The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle - 1814 January
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Contains an extract of a dispatch from George Prevost, dated at St.David’s, Niagara Frontier, August 25 (p. 65). He provides an update on the war, including events on the Niagara Frontier. He writes that “I ordered a general demonstration to be made on Fort George…this service was executed to my entire satisfaction…but no provocation could induce the American army to leave their places of shelter, and venture into the field. Having made a display of my force in vain, a deliberate retreat ensued, without a casualty”. He also recounts the capture of two American ships (Julia and Growler), stating that Commodore Sir James Yeo “was fortunate enough, on the night of the 10th inst. to get so close in with the Enemy, as to render an action inevitable, unless they chose to sacrifice two of their schooners in order to avoid it; to this sacrifice submitted, and Sir James had the satisfaction, after a few shots had been fired, to take possession of two very fine schooners…” Reference is also made to the American ships Scourge and Hamilton, which were lost in a storm off the Niagara Coast. It is stated that “on the night preceding that of the capture of the above vessels, two of the Enemy’s largest schooners…overset and sunk…and excepting 16 persons, all on board perished, in numbers about 100.” The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle was a monthly periodical published in England during the years of 1736-1833. The volumes of interest from 1812-1815 were written and compiled by Sylvanus Urban, Gentleman. These volumes were Printed in London by Nichols, Son and Bentley at Cicero's Head, Red Lion Passage and Fleet Street.