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CORRESPONDENCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COMMISSIONERS.

troops from the harbor of Charleston, and am informed that without this negotiation is impossible. This I cannot do; this I will not do. Such an idea was never thought of by me in any possible contingency. No allusion had ever been made to it in any communication between myself and any human being. But the inference is that I am bound to withdraw the troops from the only fort remaining in the possession of the United States in the harbor of Charleston, because the officer there in command of all the forts thought proper, without instructions, to change his position from one of them to another. I cannot admit the justice of any such inference. And at this point of writing I have received information by telegraph from Captain Humphreys, in command of the arsenal at Charleston, that it has to-day (Sunday, the 30th,) been taken by force of arms." Comment is needless. It is estimated that the property of the United States in this arsenal was worth half a million of dollars.

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After this information I have only to add that, whilst it is my duty to defend Fort Sumter, as a portion of the public property of the United States, against hostile attacks, from whatever quarter they may come, by such means as I may possess for this purpose, I do not perceive how such a defence can be construed into a menace against the city of Charleston.

With great personal regard, I remain, yours, very respectfully, JAMES BUCHANAN. Hons. ROBERT W. BARNWELL, JAMES H. ADAMS, JAMES L. ORR.

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A report of all fines and deductions from the pay of mail contractors.

JANUARY 10, 1861.-Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed.

Hon. WILLIAM PENNINGTON,

POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT,
January 9, 1861.

SIR: The act of Congress approved July 2, 1836, section 22, requires "the Postmaster General to make to Congress, at each annual session thereof, a report of all fines imposed, and deductions from the pay of contractors, made during the preceding year, for failures to deliver the mail, or for any other cause, stating the names of the delinquent contractors, the nature of the delinquency, the route on which it occurred, the time when the fine was imposed; and whether the fine has been remitted, or order for deduction rescinded, and for what reason."

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In compliance with the requisition quoted above, I have the honor to transmit to you herewith, for the use of Congress, the accompanying report.

With great respect, I have the honor to be your obedient servant, J. HOLT, Postmaster General.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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