"Opened by the Commander of the La Hogue", War of 1812 Captured Letter.
Manuscript notation at top of folded letter to New York referring to (though may or may not have been written by) La Hogue
Captain Thomas Bladen Capel, letter datelined "Glasgow 12th Decr. 1812",
with partly clear strike of Glasgow boxed datestamp (Dec. 13), carried from Liverpool by the ship Henry
around March 1813, the Henry
was captured by La Hogue
en route and its cargo and letters taken to Vice Admiralty Court in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was cleared on June 15 and the letter released, upon arrival in Boston lightly struck with red "Boston Ms. Jun. 26?" circular datestamp and rated "17"
cents due in manuscript for the distance to New York
VERY FINE WAR OF 1812 LETTER SENT FROM SCOTLAND TO NEW YORK, CAPTURED EN ROUTE BY THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVY AND TAKEN TO VICE ADMIRALTY COURT IN NOVA SCOTIA, BEFORE BEING RELEASED.
The HMS La Hogue was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the British Royal Navy. It was launched on October 3, 1811, and was named for the 1692 Battle of La Hogue. According to the 1922 book The Blackwell Frigates by Basil Lubbock, "The La Hogue of 1811...sported a green and chocolate lion, its grinning mouth displaying rows of white teeth and a huge red tongue." During the War of 1812, while under the command of Thomas Bladen Capel, La Hogue was active in capturing American privateers and other vessels attempting to reach America.
Illustrated in Chronicle No. 264 (p. 327)
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