Court martial proceedings:
The Order from The Right Honorable Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty dated the eighth Day of September 1814 and directed to the President setting forth That Commodore Sir James Lucas Yeo had transmitted to their Lordships the Copy of a Letter which he had received from Robert Heriot Barclay Esquire Commander of His Majesty's late Ship Detroit; and Senior Officer Commanding a Squadron of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels on Lake Erie dated the 12th of September 1813 detailing the particular circumstances of the Capture of the said Squadron on Lake Erie by a Squadron of Ships and Vessels of the United States of America on the 10th. of the same Month and to enquire into the cause and circumstances of the Capture of His Majesty's late Squadron and to try the said Captain Robert Heriot Barclay his surviving Officers and Seamen late be- longing thereto for their Conduct on that occasion, was read. The President reported to the Court, That Captains Peter Heywood and James Black were absent on Admiralty leave.
The Members of the Court and the Judge Advocate then in open Court and before they proceeded to Trial respectively took the several Oaths enjoined and directed in and by an Act of Parliament made and passed in the Twenty second Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the second, intitled, An Act for amending explaining and reducing into one Act of Parliament the Laws relating to the Government of His Majestys Ships Vessels and Forces by Sea.
Then the said Letter from the said Commadore Sir James Lucas Yeo and the Copy of the Letter from the said Captain Robert Heriot Barclay were read and are hereto annexed.
To Captain Barclay
Have you any further Narrative to produce of the Transactions res- pecting the loss of His Majestys Squadron on Lake Erie? Captain Barclay produced a Narrative which was read and is hereto annexed.
Captain Barclay being sworn declared that the Contents of the Narrative that had been read to the Court were correct and true to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Q. Have you any complaint to make against any of the Officers or Crews of the Squadron lately under your command on Lake Erie.
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