2.23.2015

Letter to Adm. Cockburn from Capt. John Clavell re: turning over Black Battalion

CAPTAIN JOHN CLAVELL, R.N., TO REAR ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE COCKBURN, R.N.
His Majesty's Ship Orlando in the Patuxent February 23rd 1815
 

Sir
I Have the honor of forwarding you Dispatches which I received late last Night from Mr. Baker British Minister at Washington together with a Copy of a letter from him, and another from the Secretary of the Admiralty, and to State, that I have in consequence Dispatched the Dauntless to the Brazils, and
Cape of Good Hope—Euryalus to Gibraltar—Havannah to Admiral Hotham and Bermuda, and Menelaus to you—which I hope and trust will meet your approbation—
I have requested Admiral Hotham will forward those for Halifax in order that Havannah may not be delayed.—
My intention is to remain in the Chesapeake until I receive instructions from you, Sir.
There is a Quantity of Provisions at Tangier, and a Number of Black Women and Children, independent of the Garrison—
Two Commissioners have come to me with proper Authority, to demand the private property and Slaves, agreeable to the first Article of the Treaty—Private property I have none, or [nor], are there any Slaves on Tangier, except the Wives and Children belonging to the Black Battalion, which I have refused giving up, as well as those that have Entered on Board the different Ships— but I intend writing immediately to Mr. Baker for his opinion on the subject—mine is decidedly against it, or [nor] shall I consider myself at all Justifiable in giving them up, until I receive directions from you—
That part of the first Article of the Treaty relative to Slaves is a most Melancholy thing, as I am well Convinced, that the American Government, considers that the whole of the Black Battalion, comes within it, and will be given up.
I hope you will be pleased to approve of what I have done—
I should write you more at large but am anxious that not a moment shall be lost in forwarding the different Dispatches. I have the honor to be Sir
Your most Obedient Humble Servant
John Clavell

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