John Gilpin lying at the levee on the Algiers side, loaded with cotton and surrounded by burning vessels and sunken docks, and fearing she might be fired, I boarded her and hoisted the American flag at her masthead, and brought her captain, Archibald Forsaith, (whom you afterwards released on parole,) on board as a hostage for her safety and future delivery, not deeming it prudent or safe to put. a small prize crew in possession.
Captain Forsaith claimed that his vessel was British property, anCaptain Forsaith claimed that his vessel was British property, and that his papers were in the English consulate, but acknowledged that she was intended to run the blockade.
In passing down the river since, I have noticed that a portion, if not all, of her deck load of cotton, and perhaps her remaining cargo, has been removed.
Captain F. stated to me that she had 265 bales of cotton on board.
In conclusion, flag-officer, allow me to congratulate you upon the success which has attended this running of the forts, beyond a doubt the most brilliant and darin