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His Majesty's Ship Ariadne, Jan.8, 1808, Huntly Foot, W.N.W 6 Leagues.
SIR I beg to inform you, that, after the capture of Le Trente and Quarante, we stood during the night towards Flambro'Head; and at daylight this morning another lugger was discovered in the W.N.W , to which we immediately gave chace ; having, at the same time, made the signal No. 3, to the ring dove, which was in company. Soon after 8 we observed the lugger was chaced by 2 brigs, one of which proved to be His Majesty's Brig Sappho, and the other belonging to the Excise, called the Royal George, commanded by Mr. Curry, and to whom the Lugger surrendered at about a Quarter before Ten A. M. ; and I have satisfaction in adding that credit is due to Mr. Curry for the capture, although, from the situation of His Majesty's Vessels, her escape was impossible. The prize is a French Lugger L'Egle, commanded by Mons.Olivier, 16 guns mounted, of 3- and 4-pounders and a complement of 56 men ; left Dunkirk 9 days ago, has made 1 capture, the Brig Gabriel, of Yarmouth, (in Balast,) which he took last night off Scarbrough, and scuttled her. I saw her still above water this morning, and ordered the ring Dove to examine her ; and Captain Andrews has since reported to me, that the Gabriel was sinking so fast as to make it impossible to save her; the Master and Crew were found on board L'Egle Lugger, which I have ordered to Yarmouth with the other Prize, and purpose seeing them in safety to this Port.
I have the honour to be, &c. (Signed)
Billy Douglas,Esq; Vice-Admiral of the Blue