W8714 TO THE RIGHT HON. LORD V. MELVILLE from James Lucas Yeo
Jan 1 1814 [Approximate date]
To: Lord. V. Melville
From: His Majesty's Ship, St. Lawrence1 Kingston, Ontario
Captain Tonor whom I have sent to England will have the honor to lay before your Lordship any particulars connected with the Naval Establishment in this country.
If the war continues I earnestly wish the services of Captain Le Hunt and Lieut. F. Brace, two officers who served in the Flotilla under Captain Sir Robt. Hall and who have been strongly recommended to me by that officer.
I likewise request your Lordship will send me a good set of active young men as midshipmen who have passed for lieutenants. They are in this service a most useful class of officer.2
James Lucas Yeo.
1 It is likely as a result of this letter that (Rev.) Thomas Baker (father of Mary Baker McQuesten) joined the crew of the HMS St. Lawrence as midshipman, where he served during the war of 1812. The ship weighed 3200 tons, had 120 guns, and sailed out of Kingston where it was launched on October 15, 1814, under Commander-in-Chief Sir James Yeo (Minnes 1).
Baker, who began his naval career at 11 yrs. of age on the HMS Antelope and continued his education while on board, received his Lieutenant's commission in 1815. He served in the Napoleonic wars. In 1817 he withdrew from active service to train for the ministry in the Congregational Church. When he retired in 1870 at age 71, he was granted a pension of eight shillings per day concurrent with his promotion to Commander in H.M. Fleet.
2 This letter is a typewritten copy of the original. [Hand written note at Bottom]: "The above typewritten copy of the original letter was made by H. B. Weston in whose possession it was."
[signed] Nov. 19th 1931, Thomas Baker McQuesten