Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series Volume 13

Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... Next morning Captain Wright summoned all his captains on board him, where Captain Haughton of the Bristol made his report, and it was resolved to take up six of the best merchantmen as men-ofwar to strengthen the fleet. At a second council next morning it was agreed to take the ships for six months certain, and application was made to me to victual them for two months. I appointed three of the Council to see to the matter and provided half of the money myself. I beg that you will see that the bills which I have drawn shall be honoured. On the day after receiving Captain Houghton's report I sent away a sloop with 1691. a knowing man on board her to stand into the Cul-de-Sac as far as he safely could, and report. He returned in three days to inform me that he had seen nine large ships, one flying a flag at the main, and from twenty to thirty smaller vessels. Nevertheless the Naval Council of War thought it necessary to carry the merchant ships with them; so, having no power over Captain Wright, I could only desire him earnestly to lie off Martinique with his fleet, in order to engage the enemy if they came out, or to get some men off the Island and so ascertain what their strength really was; knowing that it was of the last consequence that the merchant ships should return as soon as possible to England for the manning of the fleet at home this summer. I also begged him, if the enemy proved to be not so strong as he suspected, to send the merchant-vessels back that I might despatch them home with all speed. To convince you how earnest and careful I was herein, I sent him, by a sloop that sailed two days after him, the enclosed letter, but heard nothing of him until the 25th of March, when I received the enclosed reply from him. Since the...show more

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  • Paperback | 458 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 812g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236977017
  • 9781236977014