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war brig, and cutter, just to the northward of Point St. Matthew's, but quitted it almost immediately, finding from their situation it was impor. fible to effe&t it. At dark I came to an anchor off the Cap du Cherri, and sent all the boats armed close into Point St. Matthew's, in hopes of taking part of the convoy under the protection of the vessels abovementioned, if they attempted to go into Breft that night. One boat, however, only fell in with and captured La Branche d'Olive, a French merchant brig of about 170 tons, laden with flour, beef, wine, and brandy. The next day having seen her safe to the northward of Uthant, I got in by dark close to Point du Raz, and at daylight saw a convoy of one brig and some chasse marées, under protection of a small lugger, coming through the Pallage. The lightness of the wind enabled the Jugger and most of the chaire inarees to escape ; but the brig Le Cultivateur de Rochelle, and an armed chaffe marée, Le St. Pierre's, were captured. The latter having struck on a rock in the Passage, I was obliged to destroy her, having taken out of her part of her cargo, confisting of officers' baggage. The brig is about 130 tons, laden with brandy, wine, and groceries. I am, my Lord, &c. &c.
CHARLES HERBERT. Right Hon. Lord Bridport, K. B.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Feb. 24, 1798.
Admiralty Office, Feb. 24. Copy of a Letter from the Earl of St. Vincent, K. B. Commander in Chief
of his Majesty's Ships and V ils employed on the coast of Portugal, io Evan Nepean, Esq. dated on board ibe Ville de Paris in the Tagus, Jan. 31.
Sir, I ENCLOSE a letter from Captain Rogers, of his Majesty's ship the Mercury, acquainting me with his having captured La Constance French privateer of 18 guns, the third taken by that drip fince her arrival from Newfoundland.
I am, Sir, &c.
His Majesty's Ship Mercury, at Sea, Jan. 250 I HAVE the honour to inform your Lorchip, that this day at noon, the Burlings bearing S. E. 42 leagues, I fell in with La Constance French brig privateer, belonging to Nantz, which I captured after a chase of five hours ; she is a remarkably fine vessel, pierced for 18 guns, hut has only 12 fix and nine pounders on board, and 98 men, copperbottomed, quite new, fails very talt, and is only ten days from Nantz, on a cruise off the Western Ilands. I have the honour to be, &c.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, Feb. 27, 1793.
Admiralty Office, Feb. 27. Copy of a Letter from Captain Charles Stirling, Commander of his Majesty's Ship Jafon, to Evan Nepean, Esq. dated at Sea, the 2 3d of February.
Sir, HIS Majesty's ship under my command this day captured Le Cou Teor, a corvette belonging to the government of France, and commanded by officers of the navy, but lent to the merchants for a privateer. She mounts 24 guns, and has 150 men,
I have the honour to be, &c. CHA, STIRLING.
From the LONDON GAZETTE, March 3, 1798.
Admiralty Office, March 3. THE following letters from the Hon. Captain Stopford, tranfmitted by Lord Bridport; from Lieutenant Webb, ihrough the hands of Capt. M'Douall, commanding at Yarmouth; and from Mr. G. Broad, through those of Admiral Peyton, were received at this office :
Phaeton, at Sea, Feb. 21. I HAVE the honour to iaforin your Lordship, thai on the gth instant, in consequence of the vigilance of Captain White, in keeping light of and making signals for a fail in the S. E. in very chick and iqually weather, I was enabled, in his Majesty's ship under my command, to come up with and capture a French Nup privatcer called La Leyere, out 24 hours from L'Orient, bound to the West Indies, mounting 14 eight: pounders, and 4 thirty-two pound carronades, and manned with 130 men. La Legere was built for a corvette, and has been employed as fuch until these few months, when she was fitted for a privateer, and fails so well, that her capture would have been considerably delayed, if the had not carried away her fore and main topmafts during the chase. I have the honour to be, &c.
ROB. STOPFORD. Riskt Hon. Lord Bridport, K. B.
Phaeton, at Sea, Feb. 21. IN addition to my letter to your Lordship of this day's date, I have to inform you, that the Mermaid and Sylph being in chafe in the S. W. have returned with an American flip from Bolton to Amsterdam, that had been taken by a French privateer. The American fhip (called the Eliza) is originally from Batavia, with a valuable cargo, and stopped at Boston for fresh papers, without changing her cargo. I send the Nymphe into port with the two captured vessels. . I have the honour to be, &c.
ROB. STOPFORD. Right Hon. Lord Bridport, K. B.
His Majesty's armed Curter Cobourg, Feb. 26. I HAVE the honour to inform you, that yesterday morning at seven o'clock, having Cromer bearing S. 67 W. distant fixteen leagues, we fell in with, and after pine hours chase (during which we ran one hundred miles, one half the time blowing a hard gale of wind at W. N. W.), we came up alongside and captured La Revanche, French lugger privateer of 16 guns and 62' men, after a running fight of two hours, close alongside.
She attempted to board us twice, but being repulsed, and a well-directed broadside having brought her main and mizen mafts by the board, and shot her fore-yard away, they called for quarter.
We had no sooner taken pofTethon of her, than, with the utmost dif. ficulty, and all the exertion we pollibly could make use of in getting the prisoners shifted, and our own people back, when the sunk, having received above forty shot between wind and water. She had seven men killed and eight wounded. I am happy to add, we had only two men Nightly wounded; the damage we sustained is mostly in our mafts, spars, sails and rigging. She was a remarkable fine fast-sailing vessel, had only cruised fix days, entirely new, fitted out for a month's cruise, and the largest logger that failed out of Calais.
I am particularly indebted to Nir. Jeffery, master, and Mr. Rolf, mate, for their attention, affiduity, and prompt execution of my orders, as well as all the othicers and crew, who deserve the highest cominendation for their alacrity in knotting, splicing, and Mifting fail in variable weather, and through a variety of courses, having been exposed to a Marp and well-directed fire from the stern-chases and musketry for near two hours before the action commenced.
. I have the honour to be, &c. &c. &c. Robert M Douall, Esq.
Refolution Lugzer, at Sca, Feb. 28. I BEG leave to acquaint you, at fix A. M. Boulogne bearing E. S. E. distance about three leagties, the Dolphin armed cutter in company, I fell in with and captured, after a chale of four hours, Le Pou Epie, French lugger privateer, mounting four swivels, bendes Small arms, and maoned with 17 men, out two days from Dunkirk, but has made no captures. The lugger I sunk, me being so very leaky. I am, &c.
GEORGE BROAD. Admiral Peyton, Downs, &c. &c.
- From the LONDON GAZETTE, March 6, 1798.
Admiralty Office, March 5. Copy of a Letter from Admiral Sir Richard King, Commander in Chief of
bis Majesty's Ships and Vipels at Plymouth, 1o Evan Nepean, Eig. dared March 3.
Sir, I HEREWITH transmit, for the information of my Lords Commirfioners of the Admiralty, a letter I received this day from Capt. Manby, of his Majesty's ship Charon, acquainting me of his having captured a French lugger privateer, named L'Alexandrine, carrying four swive's, one carriage gun, and 28 mea.
I am, &c,
His Majesty's Slip Charon, off Torbay, March 2.
I have, &c.
Admiralty Office, March 6.
Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Vejels at Portsmouth, to Evan Nepean,
ENCLOSED is a letter from Captain Bowyer, of the Cameleon sloop,
Cameleon, March 3.
I have, &c.
Peggy floop, of Cardigan, James Prichard master, from Dover to
Camilla brig, john M.Kenzie master, from Hull to Plymouth, with
Delaval, Charles Mann master, from Sunderland, loaded with coals,
Betsey, of Guernsey, Thomas Townsend master, from Guernsey
IN DE X..
A DAMS, Mr. his speech upon opening
the subject of the dispatches from the
the French minifter, 267
11-Of the minister of marine to the
and the state prisoners in the leveral gaols,
commissioner of the Executive Directory
resp:eting the oath against royalty, 22
English prisoners in France to be confined,
former arrêté respecting the crews of
respecting the demands of France relative
parte on the disturbances at Rome, 104
Batavian Constituent Assembly, their pro-
clamation to the people, 70
requiring the French to renounce the for-
tified posts on the right bank, 481
revolt in the Netherlands, 548
American negotiation, 283
inent, requiring them to Thut their ports
against the English, 346