Chapter I: The Project

On one of those exciting occasions, during a contest for the Presidency of the
United States, a number of gentlemen met in the city of Baltimore. They were
few in number, and appeared little concerned about the affairs of the general
government. Though men of intelligence, their time and attention appeared to be
5entirely absorbed in an adventure of self interest. They met for the purpose of
completing arrangements for refitting the old ship 'Merchantman,' which then lay
in the harbor near Fell's Point. Colonel Stephen Franks, Major James Armsted,
Captain Richard Paul and Captain George Royer, composed those who represented
the American side—Captain Juan Garcia and Captain Jose Castello, those of Cuban
Here a conversation ensued upon what seemed a point of vital importance
to the company ; it related to the place best suited for the completion of their
arrangements. The Americans insisted on Baltimore as affording the greatest
facilities, and having done more for the encouragement and protection of the
15trade, than any other known place. Whilst the Cubans on the other side, urged their
objections on the ground that the continual increase of liberal principles in the various
political parties, which were fast ushering into existence, made the objection beyond
a controversy. Havana was contended for as a point best suited for adjusting their
arrangements, and that too with many apparent reasons; but for some cause, the
20preference for Baltimore prevailed.
Subsequently to the adjustment of their affairs by the most complete arrangement
for refitting the vessel, Col. Franks took leave of the party for his home in the
distant State of Mississippi.
To Chapter II

Textual Notes

4appeared] 59; seemed 61
8Royer] 59; Rayer 61