THE SUSPECTED SLAVERS.
[From the Salem Register, Dec. 16.]
Dr. Rainey, the surgeon of the United States frigate Niagara, gives a list of American vessels on the coast of Africa “suspected of being engaged in the slave trade,” and among them enumerates the brigantine Robert Wing and the brigantine Paulina, verdantly adding: “The Robert Wing is at Sierra Leone. Has on board boxes of money and one of doubloons. The Paulina is supposed to be her consort.”
The Robert Wing is a regular trader, belonging in Boston and commanded by a Salem captain. The boxes of money were undoubtedly the proceeds of her outward cargo. The Paulina is owned by Captain Charles Hoffman, of Salem, known for many years as one of our most extensive and successful merchants in the legitimate African trade. There are undoubtedly slavers on the coast, but there is no good reason for placing these merchantmen under the ban of suspicion.
The notorious yacht Wanderer, which is said to have landed some Africans on the coast of Georgia quite recently, was in the Congo river not many months ago, but she is not mentioned among the “suspected.”