ARCHIVES OF THE NAVY DEPARTMENT, AFTER THE INCURSION OF THE ENEMY.
COMMUNICATED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE, OCTOBER 29, 1814.
Navy Department, October 27, 1814.
In obedience to the resolution of the honorable House of Representatives, passed on the 24th instant, I have the honor to report:
That the whole of the official books, papers, trophies, and effects, in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, except the furniture of the office, were preserved from loss or injury by the late incursion of the enemy, and are now entire; and that all the official books and papers in the office of the Accountant of the Navy have been preserved, except those official papers relative to accounts settled and transmitted to the Treasury Department, referred to in the letter of which the enclosed is a copy.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, sir, your obedient servant,
The Hon. the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Navy Department, Accountant's Office, October 26, 1814.
In reply to your letter of this date, relative to the resolution of the House of Representatives, on the subject of the destruction of the official books and papers in the respective Departments, in consequence of the incursion of the enemy in the month of August, 1814, I have the honor to state, that it is believed that all the official books and papers in this office were saved. I have no knowledge of the loss of a single book or paper of consequence; but I have understood that many of our official papers relative to accounts settled and transmitted to the Treasury Department were destroyed. What effect the loss may have on future adjustments it is impossible for me to say.
With great respect I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
The Hon. William Jones.