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Fourteen 3 and 4-Pounders
Captain Pierre Merie Dugerdin = Pierre Marie ??
Admiralty-Office, November 16, 1799.
Copy of a letter from Captain John Taibot, Commander of His Majsty's Ship Eurydice, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated the 12th Instant.
SIR, I have the honor to acquaint you , for the information of the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that I sailed from hence at 1 o'Clock A.M. on sunday the 10th Instant, and was forced to return this day, from the badness of the weather. At 9 the same morning I sailed, Beachy Head N.W. by N. 3 leagues a schooner was seen from us close to a brig. On seeing the Eurydice the schooner stood to the S.W. and the brig hove to and hosted his Ensign Union downward, I hauled up and ioke her ; she told me that she had been attacked by the schooner, and that 1 of her men was very badly wounded. I sent a boat with the surgeon on board, and made sail after the privateer. At 11 saw His Majesty's Sloop Snake on our lee bow, seeing us, she hauled up and joined in the chace. At 3 o'Clock the privateer finding that the Eurydice was nearly within gunshot, and coming up with her very fast, bore up, and attempted to cross the Snake, which she was not able to effect, from the good management of Captain Lewis ; she then lowered her sails and was taken possession of by him. The Privateer proved to be L'Hirondelle counting 14 3 and 4-pounders , 50 men , and commanded by Pierre Merie Dugerdin, belonging to Calais, from whence she sailed on saturday morning, had taken nothing this cruize. One of the crew I found to be an Englishman, and have confined him till their Lordships' Pleasure is made known to me. I am sorry to add, that the Surgeon has been obliged to take off the arm of the man that was wounded in the Brig ; he is now on board of the Eurydice, and hope from the skill and great Attention of Mr Pardie, the Surgeon, that he will do well. The Brig is called the Diana, of Sunderland bound to Portsmouth, laden with coals. Great credit is due to the master and crew for the resistance they made to so superior a force .
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