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[471] been known to make thirteen or fourteen knots under favorable circumstances. If the latter vessel had gone in chase, all four steamers would, in ten hours afterward, have been on their way to New Orleans in charge of a prize crew.

The Lackawanna, I believe, was sent here for the express purpose of looking after and chasing the Harriet Lane, and the captain of the Katahdin, by his neglect of duty, lays himself liable to great blame. My only hope left is that these vessels — more especially the Harriet Lane — may be “gobbled up” by some of our cruisers before reaching Havana, in which case it will prevent one privateer from being fitted out to prey on our commerce.

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