Sackets Harbor - Extract of a letter from a gentleman at Sackets Harbor, to his friend in Baltimore, dated March 6, 1815
"Having seen in the newspapers, various manifestations of joy on the return of peace, permit me to state what took place on its being received at Sackets Harbor.
"On Wednesday afternoon, the 1st instant, Commodore Chauncey gave an excellent dinner to the officers of the Navy, Army, and citizens, on board of his flagship, the Superior. The same evening the ward-room officers gave a splendid ball and supper; the assemblage was numerous, nearly 100 ladies, and upwards of 250 gentlemen. The dancing was upon the upper deck, which was covered and completely enclosed by awnings, decorated with the flags of the fleet. Four chandeliers were substituted by military weapons, which were very ingeniously placed; and whilst they served to illuminate the ball, which as an ornament, added (in the eyes of the martial men) dignity to the scene. In short, the 'tout ensemble' would have done honor to your city.
"I would make a trip to Kingston, but the warm weather has raised the ice - the same cause has prevented Sir James of that place from paying a visit to our commodore."
A gentleman who left Sackets Harbor on the 23rd ult. informs, that a flag was to have been sent to Kingston the next day, supposed with the ratification of the treaty, which was believed to be in the possession of the commander, Colonel. Mitchell. The lake was frozen across, and six deserters came in on the 22d. Six hundred carpenters were employed in building two lake monsters, to carry 102 and 110 guns; they were planked up. It was not known whether the British were building more ships.