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Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. D. Macneill Fairfax, Rear-Admiral, U. S. N., Exe
nited States consul-general at Havana that Messrs. Mason and Slidell, Confederate commissioners to d me what he purposed to do, I earnestly
James M. Mason, Confederate commissioner to great Britain r-list, saying that I had information that Messrs. Mason and Slidell were on board.
The mention of y, I am Mr. Slidell; do you want to see me?
Mr. Mason, whom I knew very well, also came up at the at I had been sent by my commander to arrest Mr. Mason and Mr. Slidell and their secretaries, and s for my mind was possessed with the idea that Mr. Mason or Mr. Slidell, or both, would urge Captain n board.
I was anxious that Mr. Slidell and Mr. Mason should not leave any of their luggage behind , Captain Wilkes is playing into our hands!
Mr. Mason here suggested that it would be just as well d the boats were in waiting, I notified both Mr. Mason and Mr. Slidell that the time had come to se [2 more...]
Captain Wilkes's seizure of Mason and Slidell. D. Macneill Fairfax, Rear-Admiral, U. S. N., Executive Officer of the San Jacinto. In October, 1861, the United States screw-sloop San Jacinto, of which Captain Charles Wilkes was commander and the writer was executive officer, on her return from the west coast of Africa, touch
g out his instructions.
Following is the text of Captain Wilkes's instructions, which, as will be seen from the narrative, were not literally observed by Lieutenant Fairfax:
U. S. Steamer San Jacinto. At sea, Nov. 8th, 1861.
sir: You will have the second and third cutters of this ship fully manned and armed, and be in all r the delicacy and kindness which become the character of our Naval Service.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Charles Wilkes, Captain. To Lieutenant D. M. Fairfax, U. S. N., Executive Officer, San Jacinto. I was impressed with the gravity of my position, and I made up my mind not to do anything unnecessary in the a