From William Jones
April 1st. 1813
If water alone is their object they can get it with facility in the Potowmac without hazard, but I think the greater probability is that being correctly informed of the state of preparation of our ships at New york they may have gone to the Hook and to the East end of the sound in order to watch their movements.1 In the last New york paper it is said a Spaniard spoke a 74 with 7 other ships of the line in company bound for this coast2—if that is the fact those in the chesapeak may have gone to form a junction, with some ulterior object in view and I have uniformly thought that if New York was their object the Chesapeak would be a convenient rendezvous to cover their design. Very respectfully your obdt servt
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.
1. See St. George Tucker to JM, 29 Mar. 1813, and nn. The U.S. frigate United States and brig Argus were refitting at New York in preparation for a spring cruise (Dudley, Naval War of 1812, 2:48, 134, 140).
2. The New-York Gazette & General Advertiser of 27 Mar. 1813 reported this news.