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by the Bahama, and which, there appears no reason to doubt, was trans. ferred to the gun-boat.


W. G. STUART, Assistant Collector.

Arrival of Babama


Ur. lIusscy to Mr. Stercart.

LIVERPOOL, Nelson Dock, September 2, 1862. Sir: I beg to state that a steamship called the Bahama arrived here

last evening from Angra, (the capital of the island of Ter. *** Lermool from ceira, one of the Azores,) having previously cleared from

Liverpool for Nassau. In consequence of a paragraph which appeared in the newspaper of this morning, in reference to the above vessel, I deemed it expedient to send for the master, Tessier, and to inquire the nature of the cargo shipped on board in Liverpool. He states that he received sixteen cases, the contents of which he did not know, but presumed they were arms, &c., and after proceeding to the above port, transferred the sixteen cases to a Spanish vessel, and returned to Liverpool with a quantity of coals.

The master also states that when off the Western Islands he spoke the confederate gun-boat Alabama (No. 290, built in Mr. Laird's yard at Birkenhead) heavily armed, having a 100-pounder pivot-gun mounted at her stern, which he believes is intended to destroy some of the seaport towns in the Northern States of America.

The above case having excited inuch interest in the port, I deemed it expedient to report the facts for your information.


J. HICSSEY, Assistant Surreyor.

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Specification of shipment per Bahama, August 11, 1862.

Cwts. qrs. Ibs. [B]

1.—1 case containing 1 cast-iron gun, weighing ..... 49 0 P

1 14 2.-1 case containing 1 broadside-carriage, weighing. 12 0 14 3.—1 case containing rammers, sponges, handspikes, &c., weighing.

2 1 14 [B] 0 P

1.–1 case containing 1 cast-iron gun, weighing...., 49 1 11 2 2.-1 case containing 1 broadside-carriage, weighing. 12 0 14 3.-1 case containing rammers, sponges, handspikes, &c., weighing..

2 0 10 [B] O P

1 to 6.—6 cases containing 50 cast shot, weighing.... 13 1 SOL [B]

6 cases containing 50 cast shot, weighing... 17 B

2 6 SOL [B]

1.–1 case containing brass vent-covers, weighing... 0 0 5 B


Total weight.....


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Total value, £220.


* Mr. Jorgan to Mr. Stewart.

SURVEYOR'S OFFICE, September 3, 1862. SIR: I beg to report for your information that the British steamship Bahama, Tessier master, which vessel cleared out for Nassau, and sailed on the 13th ultimo with nineteen cases, contents as per specification annexed, has returned to this port, and entered inwards in ballast from Angra.

The master of her is not disposed to enter very freely into conversation upon the subject, but from others on board there appears to be no doubt that the cases above referred to were transferred to the gunboat No. 290.

Captain Semmes, formerly of the confederate steamer Sumter, took passage in the Bahama, together with some fifty other persons, and they are described as being the permanent crew of the 290, now known as the Alabama.


E. MORGAN, Surveyor.

No. 33.

Ur. Adams to Earl Russell.

Mr. Adams's repre. sentation of the equipment of the vessel at the Azores.

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LONDON, September 4, 1862. (Received September 5.)
MY LORD: I have the honor to transmit the copy of a letter received
from the consul of the United States at Liverpool, to-
gether with a deposition in addition to the others already
submitted with my notes of the 220 and 24th of July,
going to show the further prosecution of the illegal and hos-
tile measures against the United States in connection with the outfit
of the gun-boat 290 from the port of Liverpool. It now appears that
supplies are in process of transmission from here to a vessel fitted out
from England, and now sailing on the high seas, with the piratical in-
tent to burn and destroy the property of the people of a country with
which Her Majesty is in alliance and friendship. I pray your lord-
ship's pardon if I call your attention to the fact that I have not yet
received any reply in writing to the several notes and representations I
have had the honor to submit to Her Majesty's government touching
this flagrant case.

Renewing, &c.,


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Inclosure 1 in Yo. 33.

Mr. Dudley to Mr. Adams.


Liverpool, September 3, 1862. Sir: I have just obtained the affidavit of the boatswain's mate who shipped in and went ont on the No. 290, now called the Alabama. I inclose it to you, with bill for his services, signed by Captain Butcher. He returned on the Babama. He states that the Alabama is to cruise on the line of packets from Liverpool to New York ; tbat Semines told them so. This may have been said for the purpose of misleading

tion of the vessel said to have been fitted out at Liverpool for the service of the so-styled Confederate States, should that vessel put in to Nassau ; and I am to request that you will take these papers into your immediate consideration and favor Lord Russell with your opinion there. upon. You will observe that the instructions for the governor of the Bahamas should be forwarded by the mail of the 27th instant.

I am, &c.,


No. 36.

Mr. Adams in.

ing taken with regard to the vessel.

Explanations to her departure.

Barl Russell to Jr. Adams.

FOREIGN OFFICE, September 22, 1862. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of

the 4th instant, inclosing a copy of a letter from the for det en [212] United States consul at Liverpool,stogether with *the

deposition of Henry Redden respecting the supply

of cannon and munitions of war to the gun-boat No. 290. You also call attention to the fact that you have not yet received any reply to the representations you have addressed to Her Majesty's gorernment upon the subject.

I had the honor, in acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 23d of June, to state to you that the matter had been referred to the proper department of Her Majesty's government for investigation. Your subsequent letters were also at once forwarded to that department, but, as you were informed in my letter of the 28th of July, it was requisite before any active steps could be taken in the matter to consult the law-officers of the Crown. This could not be done until sufficient evidence had been collected, and from the nature of the case some time was necessarily spent in procuring it. The report of the law-officers was not received until the 29th of July, and on the same day a telegraphic message was forwarded to Her Majesty's government, stating that the vessel had sailed that morning. Instructions were then dispatched to Ireland to detain the vessel should she put into Queenstown, and similar instructions have been sent to the governor of the Bahamas in case of her visiting Nassau. It appears, however, that the vessel did not go to Queenstown, as had been expected, and nothing has been since heard of her movements.

The officers of customs will now be directed to report upon the further evidence forwarded by you, and I shall not fail to inform you of the result of the inquiry.

I am, &c.


No. 37.

The law officers of the Crown to Earl Russell.

TEMPLE, September 25, 1862. (Received September 26.) MY LORD: We are honored with your lordship's commands signified

in Mr. Hammond's letter of the 16th September instant, ir told stating that he was directed to transmit to us, together with

the former papers, a letter from the Colonial Office, inclosing

Opinion of law-ficers be seized it she puts into Vasau.

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a copy of the judgment delivered by the court of Bahamas in the case
of the Oreto, and requesting to be informed whether it will be necessary
to modify the instructions sent to the governor of the Bahamas, founded
upon our report of the 29th July last, for the detention of the vessel
said to have been fitted out at Liverpool for the service of the so-styled
Confederate States, should that vessel put into Nassau; and to request
that we would take these papers into consideration and furnish your
lordship with our opinion thereupon.

Mr. Hammond was also pleased to state that the instructions for the
governor of the Bahamas should be forwarded by the mail of the 27th

In obedience to your lordship's commands we have taken these papers into consideration, and have the honor to report

That we are of opinion that if the vessel 290 should put into Nassau,
she ought to be there seizerl, and proceeded against, provided that
there be nothing in the condition of the vessel when at Nassau tending
to rebut the inference which the law.officers drew from the facts laid
before them with respect to the vessel when she lay at Birkenhead.

We have, &c.,


No. 38.

Jr. Hammond to Sir F. Roger's.


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FOREIGN OFFICE, September 26, 1862.
SIR: I am directed by Earl Russell to request that you will acquaint
the Duke of Newcastle that his lordship thought it desira-
ble to take the opinion of the law-officers of the Crown on report forwarded to
the question asked by the governor of Bahama respecting
the course he should pursue in regard to the confederate steamer No.

290, under the circumstances of the Oreto having been released
(213] by the admiralty court at Nassau ; and I am now *to inclose,

for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, a copy of the report
which Lord Russell has received from the law-officers."

I am, &c.,


No. 39.

JIr. Hamilton to Mr. Hammond.

TREASURY CHAMBERS, September 29, 1862.

(Received September 30.)
SIR: With reference to your letter of the 12th instant, and previous
correspondence, I am directed by the lords commissioners of Her
Majesty's treasury to transmit herewith, for the information of Earl
Russell, copy of a report, dated 25th instant, of the commissioners of
customs relative to the supply of cannon, &c., to the gun-boat No. 290.

I am, &c.,


No. 37.

arming, and until the Sunday we left her outside Terceira Bay. About 1 o'clock on that day, I think about 24th August, the 290 tired a gun, hauled down the British tiag, and hoisted the confederate flag at the peak, the St. George's Cross at the fore, and a pennant at the main. She was then just outside of the bay, steering to sea. Captain Bullock and Captain Butcher were still on board of her. We kept company with her until about 12 that night, when Captains Bullock and Butcher left her and came on board the Bahama, and came back with us to Liverpool. When I was engaged by Mr. Barnett he gave me a note payable six days after the Bahama sailed, at ottice in Water street. My brother received the money for the note. I never sigued any articles or agreement of any kind. (Signed)

GEORGE KING. Signed and declared before me, at the custom-house, Liverpool, this 27th day of September, 1862. (Signed)

J. PRICE EDWARDS, Collector.

No. 41.

Earl Russell to Mr. Adams.

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Majesty's govern go beyond the law,

FOREIGN OFFICE, October 4, 1862. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of

the 30th ultimo, inclosing a copy of another deposition formed that her taken before the collector of the port of Liverpool with arent are mulle to reference to the proceedings of the gun-boat 290, and furnilunicipal and inter: ther expressing a belief that enterprises of a similar kind

are in course of progress in the ports of the United King. dom ; and I have to state to you that, much as Her Majesty's govern.

1 ment desire to prevent such occurrences, they are unable to go beyond the law, municipal and international.

I am, &c., (Signed)


No. 42.

Earl Russell to Jr. Adams.

FOREIGN OFFICE, October 9, 1869. Sir: With reference to my letter to you of the 22d ultimo, I have

the honor to inclose a copy of a letter which I have received for from the board of treasury forwarding the copy of a report

from Her Majesty's commissioners of customs relative to the supply of cannon aud munitions of war to the gun-boat No. 290.

I am, &c.,


Report of customs commissioners warded to

Mr. Adams

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The commissiorer's of customs to the lords commissioners of the treasury, September :2, 1:11?.

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