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Admiralty Office, August 25, 1796,
Extract of a letter from Admiral Sir Peter Parker, Bart. Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Ships and Vessels at Portsmouth and Spithead, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated on Board the Royal William, at Spithead, August 23, 1796,
Please to acquaint their Lordships, that His Majesty's Cutter Speedwell arrived at Spithead this Morning with La Brave, French Cutter Privateer, carrying one 6-pounder, 2 swivels, and 25 men, which she took yesterday morning off St. Catherines Point, The said Privateer, had been 12 hours only out of Cherbourg, had taken nothing and was captured in the attempt to board the Speedwell under cover of the night.