Admiralty Commissioner's Orders, October 13, 1812.
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Admiralty Commissioner’s Orders sent to Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Newfoundland, informing him of America’s declaration of war against Great Britain and instructing him to seize and destroy all ships belonging to the United States of America which he may encounter. The document is dated October 13, 1812, and is signed by William Domett, Joseph Sydney Yorke, George Warrender, and John Barrow. The paper is marked “duplicate”. It is likely that several copies were issued and sent via different ships to ensure that at least one made it to Admiral Duckworth.