Mr. Harvey to Mr. Seward.

No. 199.]

Sir: My attention has been drawn to the enclosed pararaph from a recent newspaper published at Baltimore, which mentions a fact of some consequence in connexion with the criminal proceedings of the Alabama.

The bark Agrippina is the name of the vessel which appeared at the island of Terceira, Azores, in August last, with munitions of war, &c., for the Alabama, when she entered and was illegally fitted out in the port of Angra before commencing the depredations which took place off Flores.

I have no doubt that the vessel now mentioned is the same one which, by a concerted arrangement, transported the means of equipment to the Azores, and, in that view, that she ought to be made the object of special surveillance by our ships-of-war at home and abroad. Since it would seem to be clear that she is to be, as she has already been, used as a transport in the service of the insurgents for coal and other supplies at appointed places of rendezvous, I shall notify all the naval commanders within my reach to this effect.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

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The Steamer Alabama.—An English bark provides the Alabama with four hundred tons of coal.

A letter from Granada, West Indies, to a mercantile house in New York, gives the following report of the steamer Alabama:

“Granada, December 6, 1862.

“The American whaling schooner C. L. Sparks, of Provincetown, Captain Harvey Sparks, arrived here yesterday from the isle of Blanquilla, about 170 miles to the westward of this place, and under the Venezuelan government. She reports that while lying there at anchor on the evening of the 21st ultimo, the confederate steamer Alabama and the English bark Agrippina, of Scarboro’, England, coal-laden, arrived there from Martinique. The Alabama took on board from the Agrippina 400 tons of coal, and both vessels sailed again on the evening of the 25th. Captain Sparks also reports having been detained on board the Alabama as a prisoner during her stay, and his vessel strictly guarded. He was told by Captain Semmes had he caught him three miles from the land under canvas, he would have burned his vessel. The Alabama has a heavy broadside and two large rifled pivot guns, and had destroyed twenty-three vessels. The last one was on the 8th of November—a Boston ship from the East Indies with a very valuable cargo.”

This must have been the T. B. Wales, already reported.