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January 23, 2014

Peace Negotiations


Secretary of State to Lord Castlereigh. Jan. 5, 1814 ... I am ... instructed to make known to your Lordship ... that the President accedes to his proposition, and will take the measures depending on him for carrying it into effect at Gottenburg, with as little delay as possible ... JAMES MONROE

COMMENT: Thus the American Government reluctantly agreed to direct peace talks with Britain, to be conducted at Gottenburg [Gothenburg] in Sweden. The time—and as it turned out—the place of these negotiations remained to be agreed upon. The terms of that peace were not yet even discussed.

Back To Africa Movement

House of Representatives, Friday, Jan. 7. Mr. Wheaton, of Mass. presented a petition of Paul Cuffee, a free colored man, who states, that from motives of religion and humanity he has been induced to attempt the civilization of the inhabitants of the African continent, and praying permission for a vessel to depart from the United States to Sierra Leone for the purpose of carrying a number of families of free colored people to effect the object of his undertaking. Referred to the committee of Commerce and Manufactures.

COMMENT: Captain Paul Cuffee (1759-1817) was half West African, half Native American, and a devout Quaker by religion, as well as a Sea Captain, a patriot, and an abolitionist. He was instrumental in persuading the State of Massachusetts to grant the vote to free Black males in 1783, and by 1800 was probably the wealthiest non-European in America. He became interested in the British effort, beginning in 1787, to re-settle British Blacks in Sierra Leone in West Africa, and in 1810 traveled there to promote the project for Americans.

Though his efforts were interrupted by the War of 1812, he led a group of 38 Black colonists from America to Sierra Leone in 1815, mostly at his own expense. Back in America, he tried unsuccessfully to get Congress to finance the resettlement of free Blacks in Africa and/or Haiti, and before his death became involved with the American Colonization Society that eventually established the American African colony of Liberia.

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  • NAVY IN SOUTH AMERICA British Perfidy New York, July 15th,1814--letter to Secretary of the Navy Sir--There are some facts relating to our enemy, and although not connected with the action, serve to shew [sic] his perfidy and should be known.

    July 31, 2014

  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014