Newspaper of The New York Herald, November 26, 1861, Page 3

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated November 26, 1861 Page 3
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NEWS FROM WASHINGTON. The Forthcoming Message of the Presi dent and Department Reports. The Financial Plans of the Government. One Thousand and Sixty Million Dollars Required for the Hext Fiscal Year. PREPARATIONS FOR OUR ENEMIES ABROAD The Northern Seacoast Defences to be Completed Without Delay. Interesting Reports from the Rebel Camps at Centreville and Leesburg, &c.) Jtc. Washington, Nov. 25, 1S61. *HB FORTHCOMING MESSAGE OF THE l-RESIDENT AND TUB DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS. the message of the President will not be long. It is in tended to be a plain, business document, setting forth the condition of publio affairs and the policy of the adminis tration, and referring for details to the reports of the so voral heads of departments, which are to be unusually full and complete In all particulars. The report of the Secretary of War will be completod to-morrow. It will show the vast and varied operations of that department of the public service sioce the 4th of March, and tho estimates of what will be required for tho maintenance of the immense army now in the field and expected to be brought into active service, and for tho vigorous prdfcecution of the war to a successful termina Man. ??e report of the Secretary of the Treasury will not bo completed for several days. The preparation of the details of this report has required a great deal of labor and care ful attention. Mr. Chase has not yet prepared any por tion of tho report relating to the public policy of tho gov ernment. It has been intimated that the Secretary of the Treasury and tho President would recommend tho establishment of a new fiscal agent, in the nature of a national bank; hut in view of the aid rendered by the banks in the negotiation of the first one hundred and fifty millions of the new national loan, It to not probable that any proposition will be made to ?ot up a government institution that will be oppressive to them. The financial ability and ingenuity of the Secretary, already so signally demonstrated in tho successful man - ?foment of the department, under the most embar. nosing circumstances, will unquestionably suggest tome plan for the maintenance of the public orodit, and the satisfaction of all the require ments of tho government, without injury to tho fcstitntions that in the hour of most pressing need promptly come to the relief of the govornment by assum ing the whole of tho national loan, and placing at the dis posal of the Treasury Department all the means required hy the exigencies of tho times. It is stated upon reliable authority that the estimates Of the requirements of tho government during the noxt fiscal year will make it necessary to call for appropria tions amounting to one thouiand and sixty millions of dollarj. *HB NORTHERN BBACOART DEFENCES TO BE PER FECTED. The government has finally determined to put oar whole northern coast in a state of perfect defence. They have been conferring with committees from several of the States upon the subject, and have derided in favor of Immediate action. Competent engineers, it is under stood, will at once bo despatched from here to mako the necessary arrangements and to complete the plans. The Governors of the respective States where the fortifica tions are required will have the power and authority to construct them. THB TREATMENT OF 8LIDBLL AND MASON. The determination of the government to deal out to RlideH, Mason, Faulkner & Co., the same treatmont that received by the ofllcers of the United St n tea Army, who are now prisoners of war in rebel dungeons of the South, will be adhered to; and tho rebel prisoners referred to must not complain to any one except to Jelf. Davis and his ministers, Benjamin Co. , who were tho agents in the work of Incarcerating Colonels Corcoran, Lee, Coggswell and others In Southern cells constructed for felons and not for honorable loyalists taken prisoners on tho field of battle. IhTBrtEfeTINO STATEMENT OP A DESERTER PROM THIS REBEL CAMP ? ONE HUNI>RRT> AND TWENTY THOU SAND REBEL SOLDIERS ON THE POTOMAC. A deserter from the rebels, by the namo t)f William West, a son of a clerk in the Treasury Department, who was impressed five months ago at Winchester, and at the timo be left the rebel camp was an orderly to ono of their Brigadier Generals, came into our linos to-day. He re ports that tho headquarters of the enemy is still at Cen troville, and that the force Immediately around that point is sixty thousand, and that that number is sup posed to be less than half of the whole rebel force on the Potomac. General Johnston is in command. Provisions are plenty ? that ie, bread and meat; coffee and sugar de ficient; salt very scarce.' Tnc troojw are living in tents. They are tolerably well clothpd, and pretty well armed. Bomo of their arms they lately received from Europe. Tho troops, he says, are In good spirits. Tlioy express tho belief that they can maintain their line of occupation in front of us against any force wo can bring. The troops, be says, are told constantly by their ollicers, and es pecially by their chaplains, that this is a war of snbjupa tlon, devastation and abolition. Thero are formidable lntrrnchmunts at CentreviHe, but no siege guns. Thero ?re fino intrenchments at XannfSM, and somo heavy funs, no says that no troops bavo gone southward to bis knowledge, the coast operations not causing any (lis persion of their forces. This is contradicted by other authority. Ho brought with bima good horse, is well clothed ? double woolen under clothing, heavy woollen overcoat, one Sharp's rifle ? and presented as good an ap poarance as our order! ios generally. SCOUTING NEAR FAIRFAX. A scouting party , sent out from Gen.-ral Franklin's dl. vision of Saturday last, proceeded to within half a milo of tho viilago of Fairfax without encountering auy rebel pickets. SKIEMlSn WITn A PARTY OF KEBEI, CAVAI.RT. A squadron of Colonel Friedman's cavalry to-day, while reoonnoitcrlng In the vicinity of Hunter's Mills, beyond Vienna, suddenly catne upon a party of seventy ?r eighty robel cavalry, who immediately started of at full speed. The squadron followed with the purposo of totereeptlrg s< mo of the enemjy After proceeding a half a mile, while passing through a narrow defile, they came ?gain upon the rebel party, and received a volley from them, kiling two horse*. None of our men wero killed or wounded. The enemy again made a rapid retreat, and were not followed further. SUCCESSFUL FORAOTNG EXPEDITION. A foraging expedition from General McDowell's divi sion to day obtained a largo quantitv of hay and corn about halfway on the road leading from Falls Church to Fairfax Court House. There were no indications of Uie presoccs of tho enemy. Rlit'ORTED WITHDRAWAL OP TIIE REBELS FROM I.EB9 BURO. A contraband who came within our linos to day from the vicinity of Leesburg, reports that the rebels havo withdrawn mrst of their forces from that point. OPPRESSIONS OF TUi) OEBELH IN VITtltNIA. Tho UukMi residents immediately beyond our outposts on tho Virginia aide of tho Potomac are subjected to the roost intolerable oppression* by the rebels. Numbers of them of b< th sexes havo been arrested, in many in stances upon very frivolous chargos, and sent to Rich mond as prisoners. One man was arrested for selling oats to Union troops, and two ladies were carried oil' as prisoners for waving their haudkorchlel's at the Union soldiers. IUW10NAT10N OP GENERAL BI.KNKKK. General Blmiker, command i> g a division In Virginia, tendered his resignation to-day. AFPAIB8 ON THE LOWER POTOMAC? A KUF.BT OP RE BBI.S IN M VRVLANU? INKKi'KOTI VUNESS OP THE BLOCKADE OP THE RIVER. The detachment of the Third Indiana regiment, com manded by Captain Keister. in the neighboring of Budd's Kerry, which proceeded to tho I.owerPatuxont, encamped #t Gnat Mills ilje flr?t niglil, and at midnight procwded on their way. Seventeen men of the detachment sur rounded a house, out of which tliey took two prisoners charged with overt acts of rebellion. A government de. tective, who accompanied the detachment , arrested two mon in another house. A rebel captain, who had crossed over to Fee his friends, was among tho unfortunates. Another victim was a doctor, charged with sending arms and munitions over to the rebels. The names of four of them aro E. W. S.nsell, E. H. Jones, B. L. Hayden and W. H. Abel. They are from the hotbed of rebel sympathy in Maryland, St. Mary 's county. That locality is the last refuge of treason in the State. It has "paled its ineffectual Ores" in Balti more, and been trodden out by the Union men almost everywhere in the State, except St. Mary's county, which may have to bo converted into an oyster bed, where ihe tide will ebb and How over It, beforo the South Carolina heresy that infects the people there will be droM^ed out. As far as trading vessels are conoerued, the blockado of the Potomac is no longer effective. The rebels lind the wasto of powder upon oyster pungies and hay transports Is an unprofitable investment. The venture of the rebel steamer Pago to leave hor berth up Quantico creek wn too hazardous to be often repeated. It wag ascertained by the detachment of tho Third Indiana, in the Patuxent river country, that if they had arrived one day earlier they might have found five hun dred stand of arms, belonging to tho rebels, which had boon removed from the neighborhood the night before. Whilo the Halo was going downwards , past tho rebel batteries, on Friday night, Bhe was met by tho rebel steamer Goorgo Page, that had como quite out of Quantico creek, in the hope of intercepting thcstoreshipWyandauk. The pirates no doubt anticipated a rich booty; but they might have caught a tartar, as the Hale is very heavily armed. Acting in conformity with general orders, how ever, Captain Foster did not molest tho 1'age, as she did not molest him, though, as he whs not more than a quar ter of a mile off, he might liavo easily sunk her. The night was dark, which accounts for the two vessels ap proaching so near each other. Apropos of thoWyandank. Her conqucst would havo been comparatively barren, as she had very little " tin" on board. ARRIVAL OP THE COMMANDER OP THE NORTH AT LANTIC SQUADRON. Commodere Goldsborough, the commander of the North Atlantic squadron, including the Lower Chesa peake, arrived hero this morning to confer with tho Navy Department. THE ARMV. J. Howard, Jr., haB been tendered tho position of As. Bistant Adjutant General to General Gorman's brigade. Colonel Charles Frederick Havelock, late of tho British army, and brother of the lato General Havelock, has been appointed an aid to Major General McCMIan, with tho rank of colonol, and assignod to duty as Inspector Gene, ral of Cavalry, his late position at home. Compte do Villarcan, an experienced French officer, has also been appointed an aid to General McClellun, with the rank of Captain. Major W. W. Iceland, late Commissary of tho Irish Brl" gade, and attached to the stall' of Acting Brigadier Gene ral Thomas Francis Meagher, has been promoted to a posi tion on the staff of Mujor General Hallcck, of the regular army, and proceeded to St. Louis on Sunday evening. ACTION OF THE A11MY RETIRING BOARD. Major Thomas S. Fjigiish and Captain Abraham N*. Bre voort, of the Marine Corps, havo been restirod, by their own request. They havo been iu service more than for ty years, the former having entered it in 1317 and the 'alter iu 1820. NON-ARRIVAL OF GENERAL FREMONT. General Fremont has not arrived here to-day, and It Is not positively decided by the President to relieve him altogether from command. The impression iu the minds of distinguished officials if, that General F:omont's?roat error in Missouri was in calling about him a class of unre liable men, to whom he entrusted great responsibilities, and who deceived him. SANITARY CONDITION OF THE TROOPS. Very great attention is being given in many brigades to the sanitary condition or our troops. Daily reports are required to be made at tho brigade headquarters of tho number of each regiment on tho sick list, and tho nature of the sickness, and whenever tho number is found to be on the incroaso, strict examination is made. To nil the men, twice a week, a solution of quinine, as a preventive against the fevers in cident to the locality and climate, is administered with a marked good effect. Tho Eighteenth Massachusetts repi ment is receiving many compliments from medical men for tho most excellent sanitary arrangement provided by them, under the direction of their regimental surgeon. The hospital of this regiment is considered a model for the army. Information has been received to-:*ay from rebel sources, of the intoution of tho enemy to burn Hunter's Mills. Captain C.rover, of the Tenth United States infantry, has been detached from that regiment, and is to becomo Colonel of the First regiment of sharpshooters. Capt. G. is a strict discirl'narian. THE NAVY, Acting Master Austin, recently promoted from before tho roast, has been appointed to the Anacostin. Acting Master Amos P. Fester, late of the Resolute, commands the Stepping Stones. He has gone home on a furlough, while bis vessel is refitting. Acting Master's Mato Tole, of ths resolute, who dis played such intrepidity when tho rebel batteries were opened upon that vessel a few weeks ago, Is now in com mand of her. Thoso promotions wo just rewards of merit. THE INQUIRY RESPECTING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NORFOLK AND PSNSACOLA NAVY YARDS AND HAR PER'S FERRY ARSENAL. The Senate Committee, whi~h has been engaged for several days inquiring into tho facts connected with tho destruction of tho Norfolk and Peunacola Navy Yards, aud tho arsenal at Harper's Ferry, liavo nearly complet d their labors. Thcv examined Governor Toncy at great 1 -ngth in rcforenco to tho Norfolk Navy Yard. 11a informed iho Committee that when ho lift tho Navy Department, on tho 4th of March, there was ample means within the reach of tho government, in tho way of ships, some fiftoen in number, to have afforded protection to that yard. The officers of tho department , in their testimony, however, deny that thero w ro any such vessel, at tho disposal ol' tho govcrnti lent. They assert positively that there was but one. Tliero i ; great difcrepency between th ? evidence of Governor Toucey and the oiUcoris who were in the department at that time. The committee find n' thlng in the Harper's Ferry affair 'censurable on tho i art of the government. Tho destruc tion or abandonment of that establishment was a military ncces.'ity. In tho Tensaoola affair, the commit! >? have confined themselves to the evideuco taken in Commodore Arm strong's can who was tried last spring by court martial. Tho committee will make their rojiort to Cc ngrcs-- when tt convenor. TI1E TRIAL OF COMMANDER F<H)R? TX1E ESCAFE OF THE Sl'MTER. Tho Naval Court Martial for the trial ef Commander Poor c> rnpleted tho evidenco In his cjso to-day. Nothing has yc t appeared in tho testimony against this officer to substantiate tho chargi s preferred of permitting the Sumter to escape. It appears that ho nctcd in tho matter under two sots of instructions, which were con flicting In their nature. One was to keep sn effective blockade of tho mouth of tho Miss, ni;,; i, other t, , revont the departuro of tho Sumter. V ding to tlie former duty the vessel mado her osc:.i' . The Court will have todecide whether, under tho circumstances, h0 is really guilty. RELEASE OF PRISONERS FROM FORT WARREN. The following named persons belonging to Maryland, have been released from Fort Yfarren: ? Joh.t J . Hcckort, Leonard J. Quinlan, W. 0. Harrison, Geo. W. Landing, Thomas Shields, Geo. Thompson, A. Williamson, David Succbcsi, George A. Apploton, Michael J. Orady, John I,. Rouldon, Robert Rao, Chirks D. French Robert A. Carter, P. B. Frost, }. H. MtiJdox' PASSPORTS TO THE BRITISn KOItTB AMERICAN PUO V1NCKS. Joshua R. G Id dings, Consul General for the British North American provinces, has accomplished the objeot of his visit to Washington, namely- ? Tho removal of tho delays uud inconvenience unending passports to lliltlsh subjects on taking passage for Kurope at Portland, Ho. Herotoforo passports wore required to bo countersigned at tho Stato Department; but that business is now to bo performed by a government agent. APPOINTMENT OK PASSPORT AOENTS. The following uoiico was itsued to day from tho State Department:? Oscar Irving, Jonathan Armory and E. I.. Adams, at New York, Boston and l'ortlnud respectively , aro autho rised to countersign passports of foreigners proceeding thence abroad. W. H. SKWARD. ITALY AND REBEL rRlVATEERS. Tho government of Italy has adopted tho stringent rn!o or Frauce in regard to piratical vossels engaged in depredations on American commerce. Tho American Consuls aro keeping a sharp lookout for the suspicious vessel lately seen at Malta. ARRIVAL OP C0N0RK88MKN. Hon. F. W. Stanton, United States Senator from Kan sas, arrived here to-day. lion, Galusha A. Grow, Speuker of tho House of Representatives, is expected to arrive to morrow. CONSULAR APPOINTMENT. Thomas Adamwu, of Pennsylvania, lias been appointed Consul at I'ernambuco, Brazil. Mr. Irwin, of Pennsylvania, having received his In structions from tho State Department as Consul to Bahia, Brazil, will proceed thither in tho course of a few davB. TWINE FOIl TOE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT. The Post Office Department will probably have occa sion to uso twine of material other than cotton. In view of this necessity manufacturers aro Invited to send sam pies In balls of ono pound each, measuring from thirty to thirty-llvo yards per ounce, to tho Agency at Washington, D. C. The name of the maker and the num ber of yards per ounce to be attached to each sample, as well as the price per pound. Tho twine must be very flexible, of four strands, well twisted and strong. 1 he quantity required during each quarter of u year will bo about live thousand pounds. DESTRUCTION OF PATENT OFFICE REPORTS 11Y FIRK. By tho loss of Pettibone'B bindery by liro to-day, 62,000 copies of the mechanical portion of tho "Patent Office Report," which was ordered by Congress for distri bution among their constituents, were destroyed. THE EXPEDITION TO EASTERN VIRGINIA. Bamixors, Xov. 25,1861. Captain Haley, of the Seventeenth Massachusetts regi ment, who has just returned from Drummondtown, Ac< o mac county, Va. , tho headquarters of General Lockwood, reports that alter passing Newtou the Union troops met with various obstructions, in the way of tho destruction of bridges and trees thrown across tho road. Some wore quickly removed, and others marched around. They found a desortod earthwork but no guns at Onk hili. Between that point and Drummondtown another battery was found, in which eight guus were mounted, but ontirely de-ertod. They also found another ?!?scrlod tvork eight miles beyond Drummondtown. Up to the time Captain Haley left thoro had been nine smooth bore gtins captured, but no ammunition. The only muskets seen in tho whole route were about one huuJrod old flint locks. Colonel Smith, who had commanded the earthworks, had made his escape, ami eluded the most diligent search. A captain and two lieutonants bad boen captured. The disbanded militia all contend that they were forced to take up arms against thoir will. Not a single individual acknowledging himself a seces sionist had been encountered Tho Unionists, who aro evidently numerous, liave met tho troops with the most enthusiastic demonst: ations of joy. Tho Union men now have undisputed control of tin two counties. As far as heard from the rebels are every where disbandod. NEWS FROM FORT PICKENS. Arrival of the George Peabody at ttiin Purl ? Capture of the Privateer Bcaure g:iril, ?&c., Ar. The steamship Goorgo Pcabody, Captain Thomas Tra. verB, which galled from Fort Pickens on the 19th lnr>t., arrived at this |>ort ou Monday evening, having made tlio trip in ninety-nine hours and a half. Sho experienced some very severe weather during her voyage, lint, being a taut craft, she nobly braved the fury of tbo elonu He. Sho reached Key Went after a run of forty-one hours, and hiving remained there for twenty-nine hours, she sailed for this port at half-past two o'clock on Thursday. Previous to the departure of the George Pea body from Key Weft the Connecticut arrivod from New York willi a general cargo, consisting principally of provisions for tlio supply of our army and navy at Fort Pickens. The Iluntsvillo (gunboat) then lying there, sailed tlio same night for the mouth of the Mississippi, to co-operate with our naval forces there. The gunboat Dawn would also start shortly on a oruipo. On the 22d, tho wind being fresh, the Pcabody parsed a ?'hermaphrodite brig" and a schooner at Capo Carnival ThePeihcdy hoisted her colors: but no attention wa^ paid to the signal by cither or: ft. When off ('ape Hat. teras sho also passed, as far as could be ascertained, two men-of war steering southward, and also two barkg bound northward. Tho Niagara and the gunboat Hattcras were lying at Fort Pickens. Tho privateer Bcaurogard, of Charleston, with twenty, seven prisoners, and mounting one large pivot gun, cap ture 1 by tho sloop-of-war Q. W. Anderson, of Boston, was lying at Key West. Tho Connecticut has also takes a priae (name rn. known), laden with coffeo, load and quicksilver, whicjj she brought to Key West. Captain Guest, of the Niagara, and Lieutenant R. M Hall, lady and child, were among the passengers of tho Geoieo Pcabody. THE REBEL STEAMER NASHVILLE. OUR BERMUDA CORRESPONDENCE. Hamilton, liKRSirru, Nov. 2, 1SC1. Tho steamer-of war Nashvillo (carrying tho flr.g of tho rebel h tat(B), Captain Patterson, arrived at Bermuda on Wednesday last, and anchored at Grassy Bay, near tho Dock Yard. Sho reports having 1 ?ft Charloston on the 20th of October, and lias brought Charleston papers to that date. Tho captain < f tlio Nashville applied to the government authorities horo for a supply of coal, and , in company with Captain Hutton , R. N. (Superintendent of tho Naval Yard), waited on II:s F.xcllency, tho Governor, on Thursday. Tho authorities horo having declined to supply her with coal, the Nashville on Thursday pro ceeded to the harbor of St. finorres, where sl.o is taking in a supply of coal, obtained from private sources. The future movements of tho Nashville, and tho state of affairs on board, liavo been kept as far as possible strictly private, and a great deal is loft to con jecture. It seems to be g ;nerally understood that sho hns a commissioner to ono or the E uropean courts on board, and as it was 'et out that she would not leave her, until the royal mail Bteimer Delta arrived from St. Thomas, it has bo"n Burmised that another commissioner may bo expoctod herein tha Delta, having taken somu other moans of conveyance to St. Thomas. Tho Delta was due hero yesterday, but up to the time I write (ton o'clock A. M.) has not been Bignallod. It was understood that sho had orders from Admiral Milno to await at St. Thomas the arrival thero of the Mexican and West India mails. She will probably reach here by to morrow. Tho brig Peerless, Captain Doe, sailed yesterday for New York. There are no British ships-of-war hero, except the sta tionary ones, Terror (floating battery), and tho Onyx and Nettle (gunboats). Admiral Milne, with a fleet of ships, is expected here about tbo, 18tli inst. Tho French Admiral, with three ships, is aUo expected hero about tho same tine from Halifax. NEW GOVERNMENT VESSELS. The Miip Emerald, of Sag Harbor, has been sold to the government for the sum of $6,(00, and tbo steamships Delaware, Boston and Cosmopolitan, of the New York and Philadelphia Slenm^hip Company ltae, have been charter ed by government for threw months. They will imme diately commence coaling. Tli -ir destination is said to bo Port Hoyal, S. C. Marioi*, 16, sioop-of-war, Lieutenant McDermot com manding, was ofT A] aIachico!a November 8. Dais, 16, sloop-of-war, Commander Yard, arrived at Port Koy.d on the 17th ol November front Ke.nanillna, Fia. Brahliera, 7, f hip, I. inutenant C. H. command ing, was blockading off Beaufort, N. C. , ou the 14th last. mason and slidell. Arrival of the Steam Stoop-oMVar San Jacinto at liostoii. The Rebel Prisoners, Ministers Mason ami Sli dell, Transferred to Fort Warren. Preparations to Receive Com. Wilkes A (teu tons to (he Officer s of the Vessel - - Au Account of the Cruise. Ovation to Capt. Wilkes and Officers by the Solid Men of Boston, Ac i Ac., Ac OUR FOIIT WARREN CORRESPONDENCE. BMTOH, Nov. 24, lUl. Arrival of the Rebel Commissioner t at h\>rt Warren ? De scription of the Fort ? Condition of the Prisoner* ? Their Quarters ami Mode of Life?Me Quarters of Mans Mason and Slidell ? Thtir Rooms ? IIoui They are to Mess, eft . , de. To-day tho long exacted frigate, huvlng onboard the two arch traitors, Mason and Slidoll, urrived in thin har bor, and as noon as she had cast anchor the government tender, the May Queen, went alongside for tho purpose of transferring the Southern gentleman to tlioir w!uter quarters. But few preliminaries Stood between th> ofli cers of tho army ami the navy, and in a few minutes the prizes with their baggage woro safely on board of tho tender aud on their wuv to tho fort. On lauding a full guard was drawn up and a company of troops marched with them into the fort. Nothing of markod importance transpired. The traitors did not seem to relish the keen air bo different from that of the balmy South. On entering the fort those "who had gone beforo," charged wilh similar crimes', stood around to witness the humiliation of their co workers In this unholy rebellion. Owing to the utrlctness wilh which tho otUcers In charge of tho post obey their orders in roiation to visitors to the fort, but little can bo learned from observation, and> consequently , I am unablo to givo as full details of this interesting episode of history as 1 could wish. Sulllce it to say , that Messrs. Mason and Slidell aro both in safo keeping, uud will be cared for far better than they do serve. Fort Warren Is situated on Governor's Inland, in Bos ton harbor, and about seven miles from the city. Tlie Island llrst boro tho name of ''Conant's Island." It waH demised to Governor Winthrop In 1632, and for many years afterwards was known as the "Governor's Car den." A large portion ol' it still remains in the posses sion of James Winthrop, Ksq.,the remainder being that portion which was conveyed to the United States for tho purpose of erecting the work kuown as Fort Warren Its situation Is eminently commanding, and vessels to !?ss up the harbor must pass within a short runge of its guus. Tlio work has two tiers of guns ? ouo in cssemates and the other en barbette. Tho guns in the casemates a re eight-inch scaconst columbiads, and tho barbette guns range from 32-pounders to eight-inch shell guns. Tho post is in command of Colonel Dimmick, United States artillery, an officer who, by his foresight and loy alty, save I Fortress Monroe from falling Into the hands of tho rebels. Tho garrison now consists of four compa nies of the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers. The garrison w ill, however, be chunged in the course of a fow days, when It will be somewhat increased. A large numb -r of tho heavy guns of tho fort aro now In posi tion, aud artisans and laborers are vory busy in putting it in a completo state of defence. At present there are one hundred and twenty political prisoners, between fifty and sixty rebel officers, and over six hundred prisoners of war confined in the fort. On Thursday last tho number was increasod by tho arrival of two officers and twenty-five soldlors who were taken prisoners in tho night attack on Santa Rosa Island. Tho soldier prisoners of war aro quartered on (he northern sido of tho fort, In tho fine stono barracks which havo been built for the garrison. These men have considerable liberty allowod tbom , and a portion of the iwrade ground is set aside for their uses. Thoir cooks prepare their rations by camp Arts located in close proximity to their quarters. Most of th< m seem quite well contented with their treatment.

The political prisoners and tho rebel army and navy offi cers are quartered in tho rooms on tho west sido of tho parade, intended for tho garrison officers. These individ uals have ullsubscrlbed ton parole of honor, in which they promise not to go upon the rnmparts, converso with the sentinels, or make any attempt to communicate with the shore, in personer otherwise. Their privilege? are am ple, and no such restrictions are plitced upon them as our "bravo fellows art subject to in Southern prisons. Amon^ the prisoners are many officers lately connected with th0 aimy and na\ y ot the United States. Before the arrival of the rebel ministers tho following wore the most prominent personages confined here: ? Fx-Ministcr to France Faulkner; ex-Govornor Morcliosd, of Kentucky; Mayer Brown, of Baltimore, a most perfect counterpart of liie rebel General Beauregard : Marshal Kane, Messrs. Howard , (Jotchcll and fiavis. Police Commissioners of Baltimore; Parker H. French, of Nicaragua notoriety; Colonel Tyler, of Bull run Black llorse cavalry; Colonels Pep-am and Beiognil and Commodore Barron. The scene on tlio parade ground daring the day is quite animated und full of interest. Men of all rauks aud pro fessions uro here thrown together, all In a greater or less decree c nnect> <1 with the event which lias attracted the attention <>f the whole world, and which haseausod the blood of brothers to tlow as water. A group of naval of ficers, recreant to their Hag and thoir oath, may Icj soon pacing to and fro as if uiiou the deck of some noble ves sel. Many of the groups aro enjoying themselves in earn est conversation, while here and there may ho so"n little knots of persons, some rather indifferent, but yet you can almost seo a lurking uud revengeful firo in their eyes. As a general thing their personal appearance is not at all pr< i". kcsi ing. Seedy apparel is by no means uncommon, und if ono did not know tho character of tho place ho wouid bo led <o think that it was an asylum for broken down gectUimen. A clean shaven face is rarely to bo met with. Tlmo in passed away by those unhappy mortals in play ing games of clianco A large portion of the ilay is spent in this kind of, and the entire evening is spent in the samo way. Al len o'clock the lights arc put out, ami after that, time nothing is hu.ird save the ?en tn<-K' regular call Of "All's well." They are allowed newspapers and to rcccivo letters from their friends, but previous to their being delivered to them l hey are care fully read by ofllc rs of the garrison. I raunot conclude the description of the personnel of the prisoners without remarking that the soldier prisoners are terribly annoyed with vermin, and, despite tha efforts of the oUlrersltho evil does not seem to diminish. The quia tryrs selected lor the use of tho rebel Commis Bloc rs are precisely the feamo as th. se occupied by tho other political prisoners. This room |r a few doors from Colonel I immick's headquarters, in tho samo row, or rather undi r I he same roof. The building is of beautiful New ll .mprhlro granite, the rooi forming tho treplaiu of the work. It lias but ono story above ground, which is divided inio several One and airy apartments. The base ment contains all tho necessaries for culinary o|iera tions , v, ith quarters for servants, &c. Tho largest rooms are about sixteen feet square, with high ceilings, and lighted by two large windows. A marble mantel adorns the room, and a large grate furnishes the convenience lor a good lire. Tho furniture of tho room consists of a plain pino table, a low camp stools, tho baggage of tho occu| -knts ana a low wooden bods-tead. A good straw mattress, with pillows of the same material, and heavy army blankets, make up tlx) furnitsre of the room. To ; ay tho least the quarters are much better than they deserve. As to living, they can mess with their frienils at the rate of oue dollar per diem . having all tho staple comforts of the market 011 tho table. If they are given to the uso of the weed they enn in dulge that taste, for smoking is allowed, butliq'tors are prohibited, in Tact, almost everything but liberty is granted to them. Owin : to tho decision of the .^vernment In relation to tho u a/o of political prisoners, I think that some of the: 0 et(Joy moiits will bo curtailed until we can learn that tho gallant Corcoran aud others are treated better titan they have been. .-'ince the arrival of the rebel commissioner* at Kort AVarren, an order has been issued by tho War Depart ment to allow no one to land upon tbo island except those connecle 1 with the garrison or persons in tho discharge 01 official duties. The rebels are safe; and the country thanks tho noble Wilkes for his prompt and fearless action in this matter. A fewuwro bold *tr<'kes like this and tho death knoll of the Southern confederacy will bo heard far and wido. NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS. [From the Boston Post. Nov. 25.] After a lung ami stormy pa?cige from Now York, which port she left on Monday nieht Inst, tho steam sloop of-war San Jacinto, having on board tlu?o famous prifo-.iora of war, Messrs. Mason and Slidell, has arrived in our harbor. We give below *11 extended account of the cruise of tho ship, frum tho time that she left the c^nist of Africa, in August last, and embracing a full description of the seizure 01 Mason and Slidell, until her arrival oil Now port on Wednesday, tho 20th inftt. Many new facts aro presented, and mil statement, are ;iven of matters before unnoticed. On Friday forenoon the vessel put into Holmes' Hole, In consequence of the severity of the weather ? it being the desiroof Commodore U iik s to net witli 1 he utmost caution when engaged in a mission al tho sam" tlmo so delicate and important ? and r> mained there until early on Saturday, when she sailed for Boston. At C I'. M. ?ho\vas reported as "If Highland I.ight, and in vi "W of tho severe ulorm which prevailed, made g< od progress f-nm that time forlh. she reached the Roads <lf Kort Warren, and came to anchor at hair past seven A. M. yesterday. Orders to put tho steaming May Queen in readiness for immediate service were issued uu Saturday evening, aud yesterday mnrntng the tug proceeded to the sloop of wir , and transfer rod tlio rebel ministers, with thoir buifgii??, to Fort Warren, where Colonel Dimmick wun waiting to receive them. The steamer May tjueen left tho city be tween seven ami eight o'clock. Captaiu SlcKiin, tbo United states Quartermaster, was tho only person on boani her, 11 ui ted StAtos Marshal Key os not being pre smitfrom some cause unknown. Captain MoKirn wont <>u board the Sau Jacinto aii"Ut ten o'clock, where lio was introduced by t!u|itatn Wilkes |o Mason and Slidell, anil their two Secretaries, Kustls and McFarland. Tho compliments of tbo d;iy were panned , and tliercup >n oon vui bution of a gi ueral nature followed, Jt was agreed by all that tlic atuu sphere wa>; quite chilly. Tho distinguish ed party being roudy, they woro transferred, about cloven o'clock , to i ho M ly u ? ? ? n . and were, under an escort o m lnundi (I by lieutenant Fairfax, soon conveyed to the island. Upon their arrival within tho fort, Colonel Dintmlck was attending scrvlco, wlilch is now regula ly bald on Sun days. He was informed of iln ir arrival, and at once pro ceeded to his quartern, where they were In waiting. An introduction followed, Captain McKim on thiH oocaslon being tuaa: or of ceremonies. The interview was somo what formal. but tho veteran Colonel wu? kind and cour teous, though lirm and di^nilird. They wQre assigned their apartments, which uro as good as the fortoflbrdB, and in about hull' an hour were occupying them. Their arrival, as tm.y well bo supposed, produced a sciuation at the fort, alike among the prisoners and tbo garrison. The political prisoners in a special manner manifested the most Interne interest, and, so far us they were allowed, flocked about the Illustrious new comers. They were, however, permuted to have but little conversation with them. ? Ol tlio appearance of the prisoners wo may suy that Slidell is much dojected. Ho does not bear li la fortunes with as bravo a front an was expected. On the contrary, Mason is pro* I Ig lot airiness, and displays a dare-devil, don'i-caro-attvencss, that is somewhat characteristic of the inau. Ho as o itward appearance goes, ho is still, in ring parlance, "game." The two "ministers'1 messed at tho tuble ot tho Commodore, ami political topics being avoided, the relations between them have been ex ceedingly pleasant. Upon tnkinn 1' avo of tho officers in tlio witid room of tho San Jacinto yesterday morning friendly sentiments were cordially ottered ami us cordially returned. Cbl. Dlmmiclc is vory strict lu regard to visi ters entering the tort, and boreal ter his instructions are such that no boat, except tho tug employed by the gov ernment, will bo permuted to touch at tho wharf. There are only two person.' who can five passes to those having business which will bo good, and more curiosity visiters will bo entirely excluded. The passage fri m New York has bocn exceedingly rough, and the San Jacinto has had he, powors tested in the most severe manner. She, howev or, came through lu periectsalety, bringing her precious ambassadors u ith out harm or molestation, other such as tho commo tion of the elements would naturally produce. Tho sloop came up to the uav\ yard ut about hsll'-past one o'clock, and anchoreil oil tiio wharf to which she will he hauled up to-day. Oneot her o;i cors (all of whom now go out of commission) informs us that she will not require a vast deal of repair. Commodore Wilkes aud a few of his officers came at ouco to the city anil took rooms at the liovore House, where. In a vory short time, they wore waite d upon by several of our leadiugcltisens. Marshal Murray and Deputy Marshal Handford, who were put on hoard at New York, by order of government came up to the city In tho Mny Queen, having completed their service ? tho true character of which, however, il es not, as they took no part in tlio business of delivering up tho rebels t>> Col. Dimmick. Lieut. Fairfax, of Virginia, made tbo arrest, ami he it was who intro duced them to tho confines of Fort Warren. Messrs. Mut ray and Sandford leu fur New York last eveniug. There are but few Southerners among the officers of tho San Jacinto, and^they, so far as known, are ail loyal. No secession sentiments, except from the distinguished pas sengers whose attempt to visit Europe in an illegal way lias causod all this commotion, have bean heard. As stated in our paper of Saturday , a committee of the city govomment ? acting under suggestions from our ever watchful Mayor ? have been appomtod to make ar rangements for a proper reception of Commodoro Wilkes, In testimony of the high res|iect in which his bold and manly course in tho arrest ol two n<>tedaud quite dan gurous rebels is here held. They held a meeting on Sat urday afternoon, but were unable to come to aay con clusions until they consultod the desires of tho dis tinguished Individual whom they, as representatives of the citizens of Iloston. wished to honor. We also learn that a highly influential meeting of gentlemen was held at the Parker House a low night since to make arrange ments for a publi'. dinner In honor of the courageous com mander of tho San Jacinto. Last evening Commodore Wilkes was waited upon at the Kevero House by a com mittee representing the latter body, among whom were lion, George B. Upton, Juines Lawrence, Ksq. , and others, and tho committee of the city government were in ses sion for an hour und a half at tho City Hall. The result, as wo learn it, is us follows.: ? At two o'clock to-day the Commodore will be received at the foot of I/mg wharf, whence hu will be escorted to Fanouil Ilall, where appro priateexerclsos will be held under the direction of tlio .Mayor aud the City Committee. It will be an occasion of great interest. THE CRUISE OF THE SAN JACINTO. Uniikk STAIIfc! MTAMill SAN JACINTO, Nov. 20. 1861. The Sail Jaciuto, a first class screw steam sloop, mount ing fifteen guns, lately attached to the United States Af rican Squadron, under the command of Flag Officer Wm. Ill 1I1U.II . loft St. l'aul de lxando on tliu lOtli of August last, on her return to the United Stuti s, in tlio temporary command of Lieuteuant 1). M. Fairfax, United states Navy, who was ordered to await lit Fernando Po the ar rival ol' Captain Charles Wilkes, United Stutes Navy. On the 20th ot August Captain Charles Wilkes took rnuimand ol' tins ship. Lieutenant Fairfax returning to his former poKition an executive oilier. We left Fernando I'o on the 20th of August, cruising close te the shore for t ho pur pone of ascertaining if any of the Confederate privateers had taken any prizes to that coast. Arrived at Mouro via, i.ilieria, on the 12th, and at St, Vincent, Cape Verds, ori the 2oth September. Seeing, by the papers that seve ral Confederate privnteeiH had run the blockade, and Uiitcn several prizes In tlie West India Islands, Captain Wilkes determined to cruiso about these islands, and to capture some of them before returning with the San Jacinto to New York. Wo arrived at St. Thoinn on the loth of October, and found the I'owhatan and Iroquois there. On the 11th the British b.-ig Spartan arrived in port; her master cnllo I on Captain Wilkes nnd informed him that on the 5th of October, wbilo In latitude 9 degrees a3 minutes JT. , and longitude 47 degrees U minutes \V.,ho was boarded by a steamer, < vidcutly a war vessel in disgeise, and after answering all questions, lie could get no other iuforma tlon in return but that, they were on a cruize. Captain Wilkes showed him a photograph of the Sumter, which be immediately rocognized as the vessel by which he was b Mirdcd. Captain Wilkes then advised Com. 1'ahnor, (if the Iroquois, to cruize imuied.ateiy after her, the Iroquois being the fastest steamer of the three, and to follow her as far as Kio even, if necessary; at tlio same time the Sjin Jacinto cruizod in the West Indies nnd Curibboan sea to overhaul the Sumter in the event ol' her returning there. The Iroquois left St. Thomas ou the 13th, aud we on the 14th of October, in company with the I'ow hatan. Since leaving St. Thomas we cruized in the vicinity of the Windward Islands, nnd visited 1'ort Royal nnd Kingston, in the Island of Ja maica, the Crand Cayman, Trinidad, Cienfuegcs, Key West, Key I.obos, Sago a la Grande and the Bahamas. Although for twenty months engaged in an active cruise for slavers on the West Coast of Africa, aud much re duced in the number of her officer* and crew, the Son Jacinto has been for the last six weeks continuously cruising in soarch of the Sumter. On our arrival at Cien fuegofi wo learned by the papers that tho Theodora hi,d run the blockade at Charleston aud arrived at Havana, after landing tho rebel Commissioners, Messrs. Mason aud slidell, with their secretaries, Messrs. Kustis aud McFar land, aud the families of Mr. Slidell and Mr. Kustis, at Cardenas, and that they would proceed overland to Ila vana. As soon ns Captuin Wilkes heard of it he deter mined to pursue tho Theodora and Intercept her return to Charleston. He took, therefore, sufficient coal to go on a short cruise, and left Cienfuegos ou the 2(Jth of Octo ber, arrived at Havana on tho 2Stb, and learned that tho Theodora had departed on her return to Charleston, af tor boing well received by the authorities o; Havana, and boing presented at the Tie-on theatre, bv the ladies of the secession States, with a splendid Confederate flag. Messrs. Slidell, Mason and suite were still at at Havana, boarding at tho Hotel Cubans, kept by Mrs. Brewer. Otio of our officers visited the hotel with some of his friends, nnd met Mr. Mnson in tho parlor. Wo loarned from our Consul tJeneral that the Coufederato Commissioners were waited upon by 11. B. M. Consul, Mr. Crawford, In full dress, and officially introduced by him to Captain (icneral Serrano, of Cuba. When Capt. Wilkes heard of their intention to take patsugo in the British packet for Knrojic he conccived the bold plan to intercept tho British mall steamer, and in the event of tie se four persons bung on board, to make them prisoners. Wo filled up with coal in great haste, took In provisions (as a part of our f'aily rations for the crew were exhausted), and loft Havana on the 2d instant, On the 4th, in the morning, a team gunboat hslnsr in sight from the mast head, we all were in lio|>es that it would prove to bo tho Theodora, and orders wore given to beat to quarter*. Scarcely four minutes elapsed, and tho San Jacinto was ready to receive her foe; but wo were doomed to disap pointment ? it turned out to bo H. B. M. gunb'wt Stag, bound from Key West for Havana. We ar rived tho samo day at Key West in s.'urch of the Powhattnn or somo other steamer to assist us in irfter ceptim- tho British jiacket. There being another puss.tgo I through tho New Bahama channel*. Oipt. Wilkes' plan was, that a steamer should cruise there while the San J;icinto WM cruising in tho Old Bahamas, 80 that the mall packet could not escape our vigilance; but the Pow hatan having left for Key West tho day before, and no steamor except the Huntsville (and she caulking) being in port, our captain, nothing daunted, fully resolved to undertake tho boldly conceived enterprise alone. On the morning Of the 6th we left Key West, and running to tho nor; h side of the island of Cuba touched at Sagu i la Grande, for the purpose of telegnphlrg to our Consul General at Havana, Nr. Schtifeli, to inform us of tho tune of tho British mail steamer s departure from tlu vanna, but received no information. From thence we steered fi r tho Old Bahama channel, shout twenty miles e.i <1 of the uortli sido of Cuba, 240 miles from Havuna, and about ten from the light house of Paredou del Grande. Tho channel contracts there to the width of firtcen miles, ant we could not very well miss tho object of oisr search. There we laid ofl and on during toe night of the 7th, all our battery loaded,' ? nnd the bulwarks around tho pivot gun on tho forecastle removed. Captain Wilkes issued an order to Lieutenant 1). M. Fairfax, our ettoutivo officer, to have two huts ready manned and armed to hoard tho British packet a t soon as she should be hove to under our guns, and in tho event of Messrs. Mason, Slidell, Kustis nnd McFarland be ing on board of her, to make them prisoners and send them immediately on board the San Jaciuto, and also to oil t in his name, to their families, bis cabin, In the event they should determine to take passage to tho Ut ited States in the San Jacinto, assuring them that all theatt< n tlcn and comforts wo ooald command would be placed at their service, and closed i ho order with tho following re mark: "1 tni?t that all those under your command, in executing this important and dohejito <!-,ity, will condui t themselves with all the delicacy at>d kindness which be comes our naval service." in accordance with this order, Lioutenant Fairfax had tho second and thir l cut ters of the ship manned, armed, and kept in rcadl n lv< haviug tho c trunand of the In tho Second c :t'er wire tho foil' win ; oil ? jrs ? Liootonau t 1). M. Fairfax, com.natitimg; second A. , aslant Englr.eor, Jamee Buchanan Houston; ". .its^a.n II. P. Grace, with an araied crew. In tho third ctjtlxi ' Lieutenant .Tames A. Oroer; Third Assistant Engineer, ^'WV> Bill ; Ftjnuulu'i Otork( K. U Snjmj Ik ? tor's Mate, ( liar log H. Iiuhlgreuii. Willi uu uriuedcruw, marines and u party of machinists. Iu tho morning of the 8th iimt. the officers and crew nf thin ship wore anxiously and impatiently looking out for (he mail stnam er. About 1 1 40 the lookout at the must head reported a Hiuoko us from a sUiim r from Hie wi .si ward, and about 12 M. alio wm vlalblu fnm the deck. We wore all road y for her , brat to quarters, and , an noon us sh? wus within reach of our guna, every gun of our narliourd buttery was trained upon h r. A shot from our pivot gun wan Uroil nc roes lier bow. she hoisted English colors, but she wc<l no disposition to slacken her speed or hcuvo to. Wo hoi tod tho "Star S|MUi'led lUuner," and, as soon aa she was close uikui u . \ llred a ale II across her bow, which brought her to. Our captain hailtd her ami said ho would send a boat on board , and ordered Uuutenant Fair fax lo board her; he went in the second cut tor; at the suino Mine Lieut. Greer was all ready in tho third cutter to shove irom the port side should his assistance bo re quired. On coming alongside tho packet, Lieut. Fairfax ordered the other officers to remain in tho with the crew until force should become nnccssary, und went on board alone. The Captain of the mail tlramer refused to thou* his pa/writ aiiil pa'smyer list, knt/wi*// very u>M Iho obje.-t of our risit and the character atul mission of tXefour gentlemen above tiamcd. But Mr. Mason being recogniaed, a part of the armed crow was ordered from the boat and eimie on board. Mes- rs. Mason and Slidell were thou persuaded to come on hoard the San Jacinto, but declined, and said that they would only yield by force; IWr.SK&ell making the. remark that "it uxiuld rvptire canUerable force to take him on hoard the San Jacinto." Lieutenant Fair I ax then ordered Mr. Houston to return to our ship and re port that iho Confederate CotnmisaloneiB were on board the mail steamer and refused to come on board the San Jacinto by other means than force. Lieutenant (ire< r then shoved off and went alongside the Trent, sont bin armed crew and marine's on board, und stationed them at both gangway* i and titan, after a "gantln application " of force, tho four g 'litlemen were taken in the souonii cutter and conveyed on board of our ship, where they were received by Captain Wilkes at the gangway und shown into his cabin, where they are at the present timo Two other boats were then sent on board to r?tnove tho luggage, and tho ladies having declined the hoapltalitiea ottered them, at half past three wu parted company from llio Trent. I)ur ing the time our officers wero on board tlie Trent, the Hritish passengers erpremtd their sympathies with the. sere iteil States in the. strongest possible manner, am! oar officers were much alu <d and threauncd by the crowd; they wero called pirates, robhers, and other opprobious epithots, expressing great satisfaction at our loss at Hull run and licesburg. Our captain expressed much satisfaction at the gallant and efficient manner in which l.iouteuaut Fairfax (u Virginian by birth,) and all the officers and crew under his command, displayed In tho execution of this delicate and important duty, and called the particu lar attention of tho Navy IVpartmcnt to It. After purt ing company with tho Trout we ran through tho Sautaren passage, cruised to tho northward along the shorca of Florida and South Carolina as far as Charleston, our gallant captain uot satisfied with the important eap t ure, fully determined to tuke a part iu the expedi tion ugalimt l'ort itoyal, but to tho regret ol' "all hands" on board we eame too late. Tho Susque hanna and Alabama were off Charleston, anil the Florida off Hattcras. After leaving Charleston Hay, wu en countered strong head winds, and our coal being ex hausted, we put into Hampton I loads tho ucxt day, took In coal, and aftor battling forty hours witha sevoro north wester, arrived at Sandy Hook about half past seven F. M. on tho 18th. On entering the Narrows, wo were boarded by a steam tug with Marshal Murray and Deputy Marshal Stanford en board. They delivered to Captain Wilkes despatches from tho Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, and Secretary of State, William H. Seward. As soon as Captain Wilkes read these ho turned the ship's head to Boston where Marshal Murray was ordered to deliver the " Illustrious prisoners" at Fort Warren. The following isa lint of the officers of the San jACtnto: ? Captain, Charles Wilkes. Lieutenant and Keecutive (>flic*r, D. M. Fairfax. Lii-wenants , R. R. Hrcose, James A. Greer, A. P. Cooke. Paymaster, L. L. Brown. Arsidant surgeon, James W. Hcrty. Chief Engineer, John Faran. First Assistant Engineers, Wm. C. Wheeler, M. Kellogg. Sec/iml Assistant Engineer, James Buchanan Houston. Third Assistant Engineers, John Reop, Ueorgo W. Hall, Beq|aiuin Kuvanaugh. Captain's Clerk, K. Metlnch. J'aymaster's Clerk, R. <1. Siinpaon. Master's Mates, K. A. Noe, Charles B. Llablgrcn. BoaUieain, H. P. (J race. dinner, J. D. Boorom. Cari>enter, Wm. F. I-alghton. Sailmaker, George B. Hoerum. THE PRISONERS DURING THE PASSAGE. Tho rebel commissioners and their secretaries occupied the captain's cabin and messed with liitn at table. Whru they first came on board the Kuu Juciulo CupUm WUkcs made tho following add rocs to the commissioners; ? "Gentlemen ? 1 sbull endeavor to make you as comfort able on board as my moans will permit. I wish to have it distinctly understood, however, (hat this i? a vessel belonging to the gov em merit of the United States. There must be no political talk on board." Acting upon this gentle hint, tho commissioners re frained from political ta;k. and, indeed, said little or uothinp. Tliey rcs|ionded to tiie introduction of the Mar shal with a simple nod, and had no cotivm ration with him during the voyage l'rom thin city. Rttdell kept hm room during must of tho time. Occasionally he and Mason played a game of backgammon in the cabin Eustls and McFarlauo were frequently in the wardroom, and conversed freely with the otllcors on general sub;ects. They behaved very well; but none of tho i>?r.<onH on boat d enjoyed the long and rough passage ol' One wot k butwei n New York and Boston. TUt PH00KK8I0N TO THE FORT. Tho dork Is a quarter ol a uiilo from tho tort, out] when the party landed several officers were in waiting to re ceive tho prisoners. After their " traps'1 were on shoro the commissioners were escorted to the tori in the fol lowing OUIIICK OF PKOCESPION. Marshal Murray and Ambassador Slidelt. I.ieutenaut Fairfax and Ambassador Mason. Poeretary I Deputy Marshal I BKMIwy Eustace. | Samjjfcon. ) Mcl-'arlone. Officers from tho fort. Police from the fort, in charge of the following ?' trups'' belonging to the com missioners, which wore c mvcyed in i?u carts:? Six or eight trunks, six vaiises, several cases of brandies, wines and li<|uors, a dozen or more boxes of segais, two casks (pints a'id quarts) of bottled rcote.h alo. The im;>osing procession wendod Its way to Fort Warren, and on arriving at the ontrauce tho prisoners wore introduced to Colonel Dimmick, who made the following APWtKSS OF WELCOME. " Gentlemen ? I am most happy to reoolve you In Fort Warren." The Marshal then informed the prisoners that it would bo his duty to examine their baggage, uud requested them to give up their keys. A Ou/rou/ili rttkrcK of tin ir f/Teclt was made in tluir pir.teiice, nrul no pnper* or dm )>atches, of any Krrt was found. Tlieir keys and baggage woro then delivered to tho prisoners, who wore ahowu to their quarters. Commodore Wilkes ha? not yet made li is official re|x>rt capture of tho rebel commissioner.-. Wo shall not be surprised if his r< p rt should slate that ho authorized I. leu tenant Fairfax not only to take tlio commissioners but to seize the steamer Trent. It is cc rlain that ho sent engineers with Lieutenant Fairfax to the Trent, for the purpose of tukiug charge of her. When thn Lieuten ant returned to the Han Jacinto with his prisoners, he reported that ihero wero many passengers on tho Trent who were, undoubtedly, anxious to proceed at once to England, and tho Commodore concluded to let lior go. It is not at all strange that no despatches or papers were found in tho baggage of tho rebel commissioners. If they took credentials with them, the* were either In the Trent's mail.;, or on tho persons of, ttio ladies of tho I*rty. TELEGBAPHIC ACCOUNTS. THE RECEPTION OF COMMODORE WILKES IN FANEUIL HALL. WELCOMING SPEECH OF TIIE MAYOK OF BOSTON ? ltEt'LY OF CAFT. WILKES. Boston, Nov. 25, 1831. Notwithstanding the severity of tho storm the welcome to Commodore Wilkes was numerously attended and very enthusiastic. George 1J. Upton and others of tho Committee of Ro coplion met tho Commodore, Lieutenant Cook and Assis tant Engineer Houston on Ix>ng wharf and conveyod them iu carriages to Fanuuil Hall, which was densely crowded by citizens, Including many ladies in tho gallery. 6.KKCII 01' TUB MAYOK. Mayor Wightm-in, iu behalf of the city of Boston, made a brief address cf welcome as follows: ? CApfAiN Wilkks ? In behalf of tho City Council I welcomo you to til" city ol' Bo* ton; and as the "official representa tive of the citizen ?, I bid you a cordial welcome to this, their cherished Temple of Liberty. Ifere, in the prOsonco of these departed heroes whoso deeds you bo n< My emu lated, wo tender to you the homags of our respocl. We hou"r j en as an eminent sclontillc navigator and :xplorcr . as a gallant uud meritorious ofticer or our navy, and for the sag.icity, judgia.lit, decision and firmness which characterized your recent brilliant ochMvotncut, th - effect of which upon tho present rob' lllon may prov not lesi important limn thu glorious naval victories on the f-'outh ern coast. Accept thnn, sir, this bcftftftU tribute to your merits and t? that bran ch of tho public service Which is now so nobly and successfully viiifilcntiftg the Integritv of our government and tho majesty ol' con stltutioii. With this brief expression cf our l'eelln-s, 1 agaiu welcome >ou to the homes and tho harla oi our CitlZ' tin. After the spplaune liad subsided Captain Wilkes, In full unirorm,camo forward and respondod in the following language : ? P.E : Y OF CAPTAIN WTU:E3. Mn. Mayor and Friexds ? I mn dei s'y r<rnrtM8 cr the great kindness which has been shown mo. I depended upon my own Judgment in doing what yon.ul'ha-.e Hat tered me is correct, ami I am exceed i: tiy (tru'.i ..-u with th" manifestations of approval I have mot, an ! which have been, I may say, it spontaneous Outburst from ail par's of our country. I have otily to sav t! two dil our iiiity to the Inien, and are proparea to doit a,. u. (Immense applauvo.) Calls woro then tnado for Lieutenant Fairfax and ?:'ier The former being absent, Lieukusnt Cook was intfodu e l and bowed lils thinks. This closed tho formal reception; after which thousand citizens were introduced to the f.oaot t d guc u of the occasion. A committee of leading citizens havo tendered Captain Wilkes and officers of tho Sen Ja into a complimentary dinner at the Rove < House to-morrow evcL.m,, at wiiicit it if expected that Mr. Everett and Mr. Winthrop and other di#tiafc..i,hfJ kc?'W?>e? will te prvEeut.

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