been handed me, in the intervals between the entrance, and exit of his customers.
It was not wonderful, therefore, that this semi-diplomat, charged with the affairs of the Great Republic, and with the decayed teeth of the young ladies of Maranham, at one and the same time, should be a little confused, as to points of international law, and the rules of Lindley Murray
That he should misrepresent me was both natural, and Federal.
At the appointed hour, the next day, I called to see his Excellency
, the President
, and being ushered, by an orderly in waiting, into a suite of spacious, and elegantly furnished apartments, I found Captain Pinto
, and his Excellency
, both prepared to receive me. We proceeded, at once, to business.
I exhibited to his Excellency
the same little piece of brownish paper, with Mr. Jefferson Davis
's signature at the bottom of it, that I had shown to Captain Hillyer
of the Cadmus
— unasked, however, as no doubts had been raised as to the verity of the character of my ship.
I then read to his Excellency
an extract or two from the letter of instructions, which had been sent me by the Secretary of the Navy
, directing me to pay all proper respect to the territory, and property of neutrals.
I next read the proclamations of England
, acknowledging us to be in the possession of belligerent rights, and said to his Excellency
, that although I had not seen the proclamation of Brazil
, I presumed she had followed the lead of the European
powers—to which he assented.
I then ‘rested my case,’ as the lawyers say, seeing, by the expression of his Excellency
's countenance, that every lick had told, and that I had nothing now to fear.
‘But, what about coal being contraband of war,’ said his Excellency
, at this stage of the proceeding.
‘The United States Consul, in the protest addressed to me, a copy of which I sent you, yesterday, by Captain Pinto
, and the Chief of Police
, states that you had not been permitted to coal, in any of the ports, which you have hitherto visited.’
The reader will recollect, that, at the British Island
, the question of my being permitted to coal had been submitted to the ‘law officers of the Crown.’
The newspaper, at that place, had published a copy of the opinion of these officers, and also a copy of the decision of the Governor