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The accounts of the Agency for the four months ending on the 31st inst. may be expected by the schooner “Susan,” of and for Baltimore, to sail early in January. The actual state of the slave trade on this coast will, perhaps, be best learnt by the Department from the report of Capt. Nicholson, of the “Ontario,” who remained several days at the centre of intelligence oa this subject, Sierra Leone. On this part of ihe coast it is certainly reviving. The vessels engaged in it carry, a few, the French, but most the Spanish ing Most of the adventurers are also Spaniards, many are French, and not a lew natives of the United States. In one instance, the United States' flag has been used to protect a slaving schooner, whose name, place of outfit, and master, I have not been able satisfactorily to ascertain.
J. ASHMUN. The Hon. SAMUEL L. SOUTHARD,
Secretary of the Navy,
SCHEDULE of United States' property attached to the Agency for recaptured Africans, Cape Mesurado, and not of a convertible nature. Denomination and description.
Sept. 1, 1827 1. Large Agency House. --Frame, yellow pine. Brought to
Africa in 1823. Surrounded with a double piazza 12 feet deep; of which the upper story is now finishing with Venetian work of excellent workmanship and materials. Kitchen attached. The principal dimensions are 64 feet long, 40 wide -stories 11 and 9 feet. Will be finished about the first of January, 1828; and, when complete, valued at
7,500 00 2. Granary and Storehouse. - This is a small building, of
which the uses to which it has hitherto been applied are described by its name: designed to become a storehouse to the new Agency house, near which it stands. It is two stories the lower mason-work, roof hipped, panel doors, and the whole building painted. Value
500 00 3. Old Warehouse.- Consists of one ground story, and a ca
pacious loft; has a slight frame, secured in every part by a filling in of lo2s; clap-boarded, and covered with country shingles. Dimensions, 40 feet by 16 feet. Built in 1826. Estimated value
500 00 4. New Warehouse, Monrovia.—This is a completely finished
and secure warehouse and store, of two stories the lower is strengthened with a filling in of timbers; the upper constructed of a frame brought from the United States. One
side of the roof painted. Built in 1826 and 1827. Value 1,800 00 5. Magazine. -Stone work, plastered on the outside. The
roof, inside, vaulted with mason work, and covered above with a shingled roof. Its strength is what is technically called bomb-proof. Estimated value
6. Crown Hill Fortification.-Commenced only. The foun
dation is laid for a hexagonal tower of two pla forms, each to mount four guns. Its foundation walls are rive feet thick; intended for the defence of the eastern extension of the settlement of Monrovia, where it stands. Value of foundation and
materials collected 7. Centrul Fort, formerly Fort Stockton. —This work, build
ing, in part, of the materials of Fort Stockton, which was demolished, in 1826, for the purpose, is in the form of a triangular battery; of which the angles consist of three pentagonal two-story towers, in each of which are ten port-holes; and these towers joined together by walls 10 feet high, two thick, and each 60 feet in length, pierced with 15 port-holes. The work may mount any number of guns, from 6 to 13: 6 heavy and 6 light pieces are its medial complement. The towers of-this work, erected in 1826, ’7, are the only part yet accomplished. It defends nearly the whole present set
tlement of Monrovia, and the mouth of the river. Present value 8. Fort Norris Buttery.-Erected on the height of Thompson
town for the protection of ihe outer roadstead. It stands near the summit of Cape Mesurado, on a shelf strengthened and levelled by means of an expensive and impenetrable bed and abutment of the heaviest stone-work. It has two faces, each of 40 feet, furnished with a platform of four inches thick sawed stuff; is housed and roofed, and provided with four long twelve pounders, iron. Built in 1827. Value, exclu
sive of the armament 9. Ordnance, 21 pieces.-Five long twelves, of which one
needs remounting; two eighteen pound gunnades, well mounted; three nines, one long, one medium, and one carronade, all mounted; six sixes, one carronade, the others mediums, and two need remounting; five smaller medium guns and swivel pieces: of these, one is a brass six pound field piece, mounted on a travelling carriage, and furnished, also, with a revolving carriage to suit either a tower or the deck of a small
vessel. Rammers, &c. nearly complete. Value 10. Central receptacle for recaptured Africans, Stockton
town.--Of this building, the part approaching the river is two stories, and finished with Venetian blinds, and in the best style. Intended for the superintendent's residence. The whole consists of American lumber: the length 60 feet, and consists of eight apartments for recaptured Africans, exclusive of the front part described. Built in 1826 and 1827.
Value 11. Range No. 1.-Situated near the central receptacle, has
the forın of L, one and a half story, 14 feet wide, and 72 feet long, built of the best American materials; and contains a store room and five spacious apartments, each of which has a
loft for recaptured Africans, 1827 12. Range No. 2.-Situated opposite to Range No. 1, Stock
ton town. Same dimensions, materials, and construction, except the division of the apartments.
Value the same : buiit 1827
1,000 00 $750 00
13. Two log buildings at Thompson town-Each 36 feet
long, and one and a half story in height; built in 1824-5, of
African materials, 8 rooms 14. Two Schooners.-One finished, but damaged; the other on the stocks. Estimated value of both: one rigged
STATEMENT of the disposition made, and actual situation (September 14th) of the 142 recaptured Africans re
ceived at the Agency for recaptured Africans, Cape Mesurado, from Dr. G. P. Todson, United States' Agent, by the ship “ Norfolk;” in conformity with instructions communicated to J. Ashmun from the United States' Navy Department.
2 years, 4 & 1 years,
James Phillips' do
Instruction in Blacksmithing. do
Housewifery: 12 dollars,
General work. 42 dollars each pair,
do Each 30 dollars,
do 30 dollars,
do in sewing, washing, &c.
General work. 30 dollars,
do Mother's wages go
for child's sup't.
One woman and small child,