Catalogue description High Court of Admiralty. Captured ship: Betsey of Boston (master Jesse Harding)....

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Details of HCA 32/280/4
Reference: HCA 32/280/4

High Court of Admiralty.

Captured ship: Betsey of Boston (master Jesse Harding).

History: an American merchant ship fitted as a privateer (brigantine, 130 tons, 6 guns, 23 men), bound from Port au Prince, Saint Domingue to Bilbao, laden with sugar, cocoa; taken on [August to September] 1781 at the Western Isles [Azores] by the privateer Enterprize (William Dennis commanding), and brought into Limerick.

Court papers: 1-8; Ship's papers and letters etc: 9-54. Includes papers relating to the estates of the Duc de Praslin in Saint Domingue, with lists of 173 named slaves.

About 150 letters were identified as being from this ship, but wrongly placed in HCA 32/276/4 and HCA 32/276/5 in 2021: they have been included in the American War Sorting Exercise to see if more exist, misplaced elsewhere.

[These are interim paper numbers, and are likely to change once more fully catalogued.]

Date: 1781
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: HCA 32/280/4/1-54; Letters added from HCA 32/276/4 and HCA 32/276/5 in 2021.
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English and French
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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