ich they claim to have a perfect right.
In direct conflict with this are all the official notifications of United States officers.
Capt. Adams, for instance, writing on board the Sabine, on May 19, says in a letter to Gen. Bragg:
This (Pensacola) port is now strictly blockaded, &c.
Commodore Mervin's announcements — I have not seen any of them — are said to be similarly worded; and I am told that the President of the United States publicly promulgated the blockade of all the ports s each other have been for weeks blockaded, and not blockaded, at the same time.
The confusion arising from this state of things can be imagined by your lordships.
On the 19th of May, as you will see by the enclosed circular, the blockade of Pensacola began; yet, up to the 30th of that month, vessels freely obtained admission; some had leave to do so, others were not even overhauled, and others, still, seemed to defy the cruisers.
One bark, ordered off from the Pensacola entrance, through a