Extract of a letter from a gentleman at Sacket's harbor, to his friend in this City, dated April 9, 1813.
A great number of our brave tars have died this winter with the lake fever, and a number are sick yet. Yesterday was launched the pilot boat built schooner The Lady of the Lake. Our fleet is completely rigged and manned, and consists of the following vessels, viz. ship Madison, 28 guns; brig Oneida, 18 guns; schr. Hamilton, 9 guns; schr. Gov. Tompkins, 6 guns; schr. Conquest, 3 guns; schr. Growler, 5 guns; schr. Pert, 3 guns; schr. Fair American, 4 guns; schr. Julia, 2 guns; schr. Ontario, 1 gun; schr. Scourge, 3 guns; schr. Elizabeth, 2 guns; schr. Lady of the Lake, 3 guns; and schr. Mary, bomb vessel.
This day the keel was laid for another ship, that is to carry 32 guns. The ice will break up in ten days, and we have our sails bent; so before I write again we expect a battle. Kingston is thirty miles from this place, and the Royal George, and Earl Moira are there, and as the ice breaks up late, there, we may have a chance of taking them before they form a junction with the vessels at Little York. The Fair American is commanded by Lt. Chauncey, brother to the commodore. There are about five thousand troops here ready to march the moment we sail for Kingston.