s with this hope, that I had entered the port of Cienfuegos, as the reader has seen; and it was in furtherance of this object, that I now drew up the following appointment of a Prize Agent, who had come well recommended to me, as a gentleman of integrity and capacity.
C. S. Steamer Sumter, Cienfuegos, July 6, 1861.
Sir:—You are hereby appointed Prize Agent, for, and in behalf of the Confederate States of America, of the following prizes, to wit: The Cuba, Machias, Ben. Dunning, Albert Adams, Naiad, West Wind, and Louisa Kilham, and their cargoes, until the same can be adjudicated, by the Prize Courts of the Confederate States, and disposed of by the proper authorities.
You will take the necessary steps for the safe custody of these prizes, and you will not permit anything to be removed from, or disturbed on board of them.
You will be pleased, also, to take the examinations of the master, and mate of each of these vessels, before a notary, touching the property of the vesse