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Under Captain Hammond : Honfleur
His-Majesty's Sloop Fairy, Nov. 13, 1797.
SIR, Having weighed this morning front off Calais, the Fox (zd) Cutter in company, 8 or 9 miles to the Westward of Seater Cliff, the Cutter being 6 or 7 ahead of me, she made the signal for an enemy, which, as the haze cleared, I made to be a lugger, with her sails turned to the Northward,, and Westward of her 2 or 3 miles. Being light winds, I hoisted out my boats, armed them, and went to the assistance of the Fox ; but during the chace, the launch (commanded by Mr. Middleton, Purser of the Fairy) separated, and went in chace of another lugger, running down alongshore from the Westward. About 2 o'clock the breeze freshened, when, having no longer any prospect of coming up with our chace, I tacked ia Shore, with the cutter and boats, to the starice of the launch, she having then brought, the lugger to action, under avery heavy fire from tha Tvyo Batteries, in Wlytesand Bay; but, to my very great astonishment, I found the launch had carried her, notwithstanding; she had anchored within musquet shot of the Western Battery. She proves to be L'Epervier, National Privateer, mounting 2 2-pounder carriage guns, 4 swivels, musketoons, and small arms, carrying 25 men,- all of whom effected their escape, 3 being badly wounded-'; was commanded.by Citizen George Hammond,,.an Irishman, belonging: to Dunkirk. . ; Mr. Middleton had only 7 men in the launch was himself the only man wounded by a grape shot grazing (though not entering) his stomach badly. His gallantry on this occasion speaks for itself, nor is it the first time I have witnessed it. - I beg leave to recommend him strongly to your attention.
I have the Honor to be, Sec.
JOSHUA SYDNEY HORTON.