The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), May 25, 1814

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Canandaigua, May 17.

On Friday last, a British force of 7 sail, appeared off the mouth of Genesee River, where we have a small force under Gen. P. B. Porter. They sent in a flag to demand a surrender of all public stores, which was refused. The flag returned, & they then sent some gun-boats. , between which and our men some shots were exchanged.

Another flag was afterwards sent renewing the demand, with some threats; they also sent to Gen. Porter a paper, purporting to be the terms on which the people at Oswego gave up the public property at that place; and offered the same terms to the people at the River, viz. not to molest private property. We have not seen this paper, but relate the fact as told to us. - Canandaigua Repository.

(The answer to the second message was, that another flag sent with similar views would not be respected. The enemy then indicated a determination to effect his purpose by actual force, but finally sailed without a further attempt. Gazette. )

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    Latitude: 43.2584 Longitude: -77.60222
Richard Palmer
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Geneva Gazette (Geneva, NY), May 25, 1814