Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rumors of Cessastion of Hostilities, April 1814

Monday, April 10, 1814.
Cessastion of Hostilities.

               Since Friday noon there have been various rumours in this city respecting the probability of an Armistice.  From one source it was stated, that the Secretary of State and Colonel Barclay (the British Commissary general of Prisoners, who resides at Bladensburg, near Washington[1]) have for several days been engaged in negotiating an Armistice, and that the terms had been so far arranged that an Express has been dispatched to the British squadron in Lynhaven Bay.  Another rumour is, that Sir George Prerost, the Governor General of Canada, had proposed, through the angency of General Winder, to suspend the hostile operations which have so grievously afflicted the unoffending inhabitants on both sides of the borders of Canada; and that out Government, though not then prepared, are now ready, to accede to the proposition, and that a Messenger has passed through this city for the purpose of making known to Sir George the humane intentions of our government.


               After the preceding article was in type we received, by the Southern Mail of yesterday, the following:

Georgetown, Columbia, April 9.
The Armistice.

               There was much talk yesterday of an Armistice.  All we could learn upon the subject is this - A land armistice has been proposed by Governor Prevost, or he has given the President to understand that he can have an armistice if he desires it.  It was determined in council to suspend hostilities in Canada only upon conclusion of obtaining, at the same time, a maritime truce.  It is added, that Col. Monroe is authorized to ascertain whether the commander of the fleet on the American station has power to conclude an armistice.                            [Federal Republican.

Alexandria, Virginia, April 9.

               There was a report in Washington yesterday, believed to be entitled to consideration, that an Armistice was on the tabis [sic] and would be speedily concluded.  For ourselves we rather hope for such an event than place implicit reliance on the rumours.  The source from whence we derived our information is, however, entitled to a great degree of credence.[2]

Bostwick House, Bladensburg, Maryland
image from Wikipedia

[1] Colonel Thomas H. Barclay (Tory in the American Revolution; first British consul appointed in New York after the peace of 1783; British agent for prisoners of war in War of 1812) resided at "Bostwick," the oldest surviving structure at Bladensburg. from Wikipedia.

[2] Poulson's American Daily Advertiser.; Date: 04-11-1814; Volume: XLIII; Issue: 11665; Page: [3]; Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Transcribed by John Peter Thompson, April 11th, 2013.

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