuit, (opp ). of N. C., hid no hope from this Peace Conference, and opposed postponement. As repub licans bad been so generally beard, those on tho other side ought to have an opportunity to make spe^i hes Mr. RiKMnT win perfectly willing to poetpwe the de bate uTitil within five miLUtes of taking the vote Mr. Corwi.n said he would not certmily call the vote until the gentlemen on the other tide could be heard. Mr. Wakiiihxn, (rep.) of 111., said his vote <>u th-- pond ing question would be governed by the oondttion ot the public business. IT this could be cloecd up m the meiu time, be had no objection Mr. Ciuiuk, of N. C . was willing to vote now. Several gentlemen on h s side said th".v preferred it. Mr. Cokwi.n remarked it wa? far from his intention to do Injustice to any gentleman. Mr Hindman said he had made no speech. He proposed a compromise, namely, to take a vote now. We might thus, t.e said, save the I'nion. The House postponed the conslderntion of the report of the committee, ulter todsy, till Thursday next, .rnd then resumed the consideration of the report 8riK(1l?4 on THIS TRIM*. Mr. IIiTon!*". (rep.) of Ohio, aa did Milton, ask "I Dl vine guidance when about to speak of a revolt as wickcd and cauwic: s *s that of which Milton write Among the topics relating to the state of the country, which 1 crowded upon Ihe mind for consideration, he had selected I the following ?First?Have we a government worth pre serving? Second?What aro the alleged eauies Of its I overthrow? Are they sufficient? Th.rl?The remedies I proposed. He contended if the a >wurd right of secession, ] hs now advocated by the slave States, was admitted, wo have no government, and it was no use m trying to nave it by com promises. He referred to the alleged causes of complaint, and argurd thnt I hey were entirely ground less: that the free States had us Just cause of complaint as the tlave stales, and neither have any cause for a dl? solution of the I'nion. He objecte<l to tho clause* of Mr. ' Corwin's report, regarding it as no attai k up< n the liberty of the press in the free (Hates, more ! dangerous than the seoltion law of 17MH Home of the | propositions repotted by the Committee of Thirty-three ? ere well as a declaration of sentiment. The pro position to amend the constitution was opp"*o I to the spirit of the age, and he could never vote lor it. We are under no obligations to admit New Mexico now. She has not the requisite p'pulatloti and dot I not ask admission. ! He took u|> ihe Crittenden proposition and explained It, ' saying the country did not undei stand ltH and tb*t the , free States would not adopt it. He referti'd to the his tory of compromises upon the slavery question c >n tending that they were worthies- as final settl"iii"nts. ' The only ?fttlenient that oould be permanent on i founded oti truth and justice. The verdli t of the Amen | can pe"pie had been fairly obtained, and Judgtteut should i be rendered upon It. This wm n"t a partisan view of tli ? rase, but all who are really for the Colon could stand u|Hh it, and they must stand upou it In the end. Hecould a< t with all who stood Tor the Union, and In so doing h did not necessarily adopt their views upon the slavery or other questions. It was unwise to tamper with tli" organic law at the present time, but prop>witions to aineud the constitution, originating in States or in Congre-.s, wrc entitle<l to p spocii'ul consideration at sny time, when not coupM with the threat to dlssove the I'nlou if not granted. Ihe love of the I'nion was too svrong In tho aflfccttoM of the people of all sections to allow a wide spread conspiracy to destroy It to prevail. Mr Simius, (opp ) of Ky., said there hid been DO time since the commencement of tbe swoon thit the ropubli cans could not have saved the country. He advocated the plan of Senator Crittenden, which -imply proposed to incorporate in the constitution the decision of the Supreme Court m the I>r<d Soott case, an 1 give to tkt South the territory south of tho line thirty six thirty . and the Chicago platform north of It. Why would not the republicans take this? Mr Stanton, (rep ) of ohio, replied?As for himself he held that slaveholding was not a desirable form of civilisation and ought not to ho extended, lie would not force It on a people against their will. The Crittenden plan piop?seii to divide By the same line -ill future acqui sitions If New Mexico has silvery established therein, all future acquisitions. whether the status is fixed or not, will follow the condition of contiguous territory. Mr. Simvs resumed, saying tho republican party wan organized especially nun ant! slavery basis?tliat is the only link that holds th> m together, the object being the ultimate extlrcttcn of slavery. Mr. Go*, (opp ) of Ohio, briefly replied to some remark* of Mr Hutchm" coneerning bimruli, which he character lied hs nn Indei etit fcttack itenev ides and rascals lik9 John Brown ha-', the l^gls of the constituent- of his -cl league, who, ti,., ted because ho was tnor? radios thin .I'^fitia (iiddings. f Hitciiins responded, saying Mr. Cox would preserve L'uion if be eouiU <ly bo by e&ciliDg j?rtjmli?ee tffatuit tt>e republican iMrlv. It wt?i h?*?!Iv 'air to-ni I find to it>? iiaaix mT touib ra ?xnHM^nt, if i' ?mmi thr I'lii'ictuf Lit colleague Ui irt servo ra'h-T 'bau de-tro\ Ui" UlU>Mi Mi, O x r? UyIhI?Hi* 0- ll?*<gue <?<?" fix lh? Cut ?!?, if tfw-re w?? a |MiM*r to cnwh out nUrerjr in the strips or Tm i iU ii#?, iiii.i ,.|i|k in Hi i? i ait-', b<il <? V>x > was lor ?he Cim-u w.tin.ui i|iwllilcjitl>>n or C4Ni4Bion A i. uiH'k of ii.? lati^r c?IM out M< 8r?vi*wi, ro plinl, *nd was roponrtixl to hy Mr. Co*, wbon the Houie IMPORTANT FROM THE SOUTH. The Southern Congreas at Montgomery, Alabama. ADOPTION OF A CONSTITUTION. The Executive Officers of the New Republic. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, President. Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, Vice President. The Laws of the Union Con tinued in Force, 1m., iw., Ac* PIK8T DAY'S PBOCEBDINOS. Montuomkky , Ala., Feb. 4, 1861. The Convention met to day at half i>ast twelve o'clock in the Senate chamber of the capital. Mr. W. P. Chij.ton, of Alabama, called the Convention to order and moved that the Hon. R. M. Barnwell, of jM.utl) Carolina, bo delogatod as temporary chairman. The motion wan agreed to. Mr. Bak>wkll took the chair, thanked the Conven tion. uud called upon Rev. Dr. Basil Manly to offer a prayer. After the prayer the Chairman otate.l that the first bu bihopk of the Convention wus to provide fcr its permanent organization. Mr. Siioim.K- I move that A. R Ijimar. Ksq.,of Geor gia, be appointed temperary secretary. Adopted. Mr. Mum moot?I move that the deputies from the several Suited, in alphabetical order, present their cre dentials to the Secretary, and also sign their names to the roll of the Convention. Adopted. The deputies then proceeded to comply with tho reso lution as follows:? AUtUima?R. W. Walker, R. II. Smith, J L. M Curry, W. P. Chilton, S. F. Hale Colon, J. McKae, Jno. (Jill Shorter, Iiavid P. Lewis, Thomas Kearu. J-Urmia?James B. Owens, J. I'atton Anderson?(Jack son Morton wat not present). Gnrrjixa?Robert Toombs, Howell Cobb, F. s. lUrtow, M.J.Crawford, K. A. Nisbot, B. H. Hill, A. R. Wright, Th< mas R. R. Cobb, A. 11 Kenan, A. H. Stephens. J.i unnmta.?John Perkins, Jr., A. lM-clouut, diaries M. Conrad, I?. F. Kenner, <i K Sparrow, Henry Marshall MUtuti/i'i.?W. 1' Harris, Walter Bruolce, N. 8. Wil son, A M. Clayton, Vv. S. Barry, J. T. Harrison Smith Carolina.?R. B. Khett, R. W. liarnw.'ll, L. M. Ki itt, James Chesnutt, Jr.. C. U. Memminger, W. I'orcher Miles, Thomas J. Withers, W. W. Boyoe. The Chaikman stated that the deputies had handed in their credentials and hod tinuud the roll, and staled that the Convention was ready for turther business. Mr. Hin.Tr?I think our proper course is to elect a President of the Convention. Ou the part of tlio deputies from bouth Cuiollna I present the nnrao of a gentleman for that olllce who hat* been Illustrious on the arena of the general government, wU<?e liatnu 14 co xtuusive with the length and breii'itli of this whole country. I nominate tin Hou. Howell Cobb, ol'(ie<>ri{ia, for ('resilient of this Convention (Applause.) I am sure that his eleuUuti wUi be uwuilwous. I therefore propose that he be nsellm! TK+lirm vy acrtnmatton The motion prevailed. Mr. (!hktj?I more th.-u a committee of three be ap pointed to Inform Mr. ( ebb <>1 bis election Mr. Gush. 011 taking the (hair, addressed the Conven tion ms follows ? Aio pt, gentlemen 01 the Convention, my siucere thanks lor the honor which you hive uou ferreo on me. 1 Khali endeavor, hy a 11111 til 11! and unpar tial < is<barge of the duties of the chair to merit, in boms degree at least, the couflileuce which you liave ro C-ifed in me. The oeciision which assemble* 11s t aether one of no ordinary charucu r. We meet as the re pre sentatives ot sover) ign anil 1 tide pfnd ant Mates, who, by their solemn judgment, have dissolved all the political associations which connected them with the government of tbe United States. Of the causes which have led to this decision it is unnecessary now to spoak. It is enough to announce that by the Jndgmt nt of our constituents they have been ample ami sufficient It is now a fact, irrevocable lact?the separation Is perfect, complete and perpetual. (Applause.) Tlie great duty is now imfxieed on us to proviue lor Mates a government for their future security- ami protection. We cau and should ex tend to our sister states?who are lonti tilled with us In In tern* I. leehng and institutions?a cordial invitation to unite with us iu a common destiny, 'i< sirous, at tbe same time, of maintaining with tbe regiol our late confuderaies as witb tbe world the most peaceful and friendly rela tions, both jioIiiichI and commercial. Our responsibili ties, gentlemen, are great, and I doubt not we sl-all prove equal to the occasion Ijet us as sume all the responsibility which mar be ne cessary for the successful completion of the great work committed to our trust, placing before our countrymen and the world our ucts and their results as tbe justifica tion of the course which we may adopt. With a con sciousness of the .justice of our oatiae, and with a contl dence in the guidance and blessings ol a kind Providence, we will this day inaugurate for the South a new era of peace, security and prosperity. (Applause ) After routine business the Convention then adjourned until twelve o'clock to morrow. The nomisatfcin of .). J. Hooper, for secretary, was then made by acclamation. ?KCONP DAT. MoffWOraXY, Ala., Fob. 5,1861. The CongTesF met to-day at noon. I*r*yur was offered by Rev. Mr. Mitchill, of Ht. John's church. The Secretary was authorized to appoint an assistant secretary and a journalizing clerk. Mr. Stkihk.\??'The Committee ou Rules have autho rized me to submit a report which, for the convenience of members, has been printed and laid up m in ir desks These rules have been selected by tb- committee from the rules of the House of Repres ntattvea us woll as those of the Senate of the I'Ditod States, with soma fron. Jefferson's manuol. and son.e few origin il oues which the committee regarded necessary for this body. The Secre tary wilt please read them froca the printed Oopy. Mr. Ct shy?1 submit the following resolution ? Renolvi d, That Meaara Short- r A Rend b? appointed prln lent to this Congress, whit'1 it Ida lt? aesaioiKln M 011.40 mety, and that they ?h?ll do the work si the -anie ?t( l? and fur tbe same eompenaatloB iliey reeelve I for the priming for ll.e Alabama state Convention. Adopt mi Mr. NtKKifp? I submit tbe follnntng renotaUtsi ? R. solved, Thai the re\eret id elenry of th - city be >nd they are hereby invited 'o open Uie seaeloBS of ttil* e invention with prayer, and that a committee f three I Hi *eieei<i<l from the Alabama Convention to v'end to them ? ht* invii 1 lion and to nnange with them 1 mmu perfuruiau ? uf the ser vice. Adopted Mr. PmiiiMt*?f more that the hour of twelve o'clock b>- flxed 111?m a* the time (or regular moving. Adop ed The States were 1 :tllid .n order, tod when 1 lie Heore tary oallid the State of Houth Carolina Mr. Muuimuger presi Med the following resolutions ? Re- otvsd, That thisConvsatl .n l<*m |?ledient forthwith to lorni a confederacy ol the Kiate? * hieh hav?t receded from the federal! aton; and tint a coniSiltiee <<e appointed tore pert a plan for a jirevislonal govSnment upon tbe basts of the confutation of the I'nlted Mates ReaolveS, That a committee of thirteen m-mbera be an pointed sa fotlowe, vt*:?The chairman t? the '"'invention, and iwo member" from each State, to be n nulnated liy the deputies of that State Kevolved, I hat all propositi*'m< in reference Pi a provisional government be referred to this t 'ominiuee. Mr. Ifc-w iikms?1 m?ive to strike out of the rcolution. the word "C<invenlion" wherever It oc< irn, iuid sub-ti tnte^tie word "Congress. ' Mr. Mkmmi.noith?1 havo uo Objection t) ttie ch.uige pM |*)?ed. Mr. Bakthw?I offer the following resolutions as 1 sub s^itnte for those presented by the geutlesi tu from Houth Carolina ? Whereas, the H(ate* of South t'srollna, ')eer*1a, Florida, Alabama, Mi*>iaetppt and Louisiana, have dl??erered th> politii Hi tie* which bound them to a cmjiaet known aa the I'nlted Mt?t? h of Amerha, and through duly authorized dele galea are now aaaembled in Conijresa o provide nieasurm for the welfare of thoae Slates, and to esti?h'.?h an enduring go vernment whereby their rights mar be maintained; and whereaa, It 1* Important ihnt a provtHMal government_"ball be formed before a permanent one can be oonatruetea, mere "ltesolved, That the PreiHden' appoint a "omw'ttss of one fenm e?eh Slate, to report a plan lor a provisional govern ment si soon aa prsMlble. Th'jCentres* wont into ?ocre( sos^ion at quarter before nne o'clock 1'. M. Fit TIT DATf'^ r?Ot It I1IN1II. MovrooMssr, Keh. D, l<<61. Tbe Congress was in secret session four hours today, and met agsin to night, aod has probably achieved Im portant results, which will be made known to morrow TU wi/ public KMiun wm ball ut bour tbu moriuuf, <? dimmed in pru) er ?d(1 8<>nie formal liwiDefa regulation.* <>tmrr*l Heuningsen ie b?rc. HIE CONSTITUTION OF THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY. Momtoomkky, Feb 9?3 A. If. Tbu Convention hive just gut through with preparing thr tlrrt copy for the printer of the Provisional Constitu tion. lie title if?'? The Constitution for ih ? Provisional Government of tho Confederate Status of America " It follows in the main tho constitution of the old Cnion. The preamble reaos ax follows:? vs c, the Deputies or tho sovereign and inde pendent Stati'R of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and lyoiusiana, invoking the iuvit of Almighty God, do hereby, in behalf "I hw states. ordain snd establish this constitution fo# ?he Prnvlnirntl Government of the same to continue ono y ? ar tmni tne inaiiguriiti in of the President, or until a |iermaiient constitution or ccnfedernilon between the said -rat# s Fliail be put in operation, whichsoever shall flrst incur. The Seventh section, First article is as follows ? The Importation of African negroes from any foreign country other than the slavetioldmg states of the United States is hereby forbidden, and Congress is required to pass Kuril laws as shall effectually prevent the same. Article stcond?Congress shall also have power to pro hibit the introduction of slaves from any state not a member of this confederacy. Article fourth of the third clause of the second sect! in saj B;? A slave in one State escaping to another shall bo deli, vered up on the claim of the party to whom said slave may belong, by the Executive authority of th? Slate in which sin h slave my be found; and in cuse of any abduction or forcible rescue full compensation, in lmllig the value of slave, and all costs ?nd expanses shall bo made to the party by the Mate in which such abduction or ree:ua shall take place. Article sixth of th? second clause, says:? The government hereby instituted shall toko Immediate stc)>s for the settlement of all matters between the States forming It and their late confederates of the United States in relaiiou to the public property and public debt at tha time of tbeir withorawal from them, the<? Stales hereby declaring it to bo their wish and earnest desire to adjust everything pertaining to the common property, common liabilities and common obligu ions of that I'uion upon principles of right, justice, equity and good faith. The taritr clause provides that the Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, aud ex cises for revenue necessary to pay the debts and carry cn the government of the confederacy, and all duties, im|poKts and excises shall be uniform throughout the confederacy. All the other portions of the constitution aro almost identical with the constitution of the United States. The constitution was adopted unanimously last night, at half past ten o'clock. THE LATEST FEOM MONTGOMERY. The l?lection of President and Vice President. SIXTH DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 0,1861. Unusual Interest was manifested in the proceedings of the Southern Congress to day. The hall of the Col vent ion and the gallery were crowded with spectators. Mr. Memminger presented a beautiful model (lag, mad4 by the ladies of South Carolina. This flag has a blue cross on a red field. Seven start are on the flag. It was highly admired. Mr. Memmlngor also printed another model flag, made by a gentleman of Charleston. It has a cross and II f tee a stars on a Held of stripes. A committee was appointed to report on a flag, a seal, ? coat of arms and a motto for the Southern confederacy. The President was directed to appoint committees on Foreign Affairs, on Finance, on Military and Naval Affairs, on Postal Affairs, on Commerce and on Patents. Honorable Jefferson I'avis, of Mississippi, was then elected President, and Honorable Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, Vice President of the Southern confederacy. The vote was unanimous. A resolution was adopted for appointing a committee of three Alabama deputies to Inquire and report on what terms suitable buildings in Montgomery, for the use of the several execstive departments of the con* federacy und?r the provisional government, could be had| An ordinance was passed continuing in force until ro? pealed or altered by the Southern Congress all laws of the United States in force or use on the 1st of November last. It is understood that under this law a tariff will be laid on all goods brought from the United States. A resolution was adopted instructing the Committee on Finance to report promptly a tariff for raising revenuo for tho support of the government. A resolution was adopted authorising the appointment of a committee to report a constitution for the perma nent government of the confederacy. The Congress was about two hour* in se -ret session, ami the ri Kt of the proceedings were conducted openly. A grand demonstration is going on here this evening, A complimentary serenade was given to Hon. Alexan der 11. Stephens, which ho reapondei to in a very elo quent speech. Moesrs. Cle -nut and Kcitt, of South Carolina, Conrad, of Ijouislaun, and others, also spoke very eloquently. The demonstration is still progressing. One hundred puns weie tired on Capitol HiH this afternoon for the Souther* Confederacy. A strong and vigorous government will go into imme liate oj *? ition, with full iiowers and ample funds. No pro]W'*4tton for compromise or reconstruction will be en t< named. The Congress will remain In session to mako all neoessary laws. IMPORT AST FROM THE SOUTHWEST. Seizure of the Little Rock Arsenal and Iflne Thon? ?and Stand of Arm*. Msmfhim, Is??.| Feb. 9, 1881. News is received here that tbo Little Rock (Ark.) arse nal, containing nine thousand stand of arms, a large amount of ammunition and forty cannonjincluding Capi. Bragg'i battery, were surrendered to the State authorities of Arkansas yesterday. The arsenal is now garrisoned by a hundred volunteers. THE PEACE C0HQ&E88. Proceedings of the northern Tree and Border Slave States at Washington. SIXTH DAT. Washinotw, Feb. 9, 1M1. The peace emigres* met this morning, and after filling up the committee who are engaged upon some mode of Adjustment with a member from New York, Tennessee, Missouri and Massachusetts?the Commissioners from these States having arrived?the Convention adjourned. The committee, however, are assiduously engaged at their work, and expect to be able to report to the <'on vsntion early next week. Nearly every member has a proposition which ho wanxvtD vn won? rAuft