7 – Clear mild day, Wind South – Went to Town, found Jn. G. Gamble who accompanied me to Dinner with the Directors of the Balt. Ins. Compy at Gadsbys, he returns home tomorrow
From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, February 7, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.
On February 7, 1814, Secretary of the Navy William Jones sent a reply to Master Commandant Spence in Fell’s Point, firmly rejecting his request to recruit in New York to find sailors for the USS Ontario:
Robert T. Spence Esquire
U.S. Navy Baltimore.
February 7th. 1814
I have received your letter of yesterday. The reiteration of your request to recruit in New York is superfluous, you were explicitly informed, that it was inadmissible. The recruiting for the Lake service at New York will require all that can be obtained there. A surgeon will be ordered to the Ontario in a few days.—
I am respectfully your Obedt. Servant