A Yankee forgery.
The English journals have recently published a document, gotten up by some unprincipled Yankee, which purports to be an official report from Secretary Mallory
, of the Navy Department, to the Speaker
of the House of Representatives.
The name of "Babcock
" is substituted for that of Hon. Thos
, and the report gives in detail the operations of our Navy since its organization.
It also states that, in accordance with the order of the President
, agents had been dispatched to England
, with orders to contract for eight iron-clad vessels, suitable for ocean service, and calculated to resist the ordinary armament of the wooden vessels of the enemy.
For five of these vessels contracts were made in England
, and for the other three in France
The report goes on further to allege that, owing to the unfriendly construction of her neutrality laws, the Government
stationed several war vessels at the mouth of the Mersey
, and prevented their departure when completed, and that subsequently they were seized by the British Government
The vessels building in France
had also been subjected to many official visitations, and instructions had been given to cease operations upon them.
The bogus report proceeds to give an account of a plan for the relief of our prisoners on Johnston's Island
, the failure of which is attributed to information furnished by the British
authorities in Canada
Upon the appearance of this miserable forgery in the English
journals, Commander M. F. Maury
denounced it over his own signature in the London Times
, but a United States journal, in commenting on his letter, reaffirms the authenticity of the report.
Under these circumstances, Mr. Mallory
addressed a note to the Secretary of State
, in which he pronounced the report, from beginning to end, a forgery.
The document, however, assumed additional importance in Europe
, from the fact that the English Attorney General
, in a speech in the House of Commons, in defence of the course of the Ministry on the subject of Laird
's rams, quoted it as authentic.
On Mr. Benjamin
's attention being called to the subject by Mr. Mallory
, he wrote a letter to Mr. Slidell
, our Commissioner
, directing him to make an official publication explaining that the report was a gross fabrication.