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Collection Reference Number GLC01450.711
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1813 
Title Diary and letter from Henry Roby to Abiel Wood focused on naval activity during the War of 1812
Date 18 June 1813
Author Roby, Henry (fl. 1810-1820)  
Recipient Wood, Abiel  
Document Type Diary; Correspondence
Content Description The top half of the first page records three diary-like entries for 16-18 June 1813. They discuss the weather, farming, and local naval activities in the War of 1812, including reports of "a heavy cannonading." The bottom half takes the form of a letter dated 18 June 1813. It discusses hauling a load of rocks, tending to the potatoes, and the town's reaction to the cannonading heard two days before. The townspeople called a meeting and discussed building and arming a battery. Notes that when "the true result of the firing is heard their fears will subside[.]" Also claims that "one half the people will think there is no danger, until the Enemy's frigate stares them in the face." Wood was a congressional representative from Wiscasset, Maine (then a district in Massachusetts). According to the Unites States Census, Roby was a resident of Wiscasset from at least 1810-1820.
Subjects War of 1812  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Navy  Artillery  Military History  Government and Civics  
People Roby, Henry (fl. 1810-1820)  Wood, Abiel (1772-1834)  Roby, Henry (fl. 1813)  
Place written Wiscasset, Maine
Theme War of 1812; Naval & Maritime; Agriculture
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859