On April 29, 1814, Joshua Barney wrote to William Jones with the news of his departure from Baltimore:
At Anchor, at Mouth of Patapsco 29th April 1814
Yesterday I left Baltimore, with the Scorpion, two gun boats, and twelve Barges, to proceed down the Bay, with a view of “Convoying” the Asp from Potomac. The wind from SSE has detained us. On Monday last I sent down the Look-out boat with the Galley. The Galley has just returned and informs me, that there are two Ships and several smaller vessels of the Enemy in the Potomac; I shall proceed down with a change of wind and be guided by circumstances.
I cannot remain long as we are unable to carry more than twelve days of provisions, The Asp not being with me, nor the lookout boat, and it is impossible to put provisions, other than Salt, onboard the gunboats. They have no hold or place to put Bread, which is very bulky, nor dare I trust Liquors, or small stores among the Crews of Any, but I will do the best I can.
The lookout boat remains below to watch the movements of the Enemy.
I have left Mr. Rutter to superintend the Service in Baltimore, and have Mr. Frazier with me. I am with respect
Your Obedient Servant
Latt 51° 7′ N., Long 12 29 W. Captured Brig Edward, Phillips, Master from Cork to Limerick, Cargo Flaxseed, Steel &c hove the Flaxseed over board, took out the other Articles, and gave Vessel up as a cartel to the Prisoners on board, 28 in number.
From the journal of the Privateer Armed Schooner Lawrence, April 28, 1814. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 3, Number 2, June 1908, p. 171-176.
27 – Fine warm day Wind South Went to Town return’d to Dinner
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, April 27, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
On April 26, 1814, Secretary of the Navy William Jones promoted Acting Master Commandant Joshua Barney to the rank of Captain, writing:
“…Herewith you will receive a commission from the president as Captain in the Flotilla Service of the United States. You will be entitled to seventy five dollars per month and six rations per day, being the pay and subsistence of a Captain in the Navy commanding a ship of 20 and under 32 guns, and governed by the rules and regulations provided for the government of the Navy…”
26 – Very fine day and Hot Wind S. Took all hands to the Meadows to cut and maul Posts & Rails. Mr. & Mrs. Lyde Goodwin paid us a visit. Mr. Amos A. Williams took away his 20 Merino Ewes & 15 Lambs which I have kept for him since 19 Nov. last.
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, April 26, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
Latt 51° 25′, Long 13° 03′ W. Captured the English Brig Ceres, Pollock Master, of 8 guns, 20 men from Buenos Ayres for Liverpool. Cargo, Hides and Horns. Manned her for the US.
From the journal of the Privateer Armed Schooner Lawrence, April 26, 1814. Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 3, Number 2, June 1908, p. 171-176.