It may be proper to mention, as a pertinent episode in the last days of the Stonewall
, that among the arrivals which soon followed her into Havana
was an imposing looking American man-of-war steamer.
She anchored only a very short distance off. One morning a letter was handed to the commander of the Stonewall
, which bore the signature of an old acquaintance — the captain of the man-of-war close by. The purport of this communication was suggesting the propriety of a surrender of the Stonewall
to him. Its receipt was promptly acknowledged, and although its kind suggestions were fully appreciated, they were politely declined.
was in a position to present herself to the Captain-General
, or, through him, to the Queen
; but she was not the craft to surrender on demand or solicitation.