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would be saluted in any part of the Queen's dominions; but I avoided making any engagement to obtain the information for which Mr. Seward asked. I thought it very undesirable to encourage a habit of asking and giving explanations concerning similar rumors respecting occurrences in the British colonies, and I was not sure that it would be right to admit that the fact of a confederate vessel's having been saluted would justify, a demand from this government for an explapation.

I have, however, thought it well to write to the governor of the Bermudas the private letter of which I have the honor to inclose a copy, and in which I have asked his excellency to let me know whether a confederate flag or a confederate ship has really been saluted at Bermuda, and if so under what circumstances. I shall be guided by his excellency's answer in determining whether or not to revert to the subject with Mr. Seward.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

LYONS.

(Inclosure in No. 66.1

Lord Lyons to the gorernor of Bermuda.

WASHINGTON, dugust 7, 1863. SIR: Vr. Seward, the Secretary of State of the United States, told me a few days ago that he had been informed that a confederate ship had been saluted at Bermuda. Mr. Seward said that a painful impression had been produced by this intelligence, and

that he should be glad to know what had really occurred. [107] *I answered that I did not think it likely that the confederate flag would be

saluted in any part of Her Majesty's dominions; but I dld not engage to obtain the information for which Mr. Seward asked, because I deemed it undesirable to let a habit arise of asking and giving explanations concerning reports of this pature. For the same reason I do not now address your excellency officially on the subject. It would, however, be useful to me to know whether the confederate flag or a confederate ship was, in fact, saluted at Bermuda; and, if so, under what circumstances. If your excellency will kindly give me this information, in whatever form you may deem most convenient, you will very much oblige me, and you will enable me to determine shether or not to return to the subject in my communications with Mr. Seward.

I have, &c.,
(Signel)

LYONS. P. S-I purpose to send a copy of this letter to Lord Russell.

L.

No. 67.

Vajor General Sir E. Lugard to Ur. Hammond.

, July

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WAR OFFICE, September 4, 1863.-(Received September 5.) Sir: I am directed by the secretary of state for war to transmit to you, for the consideration of Earl Russell, the accompanying copy of a letter which has been received at the Horse Guards 16.1463. "Is to salute from the major general commanding the troops in Nova Scotia, commenting upon the conduct of the officer commanding in Bermuda, in having returned the salute of the confederate war-steamer Florida.

Earl de Grey will be glad to be informed of the opinion of Earl Russell as to the course pursued by Colonel Munro.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

EDWARD LUGARD.

(Inclosure 1 in No. 67.1

Major General Doyle to the military secretary.

Halifax, Nova SCOTIA, August 18, 1863. Sir: I have the honor to transmit the accompanying letter from Colonel Munro, commanding the troops in Bermuda, informing me that under the circumstances de tailed therein he bad returned the salute of a confederate man-of-war, which I request you will have the goodness to submit for the consideration of his royal highness the field marshal commanding-in-chief. I beg leave to submit that, in returning the salute in the present instance, the commandant (who was assisted by the opinion of the gov: ernor of Bermuda) has erred in judgment, inasmuch as the salute was offered, and should have been declined upon the grounds of the confederate flag not having been recognized by Her Majesty's government, although I consider the case would have been otherwise had the confederate man-of-war first saluted the British flag without asking any questions.

I would beg to be favored with his royal highness's instructions on this matter, as a similar circumstance may at any time occur in this garrison.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

HASTINGS DOYLE.

(Iuclosure 2 in No. 67.)

Colonel Monro to Vajor Nugent.

(Confidential.)

BERMUDA, August 7, 1063. Sir: I have the honor to report for the information of the major general commanding, that on the 16th of last month the Confederate States steamer of war Florida came into the harbor of Saint Gencis by permissiou of the governor of Bermuda. Shortly after its arrival the commander sent me a message to say that he was desirous of pay. ing the usual compliment of a salute to Her Majesty's flags and forts, and inquiring whether the salute would be replied to.

I had previously consulted the governor on the subject, and as he considered that the salute should be returned if offered, I accepted the salute and returned it gun for gun.

I bave, &c.,
(Signed)

WILLIAM MONRO.

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* No. 68.

Mr. Layard to Major General Sir E. Lugard.

Salute should not have been utlered.

FOREIGN OFFICE, September 9, 1863. SIR: I have laid before Earl Russell your letter of the 4th instant,

inclosing a copy of a letter received at the Horse Guards

from Major General Doyle, commenting upon the conduct of the officer commanding in Bermuda in having returned the salute of the confederate war-steamer Florida.

I am to state to you, in reply, for the information of the Earl de Grey, that Lord Russell concurs in the view taken by Major General Doyle of this proceeding, and thinks the salute should not have been offered.

I am, &c.,
(Signed)

A. H. LAYARD.

No. 69.

Sir F. Rogers to Dr. Hammond.

Coaling and repairs

DOWNING STREET, September 11, 1863.

(Received September 12.) SIR: I am directed by the Duke of Newcastle to transmit to you for the information of Earl Russell, the accompanying copy of a dispatch from the governor of Bermuda, inclosing a cor- at Berimda. respondence relative to the coaling and repairing of the confederate war-steamer Florida, on the occasion of a recent visit from her to Bermuda.

I am, &c., (Signed)

FREDERIC ROGERS.

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[Inclosure 1 in Yo. 69.)

Gorernor Ord to the Duke of Newcastle.

BERMUDA, August 3, 1863. My Lord DUKE: I have the bonor to acquaint your grace that the Confederate States steamer Florida, commanded by Captain Maffit, came off the port of Saint George's on the evening of the 15th ultimo, and received from me permission to enter this port on the following morning.

2. Having sent to Captain Maffit a copy of the printed circular letter I have had drawn up, embodying the instructions of Her Majesty respecting the treatment of Federal and confederate vessels of war, he called on me on the day of his arrival, and stated that he had been at sea seventy days, with the exception of two visits to Havana and Barbados, each of which occupied less than twenty-four hours, and a visit of shorter duration to a port in the Brazils; that he was last from the immediate neighborhood of New York, within sixty miles of which he had been harassing the United States commerce; that he was in want of repairs to the hull and machinery of his ship, and a small supply of coal; that he feared he should experience difficulty in obtaining the latter, as he was informed that there was no steam-coal whatever in the colony, except in the stores at the dock-yard, and that he trusted, under the circumstances, he would be permitted to receive from this source as much as would serve to carry him to a port of his own country; that he would then use every exertion to complete bis refitment, and would leave the colony forthwith. 3. I told Captain Maftit that his application for coal from admiralty stores must be made to the senior naval officer, but I assured him at the same time that it would not be complied with, and I granted him permission to remain from aliniralty stores 80 long as might be necessary to fit his ship for sea, and to procure from priva te sources the coal actually required.

4. Finding it impossible to procure any coal from private individuals, and that the repairs to his inachinery required resources which the colony could not afford, Captain Maffit made several endeavors to obtain the asssistar.ce he needed from the stores of her Majesty's naval and military departments, but, as your grace will perceive from the accompanying correspondence, without effect. At length the arrival of a Vessel from Halifax with a supply of coal released him from his difficulty, and the Florida took her departure from the colony on the 25th July.

I have, &c., (Signed)

H. ST. GEORGE ORD.

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PORT OF SAINT GEORGE,

Bermuda, July 15, 1863. Str: The Confederate States steamer Florida, Commander Maffit, came to anchor this afternoon in Five Fathom Hole, in want of coals, repairs to engines, and hull of ship, bot owing to her not being released from quarantine up to sunset, Commander Mattit has been unable to communicate personally with your excellency.

I am instructed by Commander Maffit to request of your excellency to allow thie Florida to enter the port of Saint George to obtain coals and make the necessary repairs.

On the Florida's release from quarantine, Commander Maffit will have the honor of waiting on your excellency.

I havs, &c.,
(Signeil)

JNO. T. BOURNE.

[Inclosure 3 in No. 69.]

Mr. Plour to Mr. Bourne.

MOUNT LAXGTOX, July 15, 1863.
Sir: The governor has sent a telegraph releasing the Florida from quarantine, and
allowing her to come into Saint George's for repairs.
A further communication will be made to Captain Maliit to-morrow morning.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

HENRY FREDERICK PLOW.

(Inclosure 4 in No. 69.]

Wr. Walker to Gorernor Ord.

SAINT GEORGE's, July 18, 1863. Sir: At the request of Captain Maffit, commanding Confederate States steamer Florida, I have the honor to inform your excellency that on his application at the dock-yard this morning for coals, he was informed by Captain Glasse that under his present instructions he did not feel authorized to furnish the Florida with the small amount even which Captain Maftit required.

As the Florida must, therefore, of necessity be detained at this port as a vessel in distress, until the arrival of coals, which are daily expected, Captain Maftit begs me to inquire of your excellency if the privilege will be accorded to him of proceeding to the dock-yarl for the purpose of having eitected some repairs to machinery and bull of ship which are of essential importance, and which cannot be eflected in the port of Saint George's.

I have, &c.,
(Signed)

NORMAX STE VART WALKER.

(Inclosure 5 in No. 69.]

Gorernor Ord to Vr. Talker.

MOUNT LANGTON, July 19, 1863. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 18th instant, informing me, at the request of Captain Maflit, of the Coufederate States steamer Florida, that having applied yesterday at the dock-yard for coals, he was informed by Captain Glasse, royal navy, that he did not feel authorized to furnish the Florida with the small amount she required, and further stating that, as the Florida must, therefore, of necessity be detained at this port as a vessel in distress until the arrival of coals, which are daily expected, Captain Maftit begs you to inquire whether the privilege will be accorded to him of proceeding to the dock-yard for the purpose of having effected some repairs to machinery and hull of ship which are of essential importance, and which camot be effected in the port of Saint George's.

Having referred this application to Captain Glasse, superintendent of the dock-yard. I have the honor to acquaint you that he informs me that he does not feel himself at liberty to allow of any repairs to the machinery or hull of the Confederate States

steamer of war Florida being effected in Her Majesty's dock-yard. [110] *In making this communication I have to express a hope that Captain Maffit

may yet find it in his power to obtain for his vessel such supplies of coal and such necessary repairs as will enable her to proceed without delay to her destination, but I must, at the same time, point out that Her Majesty's instructions (with a copy of which Captain Maffit was supplied on the 16th instant) are very stringent as to the limitation of the stay in British waters of vessels of war of the l'nited States or Confederate States, and that it is necessary that whatever may be required to enable the Florida to take her departure from these islands, should be provided in the shortest possible period. If, however, Captain Matfit should find it impossible to procure at the present time whatever may be requisite for this purpose, I inust request that he will at once proceed with the Florida to Grassy Bay, there to remain until liis departure from the lony is rendered pr

able. I have, &c., (Signed)

H. ST. GEORGE ORD.

Inclosure 6 in No. 69. ]

Mr. Walker to Gorernor Ord.

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Saint GEORGE's, July 20, 1863. Sir: Since the communication which I had the honor to address to your excellency on Saturday evening last, Captain Maflit has been informed that there is a large quantity of coals at this port belonging to the commissariat department.

He, therefore, requests me, in his great emergency, to apply, through your excelleney, to the proper oflicers, for a quantity sufficient to carry his vessel to some other coaling depot.

Captain Maftit will be happy to have the opportunity of paying for the coals in coin immediately, or of having them returned in kind, within two or three weeks, at any point in the island which may be iudicated.

I have, &c., (Signed)

NORMAN STEWART WALKER.

(Inclosure 7 in No. 69.)

Gorernor Ord to Wr. Walker.

MOUNT LANGTON, July 20, 1863. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this day's date, requesting, on behalf of Captain Mallit, Confederate States steamer Florida, that he may be permitted to take from a large quantity of coal belonging to the commissariat department at Saint George's, a quantity sufficient to carry his ship to some other coaling depot.

In reply, I have to inform you that the coal in question is not under my control, but under that of Colonel Munro, the commandant of the troops.

I have, &c., (Signed)

II, ST. GEORGE ORD. [NOTE.-I communicated to Colonel Muro the application that was about to be made to him; and was afterward informed by him that Captain Mafiit had pressed his request at a visit he made to him, and that Colonel Munro inforined him it was out of liis power to accede to it.]

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(Inclosure 8 in No. 69.)

Gurernor Ord to Mr. Jalker.

MOUNT LANGTON, July 22, 1863. SIR: Referring to my letter to you of the 20th instant, I have the honor to request that you will be good enough to ascertain, for my ipforination, when the necessary repairs and coaling of the Confederate States steaner Florida will be completed, so as to tuable her to proceed to sea.

I have, &c., (Signed)

HI. ST. GEORGE ORD.

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Ur. Walker to Gorernor Ord.

SAINT GEORGE's, July 22, 1-63. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency's commnnications of the 19th, 20th, and 22d instant, and, in reply thereto, I am requested by Cap

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