extensive to enable us to have a new set of boilers made.
We were disappointed in this; and so were compelled to patch up the old boilers as best we could, hoping that when our funds should arrive, we might be enabled to coal, and run around to London or Liverpool, where we would find all the facilities we could desire.
My funds arrived, as before stated, on the 3d of February, and I at once set about supplying myself with coal.
I sent my first lieutenant and paymaster on shore, and afterwaragent, who can have no difficulty, I suppose, in purchasing the same quantity of the material from some of the coal-hulks, and returning it to her Majesty's dock-yard.
This application was telegraphed to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, in London, and after the lapse of a week—for it took the law-officers of the Crown a week, it seems, to decide the question—was denied.
On the same day on which I wrote the above letter, I performed the very pleasant duty of paying to the Spanish Consul a