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England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 226
-war arrived from Port Royal, the seat of government, only twelve miles distant. The Sumter had been there for the last two days. The government, it is true, had refused to give her any of its coals, but had allowed her to come around to St. Pierre, where she readily obtained them from some merchants, (English, I believe.) She evidently had been received with courtesy at the seat of government, and this farce of the non-recognition of the Confederate flag is played out of both France and England in the most flagrant manner. I now addressed a letter to the Governor, assuming him to be ignorant of the character of the Sumter, a copy of which I enclose. I also enclose a translation of his reply. The Department will observe that from the generous disposition of the Governor, the Sumter has the same privileges as this vessel. The captain of the French war-steamer also addressed me a letter, saying he was directed by the Governor to request me no longer to compromise the neutrali
Fort-de-France (search for this): chapter 226
her reach. May I not hope, therefore, that your Excellency, upon this representation, will not allow her to enjoy the privileges I complain of, but direct her to leave the protection of the French flag, and the immunities of a French port? I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Jas. S. Palmer, Commanding U. S. steamship Iroquois. To his Excellency, the Governor of Martinique. Translation. Gouvernement de la Martinique, Cabinet des Gouverneur No. 430, Fort-de-France, Le 15th Nov., 1861. Monsieur le Commandant: I have the honor to reply to the letter which you addressed me this morning. I am not ignorant, Mons. le Commandant, of the presence in the roads of St. Pierre of a vessel belonging to the States of the South, who profess to have formed a separate Confederation. To accomplish the generous intentions of the Emperor, I wish to be hospitable to the vessels of the two belligerent parties, but I will not, neither cannot, without violating
Palmer, of the Iroquois, embraces his account of his experiences with the privateer Sumter at Martinique: United States steamer Iroquois, off St. Pierre, Martinique, Nov. 17, 1861. sir: I adteamer arrived, bringing information that the Sumter had just put in on the 9th to Port Royal, Martinique, in want of coals. I had been often led astray by false reports, but this seemed so positivhat I instantly ceased coaling, got my engines together, and was off at 2 in the mid-watch for Martinique, arriving at St. Pierre in thirty-six hours. On turning into the harbor I discovered a suspicivant, Jas. S. Palmer, Commanding U. S. steamship Iroquois. To his Excellency, the Governor of Martinique. Translation. Gouvernement de la Martinique, Cabinet des Gouverneur No. 430, Fort-de-Francich gives her so great immunity, and makes every foreign port her asylum. I was informed at Martinique, that France would regard it as an act of war if I attacked her within the marine league of th
France (France) (search for this): chapter 226
.) She evidently had been received with courtesy at the seat of government, and this farce of the non-recognition of the Confederate flag is played out of both France and England in the most flagrant manner. I now addressed a letter to the Governor, assuming him to be ignorant of the character of the Sumter, a copy of which ave to pocket this, as I have been as forbearing as they can expect, and nothing but the feeling of the impolicy of bringing on hostilities between my country and France, makes me submit with any thing like grace. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James S. Palmer, Com'g. Hon. Gideon Welles, Sec'ect international law in the case of the Sumter, which gives her so great immunity, and makes every foreign port her asylum. I was informed at Martinique, that France would regard it as an act of war if I attacked her within the marine league of the island. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Ja
ened the port nothing of her this way. We were now at fault which way to steer. Something like smoke being reported to seaward, I determined to start out, taking the direction to St. Thomas, to which place I was anxious to return, ere the vessel with our coals and provisions should leave, and thus check at least a small evil, for I now became hopeless of ever discovering the Sumter. I reached this port this morning, and found that the Dacotah, which had arrived on the 21st from the East Indies, had taken in tow my vessel, with her stores, and gone to meet me. It is, of course, all conjecture, where the Sumter will next cruise. I learned at St. Pierre that she had purchased sea-jackets for her crew, which may look like a cruise on our Northern coast, though I question whether she is calculated for winter service in that quarter. Should she continue in this vicinity, I will soon hear of her from the constant arrivals here. I shall be glad to understand from the Government
Custom house (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 226
and inform him that I regarded the attitude of the authorities as unfriendly to the United States. I quote you the Consul's reply: I called on the Governor on Monday night, but could do nothing more than to ask an audience for next day, as his salon was full of people, among them the Captain of the Sumter. When I law him he said the sanitary regulations were such as were enforced on Monday, and that he had no control over them. The vessel having gone beyond the regular health and Custom House limits, has lost the rights of regular pratique, the Governor of course repudiating any thing like unfriendliness, and regretting the necessity of submitting to the laws in your case, and would be glad to see you in here at anchor to prove the sincerity of his good wishes. Unfortunately for me the coming to an anchor involves the necessity of waiting twenty-four hours after the departure of the Sumter, for I have consented to the Governor's expressed hope that I would abide by all rule
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 226
rs to-morrow. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James S. Palmer, Commander. To Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C. P. S.--November 18.--I feel more and more convinced that the Sumter will yet escape me, in spite of all our vigilance and zeal, even admitting that I canth any thing like grace. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James S. Palmer, Com'g. Hon. Gideon Welles, Sec'y of the Navy, Washington, D. C. United States steamship Iroquois, St. Thomas, W. I., Nov. 25, 1861. sir: As I expected, I have to report the escape of the Sumter, to the great dejectionmakes every foreign port her asylum. I was informed at Martinique, that France would regard it as an act of war if I attacked her within the marine league of the island. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James S. Palmer, Commander. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
Port Royal (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 226
ival at St. Thomas. On the day following, in the midst of coaling, a mail steamer arrived, bringing information that the Sumter had just put in on the 9th to Port Royal, Martinique, in want of coals. I had been often led astray by false reports, but this seemed so positive that I instantly ceased coaling, got my engines togety of the port. I did not anchor, but cruised around the harbor within half gunshot of her during the night. In the morning a French man-of-war arrived from Port Royal, the seat of government, only twelve miles distant. The Sumter had been there for the last two days. The government, it is true, had refused to give her any of , rushing down to the southern part of the bay, but nothing was visible on the dark background. A small steamer, apparently one plying between St. Pierre and Port Royal, was off the point making signals, doubtless for the benefit of the Sumter. But we could see nothing of her as we proceeded on, so dark was the shadow thrown b
Saint Thomas (search for this): chapter 226
The French will doubtless think it a great outrage upon their neutrality, but they will have to pocket this, as I have been as forbearing as they can expect, and nothing but the feeling of the impolicy of bringing on hostilities between my country and France, makes me submit with any thing like grace. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, James S. Palmer, Com'g. Hon. Gideon Welles, Sec'y of the Navy, Washington, D. C. United States steamship Iroquois, St. Thomas, W. I., Nov. 25, 1861. sir: As I expected, I have to report the escape of the Sumter, to the great dejection of us all, for never were officers and crew more zealous for a capture. At eight o'clock on the night of the 23d, the signal was faithfully made us from the shore, that the Sumter had shipped to the southward. Instantly we were off in pursuit, soon at full speed, rushing down to the southern part of the bay, but nothing was visible on the dark background. A small steamer, app
Louisiana (Louisiana, United States) (search for this): chapter 226
artinique, etc. Monsieur le Commandant de la Iroquois. U. S. S. Iroquois, off St. Pierre, Martinique, November 23, 1861. sir: I think it is well in my present provoking and anxious position to keep the Government informed by whatever opportunity may offer. It is now the ninth day that I have been blockading the Sumter. She lies still at the wharf, surrounded by more or less of a crowd day and night, all anxious for her escape, sympathizing with their fellow Frenchmen of the State of Louisiana, to which State they believe the Sumter to belong. The authorities, from the Governor down, I believe to be all in their favor. I directed the Consul the other day to call upon the Governor and inform him that I regarded the attitude of the authorities as unfriendly to the United States. I quote you the Consul's reply: I called on the Governor on Monday night, but could do nothing more than to ask an audience for next day, as his salon was full of people, among them the Captai
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