M 0089
LETTERS RECEIVED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
FROM
COMMANDERS OF SQUADRONS, 1841 1886,

IN NATIONAL ARCHIVES (300 ROLLS)

 

Note: Only those rolls covering periods when CONSTITUTION was in squadron service have been researched.

 

East India Squadron

 

Roll 2 (February 27, 1843 ‑ September 26, 1845)

 

NOTHING

 

Roll 3 (August 1, 1845 ‑ May 3, 1847)

 

NOTHING

 

Brazil Squadron

 

Roll 17 (April 19, 1844 ‑ April 28, 1845)

 

From Commodore Daniel Turner, USS RARITAN, 16 Aug 1844:

 

Reports CONSTITUTION arrived on 2 Aug.

 

Roll 19 (October 25, 1845 ‑ October 11, 1847)

 

From Commodore L. Rousseau, USS COLUMBIA, 4 May 1846:

 

Reports that, at their request, he has permitted Acting Master Isaac Strain of CONSTITUTION and Acting Master James Taylor of COLUMBIA to exchange "situations." A number of men from DALE are to be invalided home in CONSTITUTION:

Seaman H. Rockwood ‑ chronic dysentery

Landsman J. Mitchell ‑ syphilis [?]

Ordinary Seaman C. Rives ‑ [deleted]

Seaman Emanuel Sint ‑ syphilis; rheumatism

Seaman Thomas Laff ‑ [?]

Landsman W. A. Brown ‑ debilitated

Landsman John Gleeson ‑ debilitated

 

Pacific Squadron

 

Roll 31 (December 30, 1841 ‑ January 18, 1845)

 

NOTHING

 

Roll 32 (October 16, 1884 ‑ October 23, 1846)

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 17 Dec 1845:

 

At Mazatlan, Mexico. CONSTITUTION has not yet appeared.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 17 Jan 1846:

 

CONSTITUTION arrived at Mazatlan on the 14th. Captain Percival reports the ship "not in very good" condition, but Sloat feels she is fit for anything he would require.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 25 Feb 1846:

 

Reports CONSTITUTION has more sick [in excess of 12] than any other unit in the squadron, but not excessive considering she came from the Indian Ocean and China.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 10 Apr 1846:

 

Forwards general courts martial proceedings in the cases of Seaman Joseph Sinnot and Ordinary Seaman Gilman Willey of CONSTITUTION.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 11 Apr 1846:

 

Forwards general court martial proceedings in the case of Acting Carpenter Henry G. Thomas of CONSTITUTION.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 22 Apr 1846:

 

Has decided to permit CONSTITUTION to continue her voyage as Captain Percival represents her and his crew "to be in a condition entirely unfit to remain out any longer." Has invalided home in her Passed Midshipman J. S. Bohrer who suffers periods of unconsciousness since a head wound received in PORTSMOUTH, as well as a number of sick and disabled seamen. Also transferred were seamen and Marines whose enlistments had expired, and Midshipman T. J. Miller, under sentence of court martial.

 

From Commodore John D. Sloat, USS SAVANNAH, 30 Apr 1846:

 

CONSTITUTION has sailed for home.

 

Mediterranean Squadron

 

Roll 78 (August 7, 1847 ‑ June 1, 1849)

 

From Captain John Gwinn, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Apr 1849:

 

Reports his arrival at Spezzia from Alexandria. Has just learned of Commodore Bolton's death, leaving him senior officer on station. Will reprovision from store ship ERIE and be ready to sail as necessary.

 

From Captain John Gwinn, USS CONSTITUTION, 19 Apr 1849:

 

"Sailing from Malta on the 12th February with the Consul General and family on board, I had a boisterous passage of 11 days to Alexandria and owing to the Wife of Mr. McCauley giving birth to a Son at the moment of our entering the Harbour, I was unable to land her for some days or to exchange the usual Salutes with the City and the Lord High Admiral, Said Pasha, Heir Apparent to the Throne..." Reports that "an unpleasant affair" occurred while he was in Cairo and the ship watering. The Egyptian who initiated the difficulty was "bastinadoed without number," one of the soldiers received 100 and another 50, and the American Consul demended their officer in charge, a sub lieutenant, be broken. [Done.] Passed Midshipman Daniels is praised for his actions in the matter, getting his crew into their boat without any casualties.

 

[Enclosure]

 

From Passed Midshipman Joseph D. Daniels to Captain Gwinn, 22 Mar 1849:

 

On 16 Mar, while on shore in charge of the 1st Cutter and filling water casks, a fight broke out between 2 of his crew and "some Egyptians." He broke up the fight and got the men into the boat, but a squad of Egyptian soldiers appeared and demanded the 2 men. Daniels refused and was seized, struck with musket butts, and marched through the streets to a guard house. A representative from the US Consulate soon arrived and got him released.

 

From Captain John Gwinn, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Apr 1849:

 

Reports having invalided Passed Midshipman N. T. West home in ERIE, suffering from chronic blenorrhagia and enlarged testicle.

 

Roll 79 (June 3, 1849 ‑ June 27, 1852)

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS MISSISSIPPI, 25 Jul 1849:

 

Has ordered Captain Gwinn and CONSTITUTION to Messina to get for the USN the same relaxation of quarantine restrictions as have lately been granted the British.

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS MISSISSIPPI, 4 Sep 1849:

 

"...The Department will recollect that, in my letter number nine, of July 25th from that port [Naples], I stated that I had ordered Captain Gwinn to Messina, to perform an important piece of service, and that I had the honor to enclose in that letter a copy of the General Cruising Instructions which I had given him. I understood, soon after anchoring at Naples, that Captain Gwinn had proposed to proceed, with his command, in a few days, to Gaeta, upon the coast of Italy, for the purpose of calling upon the Pope, who was then at that place, ‑‑ and, as, for obvious reasons, I could not sanction such a proceeding, I took occasion to suggest the impropriety of it, in the course of a brief conversation which I had with him.‑ As this ship, during the few hours of our stay at Naples, was in quarantine, my interview with Captain Gwinn was necessarily public. I did not, therefore, say as much upon the subject as I should otherwise have done, but took care to direct him, in my written instructions, to proceed to Messina 'with as little delay as possible,' which struck me as being a delicate, as well as decided, mode, of forbidding the proposed visit to Gaeta. Since my departure from Naples, I have learnt, to my deep surprise, and regret, that he did not go to Messina, as I ordered, but that he went to Gaeta, where he received on board, and entertained, the Pope, with his attending Cardinals, and the King of Naples &c &c.‑ The Department will readily perceive that when the peculiar position of the Pope, at that time, is considered, this act of Captain Gwinn places the United States in an attitude which, if I understand the views of the Executive, and the general policies of my country, correctly, is, to say the least, extremely embarrassing and painful. Upon meeting him, I shall certainly require explanations of his conduct, which I sincerely trust may be satisfactory. My personal relations with him have always been most friendly, but I conceive that I should fail in my duty, if I passed over, unnoticed, conduct so very imprudent, and entirely subversive of discipline..."

 

From Lieutenant James H. Rowan, USS CONSTITUTION, to Commodore Charles W. Morgan, 4 Sep 1849:

 

Reports the death of Captain John Gwin at 3:18 PM this date. Will proceed to Naples after interment.

 

[Enclosure]

 

Report of Surgeon Charles F. Guillou, USS CONSTITUTION, 6 Sep 1849:

 

Captain Gwinn reported aboard suffering from neuralgia and dyspepsia, with periods of greater distress than others.

At the end of July, gastric instability and nervousness increased, and became more aggravated. As of 7 Aug, use of opiates increased. Symptoms locally abated, but general debility increased, so that, on 22 Aug I recommended transfer ashore. Quarters were secured at the Trinacria Hotel in Palermo.

All food and drink rejected 24 Aug. Treatment with a blister and a serpentaria infusion eased the situation, but debility and nervous symptoms increased. Flighty on the night of 27 Aug, Gwinn became delirious on the 28th, and even violent on the 29th. Thereafter, there were only occasional periods of relative calm. His pupils were unnaturally contracted. Continuously on laudanum from 31 Aug, then morphine. "...he gently breathed his last, without a struggle or apparent suffering, the smile with which he welcomed his last earthly dream still playing upon his features. His last words, though very disconnected, spoke thoughts of his home, his wife, and his son John."

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 24 Sep 1849:

 

Reports having transferred Captain Conover to command CONSTITUTION, "for the present."

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 29 Sep 1849:

 

Recommends to SecNav that, as a mark of disapprobation of the late Captain Gwinn's reception of the Pope, done reportedly with the encouragement of some of the ship's officers, CONSTITUTION be transferred to the Brazil Station in exchange for a frigate there.

 

From Surgeon Charles F. Guillou to Captain Thomas Conover, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Oct 1849:

 

Requests a medical survey on the following CONSTITUTION personnel:

 

Midshipman R. M. Caldwell

Disease of liver

Sailmaker G. D. Blackford

Asthma

Surgeon's Steward John Bruce

Syphilis

Seaman Robert Kirby

Rheumatism

Ordinary Seaman John Swann

Chronic Bronchitis

Ordinary Seaman James Forrest

Debility

Ordinary Seaman Richard McCormick

Scrofula

Ordinary Seaman Lewis Meeker

Bronchitis &Rheumatism

Landsman Henry Valentine

Glandular swelling

   Ordinary Seaman Nehemiah Bass

Scrofulous ulcers

Seaman Daniel Lawler

Secondary syphilis

Quartermaster Daniel Cushman

Disease of liver

Private Alex. Barbour

Chronic Bronchitis

Seaman John J. Stiness

Rheumatism

All invalided home after 2 Nov.]

 

From Captain George S. Blake for Commodore Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 15 Nov 1849:

 

Refers to court martial charges against Seaman Charles Virgin of CONSTITUTION that have been pending since July, during which time he has been confined. Recommends that he be ordered to the US in ERIE and given a dishonorable discharge on arrival. Personnel mentioned: Lieutenant James H. Rowan, Assistant Surgeon P. J. Horwitz, Passed Midshipman Dulaney A. Forrest, Midshipman Eugene H. Oakley, Midshipman J. G. Maxwell, Master at Arms John A. Stager, Sergeant James E. Thompson, and Private Thomas Scott. [Annotated: "His discharge has been ordered."]

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 22 Apr 1850:

 

CONSTITUTION "will continue, until further instructed, to cruise in the Gulf of Genoa, and as far west as Barcelona..."

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 17 May 1850:

 

Refers to Joseph S. Crow of CONSTITUTION, saying the order to discharge him will be forwarded.

 

From Commodore Charles W. Morgan, USS INDEPENDENCE, 26 Oct 1850:

 

Mentions Surgeon Guillou and Gunner John C. Ritter of CONSTITUTION.

 

African Squadron

 

Roll 106 (January 23, 1851 ‑ March 30, 1853)

 

From Commodore Elie A. F. La Vallette, USS GERMANTOWN, 3 Feb 1853:

 

Awaiting the arrival of Commodore Mayo in CONSTITUTION at Porto Praya. Understands he was to sail some time in December.

 

Roll 107 (January 4, 1853 ‑ June 1, 1855)

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, Gresham, ?, 4 Jan 1853:

 

Requests that Lieutenant M. C. Perry, son of Commodore Perry, be ordered to CONSTITUTION as a supernumerary in the expectation that the African climate will cause casualties among ships' officers. [Annotated: "Done 10 Jany 1853."]

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, Washington, DC, 4 Jan 1853:

 

Requires a Clerk. [Annotated: Allowed.]

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, Baltimore, MD, 12 Feb 1853:

 

Reports CONSTITUTION is about 60 seamen short.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Feb 1853:

 

Acknowledges receipt of orders to touch at "certain ports" in the Mediterranean. Has official mail for the Mediterranean commodore.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Mar 1853:

 

At sea. Not happy with crew, but hopes it will improve.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 15 May 1853:

 

At Algiers. Arrived at Gibraltar on 23 Mar. Sailed on the 28th and arrived at Spezzia on 8 Apr and delivered dispatches to Commodore Stringham. Provisioned, then made for Leghorn to get bread, arriving on 24 Apr. Sailed on the 28th and arrived at Tunis on 6 May, debarking Colonel Nicholson, the designated new Consul, who had taken passage from the US. On arrival, discovered that acting Consul, Surgeon Heap, had received his commission as Consul, rendering Nicholson's arrival moot. Sailed on 9 May with Nicholson aboard. Stopped at Algiers yesterday for water and hoped to ship American seamen, for the ship is still 57 men short. Nicholson debarked to seek a voyage to the US. Will sail as soon as watering is complete.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Jun 1853:

 

Arrived at Gibraltar on 2 Jun, having taken 15 days from Algiers, touching at Tangier on 9 Jun. Had to remain there until the 11th due to west wind.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Jun 1853:

 

Rports arrival at Funchal on 17 Jun after a 60 hour passage from Gibraltar. Master D. R. Lambert and 4 men are being invalided home in JOHN ADAMS.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 Jul 1853:

 

Sailed from Funchal on the 3rd, touched at Teneriffe on the 5th, paused at Sao Vicente, 11‑13, and arrived Porto Praya on the 15th. Present was the store ship J. P. KENNEDY of the Exploring Expedition. MARION, PERRY, and BAINBRIDGE have gone Madeira and the Canaries to recruit, their crews debilitated by African service.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 18 Jul 1853:

 

Observes that there will be much activity in Japan next summer, that a large force will represent the US, and that he and Commodore Perry are old shipmates. He writes, "The Constitution is a strong ship, well manned and equipped, and her very name alone would be a powerful reinforcement to any squadron of our Navy. I propose therefore, that orders be sent to me, to sail in her during the approaching winter, in time to reach Japan before the summer weather permits the commencement of active operations on that boisterous coast, and that during these operations, I serve as second in command, bearing a red pendant..." Would leave the African Squadron in the charge of the senior captain until he returned.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 21 Jul 1853:

 

Intends to send BAINBRIDGE home because she has been out 34 months, her crew will be beyond their terms of service, and her relief, VIXEN, cannot be on station soon. Is invaliding 8 men from CONSTITUTION home in her, together with 9 from PERRY.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 13 Aug 1853:

 

Arrived at Sierra Leone 10 Aug from the Isles de Los.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Aug 1853:

 

Sailed from Sierra Leone on 14 Aug and arrived at Monrovia yesterday.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Sep 1853:

 

Arrived at Cape Palmas on 29 Aug, having left Monrovia on the 25th. Has been requested by Chief Magistrate McGill of the American Colony to "interfere" in some wars between petty kings that are interrupting trade.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 14 Sep 1853:

 

At El Mina. On 5 Sep, at the mouth of the Cavally River, he sought to negotiate a settlement between the Barbos on the south bank and the Grebos on the north. They had been fighting intermittently for 3 years. After having a messenger under a white flag twice threatened with murder, fired signal rockets over the village and a few rounds from the boat guns. This brought a white flag and an agreement to talk. Successful peace talks were held in CONSTITUTION on the 6th, and she sailed that same day. Intends to leave for Dix Cove "this evening."

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Oct 1853:

 

Forwards CONSTITUTION's punishment reports without comment:

 

Pvt Thos Gorman

D. Irons

3‑6 Mar

Sleeping on post

Ordy Jno White #1

D. Irons

11‑15 Mar

Insolence to BMt

Ordy Geo Baker

D. Irons

12‑15 Mar

Insolence to Mr. Johnson

Lds Walter Coalman

D. Irons

12‑15 Mar

Neglect of duty

Sea Hy Johmon

D. Irons

15 Mar

Disobedience

1/cB Chas DeGroot

D. Irons

15‑18 Mar

Ditto

Pvt Thos Gorman

D. Irons

15‑18 Mar

Fighting

Pvt Jno Gorman

D. Irons

15‑18 Mar

Fighting

B Jno Conway

in Brig

18 Mar

Disobedience

Lds Edw Hall

in Brig

23‑27 Mar

Sleeping lookout

B Thos Noble

in Brig

24‑27 Mar

Insolence to Sgt

Lds Thos C. Spencer

D. Irons

24 Mar

Fighting

Lds Wm Sullivan

D. Irons

24 Mar

Fighting

Ordy Geo Baker

D. Irons

24 Mar‑6 Apr

Besmearing a Marine with filth

B Chas Miller

D. Irons

25 Mar

Fighting

B Jonathan Berry

D. Irons

25 Mar

Fighting

Ordy Martin Murphy

D. Irons

26 Mar

Making game of SCpl

Ordy Thos Williamson

D. Irons

27 Mar

Refusing to take hammock on deck

Lds Wm Perkins

D. Irons

27‑28 Mar

Fighting

B Terence Smith

D. Irons

27‑28 Mar

Fighting

B Wm Wolley

D. Irons

27‑28 Mar

Fighting

Ordy Wm Williams

In Brig

27‑28 Mar

Fighting

Lds Wm Perkins

In Brig

28 Mar

Insolence to Mr.Cushman

Ordy Jno Pennington

In Brig

28 Mar

Fighting

Ordy Jno T. Hackett

In Brig

28 Mar

Fighting

B Hy Griffen

D. Irons

29‑31 Mar

Fighting

Ordy Jno Pennington

D. Irons

29 Mar

Leaving the boat

Ordy Jno T. Hackett

D. Irons

29 Mar

Leaving the boat

Sea Hy Johnson

D. Irons

1‑4 Apr

Disobedience

Lds Hy Singleton

D. Irons

1‑4 Apr

Fighting

Ordy Thos Williamson

In Brig

2 Apr

Cutting the boom cloth

Lds Hy F. Seaman

In Brig

4‑5 Apr

Fighting

Ordy Wm Young

In Brig

4‑5 Apr

Fighting

Lds Hy F. Seaman

D. Irons

5‑6 Apr

Fighting

Ordy Geo H. Blodgett

Lashed up in hammock

7‑10 Apr

Sculking [sic]

Lds E. P. G. Hardy

D. Irons

9‑10 Apr

Sculking

Ordy Wm Baker

D. Irons

9‑10 Apr

Sculking and insolence

Lds Jas Dougherty

D. Irons

10‑11 Apr

Dirty at muster

Ordy Jno Burke #1

D. Irons

11‑12 Apr

Gambling

B Jonathan Berry

Lashed up to beam

11‑12 Apr

Stealing from Bum Boat

Lds Michl Logue

D. Irons

11‑12 Apr

Drunk on duty

Ordy Wm Loughheed

D. Irons

11‑12 Apr

Drunk on duty

Ordy Chas Howard

D. Irons

12 Apr

 Insolence to sentry

Sea Wm Simpson

D. Irons

12 Apr

Contempt to Mr Pilott [sic Pelot]:

Pvt Alfred Weldon

In Brig

13‑14 Apr

Sleeping on post

Ordy Worthe L. Howd

In Brig

13‑14 Apr

Disobedience

Lds J. D. Springer

In Brig

15‑16 Apr

Insolence to Mr Sullivan

B Thos Noble

Lashed up to beam

15‑16 Apr

Fighting

Ordy Jno White #1

Lashed up to beam

15‑16 Apr

Fighting

Ordy Jno Crump

In Brig

15‑16 Apr

Fighting and drunk on duty

Pvt Jno Kane

D. Irons

19‑20 Apr

Striking Jno Hosser [?]

Ordy Jacob Brumock

D. Irons

20 Apr‑10 May

Desertion

Ordy [?] Merchant

In Brig

20‑22 Apr

Disobedience

Ordy Albert C. Griswold

Lashed up to beam

21‑23 Apr

Gambeling [sic]

Sea Luis Costa

Lashed up to beam

21‑23 Apr

Ditto

QrGr Jas Johnson

In Brig

23‑24 Apr

Stricking [sic] A. C. Rubins

Ordy Jno Pennington

D. Irons & lashed up

24‑25 Apr

Destroying ship's property

Lds Peter M. Baker

D. Irons & lashed up

24‑25 Apr

Ditto

OffCk Luis Lutfo

Lashed up in hammock

24‑25 Apr

Disrespect to SCpl

Sea Jno Irwine

D. Irons

25‑28 Apr

Drunk

Sea Geo Wilson

D. Irons

25‑28 Apr

Drunk

Ordy Jno Pennington

D. Irons

25‑26 Apr

Threatening SCpl

Sea Jas Kenny

D. Irons

25‑26 Apr

Drunk on duty

Lds Jno Smith #1

Lashed to beam

25‑27 Apr

Striking Hy P.Seaman

Lds C. D. Springer

In Brig

25 Apr

Insolence to Mr Beer (OOD)

Sea Geo Davis

Grog stopped 3 days

26-28 Apr

Calling SCpl a liar

Lds Jas Dougherty

D. Irons & triced up

27 Apr‑2 May

Striking Hy P. Seaman

Lds Jno Smith #1

D. Irons & triced up

27‑28 Apr

Throwing a chew of tobacco in Jno Gardner's face

 Ordy Jas Carrol

D. Irons

28‑29 Apr

Drunk on duty

B Thos Noble

D. Irons & triced up

29‑30 Apr

Fighting

Lds Chas Wieffer

D. Irons & triced up

29‑30 Apr

Fighting

B Hugh Conway

D. Irons & triced up

29 Apr

Fighting

Lds C. D. Springer

D. Irons & triced up

29 Apr‑2 May

Interfering with prisoners

B Jno Green

D. Irons & triced up

29 Apr‑3 May

Abusing Boy Holdridge

Lds Wm Whelply

Lashed up in hammock

29‑30 Apr

Sculking

1/cB Thos Noble

Lashed up in hammock

2‑3 May

Fighting

Lds Jno Smith #1

Lashed up in hammock

4‑5 May

Fighting

B Hy Griffen

Lashed up in hammock

4‑5 May

Fighting

Lds Thos Dolan

Lashed up in hammock

4‑5 May

Striking Steerage [?]

Lds Chas Winterbell

S.Irons & triced up

14‑15 May

Committing a "nuisance"

Ordy Geo Baker

D. Irons & triced up

17 May

Theaft

B Thos Noble

S. Irons & triced up

17 May

Disobedience

OSea Danl Lane

D. Irons & triced up

17 May

Drunk on duty

Ordy Richd King

D. Irons and gagged

17 May

Drunk and noisy

Sea Hy Ingham

In brig

17 May

Disobedience

Ordy Thos Williamson

S. Irons & triced up

18‑20 May

Fighting

Pvt Jas Pierce

S. Irons & triced up

18‑20 May

Fighting

Ordy Wm Rushmore

S. Irons & triced up

18‑20 May

Fighting

CptMnTp Francis Gillespie

In Brig

18‑20 May

Insubordinate to Mr. Watkins

Pvt Josp Downes

In Brig

18‑20 May

Fighting

Pvt Nicholas Dooley

S. Irons & triced up

18‑20 May

Neglect of duty

Lds Jno J. Quinn

S. Irons & triced up

20‑21 May

Insolence to Mr Beer

Lds Jno Rutto

Lashed up in hammock

20‑21 May

Insolence to sentry

Ordy Worth L. Howd

S. Irons & triced up

22 May

Disobedience to SCpl

Ordy Jno Hughes

In Brig

26 May

Suspicion of theft

Sea Geo Davis

S. Irons & triced up

26‑27 May

Sculking & insolence

Sea Wm H. Ingham

S. Irons & triced up

26‑27 May

Neglect of duty

Ordy Jno Baker

S. Irons & triced up

27 May

Cutting up Worth Howard's boot 

Ordy Worthy L. Howard

Lashed up in hammock

27‑28 May

Striking Geo Baker [sic]

Ordy Jno T. Hackett

D. Irons & triced up

27‑28 May

Sculking

Sea Jas Fowler

S. Irons & triced up

29‑30 May

Fighting

Ordy Jno White #1

S. Irons & triced up

29 May‑1  Jun

Fighting

Sea Wm Coffee

S. Irons & triced up

29 May

Fighting

Ordy Jas Dolan

S. Irons & triced up

29 May

Fighting

Ordy Wm Shields

S. Irons & triced up

29‑31 May

Kicking Bmt Jno Richardson

Ordy Jno T. Hacket

S. Irons & lashed in hammock

30‑31 May

Fighting

Ordy Richd Curry

S. Irons & lashed in hammock

30‑31 May

Fighting

Lds Wm Wooley

S. Irons & triced up

31 May

Fighting

Ordy Owen Duffy

S. Irons & triced up

31 May

Fighting

Lds Jno Smith

S. Irons & triced up

31 May

Striking Cpl Wright when sick

Lds Jas Robinson

In Brig

1‑2 Jun

Threatening sentry

Lds Jno F. Gardner

S. Irons & triced up

1‑3 Jun

Sculking

Ordy [?] T. Lynn

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

2‑3 Jun

Striking Jno San Martin; insolent to Mr. Potter

B Jonathan Berry

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

2‑3 Jun

Sculking

B Jno J. Nolan

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

4‑5 Jun

Fighting

Lds Hy F. Seaman

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

4‑5 Jun

Fighting

Lds Hy Singleton

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

4‑5 Jun

Dropping paint brush overboard

B Jno Green

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

5‑7 Jun

Noisy below decks

Lds Bill Rilling

Irons; lashed in hammock

6‑8 Jun

Disobedience

Lds Jno Smith #1

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

6‑11 Jun

Disobedience

Lds Chas H. Winterbell

S. Irons; lashed in hammock

6‑11 Jun

Insolence to Sgt

Ordy Jacob Bremock

D. Irons

8‑16 Jun

Desertion

Sea Jas Jackson

In Brig

8‑9 Jun

Gambeling [sic]

Sea Wm Johnson #2

In Brig

8‑9 Jun

Gambeling

Lds Wm Wooley

S. Irons & triced up

9‑11 Jun

Threatening a Marine

Lds Hy F. Seaman

In Brig

9‑10 Jun

Refusing duty

Lds Jas Murphy

S. Irons & triced up

11 Jun

Sculking

Ordy Martin Murphy

S. Irons & triced up

11 Jun

Sculking

Lds Jno F. Gardner

S. Irons & triced up

11‑12 Jun

Sculking

Lds Bill Rilling

S. Irons & triced up

14‑16 Jun

Throwing bones through gun ports

B Wm Sinclair

S. Irons & triced up

14‑16 Jun

Ditto

Ordy Chas Splane

S. Irons & triced up

15‑20 Jun

Insolence to sentry

Ordy Wm Shields

S. Irons & triced up

15‑20 Jun

Insolence to MAA

Ordy Robt Malcolm

S. Irons & triced up

15‑20 Jun

Sculking

Ordy Richd Jones

D. Irons

23 Jun‑16 Jul

Drunk & insolent to Lt Hazard

Ordy Thos Hare

D. Irons

23‑25 Jun

Noisy drunk

Ordy Hy Hinds

D. Irons

23 Jun‑3 Jul

Desertion

Ordy Wm Longheed

D. Irons

23 Jun‑3 Jul

Desertion

Lds Michl Haley

In Brig

23 Jun‑6 Jul

Doubling Grog Tub

Lds Wm Wooley

D. Irons

24‑26 Jun

Neglect of duty

B Jas Miller

S. Irons

24‑26 Jun

Neglect of duty

Ordy Owen Duffy

D. Irons

25‑26 Jun

Noisy drunk

Sea Wm Bradt

D. Irons

25 Jun‑3 Jul

Noisy drunk & leaving boat

Lds Chas Kiefer

D. Irons

25 Jun

Ditto

B Jas Brown

In Brig

25‑26 Jun

Smuggling liquor

Sea Wm Rose

D. Irons

26 Jun‑3 Jul

Desertion

Ordy Wm Young

D. Irons

26 Jun‑3 Jul

Desertion

Lds Josp Brown

D. Irons & triced up

26 Jun‑10 Jul

Theaft [sic]

Ordy Geo Wilson

D. Irons & triced up

28 Jun‑3 Jul

Breaking liberty

Ordy Michl Haley

D. Irons

1‑3 Jul

Theaft

Ordy Thos Eldridge

D. Irons

2‑3 Jul

Overstaying liberty

Lds Hy Johnson

D. Irons

2‑3 Jul

Fighting & disrespect to Mr. Beer

Lds Hy F. Seaman

D. Irons

2‑10 Jul

Having unaccounted mess money

ComoStd Edw Butler

Under sentry's charge

2‑6 Jul

Insolence to Lt. McDonough

Ordy Danl Flynn

S. Irons & triced up

8‑10 Jul

Insolence to BMt

Lds Robt Clark

S. Irons & triced up

9‑12 Jul

Neglect of duty

Sea Hy Johnson

D. Irons

9‑12 Jul

Fighting

Ordy Thos Eldridge

Lashed up hammock

10‑12 Jul

Insolence to Mr.Swayze

Sea Fredk French

D. Irons

11‑13 Jul

Disobedience

Pvt Augs P. Herford

S. Irons

11‑13 Jul

Fighting

Pvt Thos Carroll

 S. Irons

11 Jul

Fighting

CaptBand Josp Lamastri

S. Irons

12‑13 Jul

Disrespect to Lt. Rogers

B Thos Brown

S. Irons & triced up

13‑15 Jul

Disobedience

B David B. Nichols

S. Irons & triced up

13 Jul

Disrespect to PO

Sea Hy Johnson

D. Irons

15‑20 Jul

Mutinous conduct

Lds Jas Dougherty

S. Irons & triced up

15‑20 Jul

Sculking & shirking

Lds Wm Wooley

S. Irons & triced up

16‑17 Jul

Disobedience

Ordy Jno Logue

Under sentry's charge

16‑18 Jul

Drunk and dirty

Lds Jno Rutta

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk &  fighting

Ordy Hy Evans

D. Irons & gaggd

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty

CaptTp Jas Tolen

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty

Sea Jno Irwin

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty

CaptTp Thos Holland

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Danl Flynn

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty; struck sentry

Ordy Hy Johnson

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Hy Mechan

D. Irons

17‑18 Jul

Fighting

Lds Benj Dutton

D. Irons

18‑20 Jul

AWOL

Ordy Owen Duffy

D. Irons

18‑20 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Andrew Cox

D. Irons

18‑20 Jul

Drunk on duty

Lds Jas Lee

Grog stopped

18‑20 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Jno Bartlett

Grog stopped

18‑20 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Ernest Lang

Grog stopped

18‑20 Jul

Drunk on duty

Ordy Wm Williams

D. Irons

18‑19 Jul

Leaving boat

Ordy Wm Young

D. Irons

18‑19 Jul

Leaving boat

Lds Michl Holland

S. Irons & triced up

19‑20 Jul

Refused order

Lds Chas Sheppheard

S. Irons & triced up

19‑20 Jul

Disobedience

Ordy Wm Bradt

D. Irons

18‑20 Jul

Drunk & threatening Cpl

Ordy Josp Fowler

D. Irons & triced up

20 Jul

Insolent to Mr. Johnson

SCpl Slater West

Prisoner at large

20‑23 Jul

Disobedience of  doctor

Ordy Jas Dolan

D. Irons & triced up

21‑23 Jul

Refusing duty

Lds Hy F. Seaman

D. Irons & triced up

21‑23 Jul

Refusing duty

B Wm Wilson

S. Irons & triced up

24‑28 Jul

Kicking Schoolmaster Jno Coffin

Pvt Augs Herford

S. Irons & triced up

24‑28 Jul

Neglect of duty

Ordy Richd Bull

S. Irons & triced up

26 Jul‑3 Aug

Cutting bread bag

Ordy Geo H. Blodgett

S. Irons & triced up

27‑28 Jul

Sculking

Sea Chas Smith

 S. Irons & triced up

27‑28 Jul

Sculking

Ordy Thos Eldridge

S. Irons & triced up

27 Jul

Giving a prisoner tobacco

Sea Jno Irwin

S. Irons & triced up

27‑28 Jul

Disobedience

Lds Chas DeGroot

Irons & triced up

28‑29 Jul

Sculking

Ordy Jno Crump

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Jul

Sculking

Lds Josp Brown

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Jul

Sculking

Sea Jas Cummings

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Jul

Threatening SCpl

Sea Jno Warton

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Jul

Sculking

B Danl Hare

S. Irons & triced up

30‑31 Jul

Insubordinate

Ordy Geo H. Blodgett

S. Irons & triced up

31 Jul

Neglect of duty

Pvt Nichs Dooley

S. Irons & triced up

31 Jul

Refusing orders

Pvt Alfd Weldon

S. Irons & triced up

1‑2 Aug

Sculking

Pvt Josp Downes

S. Irons & triced up

1 Aug

Sculking

Sea Alex. Nisbett

S. Irons & triced up; on B&W

1 Aug

Refusing orders

Lds Michl Logue

S. Irons  & triced up

2 Aug

Missing muster 

Ordy Hy Mechan

S. Irons & triced up

3‑5 Aug

Threatening sentry

Lds Hy A. Smith

S. Irons & triced up

4 Aug

Cursing Cpl

Lds Joachim Martin

S. Irons & triced up

4 Aug

Neglect of duty

Ordy Wm Young

S. Irons & triced up

4‑6 Aug

Refusing order

Ordy Hy Mechan

S. Irons & triced up

4‑6 Aug

Refusing order

B Thos Noble

S. Irons & triced up

4‑6 Aug

Abusive language

Sea Wm Johnson

D. Irons & triced up

5‑18 Aug

Leaving boat; riotous conduct

Ordy Wm Murphy

D. Irons

5‑18 Aug

Ditto

Ordy Wm Rose

D. Irons

5‑18 Aug

Ditto

 Sea Hy Hines

D. Irons

5‑18 Aug

Ditto

Sea Jno Burke #1

D. Irons

5‑18 Aug

Ditto

Lds Hy Grey

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Leaving boat

Lds Jno White #2

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Lds Hy Singleton

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Lds Hy A. Smith

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Ordy Michl Gonzalus

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Lds Kneeland A. Trull

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Ordy Thos Jones #1

D. Irons

5‑6 Aug

Ditto

Pvt Geo Paris

S. Irons & triced up

5 Aug

Abusive language

Lds Bill Rilling

S. Irons & triced up

5‑6 Aug

Abusive language

Lds Jno F. Gardner

S. Irons & triced up

5‑6 Aug

Fighting

Lds Luis Rutta

S. Irons & triced up

5‑6 Aug

Fighting

Ordy Jno Herman

D. Irons

6‑7 Aug

Taking berth deck light w/o permission

Pvt Jno Hughes

S. Irons & triced up

7 Aug

Disobedience

Pvt Hy Byrnes

S. Irons & triced up

7 Aug

Disobedience

Pvt Jno Collings

S. Irons & triced up

7 Aug

Disobedience

Ordy Chas Splane

S. Irons & triced up

7‑8 Aug

Neglect of duty

Pvt Josp Downes

S. Irons

9‑11 Aug

Threatening sentry

B Jas Miller

S. Irons & triced up

9‑12 Aug

Disobedience

Ordy Danl Flynn

S. Irons & triced up

11‑12 Aug

Assaulting Cpl

B Jno Livingston

S. Irons & triced up

11‑12 Aug

Disobedience

Lds Jas Dougherty

S. Irons & triced up

12‑16 Aug

Prowling the deck

Lds Jno Rutta

S. Irons & triced up

13‑16 Aug

Abusing sentry

Lds Chas Kiffer

S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Aug

Missing muster

Ordy Danl Flynn

S. Irons & triced up

16‑18 Aug

Abusing sentry

Ordy Jno Herman

S. Irons & triced up

16‑18 Aug

Brandishing his knife

Pvt Jno Coffin

Under sentry's charge

18‑22 Aug

Disorderly conduct

B Wm Wilson

S. Irons & triced up

18‑25 Aug

Insolent to BMt

Lds Bill Rilling

S. Irons & triced up

23‑27 Aug

Theaft

Sea Wm Coffee

S. Irons & triced up

23‑24 Aug

Insolence

B Wm Wooley

S. Irons & triced up

23‑24 Aug

Insubordinate

Sea Geo H. Davis

S. Irons & triced up

26‑29 Aug

Theaft

B Wm Sinclair

S. Irons & triced up

27‑28 Aug

Refusing duty

Lds Jas Brown

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Aug

Theaft

Lds Joachin Martines

Under sentry's charge

30 Aug

Drunk

Sgt Michl McCluskey

Under sentry's charge

31 Aug

Drunk on duty

 Pvt Hy Byrnes

Under sentry's charge

31 Aug

Drunk on duty

B Jas Miller

Under sentry's charge

31 Aug

Drunk on duty

Ordy Danl Flynn

S. Irons & triced up

1‑7 Sep

Disobedience

Lds Jno J. Quinn

S. Irons & triced up

1‑7 Sep

Insolence

Sea Geo H. Davis

D. Irons

3‑7 Sep

Striking a boy

Lds Luis Rutto

S. Irons

3‑4 Sep

Interfering with sentry

Ordy Wm Shields

S. Irons & triced up

6‑7 Sep

Insolence

Lds Jno Smith #1

S. Irons & triced up

6‑7 Sep

Fighting

Lds Jno Logger [?]

S. Irons & triced up

6‑7 Sep

Fighting

Lds Jas Daugherty

S. Irons & triced up

7‑9 Sep

Fighting

Pvt Augs G. Herford

D. Irons & triced up

8‑11 Sep

Insolence

Ordy Thos Hare

S. Irons

10‑13 Sep

Fighting

B Andrew Hennessey

S. Irons & triced up

14‑16 Sep

Fighting

B Jas Miller

S. Irons & triced up

14-16 Sep

Fighting

Ordy Adolphus Drias

S. Irons & triced up

14‑16 Sep

Disobedience

QrMr Geo Hare

D. Irons

14 Sep

Awaiting court martial for drunk & noisy

Sea Hamlet Lancaster

 D. Irons

14 Sep

Ditto

Sea Jas Fowler

D. Irons

14‑16 Sep

Noisy drunk

CaptTp Hy Gillespie

D. Irons

14‑26 Sep

Fighting drunk

Lds Richd Jones

D. Irons

15‑16 Sep

Fighting

Sea Edw Griffin

D. Irons

15‑16 Sep

Fighting

Lds Jno Smith

S. Irons & triced up

15‑22 Sep

Disrespect to Mr. Johnson

Lds Wm Wooley

S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Sep

Leaving hammock on deck

B Jno Burke #2

 S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Sep

Ditto

Ordy Martin Murphy

S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Sep

Ditto

Ordy Jno Appleby

D. Irons

17‑19 Sep

Striking OOD

COMOCk Geo Barcray

Sentry's charge

19‑20 Sep

Drunk on duty

B Jno R. Herring

D. Irons

19‑22 Sep

Noisy drunk

Ordy Jno Monehan

D. Irons

 20 Sep

Awaiting court martial for breaking into storerooms for rum

Pvt Alfd Weldon

S. Irons & triced up

20‑22 Sep

Sleeping on post

Sea Geo H. Davis

D. Irons

22 Sep

Awaiting court martial for theft

Sea Jno Brown

S. Irons

22‑23 Sep

Throwing kettle overboard

Lds Jno Smith #1

S. Irons & triced up

23‑26 Sep

Sculking   

B Jno Burke #2

S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Sep

Sculking

Ordy Martin Murphy

S. Irons & triced up

15‑16 Sep

Sculking

Ordy Jno Appleby

D. Irons

17‑19 Sep

Striking OOD

COMOCk Geo Barcray

Sentry's charge

19‑20 Sep

Drunk on duty

B Jno R. Herring

D. Irons

19‑22 Sep

Noisy drunk

Ordy Jno Monehan

D. Iron

20 Sep

Awaiting  court martial for breaking into storerooms for rum

Ordy Jno Applebee

D. Irons

20 Sep

Ditto

Pvt Alfd Weldon

S. Irons & triced up

20‑22 Sep

Sleeping on post

Sea Geo H. Davis

D. Irons

22 Sep

Awaiting court martial for theft

Sea Jno Brown

S. Irons

22‑23 Sep

Threw a kettle overboard

Lds Jno Smith #1

S. Irons & triced up

23‑26 Sep

Sculking insolence

Lds Jacob Dedrick

S. Irons & triced up

23 Sep

Sculking

Pvt Thos Bagwell

S. Irons & triced up

23‑24 Sep

Refusing duty

Ordy Jno Hughes

S. Irons & triced up

26‑27 Sep

Threw another's hammock in water

Lds Traxton Taylor

S. Irons & triced up

26‑27 Sep

Striking  Jno Hughes

B Jno R. Herring

S. Irons & triced up

26‑27 Sep

Bad conduct in school

B Jno Lynch

S. Irons & triced up

27 Sep

Missed muster

Lds Chas Kelly

S. Irons & triced up

27 Sep

Missed muster

Ordy Wm Shields

S. Irons & triced up

27 Sep‑3 Oct

Skylarking on quarterdeck

Lds Hy A. Smith

S. Irons & triced up

27‑29 Sep

Fighting

B David Nicholls

S. Irons & triced up

27‑29 Sep

Striking another

Ordy Jno Hilman

S. Irons & triced up

28‑29 Sep

Striking another

B Jno Livingston

S. Irons & triced up

29‑30 Sep

Skylarking on quarterdeck

Ordy Wm Postel

S. Irons & triced up

29‑30 Sep

Ditto

Lds Jno Williams

D. Irons

29 Sep‑2 Oct

Assault

Lds Jas Brown

D. Irons

30 Sep‑3 Oct

Theft

Ordy Michl Holland

S. Irons & triced up

30 Sep‑1 Oct

Refusing duty

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 5 Nov 1853:

 

Mentions Passed Midshipman G. H. Bier.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 7 Nov 1853:

 

"My instructions from the Navy Department direct me to avoid having recourse to Courts Martial as far as may be possible.

"...the unfortunate position in which the Navy has been placed by the abolition of the former mode of punishment, without providing a substitute, leaves me scanty means of maintaining discipline, without resorting to the power still possessed by a Court Martial."

Forwards the records of several he has been "compelled" to hold.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Nov 1853:

 

Departed Fernando Po on 2 Oct and arrived off the mouth of Gaboon River on the 9th. sailed on the 11th, touched at Sao Tomas I. on the 13th, then headed for the African coast. On 3 Nov captured the American schooner H. N. GAMBRILL "fully equipped for the Slave trade, and on the verge of taking on board her Cargo..." arrived at Sao Paul de Loando on the 10th, where he found MARION.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Nov 1853:

 

Has ordered Lieutenant deCamp to take H. N. GAMBRILL to the US. Requests he be ordered back to CONSTITUTION. [Annotated: "not expedient."]

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 10 Nov 1853 [2nd ltr]:

 

Took H. N. GAMBRILL of New York on the morning of 3 Nov about 60 miles south of the mouth of the Congo River. "Nothing could be more gratifying to my professional pride than to serve with the Constitution for my Flag Ship. Possessing every admirable quality that can commend a vessel to her officers and crew; Swift, Staunch, Strong and very commodious, her past history has endeared her to every American heart, especially the heart of every American Seaman. Were I to listen to the promptings of my own interest, I would be false to those of my government, and I therefore feel compelled to state that she is entirely unfit for the duty on which she is at present employed." Smaller ships would be better; able to control a wider area with the same number of men.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 20 Dec 1853:

 

At Monrovia. Has appointed Passed Midshipman [George] Bier Acting Master in MARION in place of Acting Master [Colville] Terrell, who, in turn, has succeeded Master [D. R.] Lambert in CONSTITUTION. Lambert was invalided home in JOHN ADAMS. Boatswain's Mate Ezra Chamberlain has been appointed Acting Boatswain in CONSTITUTION in place of the invalided Boatswain [Charles] Johnston. Lieutenant [William R.] Gardner has been sent to MARION as Executive Officer; Lieutenants [Samuel] Larkin and [Albert G.] Clary have been ordered to CONSTITUTION per their requests; and Lieutenant [Mayo C.] Watkins to MARION, together with Midshipman [Charles H.] Cushman.

Aknowledges receipt of orders to send home the remains of Captain's Clerk [N. M. C.] Abbott, late of MACEDONIAN, in MARION.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 26 Jan 1854:

 

Arrived at Porto Praya on 6 Jan to find store ship PALMETTO. Sailed on the 19th for Sal I. to assist the whaler SYLPH of Fairhaven, which had wrecked there on the 10th. Arriving on the 22nd, took aboard 21 survivors, and brought them to Porto Grande.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Apr 1854:

 

Arrived at Funchal on 1 Apr to rest the crew and maintain health. It will be first liberty of cruise. Reports having appointed E. Cobb as his clerk, replacing the ailing B. F. Waters, who returned home in the store ship REPUBLIC.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 17 May 1854:

 

Sailed from Funchal on 2 May, the funds he was awaiting having arrived, and made Teneriffe on the 4th. Sailed on the 5th, arriving at the Grand Canary on the 6th. Sailed again on the 9th and arrived at Porto Grande on the 14th.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 3 Jun 1854:

 

Notes that CONSTITUTION was sent out with no new sails, and her best suit "half worn." If she is to remain into the next winter, she needs a fore topsail, a main topsail, a fore course, a main course, fore and main topgallants, a "main trysail," and a fore topmast staysail.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 24 Jul 1854:

 

Left Monrovia on 12 Jul and arrived at Cape Palmas on the 16th. Finding the Grahway and Half Cavally tribes on the verge of war, induced the chiefs to come aboard and work out their differences, which they did successfully. Arrived at Accra "yesterday."

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Aug 1854:

 

At Prince's I. The King of Lagos visited the ship on 31 Jul while at Lagos.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 9 Oct 1854:

 

Forwards with "hearty concurrence" a request from the officers of the ship that Boatswain's Mate Thomas C. Berry be appointed a Boatswain. Suggests the appointment be made retroactive to 29 Sep 1854, the date on which Berry (from Maine) leapt overboard and saved the life of injured Ordy James Lee, very nearly succumbing himself in the effort. [Done.]

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 31 Oct 1854:

 

Mentions Master's Mate John Collins.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Apr 1855:

 

Departed the Cape Verde Is. on 1 Apr, having previously transferred Lieutenant C. S. McDonough and Midshipman E. E. Potter to MARION.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Apr 1855 [2nd ltr]:

 

On the 23rd, when 400 miles from Portsmouth, NH, learned from a passing American ship that the US was sending warships to Cuba. Believing that the Department wanted maximum force near Havana, decided to head there.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 27 Apr 1855 [3rd ltr]:

 

Intends to send his secretary, Llewellyn Boyle, to the US in the first ship encountered going there.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 16 May 1855:

 

Reports "just anchored" at Havana. After watering, will sail for Key West seeking Commodore McCauley. Further action to be dictated by his desires.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 23 May 1855:

 

At Key West. Saw McCauley at Havana and transferred 13 men to SAN JACINTO. Is taking aboard invalids from JAMESTOWN, then will sail for Portsmouth.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1855 (telegram):

 

Reports arrival at Portsmouth, NH.

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 2 Jun 1855 [2nd ltr]:

 

Notes that he placed in irons for one day a number of men who protested his diversion from the homeward track by claiming to be sick. Ten of these he later transferred to SAN JACINTO in order to punish them by 'protracting' their service. Request that the remainder of this group not be discharged with the rest of the crew, but be required to serve out the 8‑12 months remaining on their enlistments.

 

[Enclosure]

 

List of protesters:

 

Chas Smith

 Jno Green

Charles Finley

Henry Jones

Wm Rose

Frs Dolen [sic]

Wm Conner

Orrin King

Chas Lacy

Wm M Albion

James Carroll

Stewart Goff

Robt Jackson

C D Springer

Geo W Collins

W Sinclair (Transfd)

Henry Sanford

Jos Ninnis

Wm King

J O Witham

Thos Jones 2d

Michl Hally

D W Brennan

Chas Keifer

G H Blodgett (Transfd)

Geo Orner (Transfd)

Saml Jones

Jos Dickerson ditto

Wm Ford

Jno Hillman (ditto)

Frs Gorey

Wm Johns

Jno Hines

J L Cuffee Transfd

Geo Geoler

W Dangler

Jno Hutchinson

H S Lang

L A Folsom

J Cronan (Transfd)

Chas DeGroot (Transfd)

Walter Gurna

Wm Treadt

Michl Callitan Marine

Wm Van Alse

Thos Bartly ditto

J Hamilton (Transfd)

Hy Byrnesditto

T Brown (ditto)

Alfred Weldon ditto

 

From Commodore Isaac Mayo, USS CONSTITUTION, 4 Jun 1855:

 

Forwards copies of letters to each of the Midshipmen in the ship:

Midshipman Wm L. Bradford, his aid, has been in the ship since June 1853. Warmly recommended to examiners.

Midshipman Aeneas Armstrong also has been aboard since June 1853, and is likewise warmly recommended.

Midshipman Wm H. Dana, aboard since November 1852, is warmly recommended.

 

Roll 107 (Supplemental) (January 4, 1853 ‑ June 1, 1855)

 

Agreement between the Barbo and Half Cavally tribes, 6 Sep 1853:

 

"Commodore Mayo being desirous of concluding a peace between the Half Cavally and Barbo people, present the following officers, Commodore Isaac Mayo, Commander in Chief, Commander John Rudd, Lieutenants Jno De Camp, Benj F. Dove, C. R. P. Rodgers, Flag [Lieutenant] Llewellyn Boyle, Secretary.

Jim Peter Headman in place of King George the Chief King of the Barbo people, being sent as the Representative of King George.

Joe Wilson, Headman, Representing King Freeman, of Cavally being sent by his said King as his legal Representative.

Bill Williams, or Simby Bala, being of Cape Palmas, as Spectator, Tom Peter, as spectator, and Ben Coffee (Nar Wee), interpreter and commissioner to act between the two parties.

"On the 4th inst: anchored off Cavally River, sent a boat with Lieut Rodgers to communicate with the King of the Cavally River tribe, who expressed his willingness for peace, and to be guided by the Commodore, at the same time an officer was sent with Ben Coffee, head Krooman, of this ship, to communicate with the Barbo people, on the left bank of the River, the two tribes being at War.

"Ben Coffee on his return reported that the Barbo people refused the Commodore's 'Dash,' or present, stating that they would not make peace until the Cavally river people abandoned the territory, which they now occupy, they refused all further communication with the Commodore and threatened to shoot Ben Coffee, until he left their shore. The Cavally people being allies with the Colonists at Cape Palma and within their territory, the Commander in Chief felt it his duty to urge upon the Barbo people the necessity of making peace.

"The interruption of trade upon the coast was most injurious to the Colonists; On the morning of the 5th, the Commander in Chief fitted out five armed boats from the 'Constitution' and approached the Barbo Coast, with a 'Flag of Truce' at the Fore on board the Constitution.

"Ben Coffee was again sent on shore with a White Flag to know if the Barboes were willing to treat with the Cavally people in [?] of making a treaty of Peace. The Barboes replied to Ben Coffee that they had said every thing to him on yesterday. Ben Coffee returned and stated that the Barboes were armed and ready for War.

"A General Order was given to Captain Rudd, not to fire unless ordered or fired from the shore, a further order, was given Capt Rudd to commence firing Signal Rockets over the town, by way of intimidating the inhabitants and brining [sic] them to terms, or failing Lieut De Camp was ordered to fire over the "town" with his 12 pounder, 24 shot fired, when the Barbo people hoisted a 'Flag of Truce' on the beach, when the firing ceased, Ben Coffee, the interpreter, was again sent on shore, on his return, stated that he had seen the old King George, and 'Jim Peter,' who is now present. The King stated that he begged pardon, for what had been done, and wished 'Peace' all around. Ben Coffee further stated that the Barbo people proposed that the Commo, should come on shore the following morning, and in the Commo's presence they would arrange the terms of the 'Peace,' they further requested Ben Coffee to come on shore and receive a 'Dash' for the Commo, as confiming the Peace.

"All parties dined in the Cabin, and after receiving presents from the Commo, departed in company for the shore, highly pleased.

"Witnesses

 I. Mayo|Commander in Chief

John Rudd|Commander

Jno De Camp|Lieutenant

Benj M. Dove|do

C. R. P. Rodgers|do

Llewellyn Boyle|Secretary

 

"Done on board the U. S. Ship Constitution, on the 6th day of Sept 1853. (Signed) Llewellyn Boyle

Secretary &c

"True Copy

Edward Cobb

Commodores Clerk

African Squadron"

 

The Captain's Clerk
1989, TGM