21st – Went to Town at day light and escorted with my Men Col Sterett’s Regt. on his way to Washington. Din’d at Home, Mr. Moore with us, afterwards walk’d to Mr. Peters ~ Mr. & Mrs. Wirgman call’d in the morng. & Mr. Nicols & Mr. Alexander in the evening – Wind chang’d last Night to N.W. and weater cool & pleasant today-
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, August 21, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
The first part of these 24 hours commences with moderate Breezes and thick Weather, nothing in sight.
Middle and latter part, moderate breezes and light rains, attended with Squalls. At 9 AM more clear saw a sail. Made sail in chase, at 12 came up with and Boarded the Swedish Gochist Sophia from St. [?] bound to Gottenburg with a cargo of Salt. She had on board the crews of two English Vessels that had been captured by American privateers and put on board. And in consequence she would have to tack at some port in England to land them & get supplies.
From the Schooner Mammoth Logs, 1814. MS 3082, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society.