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order from his commanding officer, Commander George F. Pearson, that he, the said Commander Pearson, should be informed when the ship had made thirty miles on her course from about 8 o'clock p. m. of the said 14th of November.
"NAVY DEPARTMENT, January 19, 1847."
"J. Y. MASON.
"The judge advocate then again read the charge and specification, as above, when, by direction of the President, he submitted the following question:
"Is the accused, Lieutenant Francis S. Haggerty, of the navy, guilty or not guilty of the charge?
"When, the vote having been taken, as before, it was decided that the accused was guilty of the charge.
"And therefore the court doth adjudge and sentence that Lieutenant Francis S. Haggerty, of the United States navy, be suspended from duty in the navy of the United States for the term of one year from the approval of this sentence; and that he further be admonished by the Hon. the Secretary of the Navy to be more particular in future.
"FEBRUARY 25, 1847."
"J. Y. MASON.
Extract from the minutes of the proceedings of a naval general courtmartial convened at Norfolk, Virginia, January 26, 1847, in the case of Passed Midshipman and Acting Master Henry Rolando.
"Charge, and specification of a charge, preferred by the Secretary of the Navy against Passed Midshipman and Acting Master Henry Rolando, of the navy.
"Charge.-Neglect of duty.
"Specification 1. In this: that the said passed midshipman, Acting Master Henry Rolando, while attached to the United States ship Boston, on or about the 15th day of November, 1846, did neglect to ascertain the distance run by the said ship at 4h. 15m. a. m., when he took charge of the deck.
"Specification 2. In this: that the said passed midshipman, Acting Master Henry Rolando, while attached to the United States ship Boston, on or about the 15th day of November, 1846, did neglect, while in charge of the deck of the said ship, to inform his commanding officer of the approach of a squall before it had struck the ship.
"NAVY DEPARTMENT, January 19, 1847.
"J. Y. MASON.
"The charge was then read by the judge advocate to the court, when. by direction of the President, the following question was submitted: "Is the accused guilty or not guilty of the charge?
"Upon which the vote being taken, as before, it was decided that the accused was not guilty.
"Wherefore, after full and mature consideration, the court doth determine and adjudge that the accused, Passed Midshipman and Acting Master Henry Rolando, be and is hereby honorably acquitted of the charge preferred against him.
"FEBRUARY 22, 1847."
"J. Y. MASON.
IN SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES.
SEPTEMBER 26, 1850.
Mr. YULEE made the following
The Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the petition of Lieutenant John J. Glasson, in behalf of the crew of the United States schooner" Falcon," respectfully report:
That it appears that the schooner "Falcon" was attached to the squadron which served on the coast of Mexico during the late war with that nation; that she seized at Tlacotalpam, as enemies' property, two canoes loaded with cotton; that the canoes and cotton were afterwards released by Commodore Perry, for reasons stated in the letter appended to this report; and that the agent of the owners gave a bond to hold him harmless from all claim to prize-money or other liability.
The committee cannot perceive any just ground of liability by the United States government for a recompense to the captors, and, concurring in the conclusion communicated by the Secretary of the Navy, in his letter to Lieutenant Glasson of November 24, 1848, ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the memorial, and recommend that the prayer of the memorial be not granted.
U. S. FRIGATE "CUMBERLAND,"
Of the Navy-yard, Brooklyn, September 11, 1848. SIR: I have received your communication of the 9th instant, submitting, "in behalf of the officers and crew of the United States schooner Falcon,' inquiries respecting the disposition made of two canoe-loads of cotton, comprising fifty-eight bales, seized as enemies' property at Tlacotalpam, by the Falcon,' the 12th day of August, 1847, and claimed by and bonded in the house of Mackintosh & Co., of Mexico."
In reply, I have first to recall to your recollection the fact that, on the night succeeding the capture of the cotton referred to, some people of the town broke into the public warehouse, where it had been stowed, and carried off sixteen bales. The remainder, forty-two bales, were subsequently removed to Vera Cruz, and deposited in the public store there, under the charge of Mr. Dimond, United States collector of that city. I received from Messrs. Manning, Mackintosh, & Co. frequent applications for the restitution of the cotton, as they alleged that at the time of its seizure they were altogether ignorant that the trade between St. Andrew's and Tlacotalpam