War of the Rebellion: Serial 108 Page 0051 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDERNCE, ETC- CONFEDERATE.

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RICHMOND, April 29, n1861.

L. P. WALKER:

One thousand Rhode Island and New York troops arrived in Washington to- day. Martial law proclaimed. Travel not interrupted. Proclamation blckade ports in North Carolina and Virginai issued. Citizens leaving Washington in numbers. Expressions of sympathy the cause of banishment. Strong secession editorial in Baltimore Sun of Saturday.

D. G. DUNCAN.

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RICHMOND, April 29, 1861.

(Received 10.30 p. m.)

L. P. WLKER:

Long Bridge over Potomac at Washington guarded, noirhtern side, by large force Federal troops, south side by Virginia troops. Reported that Federal troops occupy Arlingon Heights; also U. S. steamers lie off Alexandria, and all fish cuaght at lower landings on Potomac sent to Washington if provisions are cut off. Baltic passed down. Several arrests of persons made. Families leaving Wahington. Among persons com pelled to quiet Daniel Raqtcliff, prominent lawyer. Employes navy- yard arrested loading bombs with sawdust and sand. General Scott said to be very infirm.

D. G. DUNCAN.

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RICHMOND, April 29, 1861.

(Recived 1.45. P. m.)

L. P. WALKER:

Major Patto, Virginia army, one of Harneys ecort from Harper's Ferry, states that troops are being concentrated at Chambersburg, Pa., with a view, it is believed, of occupying the Maryland Heights, which command Harper's Ferry. That the force now there, estimated at 4,000, could not hold that point against 1,000 U. S . troops. There are too many militia geenrals issuing conflicting orders and creating confusion. Harney left for Washington. Hicks recommends neutrality. Many persons from Maryland taking refuge in Virginia with negroes. northeern troops reach Washington in trasports via Potomac. A member of New York Seventh Regiment, at Governor Letcher's house, says many of that regimentrefuse to fight the South. This retiment never inany fight with Baltimoreans. A lman named Boyd shot on the island at Washington by two men for expressing secession sentiments. Ex- president Tyler says Maryland is calling loudly for help. Send all the troops you can spare.

D. G. DUNCAN.

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MONDAY, April 29, 1861.*

Present, a full council.

The councl directed their secretary to send in to the convention the following communication:

COUNCIL CHAMBER, April 29, 1861.

The Honorable the PRESIDENT OF THE CONVENTION OF VIRGINIA:

The Council of Three respectfully request the consideration of the convention of the ccompanying sketch of the plan of an ordinance, prepared under their supervision, in the place of and to spersede two ordinances adopted on the 27th instnat,

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*From proceedings of the Advisory Council of the State of Viriginia.

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