sent a report to the House of Representatives, in answer to Mr. Sickles
' resolution of inquiry, showing the following state of facts:
First.--The impediments to commerce by usurping control of the ports of Mobile, Charleston, Pensacola and New Orleans.
Second.--The control of commerce of the Mississippi Valley, by requiring the duties on all goods entered at New Orleans for delivery at St. Louis, Nashville, Louisville, and Cincinnati, to be paid to the State of Louisiana.
Third.--The seizure by Louisiana of all United States moneys, as well as those of private depositors in the mint and sub-treasury at New Orleans and other places.
Fourth.-The seizure of revenue cutters, by arrangement between their commanders and the collectors of Mobile, New Orleans and Charleston.
Fifth.--The expulsion of the sick and invalid patients at the United States Hospital at New Orleans, in order to provide accommodation for Louisiana troops.
says it is believed that duties on imports continue to be collected in the ports of entry established in South Carolina
, and that vessels are entered and cleared in the usual manner; but so far as the department has been advised, the collectors assume to perform their duties under the authority of the States in which they reside, and hold and reserve the duties, subject to the same authority.
Speaking of the general subject, Mr. Dix
Throughout the whole course of encroachment and aggression, the Federal Government has borne itself with a spirit of paternal forbearance, of which there is no example in the history of public society; waiting in patient hope that the empire of reason would resume its sway over those whom the excitement of passion has thus fair blinded, and trusting that the friends of good order, wearied with submission to proceedings which they disapproved, would at no distant day rally under the banner of the Union, and exert themselves with vigor and success against the prevailing recklessness and violence.
T. Hemphill Jones
, the special agent appointed to secure the revenue cutters McClelland
and Lewis Cass
from seizure by the Louisiana
secessionists, reports to the Treasury Department that he arrived in New Orleans in pursuance of his instructions on the 26th January.
He found Captain Breshwood
, of the McClelland
, after a long search, and handed him the following order:
conferred with Collector Hatch
of New Orleans, and then returned the following answer, flatly refusing to obey the order:
's report continues:
Believing that Captain Breshwood
would not have ventured upon this most positive act of insubordination and disobedience of his own volition, I waited upon the Collector
at the Custom House
, and had, with him a full and free conversation upon the whole subject.
In the course of it, Mr. Hatch
admitted to me that he had caused the cutter to be brought to the city of New Orleans
by an order of his own, dated January 15, so that she might be secured to the State of Louisiana
, although at that time the State
had not only not seceded, but the Convention
had not met, and in fact did not meet until eight days afterwards.
This, I must confess, seemed to me a singular confession for one who at that very time had sworn to do his duty faithfully as an officer of the United States
; and on intimating as much to Mr. Hatch
, he excused himself on the ground that in these revolutions all other things must give way to the force of circumstances.
likewise informed me that the officers of the cutter had long since determined to abandon their allegiance to the United States
, and cast their fortunes with the independent State of Louisiana
In order to test the correctness of this statement, I addressed another communication to Captain Breshwood
, of the following tenor:
To this letter I never received any reply.
I then repaired again on board the cutter, and asked for the order of the Collector
bringing her to New Orleans.
The original was placed in my possession, of which the following is a copy.
And here it may be proper to observe, that the order is written and signed by the Collector
Defeated at New Orleans, Mr. Jones
then took his way to Mobile
, to look after the Lewis Cass
) could not be found, but Mr. Jones
discovered in the cabin the following letter, which explains the surrender of that vessel:
concludes his report with the statement, that he made a final and unsuccessful effort to recover the McClelland
, but, failing in the attempt, he retraced his steps to Washington
, Feb. 22.