I have appointed him to the Hunter -- and Lieutt. Inglis to the Detroit - as he has nothing official to show for his confirmation. I have directed him to do the duty of Second Lieutt. conforming to the first arrangement with respect to his Seniority with Lieutt. Garland.
Mr. Jack informs me that on your appointing him to the Detroit You told him that he was to join Capt. Finnis in that ship (and as he came from Bermuda for that purpose.) I gave him permission to join the Queen Charlotte should it meet your approbation.
The Seamen I have divided between the two Ships; except a Boatswain's and Gunner's Mate, who have joined the Lady Prevost.
That the Number is totally inadequate to render the Squadron under my command effective is well known to you, by representations I have al- ready so frequently made. But it is the opinion of the Major Genl. Commanding the forces here that some thing must be attempted by me to enable us to get Supplies by the Lake -- particularly as the Season is rapidly closing.
That such a thing is necessary, there cannot be a doubt and in con- sequence if I find that no farther re-enforcements are likely to arrive immediately and I know something of the few that have arrived, I shall sail and risk every thing to gain so great a point, as that of opening the communication by water.
That the Risk is very great I feel very much, but that in the pre- sent state of this place without provisions without stores, & without Indian Goods (which last is a matter of the highest importance ) it is necessary, I fully agree with the Genl.
Less can be expected, (if any thing can at all) than if I had re- ceived re-enforcements, which I judge absolutely necy[necessary] -- more I have never asked from you -
I am certain of being well supported by the Officers which gives me almost all the confidence I have in the approaching battle.
The Enemy has not appeared for some day, but I believe they are at the Islands.
Major Genl. Proctor has sent Capt. Cilambers, to expedite any party that may be coming on, as to start with them from your squadron-
I have the Honor to be Sir Your :,lost obed. Humble Servt. R. H. Barclay Senr. Offr. on Lake Erie,A.L.S.
To Commodore Sir Jas. Lucas Yeo
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