Know all men by these presents, that whereas the ship Bethiah Thayer, of Rockland, Me., under my command, was this day captured on the high seas as prize of war by the C.S. steamer of war Alabama, R. Semmes, commander; and whereas I, Thomas M. Cartney, master of said sip as aforesaid, am desirous of ransoming said ship, together with her freight moneys for the present voyage, for the benefit of myself and of the owners thereof, to wit, William McLoon and Horace Williams: Now, therefore, I, Thomas McCartney, master of the said ship as aforesaid, acting for myself and the above-named owners, as I am empowered to do by the laws of nations, for and in consideration of the release of said ship by the captor, the release whereof is hereby acknowledged, do acknowledge myself and the aforesaid owners, to wit, William McLoon and Horace Williams, jointly and severally indebted to the President of the Confederate States of America, and his successor and successors in office, in the sum of $40,000, which said sum of $40,000 well and truly to pay unto the President of the Confederate States of America, his successor and successors in office, within thirty days after the conclusion of the present war between the said Confederate States and the United States, I hereby bind myself and the above-named owners, jointly and severally, and my and their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns. And I do hereby hypothecate the said ship Bethiah Thayer of Rockland, Me.,together with her tackle and apparel, for the payment of this bond.
Done this the 1st of March, in the year of our Lord 1863, at sea, on board the C.S.S. Alabama.
THOMAS MITCHELL CARTNEY [SEAL.]Witness: W.B. SMITH, Commander's Clerk.
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