ch live, and thrive here, and have built up quite a pretty little town—that of St. Anne's, to which we were bound.
The explanation of which is, that the island lies contiguous to the Venezuelan coast, and is a free port, for the introduction of European, and American goods, in which a considerable trade is carried on, with the main land.
We arrived off the town, with its imposing battlements frowning on either side of the harbor, about dusk, and immediately hoisted a jack, and fired a gun, fer some misapprehension as to the character of this vessel.
She is a ship of war, duly commissioned by the government of the Confederate States, which States have been recognized, as belligerents, in the present war, by all the leading Powers of Europe, viz.:—Great Britain, France, Spain, &c., as your Excellency must be aware.
It is true, that these Powers have prohibited both belligerents, alike, from bringing prizes into their several jurisdictions; but no one of them has made a distinctio
et, in the couplet,—
Far as the breeze can bear, the billow foam, Survey our empire, and behold our home!
We had no occasion, here, to discuss jurisdictions, or talk about marine leagues; or be bothered by Iroquois, or bamboozled by French governors.
Monday, November 25th.—Morning clear, with trade-clouds and a fresh breeze.
We are still holding on to our steam, and are pushing our way to the eastward; my intention being to cross the Atlantic, and see what can be accomplished in European waters.
We may be able to exchange the Sumter for a better ship.
At seven, this morning, we gave chase to a Yankee-looking hermaphrodite brig.
We showed her the United States colors, and were disappointed to see her hoist the English red in reply.
In the afternoon, a large ship was descried running down in our direction.
When she approached sufficiently near, we hoisted again the United States colors, and hove her to with a gun. As she rounded to the wind, in obedience to the signal, t