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Minutes – Charles Mesnier (at Martinique) - 10 Dec 1717

Minutes – Charles Mesnier - 10 Dec 1717

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Secretary of State for the Navy - Correspondence to the arrival from Martinique 1717-1727: Feuquieres (François de Pas de Mazencourt, Marquis de), Governor General of the Windward Islands ◾ Correspondence ◦ Mesnier (Charles) the Navy to Martinique ◦ 1717

December 10, 1717

EN ANOM COL C8A 22 F ° 438


Content Overview

Confiscation of the English vessel stopped by Value (see folio 411); disputes over the proceeds and distribution of confiscations; request for instructions; measures taken to try to suppress foreign trade (a Field Clerk will be responsible for overseeing the day and night shores); arrival of Buttet, commanding the Surprenant, armed at Santo Domingo with the commission of M. de Chateaumorand, to retaliate against the Spanish ships; results of this cruise (three catches); arrival of the Peace, of Nantes, Captain Jean Hego, coming from Guinea with two hundred and three negroes; arrival of a ship commanded by Captain Pierre Dosset, of Nantes with two hundred and forty-six negroes (Dosset commanded the Concorde, which was taken by English forbans, details of this affair); demand for frigates to hunt forbanks; Nantes, captain Jean Leclerc, coming from Leogane.


At St. Pierre de La Martinique on the 10th of December 1717



Mr. Mesnier


I have the honor to inform the Council that Sr. Buttet Teaches of the King's Ships Captain of an Infantry Company in St. Domingue, marines at Fort Royal of this island Martinique on November 30th commanding the boat under the command of St. Domingue under the command of the Marquis of Chateumorand governor and lieutenant general of the French isles in the Wind, to run the Spanish vessels in repairs, for the reasons explained in the said commission of which it is attached copy. The said Sr. Buttet took during his race and led with him to the said Fort Royal, three battalions of which a Spaniard en route of the Goiera for the coast Saint Domingue load of bricks and some very commodity for about 5 or 600 piastres which were given as plunder and divided between the crew at the desire of the said commission; and two Englishmen, whom he had taken on the 26th of the last month of November last, who were in an anchorage of La Guadeloupe, called L'Ance Doree, one of which charged six horses and a bouriquet, and 13 negres or negresses large and small; and the other only of its east and a negro serving as cocq. the said Sr. Buttet having been unable to repair to St. Peter's because of the necessity of his buildings, I granted the 12th of this month an order to the lieutenant of the judge of the jurisdiction of the Fort Royal to take the declaration of the said Sr Buttet and do all the required procedures involving the two English boats until definitive judgment exclusively, then to be reported to me and to be ordered what it will belong.I did not think it necessary to take cognizance of what concerns the Spanish boat, of which Sr. Butet will endeavor as he will advise. I have the honor to send to the Council a copy of the declaration made by the said Sr. Buttet, on arriving at this isle, at the Gresse de la Jurisdiction of the said Fort Royal. I shall afterwards have the honor of informing the Council of what I shall have ordered concerning these two English prizes, in consequence of the information which is now being made.

Last November 30th, the ship La Paix de Nantes was ordered by Captain Jean Hego from the coast of Guynee with 203 negres, negresses, negrillons and negrittes, all in perfect health, which after the visit of the doctor and of the Chururgeon and the Revee of the clerk of the classes, I have allowed to land and make the sale in the ordinary.

On the 7th of this month a ship was also commanded by Captain Pierre Dosset of Nantes with 246 negres, negresses, negrillons and negrittes. This captain had departed from Nantes on the 12th of April last, commanding the ship La Concorde, to march from the Negres to the Coste de Guynee, where he arrived on the eighth of July, and after having traded 516 pieces of Negres, left the 2nd of October to make his return to this isle; but on the 28th of November last being 60 leagues from here by the 14 degrees 27 minutes of north latitude, having been attacked by two English pirate ships, one of 12, the other of 8 cannons, weapons of 250 men, commanded by Edouard Titche was abducted by these pirates with 455 Negres who remained with him, who were carrying the said Dosset with his crew to the Grenadines on the isle of Becoya near Grenada, except 14 men having retained by force 10 and the 4 others having taken part with good will with the said pirates, who gave to the said Sr. Dosset the boat in which it arrived here the so-called Negres and another party of Negres of which it does not know the name, that left in the said isle Becoya with part of its crew having been unable to contain them in this boat without risk of losing many, and which it goes in the same boat by means of a passport that M. de Feuquieres made him dispatch, and a rolle of crew whom I also gave him for the said boat. Captain Dosset pretends that these pirates gave 25 of the Negres to a small boat of that island which they had taken and plundered and which they relieved. The said Captain Dosset will undoubtedly make his dilligences to demand the restitution of these 25 negres. I have the honor to send herewith to the Council the declaration made by the said Captain Dosset at the Gresse de la Isle, on arriving there. The masters of boats who trade here in Grenada have reported seeing the said pirates with the said vessel La Concorde in a Baye of Isle St. Vincent, and that they had burned a ship there, and a ship whose funds were still on the water. These same boats have been hunted by these pirates, from whom they have escaped in favor of the calms and their oars. This will inform the Council of the necessity that the King should send to the Seas two good frigates, well armed and full of sails.

The said 7th day of current also anchored in the harbor of the Fort Royal of this isle the ship Le Grand Soleil of Nantes commanded by Captain Jean LeClerc, who left the harbor of Leogane of Saint Domingue last 5th of October to go in France, and being on the 13th of November, at 130 leagues from the Grand Bank of Newfoundland, received a blow from the Wind, which obliged her to relinquish here, her ship making a great deal of water.


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