Cold weather with showers. Most of the Carse farmers have got their Beans sown.
Planted late potatoes about 1 peck.
My pease appears above ground.
The Accounts from Germany are favourable. The Russians have entered Berlin, Warsaw, Hamburgh, Micklenburgh etc etc and have been welcomed as deliverers every where. The Danes have become friendly and have recalled their privateers, but Altho we have beaten the Americans by land, yet we have not been so fortunate by sea. We have lost three fine frigates after most desperate engagements but the American Ships were of very superior force both in size of vessels, weight of metal and number of men.
Trade upon the whole has been reviving.
The parliament have been occupied in disputes about the Princess of Wales, which have been most shocking but which have come to Nothing, the princess’s character being neither cleared up not established to be infamous.
In 1812 the USA declared war on Britain , ostensibly because British ships were stopping American ships looking for deserters and in the process impressing American seamen, but also because they thought Britain was in the process of being beaten thus letting the US potentially take over Canada.
The American land forces were soon beaten, but their navy won a series of single ship engagements with British frigates much to the embarrassment of the Royal Navy. One of the ironies of the situation was that the American ships were much better gunned than the British ships, and with guns supplied by a British Company, the Carron Ironworks by Falkirk.
One of the ships involved, the USS Constitution, remained in active service until the 1850s and, like Britain’s HMS Victory, is still in commission. It is the oldest warship still in commission. The superiority of the American ships forced Britain to build bigger frigates to engage with them, but in due course the Royal Navy regained the upper hand, although the war itself petered out with real resolution.