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Box 2, 1810-1815

Identifier: id168461

Scope and Contents

At the beginning of this box is to be found a curious ten page document from John Peake to Lord Gambier, 4 June 1811; in it he recommends "an entirely new system for naval vessels." Also from this period, 7 September 1811 is the letter from W. Lewis to Chas. W. Goldsborough, Secretary of the Navy, which formed the basis for one of the accusations in the later Naval Enquiry on James Barron. The remainder of the material is from the years that Barron spent in exile in Copenhagen. Having arrived there in command of a commercial ship, Portia, in 1812, he was forced to sell the ship and remain in Denmark. His correspondence in connection with his attempts to make a living by his inventions show that he received patents on machines for spinning hemp into rope, cutting cork, kneading dough, and an improvised wind mill. His letter to Wm. Jones, Secretary of the Navy, asking an opportunity to serve his country at the conclusion of his sentence, 22 July 1813, remained unanswered. His correspondence of 1814 when he sold his European patents in expectation of an opportunity to return to the U.S. ended in disappointment. Much correspondence with his daughter, Jane A. Barron is from this period.


  • Creation: 1810-1815


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From the Collection: 7.52 Linear Feet

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository