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On Thursday evening the Eddystone bearing N. E. twelve leagues, I Captured a little privateer, from Rysco, called the Emprunt Fofle; had only two small carriage-guns, six swivels, and 25 men on board ; the had been out but one day, and had taken nothing.

Our main-nast and fore-mast being wounded, and both of them fished, and much of the standing rigging.fo injured that it is necessary to replace it, I thought it would be expediting the service to steer die rectiy for this port, instead of Falmouth; and I hope my having done so will meet their Lordships' approbation.

Admiralty Office, Jan. 16. Copy of a Letter from the Honourable Captain Stopford, of his Majefty's

Ship Phaeton, to the Right Honourable Admiral Lord Bridport, dated at Sca, the 3117 of December 1797.

My Lord, I HÁVE the honour to inform your Lordship, that on the 29th in. ftant his Majesty's thip under my command captured a French brig pri. vateer of 14 Gx-pounders, called L'Hazard, and also a Spanish mer. chant-vefsel from Nantes bound to St. Sebastian, laden with sundry are ticles of merchandise.

The former (by whom I send this letter) failed from La Rochelle twenty-four hours before her capture, and was proceeding an a cruise to the southward; the latter being finall, and of little value, I de. stroyed.

The Anson parted company the same night, in chase of a ship that had the appearance of a corvette, and I have not seen her fince.

I have the honour to be, &c.

ROB. STOPFORD. · Admiralty Office, Jan. 16. Extrait of another Letter from the Hon. Captain Stopford, of his Majesty's

Ship Phaeton, to the Right Honourable Admiral Lord Bridport, dated at Sea, the 3d of January

I HAVE the honour to inform your Lordship, that his Majesty's chip under my command this day recaptured an English merchant ship, called the Arthur Howe, belonging to Dartmouth. She was on her passage from St. Ube's, bound to Waterford, and was captured on the gift ult. by two French privateers.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, Jan. 20, 1798.

Admiralty Office, Jan. 20. Copy of a Letter from Captain Sir E. Pellew, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Indefatigable, to Évan Nepean, Esq. dated at Sea, ilth of Jan.

Sir, I HAVE the pleasure to inform you, that I have captured this day, in company with the Cambrian and Childers, a French schooner privateer, La Vengeur, of 12 guns and 72 men, quire new, eight days from Oftend, without having made any prizes, and have sent her to Fale mouth.

I have the honour to be, &c.

E. PELLEW.

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o' . Admiralty Office, Jan. 26. Copy of a Letter from Sir E. Pellow, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Is

defatigable, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated at Sea, the 16th inftant,

Sir . I HAVE the honour to inform you, that this evening, after a chase of four hours, the squadron in company, I had the pleafure to capture L'Inconceivable privateer from Dunkirk, out ten days, taken nothing, armed with eight guns, and manned with 55 men. I have the honour io be, &c.

E. PELLEW.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, Jan. 23, 1798. Copy of a Letter from the Right Hon. Lord Bridport, K. B. to Evan

Nepean, Esq. dated the 20th inftant.

Sir,

YOU will herewith receive copies of two letters from Capt. Durham, of his Majesty's ship Anson, and a copy of one from the Hon. Capt. Stopford, of his Majesty's Thip Phaeton, which I transmit for their Lordfhips' information.

I am, Sir, &c. &c. &c.

BRIDPORT.

My Lord,

Anfon, Cawsand Bay, Jan. 17. I BEG leave to acquaint your Lordship, that in the passage to England I have retaken the Harmony galliot from St. Ube's bound to London; also the Active of Baltimore, American fhip, with a valuable cargo; and the George Randulph, under Danish colours : the latter being a neutral vefsel, and not suspicious, after taking out the prifoners, I per. mitted the master to proceed on his voyage.

*I have the honour to be, &c. Tbe Rs. Hon. Adm. Lord Bridport,

P. C. DURHAM. &c. &c. &c.

My Lord,

· Phaeton, at Sea, Jan. ri. I HAVE the honour to inform your Lordship, that his Majesty's ships Anfon and Mermaid juined me on the night of the sth infant, the former having captured the French frigate the Daphne, on the night of the 29th of December; for the particulars of which I refer your Lorda ship to Captain Iurham's letter, herewith enclosed.

This capture gives me much fatisfaction, as the Daphne was the only British frigate in the poffeffion of the enemy.

The alacrity with which she was discovered, chased and taken por feffion of, upon a Jee More, on the coast of Arcaffon, reflects (in my opinion) much credit upon Captain Durham.

I have the honour to be, &c. &c. &c. The Right Hon. Lord Bridport, K. B.

ROB. STOPFORD. &c. &c.&c. Sir,

Anfon, at Sea, Jan. 4. ÎN consequence of your fignal on the evening of the 29th of December, for having discovered an enemy on the S. W. steering to the

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E. S. E. with the Anson's signal to keep a look-out dirring the night; the moment it was dark I bore up, and steered the course I thought most advisable to cut off the enemy, and have much pleasure in informing you that I had the good fortune to cross upon her during the night ; having exchaoged a few shot, she struck, and proved to be the republi. can thip of war La Daphne (late his Majesty's frigate Daphne), mount. ing 30 guns, and having on board 276 men, among whom are 30 pasfengers of various descriptions, two civil commissioners (Jaiquelin and La Carze) charged with dispatches for Guadaloupe, which were thrown overboard. The Daphne had five men killed and several wounded. I feel much indebted to the exertions of my officers and ship's company. I am, &c. .

C. P. DURHAM. Hon. Rob. Stopford, Captain of his

Majesty's Shrip Phaeton.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, Jan. 27, 1798.

Admiralty Office, January 27. Copy of a Letter from Captain Graham Moore, Commander of his Majesty's

Ship Melampus, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated at Sea, the 16th inft. ..

Sir,

I HAVE to acquaint you for the information of their Lordships, that this day at noon his Majesty's fhips Melampus and Seahorse captured La Belliqueux, a French corvette, now fitted as a privateer, nine days from St. Maloes, pierced for 20 guns, mounting 14 eight-pounders and four carronades, and 120 men. On the rich instant The captured his Majesty's packet Prince Erneft, from Tortola ; but I am happy to add, that the Captain and all but four of the packet's crew were retaken in La Belliqueux.

I am, &c.

GRAHAM MOORE.

Copy of a Letter from Admiral Peyton, Commander in Chief of bis Majesty's · Ships and Vessels in the Downs, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated on board the Overyllel, ihe 23d inftant.

Sir, I HEREWITH enclofe, for their Lordships' information, a letter which I have just received from Captain Lloyd, of his Majesty's floop Racoon, giving an account of his having captured La Pensée French Ichooner privateer, that lett Dieppe on Sunday last, but had not taken any thing.

* I am, &c.

JOSEPH PEYTON.

Sir,

Racoon, Dover Roads, Fax. 23. I BEG leave to acquaint you, that yesterday at eight A. M. Beachy Head bearing N. E. by E. diftant about three or four leagues, I fell in with and captured La Pensée French schooner privateer, mounting two four-pounders and nine swivels, and carrying 32 men ; failed on Sunday last from Dieppe, and had not taken any thing.

I have, &c. ROB. LLOYD. - . Jofepb Peyton, Esq. Admiral of the Blur,

&c. &c.&C.

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.; From the LONDON GAZETTE, Jan. 30, 1798... .

Admiralty Ofice, Jani 300 inser os Copy of a Letter from Rear-admiral Harvey; Commander in Chief

of his Majesty's Ships and Vessels at the Leeward Thands, to Evar Nepean, E/q. dated Prince of Wales, Carliste Bay, Barbadoes, the 15th of December 1797.

Sir, I HAVE to acquaint you, for the information of their Lordships, that Captain Western, in his Majesty's ship Tamer, has captured the undermentioned French privateers belonging to Guadaloupe, and sent them into this bay. The first was taken on the 4th intant, the latter the 7th, a few leagues to the windward of Barbadoes. "...

Le Dragon schooner, of 12 guns and so men. "
Le Dix-huit de Fructidor Noop, of 10 guos and 75 men.

These vefsels are very fast failers, and were well equipped. The
former had taken an American brig, which was recaptured by the,
Tamer : the latter had been out five days, and taken nothing.i
I have the honour to be, &c.

HEN. HARVEY. Copy of a Letter from Admiral Sir Richard King, Bart." Commander in

Chief of bis Majesty's Ships and Vefels at Plymouth, to Evan Nepair, Efq. dated on board the Cambridge, in Hamoazı, the 26th of January.

Sir, I HEREWITH transmit, for their Lordfhips' information, a letter from Lieutenant Burdwood, commanding his Majesty's hired cutter the Penelope, acquainting me of his having captured La Venturer French cutter privateer, with which he arrived this day.

I am, &c.

.

R. KIN

Sir,

Penelope Cutter, Jan. 26. I HAVE the honour to acquaint you, that on Wednesday the 24th instant, the Start bearing N. Ñ. W. ten leagues, I captured the French cutter La Venturer, mounting two three-pounders, ' fix swivels, and small arms, pierced for eight guns, carrying 33 men; three days from Pleinpoul, not having made any captures.

o I have the honour to be, &c. Admiral Sir Richard King, Bart.

DANIEL BURDWOOD. Copy of a Letter from Captain Moore, of his Majelty's Ship Melampus, to

Evan Nepean, Esq. dated in Cawsand Bay, the 27th of January.

Sir, YOU will please to inform my Lords Commiffioners of the Admiralty, that on the 23d, instant, in latitude 50 deg. north, longitude 12 deg. west, after a close but short action, we captured La Volage, a French Thip corvette, lent to the merchants, mounting 20 nine-pounders and two eighteen-pounders, and 195 men, commanded by Citizen Defageneaux, Captain of a frigate.

I am sorry to say, that two of the Melampus's feanien were mortaily wounded, and are since dead, and three more dangerously wounded. The enemy had four killed and eight wounded.

The

The officers and Mhip's company of his Majefty's flip under my come mand behaved perfectly to my satisfaction.

La Volage was three weeks froin Nantz, fitted for a three months cruise, but had ouly taken an Ainerican Mip, and destroyed an English brig from Belfal bound to Lisbon with coals.

The Captain and all the officers of Le Volage are navy officers, with a congé for ihree months.

I am, &c.

GRAHAM MOORE. Copy of a Letter from Admiral Earl Si, l'incent, Commander in Chief of

bis Majesty's Ships and Videls at Lisbon, to Evan Nepean, E/4. dared Ville de Paris, in the Tagus, January 10. * I ENCLOSE, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralry, letters I have received from the Captains of bis Majesty's thips L'Aigle, Blanche, and Mercury, and Speedy noop, acqua nting me with the captures they had lately made: three of those taken by L'Aigle (the fourth being retained as a tender), Le Bayonnois, tiken by the Blanche, and Le Benjamin, by the Mercury, are fate arrived in this river, . I am, &c.

ST. VINCENT.

Extrait of a Letter from Captain Tyler, of his Majesty's Ship L'Aigle, to

Admiral Earl St. Vinceni, dated off Cape Finisterre, Dec. 28, 1797. ON the 26th in ftant I chased into the bay of Corunna three veifels, and captured them, the Aurora in company. I left her in charge of the prizes, while I chased a suspicious fail to the westward. This morn. ing I fell in with two of the prizes ; the third, a brig laden with timber, unfortunately overset this morning, while I was in chase of them ; however, the men were faved; the other two have hemp, coals, and nails. On the 30th of last month I captured a French privateer of four guns and 52 men; she had taken three Englith merchant-lips, and sent one into Lach Bay. I sent Mr. Tritton, the matter, and 20 men to cut her out. The lame evening he captured a Spaniard, laden with far. dinias, and sent her for Lisbon.

Copy of a Letter from Captain Hotham, Commander of his Majesty's Ship

Blanche, to Admiral Earl St. Vincent, K. B. &c.&c. &c. dated at Sea, December 28, 1797.

IN execution of your Lordship's orders of the 28th of November, yer. terday, being in latitude 40 deg. 59 min. N. and longitude 12 deg. 59 min. W. I have the honour to inform your Lordthip, I fell in with and captured (after fixteen hours chase) Le Bayonnois French privateer brig of fix guns and 40 men, 31 days out from Bayonne, and had taken nothing. Her guns were thrown overboard in the chase.

HENRY HOTHAM.

Copy of a Leiter from Captain Rogers, of bis Majesty's Ship Mercury, to

Admiral Earl St. Vincent, K. B. &c. &c. &c. dated at Sea, Jar. 6. I BEG to acquaint you, that yesterday proceeding to cruise in obedi. ence to your orders, I fell in with, twenty leagues W.N. W. of the rock of Lisbon, Le Benjamin French fhip privateer, belonging to Bourdeaux,

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