Date added: 25.4.2015
Journal of Joseph Valpey, Jr. of Salem November, 1813 - April, 1815 With other papers relating to his experience in Dartmoor Irison. MICHLGAK SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS Three hundred copies printed. of which this is No. ... ... -- Introduction -- ONEMoreJournal of Joseph Valpey, Jr. of Salem November, 1813 - April, 1815 With other papers relating to his experience in Dartmoor Irison. MICHLGAK SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS Three hundred copies printed. of which this is No. ... ... -- Introduction -- ONE whose ancestry goes back to those who went down to the sea in ships, there is always a lure and a fascination about the sea and the old seaport towns, especially if the town be in old New England. Consequently those were interesting days spent last summer in the Essex Institute and Peabody usedm, Salem, searching through old ships logs, time-worn newspapers, contemporaneous journals, books of shipping news and nautical history, to find material to supplement and form a background for this diary of a seafaring relative, one Joseph Valpey. The manuscript was given several years ago to the writers father, Lewis Nelson Valpey, by his aunt, Mrs. Mehitable vlpey Atwill, of Arlington, Massachusetts, and after his death was purchased by Mr. C. M. Rurton. L. N. Valpeys father, Joseph Hodges Valpey, once of Lynn, but for the last thirty years of his life a resident of Detroit, Michigan, was a namesake and nephew of the diarist. In the voluminous diary of William Bentley, pastor of the East Church, Salem, are to be found references to the Valpey family, with frequent allusions to their seemingly constant anxiety for fathers and sons at sea, for whom prayer was freqeuently requested of the church. -. On June 24, 1792, there was an entry in the register of the East Church of the baptism of Joseph Valpey, Jr., aged three days, son of Joseph and Mehitable Murray Valpey. A note in the diary of the same Pastor Bentley, who apparently recorded the minutestdetails in the lives of his parishioners, mentions the fact that the father was at sea at the time of this childs birth. Slight wonder that he, too, followed the seas. Joseph Valpey, Sr., is mentioned by Bowdoin B. Crowninshield in his article, An account of the private armed ship Amer- ica of Salem, published in Volume 37 of the Historical Collections of the Essex Institute. The entry reads as follows Nov. 24 at 730 A. M. saw a sail bearing S. W. by S. steering to the E. S. E. Made all necessary sail in chase. At 9 A. M. brought her to and boarded her she proved to be the British ship Hope from St. Thomas for Glasgow, 45 days out, Gilbert Clemons master Full Cargo Sugar and Rum. He informed us that he had left the fleet 4 days before, consisting of thirty-two sail of merchantmen under the con- voy of the Ring Dove, Sloop of war. This was the sort of dove-cote in which such a hawk as the America produced the wildest terror. Put on board Joseph Valpey, prize master and twelve men took several smell articles and the prisoners from her and ordered her to America. Lat. 46 35. The small articles referred to usually included quadrant, spyglass, and samples of cargo and sometimes small arms and specie, but never the personal property of the prisoners. Acknowledgment is gratefully made to Miss Jennie Valpey and Mr. Fred Valpey of Lynn and Mrs. Annie Manwell of Arlington, Massachusetts, for information regarding family history and the loan of letters written by Joseph Valpey, Jr., and other historical data. Two of the letters are printed here the others were written home during his earlier voyages to Smyrna, Malta, and other eastern Mediterranean ports. They are all addressed to his parents andreveal a touching family affection and the longings of a homesick boy for home and loved ones. In one letter reference is made to the ravages of Napoleon Bonapartes ships on the Mediterranean, and to the hazards of the deep in those troublous times. Joseph Valpey, Sr., was part owner of the privateer schooner Herald of New York, commanded by Capt... Journal of Joseph Valpey, JR., of Salem: November, 1813 - April, 1815 - With Other Papers Relating to His Experience in Dartmoor Prison by Joseph Valpey Jr.