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Admiralty-Office, December 23; 1797.
Copy of a letter from Captain Cunningham, of His Majesty's Ship Clyde, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Cawfand Bay, the 15st of December, 1797.
SIR, I beg you will please to acquaint the Lords Comssioners of the Admiralty, that on the 15th Instant,. in.Lat. 44 deg. 40 min. Long. 4 deg. I fell in with and captured La Dorade, a Ship Privateer from Bordeaux, Copper sheathed; pierced for 18 guns, having 12 guns and 93 men on board. She had been out 50 days, cruizing off the Azores and Madeira, without having made any capture, and was returning to her Port.
I have the honor to be, &c.
Copy of a Letter from Captain Cunningham, of His Majejly's Ship Clyde, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated in Cawfand Bay the 21th Instant.
SIR, this with the peculiar concern I relate the unhappy catastrophe of La Dorade, captured by His Majesty's Ship under my Command. Having put her under the care of a young Man, who had been Master of the Clyde more than 12 months, and of whose abilities I feel myself confident, I cannot but regret that, probably from an emulation of exhibiting the capabilities of the prize, and his own conduct in an advantageous point of view, he was induced to carry too great a press of sail upon her; the melancholy consequence of which was that he upset, and himself, with a midshipman and 17 seamen, were drowned.
I have the Honor to be, &c.