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NORTH AMERICA.

No. 6. (1864.)

Correspondence respecting the “ Tuscaloosa."

Presented to the House of Commons by Command

of Her Majesty. 1864.

LONDON: PRINTED BY HARRISON AND SONS.

No. 7. (1864.)

CORRESPONDENCE

RESPECTING

THE ENLISTMENT OF BRITISH SEAMEN

AT

QUEENSTOWN

OY BOARD THE

UNITED STATES SHIP OF WAR

“KEARSARGE.”

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty.

1864.

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1. Mr. Arbuthnot to Mr. Hammond

Two Inclosures. 2. The Earl of Donoughmore to Earl Russell

Three Inclosures. 3. Mr. Adams to Earl Russell 4. Mr. Adams to Earl Russell 5. Mr. Adams to Earl Russell

One Inclosure. 6. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond ..

One Inclosure. 7. The Secretary to the Admiralty to Mr. Hammond ..

Five Inclosures. 8. Mr. Hammond to Mr. Waddington 9. Mr. Adams to Earl Russell

One Inclosure. 10. Earl Russell to Mr. Adams .. 11. Mr. Bruce to Mr. Hammond 12. Earl Russell to Mr. Adams 13. Mr. Hammond to Mr. Bruce ..

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at Queenstown on board the United States' ship of war “ Kearsarge.”

No. 1.

Mr. Arbuthnot to Mr. Hammond.-(Received November 20.)

Sir,

Treasury Chambers, November 21, 1863. I AM commanded by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit to you, for the information of Earl Russell, the inclosed copy of a letter from the Commissioners of Customs relating to a report that the United States' war-sloop “Kearsarge” had taken on board British subjects at Queenstown, and I am to state that my Lords would be glad to be informed whether, in his Lordship's opinion, any further steps should be taken in the matter.

I have, &c. (Signed)*?"G. ARBUTHNOT.

Inclosure 1 in No. 1.

Mr. Gardner to Mr. Hamilton.

Sir,

Custom-House, November 19, 1863. I AM directed to acquaint you, for the information of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, that a rumour having reached the Collector of this Revenue at Cork that the United States' war-sloop “Kearsarge,” which put into that port on the 2nd instant, had taken on board and proceeded to sea with several men being British subjects from the neighbourhood of Queenstown, he caused inquiry to be made, with a view of ascertaining whether any infringement of the provisions of the Foreign Enlistment Act had taken place. The person from whom the rumour emanated was a person named Samuel Dunn, a pensioner, residing at Ringaskiddy. Upon being questioned by the Collector, Dunn stated that James Haley, a native of Ringaskiddy, and who lived at that place about twenty years ago, at which time he was in the British service on board of the “ Shamrock," afterwards joined the American service, and is now an officer on board the “ Kearsarge.” On the recent arrival of that vessel, Haley went on shore at Ringaskiddy to visit his relatives, and while on shore remained at the house of his sister. It is alleged that during his stay there he persuaded the following persons to go to sea in the “ Kearsarge,” but under what agreement no evidence appears :

John Sullivan, Edward Pyburne, Thomas Murphy, George Patterson, Dennis Leary, natives of Ringaskiddy.

It is also alleged that Michael Ahern, of Queenstown, joined the said vessel. The five persons first named, who are from 17 to 18 years of age, were taken on board the ship by John Dunn, the son of Samuel Dunn, whose declaration to that effect is inclosed. It does not appear how Michael Ahern (a clerk lately dismissed from the service of Messrs. Scott of Queenstown) was taken on board. The reports of the officers at Cork and the declaration of John Dunn having been referred to the Solicitor of this Revenue, he has reported that the circumstance of the men having been put on board and sailed away in a vessel of war of the United States affords a strong inference that they have entered into the American war service, but that the proofs are not very strong to support such a case, and there is [168]

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