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Evan Nepean, Esq.
Prince of Wales, Fort Royal Bay, Martinique, January 25, 1797
You will be pleased to acquaint their Lordships, that His Majesty's Ship Bellona, on the 7th Instant, captured a French Schooner Privateer called La Legere of 6 guns and 48 men, to Windward of Descada, and, on the 10th Instant following, the Bellona and Babet drove a French Schooner Privateer on shore on that Island, and, in attempting to get her off, by employing the former Privateer, both the Vessels were lost on the rocks and destroyed; in which Service Lieutenant Hitt, of the Bellona, who had exerted himself with great gallantry and good conduct on the occasion, was much wounded by the fire of musquetry from the Island. The Babet on the same day chased a Brig, Prize to the latter schooner, which ran on shore at Descada, and, not being able to get her off, she was burnt.
I have the honor to be, SIR, your most obedient humble servant,