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NEW YORK, February 4. 
    The Herald publishes the following telegrams from the Richmond Dispatch:
    CHARLESTON, January 31.--The two iron-clad gunboats Chirora and Palmetto State, with three steamvers as tenders, went out beyond the bar at one o'clock thi3 morning, to attack the blockading fleet.  The firing began soon after one, and for a time was very rapid.  It afterwards slackened, but continued at intervals until 9 this morning.
    Owing to a fog the result has not yet been ascertained.  Commodore Ingraham is aboard the Palmetto State as commander of the expedition.

SECOND DISPATCH.

    This morning the gunboats Palmetto State and Chirora, accompanied by three small steamers, all under command of Commander Ingraham, made an attack on the blockaders and succeeded in sinking two vessels and crippling a third.  The engagement commenced at 4 o'clock.  The Palmetto State, with Commander Ingraham aboard, opened upon the Federal gunboat Mercedita, carrying eleven guns and one hundred and fifty-eight men, which was soon sunk in five fathoms of water.  Her commander, with a boat's crew, came abard and surrendered.
    One shot pierced her boiler going clear through.  The Captain and crew were paroled by Commander Ingraham.
    Captian Tucker, of the Chiora, reports sinking another gunboat and disabling the steamship Quaker City.  The latter was set on fire by the Chiora.  She hauled down her flag and surrendered, but afterwards managed to escape with only one wheel.  She was very seriously damaged.
    The blockading fleet numbered thirteen vessels, with two first class frigates, the Susquehanna and Canandaguia.  Federal loss very severe.  It was a complete success on our part, with not a man hurt.  Our gunboats were not even struck.
    All the blockaders have disappeared.  There is not one to be seen within five miles, with the strongest kind of a glass.  Our boats are now returning to Charleston.
    The following is an official dispatch: ON BOARD GUNBOAT PALMETTO STATE,
      February 2d.     I went out last night.  This vessel struck the Mercidita, when she sent a boat aboard and surrendered.  The officers and crew were paroled. Capt. Tucker thinks he sunk one vessel and set another on fire, when she struck her flag.  The blockading fleet have gone southward and eastward out of sight.

(Signed)                                 D. N. INGRAHAM, 
Fleet Officer.
____

THIRD DISPATCH

    CHARLESTON, January 31.--Our gunboats Palmetto State and Chirora reached the wharves.  They were enthusiastically cheerred by an immense concourse of citizens who had assembled to greet them.  Salutes were fired from the forts and batteries.  Not a man was hurt on our side, and our gunboats were not struck by the enemy.
    Our attack on the fleet was a complete surprise, each one running away without waiting for the others.
    It is supposed that nearly all the crew of the Mercedita perished.
    The Palmetto State which engaged the Mercedita, having no boats and fighting all the time could render her no assistance.

The Quaker City was struck twice and one of her side wheels almost torn off.

FOURTH DISPATCH.

    Gen. Beauregard and Commander Ingraham, as Commanders of the land and naval forces, have issued a joing Proclamation, dated January 31st, declaring the blockade of Charleston raised, the entire hostile squadron having been sunk, burned, or dispersed, by the superior naval power of the Confederates.
    Yesterday afternoon Beauregard placed a steamer at the disposal of the foreign Consuls, to see for themselves that no blockade existed.  The French and spanish consuls, accompanied by Gen. Ripley, accepted the invitation.  The British Consul, with the commander of the British war steamer Petrel, had previously gone five miles beyond the usual anchorage of the blockaders, and could see nothing of them with glasses.  Late in the evening four blockaders re-appeared, keeping far out.  This evening a larger number of blockaders are in sight, but keep steam up, evidently ready to run.

FOURTH DISPATCH.

OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION.
HEADQUARTERS LAND AND NAVAL FORCES,
          CHARLESTON, January 31.     At about 5 o'clock this morning the Confederate States naval force on this station attacked the United States blaockading fleet off the harbor of the city of Charleston, and sunk, dispersed or drove off out of site for the time the entire hostile fleet.
therefore we, the undersigned, commanders respectively of the Confederate States naval and land forces in this quarter, do hereby formally declare the blockade by the United States of the said city of Charleston, S. C., to be raised by a superior force of the Confederate States, from and after this 31st day of January, A. D. 1863.
Offical: G.T.BEAUREGARD, Gen. Comm'g
D. N. INGRAHAM, Fleet officer, Com-
   manding Naval Forces.
THOS. JOURDAN, Chief of Staff.
_____________

    The reults of the naval engagement yesterday are--two vessels sunk, four set on fire, and the remainder driven away.
    Foreign Consuls here held a meeting last night, and were unanimously of the opinion that the blockade had been legally raised.
     Twenty blockaders are off the bar to-day. ________________ 

PETERSBURG, Va., February 1.
The news from Charleston creates great joy here.
HAEDQUARTERS ARMY OF POTOMAC,
                                 February 8.     Parties who crossed the river yesterday under a flag of truce state that the rebels in Fredericksburg were very jubilant over the news from Charleston, among which was the official proclamation of Beauregard and Ingraham declaring the blockade of Charleston raised. ________________
WASHINGTON, January 3. 
    A meeting of newspoaper publishers from all parts of the country has been called to meet here Monday evening next, to urge upon Congress the importance of reducing or repealing the duty on imported paper.

 

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