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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS. For the Monthly Magazine. one of his Catholic Majesty's subjects; the strenge of the they were then asked to describe the
manner in which oaths are administered CREW of TWO SCHOONERS, part of the
in their own country; which having done, SQUADRON of GENERAL MIRANDA, rohich were taken by TWO SPANISII
they were requested to lay their hands
the GUARDA-COSTAS, in June, 1806; writ- upon
upon the Bible and administer the oath, ten by one of the SUFFERERS who made
to themselves, agreeably to the manner
*t in which they had been accustomed to his escape.
ro I The world knows little of the extraordinary The five prisoners were thus distri
expedition of General Miranda, to the buted, one to each judge, seated at his Spanish Main, in 1806; but it will be re.
respective desk, all being in one room, membered that he arrived in the Gulf of
and some little distance from each other, Mexico with an armed Brig, and to Schooners, and that in a rencontre with
In the middle of the floor, lay a HLI two Guarda-Costas, the Schooners were ber of arms, and instruments of war, such both taken. We are now enabled to lay as guns, rifles, axes, pistols, pikes, swords, before our readers, the particulars of the and shovels; also, Miranda's colours, treatment their crews met with from the uniform clothes, and a number of his Spaniards, The trials tend also to throw proclamations; all which were taken from
mnie light on the expedition itself.] on board of the schooners. TOWARDS the end of June, the
The judges commenced their examiLieutenant-Governor of Caraccas,
nation by their interpreters, who put the
questions in Englisls, and gave the ataccompanied by four assistant officers or judges, together with an interpreter for
swers to the judges; they continued to each officer, arrived at Porto Cavello,
examine them for the space of four or
five hours, when they were returned to for the purpose of taking the examination of the prisoners. They assembled
the prison and five others brought up in
their places. In this manner the exain the guard house, within the walls of
mination proceeded for the space of two Castle St. Philip, in a large room fitted up for tliat purpose; in this room were.
weeks before it ended.
The following were the general guese placed five separate beneles with desks;
s tions and answers, put to one of the priat one of which was seated the lieute
soners, who has since regained his lie taverner, with an interpreter; at i or with an interper
b erty the other four, each of the other judges, 0. How old are you? with an interpreter also.
A. About twenty-two years. The ordinary appearance of the place, 0
2. Where was you born, and where de
W together with the undignified looks of the your parents reside? judges, could scarcely induce the pri- A. I was born in the state of Massachusetts; soners to believe, that this was the tri- my parents reside in New York. banal before which they were to be tried . Why did you leave New-York? fue their lives. Nor were they a little A. To seek my fortune. Srprised, when they ascertained by the 2. Who engaged you to go on board of the Course of the proceedings, that they were Leander? to be compelled to give evidence, under A. Colonel Armstrong. math, against themselves, and against
Q. Where was you engaged to go?
A. To Jacmel, and from there to other each other; and upon this testimony
places, not disclosed tu me at the time of the alone they were to be convicted.
engagement. The judges being ready to proceed, Did you know that you was coming un five of the prisoners to be brought here? up in the first place. They were informed. A. No, Porto Cavelly was not mentioned
the charges exhibited against them, Did Miranda also engage you to go on Tit. piracy rebellion, and of murdering board of the Leander?
MONTHLY MAG, No. 109.
A. I did not know there was such a person A. Yes, and this may be one of them, but until the Leander had left the port of New. I did not know the purport of it, as I ain ig.. York.
norant of the Spanish language. . Q. In what capacity did you enter on board Q Do you know what that word means ? of the Leander?
(pointing to be sword, Madrid.) . A. As a printer.
A. Ti means, I presume, the capital of - Q. How came you to change that capacity, Old Spain. and accept of a military commission under Q. Is that all you know of it here? Miranda?
A. Yes, A. From motives of personal convenience. Q. Do you know those articles ? (pointing
Q. Was you not a lieutenant in a rifle to be war-like instruments lying upon ibe regiment, under Miranda, as mentioned in for.) this paper, ( nucwing bim a list of officers.com. A. I have seen the like before, perhaps the missioned by Miranda, and wbicb was found in same. ibe possession of one of the officers.)
Q. Did not those persons who went on A. Yes, but did not know then that I was shore, go there for the purpose of distributing coming to this place.
these proclamations? l. At what place did you stop on your A. No, they went for amusement. voyage?
Q. Is not that your regimental coat ? A. At St. Domingo, and the Island of A. I do not know ; it may be the cout that Aruba.
I was obliged to wear, Q. Did you not go on shore at Aruba in 2. Did jou understand that Miranda fitted uniform, in company with other officers, and out his expedition by the consent of your. did you not mancuvre there for the purpose government? of making an attack upon the Main?
A. No, he kept his object and operations A. We mancuvred there, for the pure concealed from the public. It was a private pose of making an attack upon some place, undertaking of his own. which Miranda had in view; but what place, l. Were not the principal persons who many of his men did not know.
embarked in Mirandi's expedition, bankrupts Q. Did you not come to the Main for the and broken merchants purpose of assisting Miranda in figh ing A . I was not acquain:ed with their ciragainst this government, and in revolution. cumstances; there might be some of this dea izing the country?
scription. A. It was represented by Miranda, that no A number of other questions were put, fighting would be necessary to wtect che ub- and answered, but being of a trifling naject, (whatever it was) he had in view.
luie, comparatively speaking, are not Q. What was the real object of Miranda, bere inserted. in coming to the Main?
Alier they had finished examining the A. I do not know; but understood it was .. to better the condition of the Spanish people.
prisoner, he was iben told by his judge,
! Q. Do you know the names of any
i that it he would relato e cry thing he persons here, who were expected would join
knew relating 19 the expedition, the Miranda?
names of those who were concerned in A. I do not.
it, aud those that were expected would C. Were there any private signals made to join Miranda, liis civains should be taken you from the shore, by any persons residing vil, and he set at liberty, and sent home here?
to America. To which he answered, A. I saw none.
that he had disclosed all he knew of conQ. Was the Leander boarded on her voy. sequence, or particularly recollected. age by any English vessel? A. Yes, the Cleopatra.
The following were questions put to. O. Was there any private conversation another prisoner, who has also etlecied between the commander and Miranda? his return home.
A. Yus, but what the purport of it was I 0. What religion are you of? do not know.
A. The presbyterian persuasion. Q. Di Miranda go on board of her and stay . Where was you born and brought up? several hours?
A. In New-York. A. He-dil, he stopped one night on board. Q. Who engaged you to embork in Mi.
Q. Was the Leander armed, and loaded randa's expedition? with arms and war-like stores ?
A. One John Fink, of New York, buecher. A. Yes.
Q Did you know Miranda, in New York Q. How many stand of arins had she on A. No, I did not know him until I was board?
six days at sea. A. Ahout twelve hundred.
2. Where was you engaged to go ? Q. Did you not erect a printing press at A. I was engaged to go, in the first puice, Jacmel, and print a number of proclamations, to Alexandria, where I was to land, from and is not this one of them ( beving bim thence I was to march to Washington, where wie of be proclamationi, in the Spanish lan. I was to be equipped with a horde, sadulle, (402)
and bridle, and in company with other per