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nine miles, was now bribing and threatening the coal-dealers of Gibraltar, to prevent them from supplying me with coal. Whilst I was pondering my dilemma, I was agreeably surprised, one morning, to receive a visit from an English shipmaster, whose ship had just arrived with some coal on board. He was willing, he said, to supply me, naming his price, which I at once agreed to give him. I congratulated myself that I had at last found an independent Englishman, who had no fear of the loss of Yankee trade, and expressed as much to him. If there is anything, said he, of which I am proud, it is just that thing, that I am an independent man. It was arranged that I should get up steam, and go alongside of him the next day. In the meantime, however, a change came o'er the spirit of the Englishman's dream. He visited the shore. What took place there, we do not know; but the next morning, whilst I was weighing my anchor to go alongside of him, according to agreement, a boat came from the s
r the laws of nations, which he was bound to respect and obey, sent the sailing bark Ino, one of his armed vessels, to Tangier, which received the prisoners on board, and brought them over to Algeziras—the doughty Consul accompanying them. There was great rejoicing on board the Yankee ships of war, in that Spanish port, when the Consul and his prisoners arrived. They had blockaded the Sumter in the Mississippi, they had blockaded her in Martinique, they had chased her hither and thither; Wilkes, Porter, and Palmer, had all been in pursuit of her, but they had all been baffled. At last, the little Tangier Consul appears upon the scene, and waylaying, not the Sumter, but her paymaster, unarmed, and unsuspicious of Yankee fraud, and Yankee trickery, captures him in the streets of a Moorish town, and hurries him over to Algeziras, ironed like a felon, and delivers him to Captain Craven, of the United States Navy, who receives the prisoner, irons and all, and applauds the act! In a
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weighing my anchor to go alongside of him, according to agreement, a boat came from the ship of my independent friend to say, that I could not have the coal, unless I would pay him double the price agreed upon! He, too, had fallen into the hands of the enemy. The steam was blown off, and the anchor not weighed. Finding that I could do nothing with the merchants, I had recourse to the Government. There was some coal in the Dock-Yard, and I addressed the following note to my friend, Captain Warden, to see if he would not supply me:— Confederate States steamer Sumter, February 10, 1862. Sir:—I have the honor to inform you, that I have made every effort to procure a supply of coal, without success. The British and other merchants of Gibraltar, instigated I learn by the United States Consul, have entered into the unneutral combination of declining to supply the Sumter with coal on any terms. Under these circumstances I trust the Government of her Majesty will find no di
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but is refused sends her paymaster and ex-consul Tunstall to Cadiz they are arrested and imprisont port, and ship the article around to me. A Mr. Tunstall, who had been the United States Consul at off, and take on freight. Messrs. Myers and Tunstall, during this delay, went up into the town, to had demanded the arrest of Messrs. Myers and Tunstall, as citizens of the United States, alleging tship, my paymaster, Mr. Henry Myers, and Mr. T. T. Tunstall, a citizen of the Confederate States, an arrest and imprisonment of Messrs. Myers and Tunstall, which would probably have resulted in their der the impression that Paymaster Myers and Mr. Tunstall, had been released from imprisonment; and rmation of this Tangier difficulty. Myers and Tunstall had embarked, as has been stated, under the Fe subject of the capture of Messrs. Myers and Tunstall to Mons. Thouvenal, the French Secretary of Snchman, simply, why may not Messrs. Myers and Tunstall claim French protection? Though they were on
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st of the officers and men left on board the ship. A brief summary of the services of the Sumter, and of what became of her, may not be uninteresting to the reader, who has followed her thus far, in her wanderings. She cruised six months, leaving out the time during which she was blockaded in Gibraltar. She captured seventeen ships, as follows: the Golden Rocket, Cuba, Machias, Ben. Dunning, Albert Adams, Naiad, Louisa Kilham, West Wind, Abby Bradford, Joseph Maxwell, Joseph Parke, D. Trowbridge, Montmorency, Arcade, Vigilant, Eben Dodge, Neapolitan, and Investigator. It is impossible to estimate the damage done to the enemy's commerce. The property actually destroyed formed a very small proportion of it. The fact alone of the Sumter being upon the seas, during these six months, gave such an alarm to neutral and belligerent shippers, that the enemy's carrying-trade began to be paralyzed, and already his ships were being laid up, or sold under neutral flags—some of these sales b
ing any opinion to the Moorish Government, of the legality or illegality of its act, lest you should be charged with undue interference. I had supposed that the Trent affair, of so recent occurrence, had settled, not only the right, but the duty of the civilized nations of the earth to interfere, in a friendly manner, to preventd was not only legal, but eminently humane and proper, as tending to allay excitement, and prevent the effusion of blood. If you will run a parallel between the Trent case, and the case in hand, you will find it difficult, I think, to sustain the reason you have assigned for your forbearance. In that case, the quarrel rel was bve the peace, and if B strikes A, is it unlawful to interfere for the same purpose? Can the circumstance, that the prisoners seized by the one belligerent, in the Trent affair, were citizens of the other belligerent, alter the application of the principle? The difference, if any, is in favor of the present case, for whilst the be
tion of this Tangier difficulty. Myers and Tunstall had embarked, as has been stated, under the French flag, and I wrote to Mr. Slidell in Paris, requesting him to call the attention of the French Government to this fact. Having received from him in reply a note informing me that he had done so, I wrote him again as follows:— I have had the honor to receive your note of the 8th of March, informing me that you had referred the subject of the capture of Messrs. Myers and Tunstall to Mons. Thouvenal, the French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, but that the impression prevailed in Paris that those gentlemen had been liberated. With regard to the latter fact, you will, of course, have been undeceived before this. The prisoners will probably be in Fort Warren, before this reaches you. The French Consul-General at Tangier must have kept his Government badly informed on the subject, since the latter supposed, as late as the 8th inst., that the prisoners had been liberated.
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see if he would not supply me:— Confederate States steamer Sumter, February 10, 1862. Srs. Myers and Tunstall, as citizens of the United States, alleging that they had committed high criries to whom I addressed myself. Confederate States steamer Sumter, Bay of Gibraltar, Februanst these States, by the citizens of the Confederate States, is not an offence, political, or otherw I addressed him the following:— Confederate States steamer Sumter, Gibraltar, February 25, aste to volunteer it to both parties. The United States were told by France, by Russia, by Spain, , therefore, to adjudge a citizen of the Confederate States? to be a citizen of the United States; elf, she cannot convey it by treaty to the United States, to be exercised by their Consul in Tangie all the other officers to return to the Confederate States, and report themselves to the Departmenthip, made one voyage to the coast of the Confederate States, as a blockade-runner, entering the port[12 more...]<
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in most of the Christian capitals, particularly in London. A formal call was made in the British Parliament,t it being rumored and believed, soon afterward, in London, that the prisoners had been released, no steps weril it was too late. Mr. Mason, our Commissioner in London, interested himself at once in the matter, but was gh there was a continuous line of telegraph between London and Gibraltar— I have had the honor to receivee to coal, I resolved to lay her up, and proceed to London, and consult with my Government as to my future cou I might possibly have had coal shipped to me from London, or some other English port, but this would have intful and proper to consult with our Commissioner in London, Mr. Mason, and to obtain his consent before finallcommand, as fast as paid off, and they embarked for London, on their way to another ship, or to the Confederatselves to the Department. I will myself proceed to London, and after conferring with Mr. Mason, make the best
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eir pockets, were landed, and as is usually the case with sailors, soon dispersed to the four quarters of the globe; each carrying with him the material for yarn-spinning for the balance of his life. By the 11th of April we had completed all our preparations for turning over the ship to the midshipman who was to have charge of her, and in two or three days afterward, accompanied by Mr. Kell, my first lieutenant, and several other of my officers, I embarked on board the mail-steamer for Southampton. The following is an extract from the last letter that was written to the Secretary of the Navy from on board the Sumter:— I now have the honor to report to you, that I have discharged and paid off, in full, all the crew, numbering fifty, with the exception of the ten men detailed to remain by the ship, as servants, and to form a boat's crew for the officer left in charge. I have placed Midshipman R. F. Armstrong, assisted by Acting Master's Mate I. T. Hester, in charge of the ship
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