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the enemy. Soon after she captured the Caledonia, the English sailors left on board recaptured her, but fortunately the privateer fell in with her again, took out all the Englishmen, and sent her into Salem.
A St. Johns, Newfoundland paper of Sept. 8th, mentions the capture of several vessels by the Surprise, and adds, Captain Sexton, of the Endeavor, McFarlane, of the Caledonia, Captain Reid, of the Milnes, with their crews, were landed this morning from the brig Traveller. They speak in the handsomest terms of the politeness and attention they experienced from Captain Barnes and his officers, during the time they were on board the privateer.
Three vessels, captured by the Shark, of New York, off the coast of Portugal, and being of little value, were given up. Two others were manned, and ordered for the United States.
Ketch Expedition, with 75 pipes of wine, and 1,150 quintals of barilla, sent into New York by the Grampus, of Baltimore.
Schooner — with dry-goods, sent into Salem by the Viper, of that port.
Brig Catherine and William, of London, with drygoods, prize to the Grampus, lost near Beaufort, S. C., on the 20th of Sept.
Cutter Flying Fish, with sweet oil, captured by the Sabine, of Baltimore, and sent into a southern port.
Brig Aaron, with wine and codfish, captured by the same, and sent into an eastern port.
Two ships taken by the Syren, off the British coast, and destroyed.
The Steady, from Bordeaux for Newfoundland, and the James, from St. Jean de Luce, taken and burnt, by the Prince of Neufchâtel.
Brig Colier, from Cork for Quebec, with a full cargo of provisions, captured by the Amelia, of Baltimore, and burnt,
Brig Harmony, from Alicant, for Newfoundland, with salt and wine, captured by the same, divested of the latter, and made a cartel of, to relieve her of pri
Brig Elizabeth, from Cork for Newfoundland, captured by the same and burnt.
Ship of 8 guns, from Greenock for Newfoundland, with dry-goods and wine, captured by the same, divested of her cargo, and sent into port.
The Amelia also captured, and ordered into port the brig Ann, with a valuable cargo. She had a short combat with the Neptune, but no person was hurt on either side. When last heard of, she had 32 prisoners on board, who were very troublesome. After manning all her prizes, she had only 58 of her crew left.
British schooner captured by the Leach, of Salem, divested and given up to the prisoners.
Sloop Jane, 70 tons, from St. Jean de Luce, for Falmouth, captured by the Prince of Neufchâtel, privateer, of New York, and burnt.
Brig Triton, 187 tons, two guns, from Cadiz for London, with an assorted cargo, captured by the same, part of the cargo taken out and the vessel sunk.
Transport brig Aaron, 142 tons, 4 guns, from Gibraltar for Lisbon, in ballast, taken by the same, and burnt.
Brig Apollo, 135 tons, from St. Ubes for Riga, with a cargo of salt, captured by the same and burnt.
Cutter General Doyle, 87 tons, coppered, from Leghorn for Bristol, with a cargo of oil, captured by the same, and burnt.
Sloop George, 50 tons, from Milford Haven for Plymouth, with coals, taken by the same, and sunk.
Brig Barewick Packet, from Cork for Bristol, in ballast, with 50 passengers, taken by the same, and made a cartel of.
Brig Sibron, 200 tons 4 guns, from Greenock for Cork, in ballast, captured by the same, and sunk.
Brig Nymph, 150 tons, from St. Jean de Luce for Cork, with dry-goods, etc., captured by the same, divested of the dry-goods ; the rest of the cargo was thrown overboard. The Nymph was then given up to the pri
Brig Albion, 155 tons, 4 guns, from Greenock for Cork, with dry-goods and other valuable articles, captured by the same, divested of her valuable articles, and burnt.
Ship Harmony, 290 tons, 4 guns, from Greenock for Cork, with dry-goods and other valuable articles, captured by the same, divested, and ordered into port. She was retaken by the English a few days after.
Brig Charlotte, 190 tons, 8 guns, from Rio Janeiro, with a cargo of hides, captured by the same, and burnt.
Brig Mary Ann, 103 tons, from St. Johns for Barbadoes, with a cargo of lumber, captured by the same, and burnt.
Ship Neptune, from Greenock for Newfoundland 450 tons burthen, 8 guns, captured by the Amelia, and sent into New York, with an assorted cargo of valuable goods.
Schooner Ann, with sugar and molasses, from Halifax for the new British port of Castine, captured in the following manner : When she sailed, she had on board 4 American seamen, who shipped in Halifax, and when off the mouth of the Penobscot river, they rose upon the captain and the remainder of the crew (6 in number), confined them below, secured all the fire-arms on board, and arrived in safety at Thomastown.
Ship James, from London for Quebec, with dry-goods, etc., captured by the Portsmouth, of Portsmouth, and divested of 260 bales and cases of goods, valued at from $200,000 to $300,000, and then ordered into port. The privateer, with her rich spoils safely arrived. The cargo of the James was invoiced at £100,000, sterling. She safely arrived at Portsmouth, N. H. Brig
captured by the Dash, of Portland, and divested of 150 hhds. of rum, and given up. The Dash arrived at Wiscasset.
Schooner from Halifax, laden with salmon and herrings, sent into Wilmington, N. C., by a letter-ofmarque schooner from that port.
STATE OF AFFAIRS AT THIS PERIOD OF THE WAR.
A great many additional large privateers were now out during this month, and sailed from and returned to most of our Atlantic ports, when it best suited their convenience.
The Chesapeake Bay was, at this time, unfortunately in the power of the enemy, but still the spirit of enterprise, and skill of the people residing on its shores and rivers did not relax in energy. And though their privateers were prevented, for a time, from entering the ports of the Chesapeake, they were cruising in almost every sea, and sending their prizes into the different Atlantic ports. Fine large schooners were built at many other places, besides Baltimore-that is to say, after their construction.
Their beautiful models were imitated and adopted all over the United States. The capital of our wealthy merchants in the the Atlantic cities was liberally employed in building and fitting out privateers against our common enemy; for, thank God, we had many harbors and places that they could not blockade, notwithstanding their declaration that our ports were blockaded from Maine to Georgia.
Among the privateers fitted out, were some stout vessels, one with 22 long heavy guns, and two others carrying from 20 to 30 guns. In a newspaper of this day, we notice the sailing of five privateers, and the building of three in the neighborhood of Boston-one called the Reindeer, pierced for 22 guns-a noble vessel, coppered, built of the best material, and completed in 35 working days. On her cradle, the Avon, of the same rate, was laid down to be finished in eighteen working days. They were also building the Blakely, of like size and dimensions, to be finished with the same dispatch. In New York they were exceedingly busy with vessels of this kind. And the exertions of individuals, aided by the project lately adopted by Congress, to fit out twenty vessels, which was to be carried into immediate execution, in order to make the enemy feel the war much more sensibly than he had done ; giving a “demonstration” of his inability to defend his own coasts, much less to blockade all the ports of the world. But some measure must be provided to bring in a part of the prisoners they took. The enemy did not acknowledge paroles made at sea, except in some few isolated cases, and held many of our gallant seamen in captivity. These brave fellows should be released to repay favors received. The balance of prisoners of this class would have been greatly in our favor, if one half of those taken had been brought into