the Naval force on Lake Erie, as they have occurred to my own Observation & from the Statements given me by experienced Military Officers.
I enclose a Weekly account & I hope you will approve of the dis- tribution of the Provl Officers, the conduct of whom who are in actual Service has been much to my satisfaction, the Appointment of Mr. Barwis as temporary Master Attendant was a measure of necessity & to Captn. Hall I would recommend end a similar station
When the Expedition to Presque Isle was so far advanced that even the Artillery was embarked he was the only Provl. Officer who did not offer their Services in the most handsome Manner
He applied for a Vessel and I gave him one, he then declined about some triffling punctilio about Rank.
I have the honor to be &c.
In addition to what I have already written I beg leave to suggest the propriety of having a position at this place fortified with a Blockhouse or a Battery to protect any Vessels that are sent for Stores also in the event of any part of the Squadron being obliged to retire from a superior force they might be able to come here instead of going to Amherstburg.
There is an excellent position at Turkey Point. I have not had an opportunity of surveying it - but I have been told by those who are well acquainted with it that it is an eligible situation for that purpose.
I beg leave to recommend Lt. Garden of the Newfoundland Regement, he will be able to give you a correct Statement of Presque Isle and also of the apparent force of the Enemy
BARCLAY TO PREVOST
No. 9. H.M.S. Queen Charlotte Long Point July 16th. 1813
The present state of His Majestys Naval Force on Lake Erie induces me to call your Excellencys serious attention to it more particularly as the means that I possess have been [illeg.] entirely misrepresented.
On my taking the Command here I instantly reconnoitred the Enemys Naval Stations and a finding so great a force getting ready at Presque
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