which Ship now is completely ready for Service: as far as it can be done with the Crew that I now possess.
If the Enemy forms an expedition against this place I think we shall be able to at least frustrate his views but I shall act rather on the defensive, until you can spare a body of Seamen from the important ser- vice you are now engaged in --
Mr. Hall having refused to serve in active Employment even at a time when every loyal subject should come forward I have obeyed your directions in erasing his name from the Marine Establishment -
There will be a great want of Provisions here soon for until we can defeat the Enemy's Squadron all Communication is cut off, between this and the Depot at Long Point.
I hope under existing circumstances that you will approve of my acting a cautious part, and you may rely on my exertions for His Majestys Service, will be such as to prevent any dishonor, in this part of your Command
All the Officers and Men have exerted themselves to the utmost. I hope that fitting the Detroit out in so short a time when every thing was to fit will be greater proof of it to you than any thing I can say. --
I have been obliged to withdraw the Men from the Erie having no Officer to command her.
I have the honor to enclose a weekly account also a distribution of the Crow
I have written to Commissioner O'Connor for Instructions relative to the payment of the Seamen.
I have the Honor to be Sir Your Most Obedt. & Hble Servt.
(Signed) R. .1 B.
BARCLAY TO O'CONNOR
22. H. M. Ship Detroit Amherstburg
Having observed in the General Order of the 23d July last that you are appointed Commissioner to the Dock Yard at Kingston and that the Regulations for the Payment of the Officers and Seamen are entrusted to your charge.
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