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immediately before Mr. Clay made his appeal, he" more than my letter imports." These importuniwas seen actively engaged in endeavoring to drill ties were not confined to Mr. kremer; but more than members into his plads. The house, of all other one of his colleagues were solicited to use their inplaces in the world, was the theatre most favorable tiuence with him. His uniform declarations, in anfor bis operations, in such a case. It was there his swer to these artful entreaties, was that "the lellor power was most felt; there he had dispensed bis pa- must explain itself, that he could support all he had tronage for many years; there his prospective influ- said, and would retract nothing." He sonetimes addence would be soonest appreciated; he knew how to cd, "that the only direct charge against Mr. Clay, was draw every cord and touch every wire. Great as tbis that lıç liad transferred to Mr. Adams;" and when it power was, he was unwilling to rely upon it alone. was urged upon him that the leller contained 110 He adverted to the political organization of the house. charge of corruption against Mr. Clay, as was freHis own friends were about twenty-fire in number; quently done, it is not improbable that he may have these he was sure of, for they had determined to risk assented, from which Messrs. Brent, Little and Digges their fate with him on a more trying point. Mr. obtained the foundation of their statement. The corAdams' friends were about sixty-two; theso he also roboration of three witnesses to the precise form of was sure of, for he still "held the balance in his words, in a sentence of some length, spoken casually hands.” A single vote of any one of five states would in conversation, is not exactly the strongest evidence have prostrated their high hopes. Mr. Crawford's of substantial accuracy. All who have any experiforce was about fifty-four. li a part of these could be ence on such subjects, know that conversations are secured, he was sure of success: he, therefore, direct- uever recollected, by different persons, in the same ed his whole skill to make a diversion among them, words. I have supposed it possible that some admisin which he so far succeeded as to renture upon his sion, as to the charactor of his letter, by Mr. Kremer, new resolution. Such were the arrangements, on was made to Messrs. Brent and Little, because I 2:11 his part, for an eventual discussion and contest, and I sure they would not intentionally misstate a fact. could not be blind to what was seen by every one I am equally sure, however, they were misled by else. Especting the commitment to prevail, and have reliance upon their memories, because the paper, ing heard that Mr. Clay's friends had been caucus whịch Mr. Clay says I put in my pocket, was maicrising for a committee, to be balloted for by the house, ally different from Messrs. Brent & Co's subscquent with a view to have justice done to Mr. Kremer, 1 statement; which paper was written, as I believe, u waited on a friend and colleague of Mr. Clay. the suggestion of, and dictated by, Mr. Brent, improposed to bim that the colleagues of both should mediately after the alleged conversation was said to agree upon a committee, to be composed of the most have taken place, while yet fresh in recollection, and dispassionate and unprejudiced members in the house. purporting, as I understood, to contain what Mr. To have it understood, among the members generally, Kremer had said to him. It seems this paper is that such an arrangement existed, and, if they thought shewn to Mr. Clay, who, no doubt, was advised ot, proper to vote for such a committee, it would tend and directed all the movements in operation. His to promote justice and avoid excitement. Mr. Clay's information, however, was not always accurate.--colleague refused to entertain my proposition, and This written apology, which, he says, was refused by when i offered to make another, he refused to hear reason of the advice forced upon Mr. Kremer by his it. Upon mentioning this fact to a gentcman, well friends, was not seen by me until the next morbing acquainted with Kir. Clay, he observed, that "Mr. When it was first offered to Mr. Kremer, he indigClay will never lose the game by neglecting to make nautly said that he "would sign no paper," and would the most of his "rumps." My own opinion, as not even read, nor did he read it until Mr. Brent's to the impropricty and unconstitutionality of the pro- certificate appeared, about three weeks afterwards, cedure, so far as Mr. Kremer was intended to be in when it was only remembered for the sake of being plicated, was previously fully made up; and I made compared with that statement. It is probable thai, the proposal, as well for the perpose of testing the after Mr. Kremer had expressed, in so decided a truth of the rumor of the caucussing, as for securing manner, his determination to have nothing to do with justice to a colleague, under the anticipated decision it, nor to offer any explanation of his letter, ju urii. of the house. With the distinguished gentleinan who ing or otherwise, that I put the paper in my pockwi, opened the debate against the appointment of the for I afterwards found it among my papers. I cecommittee, (Mr. Archer, of Virginia), I never cs- tainly gave hiin no advice before his refusal, nor had changed a word on the subject, nor was there any I any occasion to do it, or to urge him to consult bis concert, that I am aware of, either before or dur- friends on that subject. I have no hesitation to say, ing the discussion. The course which the discus- however, that, if iny advice had been asked, I would sion took was, however, evidently unexpected to have urged him not to sign it, even against the opinion Mr. Clay, and excited the greatest uneasiness. Soon of every other friend he had. I am confident that no after it commenced, several of bis friends were seen human power could have prevailed upon him to sigu most actively engaged in endeavoring to cstort from that paper, or to have retracied a single statement Mir. Kremer some apology for his letter. They contained in his letter. pursued bim, and beset him, upon every resting The discussion on the commitment of Nir. Clay's place, through the inner and outer lobbies of the appeal lasted till late in the day. I have already nohouse. Their movements attracted the potice of ticed the efforts of Mr. Clay, and his friends, upon every one within view. Mr. kremer was dattered Mr. Kremer, during alat day; Nir. Clay says he and soothed, by all the arts that could be brought tendered an atoncoveni to Mr. Prent, which he was to bear upon him, to offer some explanation, the con- ready to make in his place the best day. If so, why dition of which was to be a ştoppage of all fur- did Mr. Webster, a zealous, personal and political ther proceedings. Mr. Kremer's situation was almost friend of Dir. Clay, go to Mr. Kremer's lodgings thai as enviable as that of Mr. Clay, when enjoying his same night, seek and obtain a privato interview with "posthumous honors." Ile reinarked to scveral mem- :im--suy to him that he had just written a letter to a bers, in my hearing, “that a most surprising change friend, in which he had spoken of him, (Mr. K.), as an had taken place." "I hare suddenly become,” said ardent, honesi and faithful representative, expression he, the cleverest fellow in the world." "Yo peo-ja sincere regard for him, and an anxious wish for the
pie treat me with so much civility and kindness as amicable adjustment of his difference with Mr. Clay: “Mr. Clay's best friends: my letter, they now say, suggesting some slight explanation, that would be sa"contai-is nothing against Mr. Ciay, and all they tistactory, and put an end to the inrestigation? Why * want ut we is, ihail veuld so that I did not me äldi.anctaerring! Ir. (ry propast2 Vr fre
mer only to say, that he did not intend the letter for establishment of a dangerous precedent, and also the publication, and that he would move a reconsidera- new snare which he had just cause to believe was, by rion of the vote to appoint the committee? Some of some, intended for him. lle, therefore, chose to lay these flattering attentions were, no doubt, intended to the case before the public, which he promised to do discover the nature of bis evidence, as I understood forthwilk. This promise was made about ivo days their inquiries were often directed is that way. before the presidential election, (7th February), and Never was a more zealous, unremitting, persevering Mr. Clay, whose mind seems to be in a frame to see a effort made by men, more deeply skilled and thorough- ghost behind every bush, says 'this publication, though ly versed in the art of controlling the operations of the delayed until the 26th of the same month, was dehuman mind, than was practised, for twenty-four signedly made at Washington, on that cariy day, to hours, by Mr. Clay and his friends, in this case; and adect his nomination for secretary of state before the never was there a more complete abortion in such an senate,' which is exhibited as one of his proofs of a undertaking.. Mr. Clay and his host of agents and conspiracy. If it be so, the council of conspirators managers were foiled, upon all points, thus far.
must have known, on the 7th of February, when the In the meantime public attention was awakened to pledge to publish was given,(two days before the elecan inquiry that was most portentous and appalling to tion), thai an agreement existed, by which Mr. Adams the projected combination. Their newly raised fa- was to be elected, and Mr. Clay nominated secretary of bric was trembling in every joint; but they were forco state, on the 4th of March folloring. Mr. Clay must ed to proceed. Chagrin, inortification and disap- either abandon ħis faith in the ghost, or admit the pointment sat on every brow. To go on was des- fact which it is thus made to foreknow: he may peralion; but to turn back was death. They, there choose either horn of the dilemma. fore, proceeded—the committee was balloted for
I have thus gone through the narrative of such incimany members refused to vote, and the caucus com- dents as seemed to be demanded by the charges vnittee, with one exception, was carried. Mr. Clay against me, that you inight judge on which side there says they were all his political opponents. I had not is the strongest evidence of a conspiracy. It is imsupposed him capable of such bold disingenuousness. possible for any one to believe, that Mr. Kremer is Sis, out of seven of them, voted for his application for a not the author of the letter, on the twenty-fifth of comaittee, and more than one was zealously devoted January, to the Columbian Observer. I do not beto him personally. There is no reason, however, for lieve that Mr. Clay has ever entertained, or can ercomplaint against the committee. Whatever the mo- tertain, a doubt of it. Nor do I believe that Mr. tives might have been in the selection, they are Kremer ever denied it to Mr. Crowninshield; the not censurable for any of their proceedings. Mr. latter, of course, must have misunderstood hin. But Kremer denied their jurisdiction, on grounds that I if he be not the sole author of that letter, or if he has believe cannot be shaken. The only pretence set up denied it, in the manner representol by Mr. Crowninagainst the course he took, is, that he at first admitted shield, I agree that he disgraces the character of a the jurisdiction. This sole pretence contains, hois representative of the people, and deserves all the ever, severe censure of Mr. Clay's conduct, as he odium that Mr. Cla, would heap upon him; but even brought the question before the house, when no such such facts would neither prove a conspiracy nor pretence existed to justify him, for Mr. Kremer had exculpate Mr. Clay before the American people. He then taade no admission.
labored, night and day, to transfer all the votes he It is a well settled point, however, that an acknow- could to Mr. Adams; these were mostly given against ledgment of jurisdiction gives no power to a court, the known wishes of constituents. For this bazardand a party has a perfect right to avail himself of this ous and anti-republican operation, Mr. Clay has receitplea in any stage of the proceedings. Suppose one ed the office of secretary of stale. None will pretend that member had complained to the house that another he would have received that office if Mr. Adams had bad charged him with cheating at cards, and the lat- been elected without his aid. It is then a consideration ter, confident of the truth of his case, had agreed to for his interest then exerted, which is a complete vehave a committee appointed to investigate the facts, rification of the whole charge contained in the letter. that the house might punish the offender. The com- The question for consideration is the truth of the alleplainant might allege, in that case as in this, that, if gations, not the name of the author or the consistency. guilty of the fact, he was unworthy of holding his seat; l of his character. Still more frivolous is that part of would the house, for these reasons, acquire a consti- | Mr. Clay's defence, grounded on the authorship of the totional jurisdiction in such a case? Certainly not. subsequent communication. Persons of more experiStill jess could it be done for publishing a letter, what- Sence and practice in public affairs, much less critically ever it might contain; for this is a privilege specially situated, have found it necessary to employ counsel, granted to the people, beyond the power of law enact- learned'in the law, to aid them; and ine discovery ed by the whole legislative body of the nation. seems first to have been made by Mr. Clay, that, by
I approved of Mr. Kremer pleading to the jurisdic- such a step, a cause was weakened, or that it was a tion of the committee. He determined to do so, ex- crime for one individual to give counsel to another elusirely on the ground that the proceeding might without a fee. It cannot be of the slightest importance form a dangerous example for future abuse of power, to the public who wrote the papers. The allusion to in restraining the exercise of sacred and inviolable their authorship, in order to weaken their forcc, rcrights. A conclusive answer, to all that Mr. Clay sembles too much a professional trick, to help out a has said against this plea, is, that the committee, com- bad cause, to have been expected from a statesman. A posed, as he says, of some of the most eminent mem- cause must be weak, indeed, when such a man could bers of the body," admitted it, by not attempting to bring his mind to resort to such a subterfuge. It might esercise jurisdiction after the pica was made. Mr. be expected that he would feel astonishment, as well Kremer was anxious to exhibit his evidence, a con- as deep mortification and chagrin, at his total failure siderable part of which he knew he could not obtain in all points. Hence he conjures up, in his disturbed voluntarily; but he had reason to suspect an inten- brain, the idea of a conspiracy, mistaking the spontation to confine the investigation to charges not con- neous effusion of unconcerted public opinion, 'from tained in his letter, as the house had alrcady refused Boston to Charleston,' for evidences of systematic atto confine the committee to its words. To have ac- tack' by a band of conspirators. He seems to wonder quitted Mr. Clay, after examining Mt. Kremer, would that the whole people cannot feel fer him as his inhave been, by implication, to convict liim, although terested friends do, and as he feels for bluself
. He le might have been able to prove every assertion Le cannot realize the influence of public virtise and polihad made. Mr. Kremer's determination avoided the ticat morality in the decision of suc! 3 question. Nir.
Clay speaks of Mr. Kremer's address with an affected (mitted, have covered the transactions here noticed, contempt, “made up of assertion without proof; infer- with the reil of oblivion. If what I have said shall "ence without premises; and of careless, jocose and give pain to any person, whom I have incidentally, "quizzing conversations of some of lis friends, 10 noticed, I can only regret it. I have forborne much and "which he was no party.” It is not a little remarkable, withheld every thing that did not appear essential to that such a paper should have drawn forth such zealous myown justification. That I shall receive some new efforts to prove some inconsistency of conduct in Mr. evidences of the temper and spirit of Mr. Clay and Kremer; such a variety of newspaper articles from all his friends, I cannot doubt. But as long as I hold 2 the parasitical papers in the union; such an elaborate public trust, such considerations shall never deter me reply from Mr. Clay's friend, (Mr. F. Johnson), made from endeavoring to do what appears to be my duty. under his own eye; and, lastly, so labored a defence, Accept, my fellow-citizens, for the repeated eviof eight closely printed columns, from Mr. Clay him- dences of your unremitted favor and contidence, my self, seven-eighths of which relate exclusively to the most sincere acknowledgments, and be assured, that, matter set forth in that paper. It is not my purpose whether in public or private lise, the remembrance to step, in this controversy, beyond the bounds into of your regard will be cherished with the most afwhich I have been forced, or it would be most easy to fectionate gratitude. shew, that, notwithstanding all the labor, it has not yet I am, most respectfully, your fellow-citizen, been answered in a single point, and that, in the attempt
SAMUEL D. INGHAM. to do it, Mr. Clay has exposed other weak points in his conduct not there noticed; one of which, lying within the range of remark I have prescribed to myself, de Capture of Pirates, &c. serves a passing observation. Mr. Clay, in order to Lieut. com. McKeever to com. Warrington. raise a presumption that his determination to support
U. S. STEAM GALLIOT SEA Gull., Mr. Adams was not influenced by the expectation or
Thompson's Island, April 1, 1825. the office he now holds, alleges that he communicated Sir: I have the honor to give you a detailed ac. his intention to different persons in Ohio and Kentuc- count of the late cruise, on which I sailed from Ma ky, before he came to Washington, and that he wrote tanzas immediately after the reception of your orders 10 Mr. Hammond, in Ohio, his “almost insuperable ob- of the 19th ult. taking with me the barge Gallinipper. jections to the election of Mr. Crawford;" yet he a; At Stone Key, I met his B. M. ship Dartmouth, unknowledges that, after he reached Washington and der the command of the hon. capt. Mande, and was becaine an elector, he "deliberately examined” and informed by him that some of his boats were then "weighed all the facts before him,"or, in other words, cruising to windward in company with H. B. M. balanced the considerations that might be involved. schooners Union and Lion. Continued our course, This balancing attitude remained during the month and fell in with them the next evening at Cadiz bay. of December and the greater part of January," while As they were also in search of pirates, but without he observed, as was ascribed to him in one of the let any particular or certain information of their haunts, ters he complained of,“a mysterious air," “a porten- of which I was possessed, I deemed it proper to tous silence," and was enjoying his "posthumous ho- propose a co-operation, it being perfectly underrors:" But why this long balancing and uncertainty? stood that I was to have the conducting of the enWas it because the friends of gen. Jackson offered terprise. This proposition was cheerfully accedednothing but "sentiments of esteem and admiration?" to: and, requesting that the schooners should not and those of Mr. Adams were particularly “reserved?” | leave Cadiz bay, to go to windward, within three But, when the public are informed that Mr. Clay ba- days, I left the Sea Gull under charge of lieut. Rudd, lanced for a single moment, as to his course after he and took with me, independent of the barge, which arrived at Washington, they will scarcely give him was well manned, two small cutters, with five men in credit for the determination expressed to Dr. Drake each; and, in company with a British barge and two and Mr. Crittenden, before that time. It is clear that cutters, under charge of lieut. Ward, of the Dart: such an explanation makes his case much worse than mouth, we made the westernmost point of the enMr. Kremer left it.
trance of Sagua La Grande, where we were detained It will not be espected that, in a special communi- 48 hours, in consequence of strong head winds. The cation like this, I should notice all the exceptionable day after we arrived there, our water being nearly exmatter contained in Mr. Clay's address. The public pended, the British barge and Gallinipper, lieut. Cunhave nothing to do with the question between him and ningham, sailed in quest of some, although it was blowJiis constituents, farther than as it may assist them ing a heavy gale from the eastward; and on the evening to judge of his principles and motives, in his late of the same day, the Gallinipper was capsized in a movement from the speaker's chair, to maintain the squal}; but, with the assistance of licut. Ward and bis "salutary precetlents" which have lead the secretary crew, our officers and men were saved, and the vessel of state to the presidency. With his attack upon the righted; she rejoined me, with the intelligence of the character of general Jackson, it would be presumption accident, a few hours after it happened, having lost in me to interfere. The able and effective service part of her arms, ammunition and provisions. Nota of that illustrious patriot, for more than thirty years, withstanding this very serious misfortune, after pledge in the most elevated civil station in the power of his ing myself to procure provisions, we determined not state to give-his braving the hardships and perils of a to abandon the pursuit of our objecs but upon the very inost dilhcelt and responsible war, when his country last extremity. Accordingly, the next morning, the was in the extremest danger; his repeated victories 25th ult. the wind abating, we made another effort, over her enemies, achieved by consummate skill and and gained the mouth of the river Sagua La Grande courage-liis retirement, like Cincinnatus, lo his about noon. At this place I found a fisherman, and plough, when war and danger ceased, and the impe- compelled him, much against his inclination, to pilot rishable renown with which he has adorned the Ame- us to the Key of Jutia Gorda, one of the places of our rican name, are themes on which every lisping infant destination, and at about 4 P. M. descried the masts celights to dwell--that such a patriot should be re- of a vessel, laying nearly concealed by the bushes, garded as a merc“military chieftain," from whom the under said Key. We immediately pushed for her, republie should apprehend danger, is a suggestion too and when we approached within hail, she hoisted Spaextravagant to deserve refutation.
nish colors, and ordered us to keep off, or she would But it is time that I should close this communica- fire into us, having her guns trained, and matches tion. I regret ihal circumstances have called for it, lighted, with which they made several ineffectaal atI would ratlirs, il duy to mys if and io you had per: I tempts to Gre the gun pointed upon the advancing
boat. The channel being very crooked and narrow, grove bushes, for the fugitives, we took the boat in the boats grounded several times. At length one of charge, and pushed on to the Key la Cosimera, the British cutters succeeded in passing the bar, and whence they sailed from in the morning, being their as two boats abreast could not approach, the officers place of resort and establishment. This we burnt, and crews of the others were ordered to jump over- and returned to Jutia Gorda, at midnight, the officers board and wade to the shore, where, taking a com- and men being nearly exhausted; the latter having manding position on the bank of the inlet in which been at their oars from day-break. she was anchored, and within twenty yards of her, I The schooner and boats being laden with the proordered her commander instantly to come on shore, perty found secreted in the woods and elsewhere, we and not fire at his peril. After much hesitation, set fire to the buildings on the Key, consisting of two and reiterated threats to fire upon us, he obeyed. By very large huts and some out-houses. At this place This time every one on board was in great confusion. was an old man, of more genteel appearance than the Instead of coming to me, he and a man who had ac-rest, whose situation was so suspicious, that I thought companied him, attempted to make their escape. The proper to bring him with me. I have since discocommander, however, was seized, but his companion vered that he is the commandant of Sagua la Grande, fled to the mangrove bushes. I now directed him and in some way intimately connected with these to order his colors to be hauled down, and to surren- pirates: his papers I transmit to you, separate from der his vessel and crew. He did order his colors to those found on board the vessel. be struck; but, at the same moment, a musket or pistol Having distributed the prisoners on board of the was fired at the cutter, then close alongside, which was different boats, we got under way, together with the immediately returned, and a general fire ensued. The prizes, and sailed for Sagua la Grande, where, acleader of the band, availing himself of the confusion, cording to previous arrangement, we met his B. M. attempted flight. I fired at him, and wounded him; schooner Lion, lieut. Liardet, commanding, who pohe fell-but rising very soon, and attempting to fight litely offered to receive the prisoners on board his his way through our men with a long knife, he re- vessel, to relieve us of the inconvenience of having ceived several other wounds, and was retaken. Many them in deeply laden boats, and they were accordof the pirates, in endeavoring to make their escape, ingly removed. We now continued our route to by jumping overboard, to gain the mangrove bushes, Cadiz bay, rejoined his B. M. schooner Union, were shot; whilst others, seeing no chance of es- and this vessel reached Key Mona in company, on cape, were driven below by the boarders and mus- the evening of the 29th ult. where we found the ketry from shore. On taking possession of her, she Dartmouth still at anchor. Captain Mande, when proved to be a schooner, mounting two six-pounders, informed of the capture in which his boats had agon pirots, four large swivels, and several blunder- sisted, expressed a strong desire to communicate busses, and completely equipped for a complement with you previous to the prisoners being disposed of of 35 men, which was the least number she could have for trial; I, in consequence, repaired to Matanzas, to had on board, as we took 19 prisoners and can ac- inform yoy of his wish; but finding that you had sailed count for S killed. Several effected their escape into for this place, I instantly returned to the Dartmouth, the mangrove bushes; and we were induced to be- and made application for the prisoners, upon which Jieve that others were killed, whose bodies are sup- they were removed to this vessel. posed to have floated out to sea, unobserved, as there I regret to have to add, that, in a heavy squall, on was a strong ebb tide. Among the prisoners are six the evening of the 30th, the prize schooper parted wounded, one of whom is their chief, and calls him- both her cables; and having the “Regla boat” in tow, şelf Antonio Ripol. We were fortunate in baving they were both driven ashore on Stone Key and but one man wounded, a British marine, who receiv- bilged. The property, however, was taken out the ed a slight cut in the arm.
same night, and the greater part of it saved, by the After securing the prisoners, we searched the united efforts of his B. M. schrs. Union and Lion, schoqner, and discovered that, with the evident inten- and this vessel: after which the wrecks, were fired. tion of blowing us up, they had placed lighted cigars The handsome manner in which we were secondin and near the magazine, which were soon carefully ed by the officers and crew of the boats of his B. remored. We also found many articles on board of M. ship Dartmouth, merits our highest approbaAmerican produce, (and, to all appearances, but re- tion; nor can I, in justice, omit mentioning the cheercently taken, as the cases were quite new and clean), fulness and alacrity with which lieuts. Cunningham New York hats, shoes, Aour, rice, cheese, butter, and Engle, Dr. Dubarry, and Mr. Barron, (secretary), lard, &c. &c.; and to confirm their character, if there and the men throughout, performed their several had been the least shadow of doubt remaining, we duties, manifesting a degree of enterprise and zeal, found the counterpart of these articles concealed in a amidst all ticeir privations and fatigues, highly creditthicket about twenty yards from the vessel, which was able to them. approached by a meandering path, and could only be I have the honor to be, with the bighest considera. discovered by careful search, so cautious were they tion and respect, sir, your obedient servant, in their operations.
J. McKEEVER. The following morning, at dayliglat, lieutenant To com. Lewis Warrington, comind. U. S. Ward and myself took with us three boats, and pro naval forces in the West Indies, &c. &c. ceeded to windward, leaving lieutenant Cunningham in charge of the prize, prisoners, &c. We soon after Lieut. com. Sloat to the secretary of the navy. discovered a large schooner-rigged “Regla Boat;”
U. S. SCHOONER GRAMPOS, gare chase, and at 11 A. M. the crew fiuding we were
St. Thomas, 12th March, 1826. gaining fast upon them, made for the nearest Man Sır: I have the honor to report, for the insorination grove Island, jumped overboard, and effected a pre- of the department, that, having learned that several cipitate retreat to the bushes, leaving every thing vessels had been robbed by pirates near Foxardo, and standing, with a keg of gunpowder, open, near the that two sloops of this place, and one of Santa Cruz, galley-fire, and quantities of it strewed over the ves had been taken by them, and two of them were equipsel. "The powder was instantly thrown orerboard, ped and cruising as pirates, I obtained two small and the fire extinguished. She proved to be the sloops at this place, srce of expense, by the very corhoat whose cres murdered the five men belonging dial co-operation of his excellency, governor Von to the American brig Betsey, that was wrecked on Scholten, of St. Thomas, who promptly ordered the the Double Headed Shot key, in December last. necessary docu:nents to be issued, and imposed a temAfter a long and ineffectual search among the soub-bp'rary embargo, to prevent the transmission of intel
ligence to the pirates, which sloops I manned and Marcann has also been successful in securing some of armed, under the command of lieutenants Pender- the pirates who swam to the shore after you captured grast and Wilson, for the purpose of cxamining all their vessels. the small harbors of Crab island, and the south coast Wishing you success, health, &c., I am, gentlemen, of Porto Rico. We sailed on liie Ist of March, and your friend and servant, JAMES J. ATKINSOY. examined every place as far to the westward as Ponce, 6th March, 1825. Ponce, without success, although we got frequent information of them. We anchored at Ponce on the evening of the 3d, and took our men and officers on
U.S. ITOOTER GRAMPU'S, board; the next morning, at 10 o'clock, a sloop was
St. Thomas, 19th March, 1525. seen off the harbor, beating to the eastward, which
Sir: On the 12th of this nionth I had the honor to was very confidently supposed to be one of those report the capture of a piratical vessel on the south: fitted out by the pirates. Tagain got one of the sloops side of Porto Rico, hy an expedition fitted out front and manned her, under the command of licut. Pen- this vessel, and her safe arrival at this place; also my dergrast, accompanied by acting lieutenant Magruder, having given her over to the governor to be returned Dr. Biddie and midshipman Stone, with twenty-three to her former owner, an inhabitant of St. Thomas. men, who sailed in pursuit the next day, at 3 o'clock. 1 subsequently learned that the pirates who swam on They had the good fortune to fall in with her in the shore had been taken and sent to the city of St. Johns, harbor of “Boca del Inferno," which is very large, the seat of government of Porto Rico; at which place and has many hiding places, where an action com
I called to offer our testimony against them. Enclomenced, which lasted forty-five minutes, when the sure No. 1, is my letter to tie captain general; No. pirates ran their sloop on shore, and jumped over-12, his reply; which I have forwarded for the informaboard: two of them were found killed and ten of tion of the department. Our testimony was not rethose which escaped to the shore were taken by the quired, as they have confessed sulicient to convict Spanish soldiers, five or six of whom were wounded, them. and amongst them the famous piratical chief Cofre
The capture of this vessel, I find, is considered of cinas, who has long been the terror of the coast, and much more importance, by the governments of Porto the rallying point of the pirates in this vicinity. As Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas, than I had any idea near as we can ascertain, he had afteen or sixteen of; as the leader, "Cofrecinas," has for years been men on board, and was armed with one fois pounder, the terror of this vicinity, and his career has bcen and muskets, pistols, cutlasses and knives, for his men wurked by the most horrible murders and piracies; The sloop was got off, and arrived safe, with our ten- and for some time a large reward has been offered der, at this place, last erening; and I am happy to add, by the government of Porto Rico for his head. Althat none of our people received any injury, and all though wounded, when he got on shore, he would not have returned in good health, notwithstanding their surrender until he received the contents of a blunderexposure to the sun and rain, for eleven days, without buss, which shattered his left arm, and he was brought the possibility of getting below. I have much pleasure to the ground with the butt of it. I have seen hiar in in stating to you, that I received every assistance priso:?, and he declares that be bas not robbed any from the authorities of Ponce, whilst there, and that American vessel for the last eighteen months, only. they showed every desire to promote the success of however, sor want of an opportunity. Soveral per the esperlition. I have the honor to cnclose you a sons on shore, heretofore considered respectable, copy of a letter sent by them to lieut. Pendergrast, have been arrested as accomplices of this gang. Sis thanking him, the other officers and men, for the of them were brought to St. Johns and coinmitted to service redered the country, in the capture of the prison whilst I was there. The captain general has pirate.
promised me that these desperadoes shall have suraThe success of the enterprise, aguinst skilful and mary justice--that he will not wait for the civil couri, cunning adversaries, is the best proof' I can offer you but will order a court-martial immediately to try them. of the good conduct of the ollicers and men engaged in
I have great pleasure in stating to you that the capit, and renders superfluous any eulogium from me. tain general appeared to have cvery disposition to
I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your prevent all piracies from the coast of Porto Rico, and obedient servant,
JOIIN D. SLOAT. to co-operate with me by all the means in his power; Ilon. Sumuel L. Southard,
and for which purpose he gave me a circular letter secretary of the nary, it'ashinglon.
to all civil and military officers on the coast, requiring them to give me every assistance and information
in their power, whenever the Grampus or her boats To lieutenant Pendergrast, the officers and crite of the slomp may make their appearance on the coast or in any
Dolphin, now in the service of the Uniteil States of Ince of the harbors of the Island; a copy of which is chrica:
closed, No. 3. The Alcaldo of Ponce, don Jose Torrens, and the
I have also the honor to enclose you a note from military commandant, col. don Tomas Renovals, re
me to governor Von Scholten of St. Thomas, No. 4, quest me to say to you, that, in the name of the go- requesting him to give the necessary orders to receive vernor of this island, and of the Spanish nation, they the sloop, and to have her restored to her original present you their thanks fur the important service owner, and his reply, No. 5. Also a letter from you have rendered them, in capturing the piratical James J. Atkinson, esq. in behalf of the Alcalde and vessel commanded by the noted Cofrecinas.
military commandant of Ponce, No. 6. They have written to the chief authority an ac
When I left S1. Johns, the fiscal was taking the count of your gallant and successful expedition, and declaration of Cofrecinas, and the captain general kope your future exertions wn; meei with equal promised me a copy of it; but having a large convoy
to take to sea on Sunday, (to-morrow), from this In them you will always and friends and brother place, I could not wait for it: it will be sent to me officers in an honorable cause, and add the assistance in a few days, when I shall send it to you for the inthey may have in their power.
formation of the government, as I have no doubt it They request you to accept the refreshments now will throw much light on the subject of piracies. gentoti, and regret that your stort stay doprires them
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, sir, your f the pleasure of showing you more particular at
JOHN D. SLOAT. ention.
To the hon. Semuel L. Souhari, Tare also happy to say that captain Manuel Secretary of the navy, Fl’ashington.