James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Jones, [18–20 May] 1813

From William Jones

[18–20 May 1813]

Extract from a letter of Capt. Sinclair dated Norfolk. May 16. 1813.

I was yesterday evening at the Capes—where there were 4–74s. 5 Frigates—1 Ship, apparently a merchantman—2 Brigs of War—and armed Schooners, making in all 22 Sail. They are moored, forming a line up the Bay Channel and also a line across the Channel to Hampton Roads—just at the tail of the Horse shoe. These are the Squadron which have come down the Bay—four deserters who came from them two nights ago, inform us that there are two Frigates and some small Vessels yet up the Chesapeake.

The foregoing was received by this mornings mail.


RC (DLC). Undated; conjectural date assigned on the basis of the 17 May postmark of Sinclair’s letter and Jones’s response to Sinclair’s 14 May letter by 18 May (DNA: RG 45, Letters from Commanders). In a clerk’s hand, except for the last sentence and signature, which are in Jones’s hand. Docketed by JM.

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