Report from Sackets Harbor during War of 1812


Date Written

May 17, 1813

Abner Peck Spencer was 27 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Henry Grindage, was 33 when it was received.

Abner Peck Spencer died 34 years, 7 months, 15 days after writing this.
It was written 210 years, 4 months, 18 days ago.
It was a Monday.

Sacketts Harbor

Capt. Nicholson died & was buried & was buried before my arrival at this place. I have collected all his military papers & will bring them on with me. If possible I will send them with Capt. Crane who sails before the fleet in the Ravin. I enclose you 2 letters.

We have nothing new except rumors that the French Town & Havre de Gras have been burned by his major [] forces. I am sorry I cannot send you a paper. I had yours just now but some person has taken it off. It contained no news. Perhaps the mail will be in the news will be in tomorrow before Capt. Crane leaves this. I cannot understand why we delay so long at this place. I hope your health is restored. Remember me to all friends at Niagara. I think it very possible state store houses & packets at French Town are burnt. The federal republican paper I am informed in a carte letter gave information that a large quantity of military clothing was at that place unprotected. Part of the B. Fleet was at Turkey Point & their barges could easily make French Town.

God bless you,

17th May 1813

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