1.16.2015

Letter from Capt. John Clavell to Admiral Cockburn re: maintaining embargo of Chesapeake Bay

January 16, 1815
CAPTAIN JOHN CLAVELL, R.N., TO REAR ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE COCKBURN, R.N.
His Majesty’s Ship Orlando at Georges Island in the Potowmac January 16th 1815
Sir
…I have a Tender up this River Havannah has one up the Rappahannock and Daundess (who is stationed from Point Lookout to Annapolis) has one up the Patuxent, and you may rely Sir that every exertion shall be used by myself and the Ships under my Orders for the Annoyance and Destruction of the Enemy's Trade in the Rivers within the Capes of the Chesapeake, or [nor] do I believe more than two has escaped Capture, both of which was discovered in the night and given chase to by Pandora and Saracen. The former chased one nearly two hundred miles and could not come up with her.
Saracen will sail in three or four days with the Transports and Prizes for Bermuda when I shall be quite at a loss for small vessels…
Everything goes on well at Tangier— Madagascar has not yet joined. I have had no communication with the Enemy except a Flag of Truce from Captain Gordon of the Constellation requesting that four School Boys taken in the Norfolk Packet may be liberated to which I acceded.
(Signed) John Clavell

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