Imágenes de páginas

NOVEMBER 21, 1863.

La corvette Américaine Georgia est dans une forme de radoub du basin Napoleon III, ou l'on visite sa coque.

DECEMBER 10, 1863.

Georgia reported among the ships of war that weathered the storm in the roads on the 2d of December, 1863.

FEBRUARY 13, 1864.

Le steamer de guerre confédérée Georgia, Captain Maury, qui était à Cherbourg depuis près de quatre mois, est partie de notre rade cette nuit à midi.


*No. 35.

Acting Consul De Gernon to Earl Granrille.


A Bordeaux

BORDEAUX, November 13, 1871. (Received November 15.) The vessel arrived at Pauillac, the boarding station of this port, on

the 25th of March, 1864, and was reported as in want of

repairs for her steam-machinery, and of provisions. She was allowed to keep her gunpowder on board, on condition of mooring at Lormont, an anchorage a little distance below Bordeaux.

Her machinery having been surveyed, and certified to require a fortnight for its repair, she was given that time to remain at Lormont. She remained at anchor, however, until the 28th of April, notwithstanding the orders of the authorities to the commander to go to sea previously.

She was supplied with coals and provisions, and is stated to have sailed in a complete state of repair. The authorization of the commissary of marine was required before any goods were allowed to be put on board.

No. 36.

Consul Sir A. Perrier to Earl Russell.

English sea men bipped on board at Brest

BREST, January 5, 1864. (Received January 9.) MY LORD: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a dispatch which I

have this day written to his excellency Earl Cowley, on the
subject of British seamen embarking on board of the con-

federate corvette Florida.
I have, &c.,


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BREST, January 5, 1864. MY LORD: I have the honor to report to your excellency that the American viceconsul, resident at this port, called upon me yesterday, to communicate a letter from his consul at Havre, directing him to use his exertions with the French authorities to prevent some English seamen, now on their way from Havre to Cherbourg and Brest, from shipping on board of the confederate ship of war Florida, and also desiring him to engage the British consul at Brest, to whom the British consul at Havre had telegraphed on the subject, to concur in this object.

I had received that morning a letter from Consul Featherstonbaugh, a copy of which is inclosed.

I replied to the American vice-consul that, not having received any instructions on this subject from your excellency, I would not interfere; but if any British subjects about to embark, either on board of Federal or confederate ships, should come in my way (which is not probable, passports being no longer required for British subjects to travel in France,) I should not fail to warn them of the penalties they would incur by entering a foreign service without permission from Her Majesty's government.

I have, &c.,


(Inclosure 2 in No. 36.)

Consul Featherstonhaugh to Consul Sir A. Perrier.

HAVRE, January 1, 1864. MY DEAR SIR: Twenty seamen, some of them royal naval reserves, have arrived here from Liverpool, and embarked immediately in the Caen steamer, intending to take the rail there, some for Cherbourg, some for Brest, to join the Florida and Georgia,

confederate war steamers, at those ports. I have written to Consul Hamond, [443] and have *suggested to him to convene these men, and read the Queen's procla

mation, 13th May, 1861, to them, of which, perhaps, they are ignorant. As he may not be able to do anything to prevent them joining, I have written to Lord Cowley, who, perhaps, will be able to strengthen lis hand.

Yours, &c.,

P. S.-A naval reserve seaman, named Charles Maltman, is the Liverpool confeder-
ate agent, and accompanies these men. Some of them are named as follows: Edward
Richardson, Robert Broadway, Edward Smite, William Smith, Patrick Schenler, John
Folke, R. N. R., George King, R. N. R., Fischer, — Lloyd.

G. W. F.

No. 37.

Mr. Adams to Earl Russell.


London, January 11, 1864. (Received January 12.) MY LORD: I have the honor to submit to your consideration the copies of a letter from Mr. Dudley, consul of the United States at Liverpool, and of the depositions of Thomas Matthews, there a by Mura going most clearly to establish the proof of the agency of Messrs. Jones & Co. in enlisting and paying British subjects in this kingdom to carry on war against the United States.

I have, &c.,


Further evidence submitted Adana,

[Iuclosure 1 in No. 37.]

Mr. Dudley to Mr. Adams,

Enlistment et Liverpool of seamen for Georgia.


Liverpool, January 9, 1864. Sir: Referring to dispatches from myself to you, one dated December 1, 1863, and

the other on the 6th instant, and the connection of Jones & Co., of 28 Chapel street, Liverpool, in fitting out the pirate Georgia, and enlisting men in Liverpool for this vessel, I have now to inform you that this same

firm, in connection with one Charles Maltman, of Eustace street, in Liverpool, an Englishman belonging to the naval reserve, on the 20th December last enlisted in Liverpool for the said steamer Georgia, now at Cherbourg, and the steamer Florida, pow at Brest, some twenty-one British seamen, and on the same day conveyed them from Liverpool in a steamer bound for Havre. I inclose you a copy of Thomas Matthews's affidavit, one of the men that shipped and went to Havre, establishing the above facts. You will see that two of the men so shipped, named George King and Thomas Smith, belong to the paval reserve. The affidavit also discloses the facts that the firm of Jones & Co. paid half the wages earned by the witness while on board of the Georgia to his wife here in Liverpool, the last payment of which was made to her on the 13th of December last, while her husband was at his home in Liverpool; and that they have been boarding the men from this vessel, or at least one of them, here in Liverpool since the sbip has been at Cherbourg.

I have, &c.,


(Inclosure 2 in No. 37.)

Affidarit of Thomas Matthew 3.

I, Thomas Matthews, of 37 Gloucester street, Liverpool, painter, make oath and say: In the month of March, 1863, I was lodging with Mr. Charles Maltman, of Eustace street, Liverpool, and was informed by him that there was a chance for me to China in the Japan for a two years' voyage. I understood that the vessel was not going to China, although she would be entered out for that place. He also told me that there

was a good chance for me to make plenty of money. I agreed to go in her, and [444] *Mr. Maltman and myself left Liverpool for Greenock, where the Japan was

lying, about the 28th or 29th of March last. I signed articles for two years, at £4 108. a month, and joined the Japan on the 1st of April. We left Greenock on the 2d April, and after we had been at sea about eight or nine days, we fell in with a small steamer called the Alar, which followed us to Ushant Bay, where we took in arms and ammunition from her. Mr. Jones, of Chapel street, Liverpool, came on board the Japan from the Alar, with several men who agreed to join us. We signed articles again to serve in the Japan in the confederate service, and were each paid £10 bounty upon signing articles. Mr. Jones brought the bounty-money with him, which was paid to us by Mr. Curtis, the purser. I asked Mr. Jones if I could leave half-pay for my wife, when he said I could, and that he would arrange that when he arrived home. Mr. Maltman, who is a naval reserve man, also joined the Japan as boatswain. After we had signed articles, I was ordered to paint over the name of Japan, and the vessel was then called the Georgia. Mr. Jones returned in the small steamer, and we then commenced our cruise, during which we captured and destroyed several United States vessels, and ransomed several others. We returned to Cherbourg in France for repairs, and about the 6th or 7th of December last I got leave of absence for eight days, and was paid £1 58. Before leaving I asked the purser to whom was I to apply in Liverpool for money to pay my passage back to Havre, when he directed me to call at Mr. Jones's oftice, Chapel street, Liverpool, for the money, and that he would write to Mr. Jones to that effect. At the expiration of the term of my leave of absence I called at Jones's office, where I saw Mr. Maltman, the boatswain. I saw one of the clerks in Jones's oftice, who told me that they had received a letter for my passage-money to be paid to Havre, and that Mr. Jones and Mr. Hyatt were both from home, and that I must call again in a day or two. I called several times without being able to see either Mr. Jones or Mr. Hyatt, until Saturday, the 27th December last, when I called and saw both Mr. Jones and Mr. Hyatt. Mr. Hyatt asked me what I wanted. I told him that I had come to join the ship; be said what ship? I told him the confederate steamer Georgia, now lying at Cherbourg. He then asked me what was my name, and upon my telling him, he said they had a letter directing them to pay my fare round to Harre, and be read the letter over to me; in substance the purport of the letter was that they should pay my fare round to Cherbourg, but were not to give me aby money. While the letter was being read over to me, Robert Broadway, one of the Georgia's crew, was in their office, along with Mr. Thompson, of Pitt street, Liverpool, publican and boarding-house keeper. Mr. Jones then told me that he was supposed to know nothing about either me or the ship, so that I knew how to act, and that there were people in the town ready to pick up any information about us. Mr. Hyatt then told me to be at the Havre steamer on the following Monday morning at 11 o'clock, and that either he himself or some one else would be there to pay my fare and see me off. I went to the Havre steamer, as directed, on the Monday morning, and there saw Mr. Maltman, the boatswain. I had a friend with me who had come to see me off, when Mr. Matthew called me aside and asked me if he was not a detective. I told him he was not, when he said, “ All right, I must take care what I am doing." I then asked Mr. Maltman whether he was going to pay my passage round to Cherbourg, when he said, “Yes, I am going round to the ship with you myself.” I then went on board the steamer with him, and he arranged about my passage-money, and we left Liverpool the same day for Havre. When I got on board I saw Robert Broadway, and about nineteen or twenty other men. All these men were in Mr. Maltman's charge, but part of them were bronglit down by Mr. Edward Campbell, of Regent street, boarding-house keeper. Mr. Maltman paid their fares to Havre. Mr. Maltman told me that part of these men were for the confederate steamer Florida, and part for the Georgia. We arrived in Havre on the 31st December, where I left the party, but the rest proceeded to the Albion hotel there, and staid the night, and on the 1st January instant started for Cherbourg. I left Havre on the 4th January, and arrived in Liverpool on the 7th. During my last visit to Jones's office while Broadway and Thompson were there, Thompson said to Mr. Hyatt, “This man (meaning Broadway Jowes me £1 128. for two weeks' board.” Hyatt asked if this was right, when Broadway said “Yes.” Hyatt then said to one of the clerks, “Pay this man £1 128. and take a receipt.” He then said, “No, we will not pay him it nowi; make out a bill and bring it on Monday after the man bas gone to sea, and we will then pay it." My wife has called regularly every month, while I was serving on the Georgia, at Jones's office, and received my half-pay there, and she received the last payment on the 13th December last (£2 108.) while I was at home. Two of the men who went round with us to Havre, named George King and Thomas Smith,

were naval reserve men, belonging to the Eagle, now lying at Liverpool. On [ 445] the 4th or 5th November last, while we were lying at Cherbourg, I asked Captain

Maury for some money, when he said he would write to the agents in Liverpool to pay my wife £10, and I wrote to my wife to call at Jones's office for it, which she did, and Mr. Hyatt paid her the money. (Signed)

THOMAS MATTHEWS. Sworn at Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, this 9th day of Jannary, 1851, before me, (Signed)

JNO. BUSHELL, d Commissioner to Administer Oaths in Chancery in England.

No. 38.

Mr. Waddington to Mr. Hammond.

Proceedings will he taken against par. ties concerned.

WHITEHALL, January 18, 1861. (Received January 19.)

, . SIR: I have laid before Secretary Sir George Grey your letter of the 13th instant, inclosing copies of a letter from the American minister at this court, and of further depositions respecting the engagement at Liverpool of seamen for the service of the so-styled Confederate States; and I am to acquaint you, for the information of Earl Russell, that the solicitor to the treasury has been instructed to proceed against all parties concerned, in the same manner in which proceedings have been taken against persons in other similar cases, upon which the law-officers of the Crown have already advised.

I am, &c.,

H. Ex. 282_15

No. 39.

The secretary to the admiralty to Mr. Hammond.

Inquiries by admi. ralty.

ADMIRALTY, January 21, 1864. (Received January 22.) SIR: With reference to your letters of the 11th and 13th instant, on

the subject of certain men of the naval reserve who were

reported to have gone over to Cherbourg, and joined a vessel of the Confederate States, I am commanded by my lords commissioners of the admiralty to send you, for the information of Earl Russell, copy of a report from the commander of the naval-reserve ship Eagle at Liverpool, confirming, to a great extent, the statements made respecting the men in question, and to acquaint you that their lordships are of opinion that the men who are absent without leave should be discharged from the naval reserve.

I am, &c.,


(Inclosure in No. 39.]

Commander Ithute to the secretary to the admiralty.

EAGLE, Liverpool, January 19, 1961 Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your memorandum of the 13th instant, directing me to trace, as far as possible, eleven royal naval-reserve seamen, supposed to have proceeded to France from this port to join confederate vessels; aud in reply I have the honor to inform you that in prosecuting this inquiry I accidentally fell in with the royal naval-reserve seamen John Maltman, (stated as Charles Maitman in your memorandum,) under whose charge these men are represented to bave gone to France, and from him I elicited the following particulars :

That on or about the 20 instant he took charge of volunteer men from Liverpool to Havre to join a crew for a vessel, but he assumes ignorance of the vessel's name and nationality. Among the number were two men named Broadway and Folke, but the latter returned again from Havre; the other fifteen men he believes were under false names, but that he knew nothing about them.

It is asserted by the superintendent of the Sailors' Home at this port, that [446] George * King has gone to join some confederate vessel, and that such has been

reported to the board of trade. I take this opportunity of reporting that the following royal naval-reserve seamen. who completed their period of drill on the dates under-mentioned, (among whom George King's name appears,) have disappeared from this neighborhood, leaving their books and residue of wages on board the Eagle, and which they could have received by completing two hours' drill. This fact, and the complete ignorance assumed by the people with whom they were lodging, leads me to believe that they have formed a portion of the crew tbat have proceeded to Havre:

7,467. George King, D, 28th December, 1863.
13,809. James Hanton, D, 31 January, 1864.
17,324. Thomas Smith, D, 31 January, 1865.

I have, &c.,


No. 40.

The secretary to the admiralty to Mr. Hammond.

ADMRALTY, January 22, 1864. (Received January 23.) SIR: With reference to my letter of yesterday, on the subject of the naval-reserve men who were supposed to have gone over to Cherbourg and Brest, and joined a confederate vessel, I am commanded by my lords

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