Tuesday, June 11, 2013

War of 1812 - Barney Reports, May 21, 1814

 MARYLAND.                                                                                    BALTIMORE May 21.


            A flag arrived yesterday at 11 A. M. at Annapolis, sent by Admiral Cockburn, with dispatches from Admiral Cochrane at Bermuda, to Mr. Monroe[1]; also letters to Mr. Barclay British agent[2] for prisoners, which have been forwarded to Washington.  My look out boat has returned with the above information - no additional force of the enemy is in our Bay.                  J. BARNEY.[3]

[1] Secretary of State and future President of the United States.

[2] Col. Thomas Barclay was appointed British Consul at New York in 1799. In Nova Scotia he was a member and the speaker of the House of Assembly. During the War of 1812 he was Commissary for the care and exchange of prisoners of war.  As British agent for prisoners in the War of 1812, he resided at "Bostwick," the oldest surviving structure at Bladensburg.

[3] Joshua Barney (6 July 1759 – 1 December 1818) was, born in Baltimore, Maryland, and served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War. He later achieved the rank of commodore in the United States Navy and also served in the War of 1812.  

New-Bedford Mercury.; Date: 06-03-1814; Volume: 7; Issue: 45; Page: [3]; Location: New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Transcribed by John Peter Thompson, June 11th, 2013.

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