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Instructions to Commodore Green.



February 9, 1870. SIR: When the Congress is in all respects ready for sea, and at the conclusion of her trial trip, you will hoist your broad pennant on her as commodore in command of the southern squadron of the North Atlantic fleet.

The southern division of the command will comprise all the windward islands from Cape Tiburon, in the island of San Domingo, to the mouth of the river Orinoco, and from there west as far as the river Magdalena, in Carthagena.

You will receive your special instructions hereafter from the rearadmiral commanding the North Atlantic fleet, but for the present it is desirable that you should remain with the force under your command in and about the Island of San Domingo, especially the part belonging to the Dominican government and the Isthmus of Samana, for the cession of which the United States are now in treaty with the Dominican government. While that treaty is pending, the Government of the United States has agreed to afford countenance and assistance to the Dominican people against their enemies now in the island, and in rerolution against the lawfully constituted government, and you will use the force at your command to resist any attempts by the enemies of the Dominican Republic to invade the Dominican territory by land or sea, so far as your power can reach them. Of course, a great deal, must be left to your discretion, but by communicating freely with President Baez, he will show you the stipulations of the agreement drawn up be. tween the United States and the Dominican government, which will ex. plain to you how far you are authorized to act. While strictly comply. ing with the agreement between the United States and Dominican gorernment, you will avoid difficulties with foreign powers when it is possible to do so, and will warn any naval force fitting out from Hayti, or any part of the Dominican Republic now in revolution, that the United States will vot permit any hostile acts to be committed against the Dominicans.

You will report all your proceedings to Rear Admiral Poor when it can be done, but communicate whenever you can with the Department, sending duplicates to Rear-Admiral Poor.

The vessels of your command for the present will be the Nantasket, Swatara, Yantic, and Saratoga, which latter will be sent to you as soon as she can be fitted out.

If you do not absolutely require the Yantic, you will permit Commander Irwin to obey his orders in relation to running a line of telegraphic soundings through the waters of the Windward Islands as far as Deme. rara in British Guiana.

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You will keep the Department informed of the political condition of affairs by every opportunity, and have your contidential communications sealed.

Rear-Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Vary.


KEY WEST, February 3, 1870. Seminole left Port au Prince January 30; arrived this morning. Quiet at Port au Prince. American minister had no information of importance. Cabral had made no advance. Rumor says a force had been sent to him—perhaps a thousand men.

An expedition is fitting out at Kingston, consisting of a brig called the Dolphin, cleared for Port au Prince, with arms and ammunition on board for Cavral-may go to San Domingo City. Also rumored an expedition is fitting out at Curaçoa for some party.

Rear Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Vary.


KEY WEST, February 4, 1870. Received instructions, and will leave at daylight to morrow, with Severn and Dictator, for San Domingo.

Commander E. K. Ouen to the Secretary of the Nary.


0.ff* Port au Prince, Hayti, January 26, 1870. On the 23d instant got under way and proceeded to Gonaives to keep my eye on the American steamer City of Port au Prince, who had some political refugees on board, who embarked by permission of the Haytian government in our boats, and were escorted to them by Haytian troops.

It was rumored that one of the Haytian vessels would sail with the City of Port au Prince, and as the Haytian flag-ship was under steam and ready for sea, I got under way and followed after the City of Port au Prince. The Haytian vessel did not leave port.

I sent aboat on shore at Gonaives, and the vice-consul came on board. The place is quite healthy, and there are no complaints from American citizens.

I returned on the 25th instant.

Rear-Admiral Poor to President Saget.


Port au Prince, Hayti, February 10, 1870. Sir: The undersigned avails himself of the arrival at this port of the Severn, flagship of the United States North Atlantic fleet, accompanied by the monitor Dictator, to inform his excellency that he, the undersigned, has instructions from his Government to inform his excellency that negotiations are now pending between the United States Government at Washington and the government of San Domingo, and that during the existence of such negotiations the United States Government is determined with all its power to prevent any interference, on the part of the Haytians, or any other power, with the Dominican government.

Any interference or attack, therefore, by vessels under the Haytian, or any other flag, upon the Dominicans, during the pendency of said negotiations, will be considered an act of hostility to the fag of the United States, and will provoke hostility in return. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. POOR, Rear-1dmiral, Commanding United States North Atlantic Flut. His Excelleney NISSAGE SAGET,

Prorisional President, Republic of Hayti.

Rear-Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Nary.

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Cape Haytian, Hayti, February 12, 1870. The Severn and Dictator arrived at Port au Prince on the 9th instant.

After communicating with our minister and consul, I called, in company with those officials, and chief of staff, Captain Caldwell, upon the provisional president. After the usual interchange of courtesies, I told his excellency that if he had no objection, I would avail myself of the visit to acquaint him with the object of my visit to Port au Prince. He assented, and assembled his cabinet to hear what I had to say. I then told him the instructions I had received from my Government, to wit, that negotiations were pending between the Government of the United States and that of San Domingo, and that during the pendency of those negotiations, the Government at Washington was determined, with its whole power, to prevent any interference on the part of the Haytian, or any other government, with that of the Dominicans; therefore, if any attack should be made upon the Domivicans during the said negotia. tions, under the Haytian or any other tag, it would be regarded as an act of hostility to the United States flag, and would provoke hostility in retuun.

The president and the secretary of state expressed the hope that the friendly relations now so happily existing between the government of Ilayti and the United States would not be interrupted, and that while they were aware of their weakness, they knew their rights and would maintain them and their dignity as far as they were able, and that they must be allowed to be the judges of their own policy, or words to that effect.

I learned afterward, unofficially, that the authorities were displeased with what they considered a menace on the part of the Unitel States, accompanied with force.

A rumor was in circulation that a collision had taken place at Cape Haytian between the Nantasket and the Haytian man-of-war Terror, (late the Pequot.) I am happy to find there was no truth in the report.

I shall proceed immediately to San Domingo City and Samana Bay.


The Secretary of the Vary to Lieutenant Commander Allen, of the Swatara,

at New York.


January 31, 1870. SIR: You will proceed with all dispatch, without waiting for inspection, to the city of San Domingo, in the east end of the Island of Hayti, and report to the commanding naval officer at that place.

If you find when you get there that the Dominican government require any assistance against the enemies of that republic, you will not hesitate to give it to them.

You will use sails and steam, and, in case you need it, will find coal at Samana Bay.

You will inform the commanding officer of the squadron that 2,000 tons of coal are on the way to Samana Bay and San Domingo City. You will do everything to expedite the sailing of your vessel.

Lieutenant Commander Allen to the Secretary of the Navy.

San Domingo City, Hayti, February 19, 1870. SIR: I have the honor to report my arrival at this place this morn

Having encountered heavy gales and head winds during the passage from New York, I was obliged to run into Samana Bay for coal.

As the mail for the United States is about to close, I shall trust to Lieutenant Commander Bunce of the Nantasket to forward all necessary information regarding the political affairs of this country.

I brought, as passenger, from Samana Bay, General Rigaud, ex-minister of the interior of President Salnave's administration.

I understand that Admiral Poor is at Port au Prince, and is expected liere daily. I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,


Lieutenant Commander, Commandling. Hon. GEO. M. ROBESON,

Secretary of the Vary, Washington, D. C.

Lieutenant Commander Francis M. Bunce to the Secretary of the Nary.


At anchor, San Domingo Roails, February 8, 1870. I iuclose letters received by me from a Mr. Davis Hatch, in continement at Azua, numbered 1, together with a copy of my answer, pumbered 2.

Immediately on my return to this port, I called upon Mr. Perry, to ascertain the facts of the case, and found him in receipt of instructions from the State Department, in relation to the case, by the mail of the same day per Tybee.

(The copies of the inclosures referred to in this letter have already been printed in Senate report No. 231, 41st Cong., 2d session, pp. 129– 132.)

Rear-Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Nary.


St. Nicholas Vole, Hayti, February 17, 1870. Reports his arrival at Port au Prince on the 16tlı instant.

Lieutenant Commander Allen to the Secretary of the Nary.


San Domingo City, Hayti, February 19, 1870. Reports his arrival on that day: "I brought, as passenger, from Sam ana Bay, General Rigaud, ex-minister of the interior of President Salnave's administration.

“I understand that Admiral Poor is at Port au Prince, and is expected here daily."

Rear-Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Nary.




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San Domingo City, March 8, 1870. SIR: I have the honor to report my arrival here on the 5th instant, from Samana Bay. I found here the Swatara and Nantasket.

Yesterday I called on President Baez.

There is no news of importance, further than the Department has already received, except the election returns are all in and the vote of the people shows a decided majority in favor of annexation to the United States.

Cabral, at last accounts, was reported to be at the city of San Juan, and seems to have displayed no signs outwardly of any active more ments since the United States declared its intentions with regard to San Domingo. The Swatara will leave for Samana to-morrow,

and from thence sail for Port au Prince.

Rear-Admiral Poor to the Secretary of the Nary.


San Domingo, March 12, 1870.


In a recent interview with President Baez he informed me that the British consul at Puerto Plata, (Mr. Farrington,) recently arrived here, stated to him that there was a party at that place inimical to the policy of the United States, in reference to the annexation of San Domingo, principally composed of foreign merchants and consuls ; that they had collected a sum of money equal to eight thousand dollars to supply Generals Cabral and Luperon, who appear to be predatory in character and ready to espouse the cause of any party that will pay them and afford them the opportunity of pillaging.

The Nantasket will be dispatched to Puerto Plata immediately to in

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