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His Majesty's Ship Ariadne, Jan. 7, 1808, Huntly Foot W.S. W. 11 Leagues
SIR, I have the honour to acquaint you that this morning, being off Huntly Cliff about 4 leagues, I observed 1 of His Majesty Brigs to the Southward, at Ten A. M. (he bore up and made fail to the Eastward, and we perceived her to be in pursuit of a lugger. We immediately joined in the chace, keeping the wind of the enemy, and at One P.M. having closed within gun-shot, we had the pleasure to see the lugger surrender to His Majesty's Brig Ringdove, which was nearer to the chace than the Ariadne, and had fired several shot at her. She is a French Lugger Letter of Marque, (Le Trente et Quarante) commanded by Monsieur Fanqueux, carrying 16 guns, 6- and 9-pounders, 14 of which were mounted,with a complement of 66 men, 65 en board , has been 16 days from Dunkirk, and had not made any capture. She is one of the largest Luggers out of France, and a very fine Vessel only 3 months off the stocks, well found, and I think fit for His Majesty' Service.
I have sent her to Yarmouth, and have the Honour to be, &c. (Signed) .;