24th – Rain all last Night & untill 12 O’Clock this day, but did not clear up until six O’Clock when the Wind chang’d to N.W. & blew very hard. Remain’d at Home all day
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, February 24, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
Nevis bearing NNW, distance 6 leagues discovered several sail standing in different directions. Made on out to be a ship standing to the westward; gave chase. At 2 P.M. made the chase out to be a frigate when within one and a half miles of her; tacked ship and stood to the southward, the chase immediately bore after us under a press of sail. At half past 5 the chase hauled her wind to the s and e of seeing a brig come out from under the land of Montserrat, which we perceived her to bring to.
From the journal of the Chasseur, excerpted in Baltimore American, June 2, 1814. Maryland Historical Society.