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|How acquired||Purchased on the Stocks||BWAS-1714|
|Shipyard||Folkstone - Kent||BWAS-1714|
Copy of a Letter from Lieutenant Henry Festing, commanding His Majesty's Cutter the Nimble, to Evan Nepean, Esq; dated Yarmouth Road, Isle of Wight, March 8,1797.
Be pleased to inform my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, that I sailed from Dartmouth the 6th Instant with a Convoy for the Downes. Yesterday morning, about Seven O'Clock, off St. Aldan's Head, I captured a French Privateer Cutter, called L'Impromptu, Citizen l'Eccuyer, Commander, with Four Swivels, Plenty of Small
Arms., Cutlasses etc and Thirty-one Men; sailed from Cherbourg the preceding Night, but had taken nothing. She has the Ann of Dartmouth on her Stern her original Name, and was taken away from Brixham about six Weeks ago by some French Prisoners
Discovering another suspicious Cutter in Chace of a Sloop, I immediately hauled after her, and made the Signal for my Convoy (as the Weather seemed variable, and little Wind to the Southward) to run in through the Needles. About Four PM I carne up with the Chace; She
is named Le Bonheur, Citizen Burnel, Commander, with Two Three-Pounders; Two Swivels, Small Arms, Cutlasses and Twenty-four Men. The Cutlasses in both Vessels were ground as sharp as Razors. She has the Mary of Dartmouth on her Stern, but French built, sailed in Company with the other, and had taken nothing. I immediately took her in tow, and shall proceed to Spithead to get rid of the Prisoners