y after the announcement of the blockade.
The frequency of vessels escaping the vigilance, or rather the lack of vigilance, of the United States squadron, are too numerous to be even named.
I sent Capt. Von Donop, of the Jason, to look after the interests of our shipping, and to the efficiency of the blockading ships, in several ports.
He mentions numerous cases of ships, barks, and brigs, escaping the cruisers.
I learn that while a large American frigate — fully as formidable as the St. George, apparently — was under steam off Charleston, a complete flotilla of small ocean traders and coasters continued to pass into the city, and out again, either regardless of, or insensible to, the presence of war ships.
The numerous facts establishing the perfect inefficiency of the men-of-war, in regard to the stopping of commercial intercourse with ports before which they have appeared, could be elaborated to a great length.
But even now, [the admiral, permit your correspondent to say,