27 – Hazy, warm day – Wind S.E. Went to Town, return’d to Dinner, afterwards walk’d to Darley & Mr. Nicols return’d with me to Tea – Mrs. Hollins & Francis rode out & drank Tea – Commenc’d mowing Timothy next to Mrs. Stewarts, a very heavy crop.
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, June 27, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
First part of these 24 hours commenced light winds and clean weather at 4 PM. Exercised the guns… At 7 PM took 2 reefs in Mainsail and 1 in the foresail. Moderate breezes and cloudy. At 11 PM squally with rain. Took in the Mainsail and Jib at 4 AM made sail again. At 3 AM made a sail bearing SE. Made sail in chase, and cleared ship for action. At 8 AM tacked ship, At 11tacked ship. At 12 Boarded the chase, she proved to be the Russian ship Joseph from Boston bound to St. Petersburg in Ballast. And had 29 passengers. Permitted her to proceed.
From the Schooner Mammoth Logs, 1814. MS 3082, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society.