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For the Monthly Magazine.
An iccoi'ST of lie Sufferings of the
tvritrA were taken tVy Two Spanish
one of his Catholic Majesty's subjects; they were then asked Co describe the manner in which oaths are administered in their own country; which havingdoner they were requested to lav their.. hiiiid'T upon the Bible and administer thq oaths
[The world knows little of the extraordinary expedition of Gener.il Miranda, to rhe Spanish Alain, in 1806 , but it will be re, numbered that he a/rived in the Gulf of. Mexico with an armed Brig, and two Schooners, and that in a rencontre with two Goarda-Coitai, the Schooners were both taken. We are now enabled to by t our readers, the particulars pf the treatment their crews met with from the Spaniards. The trials tend also to throw aTOie light on the expedition itself.]
►XVW.-UtDS the end of June, the
J. Lieuieriont-tJovernor of Caraccas,
upanied by four assistant officers or
titer with an interpreter for
officer, arrired at Porto Cavello,
*«r the purpose of raking the examina
in «liicb they had been accustomed toswear.
The five prisoners wore thus distributed, one to each judge, seated at his respective desk1;- ail heme in one room, mid some little-distance from each other. 'In the middle of the floor, lav a Hhiiiber of arms, and instruments of war, "such, as guns, ritles,. axes, pistols, pikcs,sword«, and shovels; also, Miranda's colours, uniform clothes, and a number of his proclamations ; all which wore taken from on board of the schooners.
'lite judges commenced their examination by their interpreters, who put the questions in Knglisb, and gave the answers to the judges'; they continued to examine them for the space of four pr live hours, when they ware returned to
n of the" prisoners. Thev assembled t',e.P"»°n »»d fire others brought up in ■ the gnnrd-liouse, within the walls of "^T places. In this manner the exa
Castle St. Philip, in a large room fitted if lor that purpose; in this room were fl»ctd five separate benches with desks; »t one or which was se-.ited the lieuteB»tn>(toveruor, «itli an interpreter; at er four, each of the other judges, ctrr also, try appeal mice of the place,i w i|i the undignified looks of the could scarcely induce the pnelic-vc, that this was rhe tri: which they were to be tried lives. Nor were they a little eii they ascertained by the owrse ecdin*£, that they were
to he corDpt-IIrd to give evidence, under math, against themselves, anil ngmn-t ; and upon if/is testimony to be convicted, ig ready to proceed, the prisoners to be brought Tih-v were inf.irim d bited against them, i, »nd of murdering
uiinntioii proceeded for the space of two weeks before it ended. _ The following were the general questions and answers, put to one of the prisoners, who litis since-regained bis liberty.' •
kj- How old are you?
A. About twenty-two yens.
Q Where was you born, and where d» your parent* reside f
A. 1 was born in the state of Massachusettsmy pan-nts reside in New York.
Q,. Why did you leave New-York?
A. To seek my fortune.
Q. Who engaged you. to goon boi»d of the Leamlrr}
A. Colonel Armstrong.
y. Where was you engaged to ro?
A. To J.wmel, -tmi from thctc to other pi ices, not tli.eloitd to me at the time'of tte engagement.
0. Did you know that you was coming here?
A. No. Porto Cavtllvi was not rnrntioned.
y. Did Miranda also en|(age JO" to go on board of the Le»ndei>
fi A. TatU
A. I did not know there wis such a person until the Leander had left the port of NewYorlc.
Q. In what rapacity did you enter on board of the LcJnder? • A. As a printer.
Q. How came you to change that capacity, and accept of a military commission under Miranda'
A. From motives of personal convenience. Q. Was ynu not a lieutenant in a rifle regiment, under Miranda, as mentioned in thlo paper, (dewing biin a Hit of officers com. missiened by Miranda, and ivbicb wus Jouttd in lie poitcsiicn of one of the officers.)
A. Yes, but did not know then that I was coming to this place.
•2- At what place did _\ou stop on jour voyage?
A. At St. Domingo, and the Island of Aruba.
Q. Did you not go on shore at Aruba in uniform, in company with other officers, and did you not manoeuvre there for the purpose of making an attack upon the Main?
A. We manoeuvred there, for the purpose of making an attack upon some place, which Miranda had in view; but what place, many of his men did not know.
Q. Did you not come to the Main for the purpose of assisting Miranda in fighing against this government* and in revolutionizing the country?
A. It was represented by Miranda, that no fighting would be necessary to effect the object, (whatever it was) he had in view.
Q. What was the real object of Miranda, in coming to the Main •
A. I do not know; but understood it was
to better the condition of the Snanish people.
Q. Do you know tire names of any
persons here, who were expected would join
A I do not.
f^> Were there any private signals made to you from the shore, by any persons residing Jtrere?
A. I saw none.
4>. Was the Leander hoarded on her voyage by any English vessel? A. Yes, the Cleopatra. JJ. Was there any private conversation between the commander and Miranda?'
A. Yes, but what the purport of it was I do not know.
Q. Did Miranda go on board of her and stay several nours >
A. Hc-di I, he stopped one night on board. <l- Was the Leander armed, and loaded witri armi and war-like stores? A. Yes.
Q. Huw many stand of arms had she on board?'
A. About twelve hundred.
g. iJ d you oat erect a printing prrts.it
Jicmel, and pritir a number of proclamations,
and >< not this one of them' (-tnvtig Urn
H,t (/' tbt JritUmMitnt, in tit Ufaniib Un
A. Yes, and this may be one of them, but I did not know the purport of it, as I am rgnorarrt of the Spanish language,
il Do you know what that word means? (pointing to the -.cord, Madrid.)
A. It means, 1 presume, the cpital-of Old Spain.
J). Is that aH you know of it here T
Q. Do you know those articles? (fo'nttng to the viar-hlu inilruwcnti t?i*g ubtn the
A. I have scon the like before, perhaps the same.
Q. Did not those persons who went onshore, go there tor the purpose of distributing these proclamations?
A. No, they wctrt for amusement.
Q. Is not that your regimental coat?
A. 1 do not know ; ic may be the coat that I was obliged to wear.
<J. Did jou understand that Miranda fitted out his expedition by che consent of your government .*
A. N", he kept his object and operations concealed from trie public. It was a private undertaking of his own.
x>. Were not the principal persons who embarked in Mirandr's expedition, bankrupts and broken merchants?
A. I was not acquainted with their circumstances ; there might tic some ot this description.
A number of other questions were put, turd answered, hut hting of a trilling Imituie, comparatively bpcukiug, are not here inserted.
Alter tlrey hnd finished exuiuiiriiig tire prisoner, Ire was then tolil liy Ins judge, that if (le would relate entry thing he knew relating to the expedition, the? names ul those who were concerned in it, and those that were expected wotil.I join Miranda, Ins rluiina should he taken oil', and he set at Iihcrty, and sent home to America. To which he nnswcrtd, that he had disclosed all he knew ol'consecruencCj or particularly recollected.
The following were questions put to another prisoner, who Iras also elTccteil his return home.
Q. What religion are you of?
A. The presbytcrian persuasion.
Q. Where was you born and brought up?
A. In New-York.
t>. Who engaged you to emrnrk in Miranda's expedition?
A. One John Fink, of New York, butcher.
Q Did you know Miranda, in New-York * A. No, I did nut know him until I was sit trays at sea.
y. Where was you engaged to (to?
A. I wns engaged to go, in the fir.t ptacp,
to Alexandria, where I was to land, frum
thence I was to march to- Washington, where
1 was to be equipped with a hone, .sarKlle,
n 1 bridlsj uud in company with ulher per