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the United States and Algiers, as per treaty, stands simply thus :
Dr. The United States to the dey and regency of Algiers. To 17 annuities ending Sept. 5th, 1812, at 21,600 dollars per year,
Cr. By 14; annuities paid as per receipts, at 21,600 dollars per year,
$ 313,200 By a tiscary given at the last settlement for a balance
in favour of the United States, 14,480 old
26,064 By the amount of stores brought by the brig Paul
Hamilton, as per settlement July 22d, 1812, 12,099
Balance due to the regency of Algiers on the 5th
The regency of Algiers counting the time by the Mahometan computation of 354 days to the year, make 173 years, which is an addition of half a year or 10,800 dollars to the above balance, which makes their balance 26,637 to the 5th of September, 1812, for which the dey demands 27,000 dollars, in round numbers.
Message from the President of the United States transmitting a
Report of the Secretary of State, made in obedience to a resolution of the House of Representatives of the ninth instant, requesting information touching the conduct of British Officers towards persons taken in American armed Ships.
To the House of Representatives of the United States.
I transmit to the house of representatives a report of the secretary of state, complying with their resolution of the 9th instant. December 21st, 1812.
JAMES MADISON. The secretary of state, to whom was referred the resolution of the house of representatives of the 9th instant, requesting information touching the conduct of British officers towards per
sons taken in American armed ships, has the honour to lay before the president the accompanying papers marked A. B. C. from which it appears, that certain persons, some of whom are said to be native, and others naturalized citizens of the United States, being parts of the crews of the United States' armed vessels the “ Nautilus” and the Wasp," and of the private armed vessel, the “Sarah Ann,” have been seized, under the pretext of their being British subjects, by British officers, for the avowed purpose, as is understood, of having them brought to trial for their lives, and that others, being part of the crew of the Nautilus, have been taken into the British service.
The secretary of state begs leave also to lay before the president the papers marked D. and E. From these it will be seen, that whilst the British naval officers arrest as criminals such
persons taken on board American armed vessels as they may consider British subjects, they claim a right to retain on board British ships of war American citizens who may have married in England, or been impressed from on board British merchant vessels ; and that they consider an impressed American, when he is discharged from one of their ships, as a prisoner of war. All which is respectfully submitted.
JAMES MONROE. Department of State, December 19, 1812.
A. No. 1. Extract of a letter from Lt. F. H. Babbitt to master and com
mandant Wm. M. Crane, of the United States' navy, (late of the United States brig Nautilus,) dated
Boston, Mass. 13th Sept. 1812. Enclosed I send you a description of the proportion of our little crew, who have been so debased and traitorous as to enter the service of our enemy. Also, a list* of those gallant fellows whose glory it would have been to have lost their lives in the service of their country, and whose misfortune it has been to cross the Atlantic on suspicion of their being British subjects: four of them, native born Americans, and two naturalized citi
On their parting with me, and removal from the Africa of 64 guns to the Thetis frigate (the latter with a convoy from England, then in 43. 30. N. and 46. 30. W.) their last request and desire was that I would particularly acquaint you with their situation, with their determination never to prove traitors to that country whose flag they were proud to serve under, and
whose welfare and prosperity they equally hoped and anticipated
F. H. BABBITT.
A list of men said to have entered on board his B. M. frigate
Shannon, commodore Broke. Their description as far as known.
Jesse Bates, seaman, about 5 feet 9 inches high, dark hair and complexion, dark snapping eyes, has an impediment in his speech, and at times affects lunacy; has a wife and family in Boston, Mass.
Samuel Lang, marine, born in Kentucky, 5 feet 8 inches high, or thereabouts, and is supposed to be with capt. Hall, of U. S. marines, New York.
John Young, marine, 5 feet 5 inches high, large mouth, enlisted with capt. Hall, navy yard, New York; when addressed, or is addressing an officer, casts down his eyes. For his particular description as well as that of John Rose, marine, about 5 feet 8 inches high, brown hair, full face, thick set, and a scowl in his countenance, refer to capt. John Hall.
John O'Neal, seaman, about 25 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, dark hair, sharp face, dark eyes, thick set, and was shipped at Norfolk, Va. previous to your taking command of the Nautilus.
William Jones, od. seaman, about 5 feet 8 inches high, light hair, 24 years of age, full face, thick set, down-cast look, and is a very alert man ; entered at New York April last. (Signed)
F. H. B.
A. No. 2.
Halifax, 30th September, 1812. Having received information that a most unauthorized act has been committed by commodore Rodgers, in forcibly seizing twelve British seamen, prisoners of war, late belonging to the Guerriere, and taking them out of the English cartel brig Endeavour on her
passage down the harbour of Boston, after they had been regularly embarked on board of her for an exchange, agreeable to the arrangements settled between the two countries, and that the said British seamen, so seized, are now detained on board the U. States frigate President as hostages; I feel myself called upon to request, sir, your most serious attention to a measure so fraught with mischief and inconvenience, destructive of the good faith of a flag of truce and the sacred protection of a cartel. I should be extremely sorry that the imprudent act of
any officer should involve consequences so particularly severe as the present instance must naturally produce if repeated ; and although it is very much my wish, during the continuance of the differences existing between the two countries, to adopt every measure that might render the effect of war less rigorous, yet, in another point of view, the conviction of the duty I owe my country would, in the event of such grievances as I have already stated being continued, not admit of any hesitation in retaliatory decisions : but as I am strongly persuaded of the high liberality of your sentiments, and that the act complained of has originated entirely with the officer who committed it, and that it will be as censurable in your consideration as it deserves, I rely upon your taking such steps as will prevent a recurrence of conduct so extremely reprehensible in every shape.
I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient and most faithful humble servant, (Signed) JOHN BORLASE WARREN,
Admiral of the blue, and
commander in chief, &c. His excellency James Monroe, esq. Secretary of State.
Mr. Monroe to Sir John Borlase Warren. Sir,
Department of State, October 28th, 1812. I have had the honour to receive your letter of the 30th September, complaining that commodore Rodgers, commanding a squadron of the United States' navy at the port of Boston, had taken twelve British seamen, lately belonging to his Britannic majesty's ship the Guerriere, from a cartel in the harbour of Boston, and that he detained them on board the President, a frigate of the United States, as hostages.
I am instructed to inform you, that inquiry shall be made into the circumstances attending, and the causes which produced the act of which you complain, and that such measures will be taken on a knowledge of them, as may comport with the rights of both nations, and may be proper in the case to which they relate.
I beg you, sir, to be assured that it is the sincere desire of the president to see (and to promote, so far as depends on the United States) that the war which exists between our countries be conducted with the utmost regard to humanity. I have the honour to be, &c. &c. (Signed)
JAMES MONROE. Sir John Borlase Warren, Admiral of the Blue, and Commander
in Chief, &c. &c.
Washington, December 17, 1812. I have the honour to annex a list of twelve of the crew of the late United States' sloop of war Wasp, detained by captain John Berresford, of the British ship Poictiers, under the pretence of their being British subjects.
I have the honour to be, respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
GEO.S. WISE, purser, The hon. Paul Hamilton, Secretary of the Navy.
List referred to in the preceding note marked B. John M Cloud, boatswain, has been in the service since 1804. Married in Norfolk in 1804 or 5, and has a wife and four children there.
John Stephens, boatswain's mate, has been in the service 5 or 6 years.
Geo. M. D. Read, quarter master, has a protection, and has sailed out of New York and Philadelphia for several years.
William Mitchell, seaman, James Gothright, do. John Wright, do. Thomas Phillips, do. Peter Barron, do. John Connor, ordinary seaman, John Rose, do. George Brooks, do. Dennis Daugherty, marine.
The greater number, if not all, had protections at the time of entering and being taken. Two others were detained-John Wade and Thomas Hutchins ; but were given up, the former on captain Jones' assuring captain Berresford he knew him to be a native citizen ; the latter on a like assurance from D. Rodgers.
Wm. Mitchell was in the service during 1805 and 6, in the Mediterranean. Washington city, December 17, 1812.
GEORGE S. WISE, purser.
C. Extract of a letter from major general Pinckney to the Secreta
ry of War, dated Head-Quarters, Charleston, 4th November, 1812. Information having been given upon oath to lieutenant Grandison, who at present commands in the naval department here, that six American seamen, who had been taken prisoners on board of our privateers, had been sent to Jamaica to be tried as British subjects for treason, he called upon the marshal to retain double that number of British seamen as hostages. The marshal, in consequence of instructions from the department of