[from the letterbook of Captain Thomas J. Linnekin]
U.S. Steamer "Currituck"
Dividing Creek Va
January 15 th 1863
I have to report the Capture at 2 O'Clock
the Morning of the Schooner "Hampton" of Baltimore
Capt. Wm. Rowe laden with a quantity of Miscellaneous
Freight too general to enumerate, I send you a supposed
tally of the Cargo, also a large quantity of documents
& money found in the possession of the Prisoners.
The trunk marked R. S. Izard was found in the
Main hold broken open. I forward it to you as
we found it, taking the precaution to seal it up. my
reason in doing so, was owing to the large quantity
of small articles I found in it, also containing as
I am informed by the Surgeon some Valuable Drugs
you will find the hatches of the Schooner also sealed
there a quite a number of small & valuable articles
in the hold.
I beg to refer you to the Cabin Boy Alex.
Webster he can give you considerable information as
to the Cargo &c
I send the Money, amounting to $787.85
& Promissory Notes Amounting $1650 & 41 Dollars in
Charge of the Paymaster Frank Clarke of this Vessel
Your obt Servant
T. J. Linnekin
acting Master Comdg.
Comdg Potomac Flotilla