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ile blockading squadron, and run into some one of the shoal passes to the westward of the Mississippi — as Barrataria, Berwick's Bay, &c. In great haste I avail myself of this opportunity to send you my first despatch since leaving New Orleans. I can do no more, for want of time, than merely enumerate events. We ran the blockade of Passe l'outre (by the Brooklyn) on the 30th of June, the Brooklyn giving us chase. On the morning of the 3d I doubled Cape Antonio, the western extremity of Cuba, and on the same day captured off the Isle of Pines the American ship Golden Rocket, belonging to parties in Bangor, Maine. She was a fine ship of 600 tons, and worth between $30,000 and $40,000. I boarded her. On the next day, the 4th, I captured the brigantines Cuba and Machias, both of Maine also. They were laden with sugars. I sent them to Cienfuegos, Cuba. On the 5th day of July, I captured the brigs Ben. Dunning and Albert Adams, owned in New York and Massachusetts. They were
me American vessels off Cape St. Antonio, and heard that the Sumter had sent another prize, the Joseph Maxwell, into Cienfuegos on the 7th of August. In consequence of this intelligence we sailed for Cienfuegos, keeping close into the land, and communicating with all the vessels we met. On the 19th arrived at Cienfuegos; sent a boat in to communicate with the consul; found the Joseph Maxwell in his possession; obtained all the information required; and coasted along the southeastern shore of Cuba, chasing and communicating with all the vessels we saw. Some of these were Americans, and were sure that the Sumter had them, until they saw the stripes and stars. On the 21st we put into Jamaica to coal; heard many contradictory reports about the Sumter, none of which could be relied on, and sailed again on the 25th for Curacoa — so it was supposed. We arrived in Curacoa on the 29th. and found that the Sumter had left there on the 24th of July, and had (owing to the facilities she receive
of this ship, from Cienfuegos, on the south coast of Cuba. There I learned that Messrs. Slidell and Mason had landed on Cuba, and had reached the Havana from Charleston. I took in some sixty tons of coal and left with n of my cruise after the Sumter on the north side of Cuba. The next day, when about to board a French brig, sghthouse of Paredon del Grande, the nearest point of Cuba to us. We were all prepared for her, beat to quarterer British Majesty's subjects, the Consul-General of Cuba, and those on board the Trent, in doing every thing y warmest thanks. After leaving the north side of Cuba, I can through the Santaren passage, and up the coas When I heard at Cienfuegos, on the south side of Cuba, of these commissioners having landed on the Island They had been presented to the captain-general of Cuba by her Britannic Majesty's consul-general, but the cficially introduced by him to Capt.-Gen. Serrano, of Cuba. When Capt. Wilkes heard of their intention to take