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the officers in possession of information. But I still think that sufficient evidence will be furnished by the search, if completed, of the vessel to more than sustain what the law-otticer, the honorable attorney general, thought to be sufficient, taken in connection with the known character and purposes of the vessel in question.

I have, &c.,
(Sigued)

THOMAS KIRKPATRICK.

(Inclosure 12 in No. 47

Mr. Kirkpatrick to Mr. Nesbitt.

UNITED STATES CONSULATE,

Nassau, February 7, 1865. Sir: I had the honor to receive yesterday afternoon your communication of the 4th instant.

I do not intend to enter into any discussion as to whether it was or was not a violation of Her Majesty's proclamation for a boat to land from a ship belonging to the Government of the United States cruising in the offing, or whether it was a violation of the laws of this colony regarding quarantine regulations, nor will I discuss why vessels belonging to other governments, or pretended governments, have been permitted to enter the harbor, or leave it without let, or hinderance, or complaint, as far as I am aware ; but I must be permitted to say that I am surprised at the tone of your letter, insisting that Captain Harris was aware that he was committing a violation of those laws, when taken in connection with the conversation had with his excellency the governor, the afternoon when Captain Harris and myself had the honor to converse with him in regard to his (Captain Harris's) errand to Nassau, and the reasons for desiring to anchor inside the bar. I shall give the details of that conversation, and the facts necessary to a full understanding of the subject, to the Department of State of the United States of America, and leave further discussion concerning it where it more properly belongs.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

THOMAS KIRKPATRICK.

(Inclosure 13 in No. 47.]

Gorernor Rauson to Vi. Carduell.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE,

Nassau, March 13, 1865. Sir: In continuation of my report contained in dispatch of the 10th instant, upon the subject of the charges brought by the United States consul against Captain Mathit, i inclose for your information a copy of two letters from the attorney general, reporting the result of his inquiries after and from the several persons named by the consul.

I hare, &c.,
(Signed)

RAWSON W. RAWSON.

[Inclosure 14 in No. 47.)

The attorney general, Nassau, to Governor Rau'son.

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Nassau, March 9, 1865. Sir: In obedience to the instructions received from your excellency, I addressed a letter to Captain Chadbourne, the person named in the United States cousul's letter to me as having a knowledge of certain intended piratical acts on the part of persons in the interest of the southern confederacy, and requested from him information in reference to the matter. Captain Chadbourne bad, however, left this port on his return to the United States; but the consignee of his vessel waited on me, and stated that he heard Captain Chadbourne mention a rumor to the effect stated, but that he did not believe that Captain Chadbourne was in possession of any evidence in support of it, and that he, the consignee, did not place the slightest credence in it.

2. I have also to report to your excellency that, through the instrumentality [90] of the police, I have had Patrick Crawley, one of the persons named as witnesses

against Captain Maffit, brought to my office, when he made a statement to me, substantially.the same as made by him in 1862 before Mr. Dillet, as a notary public, with the ditierence that he now says that the Oreto was equipped at an island to the northward of New Providence; whereas Green Cay, the island originally designated, lies to the southward. He also gives the name of the place as Green Turtle Cay, which does lie to the north ward of this, but which could not have been the place, as it is a thickly populated settlement, and therefore does not answer to his further description of the locality, to the effect that there were no inhabitants there.

3. If the Oreto was equipped, as described, within the limits of this government. there can, I apprehend, be little doubt that the transaction took place at or near Green Cay, to the southward of this, and Crawley's present evidence as to another locality must be erroneous.

4. The other man, said to be here, has not as yet been brought to me. Crawley promised to bring him, but as yet las failed to do so.

I bave, &c.,
(Signed

G. C. ANDERSOX.

[Iuclosure 13 in No. 47.;

The attorney general, Vassau, to Gorernor Rauson.

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Varsau, March 11, 1-6). Sir: In reference to ny letter to your excellency of the 9th instant I have to report that, in compliance with your excellency's instructions. I have made every exertion to find the person therein referred to, as a witness to the equipment of the Oreto. In this search I have been aided by the police and the man Crawley, but as yet without effect.

Should I be able to see him before the closing of the mail I will at once send your excellency a memorandum of his evidence.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

G. C. ANDERSON.

\Inclosure 16 in No. 47.

Gorernor Rauson to Mr. Cardwell.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE,

Nassau, March 13, 1865. SIR: In connection with my dispatches of the 10th and 13th instant I have the honor to inclose a copy of a letter which I have just received from Mr. Consul General Bunch, at Havana, expressing his opinion of the rumor brought to my notice by the United States consnl at the port, and reporting the steps that he had taken, in concert with the United States consul' at Havana, and the Spanish authorities there, to prevent any piratical attempts being carried out at that port.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

RAWSON W. RAWSON.

(Inclosure 17 in No. 47.]

Consul General Bunch to Geternor Raucson.

HAVANA, Jarch 9, 1805. Sır: In reply to your excellency's letter of the 3d instant respecting a possible fitting out in this port of some vessel under American colors for the purpose of preying upon British commerce, I beg to say that I agree with you in attaching vo importance to ibe rumor that such is likely to be the case.

It is, however, not impossible that some of the fast steamers which have, until lately, been engaged in the running of blockades from Havana, mostly under British colors, nav be equipped as privateers to cruise against American trade, althongh this could not be done easily. I have deemed it right to put myself in communication with my col

league of the United States in the matter, and we have concerted such measures (911 with the Spanish authorities as will, we believe, effectually prevent such an

attempt from being successfully carried out. I am indebted to your excellency for your letter, and have the honor, &c., (Signed)

ROBERT BUYCH.

No. 48.

Sir F. Rogers to Mr. Hammond.

DOWNING STREET,

rch 23, 1863. (Received March 24.) SIR: I am directed by the Duke of Newcastle to transmit to you, for the information of Earl Russell, the copy of a dispatch from the governor-in-chief of the Windward Islands, reporting the arrival at Barbados of the confederate steamer Florida, for coaling and repairs.

I am, &c.,
(Signed)

FREDERIC ROGERS.

(Inclosure in No. 42.)

Governor Walker to the Duke of Newcastle.

Arrival at Birba.

1963.

WINDWARD ISLANDS, BARBADOS, February 25, 1863. MY LORD DUKE: I have the honor to report to your grace that the so-called Confederate States steamer Florida arrived here yesterday, and applied, in consequence of her having met with severe weather, to be allowed to do in February 24, slip some coal and some lumber for repairs.

2. As in the case of the United States ship of war San Jacinto, which came in hiero under similar circumstances some two or three months ago, I placed no difficulty in the way of the Florida supplying herself; but, notwithstanding the assurance of the commander that he was bound to distant waters, I have notified to the several colonial governments the fact of her having coaled here yesterday afternoon, a precaution which I also observed with regard to the San Jacinto.

3. In consequence of an application made to me by the United States consul, on behalf of an American bark which was desirous of putting to sea yesterday afterpoon at 5 o'clock, I have required the Florida not to sail till this evening at the same hour.

I bave, &c.,
(Signed)

JAS. WALKER.

No. 49.

Sir F. Rogers to Mr. Hammond.

At Barbados.

DOWNING STREET,

March 31, 1863. (Received April 1.) SIR: With reference to my letter of the 23d instant, forwarding a dispatch from the governor-in-chief of the Windward Islands, in which he reported the arrival at Barbados of the confederate steamer Florida, I am directed by the Duke of Newcastle to transmit to you the copy of a further dispatch from Governor Walker, inclosing a correspondence with Rear-Admiral Wilkes, of the United States Navy, respecting a complaint made by him of the partiality shown by the governor to this ship; together with the protest of the United States consul, to which reference is made, and other correspondence on the subject.

I am, &c.,
(Signed)

FREDERIC ROGERS.

(Inclosure 1 in No. 49.)

Gorernor Ialker to the Duke of Newcastle.

a

Correspondence as

miral Wilkes.

WINDWARD ISLANDS, BARBADOS, March 7, 1863. MY LORD DUKE: I have the honor to forward to your grace a copy of a letter which

I received this morning from Rear-Admiral Wilkes, commanding the to coating with Ad- United States naval forces in the West Indies.

*2. This letter was delivered to me, as your grace will observe, at 23 [92] minutes to 11 o'clock, with a verbal message that the admiral would sail at 11,

and I returned by the bearer of it the acknowledgment, of which a cops is inclosed.

3. The rear-admiral had called upon me the previous evening, accompanied by the captain of the Vanderbilt, his flag-lieutenant, and the United States consul.

4. In the conversation which ensued, nothing passed of which it would be possible to complain. The rear-admiral used some expressions as to the unfriendly character of our neutral position as between an old ally and a set of pirates; but these were points of policy, as I told him, which I was not at liberty to discuss, being merely an agent to carry out the instructions which had been given to me.

5. He had come, he said, to inquire into the circumstances under which the Florida had been allowed to coal here. The impression I had been led to form before seeing the admiral was, that he had expected to find the Florida here, and that it was on arriving here he learned that she had refitted and gone to sea.

6. I recapitulated to the admiral what I bad done in the case of the San Jacinto, United States vessel of war. She arrived here last from Bermuda on the 13th of November. The commander, Rockendorff, came to me, accompanied by the United States consul, and representing himself to have suffered at sea, and been obliged to exhaust his coal, he claimed, under Earl Russell's instructions, a special permission to ship the necessary articles for his repairs and a moderate quantity of fuel.

7. I then stated to the admiral that the Florida had arrived here under precisely similar circunstances, and had been dealt with in precisely the same way.

8. Indeed, the captain of the last-mentioned vessel told me that unless I allowed him to bave some lumber to repair the damage which he had suffered in a recent gale of wind to the northward, and some coal, every bit of which was exhausted in the same bad weather, he could not go to sea, and tbat he would be obliged to land his meu and strip the ship.

9. My permission to him to coal was limited to 90 tons, which was not considered to be by any means a great quantity:

10. Although, as your grace will perceive from the accompanying report of the harbor-master, the Florida reported berself as last from Mobile, it did transpire that she had been at Nassan since, and had there received supplies; but in her case, as well as in the San Jacinto from Bermuda, I was without any official intelligence of where they had been, or what they had been doing, and both cases were dealt with specially as being in distress, and without reference to the circumstance of having been in British ports within the previous three months.

11. On both occasions I immediately wrote to all the governors in this part of the 'world, to notify the fact that the vessel had coaled here on a specitied day; and I so informed Rear-Admiral Wilkes, apparently to his satisfaction. The accompanying acknowledgment of my last circular was put into my hands when Admiral Wilkes was with me. I only annex it to show that no time was lost in adopting all due precaution against any attempt to make this a cruising station.

12. Referring to the last paragraph of the rear-admiral's letter, I would not like to appear to disavow words of proper courtesy and civility, but at the same I would not like to bear the appearance of having made offers of aid and assistance which were not asked of me, and could scarcely have been given under the circumstances, without doing the very thing for which Admiral Wilkes now endeavors to find fault with me. He probably refers to my having said to him that I only gave to the San Jacinto and to the Florida the same assistance which I would be ready to give to him wier similar circumstances.

13. The admiral made some complaint about the Florida remaining bere a longer time than was warranted by the instructions, but I explained to him that she was prepared to quit at the end of twenty-four hours, and was detained in consequence of the consul's own application.

14. I have only further to inclose a copy of the protest of the American cousul referred to in the admiral's letter. It was not put into my hands util some hours after the Florida had received permission to be supplied, but it could not have made any alteration in my line of couduct.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

JAS. WALKER.
P. S.-I should mention that, after the San Jacinto coaled here on the 13th Novem-

ber, she remained in this neighborhood, and actually came into this harbor again a

month afterward. [93] *The only offcial notification of which I am in possession with respect to the

coaling of any of the vessels (belligerents) is one from Jamaica, to the effect that the Alabama coaled there on the 30th January.

J. W.

(Inclosure 2 in No. 49.)

Rear-oldmiral Wilkes to Gorernor Talker,

UNITED STATES FLAG-STEAMER VANDERBILT, CARLISLE BAY,

Barbados, March 6, 1863. Sir: In our intercourse this morning I had the opportunity to state to you the object of my visit to this island, viz, to inquire into the infraction of Her Majesty's orders relative to the admission of the rebel privateer the Florida, Matfit commander, into this port, being permitted to take in a supply of coal after having obtained a full supply (160 tons) but thirty days ago at Nassau on the 27th of January, 1863, of which fact I presumed your excellency must have received notice, if not officially, at least through the public prints, and the avowal on the part of the said Matfit while in this harbor that he had done so, and had destroyed various American merchant-vessels while pursuing their lawful' voyages on the high seas, and that he intended to depredate on the same again on leaving this port, though not in this immediate vicinity.

The language of Earl Russell's dispatch, Her Majesty's secretary of state for foreign affairs, to the Duke of Newcastle, Her Majesty's secretary of state for the colonies, dated 31st January, 1862, seems to be explicit on this point, and I take the liberty to call your attention to the part which particularly refers to it, viz, “ No ship of war of privateer of either belligerent shall hereafter be permitted, while in any port, roadstead, or waters, subject to the territorial jurisdiction of Her Majesty, to take in any supplies except provisions, and such other things as may be requisite for the subsistence of her crew; and except so much coal only as may be sufficient to carry such vessel to the nearest port of her own country, or some nearer destination ; and no coal shall be again supplied to any such ship of war or privateer in the same or any other port, roadstead, or waters, subject to the territorial jurisdiction of Her Majesty, without special permission, until after the expiration of three months from the time when such coal may have been last supplied to her within British waters as aforesaid.”

In the conversation this morning I understood your excellency to say that you had given your permission, without any inquiry as to whether the said privateer Florida bad obtained any supplies elsewhere or not, although your attention was called to hier suspicious character by the United States consul at this port, under protest that she had, and was about to use the supply afforded to her of coal to depredate on the commerce of the United States, which supply was clearly intended, by the above dispatch of Earl Russell, only to enable her to her reach a home port, and that it was not to be expected that you should institute any such inquiries. The knowledge of the depredations of the Florida had become known to the inhabitants of Bridgetown, and mentioned in the protest of the United States consul, and I could not avoid surPrise to learn from your excellency that no investigation had been ordered by which the facts would have been elicited, and action taken on them, by which an infraction of Her Majesty's regulations was then taking place and been proved. Your excellency's excuse that you had received no otiicial communication from the governor of Nassau of the fact of her visiting that colony, for not stopping and denying the Florida coal and supplies, I scarcely believe will be deemed satisfactory to your or my Government.

The lanited States are endeavoring to act up to, and carry out, the literal construction of Her Majesty's rules prescribed for the belligerents; and it cannot but recur to you that, with this desire, and reposing full faith in all her Majesty's officials, who are bound to carry out these rules in their spirit and literal construction, that my Government should deem this act of the supplying a rebel privateer with aid to carry out her nefarious operations against its commerce, when passing on the high seas at some thousands of miles distant, (as your excellency stated, said Matlit had informed von was his intention,) without which aid the rebel privateer would have been comparatively harmless, and when apprised of his intention, without any action on your part of examination and inquiry, was both untoward and unfriendly.

Having stated these facts, I have to request your excellency will afford me the opportunity of laying before my Government the circumstances under which the

Florida was permitted to take in a supply of coal and other provisions to con(94) tinue "her cruise and operations, after having so recently coaled and provisioned

at Nassau, one of Her Majesty's colonies in the West Indies, ample time having

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