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Correspondence, between the late Commodore Stephen Decatur and Commodore James Barron

which led to the unfortunate meeting of the twenty-second of March

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Author: James Barron
Co-author: Stephen Decatur
Published: 1820
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,425 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.6
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 474
Added to site: 2010.11.22 29647

The friends of the late Commodore DECATUR, have learned, with very greatregret, that misconceptions injurious to him prevail, and are extending,relative to the difference between him and Commodore BARRON. To placethe subject in its true light, they have thought it necessary to submitto the public, without comment, the whole correspondence which precededthe meeting.

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ong remarks he made on the subject:

"I am now convinced that Barron is a traitor, for I can call by no other name a man who would talk in this way to an Englishman, and an Englishman in office."

These communications are now in the archives of the Navy Department.

If, sir, the affair of the Chesapeake excited the indignant feelings of the nation towards Great Britain; and was, as every one admits, one of the principal causes which produced the late war, did it not behove you to take an active part in the war, for your own sake?--Patriotism out of the question! But, sir, instead of finding you in the foremost ranks, on an occasion which so emphatically demanded your best exertions, it is said, and is credited, that you were, after the commencement of the war, to be found in the command of a vessel sailing under British license! Though urged, by your friends, to avail yourself of some one of the opportunities which were every day occurring in privateers, or other fast saili



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