Among the local items of a city paper has appeared a paragraph headed "A Disappointment, " which so utterly misrepresents facts that I desire to correct it. On Thursday, of last week, a commission of Generals
, accompanied by the President
, were inspecting the defences of Richmond
and of James river
Busily engaged all the day, they found when evening come they had barely time before dark to visit Drewry's Bluff
A boat was ordered to be ready, but at half- past 2 o'clock, upon the arrival of President Davis
, Gen. Lee
, Gen. Bragg
, Hon. Mr. Mallory
, and others of the commission they found the steamer ordered to be ready was not yet under steam, but the "Drewry
," another Government boat, just pushing out from the wharf.
As time was of so much importance, the "Drewry
" was ordered back, and the passengers landed again, being told at the time the necessity which demanded the measure.
It will be remembered that passengers are allowed on Government boats only by courtesy, and that no fare is charged, or any remuneration taken from them.
In such a case as this, then, it would seem out of place for any to complain that, for once, necessity compelled the passengers to forego the courtesy usually extended to them.
Instead of " them to bundle on shore without loss of time," or of-leaving a disconsolate crowd standing of the wharf," Mr. Mallory
explained the reasons which compelled him to the "Drewry
," and at the same time orders "Hampton
" to come down and
ake the passengers on board.
Furthermore, a naval officer was detailed to see that the arrangements were fully carried out, as directed by the Secretary
Twice, at least, while standing upon the wharf, Mr Mallory
asked if his orders had been fully understood, and stated his regrets that he was forced to inconvenience the party waiting to go down the river.
In about twenty minutes after the departure of the Drewry
" came alongside the war, took in the passengers and carried them to the Bluff
, the Captain
entertaining them, allowing them the use of his private cabin; and in fact, of the whole boat as if she were a regular passenger steamer.
This true statement of the case will show that Mr Mallory
, the Secretary of the Navy
, was entirely misrepresented in the item referred to, and that it conveys a raise impression to the public.
Instead of doing a discourteous act Mr. Mallory
, in the kindness of his heart, went farther than could have been expected under the circumstances.
I am confident the reporter who penned the item was misinformed and led into error by some querulous person among the citizen passengers, one ungenerous enough to misrepresent the case because necessity put him to some little temporary inconvenience.