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Battle of the Saints, West Indies, 10-12 April 1782, Ms. Diary
Unsigned, [Battle of the Saints]"We arrived at St Lucia the 30th of March, where We found the Convoy and Storeships... a great releif, as our whole fleet were...stored and victualled for five Months. We daily reconnoitered the Enemy...""...at 8 minutes [past 8:00 a.m.]... the Formidable opened her fire... when we came near the Ville de Paris... we... Luffed close to her... never I firmly believe was so tremendous Canonade... we were enable to cut thro their line... ... she hardly fired at all tho it was in her Power to have raked us... we... ceas'd firing in the Formidable -- at 38 minutes past 9...""...at 1/2 past 6 the Russel having raked the Ville de Paris... the Count de Grasse struck his Colours... there were almost as loud and thundering Noise by Cheers as there had been by Cannon the Seamen where almost frantic with Joy..."Alexander Robert Kerr (d. 1831) entered the Royal Navy as midshipman in November 1781 and served on Rodney's flagship Formidable. In this account he gives names and positions of all ships during the engagement, with details and times of all signals, he has provided a vivid, detailed description of the British fleet stalking and outmaneuvring the French fleet.Dealer states that this piece comes from Kerr's family papers., Original digital object name: bei-m282, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Boyne, off Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, 13 April 1794. ALS to Philip...
"Sir, I desire you will acquaint the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty that I sailed from St. Lucia on the 5th. instant, and anchored with the Squadron, Transports, Ordnance Storeships &amp, c. in Fort Royal Bay, Martinique, that Evening..." signed "J. Jervis.", Original digital object name: bei-m358a, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Collot, Georges, 1750-1805. On board the Boyne, 22 April 1794. Ms...
Collot, Georges, 1750-1805."La Capitulation du fort Bourbon n'est point encor entre nos mains..." signed "G. Collot" and "Accordé" "Charles Grey" "Jervis."Directions for the surrender of the troops on Guadeloupe., Original digital object name: bei-m358b, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Copy of a Minute of Cabinet <14th Augt. 1795> (docket title)
"...Present Lord Chancellor Lord Privy Seal Duke of Portland Marquis Cornwallis Earl Spencer Lord Hawkesbury Lord Grenville Mr Pitt Mr Windham Mr Dundas His Majesty's Confidential Servants having taken under their serious consideration the present state of the War..."Recommends preparations for offensive in the Leeward Islands and St. Domingo, conquest of Guadeloupe and St. Lucia with not less than "15,000 Effective Infantry", no fewer than "12,000 effective Infantry" to attempt St. Domingo, in order to protect Jamaica as well as to swing the balance into British favor against France and Spain on St. Domingo, "a Body of Guards amounting to 3000 men to serve under General Abercromby.", Original digital object name: bei-m370, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Etat des Dépences a faire aux Isles du Vent de l'Amerique pour...
Etat des Dépenses a faire aux Isles du Vent de l'Amerique pour le Service du Roy pendant l'anné 1770. Savoir. ...Begins with "La M/que and à Ste. Lucie" and includes "A La Guadeloupe and Dépendances.", Original digital object name: bei-m201, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Gouvernement des Isles du Vent [ca. 1760?] Ms. Fragment
"Gouvernement des Isles du Vent"The end of a description of France's Canadian colonies: "Toutes les affaires sont portées directement au Conel. Superieur, à l'exception de celles que le Commissaire ordonnateur decide en qualité de subdelegué de l'Intendant de Canada..."And the beginning of a précis on the French Antilles: "Gouvernement des Isles du Vent" "Il comprend La Martinique, Marie Galande, La Guadeloupe, St. Barthelemy, La Desirade partie de l'Isle St. Martin, La Grenade et Cayenne, outre les Isles de Sts. Lucie et de Tabago dont la propriété nous est actuellement disputée par les angloises. Il y a aussi les Isles de la Dominique et de St. vincent, mais elles appartiennent aux Caraïbes quoiquil y ait des françois établis, sourtout à la Dominique. ..."Population figures "Avant la guerre" and "pendant la guerre" on verso at bottom.Ends: "...Il n'y a point d'Eveque îtabli aux Isles du Vent, et l'Eglise y est desservie par divers ordres Religieux, dont chaque Superieur a les pouvoirs de Vicaire", Original digital object name: bei-m142, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections department, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
Memoire du Roy pour Servir d'jnstruction au Sr. De Lacrois Intendant des Isles du Vent …
Memoire du Roy pour Servir d'jnstruction au Sr. De Lacroix Intendant des Isles du Vent. ..."...Sa Maté ayant fait choix du S. De Lacroix pour l'Intendance des Isles du vent, Elle a resolu de lui expliquer Ses jntentions Sur les principales parties de Son administration, pour le metre en etat de repondre a ce qu'Elle attend de Son Zele et de son aplication. "Cinq objets principaux doivent partager les Soins et l'attention du Sr. De Lacroix dans les Fonctions qui lui Sont confiées. La Religion, La Justice, La Police, La depense que Sa Maté. ordonne pour les Isles du Vent, et la perception des droits qui y sont établis. Mais avant que d'entrer dans le detail de ces differens objets, jl en a propos de lui rapeller une jdée generale des Isles du Vent qui sont sous la domination de Sa Maté." Sous le nom des Isles françoises du Vent sont comprises la Martinique, La Guadeloupe & Ses dependances, Marie Galande, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, Ste. Zouzie[?] ou Ste. Lucie, La Grénade, et les Grenadins, Tabago, et Cayenne. ..."Signed "Louis"; countersigned "Phelypeaux." Specific instructions on troops; construction of fortifications including those at Guadeloupe and Grenada; taxes on sugar and coffee; administration of justice, hospitals, police, agriculture; full instructions on planting cacao, coffee, indigo, and cotton; development of the coasting trade with Canada and Louisiana; prevention of runaway slaves; good roads., Original digital object name: bei-m068, This digital resource is provided by the Special Collections, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.