The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 30, 1875

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Relics Of The War of 1812.
A piece of Oak and a Spike from the Good Old Ship Lawrence

A day or two since Captain W. S. Malcolm of this city received from Captain W.W. Dobbins of Erie, Pa., a piece of oak for a cane from one of the planks of the frigate Lawrence, the flagship of Commodore Perry in his memorable naval battle on Lake Erie, September 10th, 1813, also a spike from the same hull.

The Lawrence and the rest of the squadron were taken to Erie upon the close of the War of 1812 and allowed to sink. Captain Dobbins' father was sailing master under Perry in the fight that settled matters on Lake Erie, and afterward was captain in the revenue service.

In 1834 Captain Malcolm, while in command of the schooner Willet of this port, was compelled to run into Erie during a gale of wind; and there he met Captain Dobbins, the owner of the relics, who commanded a vessel. Although the men have not met since, they have retained a warm interest in the welfare of each other and look back with pleasure to the days when they plowed the watery main. Accompanying the relics was the following letter:

Erie, Aug. 10th, 1875

Captain Malcolm:

Dear Sir - I send you these in remembrance of "auld lang syne" - times of 1834 -when we navigated the waters of Lake Erie. I send you also a spike of the old ship.

The enclosed inscriptions are such as are desirable should you wish them:

"Perry's victory, Sept. 10th, 1813"

A fragment of the Lawrence. "We have met the enemy and they are ours."

Yours truly,
W.W. Dobbins

The stick, which is in a good state of preservation, will be handed to Marshall, to be made into a serviceable cane, and will be properly inscribed.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Aug. 30, 1875