Boston Nov. 4th.
Commodore Chauncey's Despatch
The official despatch of Com. Chauncey relating to his chace and attack of Com. Yeo on the 28th, by some accident, did not reach the Department of War until the 20th Oct. During the delay the principal incidents of the cruise reached us through other channels, particularly the journal of the Madison, Capt. Crane.
The Com. says - At 15 minutes before 3 P.M. I very reluctantly relinquished the pursuit of a beaten enemy - the reasons that led to this determination were such that I flatter myself you will approve - they were these; At the time I gave up the chace, this ship was making so much water, that it required all our pumps to keep her free (owing to our receiving several shot so much below the water edge that we could not plug the holes from the outside,) the Gov. Tomkins with her foremast gone, and the squadron within about 6 miles of the head of the lake, blowing a gale of wind from the East and increasing with a heavy sea on, and every appearance of the Equinox, I considered that if I had chased the enemy to his anchorage at the head of the lake I should be obliged to anchor also - he amongst his friends, we among ( ) the gale abated, if he could succeed in getting off one or two vessels out of the two fleets, it would give him as completely the command of the lake as if he had 20 vessels.
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