eave their families to the mercy of the enemy.
Among those who were under this necessity was Mr. F. J. Morena, brother-in-law of Secretary Mallory.
Many of those persons went up to take the oath with tears in their eyes.
No one was allowed to leave Key West without taking the oath, neither for Europe or for an American port.
One gentleman wanted to accompany this party and take his wife with him. Both slaves and free negroes are obliged to take the oath.
One free negro, named Pablo Rogers, obstinately refused, said he was a Southern man and belonged to St. Augustine.
They discharged him from his employment on Fort Jefferson, and sent him adrift.
There were two English frigates and one French frigate at Key West, three guard boats, a number of captures, &c. The Commander of the English frigate Challenger asked permission of Major French, Commandant of the Fort, to be allowed to exercise his men at a target.
Major French refused, whereupon the French Commander went on