pool bound to Sisal, & from documents found in pos-
session of the Captain found that nearly half her cargo
was Mexican property shipped by a Mexican house
in London and consigned on account and risk of J.G.
Gutieress of Yucatan. From the tenor of these documents
I felt it my duty to order her to Texas to have this Mex-
ican property condemned.
From the Alacans I proceeded down along
the Mexican coast, touching at Sisal, Campeachy, Lagu-
na and the intermediate ports of the coast. On the
morning of the 12th Aug. off Tobasco fell in with and
captured the Mexican Packet Schr Correo from Veracruz from whom I learned that the Mexican Squad-
ron was at Veracruz. Anchored off Chiltipec and landed
all our prisoners. The commandant on shore was polite
and supplied with some water and fruit. From thence
shaped our course to Veracruz but adverse winds delayed
our progress much.
On 17th the Brutus captured the Mexican
Schr Correo formerly the war Schr comd by Capt Thomp-
son—manned her and sent her away. Off Tampico
chased several vessels, some we boarded, some we could
On the morning of the 25th run close into the
Rio Grande—boarded two vessels but they were neutrals
from thence proceeded along to Galveston. 26th came
off the Bar and laid by for the night. 27th at 8 a.m.
I ordered the Brutus into port and take the Correo in with
her—it was done. I remained at anchor outside[.] [N]ear
noon the mast head look-out reported three vessels standing
in[.] [J]udging from their appearance that they were Mexican
I immediately got under weigh [sic] and beat up for them with
all my guns and men prepared for close action—the
cannon well charged with round, grape, cannister and
chain shot. I used every means to bring them to close