Guayama USS Natchez visits Guayama Ap 1839
j an officer on board the Natchez, Capt. B. Pace. we are in receipt of a letter dated at Ponce, in Porto Rico, February 18th. 1839. This port had never before been visited by an American man. of - war. The reception of the Natchez , was very flattering. The public authorities came on board, and, from, their hospitable treatment, an impression was made that cannot fail to prove serviceable to American commerce, as well as iroductive of, good to our citizens residing in 'orto Rico. The harbors touched at by the Natchez were Guayama, Ponce, Patillas, Jobos, St. Bartholomew and St. Thomas. - In many of these, this was the first appearance of an American ship of war. While at St. Bartholomew's, the officers and crew of the Natchez succeeded in saving an American vessel, the I. H. Stevens, from shipwreck. She ww on n leeshore, in a perilous situation, and but for the assistance rendered, must have been lost. While on this cruise, the Natchez has extended relief to many American vessels in distress. Her visits to the different ports of the West Indies, where an American ship of war was seen for the first time, will no doubt benefit our commercial interests. The urbanity and courteous deportment of Captain Page and officers, left every where an impression that will prove favorable to American character, and make our Navy popular in those seas. The Natchez was to sail in a lew aays lor st. Jago, Jamaica, sc.,inenc to Pensacola, where her arrival may be satpected aouui me zoiu insi. umcers ana crew were &u well. New Orleans Bulletin.