Washington 22 September 1813

Dr. French.

I have this moment had a letter from your brother
who is an acting Lieutenant under Commodore Perry.- They
have captured the whole of the British fleet consisting of two
ships, 2 Brigs, 1 Schooner & Sloop-. The action was severe and
lasted 4 hours within pistol shot distance. your Brother was
wounded twice, but slightly.- Lt. Brooks of the Marine Corps &
young Laub Midshipman were among the killed. Midshp.
Swartout & young Claxton dangerously wounded.- Mr
Hamilton, Purser wounded but not dangerously - about 50 men
killed & wounded. The Captains of the Queen Charlotte &
Detroit both killed & Commodore Barclay wounded.-
There was an account of this victory a most brilliant
ilumination last night with firing of cannon &c &c

I have not recd the Letter you mentioned
having written me about afortnight ago- Did you
send it by private conveyance? or by Post?.

Your mother knows nothing yet about the
battle on the Lakes. I shall inform her, by the
next mail- Take care of yourself my son,
I have great hopes from you & your brother.

God bless you
Joseph Forrest

Midsn. French Forrest
Sloop of War Hornet
New London Ct

[This note is affixed to the sheet and is written in a different hand than French Forrest's.] Found in the Forest Mansion
Alexandria, Va. Nov. 1861.
Adj. Wm. H.H. Johnson, 40th N.Y. Vol.