Lynhaven 25th. July 1807. 2. OClock
(I believe I dated 25th yesterday by mistake)— Saterday Today.
This morning the Leopard & Melampus are off, in the last 4 Hours. The Triumph remains, but no tenders visible, excepting boats under sail at a distance.—I presume the vollies fired yesterday were by the Militia who were relieved: too much replete with spunk & imprudence. This is, at least, all I can learn on going over to the Cape side of the Havens, last night.
I am this moment returned from the Inlet, & have ordered my boats to weigh immediately. The Whale boat follows the Brittish Force to sea off Cape Charles; explores the Eastern Shore, & returns to me. The other boats move station to be convenient to me on the Eastern Shore of Princess Anne; & I shall Swim one Horse over the Inlet, & perform the Service on both sides myself; keeping up my daily Express, as usual.
I have the honor to be Yrs &c
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.