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La Bonne Espérance
|Nominal Guns||Lightly Armed||BWAS-1714|
|Home Port||Cherbourg - Normandy||ref:692|
Admiralty-Office, September 16, 1796.
Copy of a letter from Captain Poyntz, Commander' of His Majesty's Sloop Childers, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated at Sea, off Cape Barfleur, September 14, 1796.
I beg leave to represent to you, for the information of my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that being this morning off Cape Barfleur, I fell in with and captured the French Privateer Le Bon Esperance from Cherbourg, of 2 swivels and 25 men, out 3 days , had captured the Sloop Mary Ann, of Queenborough, from Plymouth which sloop, from the account of the prisonners, I hope to fell with. The privateer I have sent to Portmouth under the charge of the Trial Cutter, who I fell in with bound to England the same.
Childers at Sea, September 14, 10 o'Clock P. M.
SIR , in addition to my letter of this morning I have the satisfaction to inform you, for their Lordships Information, that this evening I sell in with had recaptured the Sloop Mary Ann of Queenborough, which was captured on monday evening by the French Privateer Bon Esperance, and which I captured this morning. The above vessel is laden with naval and ordnance stores, from Plymouth, bound to Woolwich and London. The Trial Cutter being not yet out of sight, I shall direct her Commander to take charge of her to Portsmouth.
I am, &t.