27 – Cloudy day – Went to Town. Mrs. T. and all the Children went to Dine at Mr. Wirgmans where I join’d them & return’d home early, commenc’d raining at 4 O’Clock
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, October 27, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
First part light wind, and clear. The ship in full chase of us. At 2 PM tacked ship to the Eastward, at 6 she gave up the chase and kept away. At Midnight light airs. Sounded no bottom—at 2 AM saw the ship again close to us, made all sail & out all sweeps, at 5 AM she fired a gun. At Daylight found we out sailed her. At 8 took in the sweeps and cleared the decks. At 11 saw a ship bearing west apparently a Frigate. The ship still in chase. The ship was a Sloop of War.
From the Schooner Mammoth Logs, 1814. MS 3082, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society.