Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domi

Lord Thomas Cochrane

Narrative of Services in the Liberation of

Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination, Volume 2, by Thomas Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald
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Title: Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru and Brazil, from Spanish and Portuguese Domination, Volume 2
Author: Thomas Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald
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NARRATIVE OF SERVICES IN THE LIBERATION OF CHILI, PERU, AND BRAZIL, FROM SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE DOMINATION
by
THOMAS, EARL OF DUNDONALD, G.C.B. Admiral of the Red; Rear-Admiral of the Fleet, etc. etc.
VOL. II
MDCCCLIX

CONTENTS
CHAPTER I.
Brazilian and Portuguese factions--Don Pedro ordered to quit Brazil--Appointed "Perpetual Protector"--Proclaimed Emperor of Brazil--Efforts to obtain foreign officers and seamen--The naval command offered to me--Acceptation thereof--Arrival at Rio de Janeiro--Visit of inspection to the squadron--Condition of the vessels--Inferiority of seamen--Imperial affability--Attempt to evade the terms offered me--This failing, to reduce the value of my pay--Pretended commission conferred--And refused--The point argued--I decline the command--The Prime Minister gives in--Explanatory Portaria--Formal commission--Orders to blockade Bahia--Portuguese faction--Averse to me from the outset.
CHAPTER II.
Attempt to cut off the enemy's ships--Disobedience to orders--Letter to the Prime Minister--Worthlessness of the men--Their treachery--Blockade established--Equipment of fireships--Enemy's supplies cut off--Portuguese untrustworthy--Demonstrations of the enemy--His pretended contempt for us--The enemy returns to port--Their consternation at the fireships--Portuguese contemplate attacking us--Flagship reconnoitres enemy at anchor--Excessive alarm at my nocturnal visit--Proclamation of the Commandant--Consternation in the city--The authorities decide on evacuating Bahia--Instructions to the Brazilian Captains--Warnings addressed to the authorities--Enemy quits Bahia--Readiness for chase--Numbers of the enemy--Capture of the Convoy--Prizes disabled--Attempt of troops to escape--Prizes sent to Pernambuco--Pursuit discontinued--Reasons for going to Maranham--Reasons for not taking more prizes--Advantages to the Empire.
CHAPTER III.
Capture of the Don Miguel--Summons to the authorities--Reasons for threats held out--Proposals for capitulation--Proclamations--Terms granted to Portuguese garrison--Declaration of Independence--Portuguese troops ordered to embark--Symptoms of disobeying the order--Delight of the people on becoming free--Election of a Provisional Government--Letters to the Minister of Marine.
CHAPTER IV.
Captain Grenfell sent to summon Parš€--The Junta demands the prize property--My refusal--Imperial approval of my services--Realisation of prize property--Turi Assu sends in its adhesion--Money captured lent to the Junta--Its return to the squadron expected--Possession taken of Parš€--Insurrection at Parš€--Misconduct of the Maranham Junta--Their persecution of the Portuguese--Steps in consequence--Manifestation of the national delight--The Marquisate conferred on me--Vote of thanks by the Assemblea Geral--My arrival at Rio de Janeiro--Satisfaction with my services--Lady Cochrane joins me.
CHAPTER V.
First effort to curtail the Imperial power--Portuguese intrigue--Dismissal of the Andradas--The Assembly dissolved by force--Exile of the Andradas--Letter to his Imperial Majesty--My advice partly adopted--and causes ministerial enmity towards me--Ratification of my patent--I demand the adjudication of prizes--Letter to the Minister of Marine--Offer of personal advantage to foreign claims--Squadron remained unpaid--I am appointed a Privy Councillor--The prize vessels plundered--Shameful treatment of Captain Grenfell--Troubles in Pernambuco--Hostility of the Prize Tribunal--Condemns me to the restitution of prizes--Forbids making any capture at all.
CHAPTER VI.
Remonstrance against decree of Prize Tribunal--Settlement of prize question by the Emperor--His Ministers refuse to conform to it--Obstacles thrown in the way of equipment--My services limited to the duration of war--My remonstrance on this breach of faith--Ministers refuse to pay the squadron anything--A fresh insult offered to me--Offer to resign the command--My resignation evaded--Letter to the Prime Minister--Letter to the Minister of Marine.
CHAPTER VII.
Ministerial malignity towards me--Dangers in Pernambuco--Portuguese threats--My advice thereon--Failure in Manning the squadron--Plot formed to search the flagship--Timely warning thereon--I demand his Majesty's interference--Which was promptly granted--Protest against prize decisions--My advice sought as regards Pernambuco--Letter to his Imperial Majesty--Pointing out the annoyance practised--And tendering my resignation--The Emperor's intervention--His Ministers neglect to fulfil his engagement--Confirmation of my previous patents--But with an unjustifiable reservation--Prize money devoted to advance of wages--Proofs thereof--Baseless imputations on me--Extracts from log--Further distribution of prize money.
CHAPTER VIII.
Republican Government proclaimed at Pernambuco--Its Concordat--The President Carvalho--Threat of Bombardment--A bribe offered to me and refused--The revolt admitted of palliation--It was fast becoming general--Intimidation ineffectual--The revolutionists expect Foreign aid--Pernambuco taken possession of--- Payment of prize money--The accounts rendered in due course--Orders to put down revolt at Parš€--Character of the revolution--Difficulty in finding proper Governors--Revolt at Cearš€--Steps taken to suppress it--They prove successful--The insurgent leader killed--Measures for preserving tranquillity.
CHAPTER IX.
Arrival at Maranham--Character of disturbances there--I assume the military command--Proclamation commanding surrender of arms--Condition of the people--Corruption of the authorities--Murderous propensities--Difficulty in detecting assassins--Letter to Minister of Marine--Pacification of Parahyba--Doubts as to the President's sincerity--He establishes secret agencies--Extraordinary memorials--Public complaints of the President--Bruce endeavours to intercept them--My
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