8.20.2014

Letter from Joshua Barney to Sec. of Navy Jones

August 20, 1814
CAPTAIN JOSHUA BARNEY, FLOTILLA SERVICE, TO SECRETARY OF THE NAVY JONES
Nottingham 20th August 1814 —7AM
Sir
I received, yours of yesterday 2 PM at 9 PM and would have dispatched an express Immediately to you, but it was out of my power to obtain a horse, such is our situation;
The Enemy (14 sail of square rigged) got up to Benedict yesterday about Noon, and began to land troops, they continued at it until dark, when my officer returned.
No doubt their object is Washington, and perhaps the flotilla.
The distance here is twenty miles and a fine road—and 25 to Washington,— it is 40 miles from Benedict to Washington the road not good, so that I think it probable they will come this way, unless they mean a push at the City, before you can be prepared to meet them.
I shall be on the Alert, and do whatever is in my power, if you think it best, I can move up to Queen Ann leave the flotilla with a few men & march over to your Assistance; — not the least appearance in this Quarter of Resistance nor can I procure, horses, or anything else to keep you informed of our situation if I had two or three Volunteers from the City it would be a desirable thing.
With respect I am your Obt. Servant
Joshua Barney

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