23rd – Very pleasant day, went to Town, din’d at S. Steretts & afterwards exercis’d my Men in Riding School. Being order’d to Washington on Duty intend setting off early tomorrow
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, August 23, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
These 24 hours commences with fresh Gales, and thick rainy Weather. At 4 PM more clear could not see anything of the Brigs. At 8 PM let one reef out of the Foretopsail, and set the Main topsail.
Middle and latter part, fresh Breezes and clear Weather, accompanied with light Squalls. Watch employed, getting things to rights.
From the Schooner Mammoth Logs, 1814. MS 3082, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society.