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[Inclosure 4 in No. 44.]
Memorandum by Governor Bayley.
I grant this request under the circumstances, thereby according to a confederate steamer the same privileges which I have formerly granted to Federal steamers. But the irregularity in delaying to make this request should be pointed out, and the pilot called on to explain how he admitted the Florida without my permission.
C. J. B.
[Inclosure 5 in No. 44.] Lord Lyons to Mr. Seward.
WASHINGTON, March 25, 1863.
SIR: With reference to the note which you did me the honor to address to me on the 16th of last month, respecting the reception of the Oreto or Florida at Nassau, and to my answer, dated the 19th of the same month, I beg to transmit to you copies of a dispatch and its inclosures which I received the day before yesterday from the governor of the Bahama Islands.
I have, &c.,
[Inclosure 6 in No. 44.]
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
MY LORD: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 25th instant, referring to the correspondence which has taken place between us relative to the reception of the Oreto or Florida at Nassau, and transmitting a copy of a dispatch, and its inclosures, recently received by you from the governor of the Bahama Islands on the subject.
I have, &c.,
WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
Sir F. Rogers to Mr. Hammond.
DOWNING STREET, June 9, 1863. (Received June 10.)
SIR: With reference to your letter of the 17th of March, I am directed by the secretary of state for the colonies to transmit to you, for the information of Earl Russell, a 'dispatch from the governor of the Bahamas, dated the 2d ultimo, in answer to the complaint that undue partiality had been shown by him to the Confederate States man-ofwar Florida.
I am, &c.,
[Inclosure 1 in No. 45.]
Governor Bayley to the Duke of Newcastle.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, NASSAU,
MY LORD DUKE: I have the honor to acknowledge your grace's dispatch of the 7th of April, inclosing a complaint made by the late consul of the United States at this port, to the effect that undue partiality had been shown by the authorities at this place toward the confederate steamer Oreto,
Report from Gov
(or rather Florida.)
2. In reply, I have the honor to state that I am wholly unaware that any par tiality was shown to that vessel, or that she was treated in any respect differ
ently from Federal men-of-war. She arrived in our harbor, having steamed over the bar without a pilot early on the morning of the 25th January. 1 was not aware of it till 8 or 9 o'clock a. m. About that hour Captain Maffit called (I think in company with the fort adjutant,) to explain that he was ignorant of my proclamation requiring that permission should be formally asked before any man-of-war belonging to either of the two belligerents could enter the harbor. I did not see him, but in a very short time I received a letter from him, of which I transmit your grace a copy, along with a copy of the memorandum indorsed on it by myself, before I sent it to the colonial secretary. The Florida remained in harbor about twenty-six hours, during which time I neither spoke to nor saw Captain Maffit.
3. I also inclose a letter from Mr. Williams, the fort adjutant, detailing the circumstances under which he accompanied Captain Maffit on shore.
4. So far from any advantage having been accorded to the Florida which was not accorded to United States vessels, she did not receive privileges equal to those which I granted to the United States gun-boat Stars and Stripes. That vessel entered the harbor without permission, (which she asked for after she had come in.) Her commander then asked for an extension of the permission, which I also accorded, and she remained in the harbor, if I remember rightly, three or four days, for the alleged purpose of undergoing repairs.
5. I have no distinct recollection of the special reasons which induced me to impose the restrictions mentioned by the consul on the Dacotah's coaling; I can only suppose that I did this in consequence of the pertinacity with which Federal vessels about that time resorted to the harbor on pretense of coaling, but really with the object of watching the arrival and departure of English merchant-vessels supposed to be freighted with cargoes for the southern ports. Had not such prohibition been issued, the harbor would have become a mere convenience for Federal men-of-war running in and out to intercept British shipping. And that such conditions as I thought it my duty to impose were tempered by a proper feeling of courtesy and humanity will, I think, be made evident by the accompanying letters from the American consul on the subject of the Federal man-of-war, the R. Cuyler, and the memoranda of my replies indorsed upon them by myself.
6. On the whole I am satisfied that I have acted with perfect impartiality in all my dealings with Federal and confederate men-of-war. But I am not surprised that my conduct should have been misrepresented by so hot-headed a partisan as the late American consul, Mr. Whiting, whose ingenuity in misconstruction is well illustrated by his reply to my letter of the 29th of September, of both of which papers I inclose copies, with the indorsation of the draught of my replies to his last communication. 7. I think that these inclosures will be sufficient to prove that, in my demeanor to the Federal men-of-war, I have generally preserved an attitude of fairness and impartiality. And that if at any time I have appeared to assume an unfriendly or inhospitable mien, the charge can be fully explained and defended by my desire to maintain the security of a British possession and the rights of British subjects. I have, &c., (Signed)
C. J. BAYLEY.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 45.]
Captain Maffit, C. S. N., to Governor Bayley.
CONFEDERATE STATES STEAMER FLORIDA,
SIR: As this vessel is in distress for the want of coal, I very respectfully request permission to anchor in the harbor for the purpose of obtaining the same.
I am, &c.,
[Inclosure 3 in No. 45.]
Mr. Williams to Governor Bayley.
J. W. MAFFIT.
NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE, April 30, 1863. SIR: In answer to your letter of yesterday, requesting me to state, for the information of his excellency the governor, whether Captain Maffit, of the Confederate  States steamer Florida, came ashore in the garrison boat, I beg to observe that,
in the middle of last year, I received instructions from his excellency, through
the colonial secretary, that when I boarded any ship of war belonging to either bellig erent, I was to hand to the captain of such vessel a copy of the proclamation regarding neutrality, and to point out the clause forbidding belligerent vessels to anchor in the port or roadstead of Nassau without having previously obtained the governor's permission, adding at the same time that, circumstances permitting, his excellency would always be most happy to extend the hospitality of the port to such as might require it.
The first vessel which I had occasion to visit after the receipt of the above instructions was the Federal gun-boat Stars and Stripes. I pointed out to the captain the requirements of the proclamation, but he said that, "owing to certain injuries received by his machinery, and the roughness of the weather, he must anchor at once, or his ship would go on shore." I therefore suggested to him the propriety of coming ashore with me, and proceeding to Government House to explain personally to his excellency the necessities of his position. He landed in the garrison boat, and went with me to the governor.
A short time after this the Confederate States steamer Florida ran into the port at daybreak, and cast anchor before I was able to board her. I gave a copy of the proclamation to Captain Maffit, who stated his entire ignorance of any such restrictions, and expressed his regret for having unwittingly violated the regulations of the port, and also asked me what course he had better follow. I told him that he had better come ashore in my boat, and go with me to the governor, explain matters, and obtain the necessary permission to remain. He therefore, like the captain of the Stars and Stripes, landed in the government boat, and proceeded with me to his excellency the governor.
Trusting that his excellency will consider the above explanation sufficient for the purpose for which he may require it,
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt, on Saturday afternoon, of your excellency's dispatch, graciously granting permission for the United States steamer R. R. Cuyler to anchor and procure the necessaries which she might require.
Captain Winslow has requested me to convey to your excellency his high appreciation of your kindness, and to tender you his sincere thanks for the courtesy, his severe illness alone preventing him from doing so in person.
I am also authorized to say that the usual honors of a salute would have been paid had the size and armament of the vessel permitted it.
It becomes me also, as a representative of the United States Government, to express my thanks to your excellency for this manifestation of friendship; and also to beg that your excellency will convey to the commander and surgeon of Her Britannic Majesty's frigate Melpomene my acknowledgment and thanks for their prompt and kind services to my invalid countrymen.
I have, &c.,
[Inclosure 5 in No. 45.]
Mr. Whiting to Governor Bayley.
UNITED STATES CONSULATE, Nassau, New ProVIDENCE,
August 25, 1862.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency's dispatch of this date, and to assure you that Captain Winslow will be careful to avoid any infringement of Her Majesty's proclamation, should he come to anchor at this port.  Captain Winslow, however, has assured me that he did not wish to anchor, and only needed some medical supplies for himself and officers, many of whom are quite low with fever.
I am not aware that the Cuyler has yet let go an anchor off this port; should she come to anchor, I will communicate your excellency's instructions to her commander.
I have, &c.,
United States Consul.
[Inclosure 6 in No. 45.]
Mr. Nesbitt to Mr. Whiting.
COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE,
SIR: You are aware that, by the Queen's proclamation of the 31st January last, any belligerent vessel must obtain the governor's permission before anchoring in this port. The governor has directed me to call your attention to this formality, and to the propriety of attending to it, before the United States armed vessels drop their anchors I have, &c.. (Signed)
C. R. NESBITT,
[Inclosure 7 in No. 45.]
Mr. Whiting to Governor Bayley.
UNITED STATES Consulate, NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE,
September 29, 1862. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency's communication of this date, and to inform your excellency that the restrictions imposed upon the national cruisers of the United States of America have long since been communicated to the Government which I have the honor to represent.
I shall also take the earliest opportunity of advising arriving war-vessels of the United States of the prohibition contained in your excellency's late and previous communications.
Reply to States Government.
MY LORD: I have to state to your lordship that I have received from the Colonial Office a copy of a dispatch from the governor of the Bahamas in answer to the complaint to which you drew plaints of United my attention in your dispatch of the 24th of February, that undue partiality had been shown at Nassau to the confederate steamer Florida.
That answer is to the same effect as the explanation addressed to you by Governor Bayley, of which you sent me a copy in your dispatch of the 30th March. It is, however, accompanied by a letter from Mr. Williams, the fort adjutant, of which, as it entirely supports the statement of the governor that he has preserved an attitude of perfect fairness and impartiality toward both belligerents, I send you herewith a copy.
Inclosure 3 in No. 45.
Governor Bayley states that he has no distinct recollection of the special reasons which induced him to impose the restrictions mentioned by Consul Whiting on the Dacotah's coaling; but he says it is not improbable that it was in consequence of the pertinacity with which Federal vessels about that time resorted to the harbor of Nassau on pretense of coaling, but really with the object of watching the arrival and departure of English merchant-vessels supposed to be freighted with cargoes for the southern ports.
The governor adds that he is satisfied that he has acted with  perfect impartiality in *all his dealings with Federal and confederate men-of-war; that he is not surprised that his conduct should have been misrepresented by so hot-headed a partisan as Mr. Whiting, and that, if at any time he has appeared to assume an unfriendly or inhospitable mien, the charge can be fully explained and defended by his desire to maintain the security of a British possession and the rights of British subjects.
I am, &c.,
Charge against Captain Maffit of il
Sir F. Rogers to Mr. Hammond.
DOWNING STREET, April 11, 1865. (Received April 11.)
SIR: I am directed by Mr. Secretary Cardwell to transmit to you, for the consideration of Earl Russell, the inclosed copies of two dispatches from the governor of the Bahamas, forwarding legal enlistment. copies of correspondence with the United States consul at Nassau, on the subject of charges made by him against Captain Maffit, who formerly commanded the confederate cruiser Florida, of illegally enlisting seamen for that vessel in the port of Nassau.
I am also to inclose, in connection with these dispatches, copy of a further dispatch from Governor Rawson, with copy of a letter from Her Majesty's consul general at Havana, on the subject of the rumor that a privateer was being fitted out at that port.
I am, &c.,
[Inclosure 1 in No. 47.]
Governor Rawson to Mr. Cardwell.
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Nassau, March 10, 1865. SIR: I have the honor to submit, for your consideration, copies of a correspondence Charge against Cap With the United States consul at this port, consequent upon his calling upon me to proceed against Captain Maffit, who formerly commanded the confederate cruiser Florida, for the illegal enlistment of seamen for that vessel in the port of Nassau.
2. The consul's letter was not delivered in time to reach my hands before a late hour of the night of the 23d ultimo, after Captain Maffit had actually left the port. Nevertheless, as it was possible that Captain Maffit might return hither, I lost no time, on the following morning, in instructing the attorney general to communicate with the consul, for the purpose of obtaining the necessary information to enable him to act upon his representation.
3. The attorney general accordingly wrote at once to the consul. His reply, dated the same day, but delivered three days later, contains a declaration, taken by a notary,