18 Kasım 1861 Tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1

18 Kasım 1861 tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 1
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THE NEW YORK HERALD. WHOLE NO. 9200. NEW YORK, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1801. SLEDELL AND MASON. . he Capture of the Rebel Com missioners at Sea. Succinct History of Their Departure, Arrival at Havana and Cap ture on Board tbe Trent. Sketches of all the Important '? Personages. ;;JE LEGALITY OF THE ACT. Similar Cases of Invading Neutral Ships and Territory. Tbe Feeling Among the Diplomatic Corps at Washington, &C?y *C?, The United Ptates steam frigate San Jacinto. Captain TVi k"8, arrived ai Fortress Monroe on Fridoay afternoon just, as wo announced yesterday, having on hoard tho rebel Commissioners Slldell and Mason. They wero taken from tbe English mall steamer Trent, on tbe 8th instuut, off Bermuda. Lieutenant Fairfax and thirty live armed gnen went from th? Pan Jacinto, with live officers, who tourdeu the steamer and picked out the Commissioners. They aro now en rouU for Fort Iiiftiyctte. T.I 12 FIK8T NEWS OF THE EMBASSY. Tho first notice wo had of tho design of the rebels to srnd special ministers to England and Franco was the announcement of tho sailing of the Nashville with them ion board. The Winchester Jifc/iuMtr in of September 27 .announced the fact that the Hon. James M. Mason left 4own on the previous day, en route to Ric hmond, on hi.-' ?way to Fjigland, as the Confederate Minister to tho Court of St. James. The editor expressed a hope that success -would attend his mission, and that ho would return with renewed health and vigor to his many friends. , THE HEPOMSD ESCArE OF TUE NASHVILLE. Tht Petersburg (Va.) Express of Oct. 14 sent forth to the world tho following statement:? The Nashville ran the blockade en Friday niplit (Oct.. 11) > Under command of I.leut i'obort B. I'eg-am. [This : 'gram Entered the Unite I States servico In 1S2U, and at the time hostilities commenced was on duty at the Navv Yard, .Norfolk. He isaViiginlan by birtii.l Sho takes as nas Beugers Hon. James M.Mason and Jiilin Slidoll, the fust ipun accredited Commissioner to tho Court of St. James, and tho latter i;oiug in the samo capacity to the Court of Bt. Cloud am s Edward McFariand, i s<i., of I'eiersb irg, goes ns .vato secretary to Mr. Mason, and tho Hon. fleorge Eustiii, of Now Orleans, as secretary to Mr. ijlidell. Tho Nashville, of course, takes out a lull mail and valu able official documents for the Confede ate t/omniissloa< rr -who littvo boon <.n the Continent for many months past. The Nashvil'e is said to be ono of tho BWiftcst steainors that ever pliod the American waters, and for several years ran as a passenger and mail boat between New Yo: k an I Charleston. Her Custom House measurement is about twelve l.i. -ired tons, ' tl: HI IN OF TUB NEWS FROM WASHINGTON. ? >..r V i. ' tl< . - of Oct'her 14, and o-ir d h'i tn.ro ii'f.i October 15, informed our Ti riders m the rutc-r t '-a* ttic r r.. 1 su-ufor Nashville had ??. t f" in ? ip . n, ?t:?vi!ig i v stratagemi ** id'd the United (-'tales strainers blocltxiit ? that port and that she had on board as pnss?ng?>B? .ftsnafcr Mason, i. r '? 1 ;.Vi)erato '.- a ; - > ' m ind,and Sn ' Sii-U" tit ti r to Fi'.-'ice lb j *?re accoin T ?? 1' i ut.it' -, u, i tau ever;, '..i.g ?:> board, f i ;>? ? -r. \c. ? it '?'?!.td i any w: ' od to inllu* *'? 1 I'OWers t< Ah:, j i ? i . ?ated. Tin: I tmSUtT I>F TUB REBEL ..aXKB. ' ' i lie hove supposed reliabio facts, tho gov cr ,? .< iudvessols at once in pursuit of tho rebel ? it. TUe James Adger wns sent to England and that neighborhood, rnd we have received notice of her arri val at (.uoenstown, Ireland, on October oO. Tho Con necticut was j;ent off, visited Bermuda and returner! to Now Yoik, without finding the wished for steamer. Sub sequently it was ascertained that the vessel had not, up to that time, left the port where sho had boon reposing, J>ut that another vessel with the Commissioners aboard iad by a cunning device eluded tho blockaders. The WashvUle, howovor, did get out afterwards, and was last joeu at Bermuda transferring the cargo of the FmgiU to oer own hold. She will doubtless be looked after. THEY WEKE NOT ON BOAKD TBK NASHVILLE. It afterwards turned out that tho Nashville did uot take out the tobel Commissioners, but that they escaped lli* vigilunco of the blockading fleet in a vessel nownitueJ the Theodora, but previously known?as far as supposi tion can give inform ation?as the Gordon. SKETCHES OP THE KKBELS. 4i the17ib or last month we published full sketches cf j, Um> lives and services of these rebels. Wo now ej>iiuiate< -i: l V SKETCH OF JAMES M. MASON. ?tb' jjames M. Mason is a native of Virginia, and was born idif 'fear Washington, November 3,1708. He graduated iu ~ v^ilS at tho University of Pennsylvania, and son after L -wgtnmenocil the study of tho law at William and Jlaiy College. He was admitted to practice in 1S20, after a ^hort i robation in the oflloo of Benjamin Watkins Leigh) at Richmond. In 1S26 his political career cotnrnenred with his eloctlon to tho House of Delegate*. DecUnirj a re election to this position, he was chosen a member of the Houso of Representatives from tho district composed of Frederick and Shenandoah ? aunties, and in 1847 was elected by tho Virginia Legi? iture to tho United States Senate?a position to which he has been succossivoly elected ovory term since, and wa to hold until next year. On the breaking out of the pre sent t'.ill culties be took a prominent part in their dove lopomcnt,and was chosen to the Confederate Congre-. *frc rn the Eighth district of Virginia. During his torm of '?(Ike in tho United Statos Senate be was Chairman of th' Committee on Foreign Aflkirs, and was thoroughly postod on all matters connected witb our foreign rulatiuDs. SKETCH OP JOHN SLIDELL. John Slldell in a native of New York State, whore be mr.s born about the year 1793. Whnt would his fathor, bonest old John Slldell, tho tallow chandler, of Broadway, cay, were be to rise from bis grave, as the San Jacinto somes up our harbor with his son a rebel and a prisoner? Going to Now Orloans "to seek his for tune," tho present John was enabled, with the education , * wh.ch bo bad previously received, to riso rapidly in his i legal studies,and was admitted to the bar soon after. His first public position was that of Unitod states District Attorney at New Ork-ans, to which position ho was ap pointed by President (General) Jackson. He was elected frequently to tho State Legislature, and while a member of Congress was apponted Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to Mexico, as a jast means of averting tho war which was just then on the point of breaking out with that country. His mission, It is almost neediest* to state, was fruitless. Senator Slidel was an ardent partisan of the Americanization project for tho absorption of the Spanish, Mexican and Indian races by the Anglo-Saxon, and partially for this reason was Appointed by President Pieroe United Statos Minister to Central America. He subsequently suoceoded Soule in the Benate, when tho latter was appointed Minister to Madrid, ' and held that position when Louisiana seceded. He was offered the ministership to Paris by Buchanan, but de clined, undoubtedly beoauso be had plenty to attend to at u vomc. He is now a member of the rebel Congress from ouisiana. Mr. Slldell is a brother of Alexander Slldell r? iakenzie, who, whllo in command of the United States i > .ig-of-war Somers, during the administration of Presi r' 'Jpt Tyler, hung Midshipman Spencer flrom the yardarm, E"j .i suspicion of Instigating a mutiny on board tho ship a en-' ,,cum>tance which no doubt will be remembered by our nut ?ders. i SKFTCn OF OEOBOE ECSTIS, JR. jjj - Tn? i;? a Sketch of a man of wh?im 'tofhity? important <?" Hfcanb ? ? ' almost a difficult task. Mr. Kur*.s was at > y of tiai'J ? ">now Nothing member of Congress from .J . n?, t :i h id nertr thowu any briliisucy iu tfjbme, or m anything else. Ho was remarkable for his pompo sity without substance, and bis scir conceit without talent to boar offthe same. He was scarcely ever seen without a quizzing glass in his eye, although It was rumored !a Washington that he could see much better without it. He married the daughter of Mr. W. W. Corcoran, the banker, of Washington, which fact accounts for the anxiety mani fested by that gontloman when the news arrived at the cap;Ul. TUB ARRIVAL OF THE THRO DOHA AT CARDRNAB. Our Koy Went correspondence, bearing date October 20, gives us the particulars of the arrival of the Theodora at Cardenas on tho 16th of last month, with these rebel Commissioners as passengers. Consul Savago sent over at once to Mujor French to give him tho necessary information; and, but for tho want of a war steamer being at Key Wustkdoubtless thoso men would have been cap* turod at that time. Our correspondent at that tiino wrote us follows:? To show how Important it Is that tho navy should al" ways have one or more steamers at Key West, last even ing u vessel arrived, with despatches from Consul Savage to Major French, roi>orting the arrival at Cardei us on the 18th Inst, of tho Confederate steamship Theodora, from Charleston, S. P., having the French Consul and family on board, and also Messrs Mason and Slidell, Qjiutulssion era from Kiclimond for France and Knglnnd. Tbero was also communicated by the Consul the fact ihat on the Uth the British schooner Kvelyne, Captain N. Vincent, cleared fii m Neuvitas lor Baltimore, with a cargo of West India goods. The Consul hail reliable news tliat her destina tion was Charleston. Had u steamer like the Keystone Stale been mi this station to give eliase to these vessel! the capture of one would have been of valuable service to our government uud honorable to the captors. THE THEODORA ARRIVES AT HAVANA. Our correspondence from tho Cuban capital, under date i let 25, says ? The Confederate steamer Theodora, from Charleston, Gapt. Lurk wood, aiived at Ca ilenns ou tlio ltlih, an l at this poit on the 18ih. She brought some twenty llvo inss. rgeis, and among them several ladies; Mr. Slide!! uuii Mr. Mason, (omtnissiouers to France and Kngland fr in the ( onlederate States; Mr. Host to go to Spain, and Mr. Yancey?to get homo when he can. Mr. Slidell has his wile and four childr n with him. Thoy have taken ro< nis at M. s. Brewer's If tol Cubauo, to leave this iu the British steamer of November 7, lor Southampton. HOW TI1EY REACHED Ct'I'A. We take, as the most reliable account from the reb'l source, the following from the Charleston Mercury of Nov* 2, relative to the movements of the rebel Commis sioners;? lor some time past tho papers of tho interior have been indulging In sly hints as to the who o ibouts of Messrs. Mason mid Slidell. We have hitherto ma 'o no allu.-ion to their movements; but, the causco wh.cli induced our retlcenco b'ing removed, we may now, \\,:h ut ind.scre tlon. narrate tho fuels of their embarkation. Tho Com missioners having resolved to make tlio venture of run ning the blrckude of Chiu-leston, ufter mature delibera tion selected tor tl.o experiment thj staunch und swift little steamer Theodora, which was therefore got ready for sea with nil despatch. The preparations having b.en competed, th v embarked a little before mi luigbt on Friday, October 11. The party ot' pussougors who wure starting on this ve.y unusual and somewhat ha zardous trip consisted of tho following persons ? lion. J. M. Mason, of Virginia. Mr. Mocfarlaud, Secretary to Mr. Masou. Hon. J .on Slidell, of Louisiana. Mrs. Slidell. Miss M ithilde Slidell. Miss Uosine Slidell. Mr. Ki Mis, Sfcr? tary to Mr. Slidell. Mis. Eustis, who is a daughter of Mr. Corcornn, tho Washington banker, now in Kort lAfayettc. (Mr. Corco ran is in Washlrto-u.?Ki>. 11ekai.u.1 shot revolver^1' ?f Lu"isiai"1' 010 inventor of tho grape )> ,l\Udr tw"i ?r thro(' other gentlemen, whom it will ho host for the present not to name. The night was Mich dark, ai... about midnight a light, i.,jn be gan foiling whi h rendered the chances of being de nn ?f, V 'ck,wlur>i ?'xccediiijriy slim. At oue o clock sneedton.** h'"""'"h! 'b'f l:x ty "K ""1 b.VK" and "Liod , J . . ^**"'? I ho cablos of tho Theodora wei loosened. and she fe-Iid.-a di.v.n ilio harbor on lior important mission. As th ? sterner passed Port Sumter < wry ligliw on baara wjis extinguished, aui away wont, right through the lingers ot tho bkWaderg^arou? at sou. on the evening of tho llth sho reached X *?*,. lu sUety.whe o, had the opportunity bjen a 'avorublo ono tho ommiFuioners would nave disembarked- b-it on in |j?uring, they ascertained that tho Ku^IihU steamor con necting with that point touched at New York. However gratilyiiefa sight of Now York might liavo been i rider other circumstances. tho Commissioners determined in this instance U. forego tho pleasure. So tho Thomiora ! 1'ki fMi steamed ?war towards Cubi. On the loih Inst, elie arrived at Cardenas, where tho Comm winn ers landed. The news that a .southern steamer had ar riyod, with Messrs. Mason and Slidollon board, which was airgraphed from uardenas to Havana, was ocurcoly credited at the latter place. But when, on the 17th io it iho Theodora caino up the harbor cf Havana, display inir ,lk?-, Ule, l -y Wuro immediate* thronged ?with thousands of wuinioting s|?ectatois, am: u morn cordial and enthusiastic reception was given to Die adventurous little craft. The Yunkuos'in Havana wore . as a matter of courso, murti dlsi; sled at the welcome given to tho Theodora. Hut,on tho other hmd.the ladies or Havana prepared a splendid (Jon.ode aie llag for the steamer, win h was proband to tin, captain with appro priate ceremonies. The iadis* of Matanzas ai?o tooic a Ivan lageoi the chiuioo to send hither a splendid Hag for iLu? Hanipton 1/jgioti. Tbo steamship Columbia, formerly a tnai.cstou vessel, but new ia the armed service of the Yankees, was, at the timo, In the harbor oi Havana. Lucki.y, however, she was not ready to put to sea. Her consort, the Keystone State, had g >ne to New York with a isouthern steamer, loaded with a valuable freylit of arms and munitions,an-! which, unfortunately.ha1 been captured whl'e end >nvo:lng to m.ike the ruii t> Tampa, Ha. bo ti e Theodora loft the friendly port of Havana umn. leg ted, and. with a freight of oofl'.-e, sugar, taltiietre. , sulphur, acids, lead, iron, shot, block tin, ic., rau quiet ly in wo won't say where?bringing a number of t harltf-tor, inns, who h id reached Havuna from Soul humn ton about tho time tho Thoodora tnado her iippoaranco It is ascertained that the Yankees keep a fast vac lit coin stautlj plying between Key West and Havana, simply f, r the purpose ot gain.ng intelligence of our naval move ments. the Iheodora Is a private vessel,and is unarmed. TUB REBKL AMBASSADORS AS TilKY AKB AND AS TUB REBELS FANCIED THEY WOULD BE. The rebel Commissioners are now safely in tho hands of the government. How different that is from the ?'crowing" statement that appeared in tho Richmond Examiner of October 29, w hich was worded as follows: By this time our ablo representatives abroad. Messrs Mason and Slidell, are pretty well over tho briny deep towards the shores of Europe. We commit no imliscre ,in stating that they have embarked upon a vessel which will b? abundantly abie to protect tliem against inostof the Yankee en ,sers they may happen to ineei, ami tho chances are cons fluently a hundred to one that | tboy will reach their destination with safely. The malice I oi our V ankoe enemies will t ,us be foiled .and Um atuinnt to rapture Uiem fail of .success. Great will be the morti (ication ol tiio > aukees when they shall have learned tliis result. Our ministers did not choose to leave at <uiv [ other port than one of our own, or undor any but tho j Confederate I lag. We believe that, at no distant day, Mr. i ,'V fbaiure of rir/mnu a tretOu if amilu | <m behalf of Hie C<mf<dvate Sates with one, of'the' ol&'t ami gi'<litest dynatties of Ewmjk, and thus cemeni those relations of commerce upon which our future so lanreiv depends. 6 1 TUE RECEPTION OF TIIE HOTEL COMMISSIONERS AT HAVANA. Wo have already published a ruii account of tha recep tion of Messrs. Mason and Slidell at Havana; but at this lime a brief resume of the affair may prove very interest ing. The Theodora is said to have landed i ho rebel min Wrs at Cardenas, from which place t hey i mvclled to tl > capital by the land route. When tic. arrived at H i vana, the British Consul is reporte l t<> m.v.- ealled u(vu them In his odlcial cajiaclly, and lr : . io itv h. Presented them to tho Captain General ,/f theS[ mlsh West Indies. Miesrs. Slidell and Mu.scu rvtro received while in Havaua with the highest coot, JorntIon, from tho Cai>tain General downwards. ARRIVAL OF THE TRENT FIIOM SOtTHAMrTON. Tlie British mail steamer Trent arrived at Havana on Tie iilst from Southampton^ with several travellers boi'.nd homo, bekinging to tho Confederate States?Oilonel Jiea-le, late Minister of tho United States to Brazil; Messrs. D. E. and S. P. Huger, of Charleston, South Carolina; Mosers. Shortt, Whalley, Kipmon, Pavenai and Covert, of South Careliua. This party left by tho rebel steamer Thoodora on U?e evening of the 23d for Charleston. Colonel Charles J. Holm, formor United States Consul General for Cuba arrived by tho Trent. Ho was warmly welcomed by his many frionds, and will reside tbore for some weeks before returning to Kentucky. THE TRENT BAILS FOR VERA CBCZ. Shortly after Iter arrival sho again started on her Jour ney to Vera Cruz, with her mails, Ac. When on her re turn trip to Groat Britain, she, in her usual course, a nln called at Havana, and then took on board the two rebel ambOfvalors, their despatches, families and baggage. TH* TRENT. The Trent Is tho English mail steamer plying between Vera Cruz, Havana, St. Thomas and Southampton. She is an old but thoroughgoing sea vessel, has been for sorao time on what is known ne tho Wost India mail line, and Is used as a means of intercourse between tho BritiFh officials in Mexico and their mother country, and often has on board a large amount of treasuro from Meiico be sides the malls, passengers, kc. Tho mails and treasuro are generally under tho charge of a retired navy officer who nets as mail agent. Tho captain of the Trent is an Englishman. ARRIVAL OK TUB SAN JACINTO IN TBI GULK. The San Jacinto baa for some lima been on tbo station on the coast of Africa, but, liko many other vessels belonging to tho government of the United State*, was orderod borne wb n the present troubles commenced. She was then further ordorod to cruise after the Sumter, and whilo on that cruise she put in at Havana. The American Consul conVeyed to her commander the information of the sailing of tbo rebel Commissioners on the British steamer Trent, but did not presume to give any actual orders to him re 'allve to tl.e arreht of the party. Captain Wilkes, with patriotic zeal, was determined upon his own authority to take the men prisoners, no matter at what risk even that of having his commission stripped from him?feeling sure of one thing, that his country would appreciate his conduct as an act of true American daring and national bravery. Suffice It to say that ho over ha'iled the Trent wilbin twenty -four hours' sail from th0 port; two boats were sent, and Lieutenant Fairfax boarded her, and Meters. Slldell and Mason were made prisoners. They at first objected to being removed without the em" ployment of force for that purpose. However, they wero goon al ter removed without further trouble, and conveyod to the Sau Jacinto. Their res|>cctis-o secretaries, Kustis and McKariuud, wero also brought on board the San Jacinto. RKKTOII OK TUB SAN JACINTO. The Pan Jacinto is a first class steam sloop-of war, and carries thirteen guns. She was built in Brooklyn in 1850i and is registered as being one thousand four hundred and forty-six tons burthen. Her last station abroad waBon the roast of Africa, and at the commencement of tbo present year she was commanded by Captain Thomas A. iKirmn. Captain Wilkes, who had beeu on ipecial duty at Washington, was ordered out to take the command of the fiui Jacinto an J to bring her home, having done which, the vessel waa ordered to the Gulf to cruiso after the Sumter. RKETCn OK CAPTAIN CHARMED WILKES. Captain Cliaries Wilkes, theCaptuiu of the San Jac'nto at l bo time wlien she overhauled the Trent, is a native of New York, or which State bo is a citizen, and from which State ho was appointed to tho navy H" was born about tho year 1805, and at the early ago of thirteen entered the naval service) hia original entry therein bearing dam January 1,1818' Ho slanun, according to the last navy list, No. SI on the l.stoi cajil i in, bis present commission bearing date Sep tember 14,1855. His sea service under his present com mits ion bus been of short duration, bis total sea service being about ton years. Ho has been on shore and other duty about twenty-seven years,and has been unetnployod about soven years, thus making his whole service under tho government of the United Stales about forty-four years. Previous to his prosont servlco his last duty at s a was in Juno, 1842. His principal employment from thai tune till ordered u|mn the San Jacinto was upon special duty at Washington. Captain Wilkes is also noted as the great explorer and navigator, having, in conso. quenco of his well tested scientific ability, been appointed by the government upon tho command or tli 'naval ex pedition gotten up for the purpose of exploring tho coun tries bordering on the l'aciflc and Southern oceans. At this time his command consisted of a brig, two war sloops and two smaller vessels, as tenders, Charles Wilkes having charge of the whole. Starting from New York, lie pursued lus route, via Cane Horn, towards Aus trail* and the neighboring inlands. Ilo visited Singa pore, Borneo, theS'iMlwicli Islands, and the upper part of Oregon, to , and returned to New York during the year X84tl. This expedition iastod four yoars, having boon commenced in 1838. For the interesting disco veries made by tho explorer the learuud Geographical Society of London pres. .ted him with a gold medal, as a memento of their appreciation of his labors. Captain Wilkes lias published several works on geographical research, tho one on Western America being very valua ble a * a volume for reference, tho statistics, maps and drawings being of tho highest order. Captain WilKe? has by Ins present action addud another triumph to his list of glories. SKKTcn or LIEUTENANT FAIRFAX. Lieutenant P. McK Fairfax, ilie officer who had charge of tho removal of the prisoners from off the Trent, is an officer formerly connected with the Constellation, which was cruising in the African waters. He is a native of Vnginla, but is a citizen of North Carolina, from which State ho was appointed. Ho entered the sorvico on tho 12th tiny of August, 1837, and his present """imlvi"" be ira date February 20, 1851, he now standing No. 44 on the list of promotion. His sua service under his presont commission is over seven years, his total sea service being nearly sixteen years. I(c was for four years on shore and other duty, and about throe years and a half unemployed, jnaking a total service of about twenty-four years. He was appointed la February, 1868, to the Constellation, OTtor which he was transferred to the eomniund of the Mystic, a id from thence to the Sim Jacinto, from which vessel ho conducted the two boats which drew up along side of ih" Trent. The rebel Commissioners were taken from tho Trent t:nd< r bin charge to the San Jacinto. TUB STOI'PAflE OF THI'. TRENT. As before stated, the Captain of the San Jacinto, on His own an'1 -l) , i ursued the Trent and stopped her in the Buhtf:.' ?*t appears that tho vessel was brought t > In tli - j! in ' or, by tho firing of a bill acrossber bows, as a r ? I ' o heave to. Tho captain of tho Trent at once caused hi* - ssel to bo stopped on her course, a':d allowed tho two boats to como alongside and the <itll - cert to lUvcend to tho deck of tho steamer. A demand Woe then m.ido for tho surrender of tho two principal rel>els and their secrotari's. but thoir families and friends were to be allowed to proceed on their way in peai e. Some show of re:;islai ce was made by the prisoners, who rofused to surrender unless force was used. This tho ofllc r in charge said ho would ri sort to unless tiioy yield ed qnii'tly, and the rebels, deeming discretion tho botter [a tof valor, at once, without further trouble,surrendered themselves up, and were taken on board tho San Jacinto, the Treut proceeding on her way to Europa with tho families and friends of tho prisoners. Tho whole cap. turo was mado without the tiring of a shot more than tho one used to bring the vessel to. ARRIVAL AT FORTRESS MONROE. The Fan Jacinto arrived at Fortress Monroe shortly aft r noon on Friday, und (iaptain Wilkfs landed and re" ported to l eidquarterB, wniie the vessel took on board the coal she-o much needed. Some conversation t >ok place butwton General Wool and Captain Wilkes relative to the seizure, during which the latter remarked that ho took tho whole responsibility upon himself, and that ho must now abido by tho result, even if ho had to suL*r for tho act. THE EXCITEMENT AT FORTRESS MONROE. Of courso, as soon as the news arrived at tho fort tho f -;temeut at onoo became iritens'', directly it was known tuat the rebel minisiors, who had caused so much t nbie and eoxiety, were on board. All sorts of rumors werontonce set ulloat as to what would bo done with them, but all were in error. In tho meantime Captain Taylor was sent oil to Washington with despatches to the government. SKETCH OF CAPTAIN TAYLOR. Captain Alftod Taylor, the bearer of despatches from tho ' aiof oUlcor of tho . an Jacinto to the government at Washington, was not In actual command at tho timo of the engagwneut. but was mcroly a passenger I17 the San Jacinto from the squadron on tho African coast, whero ho had been in command of tho sloop Saratoga. He Is a native and citizen of tho State of Virginia, from which State ho was appointod. He originally entered the ser v toe on the 1st of March, 1826, but his prosont commis sion bears date September 14,1866. He had been to sfa but a fow montlis under his present commission, his total si? Servian being under seventeen years. He was noarly tweivo years on shore and other duty, and about eight years unemployed, making a total of about thirty-seven years servloo. He was last at sou, previous to his ap pointment to tlie Saratoga., In September, 1854. TUB EXCITEMENT AT WASHINGTON. As soon us the news reached Washington there was a (lurry of excitemont from the highest to the lowest. All loyal men expressed pleasure at the capture of the prison ers, but a few there were who felt differently. W. W. Corcoran, tho banker, was in a great state of excitement when he heard of tho news; and no wonder, either,as bis daughter is the wffo of Mr. Eustls, one of the captured ones, and was with him on board of the vessel. Of course his inquiries wore principally for her; but he doubtless felt bad for tho whole affair, as he has been suspected of sympathizing in a strong measure with tho eauso of re bellion. When Captain Taylor arrived at the capital he was at once boset by Corcoran and others of tho same class; but his answors'wero more general than explicit; and^lthough be may have soothed the father, he did but little else, an far as giving aid anil comfort to the rebels. The arrival of tho news hud completely electrified tho lethargic City of Magnificent Distances. THIS MAN JACINTO PBOCKKDH NORTH.

Meantime tho San Jacinto proceeds North with her valuable, but not meritorious cargo. Her reported desti nation was to be tho harbor of Now York. Her prlsouers were to bo comfortably lodged at the government ox pence, 1* one or tho other of tho beautiful watering places that grace tho harbors of Now York and Boston, where they can be fancy froee, if not bodily so, aud whore they can speculate on a life by the seaside. TIIK NEWS IN NKW YORK. Theroceptlon of the news, when first published on tho bulletins of tho Hkilald otllce, produced a pro found sensation. Thero was talking and arguing in deed. "Takoo ofTa British vessel, too," said one. "And a mail steamer," said another. "There will be war with England, suro." said a third. "But England set the ex' ample." suggests a fourth. Aud so tho talk goes on. Tuf fendorfT, Vuttell, Wheat on, l>'Hautofeullle and Mar tens wero consultod on tho legality of tho act. But all tho argumont* generally wound up with "But we have got Mason and Slidell, and wo do not intond to glvo them up, and there's tho end of It." This seemed to give the greatest satisfaction of tho whole, and showed the tono of the people. SIMILAR CASKS OP SEIZURE. THK LEOPARD ANI) TUB CllI&APKAKE. In 1807 a case occurred between tho British and Ameri can navies as follows:?Tho frlgato Chesapoako, when starting on a distant voyage, was overhauled by tho British i-hip Leopard, on the ground that desortors from tho British service were on bnard. Tho American captain refused to give them up, when the Leopard at once poured a broadside into tho Chesapeake, killltiK several persons on board. They then renewed their demand, and the men had to bo given up to prevent further loss of life. (This incident was tho primary causo of the death of Decatur.) JeflVrson. In a proclamation,immediately ordered all British vessels of war to quit the waters of tho United Slates. The Kng lish government diravowod the act ef tho raptain of the L-opard, aud promised reparation; but nothing satisfac tory was done for some time, but ultimately full allow" ance was mado to the sufferers. ARUtTIINOT AND AltBltlSTKR. In 1817 fho war with the Indians in Florida was at its height, aud in March of that yoar General Jackson took the field It became obvious to him that tho Indians had beou instigated by tbeSpociiirds of Florida, and,with two British g ibjocts named Arbuthnot and Arbrister, hid sup plied them with arms and ammunition. The former he punished by seizing their forts at St. Marks and I'onsa ?'o!a,ond sending tho officers in command to Havana. Tho alter woro tried by court martini, found guilty and exe cuted. The course of General Jackson in invading the territory of a nation with which tho United States was at pcace was condemaed by soino, and at flr?t the Cabinet woro disputed to prouounco it arbitrary and unauthorized. Tho Secretary of Stato, however, con vinced them that Jackson had done uomore than was noc< g ssry to carry out tho orders of the government, an,| Congress absolved tho hero of Now Orleans from all blame. Tho British government, on hearn; of tlio summary execution of two of their subjects, weri at first loud in their demands for satisfaction; but Mr. Admns' arguments convinced them, also, of the propriety of what had been done. KTEAMEK CAROLINE. In tho Patriot war of 1S37, when Canada was in full re" belllon agalMt tho mother country, tho Carol mo was su8" pected as being in the employ of the rsbols. During on" night, when all on board tho Caroline wore asl.vp, ami while tho vessel was lying inoorod against an Ame'ric m dock, a body of armed men left the Canadian shore, ur tnc!;od those on board this vessel, killing one, at least, then cut the rope or hawser that bouDd tho yep: 1 to tJ?o Pier, hauled her Into the Centre of tho stream, set fire to her. and sent h. r over the rails. The vessel was under li;o luiteel Statu* .lag; America was at peace with CSreut llrit tin; yet thus did the British violate neutral territory and a nontral (lag, and destroy tho vessel cf :i neutral nation in tho wv?rs of that nation. A Mr. MtUod was about to bo tried for the murder of tho man who w.is killed upon tho ship, when tho BriUsff government inter iered and took tto respuusib.iity upon themselves. Hero is u case iu points? TUB CASK OF LVCfnN BONAFAHTE. A similar pmoooding on ihe part er an English vessel of-war will probi.bly bo within tho recollection of some of our readers. We refer to the boarding of tho ship Hercules,of Hatam, Muss., Captain Edward West, in a Sardinian port, aomo Qfty years ago, und forcibly taking from on lioard Lrtcien Bonaparte, ihon on bis way to th United States. Tho Hercules put into port on account of tho sickn.ss of Helen Bonaparte, and at his urgent re. Test. An Knglhh man-of-war was in port, got wind of the passenger on board, and sont a boatswain with an ormod crew, who took Luden away by force, carried him on board the man-of-war, and ho was taken a prisoner to Kngland. TUB:CASK OF T. B. M'maNUS. Wo havo another precedent in tho action of tho British government in a-precisely similar case, in ihe Irish r? bellion of 1848, when tho person of Torenco Bellow Mc Manns was forcibly t ikon from an American ship, tho brig N. P. Chase, or lioston. under protest of the officers in tho harbor of Cork, where ho had taken shelter under tho Stars and Stripes, at a time, too,nft.>r *lie had c!e ired the |x>rt and was virtually on her vovage, having been lying off the harbor lor six days, waiting lor a favorable wind. OTHER CA8ER. Tliore were tho cases or the Lssox, and sevorai other vessels, to show tho stretch of power which tho I ngll h havo used at times when they deemed it neoessary to dare tho result to obtain particular ends, and tiiey ar gued, as in this case wo should doubtless be entitled to say, '?the end Justllies thn moans." THE LEGALITY OF THE ACT. IS TTII-. CAPTl KE Of SLIDELL AND IUSO.N J [' -TIFIABIJS L.NIIKlt 'HIE f,AW OF NATION!!??AtTIIOItlTIKS AND REASONS) IN SUrrOKT OK IT FKOM CUim , HIILII UOKK, KENT, VATTKI-, WIIKATON AN1) WTJIEKtl AND I-KOM TI1E PROCLAMATIONS OF THE (W hjjNK OF KNGLAND ANI) bl'AlN. At the (irst blush of tho news of tho capture, by Com modore Wilkes, of tho rebel Commissioner?, Mason and Slidell, and their resjiccllvo secretaries, MoKarland and Enstis, on board tho British steamer Trent, In the Baha ma channel, a considerable degree of apprehension t.-k hold of the public mind lest that act was ouo of unjustr liable hostility sgatast the British flag, and lift our gov ernment, actuated by the desire of maintaining frank and friendly relations with Great Britain, would reel under (he necessity of making reparation, which might Involve the sending of the rebels to England by a nati-jial vos.-i.-l. Such apprehension, however, we believe to bo <11 founded and we feel convinced I hot a brief referenoo to the au-' thoritics bearing on the subject will disunite any droad that the act might be oonstxtied by Euglaud into a oouao of war. Now what do tho publicist* say 00 the subject? Chitty, a standard English few Writer, says in his "Law of Nations," page 147. ' On the same principle on which oontrabands of war and bloekaCe have been interdicted ,n the eom merco or neutrals?I moon (ho principle that a neutral thn! "j'k r 1 f t?i .V8 a It h:is been held that nlhs.r at ttqf aut^am.4 afforded to an enemr e^?<^ Oi th'm"C'j",n th0 Pr"l*'r,y '-1 the neutral eon ? / ,1 l ***** ,vme " ?f a ?*?*?" ii'nom yUurr than ttu amwyauce <f hmtile dopatrhe,. The vut rhitvius <f T* a terriee is iiu>Jinite, injlnite Tk^^n "nH ambraUina Mat can be cmivcye,!. 7 he carrying <J lux, or three cargoc* qf tivrm u tuasnrilu ?" v"*?* ?J a l\miled natute; but in the trctumis*ion afiapatckea may be amveytd the entire iJa,i nf a cam patgn, that moj/ de/eat all the projtcU nf tie oOierbeul^ rent wi U?it quarter <rf the toorld. nwoeutgc Now does not this a?e come ck*rly within tho.ioc. trine here laid down? These emissaries, arrwtod on board tho Trent, wore not only bearers,* host,* d<? patchra, but were even more deeply and seriously impli cated in acts of hostility against the government tho United Ktatee. If tho mlsclmvous o^seq.ienocsrfsim ple despatches are infinltc_as Mr. Chitty remarfe-^.ow much more infinitely Injurious may bo em hear k? wll0 are sent abroad to plot with others who have gone before them, and to Implicate, If possible, neutral power, in the hoetllitles existing? The Instructions with whi?i they were clothed might, In tho words of the samo author "defeat all tho projects of the other beliigorcct in that quarter of tho world." Mr. Chitty continues:? Tho strict rulo of the law of nations originally wn. thn we?fuUie car'o? ^ con^icatid M Wo havo do doubt that iu this case tho captain of tb i Trent, having full knowledge before ho left Havana of the character of tlieso men, and having refused the demand of a simple messenger from tho San Jacinto thai they should bo delivered up, made his ship responsible for the violation of neutrality, and that Commodore Wilkes would havo been as fully juslitlcd in seizing the Trent as a prlxe an we beiicvo he is In acting as he has done. Again, Mr. Chltty say a . Equally Intolerable Is the employment of a neutral shiP ?s a transport for tho private men, or for tho officers o' the enemy. ? ? Any ono of tlieso acts being brought to light, thorecan remain no doubt respecting tho unfair lies.- of that specific transaction. * * Ui>oii the break ingout of a war?horo hoquotest-lr William Scott?It Is the right of uentruls to carry on their accustomed trade, with the exception of tho particular cases of a trade to blockad ed places or In contraband articles (In both which eases their property is liable to be condemned),and of their ships beiug liable to visitation ami .-earth, in which cose, however, they aro entitlod to i^ht aud oxpenses. We know that our government has at times protested agaicst tho right of vlsltatlou and search, and claimed that under tho American dug a vessel should bo exempt from such liabilities. It must be admitted, howevor, that any such claim Is, on Us face, preposterous. Blavers and pirates might, if cliasud by a British or French cru.sor, hoist tho American ensign, aud thus Becure im munity in their nefarious enterprises. No good govern ment could with reason and justice put forward aud in sist upon such an absurdity. To apply tho rulo to our selves, it would follow that If one of our cruisers wero in hot chase of tho privateer Sum tor, and wero preparing to give her broadside, all that slio had to do was to hoist the British or French ensign, aud sail oil' unmolested Tho very statement of the proposition of immunity from visitation and search shows Its preposterousnees. The rulo is, as Sir Wm. Scott lays it down, and us the English government laid It down sorno few years ago, that innocent vessels thi s overhauled and retaioc,! are entitled to freight and expenses. And so if it had so turned out thut the Trent had not any contrabands of war on board, in the shapo of rebel emissaries,our govern ment would have been responsible for any charges that might be made on ticcouut of her detention. As it is her owners may ho very thankful for her cscuntug with this slight detention, instead of being, as she might havo bceu, brought into port and ci unseated us a le^al pi lie for violatiou of the neutrality laws. And it iu not only in tho text hooks of publicists ami In common scute that the rulo we have spoken of is laid down; but tho attention of the English people was called to thut very point iu tho l ueenV proclamation of 1101 tiaiilyof tho 13th of May l ist, whero, In enumerating what would constitute violations of neutrality, and sub,ret British subjects to the forfeiture of protection i slio instances "carrying officers, soldier*, desruwhet, military stores or materials, cr u:iy article or article8 considered aud docmcd to bo contraband of war, accord lug to tho law or modern usage of nations." Now, wo ha\e shown thut Sir. Chilly describes tho conveyance of hostile despatches as among contraband matter, aud nB Infinitely beymd the elltct of any contraband that cu,, bo conveyed. There would, t her'fore, seem to be no question left as to the legality of G inni xlore Wilkes' act. The proclamation of tho tjueon of Spuln embraces tho same points, though even more explicitly. II says:? The carrying of war material, jitters or r<,,n.nuvi<n tiorix f?r the beUif: rtn'.f irf foibidOei.. Oflenduis shall bo iv. ..onsiblo for their acts, ami h^ll havo no right to the prot< ction of m> goveii.inei Tlieso circumstances provbeyond all quest Ion, that the carrying of the rebel emissaries by tho captain ol' tho Tient, knowingly and wilfully, alter full nulleo ?f their public character, was a violatiou of ilio neutraiity whii b his government had proclaimed,and afforded sufficient ground oven for the seizure and v- nuscatiou <1 his vushui. Wu doubt not that under sin i cumittkiicesthe rubal cruiser* or privateers n i ??> ?? dotiln,solse or caitlw.aU) the Knt.liBb vet 1 ' ? . ?' !?'S or m ssengers abroad ft ot. .r We |?av?- given soma <? . ? ? ? ' ?'1' # English publicist of gre-i. . i ...... charg'd with givini; an uh 1 i ? ? ' ' I.et usnow hear from Milium r? 1 > i?.' ?1 i " Mujesty in her oillco of Aur.uri,' t> J\ ? ? i Ports." lln says, In blr ?1 ... ' * i ? ' Law," that it is competo'.' ' ' ????< ? amba. nidic of Lis cuunr. ot vi ,? ? n i On |iug<' 370 he says:? . (?<?.273. "OD-eiai c jit !: ? official on tbo mui s?>f a bulli ;o> cut i " ft devutch <-s iw im/ nrs a hostile <'? > ? lor* of tueiB I'bo mx ti ovous conse'iu i ch .. service fiinnut bo cetiinS'4><l, aud e\U i 1 ' vond til*flfitx* of any contraband that can beoonvsyed; tor it is manifest thin by tlifl cairi?*c of n ich despatches tbo nest imiortiint Operations of a belligerent army may bo lurva-rdetl or ob structed. In gotiorul case* ol ooutruhanil tlio quantity <if tbo art clo carried nuy lw a material circular t.uiei-; but tho .'mailed. despatch mtiy serve to turn tho lui'tuia# uf war in favt>r of a | articular builign'tit^t.*' Sue. 274. "Tin penalty is confiscation of tbo Buip which convoys tli? i despatches and of tbe cargo." Chancellor Kent, In speaking of tho right, of search, pays, In hit Commentaries, volume cne, pego 164:? All wiitors upon tho law of nutions, and th ? highest, authorities, acknowledge tbo right, in time if ?i, , asi resting njiu'i sound principle? ot public Jurisprudence and upon the institutes .tint practice of ail i'r' at maritime Powers: anil if, u|xin making tho search, tbe vessel bo f .imd emp ty"1 in the contraband t i.do,or in currying rniiti,. h .Toperty, or trooj .i or despatch", .-bo is liable to Vuttol says (book 3, cb. 4, sec. 104) that the Impnr. tlality which u neutral nation 0Uj;lii to observe between the b-l.iforout j?rti<* cor slets tf two pointsi?1. To give no asshitarico where there li no prsviocn stipulntion tn five it, nor voluntarily tofurnirii troops, arms, atnmu" nitiou, nor anything of great ceo In war. I do not i.ot say to give omittance e/putlli/. but U> giiv no auittance for it would te ib urd that a State should assist at the same time two eiiomiee. And, besides, It would lie im possible to do it with equality; the same things, the like number of troops, the like quantity of arms, of monitions! Jtc., furnished under different chouastunccs, aro no loi.ger equivalent succors. Whoa ton, in 11 is work on tbo law of nations, coincide^ with tho views of the oilier publicists whom we have quoted, lie says (pnge S29):? Of tho sainu mitiiro with tho cn rrylng of contraband goods the lran.jMilotion <f military [ierson.u or n? * jiitclut til line tertn.ee of the m- my. *? * * As t,o tho number of military persons mv 'iiry to 8ubjoc'. th ? ves tul ui contlsca' on, it 1. ilitliciiit to cdne, since J'-wer ;>?r 4 ni. of hiyh yuuhfig ii'.'.d cl.'iratlcr may l# f much ti: n-. iru yurtame Hum a viitchgreater nvmUr perenn t/f Uno-r can dih ii. To carry a veteran G<*nn-a' under someclreom BUU'.i 08 miglit l< a much tuore noxious act than th con I veyunoo ot a whole regiment. The consequences of saoh i as-utaiioe are greater, and thertforntho belli,'ere: t has astroiii,er right to prevent ani punish It. Nor is ,t ma j toriitl,ln tho Judgment of the I'ruo Court, whi ther tiia mast' r he ignoraiH of t' o servioo i:- which he is engaged. It is deemon suilii iuit it U -re ha i boon an Lijury a i<iug to iho beliigorent from tho employment In wliicJi tha Vtssel is found. * * ' T'te ftai UiLti/ly atrryinp t/ie d ytilr.hrt ut tlu: ?.runny will iiUo iu>'jict tin: neutral twtMl in which they itre transjivrted In uijiur- mid ounJ'Ma.ujn. "Fraudulently" here moons "knowingly," and ie usod 'n contradistirction In "innooently" or "ignorantiy.' No such oscuse oan bo ofletod here, however, iu viow of tU? full notice given to tho Cu|>luiu of the Troat. The case of despatches (oontinues Whcaton) is n gcr vlc; which, in wbatsvt r degrne It exists, can ouly bo (?mi sioeiod In one clnuactor?-j.< an wt of Uie nuut hotiile nature. Tbe offence of franduifintlr carrying despatches in tho service or the enemy boinn, then, greater than that of carrying contralsuid undor wiy circumstances, it be comes absolutely nccee.-ary as v/e 11 as just to resort to h me other penalty than that intlictod In cnscsof contra band. Tho oonflscatlon <.< tlio noxious urtlclo would bo ridiculous when applied to dospatahee. The vehicle in which they are carried must theiofore be confiscated. Wheatoti mukis exception of tho taso of carrying des patches of an amb.assador or other piitdic minister of the enemy resident In a neutral oountry; Jbot that exception do<*j not apply here,as there is not legah'y, or in fact, any rebel embassador or public minister rosldent in, and recognized by, any country of Kurope. If tlirtt wag Uieoasei the circum-stauoe might bo materially altert'd. A Krsnch publicist oven goes so far as to say that, although tho cap tain of a neutral vessel may be Ignorant of the c.haracU>r of otic of his passengers, ho must surrender him en demand of one of tho belligerents. Now, aside from the semi diplomatic charactor which may be ascribed to Messrs. Mason and Slidell, th.'ro is jittle room to doubt that they were clothed with power aud instructions, verbal or written, to purchase and .for ward arms and munitions of war for the rebel govern ment, and to perform other acts to the injury of the gov ernment of tho United Statos. Their papers will doubt* less reveal gotno Interesting particulars on that score- ' Otn any one doubt that if their mission was partially to procure and forward article*; contraband of war, the ve- ol carrying th-in on t' 1 with the full and guilty knowledge) of her m - abject to conlhj. ca'. im ? According to all ekmen ir/ < , ,1 ?cconingto the dictates of common senso, there can bo no reasonable doubt on that point. We therefore have arrived at th6 conclusion, fortified by all publicist*, that Captain Wilkes, In Stopping the British steamer Trent, smiling n tness. nger on boanl to request tho surrender of these rebel emissaries, and sub sequently sustaining his '-rind by an exhibition of force, acted within tho Mope of his authority and within the recognized rules of international It w. If we thought otherwise wo would recommend a frank disavowal of the act and the making of due re arnt ou. Wo have no fears, however, but tliat the mat;er will recolvo'ho earnest and honest "onslderut leu of the Secretary of State and of the arimlnislration, and (list, tho course most consistent with law, honesty and fair d -allng will bo imrsued. Such course, whatever it nny be, will command tiio sanction and support of the |ko|Jo of tho 1 nitod States. THE LATEST FROM WASHINGTON. What tlte VoreIt;?? ltllnl?)(M Say?Wo of ficial Action % tt 'I .ikcii by Lord Lyons?* The Ofiiriul Uminmntii of the Kcbfi Commissioners !V->t lei V'\aiiilii?'il?A. Characteri-tlr I iclilcnt?Departure ot C'u[i!ulu Taylor, >Sic., Ace* W.^uinuion, Nov. 17, 1801. Tho official documents brought by Captain Taylor from Commodore Wilkes in relevance to the arrost of tho rebo' Commissioners bay* not yet been examined by the go vertmient. Tli. y wi'l bo cm pidered by the I'restdeut and Cabinet to morrow, after wh.ch ii it should be deemed proper they will bo given to iho pubis. T'loy contain only minute dotuils of what has already been published in tho ITkiuih. The Han Jacinto, having ju t ro turned from a crniso of nearly two years and a U .lf on tho A'.Vicaa coast, will bo laid up for re.ialrs, und herjerew, wheso time has expired. w ill bo discharged. The Navy Department is informed that she left Fortress Monroe for New York yesterday lorem on. (ino of tho Fo eign Ministers gave a dinner to the Diplo matic Corps yesterday evening, wb-ii tho capture of H 3oii and Slldell by aitt WlUtes was freely dlsi ussed. Tho geuoral opinion i >pt wed wa tin*, llio ovei',muling of the Britli h mail picket Trent, and arrest of M icon and SI Hill, was an impudent act, and should bo met. by Kng la: d by a prompt demand fur sati' taction. Th.s is tlio report of one of the dip ouwils who was present. I do not lourn that Lord Lyons was pr. ;;unt; bunco do not thai,,e the above expression upon him.' A characteristic incident Is related In connection with tlte reception ot the bol Commissioners, Mason and Slide)!,on board of the dun Jacinto ui the timeof tluir arrest. When they came Over tho side of tho vt .?> el. and stepped on d.ck, th y were mot by Captain Wilkes. Slulell, lu conformity with tho etiquette upon such ocea. sums, saluted tho Captain; but Mason, with a stolid pomposity, omitted tho usual sal .tation until he was con fronted by Captain Wilkes with remark: "I am i'on> mancter of this ship," when tho saluto was reluctantly and sullenly g v< n. OUluols from tho hlsjhcst to tho lowe t aro busily engaged just now looking up international law. It is not necessary to exp aln tho reason of this niw study. Km ku.;^ in upon a high officer of tho government to* night I found him absorbed m "Wluaton s Klements Of International Lew," part 4, chapter 3, page 000, aa follows:? The limits Bssipned lo the op Wr>nsof war against aftibaaeurtors by writers on public ire ihat thSH ellU geunt may excise his right ST war ugainsi them wlie-ever the character of hostility exists. He may stop the ambassador ol his otietuy ou lii-< passage; bat wh a ho bus arrived iu the n- airal couutry. and taicen upon himself the functions of his otVco, and has been admit ted In liis representative character, lio Incomes a sort i.f middle ma t entitled to peculiar prlvik'^s, us si t apa. t for tlio preservation of the relations of amity ' anil o:e, in maintaining which ail nations aro in soma tiegruo intoroi i< a," ?c. I i'.i i quotation will be relief upon In tl.e future discus" I tho capture of tli" chief rebels by llio ,;atiaut ] v..... . iilly sustaining tUo later in hisoourr.o, Homo ! a > 'iefad tliat tho captainof tbeTiuut allowed i ikB.sfdors to stop foot upon tbo deck of his { tlio purpi se of conveying Uicm uuder ; > : ting to a foreign country, was an not ? l tility towards tbo United Htotes. ibis j.poar if tli" captain of tho 'iiuut liad lokeu tin in from any purl iu tho L'uitc 1 States; but having taken them Horn a spauoh port tbo case in cillloreut. At tbo name time It i t claimed that the fact tin't they were arrested in Uuiuitu, upou the deck or a Urithtb vessel, daos net neccssarlly muko it an act of hostility by the United .Slal s toward* tjrea* II itnin. No action whatever lias been taken on tbe subject by Iy>rd Lyon?, so lar as our govern meat is aware. Tho press of this country atd Great Britain will uniioubte Uy iiave the privilege of debating Urn mutter for a year or more beforo tbe two governments will settle It. Captain Taylor, United States Navy, who art ivod hero yesterday with despatches from Captain Wilkes relative to the arrest of Messrs. Mason and blidull, ielt for New York ibis afternoon. EX-SENATOR GWIN AND CALHOUN IIENIIAM BENT TO FORT LAFAYETTF. Ex-Senator Qwlu, J. Calhoun l>nte ..i and J. I,. Rrontj who were brought hero on Friday last, on board tho steamship l hauipion, are now lodged iu Fort Tjifayc'te. 'Ibey hud boon allowed vo go at largo on their parole on tho arrival of the siuuner 'at this port, and up to tlvo o'clock on Saturday afternoon hail stopped at the Neur ' York Hotel. When the news reached Washington of tho arre ;t of jjlMoll ami Mason, the rebel Commissionort, th? ?authorities at Washington deemed it advi-ablo to hold Uoefirs. Grin, Ikinhain snd liront in closer confinement, l'be Secretary of Mate telegraphed to Super intendent Kcnnody to have these three gentl'inen rearrested. Warrants for that purpose we -o immediately lsraod,and the parties arrested about live o'clock on ."nturday afternoon last. Tlioy wore taken down to tbo pjlico headquarters, whero their baggage was pouched, and found to contain a nt mber of p..-;tols and bowio knives, winch aro row in possession of tbe police authori ties. In conformity with tho instructions received from Waihington, the prisoners were then tnkeu to For' Lafayette, there to awa't the arrival of Mason and Sli de!!, when the whole purty will bo sent to Fort Warren, In Ronton harbor. MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN NEW YORK. THE D'EPINEUTL ZOUAVES. , Til" steamer Admiral,on w ileh t;i? D'Epineull 7.0'iaveS embarked on Hatardsy evening, left pier No. 4, North rivor yesterday morning, but did not prreeed to sea. ' She is at present h. bored off St iten Is and, and will not, in nil pn 1 ibihty, leave tor Annapolis before to-morrow. Tli battaJion are in the b'.->t er spirits, au'l seem very anxious for a brush witli tho chivalry. The p 'rf -ct e<|?:iji ment and thorough o s .1 pi'tie a r- o'y displayed b. ti em, l ave very little doubt, ttuit when they do comu in con tact with iho enemy, they wiil give a good account of Ukemsoives. TO TUE K.HTOlt OF TIIK HERALD. Nkw Yoi;k, Nov. IT, 1M1. ! In giving tbo list of the officers of the Fifty third regi ment (I)'Kpine ill Zouave"). in your numlier of this day, youomit'ed the I.ient ant 'elonel, Ylgltior (to Jjontell. Ho was ail oillcer of artillery in franco, ami served for seventeen years. Ho waa iu M"xico, with Prince (in Joinvillo,ai tho taking of the fort o Nin Juan d t'lloa, and loft Franco after the ?'cmiji 'It'ltU," for iwlitical motives. He has ever since resided in tii is country, and Isetutt uraHMd citizen. Colonel Lionel .lobert d'Kplncuil was in the navy, but nover servod in tho land army. Lie iti-nant Colon"I Viglner do Monteil left on Friday for Annapolis, where lie w is sent by General IVirnsKe to examine tbo new camp, and was not at tho parade of the regiment. LEON SOUC1IKR, 166 East Thirty-third street, New York. THE FIFTY-NINTH REGIMENT. Tho Fifty ninth regirn nt, now encamped at Post Socket), Fast Now York, will positively leave for the seat of war on Tuesday next, the 19th inst. All members ab sent with or without leave will repot t thomselvis imme diately. ANTHON'S BATTERY. This is tho name of a new battery being organized by Captain J.J.Morrison, late of Company A, Ninth regi ment?a capable ofllcor, who has seen scrvi. e. lie h is named it after General Anthoii, Judge Advocate General. The uniform will be the same as the Ninth regiment. Tbo battery will be composed of the newest rilled guns. Hie hi?ui<piari.-rs will be at the Ninth regi ment headquarters, coruer of University place and Thir teenth street. MOVEMENTS OF GEN. BUTLER'S DIVISION. Ilne>T0lc, .Vov. 17,1861. The steamship Constitution arrived from New Ynrk thlv afternoon, it is i . ersiflud that throe tboisand m?u or tiouer.il Butler iv.s on will embark on b aid or hor, v'ul accompany tho . oispei 1 Wednesday. ih'.so i ?.:? ? i thor-v" h!y sre a. v'tb completee tnp and