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Document 1475175
speciAL
coLLecrloNS
t)OUQLAS
LibRAR:^
queeN's UNiveusiiy
AT kiNQSXION
kiNQSTON
ONTARIO
CANADA
A
S P
E C
I
MEN
O F
NAKED TRUTH,
FROM
A
Britilh Sailor,
&c.
E C
S P
I
MEN
O F
NAKED TRUTH,
FROM
A
BRITISH SAILOR,
A
fincere Wellwifher, to the
Honour, and
Profperity of the prefent Royal Family,
and his Country.
LONDON:
Printed for
W. Webb
near
MDCCXLVI.
St. Paul's.
Hi
"III.
/?'/<w(/V'7
3
[
S
I
]
R,
MY
Letters being
made np,
figned, di-
reded, and lealed, for having gone
by Yefterday's Poll,
if
there
been any Opportunity of Weather for
fhall begin this
that Yelterday
with informing their
— Evening and
till
L
had
it
—
j
I
ps,
Midnight^
Wind
frona the
we had a very hard Gale of
S. W.to the S.S. W. that obliged us to make
our Ships as fnug as we could for riding it
out,
and thought
Topfail Yards
God we
all
it
prudent even to get our
down into the Top, and I thank
rode
it
out without any Damage;
and the Weather moderating this Morning, I
got Yards and Topmafts up by Day-light, and
am now unmooring, and fliall weigh with my
Divifion
as
foon as the
favour us for
I
have
to their
the
begins lo
it.
jul1:
informing
Ebb Tide
now
received yours of the 2 id,
having communicated
ps mine of the 20ih, with
inclofed therein, as 1 have the
me of your
L
fcvera!
A
2
fcveral
-w^
[4]
and Papers that are come in-
feveral Orders
clofedin yours
for their
:
L
And I
fend you
now inclofed,
Copy
-ps Information, the
of the Orders
Admiral
leave with Vice
I
Martiiiy for taking under his
Command
all
the Detachments faid to be coming ib join
me
from Commodore Smithy for employing
them under the Orders he has already receiv'd
from me; thofe additional ones I now leave
v/ith him, and whatever other Orders their
L
judge expedient lo fend him
ps fhall
but
if there
Ketches, he
I
am
comes any
is
Firefliips
or
to difpatch all fuch after
pleafed to
find their
L
;
Bombme.
ps have
approved of the Orders given to Captain Tomfon of the Fool^
with
Bay
all
F^afi
happily anchored
India Ships in Wejigate
before this hard Gale of
as I fear
to them,
niH'ifd
1
the
who was
Wind came
on,
much Damage might have happen'd
who were faid to be very badly fur-
with Ground Tackle.
could not but be ^nder fome Surprize
what could be mean't by the ExprelTion in
your Letter, of " having kept all my great
''
Ships
in
the Dowjis^ and employed
only
my Frigates for gaining Intelligence, while
" the Enemies Ships have pafTed backwards
**
'•
and forwards between Ojlcnd^ Dunkirk^
" and
Is]
" and
Calais^
at
their
Leifure,
without
" Hindrance or Moleftation."
I cannot
conceive where you muft have picked up
fuch Intelligence, fo contrary to what is
the Fadt, that
lated to you,
of,
my
former Letters have re-
inform their
to
L
ps
em-
viz. That amongft other Frigates
ployed
on
fuch Services, were the Eagle,
that have been feme time
and in good
Recommendation,
fince at my
part by my Influence, engaged into the
Crown's Service ; and are and have been
ever fince the nth of December adling un-
Tork and
Carlijle,
der
my
Sir,
mentions them
were
Orders only
though your Letter,
as Privateers, as if
own
under their
a<5ling
muft
Orders
:
they
And
it now,
Hoys have been taken comins;
within that Time,
five Galliot
;
I
repeat
from Havre de Grace to Boulogne, and fent
into Dover
and of thofe coming from
;
Dunkirk Koin^
with
five Pieces
Carriages, one
der,
Fire
for Calais,
a Do^'^cr, laden
of Cannon,
feveral
Field
hundred Barrels of Gun-pow-
and other Military Stores, has been fet
and all fcen to blow up in the Air
to,
by Captain Gregory, who was with them in
a Cutter on that Service
two of their Shal;
lop Fifliing Boats funk,
twelve
others
of
thtin
[6
1
them chaced on Shore, and three with
Cannon and military Stores brought into
Dover and a Calais Dogger Privateer of fix
Guns and fifty Men taken, thirty one of
J
which I have on board the Priiicefs Loiiifa^ and have defired Vice Admiral Martin to give himfelf the Trouble of examining fome of them, to
try if better In-
cannot be procured from them,
telligence
than what Captain Hill has been able to ga-
in
them, which you had inclofed
from
ther
my
Yeilerday's Letter, as you have had
of the twelve
Sail
of
Ships
chaced
within two Leagues of Calais back into
Road by
kirk
from
Dim-
the Saphire and Folkjione, one
of which they chaced on Shore upon the
Sands, and the Pilot would not venture
fo near as the Captain took upon himfelf to
Surely, thefe are Inftances of the Enedo.
my having been watched much clofer than
could have been expected
fon
:
kept
by^
in this
Winter Sea-
And what are the large Ships I have
in the Downs ? The Norwich and Ru-
two
Gun
iifty
Ships, for tillthe Arrival
of the Moufnouth and Falkland
no other
dud: the
;
I
I
have had
thank God, by a prudent Con-
Enemy
failing cither
have been prevented from
from Dunkirk or Ojlcnd
for
this
7 ]
and none of his Majefty's
Ships have been fliipwrecked, by any imprudent Difpolition of them, and that I think
t
Month
this
part,
have ad:ed prudently and fuccefsfully in his
Majefty's Service, though in many of your
I
Letters I have been treated as
neither
think
I
and
j
am
of the 23d
L
thjir
i
which
treated
Fads
to
I
Favour of
Copy
and
cannot conceive any
j
fuch
in
the
defire
I
the
them as I
Grounds I have given
juft
(lone
treated fo in this Letter of yours
ps to call for
have read
had
further back,
look no
to
if I
a
at lead
to
my
my
being
your Letters, on
Stile in
you muft
mifinformed in. As
that
for
of,
have been grofly
Reafons for men-
tioning the Counties of Kent and Sufjcx to be
my
Province,
I
have fome Letters of yours
me
which are of
an old Date, and are in myEfcrutore on Shore^
but as there does not want a late Inflance of
that mention
it
in
your
I
me
a
to
L
S?nitb of the
lent
it
Commodore
3d of this Month, which you
have fent vou
their L-
inclofed
which
fully expreffed fo.
Royal Mailer with
Service,
Orders to
ps
Copy of by
that Order, in
as fuch,
it
the Preamble of
appears to
I fhall
ps Orders,
me
pretty
always ferve
my
fmccre Zeal for
his
and with the utmofl Diligence,
Re-
a
folution
[
8
J
and Capacity that
folutlon
my
to the befl of
I
am
capable of,
Judgment, and while my
Services are approved of, I fhall always con-
them with
tinue
Pleafure
but
;
not to have a Capacity for
it,
if I
as
am judged
by the
Stile
of the Secretary's Letter feems to be infinuated
fure
;
it
is
the Fruits of a fmcere Zeal
you have thought of any one
you judge more proper for it, all that I deiire is, that his Majefty may be moft effecto fay, tliat if
tually ferved,
any
fign
and
I iliall
Command
I
with Pleafure re-
have to him.
Captain JCnowIes has brought another Letter
of the 23d, and that he
of yours
me
come
to ferve
I well
know
tivity
for his Majefly's Service, his
as a
Voluntier j and as
Captain Knowles^ Zeal and
me
here gives
with
is
Ac-
coming
a particular Pleafure, as I fhall
advife with him for his Majefty's
and at all Times ready to furniQi
him with any Opportunities, that he can
be glad
to
Service,
me for our Royal Mafter's Serand defeating the Enemies Intentions
for invading his Majefty 's Dominions, which
from having difcovered by my Cruizers,
fuggcfl to
vice,
ports
Enemy
are drawing their Tranffrom the Weftward to Boulogney and
that the
from the Eaft ward from Oftend and Dunkirk
to
vTs^
s
[9]
to Calais, I
am fully perfuaded the Enemies In-
tentions in thole Motions have heen to attempt
an Invafion upon the oppofite (hore of Kent,
from the Ports of Boidog?je and Calais^ and
which
I
move
have been endeavouring to
preventing thefe three days fucceflively
now unmoored
(I
my
by
—
Vice- Admiral M
And
Orders to
L
their
have fent you inclofed the Copy of)
ftrengthned his
their
L
Command
with
left
you have
of his Orders
from
with
fent
ps will
Uy
I
have
the Force
all
ps have ordered here
modore Smithy and have
Copy
j
and notliing but theWea-
for,
ther fhall prevent me.
fee
for
am
Com-
him
me
the
inclof-
ed, and defired he will difpofe
under
his
all thofe put
immediately on the Ser-
Command
moft expedient for watching
the Enemies Motions from Ojiend and Dunvices he judges
kirk.
And
as ro the four Ships lately arriv-
ed from Cape Breton^ which, by their
Orders of the 23d
Command,
thofc
their Palfage here,
my
I
M
;z,
manifell: to
as
to take
L
—
under
my
in
Hiall incorporate into
meeting with them,
them
to join
Vicc-Admi-
fubfequent Intelligence
mc may
ps
my
hope to meet withal
and
Divifion upon
or detach a Part of
ral
am
I
lliall
be moft for our Royal
B
Mafter's
r
10
]
Maflcr's Service, and Defence of his
Domi-
nions from the threatned Invafion.
We had fome Appearances for moderate
Weather this Morning, but theWind is backed to the Southward, and a Southern Swell
comes round the Foreland, and it gathers
Dirty and Greafy to Windward, that I angtdoubtful whether
with
it,
but
I
I
fhall
(hall
not
be able to get out
fail
there be any Appearance of
ble
}
fione^
to attempt
it,
if
being pradlica-
its
and the Captains of the Saphire^ FolkBadger and Hornet^ with the Dover
Cullom-houfe Cutter, Captain Stringer^ have
all
my
on of
Orders for proceeding in the Executi-
their
former Orders, for the infpeding
their Proceedings at Calais
and Boulogne^ and
nothing either has or fhall be omitted for his
Majeily's Service, that
one can fugged to
for
it.
me
I
to be
And you have
of the Orders
fent for their
I
L
can think
of,
or
any
moft expedient
always had Copies
have ilTued for that Purpofe
ps Apprebation.
You
have inclofed the Lift of the Cuftom-houfe
Cutters that have appeared, fix of which I
keep to zCi under my Orders, and the other
«'s„
three to remain under Vice- Admiral
M—
I
December
25.
am,
SIR,
^C,
SIR.
["]
S
A
I
R,
S
it
would be
for his Majefty's Service
have a fpeedy Communication of
Intelligence either by Night or by Day, of
the
to
Enemies -Appearance of any Embarkati^
ens for attempting to invade his Majefiy's Dominions,
I
defire
you
will write
Letters to
the refpedive Church- Wardens of the Pa-
^c, mentioned in the
Margin, to hoift a Flag upon ^„^:.X..,.
the Church Steeple as a Sig- Sandgate church.
rilhes,
\
c
nal for
VIby T^
J
Day, and keep a
1
it
J^"i Church.
c^y^
^^y^
in an Iron Potat the
Firelight
^
^y« Church.
Fair Leigh Church.
lame
Haflings church.
Place as a Signal
by
Night, to be repeated from
^^^^-^
^^'^'^'J''
the Steeples of the refpedive
Churches, for communicating the Intelligence
from Beachy Head to the South Foreland.
I
am,
S
I
R,
Your humble
B
2
Servant.
SIR,
12
[
S
T
I
]
R,
Have
now
juft
received' yours
of the 3ifl
•*"
by Captain Scott of the Badger^ with the
inclofed from ifo/Z^WjWhofe Intelligence perfectly agrees
with what
I
found to be
the Enemies having been in Motion
Dunkirk
for Calais
-^
true,
from
the twelve Sail of Ships
havingbeen drove back into Dunkirk Road by
the Saphire and Folkjione, and feveral of the
Embarkations having been fome burnt, funk
and taken by
my
2l!)rk Frigates,
Cruizers^ the Carlijle and
and you know the Examina-
tion of thofe taken in the Duchefs de
thievre agrees with the
Captain O-wen had
Pen-
Dutch Account.
looked into Boulogne
the Morning before Captain Knowles did, and
fame Time as he did, and he makes
the Enemies Embarkations to be above one
hundred and fifty Sail, and Captain Pigram
of the Rye Cutter agrees with him in his Re-
at the
port,
though Captain Knowles
fee but fixty, but I
tain
Oiven
much
am
fays
he could
inclined to think Cap-
the beft acquainted with
that Harbour.
You
13
I
You know,
Command up
this
Orders are to deliver
to you,
ing up to the Doivns
tisfaction, that I
]
my
Sir,
which
I
am mov-
with this pleafing Sa-
for,
have from thefe Accounts
ready put fuch a
Check
tended Defccnt, that
it
to the
is
Enemies
me
to
al-
in-
very doubt-
they will venture to hazard it now. I
however continue anchored here till next
windward Tide, and pray open all my public Letters as well as your own, to fee whe-
ful if
ihall
ther I can continue to ad:,
or be pleafed to
be taking the Meafures you judge propcrelt.
I
have
now
Captain
Owen and Bazely
over
^t Boulog7tey having detached them away for
a fredi Infpedion, and before
from Dungcnefs.
felf
xht
Downs
till
I
will not
the latter
Flood, for being at
Report, and a6t conformably to
by that Time
fliall
to hear
be plying under
January
in the
i
my-
weighed
come into
End of the Evening's
Hand to receive their
I
H. at three
Morning.
it,
from you
Sail
and
again,
off Dover.
S f
R
hope
I
I
and
am,
*
Your mofl humble
Servant.
S
I
R,
[
h]
S I R,
UP O N
the
weighed
firft
of Yefterday's Flood I
Squadron from the
v/ith the
Weflward of Dungenefs,
informed you
as I
I intended to do, having j aft before given out
my
Orders to Captain Bazely and
Owen
in
the Eagle and Carlijle Frigates under their
Command, jointly to make
for taking a
logne^
fail
Bou-
over for
Infpedion of the
frefli
Enemies Situation and Motions
at the Port
Boulogne^ under the particular Orders
of
fend
I
Copy of And in my Way
Channel,
I was joined by theFo/^up
plying
ftone and T^riton^ and Hornet Sloop, and upon
you
inclofed a
the Tide being fpent,
I
anchored with
my
Squadron betwen Dover and Folkjlcne lafl:
Night, and about eleven at Night, the Tork
joined
hour
me
paft
from the Downs, and at half an
one this Morning, Captain Scot of
ih^Badger came on Board
ter
from Vice- Admiral
ters inclofed
to
M—
from Holland,
Vice-Admiral has,
as
he
me
;z,
with a Let-
and two Let-
And though
fays, fent
the
you Copies
of them, yet as the Advice was fent to me,
I
choofe to do the lame.
It
could not but give
find the
me
great Pleafure to
Gentleman's Letter from Holland intirely
confirms the Intelligence
tirely
L
with me likewife,
of my Duty, has
their
have
this
and
ps,
that
my
he thinks
diligent Exertion
even been
Kingdom
there
faid
firuftrated their Intentions
Part of the
have given
I
to find that
Moon,
this laft full
of which nothing could
to
of invading
me
give
greater
Pleafure than the having rendered fuch ef-
my Coun-
fedual Service to his Majefty and
try,
though
have been treated
I
temptuous Manner
1
in
H
you have inclofed a Copy
firft
con-
your Letters.
have given Captain
ing with the
in that
the Orders
of,
for his
weigh-
of the Flood, for making
a freHi Infpcdtion at Calais this Evening or to
Morrow Morning.
As foon as the Windward Tide makes I rt^all weigh with the
Squadron, and keep plying and exercifing
my Ships in Line of Battle, and for being
ready at Hand on any Advice of the Enemies Motions,
for
anchoring
when
I fliall
confign the
Admiral
till
I
in the
obey
Command
M—
ift,
Downs
their
«,
before
L
ps
it is
Time
Night,
Commands,
of the Fleet to Vice-
then ftrike
on Shore, purfuant
January
have but barely
my Flag, and go
ps Orders.
L
to their
J
^^^ ^^^
THE
^6]
[
THE
Confeffion of George Harrifono^
HajUngs
declares,
That on T^hurfday
he faw about 50
of Tranfports of about 100 Tuns and
or Friday Se'ennight
Sail
.
under
in
laft
Boulogne Harbour, intended for an
Embarkation of Troops, that about fix or feven thoufand were dcfigned to embark there 5
but he was informed the whole Number wa§
from different
they work Night and Day, and
to be twenty three thoufand
Places
tiiat
:
even employ'd
Women
to
fit
their VeiTels
;
that as foon as convenient they intend to pufli
for Dunge?iefs, run
and land
their
their Veflels
Men
;
on Shore,
that he believes they
intend to take the Opportunity of failing the
next Spring Tide in the Night
•,
that their
were not bent wlien he was there, and
the whole Number of Troops in Boiilogne at
that Time was not more than 400, but the
reft were ready to join immediately; and it
Sails
was publickly
faid
ihey intended lor England
to join the Pretender, if pofhble.
That when he
Day-time,
his Signal
Gaff- head, and
hoiil-cd
goes to Boulogne in the
in
is
the
a white Jack on the
Night
a
Lanthbrn
and lowered three times, and
when
hailed by the Ccntinclj his Watcli-word
was
Amid
[17]
Amie, then
die
is
admitted on Shore and car-
who
CommilTary,
examines him,
but he pretends he never would difcovcr any
ried to the
News. That he heard fome Man was brought
over by a Smuggler and landed 2iiPemJcy'Bay,
but does not
know who
one Smuggler
3
that there was only
left \nBoiilQg?ie
belongs to Rye
j
Harbour, which
made
that they
ufe of a
Houfe at Boulogne^ kept by Tho. Con
he
is
very willing to
Admiral
Ihall
Service-
He
"Jerfnain, a
affifl
in
that
j
any Shape the
think proper for his Majefty's
likewife fays, that one
Merchant
Mr.-—
at Boulogne, told
him
the Pretender's fecond Son was taken by one
of our
Men
him
of War, and afked
he
if
thought they would hang him. ijD^c.ij^^.
Gkorge.
The Mark H
of
Harrison.
The above Examination taken by
ELLt. Smith.
T.
Gregory.
C.
VVlMBLETON.
us
E^traSls ofLettenfrom Holland ;;zDecenibe;-.
fome
THAT embarked
of the Irifi Troops were
to be
in
C
large Ship^,
but
the
[
i8
]
theEmbarkation, which the French National
Troops were to beaPart,TN'as to be fomewhere
very near in England^ and in order to help to
tranfport them, the Fifliing Boats along the
whole
Coafl:
and that the
faid to
men
were taken up
Number
for that Service,
of Boats taJien up was
be above i30jandthat the poor Fifher-
were lamenting with
Tears in their Eyes, that fby the King's Order) they were to leave their daily Bufinefs
and go they did not know where that the
Troops for England where faid to be comat Blankeiibourg
-,
manded by Count LowendahU and reckoned
not
lefs
Report
than twelve thoufand.The
at
going for
Dimkirk was, that they were
Scotlajtd,
but
many of their
being fo fmall,
I
nion I was
informed,
Part
is
firfl
ward of Do'jer
j
all
VefTels
cannot but be of the Opi-
for England,
in this, if I
common
I
that the greateft
fomewhere
think
I
to
theWefl-
could be pofitive
may depend upon
an Information
had two Days ago, that the People of the
SmugglingCutters which trade ioBoulogne are
all taken to ferve forPilotsj it is pity that fach
I
pernicious Villains cannot be dellroyed, their
villainou.^
at
Trade
is
the leaft Thing I think ot
thisTime, for they keep up too
Knowledge,
my certain
a daily Correfpondence betwixt
England
:
19
[
]
is
not the
lead Thing done or ordered but the
Enemy
E/igla?id and France, fo that there
immediately
On
know
it
by
the twenty fecond
Means.
their
Tome of
their fmall
went from Dunkirk to Calais, fo that
every Day, or rather every Night fmce, they
have been going from Ojiend and Newport
to the fame PJace^ and now the Talk is of
their landing near Dover, and (o marching
VefTels
diredtly to Lo?idon.
We
have
now
a Report, that
Tranfports that failed
fome of thefe
Week
lafl
were
fallen
upon by fome of your Frigates, which may
difconcert the
whole Scheme of the Enemy.
And from thefe Checks it
Storm is now drawing to
faid that the
is
the Wellward,
though not in my Power to fay pofitively
where they defign to embark, or where they
are to land, but Ibme mention they are to
be fupported by a Squadron from Ferroh
Taken
in the
Dutchefs de Fenthievre
by the lork Frigate the 19th of December
That he was forced on board the Dutcbcfi
de Fenthievre that Evening
in Calais
teers
;
carriage
Harbour
five or
the St. Nicholas,
Gun? and
a
fix
2
3
left
other Priva-
Snow of
ten Swivels
C
that they
;
the St.
eight
Ben^
?ict,
;
^o
[
net, of twelve carriage
the Swa!loiiL\ a
Lug
]
Guns
Sail
befides Swivels
Privateer of eight
Giins; the Loia'sXV, a Dogger
Guns,
befides a half Galley of
three Guns, one of
Galliot
Hoys and
Sails bent,
them
befides
24 Oars, and
her
Prow j
which had
Flutes, all
feveral fmall
Fifl)ing Boats, faid
Troops
in
of eight
Veflels
ten
their
and
to be detained to carry
to England.
That there have been for a Fortnight paft
Troops coming from Flanders daily into Calais, fome paffing forward towards Boulogne,
as others came in there
about eight Regiments had pafled before he came away, and
the Night before two Regiments came into
Town, and upwards of threefcore Waggons
loaded with Corn and Meal ; they were co;
vered, but he
were
in the
faw the Sacks
;
reckoned there
Forts and Citadel, including the
Garifon which
is 3000, at leaft
6 or 7000
Men. It is faid the Embarkation will be
made from Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne.
That feveral Irijh were exped:ed, who were
to land
firft,
and that they were getting the
That on
the 17th the Pretender's youngeft Son came
into Calais, that on the i8ih, when he went
out of Town, all the Troops were drawn
Veilels ready as faft as podible.
out.
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]
him Vive
out, and they fainted
le
Roy,
being accompanied by the Governor and
Town, and
try of the
Officers
;
a great
Gen-
Number
that he did not fee the
young
lie
of
Man
himfelf to take any Notice of him, but has
heard from others
Of
ed.
who
did,
that he fquint-
the fmall Embarkations there are
faid to be to the
Number
of
fifty,
who
have
each a Brafs Piece of Cannon, with a Field
Carriage pointed
aft,
(landing abaft the
Main-
mafl-.
Tuefday, the
31(1:
of December, a Boat
with a Lientenant brought on board
tlie
Cnr-
lijle
the Admiral's Orders for both the Eagle
and
Carlijle to
frelli
ral's
Survey
weigh, for g<'ing to take
at Boulogne-, at a
1 1
the
?.
Admi-
Orders were deliver'd to Captain Bazcl)\
and we ftood over together for Boulogne Ro.id.
Wednefday, the ift of January at nine in
the Morning, looked into Boulogne Harbour,
and faw there of Ships, Snows, Briggs and
Doggers about 15 fail, Galliot Hoys about
36 fail, and of Filliing Boats about Po or
90
;
they fired at us from the Pier Heads,
and the Battery to the Eaftward of the Town,
and from Amblitui CafUe we faw a Priva;
was funk in the Road, which
was from the Sapbircs Guns
teer Sloop that
we
believe
when
22
[
when
fhe flood
was there
tain Knoivles
]
Day
the fame
in,
that
Cap-
in the Triton.
William Owen.
John Bazely.
My
Lord Duke,
YOUR
Grace having, from a Noblenefs
of Mind, and Humanity of Temper
becoming of your high Birth, efpoufed the
Caufe of an injured innocent Perfon, and ho-
noured with Marks of your generous Friendfhip an Officer
it,
fo as to
you thought
become
his
fo deferving of
Advocate, and pro-
cure his being reftored to his
Royal Navy, and employed
at this critical
Conjundure
j
in
Rank
it
as a
in the
accordingly
Teftimony
of your Grace's Confidence that he had Judg-
ment
to execute
approving himfelf a
ligent Officer
iler.
And
I
cerely believe
in the
Writer,
and an honed Zeal
faithful, zealous and
it,
and Servant to our Royal
hope
in
to be
for
di-
Ma-
God,
as well as I fni-
true,
that this Officer^
Perfon of your humble Servant the
has had that juft
Regard
for the
Difcharge of the Duty confided to him thro'
vour
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]
your Grace's Means, that he
fidence aiTert, that
may with Con-
he has adted
circum-
fo
and afliduoufly in tlie Execution of that Truft, as to have manifefled
ipeilly, diligently
to the
World
deceived
for
your Judgment of
in
was
that your Grace
his
neither
Capacity
Crown, nor his Inhis Duty to our Royal
the Service of the
clination to difcharge
Ma iter,
with a fincere, honeft Zeal, for ap-
proving himfelf his Majefty's faithful Sub-
which he has had the double Incitement to, of his Duty to the King,
and the juft Regard he ought to have for juftifying your Grace in the good Opinion you
jed and
Servant,
had entertained of him. As
I
am
I have done nothing ever juftly to
confcious
forfeit that
good Opinion that engaged your Grace to hohour me with your Patronage and Friendfhip, I entertain too good an Opinion of your
Grace to think I have not the Continuance
of
notivithjianding the late Incident of
it,
being himted out of 7ny
Command
my
by the ope-
rative Malice offome jnalicious andindujlrious
Agent that
y
is
being able particularly to difcovcr
point out
me
who
my
him, and
too ivelljkreened ovevy for
it is
;
fo that
mud
remain to
fome happy Providence in
the Courfe of Time may more clearly diicoa Secret,
till
ver
[24]
ver
It
Mind
not being neverthelefs in
;
doubtful, but
Caufe of
may
be
the Pen
it,
I
my own
can trace the orisinal
and guefs pretty nearly
who
at
the concealed
Diredor of it.
As
of the Secretary of the Admiralty
conveyed thefc
bitter Shafts that
were
levelled
me, I thought it right to fuggeif, that his
Pen might be tinged with a Gall tlowing from
his own Mind, beyond the Direction he
might receive for it, from which I thought
it my Duty to acquit him on a Gentleman
at
Apology
Regard
which
I was no Stranger to its being his Duty to obey, and on an Affurance of a good Will he
had always profefled, and I well knew I
never gave him Occaiibn to alter the Sentiments of a profefled Friendfliip to me.
like
in
to his Office,
And one of the Occalions taken to juflify
this Condud towards me, having been that
I had,
within the Channel of E?2gland, on a
Ship's Service being immediately
wanted
proceeding to Sea, and being without a
Gun-
ner (certainly a neceflliry Officer for her
fence) and which I could not think
for
my
Dele!f
julfihed in permitting to go to Sea without,
prefumed,
as
it is
called,
to warr^int a
ner to her, for proceeding to
I
judged
it
to
Gun-
Sea in her, as
be abfolutely nccclTary for his
Ma-
25
[
]
Majefty's Service, and the Defence of the
Ship.
And
having
prefume
now
to give
ftated the Fadl,
your Grace
in that Particular, viz.
my
That
I
fliall
Sentiments
it is
my
Opi-
when the Admiralty is ordered by
Crown to fit out a Fleet for the Service
of the Government in the Chanwel of E?ig/anciy or on foreign Service, and the Admiralty had commiffioned them out of the Sea
Officers on Shore, and appointed the Adminion, that
the
ral to
command
in Chief, in
Purfuance of liis
Majefty's Pleafure, and the Fleet were af-
fembled together, that
ry
to fupport the necefFa-
Command of the Officer
the
King had
ap-
pointed, it was the Government's Interefl: that
the
Commander
Officers that
fell
in
Chief ihould name
all
vacant, and has not been
denied while the depending Service was ellential
;
but Pretences from the Admiralty, that
the Ships were not aflembled, or not under
Orders, and as Checks are in their Power,
they have contradldted
it,
though always
the Prejudice of the Crown's Service.
when
the People of the Fleet fee their
mander
in
Chief can neither fupport
Pretenfions of Merit, nor his
ty over them,
own
to
For
Comtheir
Authori-
they muft naturally look after
'
D
thofe
26
[
who
thofe
]
no Judges of
are
and
their Service,
Commander contemptible to the
This Power is known to have been
renders the
Fleet.
abfolute in the
Channel, and
to
Commanders
in
one
who
your Grace's Family
er has
been wanting,
j
in
Chief
in the
has added Hononrs
and when
that
Pow-
believe, been
has, I
al-
ways found prejudicial to the Service of the
Crown and Profperity of the Kingdom.
And having given your Grace the Trouble
my
of reading
I
now
will
Sentiments in
this Particular,
proceed to declare, that
Opinion that
this
is
it is
my
the Sentiment o( Sir John
Norn's likewife, and that your Grace has
mofl
grofly been
impofed upon
in the AfTer-
tion of Sir
yobn Norn's being of
Opinion
;
and
Norris
is
now
Grace,
his
I
God that Sir Jobn
who can fatisfy your
thank
living,
Majefly, or the Public, what are
his Sentiments,
whenever
be thought pro-
it
per to take his Opinion upon
may
Sir
think
talk with
I
I
it.
much
John Norris's Opinion
but when
a contrary
at
Your Grace
Confidence of
this Diftance,
inform your Grace that
ferved immediately under his
a Lieutenant,
when he
I
ferved as
firfl
Sir Ck'udeJJy Shoi^eJ^
as
Captain
under that brave, honeft and experienced
miral,
have
Command
Ad-
that was an Hononr
;
^7 ]
Country and
[
nour to
his
whom,
I believe,
the
Service,
Man knew
no
love and efteem him
and
;
have on feveral
I
^ohn
confummately
Occafions ferved as a Captain under
Norris, whom
I
know
and
that did not
to be a
Sir
experienced and gallant Sea-Officer, and have
an uninterrupted Friendfliip with him
your Grace will not be furprized that I venlived in
ture to affert
my own
what
is
Opinion,
his
as well as
and were you to confult Admiral
;
Matthews
or Sir Chaloner
though
Ogle^
I
don't pretend to give you
now my Opinion
regard to them, yet
verily believe this to
I
do
be their Opinion likcwife; but of
fily in
your Grace's Power
I fhall
now
this
it is
in
ea-
to fatisfy yourfelf.
only add, that
I
am
at prefent
detained here for having my Baggage embark-
ed for proceeding to Harwich
armed
been
VefTels,
fo obliging to affign
Houfe on
I
Vice- Admiral
me,
in
one of the
M
n has
to carry to
my
the Ipfwich River.
propofe at prefent being in London by
Tuefday or Wednefday Night, whenever
it is
Door the next Mornorder to pay my Duty
I fhall be at your Grace's
ing after
my Arrival,
to your Grace,
out for Suffolk,
in
and afterwards, before I fet
it has your Grace's Appro-
(if
bation) to be prefented
D
by you to pay
2
my
Duty
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Duty
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His Majeily.
to
]
And
the Favour I
now deiire of your Grace is,
Porter may have Orders from you
that your
lliall
in, if
and
mc
to let
fuch a Vifit be agreeable to your Grace,
if
not that
may
I
be told
fo,
not to give
an unneceflary Trouble to you or myfelf.
I
have begun with exprefling a grateful
Senfe of theTeftimony of the Friendfhip
me with, which on
retain, as I may fay
have honoured
I riiall
ever
of hereditary Inclination
entertained an
the
Memory
Honour
all
you
Events
it is
a fort
in
ourFamily to have
for
your Grace, from
of that glorious Martyr for the
Country, my Lord William
Rujjely the Memory of which has in fome
Manner been tranfmitted to Pofterity with
Liberties of
his
Hand, whom 1 think was tKe
Drauehtfman of the Ducal Patent in your
and I h ive heard it much
Grace's Family
my
Father's
;
commended
and the
fo
juft
many
for the
Elegancy of the
Honours done
to a
Nobleman of
amiable Qualities, unfullied
Vices that ever
I
heard
,
by any
of.
That your Grace may live and
an Honour to your Family, flrall
fincere Wiflies,
Stile,
die as great
ever be the
My Lord
Duke,
of your Grace's, &c.
S
I
R,
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29
1
i745'
Weajel, DowfieSj 'January %th^
S
I
R,
STANDING
on the 6th Inftant
in
faw
within Cannon Shot of Boulogne,
in the
Harbour about
a
fmall VefTels and Boats,
hundred Mafts of
Time
the fame
at
Men, who had been taken
five EngliJ};}
Pri-
Merchant Ships, and one Soldier at
I*Ofitenoy\ who had entered into their Service
foners in
as thoufands
the
ill
have been forced to do, through
Treatment they meet with
Prifons, deferted to us
;
us of there being fifteen
logne^
their
and
is
thefe
in
their
Men informed
Battalions at
Bou-
and three Squadrons of Horfe with
Accoutrements put on board the
all their
a Perfon
warlike Stores
who
fliles
j
Veflels,
and that there
himfelf Duke of Tork,
more with Englifi
;
moft
of the Forces are Englijk, Scotch and
h'iJJ:,
and
feveral
Titles
Numbers want only Opportunities to defert.
They fay their Numbers
are about ii,ioo, and as many at C^/j/x,
and were to have made their Attempt the
of which great
laft
1
30]
Moon, had
they not met with InAdmirsX
Fermnv/a.s off Dunformation that
laft full
genefs^ their intended Place
feveral
Men
They have expelled
of War.
the French Fleet of thirty
all
Month, with
this
which
are to
if
of Landing, with
Sail
feveral
of the Line
Tranfports,
they are difappointed at the Nefsy
make an Attempt
nel Lalley
went over
to
in Ireland
:
Colo-
England in a Smug-
gling Boat, dreffed in a Sailor's Habit, where
I hope he will
meet with
his Deferts
FINIS.
rfv
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