Thursday, May 16, 2013

Arson at Navy Yard Foreshadows Things to Come - May 1814

Washington, May 14.

               The evening before the last an unsuccessful effort was made by some incendiary to set fire to one of the old frigates lying at the navy yard in this city, and thus, to burn up the new frigate building near to the old one.  The attempt was doubtless that of a British partisan, since it is difficult to conceive a motive on the part of any other person for committing so at[]rocious an act and you well know that the British cabinet employs incendiaries and agents in every quarter of the world, to effect by their plots and intrigues, what it cannot do by an open course of policy, the aggrandizement of England and English commerce, and the depression of other nations in their march to greatness.[1]

[1] Baltimore Patriot & Evening Advertiser.; Date: 05-16-1814; Volume: 3; Issue: 115; Page: [2]; Location: Baltimore, Maryland.
Transcribed by John peter Thompson, May 18th, 2013.

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