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Le Coureur French privateer of 14 guns and go men, the 20th of this month
Majestic, off Cape St. Vincent, Nov. 15. I HAVE the honour to inform you, that chafing from the squadron under your command, yesterday, I captured the Bolador, a Spanish corvette of 16 guns and 74 men, schooner rigged, commanded by Don Antonio Rodriguez. He had been seventy-four days on his passage from the Caraccos, and charged with dispatches, which he had thrown overboard during the chase,
I have, &c. J. B. WESTCOTT.
Blanche at Sea, Nov. 21. . THE officer who will have the honour of delivering this, is sent in with Le Coureur French privateer brig, of 14 guns and 90 men, taken by his Majesty's thip under my command, in the night of the 20th inst. after a chase of three hours.
I have, &c.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Dec. 16, 1797.
Admiralty Office, Dec. 16. Copy of a Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey, Commander in Chief of his
Majesty's Ships and Vefels at the Leeward Isands, to Evan Nepean, Esg. ulated on board the Prince of Wales in Fort Royal Bay, Martinique, the 5th of October.
Sir, BE pleased to acquaint their Lordships, that his Majesty's floop Bittern, commanded by Lieutenant Edward Kittoe, fell in with, the 13th ult. off Tortola, and captured the French fhip privateer L'Agréable, of 18 guns, nine and six pounders, and 115 men, which had left Guadaloupe two days before, and taken nothing; had been just fitted out, is a fast failer, and coppered.
The capture of this vesel, under her first equipment, is of much con- . sequence; and the very spirited manner in which he was attacked and captured in the night (although without resistance) does great credit to the conduct of Lieutenant Kittoe. I have the honour to be, &c. &c.
HENRY HARVEY. ·
Copy of another Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey to Evan Nepean, Elg.
dared the sth of October. Sir, I AM to acquaint you for the information of their Lordships, that his Majesty's ship Lapwing, on the ist of August, being to the northward of Tortola, in lat. 22 deg. 20 min. captured the Le Regulus French privateer loop, belonging to Porto Rico, óf four guns and 26 men, which Captain Barton sent to St. Christopher ; she had been out fifteen days, and had captured an American brig. I have, &c.
Copy of another Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey to Evan Nepean, Eja.
dated the 5th of O&tober. Sir, BE pleased to acquaint their Lordships, that his Majesty's fhip Scourge captured, the 28th ult. off Mariagalante, La Sarazine French schooner privateer, belonging to Guadaloupe, of six guns and 58 men, which Captain Warren sent to this island. She had been out ten days, but had taken nothing.' I have, &c. &c.
Copy of another Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey to Evan Nepean, Ejq.
dated the 5th of October. BE pleased to acquaint their Lordships, that his Majesty's ship Tamer (Captain Martin) has captured and sent to Barbadoes three French privateers belonging to Guadaloupe, the force of which, with their names, and the dates of their capture, are as follow :-4th Aug. 1797, Le Pont d'Arcole, cutter, four guns and 48 men, off Marlagalante. 8th ditto, Le Renard, cutter, 10 guns and 71 men, off Martinique. Toth ditto, L'Utile, ship, of 14 guns and 135 men, off Barbadoes.
They had been out a very Mort time, and the two former had not taken any thing; but the latter had captured one English and two American vessels.
I have the honour, &c. HENRY HARVEY.
Copy of another Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey 10 Evan Nepean, Eja.
dated the 5th of October. Sir, ENCLOSED. is an account of captures and recaptures made by the ships of his Majesty's squadron under my command, as against their respective names expressed, between the 25th July 1797, and the date hereof; also an account of vefleis detained under neutral colours, and libelled in the court of admiralty for the causes stated in the said account during that period.
I have the honour to be, &c.
An Account of Merchant Ships and Velels captured and recaptured; likewise such as have been detained under neutral Colours by his Majefty's Ships and refels (respectively expressed against their Names) under the Command of Henry Harvey, Esq. Rear-admiral of the Red, and Cont mander in Chief, &c. &c. at ibe Leeward Islands, between the 25th July and the 5th O&tober 1797.
Brig Decision, of 200 tons and eight men, from Cape François to Porto Rico, in ballast, belonging to Cape François : recaptured by the Babet. '
Brig Schylkill, of 100 tons and eight men, from New York to Porto Rico, laden with flour, belonging to Philadelphia : taken by the Babet; detained ; supposed to be Spanish property.
Barque Æolus, of 180 tous and 10 men, from Marseilles to St. Thomas, laden with wines, belonging to Copenhagen : taken by the Babat ; detained, cargo French property Brig Experiment, of 400 tons and 12 men, from Guadaloupe to St.
Thomas, laden with staves and ballast, belonging to Guadaloupe: de. tained, cargo being French property.
Brig Mary, of 158 tons and 10 men, from Wilmington to Martinique, laden with lumber, belonging to Philadelphia : recaptured by the Invincible.'
Sloop Telegraph, from Bermuda to Martinique, laden with pitch, tar, &c. belonging to Bermudas : recaptured by the Bittern.
Ship Lyon, of 183 tons and 11 men, from Bourdeaux to St. Thomas, laden with plantation stores, helonging to Boston : taken by the Bittern; detained, irregular papers and contraband goods.
Sloop Mary, of 104 tons and 10 men, trom St. Thomas to Surinam, laden with calh and dry goods, belonging to St. Thomas : taken by the Matilda ; deained, falle invoice, crew conlisting of enemy.
Ship Rote, of 350 tons, from St. Vincent to St. Pierre, laden with wine and dry goods, belonging to London : recaptured by the Vengeance,
Schooner Blazing Star, of 90 tons and six men, from Curaçoa to St. Thomas, laden with indigo, coffee, Sc. belonging to New York: taken by the L'Aimable ; detained, inpposed enemy's property.
Ship Alary, 220 tons, 10 guns and 17 men, from Demarara to Li. verpool, laden with coffee, lugar, &c. belonging to Liverpool: recaptured by L'Aimable.
Brig Abbey, of 230 tons, 10 guns and 13 men, from Demarara to Liverpool, laden with coffee, sugar, &c. belonging to Liverpool : re. captured by the L'Aimable.
Ketch John, of 2 58 tons and 16 men, from the Me of France to Salem, laden with indigo, coilce, sugar, &c. belonging to Salem : recap tured by the L'Aimable.
(Signed) HENRY HARVEY.
Copy of anotber Letter from Rear-admiral Hirvey to Evin N. pean, Esg.
dared the 5th of October.
THE Alexandrine fchooner, of fix guns and 40 men, tender to his Majesty's fhip Prince of Wales, having failed from hence, under the command of Licutenant William Wood Senhoute, in quest of loine privatcers that were faid to be otf this illand, fell in wich, the işth of August last, La Cocq French privateer, of six guns and 34 men. Afrer an action of three quarters of an hour the truck, having two men killed and five wounded. The fame evening the Alexandrine attacked another schooner of greiter force, which, after a running act on of some tiine, etcaped by the darkness of the night. The conduct of Liedienant sen, houle, the officers and men of the Alexandrine, on this occalion, was bighly fpirited and meritorious.
In have the honour, &c. &c. HENRY HARVEY.
Copy of another Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey to [van Nepean, Elg.
dated tle 221 of Oxuber. Sir, I ENCLOSE you for the information of their Lordfips, copy of a letter I have received from Lieutenant William Wood Senhouse, of his Majesty's fhip Prince of Wales, commanding the Alexandrine armed tender. C 2
The very gallant and spirited conduct of Mr. Senhouse, by the cap. ture of a privateer so superior in force, together with his former services on a similar occafon, will, I am persuaded, recommend him to their Lordships' particular favour.
The Alexandrine's force was six guns and 38 men, that of the French priyateer eight guns and 74 men. I have, &c.
Alexandrine, Fort Royal, Martinique, 08. 8. I HAVE the honour to acquaint you, that after deliveriog your dir. patches to the governor of Demarary, and Captain Manwaring of the Babet, on the first instant, we immediately, in pursuance of your orders, made fail for Barbadoes, and at daylight on the 4th, that island then bearing west five or fix leagues, we obferved a schooner on our quarter, making fail after an American brig to leeward; we continued our course, but the discovering us to be an armed vessel, hauled her wind to the northward, as we did in chase of her ; and at nine A. M. brought her to a close action of fifty minutes, when the struck, proving to be L'Er, picharis French privateer, mounting eight carriage guns, and having on board 74 men, belonging to Guadaloupe.
It is with regret I add, that this was not accomplimed without the loss of an excellent seaman, and four others wounded, one I fear mortally. The loss of the enemy I have reason to think was great, as on our taking possession of her four men were found lying dead on her deck, and iwelve severely wounded.
The muster-roll of the privateer being loft, and the Captain's ac. count not agreeing with the number found, I have mentioned 74, as the number actually counted by us when she struck
I have, &c. W. W. SENHOUSE, Rear-admiral Harvey, &c. I.eeward Islands.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Dec, 19, 1797.
Admiralty Office, Dec. 19. Copy of a Letter from Vice-admiral Kingsmill, Commander in Chief of
his Majesty's ships and Vesels on the Coast of Ircland, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated on board the Penguin, at Cork, the 11th of December.
Sir, I HAVE the satisfaction to enclose, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, a letter to me from Captain Faulknor, of his Majesty's thip Diana, giving an account of his having captured a faft-sailing French corvette, La Mouche, of 18 guns and 122 men, fitted out from La Rochelle as a privateer, with which the Diana arrived here yesterday.
I have the honour to be, &c.
Diana, at Sea, Dec. 8. I HAVE the pleasure of acquainting you, that on the 5th instant, being in lat. 50 deg. 17 min. long. 2 i deg. I fell in with, and captured, after a chase of four hours, La Mouche, a national corvette, fitted in cvery respect for a six weeks cruise by the merchants at Rochelle; had
been from that place fifteen days, without making any English captures; the fent in, five days prior to my falling in with her, an American, from the Isle of France bound to Bourdeaux, which the detained on suspicion, having no French pass on board.
La Mouche is a fhip of confiderable force, having eleven ports of a fide, but only 16 twelve-pounders on board when I fell in with her ; fix of which were thrown overboard during the chase. The Captain of her informs me she had a thorough repair and was new coppered in September lait.
That the tails remarkably fast there is no doubt of, as, had it not been for her carrying away her fore-topmast during the chase, the determined way in which the continued on after that, notwithstanding the Diana's thot going over her, gave me reason to fear, from the evening's coming on very thick and foggy, I might have lost her. She has run most of the war with great succeis in annoying our trade, which makes the capture of a thip of her d fcription add considerably to the pleasure of,
Sır, your moft obedient humble fervant,
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Dec. 23, 1797.
Admiralty Office, Dec. 23. Copy of a Letter from Captain Cunningham, Commander of his Majesty's
Ship Clyde, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated at Sea, Dec. 13. Sir, I BEG you will please to acquaint the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that I this day captured the French privateer brig Success, from Bayonne, out fifteen days, having captured only one American veffel.
I have the honour to be, &c. &c.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Dec. 26, 1797.
Admiralty Office, Dec. 23. Copy of a Letter from Captain Cunningham, of his Vajesty's Slip Clyde, to
Evan Nepcan, E/q.dated Cavjand Bay, obe z if of December.
Sir, I BEG you will please in acquaint the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that on the 15th inftant, in lat. 44 deg. 40 min. long. 4 deg. I fell in with and captured La Dorade, a thuip privateer from Bourde.jux, copper sheathed, pierced for 18 guns, having 12 guns and 93 nen on board. She had been out fifty days, cruising off the Azores and Madeira, without hiving made any capture, and was returning to her port.
I have the honour to be, &c.