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General Statement of Tonnage Accounts, showing the Increase of


Registered Enrolled Licensed


Tonnage. Tonnage. Tonnage

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To Balance, as appears by General Tons. Tons. Tons. Tone. 95ths Decem, 31. Statement of Tonnage on this day

800,759 63 519,026 44 52,432 41 1,372,218 83 To amount of Tonnage sold to Foreigners, as per Collectors' Returns, for the year 1816 22,932 37 447 34

23.379 71 Amount of Tonnage lost at sea, as

per Collectors' Returns for the year
16,991 59 5,599 82

22,591 5 Amount of Tonnage captured during

the late War, as per Collectors'
Returns for 1816 -
1,663 16 1,430 30

3,093 # Amount of Tonnage condemned as

unseaworthy, as per Collectors'
Returns for 1816 -
5,376 35 1,325 91

6,702 31 To this difference in the registered

and enrolled Tonnage, which, it is
presumed, arises from transfers in
1816, not credited until 1816 68,778 00 4,438 71

73,216 71

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Tons, and 95ths

916,501 20 532,268 67 52,432 41

501,202 33

Note. The increase of the Registered Tonnage for the Year 1816, is shown as follows:

Registered Registered Vessels.


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1,663 16

5,376 35

There were captured during the late

War, per Collectors' Returns for

the year 1816
There were condemned as unsea-

worthy, per Collectors' Returns for
the year 1816

11 8

4 2
The difference in favor of the real
increase of registered tonnage for
1816, is

33 21 29

73 111 | 164 25
The difference in the Registered and Enrolled Tonnage above, brought

The nominal increase appears to be

Tons, 95ths..

15,242 84 62,206 41

73,216 71 4,090 70

77,307 46

Treasury Department,
Register's Office, 14th January, 1818.

Tunnage, from the 31st Dec. 1815, to the 31st Dec. 1816, inclusive,


Registered Enrolled

Licensed Aggregate

Tonnage. Tonnage Tonnage. Tonnage.

Tons. Tons. Tons. 1815.

Tons. 95ths By Balance, per Statement for the Decem. 31.

854,294 74 462,807 22 51,025 77 1,368,127 78

year 1815

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Note.--The increase of Enrolled Tonnage for the year 1816, is

shown as follows:

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The difference in favor of the increased Registered Tonnage, brought over 15,242 84

Ditto ditto Enrolled Tonnage, brought down 60,657 S
Ditto in the Licensed Tonnage, under twenty tons, brought

1,406 59

Tons, 95ths.. 77,307 46 JOSEPH NOURSE,


CAPITULATION of the Spanish Troops at Amelia Island, and Proclamation, &c. of General MacGregor, as Commander-in-Chief of the Spanish-American Forces.*—Fernandina, June, July, 1817.

(1.)-Capitulation of the Island of Amelia.-(Translation.) Fernandina, 29th June, 1817. BRIGADIER-GENERAL MacGregor, Commander-in-Chief of all the Forces, both Naval and Military, destined to effect the Independence of the Floridas, duly authorized by the Constituted Authorities of the Republics of Mexico, Buenos Ayres, New-Granada and Venezuela, offers to Don Francisco Morales, Capitan del Regimiento de Cuba, and Commandant, Civil and Military, of the Island of Amelia, the following Terms:

ART. I. The Commandant, Civil and Military, Don Francisco de Morales, shall forthwith surrender the Garrison of the Island, with all the arms and munitions of War belonging to the King of Spain.

II. All the Officers and Troops of the Garrison shall surrender as Prisoners of War, to be sent to Augustine, or to The Havana, with their private baggage, which shall be respected.

III. The lives and property of all Private Persons, whether Friends or Foes to the System of Independence, shall be sacred and inviolate; and to those who do not choose to join the Standard of Independence, 6 months shall be allowed to sell or otherwise dispose of their property.

IV. The General also offers to the Inhabitants of Amelia, whether Friends or Foes, who have absented themselves on account of the present circumstances, the privilege of returning to their Homes, and enjoying the benefit of the IIIrd Article of this Capitulation; and Passports will be freely granted to all who wish to depart.

The preceding Articles were agreed to between the Commandant, Don Francisco Morales, and the Secretary of General MacGregor.





(2.)-Proclamation of General MacGregor.-(Translation.) Head Quarters, Amelia Island, 30th June, 1817. GREGOR MACGREGOR, Brigadier-General of the Armies of the United Provinces of New-Granada and Venezuela, and General-in

* Referred to as Addenda, to the Message of the President of the United States to Congress, respecting Amelia Island, of 13th January, 1818. See Vol, 1817,-18. Page 762.

Chief of the Armies for the 2 Floridas, commissioned by the Supreme Authorities of Mexico, South America, &c.

Inhabitants of the Island of Amelia,

Your Brethren of Mexico, Buenos Ayres, New-Granada and Venezuela, who are so gloriously engaged in fighting for their Independence, that inestimable gift which Nature has bestowed upon

her Children, and which all civilized Nations have endeavoured to secure by social Compacts,—desirous that all the Sons of Columbia should participate in that imprescriptible right-have confided to me the command of the Land and Naval Forces.

Peaceable Inhabitants of Amelia,

Do not apprehend any danger or oppression from the Troops which are now in possession of your Island, either to your persons, property or religion : however various the climes in which they may have received their birth, they are, nevertheless, your Brethren and Friends. Their first object will be to protect your rights; your property will be held sacred and inviolable; and every thing will be done to promote your real interests, by co-operating with you in carrying into effect the virtuous intentions of our Constituents; thereby becoming the instruments for the commencement of a National emancipation. Unite your Forces with our's, until Spanish America shall be placed by her high destinies in that rank amongst the Nations, which the Most Higb has appointed; a Country by its extent and fertility, offering the most abundant sources of wealth and happiness.

The moment is important. Let it not escape, without having commenced the great work of delivering Columbia from that tyranny which has been exercised in all parts of it, and which, in order to continue its power, has kept the People in the most degrading ignorance, depriving them of the advantages resulting from a free intercourse with other Nations, and of that prosperity which the arts and sciences produce, when under the protection of wholesome Laws; blessings which you will be enabled properly to appreciate, only when you shall have become a free People.

You, who have been badly advised to abandon your Homes, whatever may have been the place of your birth, your political or religious opinions, return without delay, and resume your former occupations. Deprecate the evil counsels which your Enemies may disseminate among you. Listen to the voice of honor,—to the promises of a sincere and disinterested Friend, -and return to the fulfilment of those duties which Nature has imposed upon you.

He who will not swear to maintain that Independence which has been declared, will be allowed 6 months, to settle his affairs, to sell or remove his property without molestation, and to enjoy all the advantages which the Laws grant in such cases.

Friends or Enemies of our present System of Emancipation, whoever you may be; what I say to you is the language of truth; which is the only language becoming a Man of honor; and as such, I swear to adhere religiously to the tenor of this Proclamation. Dated at Head Quarters, Amelia Island, 30th June, 1817.


(3.)- Address of General MacGregor.-(Translation.)

Head Quarters, San Fernandina, 1st July, 1817. GREGOR MACGREGOR, General of Brigade of the Armies of the United Provinces of New-Granada and Venezuela, and General in Chief of the Army destined to both the Floridas, with Commission from the Supreme Governments of Mexico, South-America, &c. Soldiers and Sailors,

The 29th of June will be for ever memorable in the Anuals of the Independence of South America. On that day, a Body of brave Men, animated by a noble zeal for the happiness of mankind, advanced within musket shot of the guns of Fernandina, and awed the Enemy into immediate Capitulation, notwithstanding his very favorable position. This will be an everlasting proof of what the Sons of freedom can achieve, when fighting in a great and glorious Cause, against a Government which has trampled upon all the natural and essential rigbts which descend from God to Man.

In the name of the Independent Governments of South America, which I have the honor to represent, I thank you for this first proof of your ardour and devotion to her Cause; and I trust that, impelled by the same noble principles, you will soon be able to free the whole of the Floridas from tyranny and oppression. Then shall I hope to lead you to the Continent of South America, to gather fresh laurels in freedom's Cause. Your names will be transmitted to the latest posterity, as the first who formed a solid basis for the emancipation of those delightful and productive Regions, now sor the most part groaning under the oppressive hand of Spanish despotism. The Children of South America will re-echo your names in their songs; your heroic deeds will be handed down to succeeding generations, and will cover yourselves and your latest posterity with a never-fading wreath of glory. The path of honor is now open before you. Let those who distinguish themselves look forward with confidence to reward and preferment.

To perpetuate the memory of your valor, I have decreed, and do decree, a badge of honor, to be worn on the left arm of every Individual who assisted or co-operated in the reduction of the Island of Amelia ; it will be of a circular form, of the diameter of 4 inches, and made of red cloth, with the device, "Vencedores de Amelia, 29 de Junio, de 1817,7 y 1," surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak leaves, em. broidered in gold for the Officers, and in yellow silk for the Men. The

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