9.08.2014

Nantucket, Massachusetts, declares neutrality



As reported in the Maryland Gazette of September 8, 1814

Boston August 27, 1814
NANTUCKET NEUTRAL!

Two gentlemen arrived in town this evening who left Nantucket yesterday morning, and they inform me that the Nimrod sloop of war arrived there off the bar on Monday last with a flag of truce flying, sent her ashore with her commander, bearer of a communication from Com. Hatham to the inhabitants, the purport of which was that he had received instructions from the commander in chief on the American station, to send a flag to Nantucket to state to the inhabitants, that as it had been represented to the admiral they were in a distressed situation, for want of provisions, fuel etc. he had been instructed to inform them, if all public property (by the bye there was none on the island) of every description was given up and inhabitants would agree not to take up arms against the British during the war, that a limited number of small vessels would be allowed to import into the island all kinds of provisions, fuel and other necessaries during the war, but no vessel would be allowed to go fishing after cod, or whale…..
…a town meeting was called…. when a vote was passed agreeing to the proposals made by the admiral and a committee of four gentlemen were appointed to wait on Com. Hatham in Gardner’s bay and conclude the arrangements.

The Nimrod left the bar yesterday morning and conveyed the packet Masia (on board of which were my informants) to Buzzard’s Bay and the Masia arrived at New Bedford yesterday afternoon. During the stay of the Nimrod at Nantucket, the officers frequently went on shore, and were received very friendly which was reciprocated by them.

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