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N-VAVY DEPATMERT, May 10, 1844.
SIR: The President of the United States having determined to send no
rnminister at present to Mexico, you will consider the order addressed to you
on the 4th instaint-to proceed to New Orleans, as revoked.
On your arrival at Pensacola, you will carry out the instructions previously
addressed to you.
I am, respectfully, yours,
. Y. MASON.
Lieuteant H H. . BELL,
Commanding U. S. Steamer Union, Baltimore.
NAVY DPARTMENTI, May 13, 1844.
SIR : When the United States ship Vandalia, under your command,-shall
be in all respects ready for sea, you will proceed in her to Port au Prince,
in the island of Hayti, to look after our commnerce and the interests of our
citizens, affording to them, should it be necessary, all the protection and
,assistance in your power. If there should be any commercial agent of the
.United States at that place, you can obtain from him information that will
be useful for your guidance.
You will remain at Port au Prince only so long as your presence there
may be needed, of which you will be better able to judge after your arrival,
and then proceed to Pensacola, where you will probably find orders
from Commodore Conner, and carry them into execution. Should you,
however, find no orders at Pensacola from Commodore Conner, you will
repair without delay to Vera Cruz and other places until you shall fall in
with him; after which, you will be governed by his instructions.
Previously to sailing, you will transmit to the department a complete
muster roll of your officers and crew, and a list of officers separately.
Wishing you a pleasant cruise and safe return to your family andfriends,
am, respectfilly, your obedient servant,
J. Y. MASON.
Commaner J;oHN S. CHAUNCEY,
Commanding U. S. Ship Vandalia, Norfolk.
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