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is at all times perfectly ready to resist and punish any insult that may be offered to the flag she has the honour to bear, to the last drop of blood that shall remain of the dutiful and loyal subjects of an adored sovereign, and exalted country. I am, &c.
III. The Captain Commandant of Fort. Johnson, to the Com
manding Officer of the British Sloop of War Driver. May 3, 1807.
Sir, I have received your letter of this day. The nature of the contents of it demands of me to transmit it immediately to the government, which I shall do by a special messenger.
I am, &c.
The Captain Commandant of Fort Johnson, to the Presi
dent of the United States. May 5, 1807. . Sir,- deem it my duty to despatch a special messenger, to lay before your excellency a correspondence that has taken place between myself and the commanding offcer of his Britannick majesty's sloop Driver, now lying in this harbour.
The said sloop, interdicted by your excellency from ever entering any port or harbour of the United States, anchored abreast this fort, on Thursday (30th April.) On Friday (May 1,) my officers, licutenants Roberts and Wyndham, waited upon the governour of this state, to consult with him, and receive his orders, relative to measures necessary to be taken to expcl said vessel from this port; they could not see nim: in consequence I addressed a note on Saturday (May 2,) to the commanding officer of said vessel, of which a copy is herewith sent, and marked No. 1.
On Sunday, May 3d, I received an answer from the commanding officer of the said sloop Driver, of which No. 11. is the original. Its extraordinary language induced me to forward it immediately by an officer, to your excellency. My reply thereto is marked No. 1.
Lieutenant Wyndham, who is the bearer of these despatches, will furnish any other information that may be required. I beg leave to recommend him to the notice of your excellency. Hoping that my conduct may meet your approbation, I have the honour to remain, &c.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, State of Maryland, to wit:
1, Samuel STERETT, notary publick, by letters patent under the great seal of the state of Maryland, duly commissioned and qualified, residing in the city of Baltimore, in the state aforesaid, do hereby certify, attest, and make known, that on the day of the date hereof, before me, personally appeared George Davis, master of the brig Mercury, of Philadelphia, then lying in the port of Baltimore, and recently arrived from Bordeaux, who being by me solemnly sworn, did depose, declare and for truth say, that on Tuesday the 19th instant, being on his passage, and having the wind to the rorthward with a strong current setting against them, the pilot on board the said brig, brought her to anchor in seven and a half fathoms water, about two miles from the shore, and about 25 miles to the southward of cape Henry.
And this appearer saith, that while so lying at anchor, he was boarded by an officer from the British frigate Me lampus, who, after examining the brig's papers, requested this appearer to return with him on board the Melampus, which this appearer declined, thinking himself within the limits and maritime jurisdiction of the United States, the said officer also himself admitting that said brig was anchored within three miles of the shore.
And this appearer saith that the said officer then left the brig, but in a little time came back and informed this appearer, that he had positive orders to take him and his
papers, letter-bag, &c. on board the said frigate ; that this appearer accordingly went with the said papers, and on getting on board the frigate, his papers and letter-bag were carried into the cabin, and this appearer left on deck, and not permitted to accompany them that after his pa. pers and letter-bag had been detained from him about ihree quarters of an hour, they were restored to him, and he himself put on board the brig: that immediately on getting aboard his own vessel, he descended into the cabin, and on opening the said letter-bag, discovered that a nunber of the letters had been opened, and the invoices and bills of lading they originally contained thrown promiscuously into the bag, and in the greatest confusion and disorder, in which situation he lodged the said letters in the post ollice in this city immediately on his arrival yesterday.
In testimony whereof, the said deponent hath here.
unto subscribed his name, and I, the said notary,
No. 4. Captain Harrison's Report to the Collector of the Customs
at Norfolk, respecting an Outrage committed by the British Squadron in the Chesapeake, July 6, 1807.
The schooner Cynthea Ann, from Folly Landing, captain Harrison, was fired at in Hampton Roads, by a boat belonging to the British squadron, but not thinking proper to stop, continued his way up to Norfolk, although they continued firing from the boat, to the number of 14 or 16 guns, but of a sudden found he was fired at from the tender* just ahead of bim; he immediately rounded to, and was boarded, and asked why, a damned rascal, he did not heave to for the boat; to which he answered, that he did not know why he was to be stopped in his own harbour.
* The tenders were purchased here as advice boats, and are now arned. VOL. I.
The boat then came up, and the crew on board her also abused him, and said they wished they had sunk him, and that they aimed to hit him, which he thinks they did, as their shot seemed very well aimed. They ordered him to tow them back, which he did, and was dismissed.
Norfolk, July 6, 1807. Sir,---Above is a copy of a report made to me by captain Harrison, which I considered my duty to forward. All vessels are stopped coming to this place, and fired at within our harbours. This report I was requested to forward to you for your consideration. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,
THOMAS NEWTON. The Hon, James Madison, &c. &c.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
State of New York, ss.
By this publick instrument, be it known to all whom the same doth or may concern, That I, Maltby Gelston, a publick notary in and for the state of New York, residing in the city of New York, by letters patent under the great seal of the said state, duly commissioned and sworn, and in and by the said letters patent, invested “ with full power and authority to attest deeds, wills, testaments, codicils, agreements, and other instruments in writing, and to administer any oath or oaths to any person or persons,” do hereby certify, That, on the day of the date hereof, before me personally appeared the within named John Squire, George R. Rice, and Vinson Smith, who being by me duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did severally and solemnly depose and declare as follows:
That all and singular the matters and things contained and set forth in the within annexed statements in writing, (to which their names are subscribed) are, in every respect, correct, just, and true. And further they say not.
Whereof an attestation being required, I have granted this under my notarial firm and seal.
Done at the city of New York, in the said state of
New York, the 9th day of July, in the year ono
M. GELSTON, Notary Publick.
City of New York, ss.
Jonn SQUIRE, first lieutenant, and commander of the United States revenue cutter “ Active,” George R. Rice, second lieutenant, and Vinson Smith, mariner, acting as mate of the said vessel, being duly sworn, did depose and declare as follows, that is to say:
That they sailed in their above respective capacities, in and with the said vessel, from Washington city, having on board, as passenger, the vice-president of these United States, and bound for this port of New York; that on the twenty-ninth day of June last past, at half past four P. M. the said vessel being then under easy sail, with the wind from the s. w. bound as aforesaid, cape Henry bearing south about four miles distant, they saw four armed ships lying at anchor, at the distance of about four and one half miles to the s. w. which they were informed, and verily believed, were British ships of war, under the command of commodore Douglass, and belonging to his Britannick majesty; that the cutter being nearly abreast of the said ships, a gun was fired from one of them, and that immediately thereafter they discovered a boat from the said ship in pursuit of the cutter; that the boat continued in chase of the cutter, and, at about three miles distant therefrom, a gun was fired from the boat towards the cutter, which these deponents believe to be a swivel; that the boat continued to row and sail, and appeared to make every possible exertion to come up with the cutter and actually gained on her until about six o'clock P. M. when they were within about one and a half mile of each other, and a breeze springing up, the boat fired a swivel, and soon after discontinued the pursuit ; that during the said chase, one gun, besides those before mentioned, was fired from the