And whereas ... the Enemy availing himself of the supplies which have been furnished by means of Neutral Commerce to those Ports ... left open and unrestricted, hath already fitted out numerous vessels of war...for the purpose of prosecuting the war with Great Britain.
I do ... declare ... all the remaining ports, harbors, bays, creeks, rivers, inlets, outlets, islands and sea coast of the said United States ... from Black Point to the...boundaries between the ... United States and the British province of New-Brunswick, to be in a state of strict and rigorous blockade.
Given ... at Bermuda, the 25th day of April, 1814. ALEXANDER COCHRANE.
COMMENT: As the War of 1812 progressed, Great Britain had gradually extended its blockade of the American coastline, and now extended it again to cover the entire coast from Canada to the Mississippi. Until now, however, the coast of New England (which was generally opposed to the war) had been exempted, in part to encourage smuggling and the supplying of British warships operating off that coast.
Under international law (not always respected) naval blockades during a war could only be declared when the nation declaring them had the naval power in the area sufficient to enforce them.
With the defeat of Napoleon, and the freeing up of the entire British navy, it was possible to seal off the entire American coastline. This would, among other things, make possible the British conquest of most of what is now the state of Maine.
Murder in Pennsylvania
Harrisburgh, (Penn.) April 30 ... Mr. Isaac Wells, who kept a store in Front a few doors below Market street, in which he slept, was most inhumanly murdered on Tuesday night last.
He received a stab below the neck ... while in bed, and was afterwards dragged, or by his own exertion, got over the counter — a handkerchief was drawn tight around his neck...to assist in executing the fatal deed.