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To James Madison from William Jones, 7 September 1813

From William Jones

Navy Department Sept. 7. 1813

Dear Sir

From day to day have I been in expectation of receiving something, at least from the Lakes of Sufficient Importance to communicate to you but my last from Chauncey is of the 20th and from Perry of the 21st. ulto.

It appears by the papers that Com Chauncey must have left Sacketts Harbour again with the addition of his New Schooner last Sunday Week and it is also said that the British fleet are out. It is rumoured here I know not upon what authority that disaffection to a considerable extent had taken place among the Irish troops on Kent Island and that a plan had been laid to seize all the principal officers and bring them off and that it was betrayed by an American Citizen. It is farther said that 8 or 10 of those concerned in the plot have been executed. The sudden movement of the enemy is attributed to this cause but I know not upon what authority.1 With sincere respect & regard I am your Obedt Servt

W Jones

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML).

1After British troops under Rear Admiral George Cockburn took possession of Kent Island on 4 Aug. 1813, Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren’s fleet used the island as a base from which to replenish its provisions and investigate the feasibility of taking Baltimore and Annapolis. According to his own report, Warren ordered the British departure from the island on 22 Aug. because he had determined that the two cities were too well defended to attack successfully (Dudley, Naval War of 1812, 2:382).

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